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Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Right Side O The Pennines
County: West Yorkshire
Bang for buck player of the moment seems to be lenovo, have a couple of their laptops in the sub £500 price range at work and I have found them to be well built with relatively good specifications.
As ever it depends on what you want to do with it.
Windows 7 will continue to be supported until 2020 for security updates although there will be no additional services added after 2015 when it leaves mainstream support. Expect Service Pack 2 this year.