Yeah, tell me about it (mine's $200 now and that's without movies). I like the idea of ditching it alltogether (for TV, still need high-speed internet), but until they have HGTV and soccer channels like FSC and GolTV, that's not gonna fly. This Acer allows you to stream in full HD up to 1080p running on 2GB of memory? It doesn't even have a dedicated graphics cards, correct? That's quite impressive - Dell has a couple of similar machines (Inspiron series) that look inspiring . Thanks for the detailed explanation of your setup.