Posted 01-25-2005 at 10:14:16
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Kind of a tough question. What do you want to do with it?
If it is for basic computing and internet surfing, a used/refurbished laptop is a good choice. You can buy them at huge discounts from Dell, HP, IBM, etc. Just make sure it comes with a warranty. Price range $300-$1000 depending on the extras you want on it.
If you want a new one, look at Dell, HP/Compaq, Toshiba, IBM, and Gateway. Personally I prefer Dell. But the inside parts are virtually the same between all the big manufacturers with a few exceptions. Gateway used to be known for charging customers for Intel processors and then shipping the generic processors in the laptop. You'd never know it unless you opened your laptop internals or poked around at the setup menus and discovered you did not have Intel. I am not thrilled with Gateway for many reasons but some people really like them for the price.
If I were to rate the ones I listed for quality:
1) Dell & HP/Compaq
Rate them for price:
3) HP/Compaq & Toshiba
1) Dell, HP/Compaq, Toshiba
Price range $800-1800 depending on the extras you want to add.