Lenovo Essential B50-45 Laptop. £199.98 delivered, or £149.98 after cash back. @ Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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This laptop has a slow processor, scoring only 891 points on CPU Benchmark. BUT, put that aside and you are getting a full size 4GB RAM 320GB hard drive and DVD writer laptop with Windows 8.1 for £149.98 after cash back, so for people on a budget needing a laptop this may be a good deal. If you go through Topcashback you can get 1.65% cashback to make it even cheaper.
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#2
Nice.
Bought one of the cheap Toshiba's from Staples for a present on Black Friday.
Wish I'd waited and got this with the DVD writer.
Oh well.
#3
Great deal for those who need a basic laptop
#4
I looked at this one but after googling Lenovo cashback and reading a bit have chickened out. Good deal if you're happy to not rely on the cashback.
#5
Bought my higher spec one with cashback and no problem in getting it. It does take right to the last day, they pay at the end of the 30 day period.
#6
Barney17
I looked at this one but after googling Lenovo cashback and reading a bit have chickened out. Good deal if you're happy to not rely on the cashback.

Good point, looks like they don't pay out, beware folks

I've never understood cash back, why not just drop the price !
#7
money-talks
Barney17
I looked at this one but after googling Lenovo cashback and reading a bit have chickened out. Good deal if you're happy to not rely on the cashback.

Good point, looks like they don't pay out, beware folks

I've never understood cash back, why not just drop the price !

I ordered a Levono laptop on a different deal recently and my cash back claim has been approved, I am just waiting for payment at the end of the 30 days.

We'd all prefer an up-front lower price, but I suppose they do cash back knowing that many people will forget to claim the cash back in the timeframes given or won't bother.
#8
Thanks.
#9
Zardoz
Nice.
Bought one of the cheap Toshiba's from Staples for a present on Black Friday.
Wish I'd waited and got this with the DVD writer.
Oh well.

The Staples deal posted here did discuss the point of not having a DVD writer compared to this one at Ebuyer. Anyway, what you bought is a good laptop!
#10
money-talks
Great deal for those who need a basic laptop

I googled the same thing and didn't find anything - what did you search for?
#11
I got mine a couple of years ago and never had much problem claiming the cashback. You have to wait a month so you can't return it for a refund but just keep the receipt email and email it to the address they give you
#12
Looking for a laptop for my daughter for Xmas, would this play sims?
#13
Looking for a laptop for an Xmas present, would this play sims?
#14
Should be fine for SIMS 3... SIMS 4? Probably not so good.
#15
What's the cashback? Didn't the deal end 3 days ago?
#16
£30 cashback on this one ... Which is £ 169.98 ! Still good price . Have some heat OP
#17
£50 sorry my mistake ...
3 Likes #18
I have it. Its awful. Everything takes an age to open up. So frustrating. Wish I have never put cost first....
1 Like #19
So what would people recommend at the best priced laptop for say no more than £300? I only need it for surfing, working on emails, MS Office, etc...
2 Likes #20
Barney17
I looked at this one but after googling Lenovo cashback and reading a bit have chickened out. Good deal if you're happy to not rely on the cashback.

Bought lenovo laptop from dabs 2 years ago, with £100 cashback.
Received cashback without any problem.

vijay1234
So what would people recommend at the best priced laptop for say no more than £300? I only need it for surfing, working on emails, MS Office, etc...

This one should be better (£250):
http://www.ebuyer.com/660257-lenovo-essential-b50-70-laptop-mcc2guk
dvd writer, better CPU, more space on hard drive
banned 1 Like #21
stevenlang752
Looking for a laptop for my daughter for Xmas, would this play sims?


Afraid not, you would need to reduce all the settings to low and even then it would just about run it. Would not be a nice experience. You really need to look at something using a dedicated graphics card.
#22
ElectricalStorm
Barney17
I looked at this one but after googling Lenovo cashback and reading a bit have chickened out. Good deal if you're happy to not rely on the cashback.

Bought lenovo laptop from dabs 2 years ago, with £100 cashback.
Received cashback without any problem.

vijay1234
So what would people recommend at the best priced laptop for say no more than £300? I only need it for surfing, working on emails, MS Office, etc...

This one should be better (£250):
http://www.ebuyer.com/660257-lenovo-essential-b50-70-laptop-mcc2guk
dvd writer, better CPU, more space on hard drive

Thanks very much for the advice. Would you say that is best value for less than £300? Only issue is I then have to stomp out more cash for Office :-(
1 Like #23
DealWizard
Zardoz
Nice.
Bought one of the cheap Toshiba's from Staples for a present on Black Friday.
Wish I'd waited and got this with the DVD writer.
Oh well.

