HP Intel Centrino 15.4" Notebook [2.13 GHz, 60GB, 512mb, DVD+/-RW, WinXP] - £320 del. ! - HotUKDeals
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Hewlett Packard RU964AA 510 Laptop Intel Centrino 15.4" Notebook [2.13 GHz, 60GB, 512mb, DVD+/-RW WLAN WinXP] - £320 delivered @ ebuyer !

Cheap price for a Centrino laptop.

Spec Rundown: Intel Centrino PM 770 Processor | 512MB System Memory | 60GB Hard Disk Drive | DVD+/-RW Optical Drive | 15.4" WXGA Brightview Display | Integrated Wifi Wireless Lan | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Features: Fast DDR2 Memory (533Mhz) | Intel 10/100 LAN | Integrated Wireless Lan 802.11 b/g | 65w AC Adaptor | 4 Cell Li-Ion Battery | 2 x USB 2.0 | VGA | Heaphone | Microphone | RJ11 | RJ45 | 1 x Type I/II PC Card Slot
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[mod]#1
Gets good reviews and looks a bargain edi.

Another 512meg strip of ram for this Omnibook 510 series will set you back £59 from crucial but I'm sure other places will be cheaper than this.
#2
Not a bad price even with adding another stick of ram. Voted Hot :thumbsup:
#3
looks nice - two questions.

1. how does the perfomance compare to core duo 2 1.6?
2. how much does it weigh - cna find any stats?

cheers guys
JK
#4
does it have bluetooth?
#5
Thanks guys :)

zerowing
does it have bluetooth?


No.. I'm afraid :roll:
#6
Core Duo 1.6 is generally more responsive being dual-core but when using single-threaded applications the Pentium M is probably faster (being clocked at 2.16GHz). Voted hot though as it is markedly faster than most other laptops at a similar price (which are usually slower clocked Celerons). Typically most 15" laptops weight between 2.4kg and 3kg and I doubt this will be an exception.
#7
MikeT
Gets good reviews and looks a bargain edi.

Another 512meg strip of ram for this Omnibook 510 series will set you back £59 from crucial but I'm sure other places will be cheaper than this.


i have this laptop, it looks good and performs well for most tasks. the only draw back was there is only 1 RAM slot. so i had to buy a 1GB ram to replace the 512.
[mod]#8
Nice find edi, good price :)
#9
Hmm...why is this a hot deal? No dual-core, only 512 RAM (with one slot as mentioned above), very poor graphics, no Vista (although this could be a bonus for some people), small HD. Surely this laptop will be severely out of date in 12 months time, if it isn't already.

As this is a 'hot deals' site, shouldn't people be advised to wait for when Dell have entry level Inspirons for around £330 with dual-core, 1 gig RAM, ATI graphics etc etc.?
#10
dean_brfc

...wait for when Dell have entry level Inspirons for around £330 with dual-core, 1 gig RAM, ATI graphics etc etc.?

You can wait long time for those specs at that price, good luck waiting! ;-)
#11
Personally, I'd always choose a dual-core and the single ram slot would also put me off. However, a lot of people just want a basic laptop for internet browsing, email and perhaps music/dvd etc. This laptop will perform well at those tasks, noticably faster than a 1.6GHz Celeron model or a Sempron model, which are generally its peers.

Dell offer the cheapest over all prices, I don't think many will disagree there, but some people may prefer non-Dell brand or ordering from ebuyer (next day delivery is an option etc). This laptop will depreciate in value less over the next 12 months than a £600 laptop will.

Also, I really don't see the graphics as a problem if people aren't using the laptop to play games. If you use the laptop as a tool to do work (particular whilst on battery power) the benefits of lower current draw by using a basic GPU far outweigh the loss of not being able to play 3d games; the graphics are perfectly adequate for the screensize in a 2D XP environment.
#12
alien7
You can wait long time for those specs at that price, good luck waiting! ;-)

This is the sort of thing I was referring to.

There's nothing quite that cheap at the moment, but there is this. It's a bit more expensive, but it's got a better spec to justify it. Add quidco or possible over-the-phone bargaining and you could get it close to £330.
#13
dean_brfc
This is the sort of thing I was referring to.

There's nothing quite that cheap at the moment, but there is this.


