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HP 550 Laptop, Celeron M 550 2GHz, 160GB HDD, 1GB RAM - £250 @ Ebuyer £249.99

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Basic Elements. A comfortable fit for any budget, HP 550 Notebook PC helps keep you connected and productive so your office goes with you. Highly portable design. With a 15.4-inch HP BrightView dia… Read More
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Basic Elements. A comfortable fit for any budget, HP 550 Notebook PC helps keep you connected and productive so your office goes with you.

Highly portable design. With a 15.4-inch HP BrightView diagonal widescreen display, a fresh new look and starting weight of only 2.49 kg, the HP 550 is the perfect business partner.

Built to protect. Device Access Manager for HP ProtectTools helps defend your network, your applications, and your data by controlling ports and removable storage devices on your system to prevent unauthorized users from removing your data.



Processor

* Intel® Celeron® M 550 Processor 2.0 GHz,
* 533 MHz FSB,
* 1 MB L2 cache

Memory

* 1GB (4096 MB maximum)
* 2 SODIMM slots supporting dual channel memory

Hard Drive

* 160GB SMART SATA, 5400rpm

Optical Drive

* DVD+/RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe

Software

* Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic
* HP Recovery Manager,
* Roxio Creator Basic 9

Display

* 15.4 inches diagonal

Graphics

* Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
* Up to 384 MB shared system memory

Audio

* High Definition Audio,
* mono speaker,
* stereo headphone/line out,
* stereo microphone in

Input Devices

* Full-sized keyboard
* Touchpad with scroll zone

Networking

* Intel a/b/g, Broadcom 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth® 2.0 (optional)
* Wireless capability
* 56K modem
* Intel Fast Ethernet Integrated Controller (10/100 NIC)

Dimensions

* Depth 35.8
* Height 26.7cm
* Width 3.2cm
* Weight 2.5kg

Power Supply

* 6-cell (47 WHr) Lithium-Ion battery
* External 65W AC adapter, HP Fast Charge Technology
* Battery life Up to 4h30m

Interfaces

* 3 x USB 2.0 ports,
* 1 x VGA,
* 1 x stereo microphone in,
* 1 x stereo headphone/line out,
* 1 x power connector,
* 1 x RJ-11,
* 1 x RJ-45

Expansion

* 1 ExpressCard/54 slot,
* Secure Digital (SD) slot

Warranty/Miscellaneous

* 1 Year manufacturer Warranty
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#1
If this doesn't get hot people are insane.
Price of a netbook but some pros of a full laptop with better then atom cpu, nice size screen so could use it as a main computer. and some good slots and battery life
#2
Good price.

At the same time buy another 1gb of memory for £20 and you've got a perfectly usable laptop for anything bar gaming.

Heat added:thumbsup:
#3
Nice price, but I soooooo wish that these things didn't have Vista. God I hate Vista.
#4
can someone confirm if this RAM is ok
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/117879

thanks

Mark
#5
Rubbish CPU I would try to get a laptop with a Core 2 Duo even the slowest C2D would beat this dont even thnik about running Vista on this...wonder if the poster works for Ebuyer..
#6
slinkydonkey
Rubbish CPU I would try to get a laptop with a Core 2 Duo even the slowest C2D would beat this dont even thnik about running Vista on this...wonder if the poster works for Ebuyer..


This is amazing for the price, even the CPU is amazing for the price... of course it wont touch a core2duo, but for £250 there is nothing out there that can touch this!
#7
Single Core Celeron, 1GB memory, 5400rpm Hard Drive, this is COLD.

Steer well clear - bare minimum specs for a laptop today start at Dual Core + 2GB.
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164881 + http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142421 offers much more value for your money, and costs just £50 more. It also includes an inbuilt Webcam, and Intel® GMA 4500M video, rather than the even crappier X3100 found in the HP.
#8
slinkydonkey
Rubbish CPU I would try to get a laptop with a Core 2 Duo even the slowest C2D would beat this dont even thnik about running Vista on this...wonder if the poster works for Ebuyer..