The Staples deal posted here did discuss the point of not having a DVD writer compared to this one at Ebuyer. Anyway, what you bought is a good laptop!

Indeed. Price was only £157 after Quidco as well so still a good price.
2 Likes #24
Looks like a really good deal this is called a value business laptop by Lenovo and even an upgrade to an SSD looks simple page 37. http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/b50_hmm_en.pdf

CPU is dual core released mid 2014 and the resolution on the screen is fine for this price range.
Unit seems well made and a decent keyboard.
Unlike other cheap units this has an anti glare screen and will take up to 16gb sd RAM is expandable
It has Bluetooth and non Intel wireless - Drivers should be fine as Lenovo driver support is good.
It has 2 USB3 Ports and a single USB 2 port
Card Reader SD, SDHC and SDxC - Latest spec
Full Ethernet port
DVD Writer, Ethernet and HDMI at this price point are great! Cashback looks good too!
FYI the CPU is a 2014 part 10W

This is a very current model and the chips-set used are not cheap as it has BT and support for high density cards
If you need more speed drop in an SSD (see Page 37 of the manual) and if you want more storage replace the Optical drive with an adapter that takes HD need to check if the ones for Lenovo like this one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2nd-SATA-Hard-Disk-Drive-HDD-SSD-Caddy-Adapter-for-Lenovo-IdeaPad-Z50-70-B50-30-/281436889341?pt=UK_Computing_Drive_Bay_Caddies&hash=item4186f220fd
If you do not like Win8 interface install Classic Shell (Free) or Start8 (£5 odd) it will look like Win7 not even a start screen it will go straight to desktop!

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2341887/amd-launches-third-generation-mullins-and-beema-apus
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-E-Series-E1-6010-Notebook-Processor.115407.0.html (Not for gaming)

I think this is good value as it ships with Win8.1 with Bing so no cost for a licence means 100% of the money goes to Lenovo and Ebuyer none to MS and the downside of Bing is not so large as its only in IE. I'd just download Chrome, Firefox, Opera if you don't like Bing in IE you can change it yourself!

"Windows 8.1 with Bing is free, but it does come with one catch. There’s a single requirement Microsoft imposes on hardware manufacturers here — Windows 8.1 with Bing “comes with Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer.”

For computer manufacturers, this means they can’t cut a deal with Google to offer Google as the default search engine and make an additional profit. To get that free copy of Windows, their computers will have to come with Bing as the default search engine — hence “Windows 8.1 with Bing.”

Note that even standard editions of Windows 8.1 come with Bing set as the default search engine in Internet Explorer. This means that there’s actually no functional difference between the core version of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 with Bing — the only restriction is that computer manufacturers can’t change the default search engine before shipping the computer to you[i]
."[/i]

Taken from http://www.howtogeek.com/195934/what-exactly-is-windows-8.1-with-bing-do-i-have-to-use-bing/

Edited By: frownbreaker on Dec 09, 2014 17:09: removed trailing spaces
#25
frownbreaker
Looks like a really good deal this is called a value business laptop by Lenovo and even an upgrade to an SSD looks simple page 37. http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/b50_hmm_en.pdf

I think this is good value as it ships with Win8.1 with Bing so no cost for a licence means 100% of the money goes to Lenovo and Ebuyer none to MS and the downside of Bing is not so large as its only in IE. I'd just download Chrome, Firefox, Opera if you don't like Bing in IE you can change it yourself!

"Windows 8.1 with Bing is free, but it does come with one catch. There’s a single requirement Microsoft imposes on hardware manufacturers here — Windows 8.1 with Bing “comes with Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer.”

For computer manufacturers, this means they can’t cut a deal with Google to offer Google as the default search engine and make an additional profit. To get that free copy of Windows, their computers will have to come with Bing as the default search engine — hence “Windows 8.1 with Bing.”

