Sandy Bridge i3-2310M Laptop, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD (without OS) - £398.97 @ Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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Processor

Intel Core i3-2310M CPU 2.1Ghz,
3MB Cache
Chipset: Intel HM65

Memory

8GB DDR3 1333Mhz
2 x soDIMM slot

Hard Drive

500GB SATA II

Optical Drive

Super multi DVDRW

Software

Operating System: None

Display

15.6” HD Screen
Resolution: 1366 x 768

Graphics

Intel HD3000

Audio

Integrated Speakers

Input Devices

Keyboard and Touchpad

Networking

Wireless Lan 802.11b/g/n
Network Interface: 10/100/1000 LAN

Power Supply

6 Cell Battery

Dimensions

Depth 268 mm
Width 359 mm
Height 37 mm
Weight 2.5kg

Interfaces

3 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x VGA port
1 x HDMI port
1 x Headphone port
1 x Microphone port
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x DC-in jack

Expansion

9 in 1 Card Reader

Warranty / Miscellaneous

1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
1.3mp Webcam
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#1
No USB 3.0 ports?
1 Like #2
Best price I've seen so far for a 2nd Gen i3. Was tempted by the Lenovo posted here yesterday @ £419 but with only 2Gb ram. Just not too sure about this brand/build quality etc...
#3
good price for the features
1 Like #4
8Gb Ram seems a bit overkill for the general spec.

Will probably never need this much on this laptop. 4Gb max would be better and lower the price by about £40-50 lol.

still decent enough spec!!
suspended#5
you could sell one of the 4gb sticks on ebay for around £20 which would make this even cheaper as 8gb is overkill.
#6
what are the graphic capabilities of this
#7
simba2585
8Gb Ram seems a bit overkill for the general spec.

Will probably never need this much on this laptop. 4Gb max would be better and lower the price by about £40-50 lol.

still decent enough spec!!

You could always sell some of the RAM.

Sandy Bridge refers to the Intel chipset. I've never heard of "Zoostorm" though.
2 Likes #8
Eez1
what are the graphic capabilities of this


Solitaire and Hearts.

Biggest waste of 8GB of RAM ever in this machine!
#9
They need to drop the high amount of ram for better graphics chip or a higher res screen.
#10
To be honest I would stay clear of the ZooStorm brand, I bought 6 of these before and 3 had motherboard malfunctions from first set up.

I probably I just had a bad batch but personally I would stay clear with the bad experience I had with this brand.
#11
JonesyUK
Eez1
what are the graphic capabilities of this

Solitaire and Hearts.

Biggest waste of 8GB of RAM ever in this machine!

Not true mate, my 1st gen i3 played the entire half 2 at full res on an external 1080p monitor....
suspended#12
Vinal
JonesyUK
Eez1
what are the graphic capabilities of this


Solitaire and Hearts.

Biggest waste of 8GB of RAM ever in this machine!


Not true mate, my 1st gen i3 played the entire half 2 at full res on an external 1080p monitor....


half life 2 is a VERY old game though. You can't play recent games in decent resolution or quality with the built-in gpu with 30fps+

But for non-gamers the cpu is great, low power and very fast.
#13
simba2585
8Gb Ram seems a bit overkill for the general spec.

It depends on what you do. If you are a developer, 8 GB of RAM are absolutely essential.

But the big problem is the display: 768 pixel is just not very good for anything but watching videos. Web browsing, writing, and any real work will suffer because you have to scroll all the time.

So good price, good specs, but it doesn't work for me.
#14
MrPuddington
simba2585
8Gb Ram seems a bit overkill for the general spec.

It depends on what you do. If you are a developer, 8 GB of RAM are absolutely essential.

But the big problem is the display: 768 pixel is just not very good for anything but watching videos. Web browsing, writing, and any real work will suffer because you have to scroll all the time.

So good price, good specs, but it doesn't work for me.


true, its not all about games games games hehe.

heated up anyway as its still a nice spec.
1 Like #15
MrPuddington
simba2585
8Gb Ram seems a bit overkill for the general spec.

It depends on what you do. If you are a developer, 8 GB of RAM are absolutely essential.

But the big problem is the display: 768 pixel is just not very good for anything but watching videos. Web browsing, writing, and any real work will suffer because you have to scroll all the time.

So good price, good specs, but it doesn't work for me.


What sort of developer? For serious movie editing you might want 8gb, but why the hell would you want to do this on an i3, with low res screen and no dedicated graphics?

I'd rather have a built in radeon 5650 or similar and 4gb ram. Then it would be a cracking deal.
#16
Eez1
what are the graphic capabilities of this


It'll play Portal 2 if you're into that. The graphics are integrated to the board, but the HD 3000 can be considered an entry level graphics card. You can't play COD: Black Ops, but if you were concerned with that, this wouldn't be the laptop to go for.
#17
Almost an ideal laptop for our AutoCAD designers but the low res screen lets it down. By the time you add the cost of Windows Pro you can get similar from Dell with good Quidco back your way.
#18
There is no Operating System, so that's a negative which means Ubuntu may need to be loaded!
suspended#19
For another 50 quid you can get a 1 gb dedicated card and win 7 premium. Cold from me
#20
Ram is cheap, if you took 4gb out it wouldn't make it much cheaper at all.

If you do video editing or run vm's then 8gb is nice. And yes you can do video editing on an i3 sandy bridge
#21
Ram is cheap, if you took 4gb out it wouldn't make it much cheaper at all.

