Compaq 15-s104na Notebook PC (Intel Celeron N2840 with Intel HD Graphics, 4 GB RAM, 500GB, Windows 8.1, No Optical Drive) @ Amazon £149.99 reduced by 25% - HotUKDeals
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Reduced in Amazon Lightning deal - be quick!
The 1TB version is £179.99...
You can still get an extra fiver off using code PRICELES5 with a Mastercard (thanks to norm1)
I imagine the battery is heavier than the 0.2g Amazon list in the specs.

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banned 1 Like #1
Very nice price, heat added.
1 Like #2
Great deal !
1 Like #3
Avoid celeron
2 Likes #4
Nice used PRICELES5 code to get it for 145, for a brand new 15.6" notebook, bargain.
1 Like #5
Just be aware this isn't the Haswell Celerons ie 2955u which is reasonably ok, it is essentially an Atom processor. It'll do for day to day stuff but it's not that strong.
1 Like #6
hot op
thanks for the code norm15 used PRICELES5
1 Like #7
Thanks, gone for one. Not bothered about the lack of optical drive, in fact hopefully reduce the weight a little
1 Like #8
I preferred the last celeron series, B8xx, http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-N2840-vs-Intel-Celeron-B820, that said it's mostly that Atoms have got lots better while the Celeron got a bit worse, IMHO.
1 Like #9
Most HP laptops I have had contact with have had overheating problems with inadequate sized blocked vents causing graphic chip problems that cost the earth to fix.

Go for an Acer or Asus.

Just check out the reviews on the net before any laptop purchase no matter the make .
#10
alexrose1uk
Just be aware this isn't the Haswell Celerons ie 2955u which is reasonably ok, it is essentially an Atom processor. It'll do for day to day stuff but it's not that strong.

It's as good as a desktop Core 2 Duo E4400 so good enough for general tasks.

Edited By: fishmaster on Dec 26, 2014 11:12
1 Like #11
This is better than the deal I just posted. HOT

Edited By: fishmaster on Dec 26, 2014 11:14
#12
great price - if I put an SSD in this then would its benefits be bottlenecked by the celeron processor?

Would the 5second boot times and lightening quick browsing be lost (which I've seen people comment on as SSD benefits in other threads)
#13
Chet
great price - if I put an SSD in this then would its benefits be bottlenecked by the celeron processor?

Would the 5second boot times and lightening quick browsing be lost (which I've seen people comment on as SSD benefits in other threads)

The CPU will not bottleneck an SSD, SSDs are quick in comparison to hard drives but data transfer speed is nothing compared to a CPU to Memory transfer which is in the order of Gigabytes. The same is true of PCI Express transfer speed. SSDs are very very slow in comparison, but easily fast enough to make a difference for their intended purpose.

Boot times are not what you buy an SSD for, you buy an SSD because it transforms the overall feel of the operating system and loading times of applications.
1 Like #14
500GB showing as £179 now
1 Like #15
Expired now.
1 Like #16
ratcatcher
Most HP laptops I have had contact with have had overheating problems with inadequate sized blocked vents causing graphic chip problems that cost the earth to fix.

Go for an Acer or Asus.

Just check out the reviews on the net before any laptop purchase no matter the make .

I bought this laptop last time there was a lightning deal at Amazon, and have been using it quite heavily.

The cpu is low powered and the whole laptop runs very cool and quiet even when using vlc for hd video.
#17
Windows 8.1 ........ the OS from Hell on anything other than a TouchScreen!!
#18
MrRee
Windows 8.1 ........ the OS from Hell on anything other than a TouchScreen!!

Not at all. Install Classic Shell (free) and the laptop looks and behaves exactly like Windows 7.

This is a fantastic deal. Not sure why some people come up with rubbish to try and knock great deals when they don't know what they are on about. Like the people who rubbish anything with a Celeron. Current gen are pretty good, especially in entry level laptops.
#19
Why should you have to pay for an add-on just because MS messed up????

NO!

MS should fix it ... for example the Charms cannot be turned off and they swing in from right and left on non-Touchscreens ....................... like I said. OS from HELL - AVOID!!!!

And I have to fight with Win 8.1 daily so I do know what I'm talking about!
#20
MrRee
Why should you have to pay for an add-on just because MS messed up????

NO!

MS should fix it ... for example the Charms cannot be turned off and they swing in from right and left on non-Touchscreens ....................... like I said. OS from HELL - AVOID!!!!