Note that even standard editions of Windows 8.1 come with Bing set as the default search engine in Internet Explorer. This means that there’s actually no functional difference between the core version of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 with Bing — the only restriction is that computer manufacturers can’t change the default search engine before shipping the computer to you[i]
."[/i]

Taken from http://www.howtogeek.com/195934/what-exactly-is-windows-8.1-with-bing-do-i-have-to-use-bing/


Thanks for information frownbreaker.
Have some heat OP.
#26
a win 8.1 laptop cheaper than their own brand android tablet... hmm
#27
Is the cash back trough topcashback? I've just purchase the laptop and shows that I'll get only £2
#28
monikajohnodonnell
Is the cash back trough topcashback? I've just purchase the laptop and shows that I'll get only £2

No, you need to claim off Lenovo after 30 days. See the Ebuyer website.
#29
I've just noticed. Stupid me. Oh well will have to try to claim through the Lenovo website. Thank you
#30
Its worth noting that the Processors called Celerons by Intel are not related to the Processors from 2002 called Celerons. A lots of folk are confused by the Intel Marketing i5, i3 etc and people are asking for more powerful i3 laptops rather than "under-powered" Celerons. This is NOT the case the current Celerons are low power (in terms of electrical power used) but compare in terms of ability to run programs quickly. Indeed upgrading the HD to an SSD and more RAM would have a greater benefit than a faster CPU in most cases.

"No winner declared Too close to call is the verdict of this automated CPU comparison

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-N2840-vs-Intel-Core-i3-4010U

There is not a huge difference between the low end i3 and Celerons......Also note the Celerons from 2002 are not the same was the new chips. Even the i3 i5 is largely for less sophisticated users as some i3 are faster than some i5. Sure this is a TN panel and resolution is ok, but it is a lot better than the screens on DSLRs and Canon and Nikon both do great camera control / viewfinder software which will work fine with this unit again the SSD will help with IO"


Taken from: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/acer-aspire-es1-311-13-3-inch-laptop-intel-celeron-2-16-ghz-4-gb-ram-1000-gb-hdd-2077877?page=2#comments

Edited By: frownbreaker on Dec 10, 2014 08:12
#31
frownbreaker

"No winner declared Too close to call is the verdict of this automated CPU comparison

For me 4030 works "visible" faster:
http://screenshu.com/static/uploads/temporary/xu/i9/hi/zb8tq5.jpg
#32
Good deal thanks OP
#33
Just a reminder for folk who are yet to claim the cashback the link is here

https://lenovo-offers.com/uk/en/pages/business/qualifying

You can print the invoice (e.g. on paper or to PDF) from the MyAccounts section of eBuyer

From what I understand of the cash back you need to wait 30days from day of purchase and you have 30 days to claim so you need to claim within day 31 to 60 of ownership.

I purchase my unit in Dec 2014 so I think its around one month...

You will need to check the Lenovo code for the model this can be found next to the quick find code on the product page

QuickFind: 665843 Manufacturer ID: MCD2GUK from the Ebuyer page match this line from the Lenovo site

Essential MCD2GUK 01/12/2014 - 31/12/2014 £50.00 Ebuyer Exclusive

On the Lenovo site there is a claim now page, click this and select UK complete the next page:

1. You have purchased a new qualifying Lenovo product within the promotional period – click here for details
2. You have a copy of your receipt or invoice which you are able to upload during the claim process
3. You accept that you must complete the online claim form no sooner than 30 days and no later than 60 days from the purchase date indicated on your receipt or invoice
4. You accept that your cashback payment will be made via BACS directly into your bank account
5. You agree to the Terms and Conditions of the promotion ....

Enter the invoice number, date of purchase, reseller (eBuyer), Laptop offers, then you need to enter the model and serial number of the unit this can be found on the underside of the laptop or on a label on the box. You can enter >1 laptop details on the web page. It then asks for the price I enterer 199.99 and it showed a £50 cashback. I was asked to upload a PDF or photo/scan of the invoice and my name address, email contact numbers, it opt you OUT of promotional contact by default and then asks for you bank details for the BACS payment.

After these 9 or 10 steps...

Lenovo Business - Claim form: confirmation

Claim Complete

Thank you for submitting your Lenovo Business claim.

Your claim will now be checked against the Terms and Conditions of the promotion so please except to hear from us within 5 working days of online claim submission.

In the meantime, should you have any queries, please contact one of our promotional support agents via one of the methods detailed on the Contact Us section of this site.


I'll post an update on progress of otherwise...



Edited By: frownbreaker on Jan 24, 2015 11:02: details of claim
#34
Just got my claim approved payment due within 30 days...

Dear Mr xxxx,

Claim Reference: xxxx

Your Lenovo Cashback payment has now been validated. You will receive your cashback payment within 30 working days of receipt of this email.

Please keep this email for future reference.

If you have any questions please check our Terms and Conditions or email [email protected]

Kind regards

Lenovo Cashback Customer Services

This is an automated email, please do not reply.[

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