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ASUS X553SA-XX170T Laptop- (Pent N3700, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Win 10) - £219.00 @ Amazon.

£219.00 @ Amazon
Saw laptop on Amazon deals today - down to 219. Specs seem ok for what im looking for - laptop for 8 year old. Wanting to spend about this amount of money, but obviously want to get the best possible… Read More
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6m, 1d agoFound 6 months, 1 day ago
Saw laptop on Amazon deals today - down to 219.
Specs seem ok for what im looking for - laptop for 8 year old. Wanting to spend about this amount of money, but obviously want to get the best possible one for the money.

What are peoples views on this spec/make for £219?

Thanks
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#1
Has always been £219.00 since it was first released, so this isn't a deal.

Normal price and quite a poor laptop.

What does the 8 year old want the laptop for, exactly? May be an idea to look into Chrome Books if just for internet use, however you won't be able to use Microsoft Word etc.
#2
Salfordgirl1
Has always been £219.00 since it was first released, so this isn't a deal.
Normal price and quite a poor laptop.
What does the 8 year old want the laptop for, exactly? May be an idea to look into Chrome Books if just for internet use, however you won't be able to use Microsoft Word etc.

Thanks for your commebt. Laptop will be used for basic internet use (some of his homework has to be completed online), and probably will use Word. May use it for music & iPlayer.
#3
Sc00byDoo
Salfordgirl1
Has always been £219.00 since it was first released, so this isn't a deal.
Normal price and quite a poor laptop.
What does the 8 year old want the laptop for, exactly? May be an idea to look into Chrome Books if just for internet use, however you won't be able to use Microsoft Word etc.
Thanks for your commebt. Laptop will be used for basic internet use (some of his homework has to be completed online), and probably will use Word. May use it for music & iPlayer.

You can use a Chrome Book for basic internet use and as it turns out there are a few ways to use Word on Chrome. You could watch Youtube on a Chromebook too, as well as Iplayer.

A cheap chrome book seems to meet all your needs. They cost around £100-200. They won't play any computer games though, they're not particularly powerful and they have really small memory storage (Don't expect to store many photos or videos or anything like that on here).

I'd give them a bit of a google first, look into them and see what you think.
#4
Salfordgirl1
Sc00byDoo
Salfordgirl1
Has always been £219.00 since it was first released, so this isn't a deal.
Normal price and quite a poor laptop.
What does the 8 year old want the laptop for, exactly? May be an idea to look into Chrome Books if just for internet use, however you won't be able to use Microsoft Word etc.
Thanks for your commebt. Laptop will be used for basic internet use (some of his homework has to be completed online), and probably will use Word. May use it for music & iPlayer.
You can use a Chrome Book for basic internet use and as it turns out there are a few ways to use Word on Chrome. You could watch Youtube on a Chromebook too, as well as Iplayer.
A cheap chrome book seems to meet all your needs. They cost around £100-200. They won't play any computer games though, they're not particularly powerful and they have really small memory storage (Don't expect to store many photos or videos or anything like that on here).
I'd give them a bit of a google first, look into them and see what you think.

I'm currently using a Chromebook (spare) as my ASUS is shot. I find the Chromebook tiresome. As noted it's fine for internet use only, if you like using Chrome - I like Firefox. Everything else is just too long winded, including downloading documents from email. I'm not a techy but I wouldn't recommend. I spend a lot of time on here trying to find a decent lappie and it seems everything just gets shot down... BTW I bought my ASUS per a deal on here, the support from ASUS was shockingly bad. My son gave up on the Chromebook due to its limitations after 6 months, he was warned by my work IT person, but he was deaf to it (_;)
#5
Monaco Blue
Salfordgirl1
Sc00byDoo
Salfordgirl1
Has always been £219.00 since it was first released, so this isn't a deal.
Normal price and quite a poor laptop.
What does the 8 year old want the laptop for, exactly? May be an idea to look into Chrome Books if just for internet use, however you won't be able to use Microsoft Word etc.
Thanks for your commebt. Laptop will be used for basic internet use (some of his homework has to be completed online), and probably will use Word. May use it for music & iPlayer.
You can use a Chrome Book for basic internet use and as it turns out there are a few ways to use Word on Chrome. You could watch Youtube on a Chromebook too, as well as Iplayer.
A cheap chrome book seems to meet all your needs. They cost around £100-200. They won't play any computer games though, they're not particularly powerful and they have really small memory storage (Don't expect to store many photos or videos or anything like that on here).
I'd give them a bit of a google first, look into them and see what you think.
I'm currently using a Chromebook (spare) as my ASUS is shot. I find the Chromebook tiresome. As noted it's fine for internet use only, if you like using Chrome - I like Firefox. Everything else is just too long winded, including downloading documents from email. I'm not a techy but I wouldn't recommend. I spend a lot of time on here trying to find a decent lappie and it seems everything just gets shot down... BTW I bought my ASUS per a deal on here, the support from ASUS was shockingly bad. My son gave up on the Chromebook due to its limitations after 6 months, he was warned by my work IT person, but he was deaf to it (_;)

I'm not sure what people expect. A chrome book is the lowest of the low, it's a budget laptop of budget laptops. Of course it's not going to be great, but if it's for a child or very little use then it fits the bill. Many phones have the same CPU power, or better than a chromebook, so it's hardly surprising that it struggles at many tasks.