I bought my Father an Acer Celeron Laptop late last year and bumped the memory to 2gb. The laptop cost £100 more than this.

It runs Vista Basic Perfectly well (It ran ok even with 1gb)and is easily fast enough to watch DVD's, listen to music, surf the net, install and browse photo's etc.

So, in reply, DO think about running vista on it as it works ok. The processor isn't the best but it still works just as well if not better than an Atom processor in Netbooks of the same price that lack dvd rewriters etc.

And NO, i don't work for Ebuyer either:p
#9
Waterboy8535
So, in reply, DO think about running vista on it as it works ok. The processor isn't the best but it still works just as well if not better than an Atom processor in Netbooks of the same price that lack dvd rewriters etc.


Totally agree with you...Vista deservedly got a bum wrap at launch but most of the problems have been fixed now and Basic should run fine on 1GB...and no, I don't work for Microsoft.

£250 for a proper laptop? Seems like a good deal to me.
#10
Nom
Single Core Celeron, 1GB memory, 5400rpm Hard Drive, this is COLD.

Steer well clear - bare minimum specs for a laptop today start at Dual Core + 2GB.
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164881 + http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142421 offers much more value for your money, and costs just £50 more. It also includes an inbuilt Webcam, and Intel® GMA 4500M video, rather than the even crappier X3100 found in the HP.


Agree with Nom, pay 40 more and get Toshiba from ebuyer.

HP would be an excellent choice if you can change CPU and upgrade memory yourself. If you don't think you can do it stay away from this one. Even XP will be slow. Vista would be a dream never to come true.
#11
CTPAHHIK
Even XP will be slow.


I've got XP running (slowly but still usuable) on a laptop with a 1GHz Crusoe processor and 128MB RAM. I'm sure this laptop could run XP pretty quickly.
#12
If you simply can't spend more than £250 then I think this is a good deal. Heat added. :thumbsup:

If it had a webcam, then I think I'd be ordering one. However, it doesn't and, for me, something like the Toshiba mentioned above represents better value.
#13
komakino
I've got XP running (slowly but still usuable) on a laptop with a 1GHz Crusoe processor and 128MB RAM. I'm sure this laptop could run XP pretty quickly.


I have Acer 5315 with X3100 (as this laptop) and Celeron 530 also with 1GB or RAM. XP works fine if you use XP features such as Notepad, Calculator, Word Pad. You can feel laptop slowing down when I have Office Word 2K3 open with IE logged into GMail, facebook and you-tube. Opening extra heavy content website and I can make coffee in between.

This is much better than netbook, but even simple tasks as word processing, web browsing and email cannot run simultaneously.
#14
komakino
Totally agree with you...Vista deservedly got a bum wrap at launch but most of the problems have been fixed now and Basic should run fine on 1GB...and no, I don't work for Microsoft.

£250 for a proper laptop? Seems like a good deal to me.


Thats why Vista is being replaced via Windows 7 ...only after 2 years!!! nearly as bad as windows ME, infact I would reccomed puting Windows 7 on this laptop 100% it will run alot better than Vista and thats a fact.
#15
This is spot on! ( HP as well)
Folks are paying £300 for netbooks out there.

Big screen, the ability to burn photos and music
One gig is poor - but a very easy upgrade.
One gig will get you a browser ,adobe reader and open office open simultaneously.
Heat and rep

COCO
#16
slinkydonkey
Thats why Vista is being replaced via Windows 7 ...only after 2 years!!! nearly as bad as windows ME, infact I would reccomed puting Windows 7 on this laptop 100% it will run alot better than Vista and thats a fact.


AFAIK, Vista and Windows 7 are using similar kernels. Basically, Windows 7 is Vista minus the bloat. And I agree that Windows 7 would run better on this laptop but Vista would still be usuable and you don't have the travel into the future to get the official release.
#17
I_SHOULD_COCO
This is spot on! ( HP as well)
Folks are paying £300 for netbooks out there.


