I am a bit removed from the computer industry these days and no longer know much as to what the killer deals are. I am trying to buy a cheap utility laptop for browsing and running a few applications(none too memory intensive). I think i might still need Windows since I get a lot of MS documents.
I am not a gamer but good audio would be cool. That being said, I think i will still go for > 1GB RAM. Cure 2 duo processors seem to be pretty cool but the dual core (prev generation) seems to be cheaper. Probably prefer 14" screen as it will be lighter and more portable.
So with all this said, what companies and price points to look for. Dell Inspirons are between 600-800. Would like to keep it closer to 500 bucks. What about HP, Lenovo, Toshiba?