However you prioritize the list, don't forget reliability. That's how long it will last. Squaretrade recently did a 3-year study of laptop reliability and here are the findings:
- Nearly one third of new laptops failed within three years.
- Netbooks may be cheap, but they are cheap. They are 20% more likely to fail than a more expensive laptop.
- The best brands were ASUS (from China - never heard of them), Toshiba, and Sony.
- The worst brands were Acer (mine), Gateway, and HP