At almost 10 pounds, this is not a laptop, but a portable desktop. At $2,500, it doesn’t necessarily fit most people’s home studio budget, either, but it illustrates the point that the computer is the most important part of the digital studio. It’s well worth it to spend the money on the processor and lots of RAM. In both regards, the 9100 is ridiculously overpowered, and that’s just great, except the thing has THREE fans, so it’s not very conducive to delicate-mic recordings. A more stripped-down unit with no fans would be a better idea for greater portability, as well as quiet operation, but likely it would cost at least as much for a lighter unit. The Inspiron also came with a fairly unimpressive hard-wired soundcard, which has proven difficult to uninstall (instead, it is disabled, which seems to have done the trick). Otherwise, this computer rocks. With all that RAM, I can multi-track and edit very lengthy pieces rather quickly without over-taxing the hard drive. With an on-board CD/DVD burner, the possibilities are endless. Unless I find a faster, lighter laptop for $500 (HA!), this will be my machine of choice for many years to come.