1. What is your budget? 300$ after shipping/rebates. 2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? Notebook size, 15 inches and up. 3. What screen resolution do you want? Best for the price. 4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? I'd like one, yes. 5. How much battery life do you need? 3 - 6 hours? Doesn't matter much to me. 6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? I'm not much of a gamer, but I guess playing some games on low-med detail couldn't hurt. 7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) Streaming HD video, programming, GIMP (photo editing.) 8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? 120+ gigs 9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. Nope. 10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? Couple years at the least. 11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? CD/DVD drive/disc burner 12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. Thinkpad - Build quality
Acer - (brand loyalty)
Although it doesn't really matter. 13. What country do you live in? USA. 14. Please tell us any additional information if needed. N/A
There are none, unless you are looking for a used / refurbished / recertified laptop.
The $300 range will get you a new netbook which can be considered a small underpowered laptop. Not really good enough for games, but I did see a video of someone playing the Sims 2 on a netbook with a 1.6GHz Atom CPU and Intel GMA 3100 graphics core.
Based on what's listed on Newegg.com, the best laptop for $300 is a recertified DELL Inspiron I14R-1090DBK with an Intel Pentium B940 2.00GHz and Intel HD 3000 graphics core. However, it is out of stock. This is actually the most powerful graphics core you can get.