Asus X75VC-TY103H Core i5 - 17.3 Inch 8GB RAM and 1TB Storage - Blu-Ray Drive - Laptop - £449.99 @ Argos - HotUKDeals
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Been on the look out for a laptop with a large screen and a decent processor, with plenty of storage to boot, and I came across this one on sale at Argos.

Last time this model was listed on HUKD for this price it was a reconditioned one (which can be a nightmare from Argos!) but this one is brand new and seems to be around £100 more elsewhere.

Here it is on Asus' website - http://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/X75VC/

Product description / spec

The powerful Asus X75VC-TY103H 17.3 Inch 8GB 1TB Laptop is a strong package. The Asus X75VC-TY103H offers plenty of power and storage and provides rapid processing that ensures you can multitask at ease. Enjoy superb computing with the Asus X75VC-TY103H.

CPU, Memory and Operating System:

Intel® Core™ i5-3230 Processor
2.4GHz processor speed.
8GB RAM.
1000GB (1TB) hard drive.
Microsoft Windows 8 - 64Bit
Display features:

17.3 inch screen. HD+ LED
Graphics: Dedicated NVidia GT720 2Gb Graphics

Interfaces and connectivity:

1 Ethernet port.
1 HDMI port
2 USB 2.0 port
1 USB 3.0 port
Wi-Fi enabled.
Multimedia features:

General features:

Up to 4 hours battery life.
Size H47.6, W32.8, D9cm.
Weight 4kg.
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1 Like #1
I think this has the NVIDIA GT 720M as well
#2
daveshah
I think this has the NVIDIA GT 720M as well

The Asus page says it does and there's some staff answers in the Argos Q&A that say the same, even though it's not listed on their stats.

I'll update my listing.
#3
This is Dual core :S how much is the i3?
#4
360baby
This is Dual core :S how much is the i3?

Dual Core with Hyper-Threading. Turbo boosts to 3.0Ghz for both active cores and 3.2Ghz for single active core.
#5
OOS in 9 of my local stores :(
#6
adam5321
OOS in 9 of my local stores :(
That's usually my hard luck story with these Argos deals, but on this occasion 2 of my nearest 6 had stock, so I've got one reserved.
#7
Hot pity the screen is not 1080
#8
Very tempted.
4 Likes #9
This is good generally, but lack of at least 1080p on a 17" screen is absolutely pathetic (I suppose 1600 x 900 makes it a little better than the usual 1280/1366 x 720 etc res).
4 Likes #10
nano
This is good generally, but lack of at least 1080p on a 17" screen is absolutely pathetic (I suppose 1600 x 900 makes it a little better than the usual 1280/1366 x 720 etc res).

Pathetic? Really? Get a grip!
#11
4kg!
#12
Just picked mine up and it also comes with a blu-ray drive, which wasn't mentioned in the specs!
1 Like #13
craigstephens
nano
This is good generally, but lack of at least 1080p on a 17" screen is absolutely pathetic (I suppose 1600 x 900 makes it a little better than the usual 1280/1366 x 720 etc res).

Pathetic? Really? Get a grip!


For half a grand I'd want my monies worth, so yeah I'd agree it's kinda pathetic. The screen is what you'll be looking at 100% of the time, so why skimp on its spec? Decent screen > any other aspect.
#14
Not sure whether I'm going to pick mine up. In two minds. Can't decide. Don't know what to do.
#15
Sapphiraez
craigstephens
nano
This is good generally, but lack of at least 1080p on a 17" screen is absolutely pathetic (I suppose 1600 x 900 makes it a little better than the usual 1280/1366 x 720 etc res).
Pathetic? Really? Get a grip!

For half a grand I'd want my monies worth, so yeah I'd agree it's kinda pathetic. The screen is what you'll be looking at 100% of the time, so why skimp on its spec? Decent screen > any other aspect.
I don't disagree that the screen quality is important, but I do think you've overstating it a little. It might not be 1080p, but having had a look at it on the one I've just picked up it looks right up there with the 1080p screen on my 15" Dell laptop, albeit in optimal indoor lighting conditions.

Also, you won't necessarily be using the screen 100% of the time, as it has an HDMI out you can connect it to a big TV and use it as a secondary blu-ray/Netflix player in a child's room for example


Edited By: thekitkatshuffler on Jun 22, 2014 13:03: Edited for facts
#16
Bird68
Not sure whether I'm going to pick mine up. In two minds. Can't decide. Don't know what to do.

For basic computing needs this is a HOT deal. Great spec for the price from a top make. Who wants to play games on a laptop anyway. If thats what you want , then buy a proper desktop. My Alienware laptop often gets a long rest and only comes out to play when away from home.

