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Refurbished dell laptop intel i5 3rd generation 8GB memory 128GB SSD £199.99 @ Gigarefurb

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I posted this deal a month or so ago and it got a great response. And i was happy with mine. I recommended them to people I know but it was out of stock when they came to order. They seem to be back i…
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Lanius
callum84
Lanius
Can anyone see any reasons why i couldn't connect one of those docks and run an external HD on the eSATA port as a proper working drive rather than just storage on this Dell? I need a fair bit more storage than the SSD but i can't be having all the latencies USB drives have or is USB3 much better in that regard now? I'm still stuck on USB2 here with an 8 year old desktop.
Do you really need the optical drive?
If not remove it and fit a 2TB SATA HDD in its place.
Windows and programs on SSD and storage on HDD.
That would be even better yes but as far as i can see it doesn't have an optical drive.
Damn, your right. Had planned to do that when mine arrived.
Id seen E6230 drive caddys on ebay and just assumed.

Oh well, usb 3 drive it is for me then.
callum84
Lanius
Can anyone see any reasons why i couldn't connect one of those docks and run an external HD on the eSATA port as a proper working drive rather than just storage on this Dell? I need a fair bit more storage than the SSD but i can't be having all the latencies USB drives have or is USB3 much better in that regard now? I'm still stuck on USB2 here with an 8 year old desktop.
Do you really need the optical drive?
If not remove it and fit a 2TB SATA HDD in its place.
Windows and programs on SSD and storage on HDD.

That would be even better yes but as far as i can see it doesn't have an optical drive.
Lanius
Can anyone see any reasons why i couldn't connect one of those docks and run an external HD on the eSATA port as a proper working drive rather than just storage on this Dell? I need a fair bit more storage than the SSD but i can't be having all the latencies USB drives have or is USB3 much better in that regard now? I'm still stuck on USB2 here with an 8 year old desktop.
Do you really need the optical drive?
If not remove it and fit a 2TB SATA HDD in its place.

Windows and programs on SSD and storage on HDD.
Can anyone see any reasons why i couldn't connect one of those docks and run an external HD on the eSATA port as a proper working drive rather than just storage on this Dell? I need a fair bit more storage than the SSD but i can't be having all the latencies USB drives have or is USB3 much better in that regard now? I'm still stuck on USB2 here with an 8 year old desktop.
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HP Pavilion 15.6" Laptop with the latest 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 Processor - Gold £399.99 @ Currys

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Seems decent £200.99 off Windows 10 The latest Intel® Core™ i5 processor: Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Processor - Dual-core - 2.5 GHz / 3.1 GHz (Turbo Boost) - 3 MB cache RAM: 8 GB / Stora…
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oh and the screen looks crap as well, learned the hard way that the "full HD brigade" are right in what they say, don't go for 1366 x 720 or whatever on a 15" screen

Edited By: moominfat on Jan 17, 2017 02:03: spelling
bought this today and was quite upset. for starters pc world now charge an extra £35 for "setting it up" eg downloading Windows 10 onto it which they reckon would have taken me 4 hours otherwise. you also get a Windows 10 recovery usb for this as well. the laptop is very very slow and constantly getting doughnut of death. HDD running at 100% for most of the time and then the battery only lasted about 2 hours nowhere near the 9 hours advertised. my 3rd gen i3 just broke and that was a lot faster than this :(
leeparsons
jasee
1366 x 768 resolution, unfortunately.
So voted cold
why does everyone say this comment. i guess you want 4k for that price?


768 res is half-baked mate, come on, you know that! cold
leeparsons
jasee
1366 x 768 resolution, unfortunately.
So voted cold
why does everyone say this comment. i guess you want 4k for that price?

It's because full HD has been out for many many years now yet laptop manufacturers insist on using a much lesser resolution. They must have bought 1,000's of the 15.6 inch panels as most of the newer sizes appear to be 1920 x 1080 or better. You will notice the difference at this size.
LesD
badger2609
There have been other deals on here for it already op
That was the Blue version! You're allowed to post every blooming colour separately on here. It helps to boost their click-through earnings.
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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series laptop, 7th gen i5, 8Gb RAM, 256GB SSD, FHD (w/code 'PREMIUM') £649.00 @ Dell

