I have come to the conclusion that the ideal specs for me are roughly these:
Intel i5 processor
750GB to 1TB hard disc
Judging by the large number of models I've found with these specs that are within my price range (preferably not more than GBP 600, which is a bit less than USD 1,000), this is a realistic spec to aim for.
PC Advisor rated Acer Aspire V3-571 very highly, (see http://www.pcadvisor...-v3-571-review/ ) but when I looked at customer reviews on the Amazon website (and later on the Acer user forum - http://community.ace...e/m-p/3405#M966 ) I became concerned that a lot of users were having problems even if professional reviewers had found the laptop performed well.
Oh dear, I thought, back to the drawing board.
But as I trawl through huge numbers of websites - best buy recommendations, suppliers' lists of available laptops, articles about this processor and that and other features - I keep finding that whenever I find what looks like a really good machine someone, somewhere, has had a ghastly experience with it.
I am also very confused by what seem to be very slight differences between models: Amazon, for example, shows nine different versions of the Acer Aspire V3-571. Some of the differences I do understand, such as those with RAM and HD, but which of them (if any) will they be relevant to whether a particular machine performs like the one the PC Advisor expert reviewed or like the ones that had their users screaming on the Acer user forum?
I am going round in circles so much that I don't think I'm being very articulate about my problems any more.
All constructive comments would be welcome, whether they specifically relate to the wifi problems with Acer Aspire V3-571 laptops or are suggestions about how I should get myself to a postion where I can make a confident purchase of a laptop of any make.
Very many thanks to anyone who has read all the way through this!
Edited by sue.words, 19 August 2013 - 05:39 AM.