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£170 Toshiba Satellite C850 laptop: The most affordable mainstream laptop in the UK

Argos sells this cracking Toshiba Satellite C850 laptop via its eBay outlet store for a mere £170, a price that includes delivery and 170 Nectar points. At that price, you get a better deal than just a Netbook and although the processor is a Celeron, it is certainly a fast one, one fast enough for most mainstream tasks (and they have nothing in common with the cache-less Celerons of yesteryears).

That particular model comes with the dual-core Intel B830 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard disk drive, a DVD writer, a 15.6in display with a 1,366 x 768 pixel display, Intel Graphics HD onboard, three USB ports (including one USB 3.0), one Ethernet port, one HDMI and Wi-Fi. Other features include Windows 8, a dedicated numeric keypad, up to four hours battery life and a webcam.

It is certainly not as attractive as a sleekier Ultrabook but it is less than half the price of the cheapest of them. Still, it weighs only 2.1Kg which means that it will not be such a pain to carry around. Feel free to carry on reading the review of the Toshiba Satellite Pro C850-10N here.

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