From what I've read it seems like everyone has had poor customer support with basically every Laptop maker. The main supplier of chromebooks is Acer though, not Asus :p

A chromebook is meant for browsing the internet, okay battery life and perhaps word processing. Anything else and it's terrible. You don't get that cheap price by being the all-singing, all-dancing laptop of the world.

Laptops deals get shot down on here because there just aren't many good deals on them (Prices are high when released, have a 10-20% dip in price half way before the next-gen, then prices go up). People want cheap prices, which means budget laptops. Budget laptops then get shot down because they're awful build quality and battery. People then post premium laptops at a good deal and they get shot down for being expensive ("I have a gaming pc for this price!"). It's a no-win situation.

I originally wanted a £300-400 laptop. Ended up spending £650 on one instead. Just no point buying something budget and that you won't enjoy using.
#6
I got a chromebook for my 9 year old granddaughter which she uses for homework and her YouTube videos which she can cast to the tv it's really fast and no need for virus software she really loves it.
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Salfordgirl1
Monaco Blue
Salfordgirl1
Sc00byDoo
Salfordgirl1
Has always been £219.00 since it was first released, so this isn't a deal.
Normal price and quite a poor laptop.
What does the 8 year old want the laptop for, exactly? May be an idea to look into Chrome Books if just for internet use, however you won't be able to use Microsoft Word etc.
Thanks for your commebt. Laptop will be used for basic internet use (some of his homework has to be completed online), and probably will use Word. May use it for music & iPlayer.
You can use a Chrome Book for basic internet use and as it turns out there are a few ways to use Word on Chrome. You could watch Youtube on a Chromebook too, as well as Iplayer.
A cheap chrome book seems to meet all your needs. They cost around £100-200. They won't play any computer games though, they're not particularly powerful and they have really small memory storage (Don't expect to store many photos or videos or anything like that on here).
I'd give them a bit of a google first, look into them and see what you think.
I'm currently using a Chromebook (spare) as my ASUS is shot. I find the Chromebook tiresome. As noted it's fine for internet use only, if you like using Chrome - I like Firefox. Everything else is just too long winded, including downloading documents from email. I'm not a techy but I wouldn't recommend. I spend a lot of time on here trying to find a decent lappie and it seems everything just gets shot down... BTW I bought my ASUS per a deal on here, the support from ASUS was shockingly bad. My son gave up on the Chromebook due to its limitations after 6 months, he was warned by my work IT person, but he was deaf to it (_;)

I'm not sure what people expect. A chrome book is the lowest of the low, it's a budget laptop of budget laptops. Of course it's not going to be great, but if it's for a child or very little use then it fits the bill. Many phones have the same CPU power, or better than a chromebook, so it's hardly surprising that it struggles at many tasks.

From what I've read it seems like everyone has had poor customer support with basically every Laptop maker. The main supplier of chromebooks is Acer though, not Asus :p

A chromebook is meant for browsing the internet, okay battery life and perhaps word processing. Anything else and it's terrible. You don't get that cheap price by being the all-singing, all-dancing laptop of the world.

Laptops deals get shot down on here because there just aren't many good deals on them (Prices are high when released, have a 10-20% dip in price half way before the next-gen, then prices go up). People want cheap prices, which means budget laptops. Budget laptops then get shot down because they're awful build quality and battery. People then post premium laptops at a good deal and they get shot down for being expensive ("I have a gaming pc for this price!"). It's a no-win situation.

I originally wanted a £300-400 laptop. Ended up spending £650 on one instead. Just no point buying something budget and that you won't enjoy using.


I like reading your comments, your obviously very knowledgeable about computers! :-)
#8
I have Asus x205 11" laptop from Amazon deal here - can't remember specs but us fine for basic tasks homework etc. 2gb ram with mmc disk built in - added micro SD card for storage & it's fine.
thinking if same thing but bigger screen / ram as family laptop.
#9
can you open up and upgrade any of the components? SSD, memory? replace CD drive with a second hard drive?
#10
kowalski
can you open up and upgrade any of the components? SSD, memory? replace CD drive with a second hard drive?

Doubt it.
#11
Salfordgirl1
Sc00byDoo
Salfordgirl1
Has always been £219.00 since it was first released, so this isn't a deal.
Normal price and quite a poor laptop.
What does the 8 year old want the laptop for, exactly? May be an idea to look into Chrome Books if just for internet use, however you won't be able to use Microsoft Word etc.
Thanks for your commebt. Laptop will be used for basic internet use (some of his homework has to be completed online), and probably will use Word. May use it for music & iPlayer.

You can use a Chrome Book for basic internet use and as it turns out there are a few ways to use Word on Chrome. You could watch Youtube on a Chromebook too, as well as Iplayer.

A cheap chrome book seems to meet all your needs. They cost around £100-200. They won't play any computer games though, they're not particularly powerful and they have really small memory storage (Don't expect to store many photos or videos or anything like that on here).

I'd give them a bit of a google first, look into them and see what you think.


Chrome books are rubbish as they do not have the common apps. They are good for web browsing only. Next year when the android store with Android like touch screen comes they may become useful. Until then don't waste money on chrome book.
#12
Made my mum buy this. Apart from all the bloatware the spec is probably one of the best for the price. Had a look around at this price and all others had Celeron CPU's

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