Edited By: bharak on Jun 22, 2014 12:39
#17
Sapphiraez
craigstephens
nano
This is good generally, but lack of at least 1080p on a 17" screen is absolutely pathetic (I suppose 1600 x 900 makes it a little better than the usual 1280/1366 x 720 etc res).
Pathetic? Really? Get a grip!

For half a grand I'd want my monies worth, so yeah I'd agree it's kinda pathetic. The screen is what you'll be looking at 100% of the time, so why skimp on its spec? Decent screen > any other aspect.

GT720 won't handle many games in 1080p and better gpu would bump the price. Can you find a decent 1080p 17“ laptop for this price that isn't some Aldi own brand piece of poop? No? Thought so. ;-)
#18
hi , thekitkatshuffler can you give some more details , is it heavy then usual 17 inch laptop, build quality, screen is glossy (shows reflection)or not, keyboard etc, will be thankful, I reserved one, plan to pick up tomorrow. thanks
#19
GT720M holds up well for an entry level Mobile GPU

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-720M.90247.0.html
#20
Bird68
Not sure whether I'm going to pick mine up. In two minds. Can't decide. Don't know what to do.
bharak
...My Alienware laptop often gets a long rest and only comes out to play when away from home.

[ http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/steam-summer-sale-confirmed-19-30th-june-1927667?p=22027777 ]

:)
#21
Given that laptops seem to have different types of CPU with different model names, which don't really seem to make sense, unlike desktops, I used a cpu benchmark site to compare the performance of this particular CPU compared to others. For a specific budget, this is actually more power for less money than other laptops in the £600 mark. This was reviewed by Expert Reviews in Dec 2013, where it got 4 out of 5 stars at £600. At £449 it is definitely worth considering.
#22
jun19
hi , thekitkatshuffler can you give some more details , is it heavy then usual 17 inch laptop, build quality, screen is glossy (shows reflection)or not, keyboard etc, will be thankful, I reserved one, plan to pick up tomorrow. thanks
Hi jun19 - I'm out and about at the moment, but I'll post some feedback to your questions when I get home this evening. :)
#23
Does this have Bluetooth, as it appears to be an option?
1 Like #24
Now THAT is a good spec for a good price!! Tired of the endless 14" with a Celeron deals getting ridiculously hot. It's not 2003 anymore! This one has just the right balance of parts at that price. Actually scrub that it's got incredible parts for £450. Dedicated graphics and USB 3.0? No brainer.
#25
sparcus
Does this have Bluetooth, as it appears to be an option?
No Bluetooth I'm afraid.
#26
If anybody thinks the below Dell deal is much better, mine is yet to arrive and want to sell away for the purchase price because I don't need that much spec at this moment.

Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series, i7 Haswell, 8GB, 1 TB, 17.3 LED Backlit Touch Display (1920 x 1080), Intel HD Graphics 4400, Wifi 1705 802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth v4.0.

Booked for £540 in fathers day deal here (expired now), arriving from Dell on 24th, can be yours... pls PM me if interested.
#27
1920x1080 is a 16:9 aspect ratio and thus horrible for anything other than watching video on. 16:10 is better for general computer use IMO.
#28
thekitkatshuffler
jun19
hi , thekitkatshuffler can you give some more details , is it heavy then usual 17 inch laptop, build quality, screen is glossy (shows reflection)or not, keyboard etc, will be thankful, I reserved one, plan to pick up tomorrow. thanks
Hi jun19 - I'm out and about at the moment, but I'll post some feedback to your questions when I get home this evening. :)
thanks , also tell me is it come with 1 year warranty, because I checked Asus website they are offering 2 years warranty, may only applied for direct purchase.
#29
montmorency
If anybody thinks the below Dell deal is much better, mine is yet to arrive and want to sell away for the purchase price because I don't need that much spec at this moment.

Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series, i7 Haswell, 8GB, 1 TB, 17.3 LED Backlit Touch Display (1920 x 1080), Intel HD Graphics 4400, Wifi 1705 802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth v4.0.

Booked for £540 in fathers day deal here (expired now), arriving from Dell on 24th, can be yours... pls PM me if interested.


I'll have mate.... Pm me
#30
nano
This is good generally, but lack of at least 1080p on a 17" screen is absolutely pathetic (I suppose 1600 x 900 makes it a little better than the usual 1280/1366 x 720 etc res).

Totally agree.

I've had a few 14.1" laptops with 1440x900 and 1600x900 displays and that's definitely the lower limit of pixels I want on that size of display, so I agree that a 17" screen needs at the very *least* a 1080p. Also, you're going to want one with good viewing angles because as you look at the corners of the screen you'll be looking more off-axis.
#31
Set out to collect, but it's an hours walk and an hour on the tram and I just couldn't be bothered, so turned back after five minutes.

