Found 18th Jun 2009
Im sorry, I know there are a million and one requests for laptop advice.

My friend is looking for a laptop for his brothers 18th, but he on;y has £300 to spend - is this going to be possible.

It will be for basic games, and internet really.

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Yes, it will.

Just have to hunt around, hoping a deal will be on when you are looking.

I got a reasonable dual-core one from Carphone Warehouse for £250.

You can buy a very basic laptop for £300 (give or take a few pounds either way).

But cheap laptops are not that good for playing games.

They often have very poor graphics cards and are just not up to any sort of game playing.

Before buying any laptop to play games on, check the spec of each game you want to play, and see if the laptop matches or exceeds that.

does it have to be a new laptop?

hi i have a Brand New Boxed Toshiba P300 - 20H Brand New Boxed Laptop its only been took out of the box once to check its in working order. Excellent Condition! ]they are on ebay for 399 plus you can have it for £300 £10 p&p
Bried Spec:

PENTIUM T3400
1024MB RAM 800 MHZ/+1024MB
250GB HDD(5400RPM)SATA
17 WGA+TRUBRITE TFT SCREEN
DVD-SUPER-MULTIDRIVE(2 LAYER)
56K MODEM/LAN
W-LAN(802.11B/G)
WEBCAMERA
MICROSOFT VISTA HOME PREMIUM 32 BIT
1 YEAR MANUFACTURED WARRANTY

Full Spec:

Processor type : Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor T3400
clock speed : 2.16 GHz
Front Side Bus : 667 MHz
2nd level cache : 1 MB

Operating system Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition (pre-installed, Toshiba-HDD recovery)

System memory standard : 2,048 (1,024 + 1,024) MB
maximum expandability : 4,096 MB
technology : DDR2 RAM (800 MHz)

Hard disk capacity : 250 GB
certification : S.M.A.R.T.

DVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer) compatibility : CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R(DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R(DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
maximum speed : Read: 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM/ Write: 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 10x HS CD-RW, 16x US CD-RW, 8x DVD-R, 6x DVD-R (Double Layer), 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R, 6x DVD+R (Double Layer), 8x DVD+RW, 5x DVD-RAM
type : DVD Super Multi (Double Layer) drive

Display size : 17.0 "
type : Toshiba TruBrite® WXGA+ TFT High Brightness display
internal resolution : 1,440 x 900

Graphics adapter manufacturer : Intel®
type : Mobile Intel® GMA 4500M
memory : up to 1,340 MB total available graphics memory with 3 GB system memory
memory type : shared

Internal video modes
Max External Video Modes Max Resolution : 2,048 x 1,536
Max Refresh Rate : 85 Hz
Non-interlaced resolution with max refresh rate : 1,600 x 1,200

Interfaces 1 x DC-in
1 x external monitor
1 x RJ-11
1 x RJ-45
1 x i.LINK® (IEEE 1394)
1 x external microphone
1 x headphone (stereo)
1 x SP/DIF (optical) shared with headphone socket
1 x integrated 1.3 Megapixels Web Camera with built-in microphone
1 x HDMI-CEC (REGZA-Link) supporting 1080p signal format
1 (shared with one USB port) x eSATA
1 x 5-in-1 Bridge Media slot (supports SD™ Cards up to 16 GB, Memory Stick® up to 256 MB, Memory Stick Pro™ up to 4 GB, MultiMedia Card™ up to 2 GB and xD-Picture Card™ up to 2 GB)
4 (Left 2, Right 2) x USB 2.0 (supporting USB Sleep-and-Charge)

Expansion 2 x memory slots (1 to configure)
1 x ExpressCard slot

Wireless communication Compliancy : Wi-Fi®
Network Support : 802.11b/g
Wireless Technology : Wireless LAN

Wired communication topology : Fast Ethernet LAN
speed : 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
topology : international V.90 modem (V.92 ready)
speed : 56 Kbps data and 14.4 Kbps fax

Sound system supported audio format : 24-bit stereo
speakers : built-in Harman Kardon® stereo speakers
manufacturer : Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound System with Dolby® Sound Room™

Keyboard keys : 105
Windows keys : Yes
special features : Standard numeric keypad

Pointing device type : Touch Pad

Battery technology : lithium-ion
maximum life : up to 2h45min (Mobile Mark™ 2007)

AC adaptor input voltage : autosensing AC adapter (100/240 V) for worldwide usage

Physical dimensions W x D x H : 398 x 288 x 34.6 (front) / 38.9 (rear) mm
weight : starting at 3.35 kg

Warranty 1-year international warranty. Upgrade your standard warranty with Toshiba warranty extension, uplift and all-risks insurance packs.

Bundled hardware AC adaptor

Bundled software Toshiba Disc Creator
Toshiba User's Manual
Supervisor Password Utility
Toshiba Assist
Chicony Camera Assistant Software
Toshiba DVD Player
Ulead® DVD MovieFactory® for TOSHIBA
Toshiba Face Recognition
McAfee® Internet Security Suite - Toshiba Edition (includes free Internet updates for 30 days)
Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator
Dolby® Control Center
HDMI Control Manager
Toshiba Value Added Package (Toshiba Power Saver, Toshiba Zooming Utility, Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool, Toshiba Flash Cards, Toshiba Components Common Driver, Toshiba Accessibility, Toshiba Button Support)
Google Software (Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, Google Desktop, Picasa)
Connectivity Doctor
ConfigFree™
Toshiba utilities and drivers

Toshiba EasyMedia Google Software (Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, Google Desktop, Picasa)
Toshiba TEMPRO Performance Tuning Service
USB & USB/eSATA Sleep-and-Charge
HDMI-CEC (REGZA-Link)
McAfee® Internet Security Suite - Toshiba Edition
Toshiba Face Recognition
Smart Display Support
Toshiba Flash Cards
Easy Keys
Built-in camera & microphone
Diversity Antenna
Integrated Bridge Media Adapter
Toshiba ConfigFree™
Dolby® Sound Room™
Harman Kardon® Stereo Speakers
Internal HD 720p support
S/PDIF

Security features HDD password on request
supervisor password
slot for Kensington Cable Lock
user password
wireless LAN switch
main battery pack (by sliding latch)
main memory (by screw)
main hard disk (by screw)

Special features SM BIOS compliant
HD Audio support
integrated microphone for Voice over IP
Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep® Technology
Standard numeric keypad
Multimedia Bar with 6 feather-touch Easy Keys (on/off function of white LED illuminated Touch Pad, Satellite logo and Easy Keys plus Rewind, Play, Stop, Forward, CD/DVD launcher)
integrated 1.3 Megapixels Web Camera for Video over IP
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