AMD CPU for a notebook? No thanks=>check some benchmarks to see how crappy AMD CPU's are! ;-)
#14
In comparison to the Core 2 Duo, maybe, but the AMD dual-cores will outperform the Centrino in the deal posted.
#15
That was a really good dell deal dean, and when you lay the basic specs side-by-side its clear you get more from Dell. But, the HP is probably a slightly nicer build than the 1501, and XP overcomes some of the limitations of the HP (smaller HDD, less memory). And of course you could have it tomorrow, which you can't with Dell...
#16
Yeah, that is true. Maybe I just expect too much from the deals on here sometimes...I just thought it would have to have at least one 'stand out' feature, but everything seems pretty ordinary, including the price.

The next day thing is certainly useful though.

Edit: I've just realised it looks like I'm crapping all over this deal, which wasn't my intention at all. It was just my personal advice to someone splashing out £300+ on a laptop would be to either wait a couple of weeks, or pay a little bit extra (or none at all with quidco/haggling). Merely just trying to give my (probably uninformed) opinion to people of the best deal available, which is what the site is about I guess. :)
#17
dean_brfc
Yeah, that is true. Maybe I just expect too much from the deals on here sometimes...I just thought it would have to have at least one 'stand out' feature, but everything seems pretty ordinary, including the price.

The next day thing is certainly useful though.

Edit: I've just realised it looks like I'm crapping all over this deal, which wasn't my intention at all. It was just my personal advice to someone splashing out £300+ on a laptop would be to either wait a couple of weeks, or pay a little bit extra (or none at all with quidco/haggling). Merely just trying to give my (probably uninformed) opinion to people of the best deal available, which is what the site is about I guess. :)


Dean,

With no slight intended against Edi as the poster of the deal, I agree with you regarding the general principle of looking for a deal to be HOT with a capital H, O and T in order to be highly rated on the site (after all, its not called LukeWarmUkDeals!). Occasionally it seems that people are simply equating cheap with bargain.

However (as I said I wasn't trying to slate Edi) I think this laptop has actually got a better spec than just about anything you could get for exactly the same price, so it has some merit - particularly if all you need is a laptop with a decent single core chip without Vista and bags of RAM (two requirements that rather go hand in hand). Hence, if you really only have £320 - pretty good deal.

I guess it then becomes a personal choice - do I want to hang tight and see what I can get for £320 next week... do I want to hang tight till I can afford an extra 30/50/70 pounds for something with a bit more va-va-voom, or is this perfectly good enough for what I am after, so go for it?

For me, £320 would still be a fair whack of money and I would want a laptop that might still run when I have upgraded to the latest firewall/antivirus/antispam etc in 3 years time (as I have seen such things cripple my neighbours PC recently, I know how even the basic stuff becomes bloatware). Hence, I think I would try to find the few pounds extra for a more modern beastie.

Still, that's just my view - what do I know?
#18
Don’t forget that this not only has just the 1 RAM slot but is also limited to 1GB max.
At this price point it may not be an issue for its intended audience.

I can’t see why this is so hot either; seems okay but 100+ :thinking:
#19
Doesn't take much for a deal to boil these days with the rate the site is growing (and people's voting power is raising). If there were an option to vote between warm and hot I'd have gone for that...
#20
Dear All,

I also had been looking at laptops for some time on this forum and finally settled on the one below. I was also very very very surprised this being voted at 130%. I think we should be careful with the percentage as for people who do not know much about a deal may think this being one of the best deals around which is not the case.
Just my view.
I think this lappy if it was being around 280-290, then may be 130% was a better justification.
Cheers

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Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T2130 (1.86GHz,533MHz,1MB L2 cache)
Genuine Windows Vista Business - English
15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
2048MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
160GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
#21
jah128
If there were an option to vote between warm and hot I'd have gone for that...

I do occasionally vote a deal as cold as I did for this because I think it’s over-heated and not because I think it’s particularly cold. Otherwise I just wouldn’t have bothered voting.
I linked to this particular model I think whilst the Google checkout promotion was on in a thread for a £300 Celeron M laptop. I thought this looked competitive against the Celerons due to its high clock speed and having XP is a bonus as far as many are concerned.
#22
Nice deal, but i wont go for it as max RAM it can accomodate is 1GB which is not gud 4 powerful apps
#23
Can someone give me an idea as to the best place to buy the 1 gig RAM - looked on Crucial but couldn't find the model in the drop down list.

Thanks
#24
dean_brfc
In comparison to the Core 2 Duo, maybe, but the AMD dual-cores will outperform the Centrino in the deal posted.


The CPU isnt called a Centrino actually, the combination is. CPU is actually a Pentium-M.
#25
You say tomato I say...

The AMD will still perform better. ;)

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