Yep, another laptop question.
I have a ~600 USD budget. I mostly surf the web, email, type, that type of thing. No gaming, but I do occasionally edit photos/videos.
I'm planning to put some distribution of linux on it (probably Arch).
I'm not really sure about what brand even to look at, as I haven't bought a laptop for a while, and I had been looking at netbooks because I thought my budget would be a lot smaller. I'm still open to them, but I think I'd be better suited to a regular notebook. (I think I'd get a Samsung NC10, though, because it seems to be the best of the current netbooks.)
I did have an older, used IBM Thinkpad that was very good, until it broke. It did, however, survive at least three drops to the floor from at least waist height.
I'm slightly wary of Dell because I've dealt with their support before, but I may be able to be swayed..
Right now I'm looking at a Toshiba
, a Lenovo
, and an HP
I definitely want a new laptop (not used!). I have seen the past few questions about laptops.