I recently purchased a Dell latitude C600 for £20 from a private seller. It had a broken hinge, an errant mouse pointer that would wonder wayward to the edges of the screen and a couple of pressure points on the screen. Apart from the above though it worked just fine, it came with windows XP home instead of the original Win 2000. The original cost for this Laptop was over £2000! It's funny to think how fast technology has moved on.
It has a 14.1" TFT screen with what is now an average display
512mb RAM Upgraded from 128mb originally. (This is the max it can handle)
Pentium III 750Mhz processor
10Gb Hard drive
Considering it's over 10 years old now it's not a bad size at all, it weighs in under 3kg and is no more than a couple of inches think with the lid closed. I use it for general internet searching and also writing reviews on here and it copes with those tasks just fine. The fan is extremely quiet and apart from some occasional crackling noise it runs as it should. You're never going to be able to run anything that requires a decent video card though, the laptop struggles with youtube and nearly keeled over when I tried to suggest it has a go at running Photoshop. It is, as mentioned , just enough to get you on the internet and carry out basic tasks such as e-mail and word processing.
Considering it's age there is an impressive array of options though.
Serial (DTE) 16,550-compatible, 16-byte buffer connector
Parallel unidirectional, bidirectional, or ECP connector
Video VGA connector
PS/2 mini-DIN connector
Infrared port compatible with both IrDA Standard 1.1
(Fast IR) and IrDA Standard 1.0 (Slow IR)
Audio microphone jack
USB USB-compliant connector
Docking connector for the C/Port Family Advanced Port
Replicator or C/Dock Family Expansion Station
S-Video 7-pin mini-DIN connector (an S-Video to composite video Adapter is also included with the computer)
Mini-PCI Type IIIA mini-PCI card slot
Modem Optional factory-configurable RJ11 port for mini-PCI modem
I run Opera as my browser and Windows XP for the Operating System and although it's not very fast it is certainly effective enough. It's not crashed at all in the 3 months that I have had it and all of the keys are still intact. On top of all of that for £20 you really can't go wrong. It's cost me another £7 for a belkin wirelees card that's inserted externally and i bought a USB adaptor and stand for £2 so it really doesn't get much cheaper.
Parts are still readily available on eBay although some are more expensive than others. Expect to be able to pick up a new AC adaptor for under £10 but a battery for the laptop will cost you nearly £30. Unfortunately the hinges aren't cheap either but there are whole usits being sold for spares in various states of dis-repair for under £30 should you need spare parts.
Having read the reviews from 2000 I can see this was once a top spec laptop, It's not going to blow anyone away today but compared to smaller notebooks this unit still holds it's ground. I'd recommend anyone on a budget to consider this laptop.