The HUNT for a sub $1500 notebook computer

Well, it’s that time (by force) to look for a notebook computer. The trusty IBM ThinkPad 600x that I purchased on eBay less than 2 years ago has died. I think the power circuit died as it won’t power up at all – yes I have changed power adapters.
So I am carefully looking at purchasing another IBM ThinkPad but Dell’s low prices keep causing me to click on Dell.com. I might even have a look at a Toshiba Portege.
I’ll keep you posted on my journey.