Duh. That's like comparing apples with inner tubes.

A netbook is a totally different beast for a totally different market.
#18
I bought one of these for my brother a few months ago,it was £299 then.
I stuck an extra stick of 2Gb Ram in it and its a fine laptop for general purpose.
Its a steal at £250 for someone who wants a cheap laptop to browse,watch dvd's ,listen to music and use Office.
#19
londislagerhound
Duh. That's like comparing apples with inner tubes.
.


Duh ! I was comparing markets:whistling:

I would not bee seen with a £300 netbook and I would not be seen with a £400 Laptop either

COCO
#20
Will games such as barbie run on this and will it be able to play movies at a decent resolution?
#21
Couple of questions for our resident techies. :)
Would the socket in this machine accept a C2D T5250?
If the answer to question one is yes.
I'm guessing it would be an improvement over the installed Celeron, but how much of an improvement would it be?
:thumbsup:
#22
anglo
Couple of questions for our resident techies. :)
Would the socket in this machine accept a C2D T5250?
If the answer to question one is yes.
I'm guessing it would be an improvement over the installed Celeron, but how much of an improvement would it be?
:thumbsup:

From http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html

Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 Merom-2048 667Mhz FSB 2048Lvl2 cache 1500Mhz 34TDP 65 Nanometres

Intel Celeron M 550 Merom 533Mhz FSB 1024 Lvl2 cache 2000Mhz 30TDP 65 Nanometres

Thermally maybe , presuming they are both same packaging - but the memory may not rated to run at 667Mhz ( good chance it will ) but for what ? double the cache and half a gigahetrz less speed assuming heatsink and case can take the load and memory will play ball.

Not worth the complexity/grief/benefit IMHO

COCO
No Windows 7 virtualization of XP benefits either ( http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=30786 )
#23
slinkydonkey
Thats why Vista is being replaced via Windows 7 ...only after 2 years!!! nearly as bad as windows ME, infact I would reccomed puting Windows 7 on this laptop 100% it will run alot better than Vista and thats a fact.


Windows 7 is actually being released 3 years and 9 months after Vista...
If anyone is thinking of a basic laptop for general purposes (i.e. not gaming or professional use) then go for it! Great price.
#24
londislagerhound
Nice price, but I soooooo wish that these things didn't have Vista. God I hate Vista.


Why? It's almost identical to Windows 2000/XP.

slinkydonkey
Thats why Vista is being replaced via Windows 7 ...only after 2 years!!! nearly as bad as windows ME, infact I would reccomed puting Windows 7 on this laptop 100% it will run alot better than Vista and thats a fact.


Because people like you are refusing to buy vista based on the bad press it had initially rather than it's current state. Microsoft are just being a good business and taking advantage of that by flogging you a version with a few changes under a new name.
#25
Does this have a webcam?

If not, anyone no of a laptop with this spec, but 2gb of ram and a webcam for around £300, £320 max? No Refurbs.

Would prefer better processor too and vista premium, but cant have it all ways
#26
CTPAHHIK
Agree with Nom, pay 40 more and get Toshiba from ebuyer.

HP would be an excellent choice if you can change CPU and upgrade memory yourself. If you don't think you can do it stay away from this one. Even XP will be slow. Vista would be a dream never to come true.


Why do people who don't know a thing about computers reply to these threads? I have XP running fine on an AMD K6-2 450mhz machine with 320mb RAM which I bought in 1999. It ran it far better than Windows 98. I'm pretty sure this laptop can manage it. Likewise a poster has stated Vista runs fine on a lower specification.

How would it be a nice price if you could upgrade the CPU? That's a ridiculous suggestion. Even if you could it would bring the laptop to a higher price than other laptops. Upgrading the RAM I agree with.
#27
How easy is it to upgrade the RAM in this? I know how to put RAM in a desktop but laptops are usually hard to get into. How does it work?

