Look at the Lenovo Thinkpads. They're business focused, robust and well built. Leo thinks Jim will be able to get an excellent laptop for that price. Dell also has some great computers in that price range. He won't be able to get a Mac though, the cheapest Mac is $1,000. Jim was also wondering if the Thinkpads can play movies and music, and they absolutely can. He should just make sure it has a DVD drive and should look into getting some good external speakers for it too.