best sale time of year: July?

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Is July the time for biggest discounts when
 - Q2 inventory is cleared out
 - Before Back-To-School starts

I want a new notebook with
  Centrino (battery life, cooler, better than Celeron M)
  14" widescreen 1280 x 768
  "BrightView" aka UltraSharp, etc. screen
  not failure-prone (i.e. Averatec)
that fits a budget under $800 w/ XP Home.

The Dell website seems impossibly complicated,
How can one tell if a model's screen is "UltraSharp"?

3rdly, I read last week that 1 Taiwan maker, Quanta,
makes <something like> 25% of all Taiwanese notebooks,
for various well-known companies (Acer, Apple, ..).
Are any of these less-well-known and affordable?

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