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One of my girlfriend's friends asked me to find her a good laptop on a budget... and I've got a few ideas. I'd like 2-4 different laptops depending on things like size etc, to give her some choices. Ultimately, what we're after is good value for money and some limited gaming potential.

From the pinned topic:

What is your maximum budget?
£400-450. We might be able to go over by a bit, but not much, so give me suggestions, but nothing over £480 please. At all.

What country are you in?
The UK. In particular, Scotland.

What will be the uses of this laptop?
From what I've been told, word processing and some "light gaming". I'm not sure if that means Peggle or WoW, but I can't imagine that it means Crysis.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Not really. So long as they either deliver or are relatively local, I don't mind.

What screen size do you require?
I've been looking at ~15" screens. If there's a great deal on anything else, I'll consider it, but I think that she doesn't want to have something that's huge. It might be a problem to carry around etc while in her wheelchair.
What screen resolution do you require?

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
Ideally new, but if you can find a good refurbished/recertified deal then I'm sure she'll consider it. I'd like to stay away from regular used laptops though.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
4-6 hours. I don't want to pick out a laptop that'll die in a matter of minutes after the battery starts to wear out.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
I don't know what she wants to play, but I'm going to suggest that Crysis on Low/Medium @ 720p ought to be achievable? If so, just about any other game will run on it, right?

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7. I doubt she'll want Linux, and Macs are usually too expensive.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Nope. Just suggest anything.

How much hard drive space do you need?
I think ideally 500G would be nice. I'm sure we can settle for 320GB, but nothing lower.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Webcam and microphone, although they're almost standard nowadays. Nothing else comes to mind.

Is there anything else we need to know?
She's disabled, if that will make any kind of difference, or if anyone has any suggestions relating to that? Otherwise, no.





So far, I had found:
Dell Inspiron 15R
(i3 2330M, 320GB HDD, 3GB of DDR3 and Intel HD 3000 Graphics and a "True-Life" Display, which really does look better than their regular ones) - £399 marked down to £369 after voucher + delivery.

Voucher Code: 962HTQBF5KWCMF (£30 off all Inspiron 15R orders)

MSI CR640-235UK
(i3 2310M, 320GB HDD, 4GB DDR3, Intel HD 3000 Graphics) - £419 marked down from £432.


Acer Aspire 5750G
(i3 2310M, 640GB HDD, 6GB DDR3, Nvidia GT 540M) - £480 marked down from £495.

ACER LX.RNT02.055
(AMD A4 3300M, 500GB HDD, 4GB DDR3, HD 6580 (integrated)) - £409

Acer 5738DZG 3D
(Pentium T4400 (2.2Ghz), 320GB HDD, 4GB DDR2, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570) - £432



Any other suggestions? My personal favourite right now is the Dell 15R @ £370
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-Ide...ht_2496wt_1185

My friends just bought this exact model after my recommendation, so it's up to you. He likes it and it runs what he needs well.
    
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-Ide...ht_2496wt_1185

My friends just bought this exact model after my recommendation, so it's up to you. He likes it and it runs what he needs well.
Thanks, but the GT 520M isn't a huge improvement over Intel graphics, is it? I'm not sure it's worth the ~£90 increase over the Dell Inspiron 15R?
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