I've been a lurker for a while and have to say that you people really know your stuff. So I was hoping you could give me some advice on what to get for my next laptop. After lots of research, I keep finding ones that would be perfect except for one or two little things. So I'd like to take another approach. This is what I'll be using the computer for. Let me know what you'd recommend.
I travel a lot and use it for 3-4 hours at a stretch, so:
- Lap use only
- Don't want it to overheat my lap/palmrest or shut down due to overheating
- Solid construction
- Not too heavy
- Good tech support
- battery life NOT important (always plugged in)
I'm not using it for gaming, just programming and to listen to music in my room, so I'll need:
- 15.4" screen
- nice sound/good built-in speakers
- 60 GB HDD
- dvdrw (for backup)
I've had a Dell for the past 3 years, which I loved for its specs, but prefer something more solid and with better tech support this time around.
Thanks for the suggestion, Mehtache. I wish I could get something with a smaller screen, but I like to have lots of windows open (code and browser windows - I'm a web programmer) and figured the 15.4" screen would let me tile them. That and I could watch an occasional widescreen DVD. 
I think that's why I'm having trouble finding a good fit. I need something relatively portable, yet has a larger (15.4") screen and good sound. College student special. [8D]
this seems to fit the bill
HP zt3000 15.4" screen 6.5lbs, 64mb radeon 9200, 60gb hard drive, dvd/cdrw, 802.11g and bluetooth, and 3.5 - 5 hours battery life depending on usage for 1250 includiing 6% APP and 50.00 mail in rebate, free shipping, and no tax.