An alternate perspective: The X201 is the consensus first choice of most reviewers, but it has some significant negatives you should consider before taking the plunge. I have the unique experience of having actually owned and used the Lenovo X201, HP 2740p and TM2 and Fujitsu T-730 in the past year. I won't contradict anything the previous poster said about the Lenovo, but I will clarify a few things, then give you an alternative to consider: 1) You don't get Lenovo's advertosed 8 hrs. on from the 8 cell battery on the X201. At best you get 6, more like 4-5 if you are doing much more than a few browser windows or MS Office. 2) Though there is a Core i5 option, it is an i5-UM, the ultra low voltage version, and it is a very weak cpu, though it will give you more battery life. It is about equivalent to the old C2D SL series. The Core i7 options are the LM versions, low voltage but a good compromise. Plenty of juice for almost anything you could throw at it, but again, 4-6 hrs battery, max. 3) The 8 cell battery sticks out about 1.5" from the back of the X201. Some find this a useful "handle" to carry the tablet with. Still, it makes the unit bulkier to transport. 4) The keyboard on the thinkpads are "legendary," but by modern standards they are not necessarily the best going. They are "clackety" (as all IBM keyboards used to be) and they are not the "island" style that many prefer. It's all a matter of choice. 5) There is no keyboard light, so no low light typing. 6) They come standard with a 1 yr wtty; you pay about $200 to extend to 3 yrs, which should be a given. 7) Just my opinion, and not necessarily a consideration for many, but I think the original thinkpad design, unchanged for 15 years, is without equal the ugliest and most outdated design in notebook computers, with nothing coming close except perhaps the utra-rugged Panasonic Toughbook series. I am a fan of the HP 2740p. It is on the "right" side of every issue mentioned above, but it has it's downsides compared to the Lenovo: 1) It only fits a 1.8" HDD which limits choices, sizes and speeds of spinning drives. The standard is 2.5" for notebooks, and all the other tablets use it. If you get the Intel 160GB SSD (and I recommend that with either the Lenovo or the HP - both offer it), it is just as fast. But if you want to upgrade to a larger SSD later, there will always be fewer choices in 1.8" size, though that may well change as tablets grow and convertible tablet PCs shrink. 2) It only gets 3 hrs on its base battery. You can buy a "slice" battery, which is 1/4" thick and covers the entire bottom of the computer, for about $75 on eBay - don't buy the HP version for $175 - it is a waste of money. The slice adds 3/4 lb, but nearly doubles battery life. 3) There were early quality problems (as there were with X201s) but they seem to be worked out. Like the Lenovo X2XX series, the HP 27XX series has been around for over 3 years with little change to the design, so you can depend on it being quite durable and reliable. 4) If you get any screen except the best "outdoor" version (there are two "outdoor" screens, get the more expensive one, only $50 more), it will not be on par with Lenovo's excellent screens. The best outdoor screen from Hp is made by Hydis, who used to make all of Lenovo's but now each Lenovo model has a different mfr, resolution, brightness, etc. Still, the Lenovo 300 nit multitouch and the HP "outdoor" are comparable, and both are excellent. If you don't want multi touch, the Lenovo "outdoor" screen is 400 nits (but not made with a multitouch digitizer), about the brightest and best screen you'll find on any laptop. Unless you must use it outdoors a lot, it is overkill. Otherwise, take all the caveats about the Lenovo, above, and remove them for the HP - eg, they come with 3 yr wtty, their minimum configuration is a Core i5 standard voltage, 2.5-3.06 Ghz cpu, has a keyboard light, smaller footprint, modern design, quiet, island style keyboard, etc.) It's hard to get an apples to apples comparison, and with Lenovo you get your best deal when they are running a huge coupon special or through their "Top Seller" resellers with pre-configured models. That said, I think the HPs on average cost a few hundred less, especially with comparable 3 yr wtty and SSDs, both of which cost much more on the Lenovos. Both will be under your $2,000, but not by much. You can't go wrong with either model. I chose the HP, but second guessed myself about 10 times over the past 6 mos! The Fujitsus are the most versatile and powerful machines out there, and the most durable as well. They weigh about 1 lb more but have a wonderful feature called a "modular bay" which can hold a dvd drive (comes standard - you need to use an external or get an expansion base on the Lenovo or HP), an extra battery or an extra Hard Drive. The modular bay is "hot swappable" so you can unplug/plug drives on the fly. With a Core i5 or i7 cpu and a 500GB-1TB HDD in the modular bay, you can have a 4.6lb tablet PC that is as powerful as just about any desktop replacement, other than having no discrete gpu, as none of the quality tablets do. The Fujitsus will win no style awards, but they are less "military" looking than the Lenovos, IMO. Their keyboards are the worst of the three: not lit and noisy, with mediocre feel, still, they are in a tough field: the Lenovo and HP are among the two best keyboards I've used on ANY laptop. Any computer can be purchased used or refurbished on eBay, but Fujitsu has it's own refurbish store on eBay and you can routinely buy current models (the T-730 is the match for the other two models we've discussed) for half price or less. (I own one, which I am about to send back to Fujitsu for a refund, not because there's anything wrong with it, just because I prefer the size, weight and feel of the HP. (I have it for sale for $1,050 (until Monday, 12/13 PM me if you're interested, but I am not "hawking" it here and, as you see, I rated it third out of 3. If you like the idea of the modular bay, don't mind the weight and don't need the best keyboard made for a laptop, you can get a very powerful machine for 1/2 price. Hmmm....probably left out around 50 more things I know about all of these models, but my bottom line, where I put MY money, is 1) HP 2740, 2) Lenovo X-200 and 3) Fujitsu T-730 (or T-900, same as 730 but 13" screen, only tablet made that size.) One last VERY important point: HP allows you to use your computer for 30 days and return it for any reason or no reason for a 100% refund. Lenovo charges a 20% "restocking" fee. I'm not sure about Fujitsu - check their web site, they may give you 14 days. Personally, I would never buy a computer I cannot try, at least in a store. I was fortunate in getting "free" use of all three models, but without special cirucmstances, HP is the only one that gives you 30 days, standard. You can't go wrong with any of the three, and there really aren't any others worth considering. Good luck.