So here's my deal. I am a student and I rent laptop from my school because we're been required to. I hate the computer, its pretty basic and bulky, (IBM thinkpad). I am not a gamer so i dont need graphics or anything to be too intense, but i do like to multitask, and i hate how slow my laptop can get. my ideal situation would be to purchase a really small light weight inexensive laptop that I could rely on, and then have a external hard drive to sync it up to every night so that the memory stays free (but i also have no idea how to do that.) basically the only other thing I need is for it to be able to run basic microsoft apps, like word and excel. I dont know what to look for in a laptop, and I have no idea what anything means in any of these forums. Please help me!