Chairman Ray said:
When you say that you need something with a little more power, what specifically are you looking for? If you are just browsing the internet and writing documents, a netbook would be ideal, or a lower end laptop.
Also, what are the prices on the macbooks that you are currently considering?
I want something slightly more powerful than a netbook or lower end laptop. I might make a PowerPoint or even edit a small video occasionally. I also prefer quality computers, and Apple is known for making very nice computers. Quality is really important to me.
Both models I described are under $300. I am looking on Craigslist and eBay and am getting very good results.