Just bought a laptop that has no operating system. It’s a Zoostorm http://www.ebuyer.com/398944-zoostorm-laptop-7873-9040
You put your own on. This means it is cheaper as you do not have to pay for Windows and it gets around the Win 8 boot issues. The laptop has a good spec’ with a sharp screen and effortlessly runs Linux. I have installed and uninstalled Mint 15 due to issues that could be down to a corrupt iso, I don’t know. I have now installed Peppermint 4 and it is really quick.
Here are the Cons:
DVD drive is flimsy, if you write and read a lot of DVD’s then this may not be for you. The Caps lock button is close to ‘A’ and can easily be knocked. Some of the the buttons are a little too recessed.
The review site Revoo shows that many have bought this machine and successfully Mint 15 and Peppermint 4. For £260 it is hard to complain for a machine of this spec.
Note. Not a negative as such but the bios may seem odd to some. If you want to boot from usb then you must press F7 EVERY TIME and select usb or CD.