I just coughed up for a Dell. Our first laptop. Well, actually ds1's for his chess thingies. It was all rather confusing but I opted for an Inspiron because they were cheap(ish) and I got a good spec, with 4 years collect, repair and deliver (really want that) for about £500. 2gb RAM, 160Mb hd, 1.87 Ghz Dual Core Processor.