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And in the thread linked to in that thread.
Do not pay over £210.
Get a free laptop. EG from the IT Dept of a local company.
Or a laptop off ebay or facebook marketplace that's a fully working used premium business laptop. From HP, Dell or Lenovo. One that's at a competitive price compared to what else you can get for the same or less money.
There's good deals on sub £210 Dell Latitude 7390 & 7490. And HP 840 G5 & 830 G5.
Don't bother with consumer grade laptops. And don't buy new. Don't listen to all those laptop buying guides that come up when you do a google search.
If your degree is in any way related to a computation (see: Photography, Physics, Computer Science, etc etc) then you will need a fairly decent setup- depends on the degree.
If you game/etc, you will likely already know what you're looking for: depends on the game.
If you're rich: yeah.
If you're none of the above, and just want casual web browsing/flash games/Microsoft Word/Powerpoint/etc, then follow Dunnig Krugers advice and get a cheap used laptop.
Look at many old but useful reviews that are currently published online and then perhaps you can manage to make a informed decision on your laptop options. Good luck. Consider your own set of needs and wants before deciding on a laptop. Read the entire specification carefully.