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Hi there Merry Christmas everyone! I was wondering can anybody help me and tell me if this laptop is any good for the money please Its a HP Pavilion 15-p199sa 15.6" Laptop - Blue ProcessorIntel®… Read More
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2y, 6m agoPosted 2 years, 6 months ago
Hi there Merry Christmas everyone! I was wondering can anybody help me and tell me if this laptop is any good for the money please

Its a HP Pavilion 15-p199sa 15.6" Laptop - Blue

ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5-4288U Processor (2.6 GHz, 3.1 GHz with TurboBoost, 3 MB cache)RAM8 GB DDR3LGraphics cardIntel® Iris™Storage1.5 TB HDD, 5400 rpmSCREENScreen size15.6"Screen typeLCDResolution1366 x 768TouchscreenNoScreen featuresLED backlightingCONNECTIVTYWireless802.11 b/g/nEthernet10/100 EthernetBluetoothBluetooth 4.0USB- USB 3.0 x 1
- USB 2.0 x 2Video interface- HDMI x 1
- MiracastAudio interface3.5 mm jackMEDIAOptical driveDVD/RWMemory card readerSD card readerSOUNDSoundBeats AudioSpeakersIntegrated stereo speakersFEATURESCameraHP TrueVision webcamMicrophoneYesMouse / trackpadHP ImagePadKeyboardFull-size island-style keyboard with numeric keypadSecurity featuresKensington MicroSaver lock slotPOWERBattery type4-cell Lithium-ionBattery lifeUp to 6 hoursGENERALColourAsh silver & aqua blueBox contents- HP Pavilion 15-p199sa 15.6" Laptop
- AC power adapter
- Quick start guide

many thanks for all your time and help
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2y, 6m agoPosted 2 years, 6 months ago
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#1
How much is it?
#2
ooops that's a good point lol

its now £399 from £599

Cheers
#3
It kind of depends what you need it to do, really. Hard drive is only 5400rpm but could be swapped out for an SSD if you wanted. For the price, the spec sounds ok though. Never rated HP myself so I could be a wee bit "anti" if you know what I mean! Not a gaming rig, if that's what you were looking for but for 'everyday' computing it's got everything you need.

Perhaps expand on your usage requirements and others will lend their opinions too.

All the best, Phsy.
#4
Cheers Phsy, basically just using it for Internet might put football manager on it, will it be OK for that? Cheers
#5
How much would it cost for me too get it swapped to an SSD? Thanks
#6
PLAYBOYXIII
How much would it cost for me too get it swapped to an SSD? Thanks

Yes, fine for FM. As to SSD, take a look at this thread (mentioned below) for some example prices. You can easily replace it yourself (if you are savvy enough) and sell your HDD to cover the cost. Just buy as big a drive as you think you need. If not, you would have to get a local shop to swap it out for you. Probably just cost labour etc.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/uk-s-best-hard-drive-deals-one-place-now-with-internal-external-ssd-updated-for-2088562
#7
Cheers Phsy, basically just using it for Internet might put football manager on it, will it be OK for that? Cheers
#8
Thanks for that phsy I'll check it out. I'm guessing before reading it that I'll need to do this before using it as all my stuff will be on the original HD
Thanks
#9
Thanks for that phsy I'll check it out. I'm guessing before reading it that I'll need to do this before using it as all my stuff will be on the original HD
Thanks
#10
It's a good spec laptop for that price.
Just remember that if you change your hard drive you will likely void your warranty.
My advice would be to stick to it as it comes because you will probably find it performs fine as it comes.
#11
PLAYBOYXIII
Thanks for that phsy I'll check it out. I'm guessing before reading it that I'll need to do this before using it as all my stuff will be on the original HD
Thanks

In all honesty, if you don't need it to be uber-fast, I wouldn't worry about the HDD. An SSD is great when you want your OS to boot quickly and disk access to be swift. Apart from that, the HDD is the least of worry. I only mentioned it as 5400rpm seems lacklustre for a 1.5tb drive but I hardly think you will be filling it to it's capacity, will you? So, please don't get bogged down now thinking it's only any good if you have an SSD installed. It was only an observation - not a criticism.

Just as an aside - all you would need to do is clone the original drive, and then copy it to the SSD. Easy enough, but as I said - not a necessity, just an option, ok?

Regards, Phsy.
#12
Thanks for that phsy I'll check it out. I'm guessing before reading it that I'll need to do this before using it as all my stuff will be on the original HD
Thanks
#13
Thanks again mate you've been a real help.

No i won't be filling it up I've got a 1tb ext hdd to put stuff on to save clogging it up. .
#14
Thanks again mate you've been a real help.

No i won't be filling it up I've got a 1tb ext hdd to put stuff on to save clogging it up. .
#15
That's a good point nacho thanks
#16
1366 x 768 resolution on a 15.6" and no mention about IPS, just like 15 years ago, a £100 phone has a better screen,
#17
That's a good point nacho thanks
#18
What screen should we be looking for canton? Bearing in mind it's just for internet use. Won't be watching films or anything on there.
#19
What screen should we be looking for canton? Bearing in mind it's just for internet use. Won't be watching films or anything on there.
#20
I am also thinking of buying this laptop. Thanks all for contributions so far. I am a bit concerned as this model is not listed on the HP UK website and I see that Currys/PC World are offering it for £399 from £599. I have been in there on numerous occasions over the last month and never seen it on display but I have seen the next model down (1TB i3). Does anyone know if this is an end of line model that they are trying to get rid of? It seems strange that the model below is only £20 cheaper.
Thanks
#21
techidiot
I am also thinking of buying this laptop. Thanks all for contributions so far. I am a bit concerned as this model is not listed on the HP UK website and I see that Currys/PC World are offering it for £399 from £599. I have been in there on numerous occasions over the last month and never seen it on display but I have seen the next model down (1TB i3). Does anyone know if this is an end of line model that they are trying to get rid of? It seems strange that the model below is only £20 cheaper.
Thanks


You will not find models sold in Currys/PC World on the HP website. This is so they can set their own prices and you have nowhere to compare against.
#22
You can always put an SSD drive in the CD/DVD bay at a later date best of both worlds.

