I need an inexpensive laptop to use mostly for fooling around on the internet, storing music, watching DVD's/streaming videos, and some casual gaming, mostly World of Warcraft. My problem is I have no idea just what specs I need or will give me a noticeable increase in performance, and what will just be a waste of money for my purposes. I'd like to keep the price around $400-$500, but may go up to $600 if necessary. This is going to be the replacement for a Dell 1525 that has a whole list of problems, including literally falling apart due to poor design of the casing/hinges, overheating to the point of the touchpad becoming painfully hot, and randomly shutting off when in use, so Dell isn't at the top of my list, though I may give them another shot. I'm mostly looking at Asus, Toshiba and Acer, would like to avoid HP and Compaq. Again, not sure what specs I really need, but some features I want are a fairly sturdy casing/hinges, a responsive touchpad, a decent screen and battery life around 4 hours. I've been looking at this Asus model- http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+...onze/9963747.p?id=1218202472261&skuId=9963747 It has good reviews, and has pretty much the same specs as a Dell Inspiron for about $100 less. A few cons I found are some reviews complain that the touchpad isn't the best, and apparently Best Buy has a deal with Asus that you can't purchase an extended warranty from Asus, you have to buy the overpriced service plan from Best Buy, so if it craps out after the 1 year warranty runs out I'm screwed. I'm also looking at a Dell Inspiron 15R with 4GB ram and the new i3 processor, it looks like it has a much sturdier design than my 1525, but I'm not sure it's worth an extra $120 over the Asus, though it does have a decent extended warranty available. I'm also open to suggestions for a decent model for around $400 that would fit my needs.