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Can someone suggest a decent work laptop for a friend?

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Hi.

Bit out of the loop re: laptops, especially the mobile CPU ranges they're throwing around these days.

My friend (UK based) has a need to aquire a new laptop; she's a teacher and as money's tight, she needs to get a few key features for a good price (in the region of £500):

1) MS Office and Windows 7
2) A decent HD (ideally 7200rpm and 300GB+)
3) USB 3.0 (she doesn't want to buy a new one for a while, so it'll have to work with USB 3.0 devices otherwise it'll suck in a few years)
4) Wireless N
5) HDMI out; it won't be often she does, but she will need to plug it into a TV from time to time.
6) No need for 3D processing; she'll only be working with 2D at her school.

The battery life doesn't matter too much as she'll be using it near power points for most of the time, and I've heard a decent 9 cell battery can add £100-200 to the overall cost. Also, she'll not be buying a new one for quite some time, so the CPU and RAM have to be solid.
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http://www.scan.co.uk/products/156-a...7-home-premium

It doesn't have usb3 but in all honesty I wouldn't worry about it too much.

Being a teacher she should be able to get office for free through her school.

She's eligible for one free product key only.
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