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Lenovo Ideapad 510 (i3-6100-u, 4GB DDR4, 1TB) + Bag and Wireless mouse £319.99 @ Currys

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Lenovo ideapad 510 Top features: - Full HD display makes films, photos, and websites look great - Intel® Core™ i3 processing gives you smooth, reliable everyday computing - Harman Audio fo…
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Link didn't show free bag and mouse just laptop for £319.99
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Xbox One 1TB With The Division £199.85 @ Simply Games

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Xbox One 1TB With The Division digital download. Limit of one per customer.
endax Avatar11h, 27m agoFound 11 hours, 27 minutes ago9 Comments
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tawse57
I looked at this 48 hours go and it was out of stock. I really want a physical game with my £200 xbox one. To be frank, I think the xbox one should be at least £50 less now due to a newer model being out and the competition from Sony being less.
Microsoft are not giving us a lot with this older model are they - higher price, rubbish digital download when every one with a brain wants a physical copy of the game. I am so close to jumping ship to Sony at this point.

get yourself away :p
I looked at this 48 hours go and it was out of stock. I really want a physical game with my £200 xbox one. To be frank, I think the xbox one should be at least £50 less now due to a newer model being out and the competition from Sony being less.

Microsoft are not giving us a lot with this older model are they - higher price, rubbish digital download when every one with a brain wants a physical copy of the game. I am so close to jumping ship to Sony at this point.
The same deal was posted 4 days ago & went cold,
Not sure why!
AnnaMak
xbehindthelinesx
N1Andy
Boy, how quickly the market changes! A couple of weeks ago and this would have been red hot, but a lot has changed in the last few weeks with all the huge discounts around.
To be fair, this is the cheapest I've seen the 1TB model, have I missed a deal?


Hell yes!
£179 plus fifa17 ;)
Search the site


?????? Now????? Link?????? Please!!!
That's for the PS4
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New Dell Inspiron 15 5000 (i5-7200U, 8GB, 1TB, FHD) £466.66 @ Dell (student offer)

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Get 15% off using UNiDAYS student discount All around laptop featuring Windows 10 Home, the latest 7th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor, Full-HD anti-glare display and large memory for fast mul…
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Wow 7th gen out already, I thought 6th gen was only just released. Luckily it makes little odds, any i5 from 2nd gen onwards is good enough for most people :D

Agree that should have an SSD, why oh why are they so slow to add SSD's to all computers? they might sell more once the average Joe realises how good a PC becomes once you have an SSD.

Edited By: spannerzone on Oct 01, 2016 09:04
Didn't realise kaby lake already out. So they still have dvd drive but no usb C. SSD not a big deal as can buy one and fit it in. Looks bulky for my liking though
I agree. Dell should be fitting SSD's as standard by now.

Perhaps take out the optical drive and fit an SSD in there?
always buy the 3 years warranty. too much stuff go wrong on laptops these days .
plus dell finally gave me a free replacement
pet2000
bnwubnfguisr
Just why the hell would I need DVD drive in 2016?
Play & rip CDs/DVDs.

If you got stuck in the previous decade I guess it makes sense. But even this not really as I would assume that ULV processors are mainly targeted at mobile devices, and I doubt you rip your DVD's on the go and for at-home use you get get a cheap external DVD


Edited By: bnwubnfguisr on Sep 30, 2016 20:15
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Xbox One S 1TB @ Currys/PC World for £239.20 instore (Wednesbury)

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Xbox One S 1TB @ Currys/PC World Instore - Wednesbury junction 9 retail park Priced at £299 - 20% off at the till Yes the picture is the old xbox but I can comfirm it is the 1TB S - model Ch…
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The store has been refurbished so lots of reopening offers! ;)

Edited By: rofiquel on Oct 01, 2016 06:15: Edit
Yes that's why I mentioned the picture is incorrect in my listing and it is 1TB
Its 299 on currys website minus 20% = £239
JellybearXo
Because in store today they've got the discount banners on almost 70% of the items saying first 50 and they're stop selling all day long for start & secondly I spoke to the general manager & assistant not one but two

The image doesn't mention 1TB, it says first 50 customers and it shows the old Xbox.

I'm guessing an idiot made the poster.

Edit: Well the product codes match

Edited By: oUkTuRkEyIII on Sep 30, 2016 18:28
Because in store today they've got the discount banners on almost 70% of the items saying first 50 and they're still selling all day long & secondly I spoke to the general manager & assistant to confirm

Edited By: JellybearXo on Sep 30, 2016 18:25: Mispelling
Wednesbury. Is that a town that only exists on a Wednesday?

Edited By: FantasyDeals on Sep 30, 2016 18:17
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Lenovo G50-45 15.6” AMD A8 8GB RAM 1TB HDD Black Laptop @ Tesco £329.00 Save £30.00 £299.00

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The Lenovo G50-45 is a versatile laptop with a slimline design and 15.6-inch HD widescreen display that delivers bright, crisp visuals. Powering the laptop is an AMD A8-6410 Quad-Core processor that a…
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Turd resolution.
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Lenovo Ideapad 310 Laptop, Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6", Black @ John Lewis (2 yr Guarantee) - £299.95

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Lenovo’s Ideapad 310 laptop is designed for anybody who wants a dependable laptop at an affordable price. It is perfect for streaming online media, thanks to fast 802.11 a/c WiFi technology, and has a…
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Turd resolution.
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Playstation 4 1TB with Lego Str Wars and Force Awakens - £179.99 @ VERY

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This elusive deal is being snapped up everywhere, luckily Very have some still in stock and if you are a new customer the 20% off code for new customers 'KKCXX' may work too? Just got me a bargain!
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tanxeel
After 40 hours of placing the order, and confirming over the phone in the morning that the order will be shipped today, For some reason Very cancelled my order this evening. Did not even have the courtesy to send an email. On contacting customer service, all they had to say was we don't have any stock and will refund you in 10 days. Never going back to Very again for sure, good thing I ordered amazon as a back up
did you pay by paypal ?
Yes
same here, did you get any notification from paypal themselves that the refund has been sent to your paypal account?
Nope nothing yet, Customer Services will have to wait for 10-14 days
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yay it's showing now -shipping which should be refunded soon as well but at least the refund has started processing right :)

or does that mean they are not going to refunding the shipping and if so, im going on there live chat tomorrow for sure to complain

Purchase From very.co.uk Partially Refunded it says



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max84
tanxeel
max84
tanxeel
After 40 hours of placing the order, and confirming over the phone in the morning that the order will be shipped today, For some reason Very cancelled my order this evening. Did not even have the courtesy to send an email. On contacting customer service, all they had to say was we don't have any stock and will refund you in 10 days. Never going back to Very again for sure, good thing I ordered amazon as a back up
did you pay by paypal ?
Yes
same here, did you get any notification from paypal themselves that the refund has been sent to your paypal account?
Nope nothing yet, Customer Services will have to wait for 10-14 days
grooty
http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp30/Grooty-hukd/Screen%20Shot%202016-09-30%20at%2022.29.40_zps1tlovtpe.jpg

no game ?
http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp30/Grooty-hukd/Screen%20Shot%202016-09-30%20at%2022.29.40_zps1tlovtpe.jpg
tanxeel
max84
tanxeel
After 40 hours of placing the order, and confirming over the phone in the morning that the order will be shipped today, For some reason Very cancelled my order this evening. Did not even have the courtesy to send an email. On contacting customer service, all they had to say was we don't have any stock and will refund you in 10 days. Never going back to Very again for sure, good thing I ordered amazon as a back up
did you pay by paypal ?
Yes

same here, did you get any notification from paypal themselves that the refund has been sent to your paypal account?
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Sony PS4 Console with 500GB Hard Drive - White @Ebay-Argos £149.99

