If you're shopping for a capable laptop on a budget, then consider the Acer-built Packard Bell TS11 - it's possibly the best gaming laptop available for under £300. The deal, available from Dabs Outlet on eBay, costs £280 including delivery. And not only does it come with a dedicated graphics card, there’s even a free upgrade to Windows 8 Pro (you need to buy first for £14.99 and then get a refund from PackardBell) plus 837 Nectar points worth around £4.20.
The TS11, which appeared a number of times on Tech Deals Pro, comes with an A6-3420M APU clocked at 1.5GHz and capable of reaching 2.4GHz in turbo mode. It has 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive, an AMD Radeon HD 7470M GPU with 1GB dedicated RAM, a DVD writer, a numeric keypad with an island-style keyboard, GbE, Wi-Fi, a webcam, a VGA and HDMI port, Wi-Fi, a card reader, three USB ports, a 15.6in 1,366 x 768 display and up to four hours battery life.
The system is likely to perform very well at the default screen resolution but struggle at anything higher (especially when outputting via HDMI). Note that it comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and one-year warranty, as well as a slew of applications.