If you're looking for an affordable 14" laptop with a quality build, the Dell Inspiron is worth a look. Our friends at LogicBuy have a deal for the third gen Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 model for just $499. It's nicely configured with 6 gigs of RAM, a 500 gig HDD and a 32 gig caching SSD to speed up boot times. For you traditionalists, it's available with Windows 7. Though fairly slim, the machine has a DVD drive along with a healthy sampling of ports included USB 3.0, HDMI and a card reader.