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Apply coupon code PREMIUM to get price 649£ Specs: 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.1 GHz) Windows 10 Home 64-bit English 8GB Single Channel DDR4 2400MHz,
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dwain
I have a Dell XPS 15 (9550) i7 4K screen, it's onto its 3rd motherboard in 2 months, it's supposed to be a premium product........if it's premium, how is this going to fare?
Dwain.
My XPS is just out of warranty and motherboard has gone, I'm just gonna get cheap laptops now and replace every year
Hot from me..Why it's voted down??..Does anyone know better deal at same price???
I am also wondering if people who are voting this cold can actually post links of better? don't understanding voting it cold if there isn't anything better although would like to be proved wrong! Also considering this is an ultra thin bezel meaning although it's 15inch is probs the smallest 15 inch out there which I like as I prefer more compact laptops.
dwain
I have a Dell XPS 15 (9550) i7 4K screen, it's onto its 3rd motherboard in 2 months, it's supposed to be a premium product........if it's premium, how is this going to fare?

Dwain.


Sounds like bad luck. We have 4500+ machines, mixture of dell, Hp and toshiba, we get very few issues with dell.

You can go out and buy a premium car for £60,000 and have issues with it.
I have a Dell XPS 15 (9550) i7 4K screen, it's onto its 3rd motherboard in 2 months, it's supposed to be a premium product........if it's premium, how is this going to fare?

Dwain.
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HP 15-ay167sa Laptop with Latest 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 8GB DDR4 1TB HDD 15.6" LED Windows 10 - Silver From SVP @ £329.99

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Great price for an I5 laptop, especially with it having the latest Kabylake processor and DDR4 ram. I know the screen resolution will put some off, but it's the best laptop I could find at this price
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Currys eBay now out of stock
karl751
uk3g
OK good specs but I'm struggling to understand why anyone would by this knowing that its ex display / demo. May have minor buffs on them and only supplied with 3 months warranty when for £10 more you can buy a brand new one with 12 months warranty on Curry's eBay. :(
The Curry's one isn't brand new either, that is also a seller refurb! Seems a bit odd as the processor hasn't been out long, unless they have been upgraded or something.

Strange the Curry's on eBay says its brand new unopened and unused.
uk3g
OK good specs but I'm struggling to understand why anyone would by this knowing that its ex display / demo. May have minor buffs on them and only supplied with 3 months warranty when for £10 more you can buy a brand new one with 12 months warranty on Curry's eBay. :(
The Curry's one isn't brand new either, that is also a seller refurb! Seems a bit odd as the processor hasn't been out long, unless they have been upgraded or something.
oops, teaches me not to read the small print! I thought it was new!
OK good specs but I'm struggling to understand why anyone would by this knowing that its ex display / demo. May have minor buffs on them and only supplied with 3 months warranty when for £10 more you can buy a brand new one with 12 months warranty on Curry's eBay. :(
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Cheaper Laptops in Debenham (i5 8GB 256GB SSD DVD-RW 15.6" - 1920 x 1080) £509.00

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HP 250 G5 Core i5-6200U 8GB 256GB SSD DVD-RW 15.6 Inch Windows 10 Professional Laptop 15.6" - 1920 x 1080 Screen Intel Core i5 6200U - 2.3 GHz Processor 8 RAM 256 SSD Window…
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phuqfaze
THIS IS NOT DEBENHAMS!!!! Its just a rip-off company that's licensed the name.....beware as there is allsorts of bad reviews on this site
No it is Debenhams brand, https://www.debenhamsplus.com/content/about-us
aligned to Debenhams own Terms & Conditions.

Not bad reviews either
https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.debenhamsplus.com
Guys, when you vote cold, please do mention the better offer details/link so others can benefit too. Thanks
THIS IS NOT DEBENHAMS!!!! Its just a rip-off company that's licensed the name.....beware as there is allsorts of bad reviews on this site
with Quidco £482 at debenham. would still prefer to buy froma trusted website.
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OMEN 15-ax202na Gaming Laptop 1050/i5 7300HQ - £787.55 at HP Store UK

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Hi Guys Ive had my eye on 1050 laptops and spotted this. Seems to be the best 1050 deal currently although hopefully they will get cheaper. Use the code CQ117HPAF67 to get 5% off and also of co…
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I bought a different version of the Omen 15 for a xmas present, but it went straight back. The machine in general is fine, but the keyboard was the issue for me

It is backlit, but only in red, which might look 'gamery' but I didn't find a restful colour to look at. Also the printing on the keys is red, and when not backlit the contrast between that and the dark grey/black of the keys was so poor it made it hard to read at times.

shame as the previous years model had adjustable colour backlight and white lettering.

