honestly, you sure you want to spend $2500 for a laptop, especially if you are concerned about theft at college. also, i would assume that you'll be putting it under some heavy use (carrying it around every day), so chances are it'll get knocked around quite a bit. From my experience, no laptop, however expensive and well-built lasts very long when you take it with you everyday, at least it hasn't for me. so you might come to regret spending that much money on something that may not last you very long. why not buy a small, ultra-portbale laptop for $1200-$1300 max (there some great options out there) and invest some of the money saved into a nice 17"-20" external LCD screen that you can hook up to your laptop when at home.