i got a dell Latitude for about $626 including shipping), with 7 months Dell Gold coverage left on it - in home or office, covers hard drive and screen. battery not guaranteed, but i didn't care because it's for at home in the living room. if i ever want a battery, they're not that expensive.
what impressed me by the Latitude was that it is supposedly a "workhorse", keeps on kicking, very tough, the choice for traveling salespeople - and it weighs very little for a 2 yr old machine (5.9 lb). the one i got was refurbed (not very well, had to update a ton of drivers), was 1.0GHz, 20 GB hard drive, low but expandable ram, and only one usb port. despite these drawbacks, i use it all the time and love it. i use it wirelessly - lol, except for the power cord! oh, and the screen is nice and bright and clear.
here's the info from mine, below, and there is a similar one at Tigerdirect.com. the one i got, i did with buy-it-now on eBay, but there were plenty that i could have been bid on, but i opted for the one with the warrantee. i'd give a good search on them, you might be able to do better with more research, or with bidding.
i just checked eBay and if you do an "advanced search", "by seller", enter "ronaldlynn" - there're more there now - with at least one that, on quick glance, looks better than mine - for a little less, and still 6 mos. warrantee). ouch...
Item name: Dell Latitude Notebook C610 1000MHzP3 56KNIC WinXP256MB
Item #: 6707857300
Buy It Now price: US $597.00
Subtotal: US $597.00(Shipping and Handling not included)
Seller User ID: ronaldlynn