I need to get the kids off my laptop so I can do the occasional bit of work! but it would also be useful for my wife to do her brothers accounting on.
It needs to be wifi and not slow on the internet but that's about as far as it goes. I've seen refurbished ones on ebay and wonder if these are any good or if there is anywhere else online for less than £200
Probably won't even be able to play old games at anything like an acceptable speed, but will do word processing with simple picture storage and manipulation. Maybe even play DVDs but don't expect too much on the sound front.
Only one problem with buying from places like eBay, secondhand and some laptop refurbish dealers, is the battery condition. Replacement can be costly, and some dealers only give a very limited warranty or non at all.
Ask the forum editor, he might have a spare laptop gathering dust in the cupboard somewhere ;o)
I got a very good cheap laptop for under £200 from a company called click here they have a whole section of probably about 20 machines all sub £200. Not sure what the battery warranty is but mine works for approx 1hr which I think is acceptable for a £160 laptop.