What screen size do you like? 12.1"-17". The smaller the screen, the lighter the laptop. Usually the 15"-15.4" is the cheapest laptop size, but the 14.1" is still cheap. Do you want a large resolution? WXGA often makes text look bigger, but it cannot support large screens. Yes, many laptops still have the Windows XP option. What will you use it for? Different companies offer different options. Overall the top manufactures of Windows laptops are: Dell, HP, IBM (Lenovo) and Toshiba. Everyone will recommend a different company, but all of these should sell you a decent laptop.