Hello all, I am considering my first laptop purchase; I am leaning towards a Dell, maybe a 17" "Studio" model. But it does not seem possible to install an ASIO-compatible soundcard in any Dell laptops. I have forgotten what little I used to know about these matters.

So: Is it possible to run Sibelius and Kontakt and GPO and all that stuff, with all the bells and whistles, ASIO sound and all that, on a Windows laptop? If a suitable sound card cannot be put INTO the laptop, can some external rig be connected to it so that Sibelius etc. will be fully enabled? And if so, how exactly is that accomplished -- does one plug an external sound card into the laptop with USB interface?

If at all possible I'd prefer NOT to have to use any external hardware. Who wants to lug around yet *more* stuff?