My wife will be homeschooling our 3.5 year old son, and has begun collecting some software as she prepares her curriculum. We had purchase VPC w/ XP Pro for our G4 iMac 800, but it runs like a dog. Now my wife wants to just get a PC laptop she can use for Office (Word mostly, maybe some simple Powerpoint) as well as some of these small curriculum applications she will need. She doesn't want to spend a ton of money on a laptop. A 14" display, 802.11g card, CD-R/DVD, 30GB hdd, 512 RAM, XP Pro, Office 2003 Student Edition, and virus s/w will easily suffice for her needs. Don't care about the graphics card. We will not use this for games, ever (we have PS2, XB, and GC for games). I don't know too much about the different PC processors available, but have a friend who says I need to stay away from the Celeron at all costs. If I toss these spec's on a Dell Inspiron or Sony Vaio with the Pentium Mobile, I'm way over what my wife considers to be a reasonable price (sub $1,000 is where she wants to be). I don't mind going to $1,400 or 1,500, but she won't agree to buy at that price. Advice?