What is your budget? £400 - maybe slightly more. What size laptop do you want? (In terms of screen size) 15" is fine - although 13" would also be good. Do you have resolution requirements? Not particularly - would like some HD capability, but 720p would be fine - not expecting anything more at my budget. Do you want a matte or glossy (reflective) screen? No particular preference - it is mainly used at home. What will you be using the laptop for? For example, Browsing, Gaming, Word Processing, Video Editing, Web/Graphic Design Some Office documents, a little gaming, web browsing, minor video editing. (More converting video to fit my phone than anything else.) If you will be gaming, what games do you need to play? Football Manager is as intensive as it is likely to get How long does the battery need to last? Anything is better than current laptop which has just fried it's second battery - a good few hours would be nice. Does it need to be portable? Mainly used at home, but wouldn't want anything too bulky. Do you require Blu-Ray? Not necessary, but a pleasant addition (don't expect it at this price.) Do you require HDMI output? Preferably, yes. Do you have a preferred brand? No particular feeling on brands, but have read positive feedback on Lenovo, Asus and others. Are there any others I should avoid? Would you be happy with a refurbished laptop? I guess this is aimed at Dell Outlet or similar - I'd consider refurbs, but would prefer new. (As the dell thing seems to depend on being online at right time each day.) Any other details you feel necessary... Colour; Webcam; Good quality speakers; general spec: CPU, RAM, HDD space, SSD; Operating System or anything else you can think of. I've seen many 2nd gen i3 processors, and even some 2nd gen i5 processors at my budget. But I have no idea how other intel processors or amd processors match up - so I'm happy for any pointers. I'll post some links to what I've seen in a minute - happy to take any other recommendations and any views on retailers.