Hi Folks: I know traders like powerful machines. I keep cars and computers 20 years so I like "more power" when I shop. It's actually cheaper in the long run because of the service life. My HP laptop (circa 2002) won't run the latest, greatest Autocad 2010 and I need to be able to go to meetings with modern files (backwards compatibillity is a scam in this latest version). I was thinking a dual core 2.6 would be better than a quad core 1.6 for this purpose. I have plenty of computers for heavy duty work but for this laptop I just need it to work well. Assume I'll have a few browsers open, Autocad and probably Excel to do calculations. Looking around at Dell, HP and Puget, I'm not happy with what I'm seeing. That doesn't mean they don't have great systems at a fair price; I just did not see anything in the few hours I went "window shopping". So what's out there? Who has the deals? What should I look out for? There is one prerequisite - I have a tendency to leave AC adapters in hotel rooms in foreign countries. I have to be able to get cheap AC adapters and spare batteries. I go places where power is not available or limited and I need to continue to work. I pay $75 for a HP OEM battery and $49 for my HP AC adapters. Puget wanted $150 each plus they were overpriced $1,000 on a decent laptop. Perfect system (unless someone convinces me otherwise) 2.6 ghz dual core, 6-8 gb DDR3 ram, 17" 1920x1080 display and not some ten pound chunk of lead. The OS and software are moot - I'll wipe it or buy another HDD and set the OEM HDD aside anyway. Thanks in advance.