My friend's daughter is starting her teacher training course and wants a notebook PC that she can use for her coursework at home ie. not much moving about. She reckons that she is going to use it for MS Office apps, playing music and DVDs.
With a budget of £400, it's not going to be easy especially as my friend is paying for it and his primary criteria is reliability. He has had some bad experiences with Acer & Dell (let's not start THAT discussion...) so the shortlist is Toshiba, HP/Compaq and Samsung as Sony is probably out of the budget.
I'm going to suggest a bulk standard new 15" notebook with an Intel dual core CPU, 3Gb+, 250Gb+ and a non-Intel GPU with Windows 7. Ambitious, eh? The closest I have found is the Samsung R519 or the Toshiba L500; any other notebooks available?
I'd really appreciate it as I am struggling to find anything better.