I've used a Dell Latitude notebook and I have to say that I thought it to be well made and sturdy. I do recall in fact that the laptop in question was dropped several times, to no effect. I had flawless performance always from what I thought was a very good buy. Now, Dell is making the deal even sweeter.

In a launch of low-priced Latitudes, Dell has priced the new entry-level notebook, the Latitude 110L, at just £399 (excluding VAT and delivery). This black cased baby weighs 2.87kg, and packs a 1.3GHz Intel Celeron M processors 350 or a 1.6GHz Pentium M processor 725, a choice of 14.1- or 15-inch XGA (1024 x 768) display, from 256MB to 1.28GB of SDRAM, a 30GB, 40GB or 60GB hard drive, and a 24X CD-ROM or choice of 8X DVD-ROM, 24X CD-RW/DVD combination and 8X DVD+/-RW4 optical drives. Nice also to see the inclusion of three USB 2.0 ports (very handy, as you will discover if you become more of a laptop person!) and optional support for 802.11b/g wireless networking.