Hey Crazycool, just wanted to let you know that I love my 5500 but I am a senior in college and I wish I would have went with something smaller and lighter, like one of those small dell laptops. The 5500 is not practical to carry around to my classes, not so much because of the wieght, but because of its overall size. Most of the desks in my university classrooms have those small tops on them. There is no way the 5500 can fit on those desks so I dont even bring it to school with me. Im definitely not bashing Alienware, I have not had one problem really with my 5500, but for ease of use, go with something small and light for school. And, believe it or not, those new dell laptops with the 64mb integrated graphics cards actually play games fairly well. A friend of mine has one and he plays madden 05, farcry, etc.. and they dont look too bad.