Hey guys, thanks for all your input!
As for the 17" size. I don't really travel a lot with the laptop, and it's virtually always plugged into the wall. However, 15" IS a nice size, and 4:3 UXGA's are in strong demand for some reason. I suppose that's the mobility you guys were talking about.
I also don't need the "working with it in the sunlight" part, it's just that I want an awesome screen again, and apparently, that will be impossible. Then again, maybe not.
As for Alienware, the only reason I brought that up was this ClearView technology, but just like the entire site looks to be, it may just be another one of their gimmicks. And, naturally, I don't want to get anything other than a Thinkpad.
I actually have an Advanced Mini Dock, and it has the DVI port, yes. Three of you have mentioned the Thinkvision L220x widescreen monitor. So I looked it up and I see the screen has something called PVR. I read that the order in which the screens go up in quality goes like this:
TN --> VA --> PVR --> IPS --> FFS
I can attest to the latter two of these being true, so how good is this PVR standard?
So maybe that's actually a "best of both worlds" solution, since a bigger screen would be nice for movies and watching my Slingbox anyway, and the widescreen part, too, of course.
What do you think of these points?? I thank you in advance!