Just managed to reserve it again when it went back on the system, so it might be worth checking again if you fancy one.
#32
jun19
thekitkatshuffler
jun19
hi , thekitkatshuffler can you give some more details , is it heavy then usual 17 inch laptop, build quality, screen is glossy (shows reflection)or not, keyboard etc, will be thankful, I reserved one, plan to pick up tomorrow. thanks
Hi jun19 - I'm out and about at the moment, but I'll post some feedback to your questions when I get home this evening. :)
thanks , also tell me is it come with 1 year warranty, because I checked Asus website they are offering 2 years warranty, may only applied for direct purchase.

Right, so I've used it for a couple of hours now and it seems like a very solid piece of kit.

There are shortcomings, with the screen being glossy and reflective, but for me it looks just as good as the 1080p screen on my Dell. It's maybe a little washed out colour-wise, but no real complaints from me.
I stuck a Transformers bluray in just to get an idea of the functionality and it loaded very quickly with the on-board software. Again, the picture's a little washed out, but I didn't buy it to watch movies on so I'm not offended by it.

Build quality seems excellent with very little (pretty much zero) flex in the chassis or lid, but I wouldn't say it's heavy at all. In fact, without sticking it on my kitchen scales, it feels roughly the same weight as the 15" Dell Inspiron I mentioned earlier.

The finish to the materials is well thought out, although it's obviously not brushed aluminium for this kind of price, the plastics used are sturdy and have a nice textured design where your palms rest and an interesting almost wood-effect finish elsewhere around the keyboard.

Keyboard seems good quality with nice travel in the keys, however it's very tightly spaced, with nowhere near the spacing of my old Dell. That's likely due to the much larger keys on the Asus and also the inclusion of a full number pad to the right hand side.
So it'll take me a while to get properly used to, but it's in no way a bad keyboard. The keys are large and attractively labelled with everything logically placed.

Performance is difficult to judge at such an early stage, but it feels snappy and has a genuinely almost instant wake-up from sleep of around 2 seconds.
Despite being a hot day it's running very cool at the moment, with no heat detectable at all on the palm rests.

I have't looked into the warranty situation, but it's labelled as a 12 month warranty on the back of the machine, so seems like a standard thing. Whether that can be extended by registering on Asus' website or something I don't know.

Hope that all helps.


Edited By: thekitkatshuffler on Jun 22, 2014 21:07: Spelling
#33
This is a decent laptop, an unboxing video is on my YT channel MahelYT and I'm posting a review possibly tomorrow so you should check those out if you're looking to buy :)
#34
thekitkatshuffler
jun19
thekitkatshuffler
jun19
hi , thekitkatshuffler can you give some more details , is it heavy then usual 17 inch laptop, build quality, screen is glossy (shows reflection)or not, keyboard etc, will be thankful, I reserved one, plan to pick up tomorrow. thanks
Hi jun19 - I'm out and about at the moment, but I'll post some feedback to your questions when I get home this evening. :)
thanks , also tell me is it come with 1 year warranty, because I checked Asus website they are offering 2 years warranty, may only applied for direct purchase.

Right, so I've used it for a couple of hours now and it seems like a very solid piece of kit.

There are shortcomings, with the screen being glossy and reflective, but for me it looks just as good as the 1080p screen on my Dell. It's maybe a little washed out colour-wise, but no real complaints from me.
I stuck a Transformers bluray in just to get an idea of the functionality and it loaded very quickly with the on-board software. Again, the picture's a little washed out, but I didn't buy it to watch movies on so I'm not offended by it.

Build quality seems excellent with very little (pretty much zero) flex in the chassis or lid, but I wouldn't say it's heavy at all. In fact, without sticking it on my kitchen scales, it feels roughly the same weight as the 15" Dell Inspiron I mentioned earlier.

The finish to the materials is well thought out, although it's obviously not brushed aluminium for this kind of price, the plastics used are sturdy and have a nice textured design where your palms rest and an interesting almost wood-effect finish elsewhere around the keyboard.

Keyboard seems good quality with nice travel in the keys, however it's very tightly spaced, with nowhere near the spacing of my old Dell. That's likely due to the much larger keys on the Asus and also the inclusion of a full number pad to the right hand side.
So it'll take me a while to get properly used to, but it's in no way a bad keyboard. The keys are large and attractively labelled with everything logically placed.

Performance is difficult to judge at such an early stage, but it feels snappy and has a genuinely almost instant wake-up from sleep of around 2 seconds.
Despite being a hot day it's running very cool at the moment, with no heat detectable at all on the palm rests.

