My ancient laptop finally crapped out, so I need to buy a new one. I figured this would be a good weekend with all the sales, but I’m so clueless about this stuff, and I don’t know where to start.

I’m looking for a fairly basic PC laptop. I mostly use it for Microsoft Office, Quicken, photo/music/document storage, watching videos, web surfing, etc. And I use it at home about 95% of the time, so a decent screen and keyboard size is more important than size or weight (though I don’t want anything too heavy or unwieldy, either). And I need something with a CD/DVD drive.

I’m hoping not to spend more than $500-$700, and obviously less is better (though I’d rather err on the side of quality over price).

If you guys have any thoughts or suggestions, I would be very grateful.