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On Ebay-Argos Be quick this one will fly. no games
Alexandre77 Avatar1d, 9h agoFound 1 day, 9 hours ago32 Comments
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Carissa30
joedredd
Thank you OP, I got one from Shrewsbury!:D
Hi dose this play uk games? With it being NTSC-J (Japan.
It is not a Japanese console.
The x & o buttons are reversed on the games not the console I think. I have games on a Singapore account on my ps4 & they're reversed. Probably an error anyway
Just ordered one from Winsford Argos, I'm guessing the ntsc thing shouldn't matter if it's region free.... Am I correct?
joedredd
Thank you OP, I got one from Shrewsbury!:D
Hi dose this play uk games? With it being NTSC-J (Japan.
anthony69
Coming from an XBox 360 to the PS4. How much better will this be?
This is the jump i'm making too. Worth £150 based on playing at my friends place :)
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Toshiba P300 2TB 7200RPM 3.5" SATA Hard Drive - Amazon @ £54.99

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A very well specified hard disk with excellent benchmark results @ http://hdd.userbenchmark.com/ Fast HD at a very good price. Cheapest around. May not last long at this price.
megastream Avatar1d, 21h agoFound 1 day, 21 hours ago9 Comments
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I bought the 5tb variant 2 days back. Agree with the machine gun comment. But I am going to keep it since the drives are quite fast and I have a loft to setup the hdd with the enclosure.
Urizen2003
Had one of these from Amazon similar price before last Christmas! Sounds like a 'machine gun' when in use! Had to send it back!
Thanks for the heads-up
K1LLER HORNET
I'm not discounting the deal here but what I find absolutely ridiculous is that 5 years ago I bought a 2TB Samsung 3.5" HDD for £50. That was pretty much the going price back then.
Hard drive prices are ludicrous and don't seem to follow the price trends other technologies do.


I got some back then for £35 a piece, then their was them floods and they used that as an excuse to screw us and the prices never recovered for us. Same thing they did with the memory and that factory fire at the main memory plant, which just so happened to not even be in a section of the plant where the production of the memory was made.


Edited By: ukez on Sep 29, 2016 15:28
Had one of these from Amazon similar price before last Christmas! Sounds like a 'machine gun' when in use! Had to send it back!
I think the pound was hovering around $1.50-160 a year or two ago. With tech being priced in dollars and the pound only worth $1.30 now, prices are bound to be higher.
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PlayStation 4 1TB Console with LEGO Star Wars : £179.99 @ GAME

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May the Force be with you with a console bundle that's out of this world! The PlayStation 4 bundle comes complete with: 1TB PS4 A black DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller A physic…
GeordieGaz Avatar1d, 22h agoFound 1 day, 22 hours ago6 Comments
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ive been checking all morning to see when they would drop the price, someone said it wouldn't be till 11am. the listing says £309 but when u click on it it goes down to £179. I did have the option to buy, so I decided to post. but when I went back it now says its out of stock....Its crazy how fast these are going
OOS in 3 mins seems odd?
wow that lasted all of 5 mins! these are going so fast. got mine from amazon last night. they still had some this morn but have just checked and now out of stock
Yeah OOS
Shows out of stock when you add to basket
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PS4 1TB, Fifa 17, Controller and Ratchet and Clank = £179.99 at Argos!!

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Add all these products individually and go to checkout to get this price. Best deal yet!! Here are links courtesy of dbno: https://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4284334.htm http:…
axl515 Avatar2d, 7h agoFound 2 days, 7 hours ago249 Comments
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Is anyone still waiting for their home delivery order? Mine should have been here yesterday but it didn't arrive.
3 now
Tank you again for the deal :)
5 :)
Haha, thanks guys.... 6
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Playstation 4 1Tb Black Console With FIFA 17 £179.99 Very

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playstation 4 1tb console with fifa 17 £179.99 @ very
yvettecarless Avatar2d, 8h agoFound 2 days, 8 hours ago10 Comments
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mine got cancelled because ran out of stock,seems they sold more than they had
Quikfinder
jodi1987
£259.99 can find it for ?
Copy and paste the following in the search bar on Very
500GB: Playstation 4 500Gb Black Console with FIFA 17

1TB: Playstation 4 1Tb Black Console with FIFA 17


"Oops we didn't find any results"
Out of stock now
click on get deal link above. takes you straight to it. choose which package...
?????
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PS4 1tb Lego Star Wars for £179.99 @ Argos add it to basket to see the actual price!!!

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Just add it to basket. Prices are not showing up, you will have to add it to basket. 500gb PS4 lego Star Wars £149
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emsybear
add the bundle to get fifa, ratchet and clank & additional controller for £179!

Had this crazy deal in the basket at £179 but the 1TB model is out of stock, so sadly a complete waste of time
add the bundle to get fifa, ratchet and clank & additional controller for £179!

errrrr how did you manage that?
gamingmad16
emsybear
add the bundle to get fifa, ratchet and clank & additional controller for £179!
​Is that the old PS4 or the new matte PS4 CUH1216? I've reserved that great deal you said but not sure what model it is as it shows the old one in the picture the shiny model

It's CUH-1200 PS4.
gamingmad16
emsybear
add the bundle to get fifa, ratchet and clank & additional controller for £179!

​Is that the old PS4 or the new matte PS4 CUH1216? I've reserved that great deal you said but not sure what model it is as it shows the old one in the picture the shiny model

I'm not sure which model either, I'm upgrading my son's Ps3 so not really fussed, just hope they honour it.

Edited By: emsybear on Sep 29, 2016 03:01
I just used the link for this deal and added the bundle. realised after posting that this deal was for star was bundle but linked to just the console. It looks as though the 1tb is OOS though now.
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Sony Playstation 4 Console With Lego SW and FA 500GB £149.99 / PS4 and Fifa 17 £149.00 / 1TB SW and FA £179.99 @ Amazon

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Sony Playstation 4 Console With Lego SW and FA 500GB £149.99/ Sony Playstation 4 Console With Lego SW and FA 1TB £179.99/ PS4 and Fifa 17 £149.99 1TB: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-PlayStation-LEGO…
Quikfinder Avatar2d, 9h agoFound 2 days, 9 hours ago42 Comments
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thepharmacist
Quikfinder
thepharmacist
Thank you again op, delivery received today, oh I am trouble with other half !, looks like I may get banned from my amazon account!!
Haha! How could there be trouble, it was an opportunity of a lifetime!
Been using that line for a bit too long, it doesn't work for me anymore
I feel for you mate xD
Quikfinder
thepharmacist
Thank you again op, delivery received today, oh I am trouble with other half !, looks like I may get banned from my amazon account!!
Haha! How could there be trouble, it was an opportunity of a lifetime!
Been using that line for a bit too long, it doesn't work for me anymore
thepharmacist
Thank you again op, delivery received today, oh I am trouble with other half !, looks like I may get banned from my amazon account!!
Haha! How could there be trouble, it was an opportunity of a lifetime!
Thank you again op, delivery received today, oh I am trouble with other half !, looks like I may get banned from my amazon account!!
Thank you op!. Great deal, forgot to post at time of ordering.
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**INSTORE Now Live** ** Sony PlayStation 4 + FIFA 17 £149.00 / PS4 500Gb + Lego SW & FA £149 / PS4 1TB + FIFA 17 £179 / PS4 1TB Lego SW and FA £179 + Clubcard points @ Tesco INSTORE