Would this stick of RAM be ok?
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124725

Does the laptop have any on-board graphics card? The laptop is for my dad and while he doesn't mind not being able to run the latest games he wouldn't mind playing older games. For example my desktop I bought from Dell last year with no graphics card can run FFXI fine and it was released in 2002/03 demanding high specs at the time. I'm talking something on that level of games.
#28
madmattie2k
Windows 7 is actually being released 3 years and 9 months after Vista...
If anyone is thinking of a basic laptop for general purposes (i.e. not gaming or professional use) then go for it! Great price.


Think Vista was released Jan 2007 and Windows 7 will be October 2009 so only 2 years and 9 months to be accurate
#29
I didn't vote cold, but I think you'll find a Dell Mini 10v, costing less, would be more powerful than this.
#30
liddlefeesh
I didn't vote cold, but I think you'll find a Dell Mini 10v, costing less, would be more powerful than this.


If your talking simple power the Atom is much less powerful than a Celeron 550 but it's not sensible to compare a low power (as in it's voltage requirements) Atom in a netbook running XP to a Celeron in a laptop running Vista. Although I would spend an extra £40 and get a laptop with dual core Celeron such as the Toshiba L300 I think this is a very good price.
banned#31
elmo61
If this doesn't get hot people are insane.
Price of a netbook but some pros of a full laptop with better then atom cpu, nice size screen so could use it as a main computer. and some good slots and battery life


is 208 hot enough for ya:) It is a decent laptop even though I'd prefer a core 2 duo for a bit more power
#32
i have one of these for my wife - its ok for a budget laptop - but performance isnt the best, and its a bit low quality with regard to mouse button responsiveness after only 6 months - but if you can live with that then so be it (and she only visits sainsburys and email on it - so not exactly hard usage)

From my personal point of view as a user and not a geek, the real bugbear of vista is not so much the o/s. Its that the office from 2007 onwards which is often installed on vista machines is a real PITA. the menu systems are awful and overly difficult - to the point where I have stripped off office and use openoffice.

not withstanding the above - Good deal and heat added
#33
I_SHOULD_COCO;5505992
From http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html

Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 Merom-2048 667Mhz FSB 2048Lvl2 cache 1500Mhz 34TDP 65 Nanometres

Intel Celeron M 550 Merom 533Mhz FSB 1024 Lvl2 cache 2000Mhz 30TDP 65 Nanometres

Thermally maybe , presuming they are both same packaging - but the memory may not rated to run at 667Mhz ( good chance it will ) but for what ? double the cache and half a gigahetrz less speed assuming heatsink and case can take the load and memory will play ball.

Not worth the complexity/grief/benefit IMHO

COCO
No Windows 7 virtualization of XP benefits either ( http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=30786 )

Thanks for the answer Coco. :thumbsup:
Oh well, maybe I should just skip this lappy and flog the T5250 and build a new desktop instead, using an old Pentium 4 3.2Ghz that I have from a dead Advent T1 All-In-One.
My current PC has a 1.6 Ghz Duron inside, slow as ???? :oops:
#34
I've decided to go with the dual core one, but this deal is still very good.
I can't figure out if the RAM will be a 1GB stick or 1x512mb though, for upgrade purposes.
#35
anglo
Thanks for the answer Coco. :thumbsup:
Oh well, maybe I should just skip this lappy and flog the T5250 and build a new desktop instead, using an old Pentium 4 3.2Ghz that I have from a dead Advent T1 All-In-One.
My current PC has a 1.6 Ghz Duron inside, slow as ???? :oops:


Yes, this laptop will support T5250:
http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLA9S
Expect twice performance increase compared to Celeron.

Any memory would work as long as it's DDR2. Memory and CPU are independent from each other, since memory speed is controlled by motherboard chipset and not by CPU. Laptop has X3100 chipset, which would support socket P CPUs up to 800Mhz. Maximum RAM speed is 667Mhz. You can put 400-800Mhz DDR2 memory and speed would be adjusted to highest supported.