I have't looked into the warranty situation, but it's labelled as a 12 month warranty on the back of the machine, so seems like a standard thing. Whether that can be extended by registering on Asus' website or something I don't know.

Hope that all helps.

Thanks mate for the review, I wish this come with Anti glare screen, as I am currently having Toshiba almost same specs but very very good bright screen (1600 x 900) the only reason I want to change because after HP this one also disappointed me, already got faulty once and I am sure after the warranty period, very possible chances of some new fault, really **** off,f this is my third laptop in last 3 years and all shows problem with in warranty period although I am very very careful user, never allow heat up, excessive or rough use. so the best idea is either to buy extended warranty or change the laptop, thanks again for the review, it helps me to decide, I should pick up or not.
#35
Damn Argos and their further reductions!!!! I bought this laptop from Argos last Sunday (15th) when it was reduced to £489.99 and now it's a further £40 off! Is there any chance Argos would refund me the difference if I called them and complained? Heat added for this price though! :(

Edited By: gurdster on Jun 23, 2014 14:20
#36
BenderRodriguez
Sapphiraez
craigstephens
nano
This is good generally, but lack of at least 1080p on a 17" screen is absolutely pathetic (I suppose 1600 x 900 makes it a little better than the usual 1280/1366 x 720 etc res).
Pathetic? Really? Get a grip!

For half a grand I'd want my monies worth, so yeah I'd agree it's kinda pathetic. The screen is what you'll be looking at 100% of the time, so why skimp on its spec? Decent screen > any other aspect.

GT720 won't handle many games in 1080p and better gpu would bump the price. Can you find a decent 1080p 17“ laptop for this price that isn't some Aldi own brand piece of poop? No? Thought so. ;-)

That's the issue, it's a good laptop, but this price feels more like RRP than a deal, knock £150 off and I'd be calling it a deal.
+I'd rather have a better CPU than GPU, I have a computer if I want to play games that look good haha.
#37
I hope this isn't out of stock by the time my payday comes around.
I know it wasn't mentioned before that it's not that good for gaming at 1080p, but since I'm currently playing games on a 2008 spec laptop, it certainly would be an improvement.
#38
Elevation
Now THAT is a good spec for a good price!! Tired of the endless 14" with a Celeron deals getting ridiculously hot. It's not 2003 anymore! This one has just the right balance of parts at that price. Actually scrub that it's got incredible parts for £450. Dedicated graphics and USB 3.0? No brainer.

What does Celeron deals have to do with 2003? Are you seriously suggesting that modern Celerons run with CPU performance circa 2003? Of course they don't, for many people they have easily enough CPU power for average tasks. I bet you most people that buy this laptop, will use it for Facebook and Web browsing, they could have saved their money and got a Celeron/Pentium deal. Intel recycled those names however they have absolutely nothing to do with the Netburst architecture of 2003, they're Ivybridge/Haswell architecture now. If you don't know don't comment as it confuses people who are also clueless.
#39
fishmaster
Elevation
Now THAT is a good spec for a good price!! Tired of the endless 14" with a Celeron deals getting ridiculously hot. It's not 2003 anymore! This one has just the right balance of parts at that price. Actually scrub that it's got incredible parts for £450. Dedicated graphics and USB 3.0? No brainer.

What does Celeron deals have to do with 2003? Are you seriously suggesting that modern Celerons run with CPU performance circa 2003? Of course they don't, for many people they have easily enough CPU power for average tasks. I bet you most people that buy this laptop, will use it for Facebook and Web browsing, they could have saved their money and got a Celeron/Pentium deal. Intel recycled those names however they have absolutely nothing to do with the Netburst architecture of 2003, they're Ivybridge/Haswell architecture now. If you don't know don't comment as it confuses people who are also clueless.

Do you feel all better now...
#40
Elevation
fishmaster
Elevation
Now THAT is a good spec for a good price!! Tired of the endless 14" with a Celeron deals getting ridiculously hot. It's not 2003 anymore! This one has just the right balance of parts at that price. Actually scrub that it's got incredible parts for £450. Dedicated graphics and USB 3.0? No brainer.

What does Celeron deals have to do with 2003? Are you seriously suggesting that modern Celerons run with CPU performance circa 2003? Of course they don't, for many people they have easily enough CPU power for average tasks. I bet you most people that buy this laptop, will use it for Facebook and Web browsing, they could have saved their money and got a Celeron/Pentium deal. Intel recycled those names however they have absolutely nothing to do with the Netburst architecture of 2003, they're Ivybridge/Haswell architecture now. If you don't know don't comment as it confuses people who are also clueless.

Do you feel all better now...

Yes I went on a rampage there, at least I didn't bite anyone :)

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