I'm shopping for a laptop for a medical office that currently has a series of desktops, laptops, and tablet PCs. I've been asked to look for a business laptop that's in a reasonable price range. I did a quick search and found one for roughly $500. Now, you can get a really decent laptop for less (and I'm not talking about a netbook). $400 is a reasonable low-end starting point for a new system. You'll easily find a refurbished or "outlet" system in the $400-500 range as well.
So, are you planning on shopping for a new computer this holiday season? Keep in mind that you may find a really decent business laptop for less than $500, so if you already missed Black Friday, then simply get online to find a good deal.