Toshiba 17.3" (BJs Secial, maybe) $400
I wasn't looking/shopping for a new laptop but as my 7 year old Gateway suffered some screen damage (subject of another post last week), I had looked at buying a used screen or complete Gateway computer for parts. It appears I'd need to pay in the neighborhood for $200 to pull that off.
Then I got a sale notice form BJs on a Toshiba C875D-S7345 with a 17.3" HD LED Back lit screen for $399, and say why not? I don't plan to use this for a travel computer, more of a portable and out-of-sight living room desktop - so the 17.3" screen looks good and what's HD and LED Back lit, is that good display stuff today - next generation screen technology compared to my 7 yo machine. It lists Windows 8, I am familiar with W7 so it might not be a big change.. my old Gateway is XP, of course. It has 4 GB RAM, a necessity with W7/W8 I understand, 320 GB HDD (on the small side for a new computer) and an AMD EI-1200 processor, must be at least a dual core, but I don't know.
I am not a "gamer" or "graphics" user, so I suspect this machine is "more than enough" - yes I am thinking Tablet too, but I don't think Tablet is yet up to replacing a Laptop used as a portable desktop.