Ok, may in part be my poorer eyesight nowadays, but I think it was a poor design choice. There is a reason keyboards mostly have white lettering.
[b]Your text hxere[/b]
Yeah. Its a bit annoying as the first few days that the model was released it was actually much cheaper. I didn't go ahead and went to spec again a few days later and it had went up quite a bit :(

Probably just increased price due to low stock/popularity
Axeboy
118luke
On the lookout for a powerful laptop but not seen anything that ticks all the boxes yet.
Requirements:
i7 - a proper one thats quadcore+HT (not the pretend rebadged i3s that are Dual core)
Nvidia 10xx graphics
17" screen
SSD
8+ GB Ram
Absolute max budget is £800 - may stretch to £900, but only if its worthwhile to do so)
Nothing matches that quite yet unless you stretch to £1000.
However, try PC specialist for the 1050 4gb i7 17" model they have. "might" come in around budget depending on memory/hd/os options you take
Linky: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusVIII-17/

yer just been speccing one up. Came in at £921 with 17 7700HQ and 1050Ti, but not available until 6th March :(
118luke
On the lookout for a powerful laptop but not seen anything that ticks all the boxes yet.
Requirements:
i7 - a proper one thats quadcore+HT (not the pretend rebadged i3s that are Dual core)
Nvidia 10xx graphics
17" screen
SSD
8+ GB Ram

Absolute max budget is £800 - may stretch to £900, but only if its worthwhile to do so)


Nothing matches that quite yet unless you stretch to £1000.

However, try PC specialist for the 1050 4gb i7 17" model they have. "might" come in around budget depending on memory/hd/os options you take

Linky: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusVIII-17/

Edited By: Axeboy on Jan 15, 2017 12:41
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Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8 GHz QuadCore 6 MB Cache CPU at Amazon for £230.99

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Intel is proud to announce its 7th generation Intel Core processor family. Manufactured on the latest 14 nm technology, these processors offer rich visual experiences with the latest 4K Ultra HD graph…
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tan159
Does this support multi threading or is that only in i7 processors now?
A friend has asked me to build an 8 screen trader PC multitaskting many tasks simultaneously.

No, it is not multi threaded, 4 cores, 4 threads.
tan159
Does this support multi threading or is that only in i7 processors now?
A friend has asked me to build an 8 screen trader PC multitaskting many tasks simultaneously.
Multi threading has been around since the 1950's. Intel have been using SMT since the Pentium 4, about 15 years ago, so I think you should be fine.
Dan__
cigbunt
Dan__
I cant decide what to get now. I have been patiently waiting for the 6th gen prices to drop and to grab a good motherboard+cpu i5 bundle but prices barely budged. Now I'm seeing the prices of 7th gen pretty much the same as 6th gen, this doesn't make sense!
they prob wont drop... you may be able to get some used deals tho..

Still it doesnt make sense. In some instances I found that buying the i5 6600k alone is costing more than an i5 7600k.

I know used will be cheaper but prices for 6th gen should be dropping, not costing more than the next gen that has just come out. Totally baffled by this.




I'm on 5th gen and prices are going up!!!
cigbunt
Dan__
I cant decide what to get now. I have been patiently waiting for the 6th gen prices to drop and to grab a good motherboard+cpu i5 bundle but prices barely budged. Now I'm seeing the prices of 7th gen pretty much the same as 6th gen, this doesn't make sense!
they prob wont drop... you may be able to get some used deals tho..

Still it doesnt make sense. In some instances I found that buying the i5 6600k alone is costing more than an i5 7600k.

I know used will be cheaper but prices for 6th gen should be dropping, not costing more than the next gen that has just come out. Totally baffled by this.



Edited By: Dan__ on Jan 14, 2017 19:14
Dan__
I cant decide what to get now. I have been patiently waiting for the 6th gen prices to drop and to grab a good motherboard+cpu i5 bundle but prices barely budged. Now I'm seeing the prices of 7th gen pretty much the same as 6th gen, this doesn't make sense!
they prob wont drop... you may be able to get some used deals tho..
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MacBook Pro 13-in with Touch Bar (Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - 2016 - £1,574.10 @ Amazon

