For wordprocessors, even 256 MB does fine for me. In fact, I'm using my laptop right now. It's the old p3-600 MHz, 256 MB and Windows 2000. I use Open Office on it all the time.
My gf is entering her final year of studies as she's going to write her diploma. In aid of her studies she wants a laptop computer although she's not willing to spend much ($1200 max). I find the Dell 510M to be an excellent prospect considering the facts - it runs on a Pentium M (Dothan if chosen) has a sharp screen, isn't too bulky and should be powerful enough to suit her needs. I would like to know any views regarding the Dell 510m or even other recommendations.
The only spec I find antagonizing is the low memory included in the standard package. I've noticed people around the net stating that it's not really an issue - you can just pick up more later and install it yourself. Where do you recommend I get this extra memory from? In this respect quality comes before price.