Edited By: SilverBlack on Dec 27, 2014 11:18
#23
I have just bought one, looked too good to be true, an i5 at £399.00. took a chance on it. Well it's a great laptop/notebook what ever you want to call it. Sound is great with sub-woofer underneath. Touch key pad, much better than the screen, 2 x USB 3 perfect, plus a USB 2. HDMI, plus the all usual other ports. 8Gb mem and 1500 Gb hdd brilliant for the money, Oh yes it's fast as well.
perfect, all in all I'm more than happy.Trnut
#24
Its basically the way these big companies scam people into thinking they are giving away huge discounts, they just advetise it at a higher price for 1 month prior to comply to trading standards and then afterwards just reduce the price claiming they have huge discounts but in reality its selling at the RRP!
All companies do it, Halfords, pc world, currys, tesco, asda etc.
This is the reason the i3 version is only £50 cheaper as its price has been inflated, you watch in a month it will get reduced further and it goes on.
In the end for £400 its not a bad price for a HP at that spec, definately not woth £600 though(feel sorry for anyone who bought it at that price)!
It should have 2x750gb drives so upgrading to an ssd would be easy while still having storage space on the other drive.
#25
If you think of it as a £399 laptop it's great, ignore any 'it was prices' I forgot to say the web cam also has a spotlight with it,
Mine has a Seagate 1.5 GB drive.
#26
Yes i agree, not bad for that price. Even considering one my self.

Ah interesting, would have been great with the 2 drives. Does it show as one in the control panel under disc manager? It may just be set up as a striped raid array so looks like 1 drive in my computer...

Whats the quality and responsiveness of the track pad like? Just had to return an Acer as it was aweful so need a replacment! :)
#27
Just the one Seagate drive.with 2GB partition for the hidden restore files.
Track pad is very good, even with thick fingers!!
zooming is very easy as is scrolling.
#28
Many thanks for checking. I just went to pc world, they claimed only to have ones left that come with a usb recovery drive for an extra £35! So they just lied to my face when i mentioned it has a recovery partition built in already and they said no.

Pc World need to sort their staff out too, just incompetent, 4 people i had to ask to finaly get someone to get one for me. Excuses ranging from i'm with a customer and walking off to its not my department to im not one of the selling team wtf!

On the plus note the screen seemed good and the trackpad very responsive on the display model they had out.
#29
PC world/Currys are fine if you know exactly what you want and you don’t have to ask anything. You may be lucky and find the one that does know what he’s talking about. In your case they properly don’t know what a partition is.
The old joke is still true, when you ask the young chap for something they say “do you want fries with it”
#30
Hi,
Im also considering this laptop for my girlfriend, anyone know if it would run the sims on it please?

thanks.
#31
Did anyone buy this laptop?
Im gutted I chose it. Took one back because the touch pad was hanging off. Got a replacement no probs but both laptops have had terrible screens. My gameboy had better resolution!
#32
I also decided to get one as it seemes a good spec.
Good points, its nice and fast, touchpad responsive and feels good overall. Also the single hard drice not twin like in the hp spec.
Bad points,
The touchpad on mine is also raised on the top right corner, push it down and it just comes back up, so going to try and get a replacment one.
The screen has a poor viewing angle, side to side great but up and down you have to keep it parallel to your face for the colours not to fade top and bottom. Not great but can live with it.
The battery life is not too good, up to 6 hrs on the spec. More like 3.5hrs at most, it does charge very quick tho, in about an hour.
It tends to get hot, hit 72 degrees at one point, noticed mcafee was running in the background constantly so ditched that and helped a bit but still hotter than any one ive had before. Averages around 60degres normally.
Speakers are good, but has started vibrating a little at moderate speaking volume, not ideal after 2 weeks.
Hopefully the new one will be better!
#33
Hello guys ,can anyone tell me ,if anyone down gradered OS to windows 7 ??
I want to use it for music production ,will it be good for it?
Can any knowledgable person let me know ??thanks
#34
Peegy
You will not find models sold in Currys/PC World on the HP website. This is so they can set their own prices and you have nowhere to compare against.

HP Pavilion Notebook - 15-p199sa on the HP Website

Edited By: cutthroat_jake on Feb 07, 2015 11:52
#35
Update....
Took the first one back wasn't good enough. They exchanged it without issue in store, mind you the same store that said they had none in stock without the £35 backup!
Anyway, the second one the trackpad is perfect now, it does not get as hot as the first and the power cable is at least 7" longer which is great as the first one seemed short and the battery lasts a bit longer than the first!
Overall pleased with it now despite the noncence trying to get hold of it in the first place.
No reason why you can't install windows 7, there is a built in back up so you can always reinstall later, or just dual boot as the hard drive is plenty big enough.
Music production, well possibly as it is fast and has plenty of ram and HDD space, best check your softwares minimum spec to see if it will do first!

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