Was looking for a netbook under £250 but then called into ASDA (for groceries!) to find this 17" notebook which normally retails for £299 at other stores and has been reduced to £222 (previous price was £247).
Very good price for the range of features, and this is perfect for my dad as the screen is very large, clear and crisp, and his use is not That heavy duty. If you were to plan on using more intensive programs then buying an extra 2gig RAM would be a good idea and make the machine pretty nice indeed.
Processor AMD Sempron (SL42 2.1 GHz, 512KB L2 cache)
Screen 17.3" (e-Machine, WXGA+ TFT LCD)
OS Windows Vista Home Premium
Hard Drive 160GB
Graphics Dedicated (NVIDIA® GeForce® 9100M G with 256MB Dedicated RAM)
Wireless LAN (WIFI LINK A,B,G,N Includes MIMO)
Network Card 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
4x USB 2.0 Ports
Intergrated Stereo Speakers
1 External VGA Port
Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
Warranty 12 Months emachine Warranty
Battery Life 2.5-hours
Received two excellent reviews: http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/emachines-g420-712035/reviewhttp://reviews.cnet.co.uk/laptops/emachines-g420-review-50000686/
The cons of this machine are the OS being Windows Vista and also the size of the machine makes it not that portable, but maybe it suits your needs like it suited my dads :)
(also the RAM as ive mentioned, but thats easily remedied)
Hope it helps!