My wife's 3 1/2 year old Compaq X1050US ( Centrino ) finally bit the bullet. Well, the LCD display did anyways... it's now been transformed `desktop` thanks to a 19" CRT that we had sitting around. We paid about $1200 for it back in the day. Last fall I purchased a Gateway MX6920 ( Core Duo T2050 w/1GB ) for $800. I was getting ready to purchase a new Gateway MT6705 ( Core Duo T2080 w/1GB ) for $600 when I noticed the Toshiba A135-S2386 ( T2080 w/512MB ) at Bestbuy for $449.99. My sister in law also needed a new laptop so I needed two.
The problem was, they are all sold out. But wait, for some reason ( as of today ) BestBuy in Killeen and Waco have dozens of these puppies. So on my way back from Dallas I picked two of them up fo less then $1000 out the door with tax. 512MB isn't nearly enough so I've given up the 2 512MB modules from my Gateway and will be getting in 2 1GB modules from NewEgg in a couple days.
Man, hardware sure does get cheap..... Anyone in Central/North Texas who needs a good solid budget laptop should really give these two stores a call while you can.