I'm looking for a new laptop to tide me over while I wait for my friend to get round to building me a new desktop pc. I've been looking around but finding it hard to pin down exactly what i need and what the best deals are. I'm looking for a pc I can use for some amateur music recording (using Cakewalk Sonar), general internet use, dvd burning etc. Also it would be a plus to have an HDMI out, but only if the computer is capable of playing high definition video files, not sure what you need for that.
At the moment I'm looking at two around the £450 mark:
(This is still available from Tesco although I think it may have been discontinued)
I'm interested in the Acer but noted that it use shared graphics - there is a similar model on Pixmania that has an ATI graphics card at a slightly higher price. Will I need something like that for HD videos? I'm not too bothered about running games on this machine.
Any advice will be appreciated, thanks in advance.