WSJ.com - Personal Technology: Laptops Have Dropped To Under $800, if You Don't Mind the Weight: "The price of a decent, entry level, name-brand Windows laptop has dropped below $800. I'm talking about new models, not the occasional obsolete edition being sold at a closeout price, or some refurbished machine.
This is a real milestone. It was only two summers ago that name-brand Windows laptops dropped below the $1,000 barrier. But now, you can pick up a pretty fair laptop for just $799, though reaching that price sometimes involves a mail-in rebate.
These $799 laptops aren't the ultrathin, lightweight models you envy on airplanes. Nor are they screaming, do-everything behemoths with huge, wide-screen displays.
Instead, they are boxy, 6- to 8-pound computers with 14- or 15-inch screens that are perfectly suited for use by college or high-school students, or as the second or third PC in a household."