1. Get over Vista. I use it 98% of the time and I'm writing applications in Visual Studio 2008 and more.
2. Wait it out. In October, get a Windows 7 machine.
3. There are dozens of machines, nice ones at that price point. Just check your usual office supply chains, wal mart and the Dell brochures. All seem great.
4. The more machines I use with that Intel 4500 GPU the more I'm convinced Intel got that right.
My Dell Laptop recently had a HD crash for the 3rd time and it's time for me to upgrade. I was looking at the Netbooks/Notebooks but wasn't too sure...the other thing I don't like is the Vista software...
Main uses for the computer...web surfing, music/media download, Word Documents and thats about it. I want something decently fast and reliable...what can anyone suggest?