I am a older student and need a reliable laptop for school and some pleasure activity. I want wireless acess and a word processor for research papers. I also need to be able to hook up a wireless printer and be able to use the internet. I will occassionally use it to watch DVD, can syou suggest an inexpensive laptop that is dependable and has the features I need..
Most any sub-$500 laptop can handle that work you mention.
In that price range the reliability/dependability is roughly equal.
A good example: lenovo G570 15" notebook $430 Lenovo G570 Review (review model has different configuration from the $430 model @ Newegg)