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instore from tomorrow (30th) instore now live eg https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/tesco-ps4-500gb-2-games-147-2520222 Credit DoubleAA Credit aeT Please note only 2 of the bundles are bot…
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if anyone wants to sell Ps4 bundle in Manchester please let me know. cheers
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LT123
In an absolute last ditch effort to get my son this twice cancelled sodding Ps4, if anyone has a reservation code or knows of any stock with FIFA in Manchester or within 30 miles or so, please let me know. I'll drive through the night so that the last 2 days of my life that I've wasted on this doesn't become just that, a total waste of life.


I have one that I've bought and won't use. You can have it if you want it. It's the 1TB + FIFA bundle. £179, located in Wigan


​if you still want to sell yours, I will buy the bundle. I am in Manchester :)
Anyone checked in any stores in leicester?
No email despatch from tesco but order status has switched to dispatched 08.33am. doesn't look like I will get it today but just happy it's on the way. Good luck anyone else waiting for Tesco.
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Lenovo Ideapad 305 (i3 5005u, 8GB, 1TB) + Bag and Wireless mouse £299.99 @ Argos (Free C&C)

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Reduced from £399.99, seems a decent price for the specs and extras ------------ Lenovo ideapad 305 Style is not a compromise. That's why the ideapad 305 comes in a range of bold, distinctive…
JustWakeUpLink Avatar2d, 12h agoFound 2 days, 12 hours ago25 Comments
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Anything around this price with Intel / DDR that's quite light
JustWakeUpLink
Deals are meant to be posted, not commented. If you find a good deal, maybe be a decent person and actually post it rather than trying to use it as ammunition to denounce somebody else's post?
It's simple, here, I've posted it for you:http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-ideapad-510-i3-6100-u-4gb-ddr4-1tb-bag-wireless-mouse-2520864
What do you mean deals are not to be commented, people have the right to know if there is a better offer out there on the market. Just do a proper research. I didn't say Lenovo from currys is perfect, it just has better spec for the money. I'm in the market but still haven't decided what to buy. Currently own a lenovo thinkpad 11 inch which now is 5 years old and suffer from motherboard and keyboard malfunction so not sure if Lenovo is the way to go for me.
babbour
mhuck
Could you find any additional info about this model, reviews even? I can't find anything.
http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetPDF.aspx/c04891338.pdf hope this help.


​Thank you, appreciate your effort and help.
Deals are meant to be posted, not commented. If you find a good deal, maybe be a decent person and actually post it rather than trying to use it as ammunition to denounce somebody else's post?
It's simple, here, I've posted it for you:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-ideapad-510-i3-6100-u-4gb-ddr4-1tb-bag-wireless-mouse-2520864
mhuck
Could you find any additional info about this model, reviews even? I can't find anything.
http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetPDF.aspx/c04891338.pdf hope this help.
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PlayStation 4 500GB / 1TB Console with LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens 149.99 / 179.99 @ Game INSTORE only

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1TB Console £179: http://www.game.co.uk/en/playstation-4-1tb-console-with-lego-star-wars-the-force-awakens-and-the-force-awakens-blu-ray-1252411 May the Force be with you; a console bundle t…
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Disgusted with game.they cancelled it. I ordered within minutes of it going live, and they kept releasing more stock through the day, AND the support team told me it would be here Monday. Screw game. Never again

Edited By: Wigwam851 on Sep 30, 2016 18:00
GAME live chat just said the system sent out dispatched info incorrectly. my item wasn't dispatched 11.15am yesterday, it's still sat in their warehouse. hermes will be delivering, most likely Monday or Tuesday. got tracking number but hermes don't even recognise it yet. pfft
Dispatched yesterday 11.15am with free delivery. Nothing yet
Anybody got one deliverd by Game yet?
milky228
tsimehC
lockwoodisbored
Why are these deals the day before I get paid!
If you rely on payday for purchases then get a credit card and pay it off every month before the interest hits.

Don't spend money you don't have on something you don't need, rule no.1 of not getting into debt.


​True but if you can budget properly, it's really useful.
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[From Midnight] Massive PS4 Pricedrops.. 500GB & FIFA 17 - £149.99 / PS4 1TB & FIFA 17 - £179.99 - Smyths (In-Store from tomorrow) - Now available at Shopto (£149.85)

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Oh my days! Click thread for list of clicky links to ALL DEALS SMYTHS PS4 500gb & FIFA 17 - £149.99 SMYTHS PS4 1TB & FIFA 17 - £179.99 I've also heard on the grapevine that these offers are
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Incredible luck this morning. I checked Argos instore last night and the 1TB was out of stock but the promotion for FIFA + Controller free was still showing. They've been removed from the website so no one can reserve them, but I knew the stock that wasn't collected would come back in this morning instore.

I checked stock this morning and 1TB had one in stock, but the price had gone up to £299.

The guy on the tills discounted it back to the offer price of £180. :D

PS4 1TB + FIFA 17 + Gold Controller for £179.99
MikLSP
For info, anyone who managed to get the Star Wars bundle from Argos but didn't know about the free FIFA special offer, you may be able to get it retrospectively honoured in store.
I went in with my bundle, order number and offer screenshot today and they discounted FIFA 17 for me, very helpful staff. :)http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae123/MikLSP/Mobile%20Uploads/_20160930_194818_zpswfhre3mq.jpg

I saw you in Lancaster when you brought your console in and explaining to the lady cashier to get the fifa. I was there collecting my 500gb ps4 with fifa etc. I was laughing in my head when you said argos asked you to come in shop and they can add the fifa to your order. I knew there and then that you are from hukd. I nearly asked you. Lol
https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14519691_10157482302365103_6185308542617217732_n.jpg?oh=9e1ba3f7cc10e2918b7cddc03d590ac9&oe=58ADF852

finally got one from that Argos ebay link posted last night - thanks to whoever posted it! No game unfortunately they couldn't honour that as the offer wasn't on the system any more
But i got the last one in Bedford so all in all, not bad
James239514
Does anyone know if Currys will match the price of the £149 deal? Thanks.
i went down they will be only if the item is in stock on the retailer your trying to price match against
Does anyone know if Currys will match the price of the £149 deal? Thanks.
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Seagate Maxtor M3 Portable External Hard Drive 4TB @ Groupon for £80.34 with voucher

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4TB hard-drive for £106.99 - use code "FIRST" for new customer only to get 25% off order. bringing it down to; 4TB - £80.34... after discount 3TB - £59.99... 2TB - £50.99... 1TB - £35.99... E…
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townterrier
Cheers, ordered the 4tb...

