I dont know if this is true however it seems like the low to mid end laptops have gotten terrible. I dont know if it has to do with ipads and phones. However it used to be that you could get a solid computer for 300-400. I have been using and acer i3 2,4 4gb and it is horrible. I dont really do any gaming. Mainly some calculations in excel that are fairly large sometimes, streaming video, open multiple windows and have have a few instances of a platform running. I almost always used dell. However I switched because the specs were better on paper. Is acer just terrible despite the specs seeming good. Given the cost I would like a recommendation for a good performance dell, perhaps refurbished in the 300-400 range.