If you do video editing or run vm's then 8gb is nice. And yes you can do video editing on an i3 sandy bridge
#22
Seriously if your buying a budget laptop, at a cost of £400.00 then i doubt you will need anything more than what this machine gives you, including the screen res, 768 isnt bad, just 900 is better, some of the talk here is funny as its a budget laptop, its certainly not a Video editing suite or CAD designers centre! lol. agreed tho 8GB is a bit OTT and nothing more than a marketing ploy.
#23
You can never have enough RAM!
#24
jonny619447
For another 50 quid you can get a 1 gb dedicated card and win 7 premium. Cold from me

Link to the one you're talking about? (Not meant to be a snarky comment, genuinely looking for a cheap laptop with a dedicated card)
#25
thechicken
jonny619447
For another 50 quid you can get a 1 gb dedicated card and win 7 premium. Cold from me


Link to the one you're talking about? (Not meant to be a snarky comment, genuinely looking for a cheap laptop with a dedicated card)


http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Samsung_Q430_1065333.html

not best dedicated but cheap, or have a look at the Dell XPS 15 its £498 but decent graphics.
#26
Good deal. Esp for someone who do photoshop/editing etc.
#27
Intel hd 3000 isn't bad at all. You'll be able to game at 720p at medium/low settings for most modern titles.

I also don't think you could realistically expect any better resolution at this price point.
#28
Dell's new inspiron 15r seems giving better value for £450 . It has USB 3.0 ports , OS, Office Starter & McAfee etc too. The screen is excellent. With quidco cashback it would be close to £415. At this price range, there are no discount vouchers, but there is £60 coucher for the price above £599. Only drawback is memory only 3GB.
XPS has better options too. Check dell dmx site for more e value codes .
http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=N00Q1507&dgc=AF&cid=5212&lid=122756&acd=477cc93517720a43a13c3eafcdcf0403&vw=icon

Edited By: ravishk on Apr 26, 2011 15:16: More info
suspended#29
thechicken
jonny619447
For another 50 quid you can get a 1 gb dedicated card and win 7 premium. Cold from me


Link to the one you're talking about? (Not meant to be a snarky comment, genuinely looking for a cheap laptop with a dedicated card)


Very slightly over 50 quid more, i was thinking of getting this

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/affordable-gaming-laptop-toshiba-satellite-pro-l650-166-15-6-core-i3-330m-4gb-ra/912689/#post10997618
#30
can anyone being any experiences with zoostorm to the table?

i'm looking to use it for audio editing / music composing
i'm torn between this sandybridge one (with loads of ram which will help my purpose but with only 1 year warranty) and then this lenovo one with similar performance older i3 only 4 gb of ram but 3 years warranty

i personally think thinkpads are the business class of laptops sturdy build etc and the 3 year warranty keeps me at peace but dont know about these zoostorm how reliable and well built they are?
#31
haritori
thechicken
jonny619447
For another 50 quid you can get a 1 gb dedicated card and win 7 premium. Cold from me


Link to the one you're talking about? (Not meant to be a snarky comment, genuinely looking for a cheap laptop with a dedicated card)


http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Samsung_Q430_1065333.html

not best dedicated but cheap, or have a look at the Dell XPS 15 its £498 but decent graphics.


That's a 1st gen, non-Sandy Bridge i3. And the integrated Intel HD 3000 chip in these new Sandy Bridge chips is about equivalent to the Nvidia Geforce 320M, so it's actually better than the 310M that you posted. This is a much better spec, can't comment on build quality though.
#32
Good lord what do you need 8gb of ram for? It's hard to even use 4 unless you're doing some serious movie or music work.
suspended 1 Like #33
montblanc
Good lord what do you need 8gb of ram for? It's hard to even use 4 unless you're doing some serious movie or music work.


It is overkill and would only be useful in windows 64 bit, whereas most people would only buy 32 bit. But as was pointed out earlier ram is dirt cheap and most likely a marketing ploy as 8GB of ram "looks good".
#34
Don't know why people are thinking about "too much RAM", it's always good to have plenty of headroom, nice to know you'll likely never ever need to upgrade your RAM.
suspended#35
Nookster
Don't know why people are thinking about "too much RAM", it's always good to have plenty of headroom, nice to know you'll likely never ever need to upgrade your RAM.


in my opinion a pointless arguement, with 4gb of ram by the time you need to upgrade from that the laptop as a whole will be obsolete anyway. It is too much ram for this laptop.

3Gb would suit this laptop, 8gb is bordering ridiculous!
#36
My virtual machines can use any RAM I can throw at them. 8GB of fast RAM, too.

This looks a bit too good...
#37
jonny619447

in my opinion a pointless arguement, with 4gb of ram by the time you need to upgrade from that the laptop as a whole will be obsolete anyway. It is too much ram for this laptop.

3Gb would suit this laptop, 8gb is bordering ridiculous!


Definitely a pointless argument, RAM is cheap, gift horses and mouths, removing a common weak point in cheapo laptops is only a good thing, especially when you're sharing memory with the GPU.

That said, you can eat 4GB before loading so much as a single pro app, and hit pageouts in W7 and Snow Leo playing **** Farmville nowadays. Gigabytes just aren't they used to be.
#38
what does "Sandy Bridge" means? a good thing?
#39
simba2585
8Gb Ram seems a bit overkill for the general spec.

Will probably never need this much on this laptop. 4Gb max would be better and lower the price by about £40-50 lol.

still decent enough spec!!


Be careful, Remember Bill Gates said no-one would ever need more then 640K.
We have 5 year old laptops here with 512MB that are desperately slow. Adding an extra 1GB speeds them up dramatically.
#40
ICTHUS
simba2585
8Gb Ram seems a bit overkill for the general spec.

Will probably never need this much on this laptop. 4Gb max would be better and lower the price by about £40-50 lol.

still decent enough spec!!


Be careful, Remember Bill Gates said no-one would ever need more then 640K.
We have 5 year old laptops here with 512MB that are desperately slow. Adding an extra 1GB speeds them up dramatically.


That's ironically due to the way in which windows works

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