well, in August I'm going up to Alaska for a 3 month tour on a commercial fishing ship. that's right, I'm giving up a nice fairly cushy job for 16 hour work days, out in the middle of the bering sea. I'm looking for a newer laptop, that I can play dvd's, and some music on. something to keep myself occupied while I go to sleep. I'm kind of looking at a Dell, only because I've used their desktops before, and they're fairly cheap. I'd like to stay around 700, but If I find a good deal, I'll be willing to spend a little more. thanks for any help..