As my previous thread "HP Laptop doesn't work" I am planning to get a new one. I still plan to fix the old one to give to my Dad. Which was the original plan before I dropped the laptop. I kinda like the Asus laptops but the 17.3 is so wide it won't fit in my carrying case at almost 18 1/2" wide. The Dell Studio 17 doesn't seem bad but would prefer a 17.3". I can spend about $900 and want something that has good reliability. I primarily will use the laptop as a desktop replacement. Internet Office 2007 Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks CS3 Working on Website Going to school online. I am not into gaming except for the occasional game of hearts. However, I would like to connect the laptop to the LCD 1080p Television I plan to purchase in the near future. There are so many choices and brands out there: Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, MSI, etc... it is scensory overload. Does anyone have any suggestions?