If you’re looking for an affordable, brand new laptop, chances are that you will have to fall back on a netbook. Such machines generally come with an Atom processor, a small display and a price tag starting from around £170.
The other option is to get an Android-based netbook. We remember fondly the Toshiba AC100 from two years ago which had a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chip but ultimately failed because it was too expensive and the OS used was Android 2.2 Froyo.
Now though, KGB Deals is selling a laptop for £99 that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has all the features you’d expect on a Windows-based netbook.
The device runs on an AllWinner Boxchip A10 system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz, with 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a 10.1in 1,024 x 600 display, a touchpad, Wi-Fi, an 82-key keyboard, a webcam, a 2000mAh battery, three USB ports, a SD card slot but no HDMI port.
Available in red, pink, black, green and white, this netbook would certainly make a fine candidate for a potential base unit with Windows RT down the line.