The laptop market can be volatile at the best of times which makes finding bargain deals that still offer a quality laptop no easy task. For under 400 dollars in 2012 you will be able to find a decent laptop that fulfils most of your needs but only if you are willing to put in the effort and research needed to find the right model for you. With so much noise in the online space and so many different models ion offer finding the one that best suit your requirements and your budget is a chore in itself. Luckily if you look in the right places and do the right research you are almost guaranteed to find something that will not disappoint.
The first thing to remember when looking for laptops under 300-400 dollars is what it is you’ll be using the laptop for. If you are just planning on using the laptop as a casual machine for work and a bit of internet browsing then you can focus more on build quality and battery life as opposed to hardware specs. On the other hand if you plan on using the laptop for gaming or CPU intensive apps then you are going to want to focus on finding as much bang for your buck in the hardware department. If you look hard enough you will find Core 2 Duo and even Quad Core machine sin this price bracket with more than enough specs for basic gaming. Of course don’t expect anything that will run modern era games without hassle but anything 2-3 years back should be able to run fine. Unless you are a tech snob this shouldn’t be an issue for most people. Harddrive wise depending on how large your porn collection is you’ll almost definitely want to try and find something 300GB or upwards, though then again you can always get an external harddrive to store movies on so this isn’t mandatory by any means.
Hopefully this gives you a rough direction in which to head. At the end of the day you are going to need to browse around a lot to find the one for you but if you put in the time and effort the results will definitely be worth it.