Although it's no $300 Gateway, Fujitsu's LifeBook V1010 does manage to come with a bit more oomph than the aforementioned cheapie. Designed for "price-conscious markets," this machine can be had starting at $799, and it offers up a 15.4-inch WXGA panel, 1.86GHz Intel T2130 processor, Windows XP, GMA 950 graphics set, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 120GB SATA drive, 59k modem / Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g support, a dual-layer DVD writer, and a six-cell Li-ion rated for 2.25-hours of usage. Granted, you can spend more than eight Benjamins if you'd like, but at least the base configuration won't break the bank too badly.

[Via Laptoping]