U usasma Well-known member Joined Feb 20, 2012 Posts 2,126 Mar 25, 2013 #1 I'm looking to change the way that I use my system - and hoping to consolidate into only one system (I currently have 3). I primarily do BSOD analysis and surf the web a lot. I occasionally play the latest FPS games on low resolution (due to eye problems I don't need the detail) I occasionally travel and will lug a laptop to the sessions that I attend. What I'm looking for is suggestions for a laptop that'll do all this, and will be easy to tote around the conferences that I attend. Also, it'll primarily be plugged in (at home) to my 32" monitor and I'll use USB keyboard and trackball while there. I'll need a large screen, but realize that I'll have to balance that off against portability. My current laptop has a 13" screen, which is about the limit of usability at 800x600. Budget is about $1000 - but am willing to go as high as $2500 if I have to. Your thoughts on this? I don't need a touchscreen, but Win8 is a must. I'd like an illuminated keyboard I'd also like a second hard drive bay - but that's not essential as I can easily swap HDD's (if the case is easy to open). I do plan on moving to an SSD in the near future (probably before Win9 comes out). I'm also wondering about waiting for 6 months to a year in order to let Win8 mature.