As mentioned in my previous post, I just bought a Dell laptop.
I bought a refurbished machine from Dell's Outlet, and so far, I am thrilled. The laptop looks like it is new, with no obvious signs of previous use. The keyboard is clean, the screen is bright and clear, and everything seems to work well.
My laptop isn't the latest edition Dell has to offer, but it is plenty quick enough to do the basic stuff I want to do. And the savings were huge, compared to a brand new machine. I got a 40GB HD, a DVD/CDRW drive, 1.6 GHz Pentium M, Intel wireless network card, 512MB RAM, a Firewire port, and a 1 year warranty for about $700.