My wife's looking for a cheap laptop. And when I say cheap, I mean cheap--we're talking around $500-$600. It needs to surf the web, handle word processing, and probably run Photoshop Elements for some small-scale photo editing. It also needs to play DVDs, burn CDs, and connect to a wi-fi network. All very basic stuff that I assume anything on the market in that price range could handle. Screen size is not that big of an issue, although weight and battery life will be considerations.
Any ideas on the best model/brand/method of purchase? I've been perusing the ads and looking at the low-end deals at the big elecronics shops, and I've also poked around at the refurbished/etc. stuff at Dell's online outlet. I'm half inclined to just stroll into Best Buy and just buy whatever looks the shiniest for the price, but I thought I'd pick the colective GWJ brain first.