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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Laptop with Touch Bar (Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 550, OS X 10.12 Sierra) - Space Grey - 2016 - MLH12B/A - UK Keyboard First post so let me k…
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Themadcow
Will be interesting to see how Apples sales hold up in 2017. The feeling is that they have hit a wall, but the combination of iPhone and Mac is incredibly hard to break out of once you're in the Ecosystem. It's a good laptop but at least £500 overpriced.
I think people are starting to realise the same about iPhone as well. I don't mind my work iPhone but it's really not as good as my personal Android phone from 2yrs ago.
It's not even a good laptop. Keyboard is sub-par. SSD is integrated into the motherboard (making data recovery very difficult). Battery life is nowhere near 10 hours. Battery is permanently glued in, making machine impossible to recycle (even by Apple). It's dongle heaven, even if you own all other Apple Products+No MagSafe. Upgradability is zero. Minute changes between designs means third party parts and repairs are almost non-existent without using a donor machine. Touchbar is a nonsense for touch typists. Applecare is a must.

It's pretty much designed as a sealed up device with a 4 year shelf life, to be then replaced. If that meets the requirements fine, but that generally means you're not paying for it, a business is. If you drop it/spill a coffee on it, it's pretty much landfill or an expensive repair. Don't expect to get your data back from the machine itself.

You'll need a continuous backup system in place, as there are no second chances with this laptop.

It's not a good Laptop design at all. Apple know they have been caught out, hence the price reduction.
If this current design even lasts a year, before its replaced. I'll be surprised.
Apple have got this one wrong.
I'm an Apple user too, I like macOS, El Capitan is my preference, it's leaner than Sierra.

Edited By: tightar5e on Jan 15, 2017 15:10: .
stringyb92
MeneerSmith
danielUK84
totally ridiculous, who the hell is buying these.
People with more money than sense?
I find it difficult to understand how people on this site, who are money concious in the extreme, can suddenly lose their good sense when it comes to Apple.
Are people not able to buy a premium product at a slightly cheaper price? Not everyone wants to buy an Acer, Medion or MSI laptops just of the value.
People who buy into Apple know they are buying in a premium product/brand are happy doing so! If they want to spend upwards to £3000 on a Macbook pro, good on them i say!

Thanks for proving my point for me.
A true polished turd and a turd that commands a price which beggars belief.
MeneerSmith
danielUK84
totally ridiculous, who the hell is buying these.
People with more money than sense?
I find it difficult to understand how people on this site, who are money concious in the extreme, can suddenly lose their good sense when it comes to Apple.

Are people not able to buy a premium product at a slightly cheaper price? Not everyone wants to buy an Acer, Medion or MSI laptops just of the value.

People who buy into Apple know they are buying in a premium product/brand are happy doing so! If they want to spend upwards to £3000 on a Macbook pro, good on them i say!
danielUK84
totally ridiculous, who the hell is buying these.

People with more money than sense?

I find it difficult to understand how people on this site, who are money concious in the extreme, can suddenly lose their good sense when it comes to Apple.
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Refrurbished (scratch & dent) 12 Month Warranty Inspiron 15 - 5567 I5-7200U Latest Gen Kaby Lake 8GB Ram Full HD 1920X1080 £333.72 @ Dell

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Similar deal that I posted yesterday. 20 Quid more but get's you the I5-7200U Kaby Lake processor latest gen rather than the I5-6200U. Worth the extra 20 quid in my eyes. At the time of posting this t…
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Alfalfa123
jrh_1979
Mine is now confirmed. Listed as work in progress. Hope they don't make too many scratch and dents! :D
same
Mines now shipped. Looking forward to seeing what I've ended up with as this was a bit of a lottery! :D
jrh_1979
Mine is now confirmed. Listed as work in progress. Hope they don't make too many scratch and dents! :D
same
Mine is now confirmed. Listed as work in progress. Hope they don't make too many scratch and dents! :D
Got my order confirmation earlier today.
jrh_1979
Mine hasn't confirmed
Same here
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Dell Inspiron 15 - 5559 I5-6200U FHD 1920X1080 8GB Ram 1TB 313.2112 Month Warranty (BIG DELL INSPIRON SALE) at Dell Outlet for £313.21

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I have bought from Dell before and their 'scratch and dent' is nothing, extremely minor as New condition. Use code BIGSALE171 for 10% off also. Several other models available. Maybe some better tha…
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mubashar
strange, code not working (BIGSALE171) on Inspiron outlet laptops,
Coupons Entered
The following coupons have been entered but require additional information or do not meet eligibility requirements. Click "View Details" link(s) for more information.
10% off all Inspiron……………………...
Expires 20 January 2017
I am getting the same. Any one know what to do?

