Seems there's two configurations available under that designation. One has a Pentium dual core 1.6GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM (list $950), while the other has a Core Duo 1.9 GHz processor and 1024 MB of RAM (list $1050). If you're looking at the second configuration for $649 it would be a sweet deal. The Toshiba has the Core 2 Duo processor and 1024 MB of RAM. Definitely stronger than the first Lenovo and somewhat stronger than the second, but the performance difference might be marginal for your applications and not worth the cost difference.
Never owned a Lenovo myself, but they sure have fans among people who want something basic and high quality.
We really need help choosing a laptop that reasonably priced. I'd like to pay $800 or under. It will be used mainly for surfing the internet, uploading photos (so it has to have a 5-in-1 card reader), and word processing. Our desktop is an HP and we haven't had any problems with it. I'd really like to find a nice notebook on clearance due to the fact it has Windows XP on it. I'd actually prefer XP over Vista, since I read Vista takes up a ton of room.
Staples has the HP Compaq Presario V6210US for $599 after rebate, but I was told to stay away from Compaqs because they aren't reliable.
My uncle seems to think a Toshiba Satellite or Gateway would be a good choice. He has owned both and has never had problems.
I called my local Staples today and asked if they had anything on clearance with XP on it. The guy told me they have a Toshiba A135-S4517 that was a floor model. He said it's $899, but I could probably get it cheaper since it was a floor model if I would talk to a manager. Is this a good notebook and how low do you think I could negotiate the price? Around $700?
Office Depot has a Lenovo 3000 N100 for $649 after $350 in rebates.
I'd really appreciate any help you can give me. It's so confusing and my husband and I have looked online at so many laptops that it's making my head hurt.