Whats up guys. Its my first post in here, although i've read through any and all laptop threads in the first 8 pages. I'm getting a laptop for college and after brief research and talking with a few friends, I thought I was set on the Dell Inspiron 700m, upgraded to 2ghz, with 60gigs. However, after reading all these threads, it seems like all this negative talk about Dell's isn't just coming from the few of my friends that said dell is worthless. JollyOgre, you really seem like you know what you are talking about, unlike some of my friends who just said "dell sucks and toshiba sucks". I'm not a computer whiz or anything. Heck, my 1.6ghz dell dimension 4300 with 20gb and 256mb has lasted me these past few years without too many complaints, and i've even been sharing it with my 16 year old sister and 12 year old brother. however, i'm moving on and i'd like to get a faster and nicer system to use through at least the next few years. i won't be gaming or anything. just internet surfing, school work, and etc. i'd like a portable laptop, not a desktop replacement. durability and reliability is really important to me. One of the main reasons why the 700m was appealing was because of the specs that seemed to be around what i was looking for, and the $750 coupons that are floating around these days. even if it wasn't the best laptop out there, the fact that there are good deals is very appealing, as i will be buying this laptop myself...and money doesn't come easy at this point in my life. my friend also received his 700m and i really like the look of it, size, the widescreen, and the weight of it. Jollyogre, I don't know if you're reading this or not, but I guess i'm asking for your help. Does Asus offer a laptop fit for my needs, and how is the pricing for them compared to dell and their $750 coupon? Would you be able to get me a pretty good deal if I requested an Asus laptop? I'm not very educated in computer systems and laptops, so i'm kinda leaving myself vulnerable to ya. haha. thanks in advance for any and all comments and suggestions guys. i'll see some of you on the f&n forums.