If you are an all round laptop user, you might one to take a look on one of these laptops. PC World had a list of The Best 10 All-Purpose Laptops posted on their website.
1) Acer Aspire 5920-6954 Laptop
Except for business applications, which it lacks, the Acer Aspire 5920 Vista Home Premium laptop has just about everything home-office buyers could ask for in a solid budget laptop. Equipped with a 1.66-GHz Core 2 Duo T5450 and 2GB of memory, the Aspire 5920-6954 earned a solid WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 70. The terrific keyboard boasts loads of shortcut buttons that do everything but take out the trash
2) Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 Laptop
Lenovo’s IdeaPad Y510 vaults into the upper reaches of our most recent all-purpose laptops chart, largely on the strength of its design smarts. It feels as durable as its beefier sibling, the ThinkPad. In PC World Test Center benchmarks, the Lenovo IdeaPad matched the Acer Aspire 5920-6954 almost step-for-step, yet the Lenovo costs $100 less.
3) HP Pavilion dv2660se Laptop
The HP Pavilion dv2660se offers strictly budget performance, but its battery life, great design, and low price make it a winner. The six-pound HP Pavilion’s high-capacity 12-cell battery endured for a whopping 6.3 hours on one charge in our tests. The HP Pavilion dv2660se offers strictly budget performance, but its battery life, great design, and low price make it a winner. The six-pound HP Pavilions high-capacity 12-cell battery endured for a whopping 6.3 hours on one charge in our tests. That’s about 2.5 hours longer than the average mainstream laptop.
One of my friends owns a HP Pavilion dv2660se. The battery power indeed last longer than my Dell Inspiron 6400, infact double my battery life.
I plan to change my 2 year old Inspiron end of the year, but most probably to a MacBook or MacBook Pro but it quite pricy though.