And I have to fight with Win 8.1 daily so I do know what I'm talking about!
I have a spare ssd, for me I am hoping to drop this in with a a copy of windows 10 evaluation. In my opinion far better than windows 8 and hopefully will be a free upgrade to windows 8 users when it is oficially released.
#21
I've received delivery of this laptop already, even with Prime delivery they said it wouldn't be here til Monday!
#22
norm1
I've received delivery of this laptop already, even with Prime delivery they said it wouldn't be here til Monday!
Is it any good?
#23
Haven't played with it fully, but first impressions, it's lighter than expected and nicely styled for the price, good brightness/colours on the screen, very quiet and cool. Things I'm not so keen on is the Windows 8 OS, going to replace the HDD with an SSD and install Windows 7 anyway, and the keyboard layout is little awkward to get used to, I'd prefer if it was more centred and didn't include the numpad area.
#24
If windows 10 is free for Windows 8 users then I will forgive MS - just .......... but I doubt they will do that for us long suffering Windows 8 users :(

Best thing you can do is dump the OS - it really is the worst OS known to man!!
#25
MrRee
If windows 10 is free for Windows 8 users then I will forgive MS - just .......... but I doubt they will do that for us long suffering Windows 8 users :(

Best thing you can do is dump the OS - it really is the worst OS known to man!!
lets hope that they do a free upgrade, only paid 15 quid for win 8 at launch so hopefully they will do something like this again
1 Like #26
Swapping the HDD out will be a laborious task by all intents. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnMFCuPP-vg
#27
norm1
Swapping the HDD out will be a laborious task by all intents. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnMFCuPP-vg
why do they do this, going back 10 years there was a small cover in the bottom or a caddy in the side to access harddrive.
#28
Bendown
norm1
Swapping the HDD out will be a laborious task by all intents. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnMFCuPP-vg
why do they do this, going back 10 years there was a small cover in the bottom or a caddy in the side to access harddrive.

I guess it saves manufacturing costs and pushes the consumer towards buying the more expensive model if they want more storage as they know they can't upgrade in the future, lame I know.
#29
norm1
Bendown
norm1
Swapping the HDD out will be a laborious task by all intents. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnMFCuPP-vg
why do they do this, going back 10 years there was a small cover in the bottom or a caddy in the side to access harddrive.

I guess it saves manufacturing costs and pushes the consumer towards buying the more expensive model if they want more storage as they know they can't upgrade in the future, lame I know.
Agree, will use mine with harddrive and once i know it is working ok will slap my ssd in
#30
lol, no wonder it's so quiet there's no fan inside. You literally have to take the whole thing apart to replace the HDD.

Steps to take apart, remove all visible screws underneath, remove the two sticky pads near the two screen hinges as there's a further two screws there. When you slide out the fake DVD tray there's two more screws in the outer edge of the casing.

The keyboard has to be unclipped and lifted out from the top edge. There's four screws under the keyboard.

http://i.imgur.com/9wooEWb.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/yKVTiQZ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/GW2lep2.jpg

Edited By: norm1 on Dec 28, 2014 14:18
#31
well done sir, many thanks. How is it now youve fitted the ssd
#32
Yeah it's flying along now, glad to be back on Win7, the awful charms bar on Win8 was driving me bonkers.

I was thinking the redundant drive bay you could actually house a HDD in there, it would involve reshaping the plastic insert that's there and getting a SATA to DVD optical adapter. I doubt HP/Compaq will release a dedicated HDD caddy for this line of laptop.

This cable would work - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Slimline-13-pin-SATA-Male-to-22-Pin-SATA-Female-Cable-/201120913265?pt=UK_Computing_Drive_Cables_Adapters&hash=item2ed3bd9771

http://i.imgur.com/Kmw2YiM.jpg

Then all that'd be required is to remove the notches from the plastic insert, conveniently the space where the HDD would sit is already outlined exactly so once the space is recessed it should sit fairly snug.

http://i.imgur.com/o7eSnAO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/H88GGxP.jpg

Edited By: norm1 on Dec 28, 2014 17:51: update
#33
norm1
Yeah it's flying along now, glad to be back on Win7, the awful charms bar on Win8 was driving me bonkers.

I was thinking the redundant drive bay you could actually house a HDD in there, it would involve reshaping the plastic insert that's there and getting a SATA to DVD optical adapter. I doubt HP/Compaq will release a dedicated HDD caddy for this line of laptop.
Mines just arrived, will attempt swapover tomorrow. Is there enough room for the connector to turn once plugged into the board?

Edited By: Bendown on Dec 29, 2014 15:05: update
#34
What do you mean "enough room to turn"? The plastic insert will need to be cut away where the connector sits, and the plastic tabs removed so the HDD can sit inside. The cable is dispatched so will find out in a couple days. : )

You taken yours apart yet?
1 Like #35
Yes I meant the top of the plastic cable catching on something. I need to get my drive out of my faulty laptop first. Happy with new laptop but as pointed out not sure i like numpad or offset scratchpad but on a positive note battery lasts and screen is good, also cool and not noisy. Great buy for £145
#36
Honed out the inside of the tray, it's a good fit. Some more will have to come away from where the ports are, will finish it off when the cable arrives.

http://imgur.com/a/yLARC

http://i.imgur.com/piSik1T.jpg
#37
Brilliant. Best of both worlds, ssd for speed and a normal drive for storage, is yours still in bits then?
#38
No back together since yesterday, the optical tray you can take out easily only 1 screw holds it in the back.
#39
Put mine back together, ssd had windows 10 on and will not boot, tried to boot from cd and usb, no go. Why is nothing straight forward. Changed boot order as well. Will have a mess in morning
#40
I think you have to turn off UEFI by selecting Legacy support in the BIOS. I know I fiddled with a few settings, so I don't know which one worked but I'm guessing it's that.

There was also something call Secure boot which I disabled.

Edited By: norm1 on Dec 29, 2014 21:01

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