Well here's my situation. My Army National Guard unit will be activated next week monday, August 16th to spend at least 18 months in Iraq. I've already purchased a BTO 15" PB(1.5GHz) and, this being my first portable, I must say I'm impressed. I've been leaning towards a pelican hard case to take my PB in since I've already bought a mini pelican case to carry my newly acquired Canon Elph SD110. Any suggestions for a hard durable case since I'd hate for my $2500 purchase to be damaged. On a side note, a couple buddies of mine who are being deployed with me, whom aren't quite computer proficient are looking to get laptops as well, albeit they use PC's. I'm not all too familiar with the PC market and merely suggested to them to order via Dell's online site since they'd be better suited to customizing their computers(i.e. upgrading ram, HD size, wireless cards). The majority of these guys will just be using these laptops merely for word processing, e-mail/internet, music listening, and watching DVD's. It seems they want to spend anywhere between $1000-$2000 and the laptop having the option of either a wireless card installed or one down the line is important. Any suggestions as to whether ordering a Dell is the right course of path?