I currently own a Dell Inspiron 9200 which I bought four years ago. About six or seven months ago it started developing a screen problem with vertical, one pixel wide lines appearing. This was, apparently, a known problem with a number of Dell screens Linky but despite knowing about it the company didn't feel the need to let its customers (me) know in time for them to get their screens replaced under warranty. I e-mailed Dell who couldn't be arsed to reply, which justifies the reputation that Dell have for poor customer service and poor quality products. Over the months this screen problem has been getting worse and it's got to the stage where I can no longer live with it so I'm now in the market for a new pooter, which will NOT be another Dell. Once bitten, twice shy. I'm looking to get another laptop which needs to have a decent core 2 duo processor (min 2.0 GHz), a good graphics card, a reasonable size HDD (300+ Gb), minimum 16" screen, and it would be nice to have a blueray optical drive which would ideally be full HD (1080p). I'm prepared to spend up to about a grand and I'm drawn towards an Acer Aspire 6935G or 8930G, Sony Vaio VGN-FW21 M or Z. I'd welcome any (experience based) comments on the makes I've listed or any recommendations on other systems that would fit the bill. I know some people will suggest getting a Mac, but I don't want one of them.