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I got my laptop August 2007, primarily for University work. I'm computer literate, but not particularly technically minded so when buying, one of the things I was looking for was for it to be aesthetically pleasing. In my opinion, the Toshiba A200 definitely is. I've had it for some time now and had no real problems with it at all - I frequently run several programmes at once and it is generally very fast. Similarly, although I have an external hard drive for back-up I have found the memory to be really quite large, I still have not exceeded the total memory and I have a great number of photo, videos & music files.
The only thing I would say is that I have a friend who has exactly the same laptop but in a larger screen size, and while this isn't a real problem if there is not much difference in price between the two I would probably say go for the larger screen size because it would be worth it when watching movies etc.
Also, the battery life is not fantastic - generally I have to charge it up after every couple of hours but I don't know what that is like in comparison to other laptops.
I was given a blue 4GB ipod nano last Christmas. Initially it was brilliant - easy to set-up, software easy to use and, as it is made by Apple, compatible with many previously owned goods, such as speakers (I think made by Creative). Enjoyable to use, the screen is quite big in respect to the overall size of the ipod and the colours are bright & writing easy to read. It even has games on it which are a good way to pass some time on a train/bus etc. It is a really good size as well, I like to have mp3 players in my pockets as I walk, and as a girl I have many jeans that are tight and so the pockets small, and this slim ipod always fits in with no bother.
Overall I've had no problems and if you're looking for a compact mp3 player I'd say this is the one to go for, bearing in mind the memory restrictions - I didn't find this a problem though.