Hello, I'm in the market for a new laptop (my first laptop!). I need portability from my system, and I have also considered building a rack-mount PC, but a laptop is looking more and more appealing for a number of reasons. This will be a temprary setup (about a year or so), and portability is key. This will serve as my tracking recorder to be interfaced via Firewire, then to my RME AID-8 I/O for AD and DA duties. I will use the laptop for miscelanious duties as well. On the topic of Laptops, what kind of performance can I expect with the different processors out there? I'm looking heavily at Dells, and they have lots of options. Here is what I'm looking at (all prices with 1Gig RAM)... XPS: Gaming "state of the art" notebooks with a full-blown P4 w/HT (3.4GHz w/800MHz FSB) (very simular to the processor I run in my PC tower at home). Over $2200 w/1Gig RAM. Looks like a "I can do anything a desktop can do" laptop for sure. Battery life likely sucks big time (not a huge drawback IMO). I fear that I am paying an extra couple hundred dollars for the "gaming" video card that I DON'T need (I'm NOT a gamer!). Inspiron 9200: Pentium "M" 745 Processor (1.80GHz/400MHz FSB) About $1900 w/1Gig RAM (superior battery life with Centrino technology, but slower clock speeds on Processor and FSB) Inspiron 5160: Mobile Pentium® 4 Processor 532 w/HT Technology (3.06GHz, 533MHz FSB). About $1550 w/1Gig RAM (looks like a compromise between the XPS and 9200, but the price is killer in this family) I'm not too worried about battery life (I'll use the A/C adaptor for long sessions), and I'm not too worried about weight/bulk (I don't mind a 10lb laptop). I just want to get a good performer that will allow effortless tracking of upto 16-24 tracks at once (usually more like 12 at once). I will likely interface via Firewire (MOTU 828 or simular) or an RME Multi-face w/PC-MIA laptop card - I will also use my RME AID-8 via ADAT as my primary A/D and D/A converter, so any conversion on the soundcard itself will be secondary. I will track on the laptop, and transfer files into my tower PC at home for mix-down. I planned on tracking to an external FireWire HD to eliminate the Laptop's HD bottleneck, and to speed up transfer times to my tower PC (just plug in the FireWire HD!). Any info/suggestions? Thanks!