Initiate a chat with Dell Outlet Customer Service.
mubashar
strange, code not working (BIGSALE171) on Inspiron outlet laptops,
Coupons Entered
The following coupons have been entered but require additional information or do not meet eligibility requirements. Click "View Details" link(s) for more information.
10% off all Inspiron……………………...
Expires 20 January 2017

I am getting the same. Any one know what to do?
fishmaster
khamito
Jonnyblock
Are these graphics any good? :
"2GB AMD Radeon R5 M335 Graphics"
No, they will be barely better than the intel integrated GPU and you'll have problems with some games refusing to use the radeon.
Interesting, which games titles wouldn't be able to use the dedicated GPU? Older titles?
It seems random for me. Often get a black screen when loading particular games - alt tabbing shows an error box that when googling brings up loads of results tied to AMD switchable graphics on dell laptops.
REAL_DEAL
K1LLER HORNET
Jonnyblock
jun19
I bought this one Inspiron 15 - 5567 Windows 10 Home (64bit) Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-7200U (Dual Core,3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz,15W)for 299, received yesterday , with fhd screen condition looks brand new
I can only find these for a final price of £333.
Does anyone think it's worth paying the extra £20 for the i5-7200U?
It is. Kaby Lake CPU's on laptops provide around a 15% bump in cpu & gpu performance.
hi m8 how does the Dell i5 7200 with the 4gb radeon m44x graphics compare to the deal I posted the HP AMD http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-15-ba047na-laptop-amd-a12-2tb-8gb-ram-15-6-full-hd-john-lewis-399-99-2597511?p=29817921, no dells in stock at present but these fluctuate. would be nice to know if one is better
thanks

The Dell/7200u has a better CPU (20% overall).
The HP/A12 has a better GPU (30%).

If you're gaming at all the A12 is the clear winner.
REAL_DEAL
K1LLER HORNET
Jonnyblock
jun19
I bought this one Inspiron 15 - 5567 Windows 10 Home (64bit) Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-7200U (Dual Core,3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz,15W)for 299, received yesterday , with fhd screen condition looks brand new
I can only find these for a final price of £333.
Does anyone think it's worth paying the extra £20 for the i5-7200U?
It is. Kaby Lake CPU's on laptops provide around a 15% bump in cpu & gpu performance.
hi m8 how does the Dell i5 7200 with the 4gb radeon m44x graphics compare to the deal I posted the HP AMD http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-15-ba047na-laptop-amd-a12-2tb-8gb-ram-15-6-full-hd-john-lewis-399-99-2597511?p=29817921, no dells in stock at present but these fluctuate. would be nice to know if one is better
thanks

Graphics wise they're both the same. I think Dell have a miss print. The graphics should be R7 M445, not sure where they got the X from. Either way should be ok for light gaming prior to 2015. May struggle with new titles on low settings as for the CPU the I5-7200U is a good deal better.
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Lenovo Thinkpad T420 Laptop i5-2520M 2.50GHz 4GB Ram 250GB - refurb with a reassuring 1 Year Warranty. For only £25 more you can get it with 120GB SSD. - £134.99 @ newandusedlaptops4u Ebay

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Lenovo Thinkpad T420 Windows 10 Laptop i5-2520M 2.50GHz. Options to add 6GB Ram for extra £15 or 8GB Ram for extra £30. 120 GB SSD will only cost £25 more. Windows 7 included, or upgrade to W…
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rehydrated
OldEngine
rehydrated
I have a couple of Commodore 64's in the loft if anybody is looking for a similar machine? :p
​Genuinely interested if it's not a joke :D

No Joke. I had a wee look the other day. One of them has the "slimline keyboard". Think it has the box as well...I'll sort it out and list it on here and send you a link :)


​Cheers :D
OldEngine
rehydrated
I have a couple of Commodore 64's in the loft if anybody is looking for a similar machine? :p
​Genuinely interested if it's not a joke :D

No Joke. I had a wee look the other day. One of them has the "slimline keyboard". Think it has the box as well...I'll sort it out and list it on here and send you a link :)
Uridium

Agree on the 840 G1 though, great great machine, If a little pricey for the spec. I've had one as a work laptop for the last 3yrs now, probably the best work laptop I've ever had (and I've been through a lot in the last 20yrs)

