Tomorrow Dell will put two new laptops on its web site: the Inspiron 1100, starting at $899, and the Inspiron 5100, starting at $1,199.

Features and price are comparable to notebooks from HP and Compaq. This article about the Dell announcement points out that it’s occasionally possible to find rebates and special promotions that lower the HP/Compaq prices even further. But Dell has such a strong reputation that it’s tempting to stick with them for a notebook as well.

If you’re shopping, keep in mind: more money buys less weight and longer battery life. You may not want to buy the cheapest notebook on the market.

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