my friend I went with the sony S series. I went through 2 of them in one week.the may look nice but there proublem are out of control.I got the Sony S460 and pure junk is the outcome.there teck help stinks as bad as the heat that my mother board took on.Go with Toshiba.Like i said i took back both a sonys after one week and picked up the Toshiba Qosmio g15.It,s perfect and has all that your looking for and more.I bought it from Comp usa for 2300.00.also the is a model called the G20 that should be released this month.Check out the Toshiba g15 Qosmio as well as it,s rating on cnet.it,s at a 8.4 now.a beyond strong notebook f,sure.good luck