Personally, I don't think you need to spend 2G's on a notebook. You're gonna need to access the internet, and typical office suite programs. The higher end computers have better graphics arrays, larger screens, larger hard drives, dvd burners, etc. Personally, I'm gonna get a low end 'thin-and-light' with a wireless card, something like the dell 600, which is about $1200-1300. It's not great for high end graphics, but has good battery life and is small and light as hell, with a 14 inch screen.