I've got £500 to spend on a new laptop, and I'd welcome any recommendations, not necessarily for a specific machine (although go ahead if you feel like it!) but generally what I should look for in terms of spec.
My heaviest uses are:
A lot of Photoshop work
Storage for loads of image files (I'm a photography enthusiast)
A fair amount of DTP work (Serif PagePlus)
A certain amount of simple website construction (Serif WebPlus)
Possibly getting into a bit of music composition with SoundForge Audio Studio
All thoughts and recommendations gratefully received.
I think you would need to have at least a Core i5 with 4 cores or an AMD Phenom X4. I have both and I can say the Core i5 with 4 cores is much faster in processing.
In your case, you would also need at least 8g of ram and choose one with a dedicated graphics card. Some come with 1g ddr3 memory. I think this would speed up photoshop processing and music work.
Ones with AMD are cheaper so the choice is yours.
At present I am using an Acer Aspire 5552 AMD Phenom IIx4 N930 with 8g Ram and dedicated graphics card. The other one is a Packard Bell ( same company, Acer) EasyNote TK 87 with Core i5 and 6g ddr3 Ram but with Intel HD Graphics. The latter is noticeably faster but I have less programmes on it so that might make a difference. Also if there is a choice go for a H/D at 72000 as opposed to 52000. Both are less than £500.