well i like HP laptops, they're a pretty good brand and they're not too expensive. some are only 399.99 and i got one from dell that was like 600 or so and it sucked! i don't use dell computers anymore - its not a good brand of computer. also, a mini laptop from HP is only 279.99-399.99. I'm getting the prices off its website: http://funadvice.com/r/156utihaop2 just look and see what you like the prices vary depending on what you need... i hope this helps!
I usually refer to Techspots Laptop buying guide when checking out laptops: http://funadvice.com/r/14l32unbu1o
look into the specs not the brands of laptops i5 or i7 processor and 6 or 8gigs of RAM and you should be good
Reminds me of what we say in IS/IT.
Cheap, fast, good.
You can only have two out of three.
You get what you pay for.