Merry Xmas everyone from the great white north! Ok. I received a notebook laptop for xmas from my father. I already have a good desktop I upgraded last year, but I have always thought I would prefer a laptop so I didn't HAVE to sit at my desk to use my PC, can use it in the bedroom, kitchen, livingroom, on the road etc etc. Its a very nice laptop, pretty close to what I would have chosen myself, but not exactly what I would prefer...so...here are the details of the laptop first: The laptop is this one from Best Buy: http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/prodde...43&catid=20354 MX6124 Processor Type Intel Celeron M Processor 370 Screen Size 15.4" RAM (Preloaded / Maximum) 512MB (Exp. To 2GB) Hard Drive 60GB HDD (4200RPM) Optical Drives DVD+/-RW Multi-Format Drive Graphics See The Features Section Average Battery Life 3 Hours Product Weight 6.27 lbs Audio Type AC '97 2.3 Compliant Audio Battery Type 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Cache 1MB L2 Fax/Modem 56K ITU V.92 I/O Ports Info Not Available Included In Box Power Supply, Battery, Manual Network Card See The Features Section Other Software See The Features Section PC Card Slots See The Features Section Pointing Device Touchpad With Vertical Scroll Zone Preloaded Operating System MS Windows XP Home Edition SP2 Processor Speed 1.5GHz Product Dimensions 35.78(W) x 3.55(H) x 26.39(D) cm Removable Storage Info Not Available Screen Type Widescreen Ultrabright WXGA TFT Speakers AC '97 2.3 Compliant Audio Built-In System Bus 400MHz Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labour An ok laptop, and if there was no way I could exchange it, I would appreciate it. $999 plus taxes and the HP PSC 1510 all-in-one scanner printer too (is that any good?). I would prefer something with a slightly larger HD, really prefer an AMD CPU and non-shared video (not essential but what the heck). So my question is this, without spending more, or not much more, what laptop should I exchange/upgrade/trade this for? (I know I cannot refund this for a few days). It must be from Best Buy. I would prefer something similar in performance to my desktop: MSI Neo2 Plat AMD64 3000+ 1.8 ghz CPU 1 GB OCZ PC400 ram Nvidia Geforce2 GTS 32 MB AGP 200 GB seagate SATA LG 4162 dvd ram burner USB 2.0 ...so I figured a 1.8 ghz AMD cpu laptop would be good. 15.4" widescreen is ok. I don't need non-shared video because I won't play many games. To get more on what my desktop is like, check my price check thread. I know I will lose a few things (video capture, but I can get an outboard one, and I will lose some speed). Does anybody know if the dual-layer dvd drive in the below turion laptop is as good as my LG 4163B? I was thinking of this one if I can swing it: http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/prodde...gon=&langid=EN AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology ML-32 With 1.80GHz Processor Speed 80GB HDD (4200RPM) 512MB memory for multitasking power, expandable up to 2GB. DVD +/- RW Multi-Format Double Layer 802.11g Integrated Wireless (Up To 54Mbps) Weighs only 2.8 kg and measures just 1.4cm thin for easy portability. I/O Ports: 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x VGA External Connector, 1 x IEEE 1394, 1 x RJ11, 1 x RJ45, Microphone In, Headphone PC Card Slots: 1 x Type I or Type II; Card Bus, 4-in-1 Digital Media Manager Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick-Pro, and MultimediaCard Network Card: 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet; Integrated 802.11g Wireless (Up to 54Mbps) Included Software: Microsoft Works 8, Money 2005, Microsoft Digital Image Starter Edition 2006 with Trial, Nero 6 Suite, PowerDVD, Microsoft Office 2003 Student Teacher Ed. Trial (60-day complimentary trial period), AOL (6-month membership included), McAfee Internet Security Suite (90-day complimentary subscription) Please Note: This product only contains English operating instructions and system software. Product Details Web Code:10069888 Mfr. Part Number:MX6420 Processor Type AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology ML-32 Screen Size 15.4" RAM (Preloaded / Maximum) 512MB (Exp. To 2GB) Hard Drive 80GB HDD (4200RPM) Optical Drives DVD +/- RW Multi-Format Double Layer Graphics ATI Radeon Xpress 200M Graphics Average Battery Life Over 3 Hours Product Weight 2.8 kg Audio Type AC '97 2.3 Compliant Battery Type 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Cache 512KB L2 Fax/Modem 56K ITU V.92 I/O Ports Info Not Available Included In Box Power Supply, Battery, Manual Network Card See The Features Section Other Software See The Features Section PC Card Slots See The Features Section Pointing Device Touchpad With Vertical Scroll Zone Preloaded Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Processor Speed 1.80GHz Product Dimensions 14.09(W) x 1.40(H) x 10.39(D) cm Removable Storage Info Not Available Screen Type Widescreen Ultrbright WXGA TFT Speakers Built-In Stereo Speakers System Bus Info Not Available Anybody have any advice? Is the above Turion a decent choice? P.S. As per above, I don't need anything huge, my minimum requirements are AMD CPU, 80 GB HDD, 512 to 1 GB ram, 15.4" widescreen, dual layer dvd burner. Also, is the above burner as good as the LG 4163B? P.P.S. My father knows me well, and bought the laptop knowing he wasn't sure what I would like, a different laptop, or even a digital SLR. My father is spoiling me! I must take him on a guided fishing trip this year! thanx in advance for any helpful advice.