A while back, I sold 3 dead laptops for store credit at a local computer shop. Thinking about taking that credit and getting the kids a PC to share. On the fence between a laptop or a desktop.
It'll probably be a refurb unit, regardless of form factor. What I don't like is that they put XP on everything. While XP isn't a bad OS, MS is moving forward and has or will soon stop supporting it- IE9 doesn't support it, for example.