The holidays are coming up, What are some good budget laptops?

I need a new laptop and I'm lookinh in the 400-500 USD range. I thought we could make a thread with the best laptops in each price bracket. So, ideas?

I had the same budget and spent a lot of time looking at different options. The "best" laptop in any price range depends entirely on what's important to you and what you want to use the laptop for. For under $500, I'd definitely buy used or refurbished. New laptops in that price range just aren't very impressive. If you want to game on the laptop, I'd strongly suggest saving up a little more money.

So which features matter the most to you, and what do you plan on using the laptop for?