The title isn't strictly correct - basically I want her laptop because it is about the newest laptop ( five years old, 32 bit Win 7) that will run some ancient 16 bit software I need for maintenance purposes !
Must haves - Win 8.1; mininum 4GB RAM; HDMI; 1 x USB 3; mininum 15.6" screen; mininum 500GB HD; CD/DVD drive
Nice to have - Full size keypad
Uses - Apart from general purpose functions it will be used most intensively for photo processing using software similar to Photoshop - from time to time we take a lot of photos !
Budget - up to about £UK 350, less would be nice, more, maybe
Make - really not fussy.
We currently own, or are in my control as sysadmin, an elderly Toshiba Satellite (slow as treacle !), an Asus notebook, a Fujitsu Amilo (my wife's current machine) and a self-built desktop. I have also some familiarity with the Sony Vaio range. To date the Toshiba, the Asus and the Fujitsu have never given any trouble.
Any and all advice and suggestions welcomed.