I just ordered a new laptop. I ordered the Dell Inspiron 1420 (I know! I went with another Dell in the end!), after having read the excellent review in PC Magazine (including the fact that the 1420 got an Editor's Choice award).
Unlike certain people I know, I didn't go with a crazy colour. I just went with black. I almost went with green, and called my friend Andrea to talk me out of it. Three years from now, when I'm taking out my laptop at a conference where I'm trying to blend into a background, do I really want people looking at me and thinking "Ah, so she bought a Dell three years ago!"?
I plan to spend the next week and a half alternating between being sentimental about the good times Lappy and I have had, and looking forward to owning a computer that doesn't weigh a tonne, burn my lap, and that isn't covered in cracks. (Also: built-in webcam! Fairly remarkable battery life, at least for me! Free Microsoft Office! I'm giddy.)