If you want a good deal on a laptop then you should look into the possibility of buying a refurbished or used model. This is a great option for people who need the portability but do not necessarily have a lot of extra money laying around, such as college students.
Many people are cautious of buying a refurbished machine because they are worried about reliability issues. This is a reasonable fear because many people have had problems when buying refurbished. If you decide to go this route, make sure you purchase a refurbished machine that carries a full warranty as if it were brand new. If the laptop does not have this guarantee then simply move on until you find one that does. Most refurbished machines will in fact be warrantied in this way.
Buying a used machine imposes the same type of risk regarding reliability, but the risk is a bit greater because obviously there will not be a warranty included with a used machine.
Take this into account when looking at the prices. You should expect to pay a lot less for a used machine than for a refurbished one.
Start your search by going to the major computer brands such as Toshiba, Lenovo, and HP and search for their refurbished inventories on their main shopping website. What you should do at this point is to figure out what machine you want and take down some prices and figure in the cost of tax and shipping so that you get a total cost. Then start doing some comparison shopping by checking out refurbished models in the local electronics stores. You can also wait for a sale for the online refurbished inventories if you are patient. Normally they will go on sale and also include free shipping. Research your purchase heavily and you can get a great deal.