My wife is in the market for a new laptop, and I am surfing the Internet to find a machine that she might consider as a viable option. She teaches at both the high school and college level, and uses some mathematics-specific test generation software, but other than this concern, she is a typical laptop user: some business, some personal, and no heavy memory usage for games or other applications that drain away RAM.
One laptop that is currently on sale that meets many of our needs is the Toshiba Satellite A215-S7472 Notebook, which I have seen priced as low as $699 and as high as $899. In addition to its 2.20GHz processor, the Satellite comes with a standard 2GB RAM chip. I made the mistake of buying a laptop with only 1GB of RAM last year, which is not quite enough to handle the RAM-sucking Microsoft Vista operating system.
While my current laptop is otherwise a solid machine, I get more than a few annoying occasions where the insufficient RAM locks up even relatively simple Word documents or Explorer browsers. There is no way I will overlook the importance of RAM on any future computer purchases.
Anyways, feel free to leave in the Comments section any laptop recommendations, or reasons why the Toshiba Satellite makes a quality or terrifying computer investment. I am always impressed with the collective knowledge that readers bring to discussions like this.