I currently have a Gateway desktop but for optometry school next fall, they require you to have a laptop. I haven't gotten the exact specifications they want you to have, but from students I have talked to, pretty much ANY new to newer laptop will work. My desktop right now has 230 some GB of hard drive. I am not sure how many GB it has on RAM. And I have a 17-inch flat screen. I'm just saying this because I LOVE my desktop so I want to get something with similar options on a laptop. Price isn't too much of an issue. Granted, a cheaper one will be easier on the pocketbook, but I plan to spend to get I want to be happy with it. What are the best brands? What brands should I steer away from? I do want something with a good amount of space on it because the professors post Powerpoint lectures online that everyone just saves to their laptop. So I need space for LOTS of lectures. Plus I also like to download music and I am hoping to eventually learn how to download movies too. Any suggestions?