For the past few weeks I've been searching for a new laptop for less than $450 or so. Have been getting somewhat frustrated. Perhaps my requirements are too high for my budget. Anyways, I plan on using the laptop mainly for doing stock market-related things (charting, trading, etc) and running my blog. I may play the occasional game or two but it would be older games like Sins of a Solar Empire, C&C3, or Supreme Commander 2. If those are too demanding for my budget it's no big loss.
Here is what I am looking at in terms of a system:
~Intel Core i3 - Though this is not a requirement, it seems to be the best choice for me
~4GB of RAM minimum
~320GB-500GB hard drive is fine
~MUST HAVE a 10-key numeric keypad - Guess this means a 15.6" screen?
~Backlit or illuminated keyboard is a major plus
Have been mainly looking for Toshiba Satellite, Sony Vaio E Series, Lenovo due to reviews I've read, but am not married to them.
Here's a few I've picked out. Feedback or new suggestions are welcome. Thanks!