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Need help finding a suitable laptop

I'm looking for a decent laptop that wont let me down after a few months/start to really slack. I'm also looking for something with a nice design as it will be used for college etc.
I'd say im budgeting this at around £500 but if anyone finds a laptop within -£700 and thinks that it is worth it I'll consider getting it. I also live in the UK and i've come to find that certain laptops are harder to get a hold of so please consider that before leaving feedback links please Sad.

I currently have been looking at the ASUS X540LA as I'm really keen on the design and dark chocolate finish but a lot of bad reviews have been putting me off.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01HIWOJYK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489445581&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=asus+x540la&dpPl=1&dpID=41JkBIMf6sL&ref=plSrch

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At just 339

I'd accept this as a school model. Good enough for papers, youtubes and accept that with a HDD as you fill the HDD it will slow down.

This is a basic cheap entry level laptop with just 4GB RAM, old spinning HDD and i3 CPU.

It's not bad, just basic.

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Do you have any suggestions of better laptops which I'll probably get a longer use time out of my money with. Within the £700 or less region.

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The use time of that basic could be 4+ years.

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