The 4TB is back in stock.
Cheers, ordered the 4tb...
janner66
The Samsung D3 is a better drive in my opinion and is cheaper on groupon:https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/samsung-d3-external-hard-drive

One is 2.5 inch. One is 3.5 inch.

One is powered by USB. One need power cable.

You are not comparing like for like.
bbwind
icyblue
Anyone got any idea why my topcashback showing £4.81 pending instead of £10.50?


​move showing £5.67


i think i saw somewhere saying it will go up at the end.... But i dont know where i got that idea from
icyblue
Anyone got any idea why my topcashback showing £4.81 pending instead of £10.50?


​move showing £5.67
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PS4 1tb + FIFA 17 + Additional controller for £263.49 @ Amazon (student offer)

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"Deal for Amazon Student only" The new PS4 Slim 1TB with an additional new DS4 Controller & a FIFA 17 boxed copy, with a limited edition Fifa 17 Steelbook. Remember to enter the code from the NU…
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Tank
Kris91
Tank
hmnadjib
Kris91
Anyyone else ordered this and actually received it today? I pre ordered mine at the weekend and woke up to an email today basically saying they have no idea when they'll have it.
Same here
me three
Really irritating. Took the day off work for it as well. Will be complaining!
I called up twice and tried on chat to try and get compensation. All they could do was offer £5 and/or 1 month free prime as the low level agents don't have any other options on their system. Not very good! Let me know if you get anywhere. I've even cancelled my order now. I'll see if I can get another deal as there should be a few floating around hopefully.

Called up, got put on to a supervisor and got £25 put into my bank and cancelled. Still annoying. Need to try find a decent deal going about now!
Kris91
Tank
hmnadjib
Kris91
Anyyone else ordered this and actually received it today? I pre ordered mine at the weekend and woke up to an email today basically saying they have no idea when they'll have it.
Same here
me three
Really irritating. Took the day off work for it as well. Will be complaining!

I called up twice and tried on chat to try and get compensation. All they could do was offer £5 and/or 1 month free prime as the low level agents don't have any other options on their system. Not very good! Let me know if you get anywhere. I've even cancelled my order now. I'll see if I can get another deal as there should be a few floating around hopefully.
Tank
hmnadjib
Kris91
Anyyone else ordered this and actually received it today? I pre ordered mine at the weekend and woke up to an email today basically saying they have no idea when they'll have it.
Same here
me three

Really irritating. Took the day off work for it as well. Will be complaining!
hmnadjib
Kris91
Anyyone else ordered this and actually received it today? I pre ordered mine at the weekend and woke up to an email today basically saying they have no idea when they'll have it.
Same here

me three
Kris91
Anyyone else ordered this and actually received it today? I pre ordered mine at the weekend and woke up to an email today basically saying they have no idea when they'll have it.
Same here
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Sky+ box sets bundle (with skyQ 1TB) & Broadband unlimited fibre & Sky talk anytime extra Total £377.80 12 months @ Sainsbury's instore

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sky deal through sainsburys store this deal was at sainsburys in rice Lane Liverpool not sure if it's national total monthly cost £27.40
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DonnyB55
Hi, how did you buy this bundle?
Is this an actual Sky box purchase in store or is this like a leaflet. Been in 2 Saintsbury's 2 get it but no one has any ideas what I'm talking about (I even showed them this page, still customer service desk has no idea). Thank u


hi Donny I got this out of the phone shop in Saintsbury's not sure if all of Saintsbury's stores have a phone shop hope that helps you regards​
Just an update, my new Sky broadband/phone order got cancelled last night. Called them this morning to see what's going on, basically because the existing broadband/phone was in a cancellation state they couldn't activate the new package. Had to call back to reactivate the existing package, hopefully call them tomorrow to confirm the new package can go ahead!
An hour on the phone, finally convinced them to do a similar deal. £26.31 per month, broadband fibre max, sky Q 1TB box with family bundle, unlimited phone calls including line rental. After even more haggling, they lowered the £59 upfront to £10. Totally forgot about the vouchers, but I'm coming off similar virgin media deal that was £72 per month so happy enough!
hello112
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viper8
Hi, wonder if anyone can help? I've just cancelled my SKY TV/Fibre broadband/Phone after a unsuccessful haggling with them, was calling their bluff but not sure if it back fires as i had no intention of leaving. Already been offered 50% off TV, but nothing on the broadband/phone.
Can i get this deal using my misses name and a different bank account?
Just ring them up or go online chat saying you have read people getting 60% off & free broadband & you will be fine
Because its true. Dont forget to ask for £75 credit (might have to accept £50)
how would i get the extra £75 voucher? what should i ask for?
is there anything on the website so i can show them ?
Thanks

There is a whole thread on here.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/75-off-sky-tv-for-existing-customers-only-works-when-call-specific-number-3-weeks-1741671?p=28840797
Hi, how did you buy this bundle?
Is this an actual Sky box purchase in store or is this like a leaflet. Been in 2 Saintsbury's 2 get it but no one has any ideas what I'm talking about (I even showed them this page, still customer service desk has no idea). Thank u
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HP 15-ac142na, Intel Pentium, 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, 15.6 Inch Notebook £289.99 (inc VAT) Delivered @ Costco Online. 2 Years Warranty

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No expert on these things but seems like a good price but I guess you will be the true judges lol. It's from Costco Online so no need for membership. 2 years warranty as well. Plus free tech su…
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This processor benchmarks at 1896 (https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Pentium+N3700+%40+1.60GHz). By comparison the similarly-specced, but i5, Lenovo on sale from Amazon today benchmarks at 3480 (and a 1st gen i3 is around 2500).
the processor is a bit out dated for the price.
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Limited Edition Final Fantasy XV 1TB PlayStation 4 Slim Console - Only at GAME (PS4) £329.99 Delivered @ GAME

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Seems like a deal. Comes with the deluxe edition which is priced up at £69.99 This limited edition bundle will include the FFXV themed 1TB PS4 slim system, DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller and the i…
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iz123456789
is this better than xbox one s which has 4k hdr?
Depends what's for you which games you prefer, Xbox One S is still weaker than PS4 so more multiplatform games will be running in less pixels and frames on Xbox One and also has a much smaller game library as devs this gen mostly been developing for both PS4 and PC, Xbox One S has the 4k bluray player if you have a 4k TV and 4k bluray movies then maybe you'd want that and again what exclusives you want to play is up to you but if you have a PC nearly all Xbox one exclusives are on PC onwards. Also all ps4 models are HDR compatible through latest update with PS4 Slim having HDMI 2.0 for full HDR

Edited By: eloo on Sep 27, 2016 00:16
is this better than xbox one s which has 4k hdr?
MichaelGL
oUkTuRkEyIII
LuBu
For someone actually looking for a PS4 FFXV bundle i don't really see this as a deal. It's the full price of a PS4 Slim and the XV collectors edition. You can get them both cheaper separately (like the Very PS4 Slim deal). All you're getting for paying rrp is the fancy console design.
PS4 slim 1tb is listed at £299 on Amazon. Add the £69.99 for the deluxe game and you have £368.99
Your maths seem off?
Nah, his maths seems okay. Your reading comprehension is off though. He mentioned Very, not Amazon. He's referring to this deal in particular:http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/ps4-slim-fifa-17-213-98-very-12-months-bnpl-2516788
£210 with FIFA + £70 for FFXV = £280.