A thing to note, is not to buy T5250 unless you already have one - there are much better choices out there.
#36
Sephiroth
How easy is it to upgrade the RAM in this? I know how to put RAM in a desktop but laptops are usually hard to get into. How does it work?

Would this stick of RAM be ok?
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124725

Does the laptop have any on-board graphics card? The laptop is for my dad and while he doesn't mind not being able to run the latest games he wouldn't mind playing older games. For example my desktop I bought from Dell last year with no graphics card can run FFXI fine and it was released in 2002/03 demanding high specs at the time. I'm talking something on that level of games.


This laptop has X3100 as onboard GPU. Toshiba that is also posted here has X4500, which latest Intel has to offer.
X3100 is unable to run Vista Aero interface - reason why lawsuit against Microsoft started as laptops with X3100 were branded as Vista ready.

Yes, memory would work. I would suggest getting a 2GB stick instead. First, you don't know what's already there 2x512 or 1x1GB. Second, new memory that you buy may not be compatible with existing one there, so you might not be able to mix them. From my experience, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Sony ship cheapest parts possible and very often have Samsung memory that should be barred from maket, due to quality concerns, in the first place.
#37
CTPAHHIK
This laptop has X3100 as onboard GPU. Toshiba that is also posted here has X4500, which latest Intel has to offer.

Correct.
CTPAHHIK
X3100 is unable to run Vista Aero interface - reason why lawsuit against Microsoft started as laptops with X3100 were branded as Vista ready.

That's completely wrong - in future please check your facts before you spread mis-information.

ALL Intel GMAs can cope with Aero just fine, apart from the very first model - the GMA 900. Anything from the GMA 950 onwards (as found in almost every Atom-equipped Netbook), is good for Aero. Hell, the X3100 you mention above is a full DirectX 10.0 part !

Note : None of this is to say the Intel parts are any good. Generally, they're absolutely dire, and you should always choose a nVidia or ATi part instead.
#38
liddlefeesh
I didn't vote cold, but I think you'll find a Dell Mini 10v, costing less, would be more powerful than this.

Sorry mate for being so direct but your post just proves you have no idea about PC.Atom is MUCH slower than the Celeron so how the Dell mini can be more powerful????
The Atom is even much slower than old Celeron M4XX based on Solo(Yonah) core, so I would not be surprised if the 2.0ghz Celeron with Merom Core(the same as Core 2 Duo) would be 5-6 times quicker in synthetic tests.The two CPUs are absolutely incomparable in terms of performance thus differently marketed....There are also other 'small' differences between netbooks and notebooks :)

Fudzilla : (genuinee Intel 230 @1.6ghz = ATOM)

http://www.fudzilla.com/images/stories/2008/May/reviews/Atom/atom_sandra.gif

Mydigitallife :

http://www.mydigitallife.info/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/intel_atom_benchmark.JPG
#39
ALL Intel GMAs can cope with Aero just fine, apart from the very first model - the GMA 900. Anything from the GMA 950 onwards (as found in almost every Atom-equipped Netbook), is good for Aero. Hell, the X3100 you mention above is a full DirectX 10.0 part !

You are rigth, it was GMA 950 that had difficulties. X3100 should be fine with Vista.
#40
CTPAHHIK
Yes, memory would work. I would suggest getting a 2GB stick instead. First, you don't know what's already there 2x512 or 1x1GB. Second, new memory that you buy may not be compatible with existing one there, so you might not be able to mix them. From my experience, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Sony ship cheapest parts possible and very often have Samsung memory that should be barred from maket, due to quality concerns, in the first place.

Yeah that's what I ended up doing. I bought the Toshiba and a 2GB stick of memory. The 1GB in it was 1x1GB so I now have 3GB in it. I know it's not ideal having two different size memory sticks in there but it's got to be better than just having 2GB in it.

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