Whenever I have bought a laptop I have never focused very much on the specs but looks xD. I am a pro to buying laptops but still I like looks more than specs! First choose a laptop that's slim & sexy & make sure it's in black, white or in your favourite colour! Then get the specs you want. Try to get i5, more than 4GB RAM, more than 320GB HDD & original registered Windows 7 at least & also in future you can upgrade to windows 8 for only £29.99, if you have a original Windows 7 xD. i5 is more than enough for this kinda' stuff, if you're planning to play games on that laptop as well, forget because laptops were never made for gaming, but if you still wanna play games [(like NFS World) (like I do)] then don't worry new intel HD 4000 can handle it easily! & believe me, my new laptop with i5-3210m runs Crysis 2 at 1280 × 720 at med settings without lag at average 32.7fps xD!
Also try to get the new i5 not the old. For example, i5-2450m is still old but new i5-3210m is newer, just go for any i5 with more than 2 cores & HD 4000 (or better xD) ! LOL!
So I would never recommend a laptop with i7 & with a GPU because believe me that sucks battery like a bitch sucks a di*k, LOL!
Sorry for poor English, my creative writing is not good! Also in the upper line the last line was to make you laugh but not to make you angry, if it did, I apologize
Thanks & Best Regards,