I am looking to purchase a new laptop in the next few days, and I thought I would come here since I imagine most of you use your laptops for similar purposes as me--MS Word, Powerpoint, maybe Publisher, web browsing, occasional multimedia, and of course, BibleWorks.

I want to stick with a 17-inch display. I have a hard time with smaller screens, and with the four panes now in BW, going smaller just doesn't make sense for me. I've never really found it too cumbersome to tote around.

I have heard good things about Asus computers although I have never used one. It seems there is a huge discrepancy in price between 17-inch laptops from the same manufacturer. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?id=pcat17080&type=page&qp=q7 0726f63657373696e6774696d653a3e313930302d30312d303 1~~cabcat0500000%23%230%23%2311a~~cabcat0502000%23 %230%23%23o~~f510||41737573~~nf534||31372671756f74 3b20616e64205570&list=y&nrp=15&sc=abComputerSP&ks= 960&usc=abcat0500000&sp=-bestsellingsort+skuid&list=y&iht=n&st=processingti me%3A%3E1900-01-01#storeInventoryLink Are these differences relevant to someone who doesn't play video games, and rarely watches movies? Or do I need to pony up to get decent performance for what I want to do? Or am I barking up the wrong tree altogether?

Any help or information from recent personal experiences along these lines would be appreciated.