Dell gives you a pretty good bang for your buck. I've always liked Dell laptops. Checkout the Inspiron 15R. You can get an extra $50 off a $599 laptop right now. with this code: 0H9Q3PQ6L3744C
Dell often has great deals. The deals going on right now are kind of meh.
Here are a couple other great options in that price range: (I'd definitely try to stick with the Intel Core i3 or AMD A8 series CPUs though)ASUS X202EAcer Aspire E1-571-6680Acer Aspire V3-551G-8454ASUS K55N-DS81
I'm not sure if you need MS Office or if you can get away with just using Google Docs or something. I think you typically need proof of enrollment to get student discounts? MS gives pretty good discounts on student editions. You also might want to check with your college to see what software you can get from them for free. A lot of schools provide "free" copies of things like Office, Windows and whatever programming software the school uses. I say "free" because you are paying for it in your tuition so it makes sense to go pick up a copy of everything you paid for anyway (if your school does that of course).Edited by itznfb - 6/5/13 at 8:06am