Originally Posted by scveteran
A $400 laptop will NOT suffice for the average college student. That is a really cheap laptop and will not handle things that the average college student wants.
What are you studying? Advanced Maths? Computer sciences? I am a student and use my Asus netbook for everything. In fact I use it a lot more than the brand new piece of hardware sitting on my desk at home. I've written entire essays while sitting outside under a tree at University. Arts based subjects only require research and writing, no number crunching or awesome graphics. People used to do it with a library and a notepad.