It's also a 500GB console without the design...

I don't think you can really compare it. This is really for the hardcore fan that wants the branded console.

Edited By: shaffy_oppa on Sep 26, 2016 21:07
oUkTuRkEyIII
LuBu
For someone actually looking for a PS4 FFXV bundle i don't really see this as a deal. It's the full price of a PS4 Slim and the XV collectors edition. You can get them both cheaper separately (like the Very PS4 Slim deal). All you're getting for paying rrp is the fancy console design.
PS4 slim 1tb is listed at £299 on Amazon. Add the £69.99 for the deluxe game and you have £368.99
Your maths seem off?
Nah, his maths seems okay. Your reading comprehension is off though. He mentioned Very, not Amazon. He's referring to this deal in particular:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/ps4-slim-fifa-17-213-98-very-12-months-bnpl-2516788

£210 with FIFA + £70 for FFXV = £280.
Man I'd love this so bad if I didn't already have a ps4
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Xbox One 1TB Console + Tom Clancy The Division - Simply Games - £199.85

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Xbox One 1TB Console + Tom Clancy The Division Personally with the white Xbox S released the colour of black seems a better fit for my sitting room TV hence my selection despite the older model.
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tii
Quieter as well
:)
?? xbox one s is way quietier my my onld black xbox one.

for me this is a non deal, the one s although white is a much better unit all around.
and the resale price of the free game makes it a no brainer.
tii
Quieter as well


:)
Quieter as well
repouk
Great deal for a 1TB + a game that can be easily sold if you don't like it.


True true, much prefer this to the White S version, double the storage also :)
ST3123
Considering before the voucher code ended today, this could get you a 500GB S model with Fifa 17 at Tesco, I suspect it might get chilly. To be fair this seems fine for the 1TB and a better game.

Wish they would stop with these deals on the old one though, going to make it impossible to flog mine for a worthwhile price ;)


My thinking exactly :) double the memory and a nice colour + game in my opinion! Good luck selling yours :D
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Lenovo Ideapad 100 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black) - (Intel Core i5-5200U, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB Storage, Windows 10 Home) £299.99 Amazon

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Features Intel® Core i5 processor: with stunning visuals and performance, the 5th gen Intel Core processor delivers processing power that takes your computing to the next level. Thin, Light, and Por…
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Who?
tuna89
Would be great if it wasn't Lenovo.... Warning to EVERYONE THINKING ABOUT BUYING:https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/53ri0m/warning_microsoft_signature_pc_program_now/
Ta for heads up


You're very welcome - just to be clear to everyone this isn't an issue just because you can't run Linux, this locks you out of being able to reinstall any operating system to your HDD - (I.E no Windows 7 no Windows 8 or Vista, it's either Windows 10 or NOTHING).

Be warned!
Weenie Beenie
jasee
God value EXCEPT for the resolution. All laptops should be HD by now. Why oh why...
1366x768 is HD.
Splitting hairs yes, but if this was to describe its display as HD, it wouldn't be.
tuna89
Would be great if it wasn't Lenovo.... Warning to EVERYONE THINKING ABOUT BUYING:https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/53ri0m/warning_microsoft_signature_pc_program_now/
Ta for heads up
fit finlay
Weenie Beenie
jasee
God value EXCEPT for the resolution. All laptops should be HD by now. Why oh why...
1366x768 is HD.
it was years ago, now its LOW D

Yeah.....no. 720p is still a very common video format for HD video, this is greater than that. It's HD.
iceni
uk90
pablomalin
Better buy full HD certified refurbished dell for 320
I'd never by a refurbished laptop, you never know where the previous owners hands have been, stats have shown there is more bad bacteria on laptops and phones than the average toilet.
Respectfully, do you ever go out and touch anything ?
I appreciate your question and the answer is yes however when I come back from somewhere I would wash my hands thoroughly as I would if I was eating out too and whenever I get the opportunity I would wash my hands where available. Clean my phone everyweek and don't let anyone use my laptop at uni and very rarely eat something someone has offered me unless its from a packet and yes it is very rude but I tend not to tell them why as it is a habit but I greatly appreciate their offer.
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Asus X555, 15.6-inch Laptop, AMD A8, 8GB RAM, 1TB - Black @ Tesco £299.00

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Would be a good deal if it has as stated a 1.8" SSD !!!
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Just say no.
is this better or worse than an ideapad 510s?
stevep94
Not sure how Asus stacks up against Lenovo in terms of build quality but you can get a very similar spec laptop with an i5 processor off Amazon for the same money here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01GCNYZI6/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1474910154&sr=8-3&pi=SX200_QL40&keywords=lenovo+ideapad+100&dpPl=1&dpID=41KKt3gY3IL&ref=plSrch

Exactly.

How this deal got hot is beyond me.
Not sure how Asus stacks up against Lenovo in terms of build quality but you can get a very similar spec laptop with an i5 processor off Amazon for the same money here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01GCNYZI6/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1474910154&sr=8-3&pi=SX200_QL40&keywords=lenovo+ideapad+100&dpPl=1&dpID=41KKt3gY3IL&ref=plSrch

Edited By: stevep94 on Sep 26, 2016 18:18: update
Taintedone
Don't forget the £25 off for spends over £150. Brings it down to £274 :)
I think the code expired :(
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PS4 Slim 1TB Console + Dualshock Controller + FIFA 17 £274.00 (294.00 with BO3) @ Tesco Direct

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Use £25 off code to get this price.
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Did anyone else's PS4 get cancelled from this deal?
so the tesco £25 code is finally expired? hype is over! no more war between tesco vs amazon vs curry vs john lewis!
id rather get the ps4 pro
The code expired at midnight that's why.
code not working for me.
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Justop G-PC i10 mini pc. win 10, Atom X5-Z8300, 2Gb, 32GB, HDD bay £94.99 @ digidirect (on amazon marketplace)

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I've been looking at a few mini pcs and was considering the intel compute stick posted on here last month. I decided to look for something similar using the newer x5-8300 atom CPU (bit faster, better…
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unsteadycarrot
Would this run fairly basic pc games? like minecraft or the sims 4? my sons tower system takes up so much space.

It will run basic games, as to how well is a different matter.

Its a misconception Minecraft is a simple game. Yes it its basic form it is quite minimal and can be run single player on lower spec machines, but the majority of people play modded Minecraft, and this is an entirely different beast.

Wait till your playing Project Ozone 2, FTB: Infinity, or SkyFactory 2.5. Or connected Mutliplayer do a dedicated modded server... You will need far more than an Atom with 2GB ram for an immersive experience.

Regards
Flea
acaize
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unsteadycarrot
Would this run fairly basic pc games? like minecraft or the sims 4? my sons tower system takes up so much space.
​i think the issue is this only has a tiny 32gb essd drive and 2gb ram , both I suspect cannot be upgraded. these boxes have their uses but I think even basic gaming will be very hard going. hot for the deal through.

true but a more capable SSD or HDD can be put in the HD bay and the games and any other programs could be installed on that. The 2gb ram might be more of an issue though, not sure what the minimum requirements are for those games.


