Great laptops for 250 pounds

Many people have the misconception that buying a laptop could cost you a lot of money. Honestly, to an extent that's true, but only if you don't know where to find the best prices, or aren't sure what you want.

For the vast majority of users, high performance laptops are completely unnecessary. They reel you in with the promise of super graphics, huge memory and future-proofed design, but the reality is that most people don't need that.

Clued-up laptop users would opt for a custom built solution, sourced online to reduce costs.

But for the regular user, who checks his email, browses websites and writes the occasional document or spreadsheet, a high performance computer is a waste of money.

If this sounds like you, then you're looking for a netbook rather than a bona fide laptop. The difference is that netbooks are built primarily for the web browsing experience. They feature low cost processors that offer enough power to use the net or basic applications, but fall short of the required standard for more intensive software.

Netbooks are built for portability, so their screens tend to be much smaller than those on regular laptops. The average screen size for netbooks seems to be about ten inches, so if that sounds okay by you, you're ready to make some big savings!

On average, we wouldn't recommend spending more than £200 for a netbook, and even at that price you'll be able to pick up a really top-notch machine, so head down to your local electronics store and ask to see their selection of laptops for 250 pounds and below.

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