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A 1215T is under your budget (349.99) and a 1215B a little over ($436.99) both shipped at Newegg.

Tigerdirect has this for 329.99 with coupon, which would meet most of your needs, and is basically a netbook with a bigger screen and DVDRW:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...989&CatId=4938
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Originally Posted by Manyak View Post
I suggest looking into getting a used Core2 based laptop. Current gen ones actually aren't THAT much more powerful, and they're still way more than what you need for those tasks.

The Thinkpad T400 would be my first pick for you: Full voltage C2D's, radeon 34xx, 14" 1440x900, and around 10 hrs of battery life with the 9 cell battery. I'm pretty sure they go for around $300-$400 on ebay right now.
Wow 10hrs is nice. This would be a good pick. The C2D laptops were solid performers.
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Why do you guys suggest getting a used Core2 based laptop instead of a new Core i3 or Core i5 based laptop for ~$400-$450 on sale?

@Manyak: The Thinkpad T400 looks pretty nice, and I know Lenovo builds their products well but I care cosmetic too, and would like to buy new so I won't potentially run into problems.

I think I'm missing something because it seems the newer Core i3 and Core i5 based laptops would be a better choice than an older Core 2 based one as they're only a little bit more expensive.
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Why do you guys suggest getting a used Core2 based laptop instead of a new Core i3 or Core i5 based laptop for ~$400-$450 on sale?

@Manyak: The Thinkpad T400 looks pretty nice, and I know Lenovo builds their products well but I care cosmetic too, and would like to buy new so I won't potentially run into problems.

I think I'm missing something because it seems the newer Core i3 and Core i5 based laptops would be a better choice than an older Core 2 based one as they're only a little bit more expensive.
The performance difference isn't that large. In fact, there's a LOT of overlap, where some of the Core2 CPUs are actually faster than the current gen i3/i5's. For example, the T9600 that's available in the T400 is faster than the current i3-2350M, and only BARELY slower than an i5 (about equal to a previous gen i5-540M). And since the old CPUs are cheap now you can even buy a quad core and drop it in, making it faster than any of today's dual cores without going over your budget (it's not like you're going to find a brand new quad core for this price).

Plus, all the new $400-$500 models have crappy specs across the board, especially the screens. Have you ever seen 1366x768 @ 15.6"? It's not pretty. With something like a T400 you're getting 1440x900@14", which is much more reasonable. With a T500 you can even get up to 1680x1050@15.4".

It's just a matter of being patient and looking through ebay or wherever until you find one that's in good condition, and (if you really care to) get a new keyboard for it - they only cost like $20. With Thinkpads it's not that hard to find a good one anyway, since they're built so tough.
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