As I don't upgrade that often, and when I do it's normally because something went wrong and I replace it, I decided that getting a good quality laptop was a good idea. However, when you look on ebay for a respectable brand name like IBM, they all cost over Â£80 just for a low spec laptop. But after searching around for a bit, I came across a used â€œitronix go book ix250â€. This is a ruggedized laptop, so naturally it is very robust, and it had specifications I could work with. Once it arrived, I booted it up, and looked at its features. It has a touch screen, 128 MB of memory, 20 GB hard disk, 800 MHz cpu, and a 8mb graphics card. The preloaded operating system is windows 2000, which is a bit dated, but works fine, and the build quality is excellent. I soon upgraded the ram to 256 mb, which is ample for what I do, and it worked perfectly. The laptop supports up to 512 MB of memory, and RAM is very easy to replace. On the underside of the laptop there is a panel which after unscrewing 3 screws, reveals to ram slots. The only trouble I have had with the laptop is that it sometimes does not charge. However, after looking on some forums and repair websites discovered it is a well known problem on most laptops, and occurs when the power jack has been pulled repeatedly or been under strain. An easy fix is to push the power adapter from side to side, and it should start charging. My other suspicion is that it has a faulty battery, which can be bought separately off ebay for a fair price. Overall, the laptop is very good for doing less demanding things link word processing, browsing the internet, and using GIMP.
Ps: I wrote this on the ix250!