At £293 inc Vat and delivery the quality magnesium alloy build and good spec of the DELL Vostro 1500 defies the budget tag. ( 2GB Ram Geforce 8400M GS, Celeron M 540 1.86Ghz)
The Geoforce 8400M itself is considered the entry level games add-on card and will make an OK stab at most games set to a low level. The graphics card is by far the most vital item when considering using any laptop for games. This appears to be the only sub £300 laptop in the UK with an added graphics processor.
The M540 is actually a single core CPU of the latest Core 2 architecture and this is actually rated in some charts to be faster than the older 3.6GHz Pentium 4.
Whist there is no sensible 'budget' CPU upgrade available you can add your own Build and Accessories items for an upgraded spec at near £330.20 inc vat and delivery.(get pre discount price to £299). This could be a the 8600GT, larger hard drive or Vista Business).
If buying any cheap laptop with games as a main purpose consider this equation discussed elsewhere on hotdeals :-
"A Celeron M540 with an upgraded Geforece 8600GT will run games faster than a Core 2 Duo with Geforce 8400M GS." NB £293 gets you the ok 8400M, not the faster 8600GT."
"In some sofware applications that only make use of 1 thread this would actually be faster than a Core 2 Duo 1.6. "