My wife's laptop is slowly grinding to a halt since we bought it back in 2008. Unfortunately, since we bought an unbranded one from Malaysia, we can't take advantage of any of the trade-in deals so far.
Basically poking around for a new Sandy-Bridge based laptop that I can purchase either on a 12 mth interest free plan or an installment payment plan (don't see too many of those in the UK though)
Brand: Preferably Sony (don't ask me why...)
Purpose: Day to day use and photo editing
CPU: Preferably Sandy Bridge-based or a Core i5.
HDD: Not fussy since the general standard seems to be about 300GB
Screen: Up to 15.6
Graphics: Happy with integrated