My friend is planning on getting a laptop in a week or two, and he has a $2500 budget, but if he really wants to, he could go up to $3000. He'll be using it for instant messaging, e-mail, writing papers, and burning DVDs. I suggested that he buy an IBM ThinkPad or an Apple PowerBook. I specifically told him not to buy from Dell because of all of the horror stories I've heard about them recently, and I haven't been too happy with them either. Any thoughts?