2GB for minecraft
unsteadycarrot
Would this run fairly basic pc games? like minecraft or the sims 4? my sons tower system takes up so much space.


​think you would struggle .
spannerzone
unsteadycarrot
Would this run fairly basic pc games? like minecraft or the sims 4? my sons tower system takes up so much space.
​i think the issue is this only has a tiny 32gb essd drive and 2gb ram , both I suspect cannot be upgraded. these boxes have their uses but I think even basic gaming will be very hard going. hot for the deal through.

true but a more capable SSD or HDD can be put in the HD bay and the games and any other programs could be installed on that. The 2gb ram might be more of an issue though, not sure what the minimum requirements are for those games.

Edited By: acaize on Sep 25, 2016 09:40: extented context
unsteadycarrot
Would this run fairly basic pc games? like minecraft or the sims 4? my sons tower system takes up so much space.


​i think the issue is this only has a tiny 32gb essd drive and 2gb ram , both I suspect cannot be upgraded. these boxes have their uses but I think even basic gaming will be very hard going. hot for the deal through.
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WD 3TB My Book for Mac Desktop External Hard Drive - £80.00 @ amazon

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ok its intended for Macs (not windows pcs etc) so has limited appeal but seems like a good price for mac users (the 2tb version is £102.91) Product Description Western Digital My Book Mac 3 TB.
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the s/w supplied for Macs does not work - Support suggests using it as a Time Machine drive!!

its for Macs as it is Mac formatted! thats all!

Edited By: railwaygun on Sep 25, 2016 20:14
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Apple iMac 21.5-inch Desktop (Intel Core i5 2.8 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB, Intel Iris Pro 6200, OS X) - Silver - 2015 £899.00 / £894 (With student code) PRIME MEMBERS EXCLUSIVE @ Amazon

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Got this for 894 with code student5 Same deal got 900+ heat 8 months ago so not sure how much the price ought to have dipped in 8 months
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Cakeboy79
Heat from me, it's a great saving over the list price, and in 4 years time you'll be able to sell it for £400. Try that with a PC of the same price!

Obviously you can't because no PC is ever going to appreciate in value to be worth more than it cost in 4 years.
Dell 755 £50, graphics card gt210 £20 hackintosh. Thankyou and goodnight.
I love one comment from the other post
BenderRodriguez
i5 and 21" screen for how much?
And no SSD, once you get SSD there is no going back

Edited By: morfinel on Sep 24, 2016 17:20
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/apple-imac-21-5-intel-core-i5-2-8-ghz-8gb-ram-899-direct-from-amazon-2380644
the same deal got 900+ heat here so i was hoping the market hadnt changed much and was still a decent hot deal today. May cancel my order and wait for a better pc/mac deal to come up.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/apple-imac-21-5-intel-core-i5-2-8-ghz-8gb-ram-899-direct-from-amazon-2380644
the same deal got 900+ heat here so i was hoping the market hadnt changed much and was still a decent hot deal today. May cancel my order and wait for a better pc/mac deal to come up.
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XBOX One 1TB £199.85 at Simply Games

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To me it is hot. If someone does not care about S model, like me, this is really good price for a 1 Tb xbox one. Two weeks ago it was 189 but still it is good price I believe
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I ordered xbox one 1tb today . Paid by paypal. I was not asked for and sort of id.
I am not convinced S model i s worth extra mony, at least for me. I do not use blue ray player, and I am a bit worried there may be some issues with oveheating in smaller box and power pack in it.
To me bigger HD is more important than BR player. And I dont play Fifa.
Strange website you need to send them photo ID to purchase
This deal was cheaper a week or two ago, the same was for £190. But the xbox one s @ tesco for £199 would be a better choice simply because it has a UHD player, smaller and the power pack is built in
MadonnaProject
AStonedRaichu
With the Xbox one s currently 199 it's a no brainier which to go for. Even if this is 500gb more
Where is the xbox one s currently 199?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/fifa-17-500gb-xbox-one-s-console-bundle-199-00-tesco-direct-2515665

You get Fifa 17 with it as well.
AStonedRaichu
With the Xbox one s currently 199 it's a no brainier which to go for. Even if this is 500gb more

Where is the xbox one s currently 199?
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HP 15-AF112NA 15.6" AMD A8 8GB RAM 2TB HDD White Laptop at Tesco Direct for £314.00 (using code)

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*** Use code TDX-HTNK to drop the price from 339.00 to 314.00 *** The HP 15-AF110NA laptop gives you the perfect combination of design, reliability and features. With a vivid 15.6-inch LED HD
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is the deal expired now?
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chenzz
1366 x 768 pixels!
haha!
What do you recommend for higher res at this price?

I would probably consider something like a HP 250 G5 Intel i3 with the 1080p panel.

£330 laptops direct, less £19 if you take up their which? deal for the price of the £1 sub (£20 off over £200) and then cancel. So £311. Less RAM, smaller HDD yes, but better screen and better CPU makes it worth it. You can at least upgrade the former later on, you're stuck with the screen and inferior CPU on this.

I am sure there are a fair few other good deals about, I only saw the G5 one while browsing a bit earlier


"​Sorry, there are currently no sellers for this product."
chenzz
1366 x 768 pixels!
haha!


What do you recommend for higher res at this price?
claire7519
Is this any good for minecraft/Roblox?


​will run on any pc
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Collective Minds 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure & 3 Front USB 3.0 Ports Media HUB - Xbox One £36.45 / Sold by JALEX LIMITED and Fulfilled by Amazon

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With all these new games coming out i was looking for extra memory and came across this media hub for xbox one. 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure 3 Front USB 3.0 Ports Custom Fit & Design to match co…
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i looked at getting one at the start of the year. decided against buying one, glad as read a few negative reviews and pricey for what it is.
pow26
****. I have one and IT decides when IT will read the hard drive. Save your money!


​I've got one works perfect 100% with my external hdd got a western digital so might be your hdd and I ain't got a powersupply and my front USB ports again work 100%
I have this (got it for just under £40 ages ago) and while it looks good with it blending in with the XB1, and saves space, it is overpriced for what it is (even at this price).

I've had no problems with playing games from it.
****. I have one and IT decides when IT will read the hard drive. Save your money!

Edited By: pow26 on Sep 22, 2016 18:25: Edit. Plus you need a power adapter to use the USB ports! Just sayin
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Refurb - Asus X553MA 15.6 Inch Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 8GB 1TB Windows Laptop - Black. £209.99 @ Argos / Ebay

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few left Asus X553MA 15.6 Inch Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 8GB 1TB Windows Laptop - Black. Refurbished With a 12 Month Argos Guarantee Please note due to the refurbishment process this product may
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man celrons suck. I stick to my zx81
hellop4nda
Nope, not a deal. The N2840 is ancient, the newer Celerons smack it out of the water. Budget Chromebooks start at £100 and best thing is, this is a refurb

I would have to agree.
CPU score 980 and refurb erm cold oO
Nope, not a deal. The N2840 is ancient, the newer Celerons smack it out of the water. Budget Chromebooks start at £100 and best thing is, this is a refurb
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Acer Aspire F15 Intel® Core™ i5 6200u, 8Gb RAM, 1Tb HDD & 128Gb SSD, 15.6inch Full HD Laptop with 4Gb NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 950M Dedicated Graphics | very.co.uk £649.99 (549.99 after cashback when using BNPL)

