Nobody buys a 300 quid laptop to do anything intensive
Maybe use chrome as your browser?
Agreed, it needs an SSD and it'll probably be fairly decent... seems unbelievable any laptop still being sold without an SSD.
My work HP laptop is similar to this and cost £500. It has always been really slow so I swapped my hard drive for one of the £25 SSD's from mymemory and it is now super quick. Windows is usuable within 25 seconds and programs open almost instantly.