Eh, I've seen some passable laptops for around that price. I was just worried about their capabilities to do what I want (the home theater). Why do I choose laptop over desktop you ask? Well mainly for space since it will be predominately sitting in the living room. Secondly I want to be able to unhook and take it around the house if need be. If I was going desktop then this would have been a no-brainer. I'm just ignorant as far as laptops go, so hence why I'm asking for help.