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Right, promise this is my last very computing deal! After looking for a decent laptop for the last few weeks and taking in all of your comments hopefully I have got it right this time! Pretty sure thi…
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called Very and they confirmed there in NO such £100 offer for the purchases above £450. Can some one give the link that shows this offer on the Very website?
shredder
Not a gamer would this be any good for Photoshop


​perfect for photoshop and lightroom
foes4you
chrisredmayne
foes4you
The latest i5 class are not much faster, intel cant increase the speed until new technology is available, the graphics is low end, its about the smallest ssd that is useful, I would look for a 2nd gen i5 and put in your own ssd
This is such a crazy comment...
Are you suggesting a 2nd gen i5 without a graphics card could play games like this...https://youtu.be/-zaYUrxRaHE
And the whole point is it already haa a HDD and SSD, I've replaced a drive before I know it's not the hardest thing ever but I'd prefer not to. When your paying 550 you don't wanna be messing around. The laptop your suggesting would just be good enough for browsing etc
http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-6200U-vs-Intel-Core-i5-2300/m36796vsm291
old i5 Plus 25% faster

But your missing the point, a i5 no matter what would not be able to handle games as good as this machine! Most of the time its the GPU that's running things when Ive been using it. Any computer with a SSD can do basic computing tasks your paying the extra to be able to play better games and use better software.
chrisredmayne
foes4you
The latest i5 class are not much faster, intel cant increase the speed until new technology is available, the graphics is low end, its about the smallest ssd that is useful, I would look for a 2nd gen i5 and put in your own ssd
This is such a crazy comment...
Are you suggesting a 2nd gen i5 without a graphics card could play games like this...https://youtu.be/-zaYUrxRaHE
And the whole point is it already haa a HDD and SSD, I've replaced a drive before I know it's not the hardest thing ever but I'd prefer not to. When your paying 550 you don't wanna be messing around. The laptop your suggesting would just be good enough for browsing etc
http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-6200U-vs-Intel-Core-i5-2300/m36796vsm291
old i5 Plus 25% faster
foes4you
The latest i5 class are not much faster, intel cant increase the speed until new technology is available, the graphics is low end, its about the smallest ssd that is useful, I would look for a 2nd gen i5 and put in your own ssd

This is such a crazy comment...

Are you suggesting a 2nd gen i5 without a graphics card could play games like this...

https://youtu.be/-zaYUrxRaHE

And the whole point is it already haa a HDD and SSD, I've replaced a drive before I know it's not the hardest thing ever but I'd prefer not to. When your paying 550 you don't wanna be messing around. The laptop your suggesting would just be good enough for browsing etc

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Hard Drive buyers guideGood old IBM is credited with inventing the first hard drive for data storage way back in 1956. It stored a whopping 3.75 Megabytes of data; roughly the equivalent of a single, four-minute mp3 music track at 128Kbps sound quality. It also took up as much space as two household fridge freezer units. IBM continued to develop the hard drive and gradually made it smaller and more capacious until they started being shipped with most personal computers sold since the 1980s. No major news occurred in the hard drive industry for decades until the tech world encountered a global shortage of HDDs between 2011 and 2013, when violent flooding rocked hard drive factories in Thailand. The shortage marked the first time in years that HDD prices rose. Now, in 2016, shipments of actual hard drive units are declining while sales in terms of total gigabytes are strong.

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HDDs have more in common with CDs and DVDs than they do with SSDs (Solid State Drives). HDDs, like CDs and DVDs, store data in tiny sectors within concentric, circular paths (also known as tracks) arranged on the platters by magnetising or demagnetising certain sectors to store and delete information. This process of magnetisation allows data to remain on the disk even after the computer has been shut down. The operating system keeps track of which sectors hold information in a map so that the drive can seek and return data when you want to open a file or save a new one.

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If you have an older Mac with a hard drive:

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  2. Note the value next to Model.

HDD performance Specifications

Performance specifications of consumer-grade HDDs are determined by several factors. Firstly, by the number of Revolutions Per Minute (RPMs), which indicates how fast the disks spin inside the drive and allow the read/write head seek and find data. A higher RPM, in other words, means the HDD will be able to transfer data to and from the hard drive quicker than a drive with a lower RPM. Hard drives sold at the consumer level usually run at either 5,400 or 7,200 RPM, which is enough to handle everyday computing tasks.

Internal HDDSecondly, a HDD with a low seek time and low latency will be able to locate a piece of data on the platters milliseconds before a drive with a higher seek and latency time. It might not seem like much, but the time it takes for the computer to make the request for a particularly large file and the time said file is opened in its fully-loaded form could be a noticeable difference. This is especially true in drives that have little free space available, with files split up and spread out over non-sequential sectors of a drive. If a drive has a seek time and latency over 3 ms, you either need a new one or should try carrying out some of the performance improvement suggestions outlined later.

Thirdly, HDDs are usually advertised with its maximum read and write speed in addition to its capacity. The read and write transfer speeds are measured in megabytes per second (MB/s). For example, if you were transferring a 5 GB file - the equivalent of a DVD movie - onto an HDD with a write speed of 130 MB/s, it would complete the transfer in about 30 seconds. However, it's not common to see such real-world transfer speeds, even if other factors like the operating system are fully updated and optimised for data transfer.

Pros and Cons of HDDs in a Nutshell

The main advantages of HDDs are:

  • Storage capacity: HDDs are ideal for storing computer data and for making regular backups thanks to their huge capacities.
  • Price per Gigabyte: Alright, even if some manufacturers like Samsung have released SSDs with monstrous capacity, they also come with an equally gruesome price tag. HDDs have a lower price per GB compared to SSDs, at around a 1 to 4 cost ratio in recent years. For how long, only time and the ongoing fierce competition between manufacturers and vendors in the SSD industry will tell.
  • Easy to replace: HDDs are so easy to replace and upgrade that anyone with a screwdriver and an ounce of computer knowledge can open up a desktop or laptop and swap in a new HDD. And there are plenty of how to videos on the web to walk you through the whole process.

The main disadvantages of HDDs are:

  • Failure rate: The mechanical parts that make up a hard drive are prone to break, either from years of wear and tear or from a strong bump or jolt.
  • Hot and noisy: The mechanical parts that make up a hard drive start to get hot the longer you use your computer and they need a system fan to cool down. As the fans spin faster, this increases the noise your computer makes during operation.
  • Speed: Read and write transfer performance will never be as fast as Solid State Drives despite your best efforts to optimise the drive and upgrade other system components.

HDDs for Gaming

SSDs have been described as the ultimate upgrade solution for gaming enthusiasts. This hero status comes despite a lack of evidence that the storage device of a computer can improve the whole gaming experience if other components such as the memory, processor, and graphics card are not up to scratch.

So, although gamers and gaming system manufacturers are continuously moving towards SSD solutions, thanks to their superior speeds and reliability, there exist high-performance HDDs boasting RPMs between 10,000 and 15,000 to produce faster transfer speeds and drive platters, with smaller diameters to significantly reduce access time.

