questionswhat laptop should i buy?

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Go for Asus. Best laptop manufacturer imo. Their laptops and components have always been top notch for me and the people I have recommended to. I have built and repaired many, many systems and if building a rig, I always try to use Asus components, so when they started manufacturing PC's, I started buying and recommending them to everyone that asked me. I have never been let down.

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Asus is not a favorite of mine by far. Their concern and out of warranty service for a 1-1/2 year old netbook is non-existent. It is a throwaway in its present condition. Yes, I have heard good things about them, but good things did not happen for me. I have a HP and like it very much.

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If you're not in a rush, you could look for a deal like this to come back up:
http://www.woot.com/Forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=5003966

Or there's a decent deal on moofi now:
http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/96b2bcf6-65eb-4493-8916-e0f280c2d7ec/toshiba-satellite-with-intel-i5-refurbished#5

If you want something a little more, I got my parents a Toshiba that I was really pleased with, so you might look at toshibadirect.com

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I took a toshiba for a test drive and the battery life was abysmal (<2 hrs). I found that to be concerning...

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@klozitshoper: netbook's were doomed from the start. I am sorry to hear about your unfortunate situation, but most manufacturer warranties are 1 yr parts and labor. It's too bad that you can't get it serviced though. With tablets available and ultrabooks on the rise, it's not surprising that the netbook is dying. I feel bad for all those that invested in one, especially since the life span of them was so short lived.

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@housry23: It was not a whole lot of money - bought it on Woot - less than $300. However, I just would have expected more concern from the company itself. I have an Ipad now as well as the HP laptop. I expect my good, reliable 9 year old Dell desktop to fail one of these days, and I will mourn its demise. I love it. I am a fast typist, and I cannot get used to the laptop (and the netbook was so slow, I could not stand doing anything such as posting or writing a doc - drove me crazy.