I'm thinking about buying my girlfriend a new laptop for her birthday next month because she's always swearing at her current one for being slow, and needs to be plugged into the charger to actually power on. Time for a new one! £700 is the absolute maximum. I'd rather spend less than £600 if possible. She doesn't use it for much more than school stuff (she's a teacher) so just like word processing, powerpoint, that kind of thing. ie NO GAMING OR VIDEO RENDERING WHATSOEVER. She's impatient though, so I'd like it to be fairly nippy at booting and loading things. What can you recommend? I was looking at the Sony Vaio CB2M0E/B on the Tesco website but it got a 2 star review. However, that review's only bad thing to say about it is the cost, but it cost £926 at the time it was written. All of that's unimportant though because it's out of stock there. Seems out of stock everywhere actually. I'm thinking Sony Vaio because the adverts sway me (and they look cool) but please correct me if there's a better name in the laptop market. I was also thinking 6GB RAM to avoid any slowdown in loading. Or is that overkill? Found this Toshiba Satellite C855-2EU Laptop, Intel Core i5, 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 750GB for what seems really cheap (£500) for good specs. Are Toshiba crap? Lesser specs but SONY here: Sony VAIO E Series SVE1513Q1E. Whaddya reckon? Basically, please help me. Preferably closer to £600, but I'm willing to go to £700 (will just have to stay in every weekend for a month!) EDIT: Is there any reason I shouldn't just buy this Sony VAIO E1513D4E Intel Core i5 3230M / 15.5 inch / 6GB / 750GB for £564?