I got a good deal on the 17" screeen from Dell....on paper that didn't sound too big, but I'm a little concerned now that I actually have the thing in hand and it's really huge. I prefer my screen a bit bigger, but 15" probably would have done the trick.
That said, it's not as heavy as I would have thought. 8lbs is bigger than most, but compared to the ancient Gateway Solo machine I'd been lugging around for 7 years, this thing is very light. Plus, the backpack carrying case that comes with it is roomy enough that it might even hold a book or two in addition to the computer. Maybe.