If you're looking for a great-looking laptop in a rather small chassis and with an equally small price, try the Dell Inspiron N411Z laptop. It costs only £300 at Argos’ eBay outlet and comes with a 12 month warranty (note that it is refurbished).
The laptop is powered by an Intel i3-2330M dual-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. This Sandy Bridge model should be powerful enough for the most basic of tasks and comes with an Intel HD Graphics 3000.
Other features include 4GB of RAM, a 500GB SATA drive, a 14in 1,366 x 768 display, a DVD writer, three USB ports, Ethernet port, HDMI port, Wi-Fi, a webcam, Windows 7 Premium (with an Windows 8 Pro upgrade costing £15) and up to five hours of battery life.
At less than 2kg, it is much lighter than similarly configured laptops and its smaller screen means that text will be sharper on this than on a 15.6in one. Grab it while you can.