I have done a lot of research and know the difference between consumer grade and the higher offerings, though some of the more recent lower offerings that have been reviewed have received good marks. I also know that I can get the same model at Staples or Best Buy as compared to building the same one (or close to it) online at the sights of HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc. for less money. This laptop will be for my wife who is a grade school teacher. She'll need it for taking back and forth to school when needed, but primarily for her home work space which is usually the kitchen table: This is what she will use it for: Online access where she looks at her school website, school mailbox, emails, online research, school planning, Windows Office particularly Word, DVD/CD burning, and the occasional DVD viewing. She doesn't game and no blue tooth needed, Basically she needs reliability and not bells and whistles. There are a lot of manufactures to choose from and a boat load of models. I want at least a dual core chip. What are the better manufactures? Toshiba a couple of years ago had difficulty fufilling parts. Is this true today? All manufactures have the basic offerings. I wouldn't get anywhere near a Dell Ispirion but they do have Latitudes that are way out of my range. Asus? HP? Budget? My wife doesn't want to spend over $500 but I know better. If I can keep it around $700 I believe that is doable. What do you guys think? Suggest?