1) Buy an IBM ThinkPad T, R or A series laptop from IBM's eBay store
these are sold directly from IBM and are all brand new, not refurbished.
Check out the T series which is a nice combination of lightweight portable but still packs some power, 3 models for under $1,500
If you don't mind a desktop replacement laptop (BIG and HEAVY) then check out the A series
2) Courtesy of XPBargains.com
, Dell Small Business (you do not have to be a small business or prove that you are, trust me) has the very popular and highly rated Dell Inspiron 4150 for $1,029 with FREE SHIPPING after coupon & rebate. Your rebate check will be made payable to your companies name, so unless you have a business checking account your "business name" should be your REAL NAME do not add company or consulting just use your REAL NAME.
If I were to buy a Dell Inspiron 4150 laptop today, here's the configuration I would recommend. I decided to take advantage of the FREE RAM UPGRADE from 256MB to 512MB instead of the $100 rebate. Less hassle for me plus an extra 256MB RAM installed for you for only $100 is a good deal.
Intel Mobile Pentium®4 Processor,1.8GHz-M 14.1 XGA ATI 32MB Video
Memory: 512MB DDR,266MHz for the price of 256MB! (mail-in rebate not available)
Hard Drive: FREE UPGRADE! 40GB Ultra ATA 5400 RPM Performance Hard Drive
Floppy Drive and Additional Storage Devices: Modular Floppy Drive
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Network Adapters: Integrated Network Card
Modems: Internal 56k Modem
Modular CD/DVD Drives: 8X Max DVD-Rom
Bundled Software: Microsoft® Works Suite 2003 with Money 2003
Security Software: Dell SecurityCenter by McAfee® w/VirusScan Online,Firewall,Privacy,1Yr
Digital Music: Dell Jukebox powered by MUSICMATCH
Primary Battery: Lithium Ion Battery
Limited Warranty, Services and Support Options: 1 Year Limited Warranty plus 1 Year Mail-In Service
Internet Access Options: 6 Months AOL
$1,431 base price as configured above
-$100 coupon posted on XPBargains.com
-FREE SHIPPING ($50 savings)
Unfortunately Dell Small Business does charge sales tax in almost all states, of course except for here in Oregon which never has sales tax
If you have any questions please post them here or PM me.
Ross (RossMAN on DVDTalk/FW/AT/20 other Hot Deals forums/WHT)