A friend of mines looking for a new laptop, not netbook.
she wants it to be 'good looking, slick and red' lol but will sacrifice the looks for better specs, she will only be using it for browsing Internet, word processing, running some text to speech software and burning cd's.
I've seen the HP with i3 processor for £399 at pc world which has pretty good specs
and seen the samsung r530 which meets her criteria of appearance at £399.
I personally would go with an i3 processor and ddr3 ram, it will have better resale value in a few years (if it lasts)
she wanted to spend £300 but i bought her budget upto £400 so she can get something decent with a known reliable brand name.so may be able to push her a £100 more if a laptop has specs and appearance.
ps she would prefer new but will consider refurbished and used.