11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
DVD RW if possible but it's not really necessary.
12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Never bought a laptop before and self built my desktop so, no idea.
13. What country do you live in?
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Budget is pretty flexible and I can increase it if you think its a good idea. I don't know which brands are any good when it comes to laptops as I've never has any interest in them before. It's not meant for any serious gaming like Crysis 2, BF3 etc. I'd like it if the battery life was high but if it has to be sacrificed for better quality parts then that's not a problem. An increased cost for higher battery life won't be a problem though. Doesn't need anything fancy like an SSD or an integrated webcam + mic or anything like that.
From what I've read a 540M would be good enough for what I've listed. I'd love to have a 560 but looks like it will be too expensive. Let me know what kind of price range that option would be and I can decide whether or not its worth it.
Here are some options: ASUS N75SL 17" entertainment notebook £787
Core i5-2450M 2.4Ghz Dual Core CPU. 17.3", 6GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD, Blu-Ray optical, 17.3" 1600x900 LCD w/ GT 635M 2GB Graphics,
USB 3, Bluetooth WiFi, Bang & Olufsen Speakers, HDMI, 2 year warranty (SaveOn listing is wrong).
GT 635M is a bit of a nice upgrade over the GT 540M.