To get the best results from graphically intense, resource-hungry games like Grand Theft Auto and Battlefield, you would need an HDD running with at least 7,200 RPM (more if you can afford it) and a capacity of 1 TB or more, e. g. from Western Digital. If that's not enough to satisfy your needs for sharp display and uninterrupted game play, you can always set up multiple HDDs in a RAID configuration.

How do HDDs Work in RAIDs?

How RAID worksRAID storage simply means a bunch of HDDs bundled together to act like a single super drive. There are a number of different RAID configurations, each with their own advantages and disadvantages for using them. For instance, RAID 0 stores segments of data across different drives to improve read and write speeds, but if one drive fails, you’ll end up with files consisting of missing information. This set-up is adopted by any user looking for a performance boost in their machine.

The RAID 1 configuration takes what is written on drive one and copies it to drive two, making an exact replica of the first drive as a backup in case one of them fails. The downside to this setup is the fact that you have two full HDDs but you only really have access to the space of one. RAID 1 is typically used in company servers as a contingency plan against the loss of data in the event of a mechanical fault.

Can the Performance of an HDD be Improved?

There's little you can do for an HDD that has faulty parts inside, although many parts can be replaced, but there are a few things you can do to make sure your HDD continues to perform as it should, and in some cases, as it did when you first used it. The following are three simple ideas you can use to optimise the performance of your hard drive.

Whenever you delete a file, Windows sends the file to the Recycle Bin (Trash on Mac computers). This is a safety measure to prevent you from accidentally losing precious files forever. The problem with this is that your Recycle Bin will be congested with files taking up valuable space on your drive that could be used for other more important files. The result of filling a hard drive is slower transfer performance and waiting forever for Windows to boot up and applications to launch.

To bypass Windows sending files directly to the Recycle Bin, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard before hitting the Delete key. Then click “Yes” to confirm that you do want to permanently delete this file. Be careful when using this, though, because you may end up deleting something you really wanted to keep. To recoup any files you lose after permanently deleting them, you will have to invest in special file recovery software or hire an IT professional to help you.

Mac users will employ a similar but slightly different method to achieve the same outcome. Using the following steps will delete all files in the Trash can permanently without having to open and empty the Trash:

  • Highlight the file you want to delete and press “Command” and “Backspace” on your keyboard.
  • Now press and hold “Command”, “Option” and “Shift”, then “Backspace” to empty the Trash.

In a similar manner, your computer will keep a record, called browser cache, of the web pages you visit on the internet. This allows your computer browser to load previously viewed pages much quicker than if you were loading them for the first time. But with broadband speeds increasing all the time, and websites being updated with new content regularly, browser cache is not really necessary these days. Therefore, to improve the speed of your drive and free up space, make an effort to delete temporary files you no longer need from the Recycle Bin and browser cache every so often before you notice your computer slowing down.

To delete temporary files on a Windows computer:

  • Press the “Start”-button and select “Computer”.
  • Right click on your Local Disk and select “Properties”.
  • On the General tab, click on “Disk Cleanup”. This will then calculate the amount of disk space you will be able to recover after deleting temporary files.
  • 4Mark the boxes of the files you want to remove and click “OK”, and then click “Delete Files”.

Mac users will be happy to know that Mac OS X will attempt to remove temporary internet files automatically, but you can download a dedicated hard drive clean-up or analysis tool from the App Store, to scan your Mac's hard drive and let you delete unwanted files that are using up space.

Mechanic

Fragmented Data

As mentioned earlier, one of the downsides to the way data is stored on HDDs is that files can be spread across different platters; otherwise known as fragmented files. This happens because Windows will attempt to keep the fragments of data files in segments next to or close to each other. When space is at a premium, however, Windows has no choice but to find available space anywhere it can and write data to it. As a result, reading fragmented files can become a painfully slow process and your productivity suffers. This can also be a result of having too many temporary files (see the Disk Clean-Up utility above).

To overcome this issue, Windows has an intelligent defragmenter program, which reads the entire drive and begins sorting all data stored on it so that separated files are stored together and read/write performance is improved. To run the defragmenter:

  1. Press the “Start”-button and select “Computer”.
  2. Right click on your Local Disk and select “Properties”.
  3. On the Tools tab, click on “Defragment Now”.
  4. Either set a schedule for the defragmentation to run or start it immediately (the recommended option). Bear in mind that it can take a few hours to complete the process, depending on how full the drive is and whether you've run the tool before or not.

Thanks to the clever filing system of the Mac OS X, your Mac will defragment files all by itself. There are some defrag apps on the App Store if you still need a boost in drive efficiency.

External Portable HDDs

External HDDsExternal HDDs are perfect for backing up all your holiday snaps, favourite tracks, movies, and important documents. No matter where you go, as long as you have access to a computer, you can bring your memories with you and work away from home.

Another advantage of external HDDs in that they come with a USB interface that can be plugged into any compatible device to access its files. This means streaming videos from your portable HDD on your TV and watching movies on a bigger screen, which saves you buying and running an HDMI cable from your laptop to your TV.

External HDDs are also available in the 3.5-inch form factor usually found in desktop PCs, which offers far more storage capacity than their 2.5-inch counterparts. But desktop PCs also come with a system fan to keep the drive from overheating. For this reason, external 3.5-inch drives must come with their own internal cooling system and possibly even an efficient temperature detection and optimisation function built into the software to regulate temperature and ensure the drive continues to run cool and stable.

Wireless External Hard Disk Drives

As technology marches forward, it was only a matter of time before the advent of the wireless HDD. Wireless external drives are the third type of external drive and work by broadcasting their own dedicated wireless network, which your computer then connects to and transmits or receives data. An internet connection isn't required for data transfer and most wireless drives support more than one user to access and stream data at the same time. So if you're sick of cables, and having to plug in and safely remove USB portable drives, Seagate, Corsair, WD, SanDisk, and Transcend all have wireless storage options to give you freedom wherever you go.

What to Look for When Buying an HDD

When choosing a hard drive, be it internal or external, there are several factors that will affect your decision. These include:

  • Compatibility: The drive must be compatible with your computer. Always check the SATA interface with your drive's manufacturer before buying a new one. And if you're buying a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external drive, make sure your computer has USB 3.0 ports on it or else transfers will execute at USB 2.0 speeds.
  • Price per GB: You'll obviously need enough space for all your files and plenty of extra space for future files. But you also don't want to pay too much for it.
  • Protection: When buying a portable drive, it needs to have sufficient exterior and interior protection. Exterior protection includes a strong outer casing to protect the drive inside from accidental falls. Interior protection should keep the physical drive safe from shock and vibration and also safeguard against attacks of data theft if someone should steal your drive.
  • Software: Many HDD manufacturers bundle dedicated drive software to make it easier for you to perform backups, set passwords, manage drive partitions, and other disk management functions.
  • Warranty: Make sure the drive you buy is backed by an extra-long warranty and includes customer service contact details in case anything happens to your drive within the warranty period.

Buying an HDD

There are two final things to keep in mind when buying an HDD: the best place and time to buy one. Especially, the big retailers like Amazon, Tesco, Ebuyer.com and Argos have a large number of offers. Every year, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two holidays that produce the best offers on technology, with Black Friday showing the biggest bargains. Back to school specials are also a good time for buying cheap hard drives. Students who can flash official student ID can look forward to heavy discounts on gadgets for schoolwork, like portable HDDs.

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