NOTE: I solved the problem before anyone replied so you don't have to read it. Here's what i know: -- Apple would be my first choice, but too expensive. -- HP offers good laptops at good prices, but only in the US. I'm Canadian. HP has a weak Canadian presence, selling only two-year-old models at two-year-old prices. -- Dell screwed over a friend of mine so there's no chance they're getting my business. -- Lenovo's low-end products are ugly. Not something I would normally complain about, but they look just like a 1998 Toshiba laptop my Mom has. -- Asus's website sucks. Also one can't buy directly from them, which is irritating. Did i miss anyone? This is frustrating. If I could buy from HP's US site i'd be set. If Apple had some lower-end portables, even better. Alas, not so. Any suggestions? EDIT: I tried Acer just now. They have some promising low-end products, but like Asus they only sell to resellers. Unlike Asus, they don't say on their website who those resellers are. Another EDIT: Hold on, I found a list of Acer's Canadian partners on their site. One last EDIT: Found a good deal on one of Acer's low-end products on TigerDirect.