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I am a railroad engineer. I go from one place to another. I mostly use it in travel in a hotel. Its not like airports and constant travel. Its really either at home or at a hotel in my away from home terminal.
It sounds like you're using it as mainly a mobile desktop replacement without much heavy work on it. In this case, I recommend:
1. 15.6" screen. This gives you a bigger screen to look at and makes it easier to find computers with good price:performance compared to 14" screens. It is reasonably easy to fit into laptop bags and sleeves to protect them from bumps when you travel.
2. Large chassis. Since you are not really using it on the go as much as moving it from place to place frequently, light weight and battery life are not particularly important. The larger chassis gives more room for cooling higher end components.
An example of what I recommend: http://www.xoticpc.com/msi-gt60-2oc022us-p-5780.html
1. Cooling upgrades--I'm not sure what the default cooling options are, but I think it is either painted aluminum or copper. Plain copper is better and probably useful for a fairly powerful laptop.
2. RAM: Upgrading RAM on these machines tend to be a fairly simple matter: Unscrewing a panel at the bottom and slide in. Check the manual for the machine to see if this is the case. If you're really uncomfortable with the idea, a RAM upgrade to 2x8 GB isn't that bad an idea, since upgrading yourself would not cost much less than $69.
3. mSATA drive would give you much better boot times, but it might not be a good idea if you are not comfortable with moving the User folder yourself (would require a clean install).
4. Do you have a Windows 7 or Windows 8 install disc to clean install?