I'm about to start my Masters program and am in the market for a laptop. I've checked out Dell, Apple, Toshiba, and IBM. I don't need a gaming setup, but probably something not too far off of that. My M.S. will be in Educational and Instructional Technology. Here are some things I'd like in a laptop: -RELABILITY!!! -will need internet (wireless and integrated)as my courses are all online -Multimedia capability is important -fairly decent battery life -screen resolution as high as possible -screen size between 15-17" -a CD and DVD burning drive I can't think of any other things at the moment, but I'm sure there are others. After looking at the above mentioned brands and pricing different setups, I know that I'd like to keep the price somwhere between $1500 and $2000 if possible. We may be able to up the max limit a bit, but won't know for a few weeks.