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The Lenovo ThinkPad X130e is pretty good for a cheap laptop. I haven't looked at any hard statistics, but for cheaper laptops, I've found Lenovo to be a more reliable choice than Acer which is a name that often comes up, but my sample is too small to have any statistical validity. I could just have been lucky. There are many choices out there including some inexpensive Compaq laptops which I've also had pretty good luck with, except for battery life (as in "need a new battery" not "need to charge").