hard to say what "a good laptop" would be, because this description is way too vague. good for what ?
a laptop that would be good for my father, for instance, would not be a good laptop for me.
my father likes to do the average stuff: read his facebook wall, send and recieve emails, play farmville ...
for me, it's about the same, but you can scratch the farmville and enter the names of a few games that demand a bit ... more from my machine. I also need to keep in mind, that I 'll use my laptop not just for fun 'n games, but also to develop applications, and test them. meaning, the configuration that would be good for him, would be crap for me, and the configuration that would be good for me, in functionality, sure, it wouldn't be bad for him, but he would be paying about ten times what he needs to pay to satisfy his requirements.