OK, so I finally think it's time I bought a computer. Probably laptop. (I've never owned any type of computer before). I currently use public computers and/or sponge off of others' computers.
This is what I will be using it for:
Typing (ms word or equivalent)
Internets (self explanatory, I think)
DVD playing compatibility would be nice, but not essential
I don't do music, pictures, graphics, computer games or any of that jazz.
I want something reliable, that lasts a long time, and is not going to break. My gut instinct is to drop $1100 on a macbook and be done with it, but that's way overkill for my uses, and lots of money. I've looked at the basic $500 dell laptop, but ahve heard many horror stories of dell.