This is just about the best list that I have had the joy of participating in! Dependable advice from people who seem to genuinely want to help. Thanks so much.

As I carefully contemplate moving from my beloved Mac laptop in order to make the best use of GPO/Finale (my two favorite programs, bar none), I would like input and advice as to the best configuration of laptop computer.
Although I know Macs pretty well and have used a PC desktop unit before, don't assume I know anything about PC laptops.

As I mentioned, I am looking for the optimum configuration for running the GPO/Finale combination. I will also need to be able to create mp3 soundfiles from the resulting compositions, so some comments as to the best software for that would be appreciated.

1. I have no brand bias, and I am not intending to start brand wars, but I guess that cannot be avoided as people champion their favorite.
2. I am committed to the notebook/laptop platform as that serves my needs best.
3. Price point would be from $1500 to $2000. (I admit that I am counting on the better price to performance ratio available in the PC world to help make that amount of money go farther.)
4. My screen need is 15"...smaller is too small for working with scores, and I am not crazy about the inherent bulk and dimensions of a 17".

Thanks in advance for all your help.
(Let me also say that I am not intending to start Mac/PC wars, but simply following the thread related to number of voices/instruments available relative to the Mac or PC was enough to finally get me seriously looking in this direction.)

Brad Pearson
THG Music
Spokane WA