They ain't revolutionary, but should get the job done. The 14-inch Compaq 515 comes with either an AMD Athlon X2 or Turion X2 processor, while the 15.6-inch Compaq 610 goes the Intel route, with either a Core 2 Duo T5870 or dual-core Celeron.
Both laptops have 1366 by 768 LED-backlit displays, and support up to 8GB of DDR-800 memory. Standard fare includes Wi-Fi, a LightScribe DVD writer, SD card slot, and VGA-output.
The basic $429 Compaq 515 has a 160GB hard disk, but you can up that to a 250GB for more spreadsheet storage power. Graphics are served up by an integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU.
Though the Compaq 610 has lowly Intel GMA X3100 graphics, even the entry-level $449 model includes a 250GB hard disk as standard.