Especially considering it's only about 1.6KG. The two negatives I can think of is the limited hinge (think it's about 120-130° vs 180° for ThinkPads), and the M.2 slot being 2242. The latter is particularly disappointing if you look at the ~60mm space:
http://psg.i.lithium.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/127891i444FB0F0D992DF65/image-size/original?v=v2&px=-1
The fixed it for the G2+ but still only 2260 AFAIK.
The equivalent ThinkPad would be the T440s which doesn't have a service door and bizarrely only one SoDIMM slot + 4GB soldered (the T430s had two slots). While once past 4GB it is dual-channel, the max 12GB is asymmetric dual-channel: unsure if that affects iGPU performance but I call that decision bizarre since the biggest difference between Haswell and Ivy Bridge is the iGPU but it really needs dual-channel. This is not an issue for the T440p but then it's not 1.6KG either!
Gkains
Uridium
Dell E6420....Same CPU Gen as these, loads on eBay around this price and build quality way better than the T420...
throw in an SSD and they fly.
Are you sure?
The only Latitude I used recently was an E6430s and I found it way worse quality than a ThinkPad T series. The whole bottom comes of as one piece like cheap consumer laptops although it is manganese not plastic - still felt a lot worse than a Thinkpad and didn't gain anything unlike the EliteBook's tool-less service hatch.
Apparently, when buying new Dell is good because - allegedly - they consider the screen to be a CRU/FRU and won't invalidate the warranty if you change it.
In terms of build quality I would rate them:
1. Panasonic Toughbook (but very heavy and very, very expensive)
2. Lenovo Thinkpad or older HP Elitebooks (2570p, 8470p etc.)
3. Newer HP Elitebooks (840 G1/G2 etc.) but still amazingly light for such a serviceable laptop. Pity about the max 130° hinge opening
4. Dell Latitude

Yes the E6420/30 has a plastic bottom but the rest of the laptop is a huge lump of magnesium alloy, very solid laptops. Your quite right no service hatch, remove the plastic bottom plate for full access to all components. HDD access is also separate without removing the bottom plate.

Agree on the 840 G1 though, great great machine, If a little pricey for the spec. I've had one as a work laptop for the last 3yrs now, probably the best work laptop I've ever had (and I've been through a lot in the last 20yrs)

Edited By: Uridium on Jan 12, 2017 12:02
karlbnz
Good spot. Those are the official specs from Lenovo -guess because 8GB modules weren't easily available when the T420 was released. I know the T410 doesn't support 8GB modules.
The Thinkwiki's both mention 16GB max as well.
The English one without any caveats:
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:T420
While the German one does say that 8GB is the official, although plenty of users have successfully tried 16GB:
http://thinkwiki.de/T420
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Medion Erazer P6661 (Core i5-6200U, GTX 950M, 1TB HDD) £499.97 with £20 Which? discount/£519.97 at Laptops Direct

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This discount is available to those on a £1 month's Which? trial, but not current members. [Thanks to Mottman for the correction.] (Link is here and on the checkout page.) Took me all of 3 mins to sig…
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Cheers :D

Pebbleheed
Mottmania
My daughter decided to get this one and ordered this morning. How are you getting on with yours Pebbleheed
Loving it.
The keyboard is nice for typing. Prefer it to my Mac one. And the graphics card is a nice boost over onboard graphics in the past.
I've played a few games on steam recently. All ran smoothly and were enjoyable. The display is also very nice.
All in all a good laptop.
Mottmania
My daughter decided to get this one and ordered this morning. How are you getting on with yours Pebbleheed

Loving it.

The keyboard is nice for typing. Prefer it to my Mac one. And the graphics card is a nice boost over onboard graphics in the past.

I've played a few games on steam recently. All ran smoothly and were enjoyable. The display is also very nice.

All in all a good laptop.
I use WHICH? for pretty well any purchase I make whether cars, electronics or financial products. Have to say there reviews have always come up trumps.

samjcribb
Mottmania
Happy to help. I'm a long standing WHICH? subscriber and gave them a call this morning and they confirmed it's just available if taking out the trial. Nonetheless my daughter has purchased this laptop.
samjcribb
Mottmania
Just by way of a factual correction the £20 off offer isn't available if you are already a member of WHICH?, only if you are taking up the free trial offer
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Argh, sorry about that! Thanks for pointing it out. I just know I'm gonna forget to cancel my trial eventually...
Thank you. Do you find WHICH? useful in making purchases like this one? I'm typing this from my newly-arrived laptop and am getting on very well with it so far. Keyboard's nice, screen is lovely, battery life not too bad. Nice understated design. I'd say the touchpad and DVD drive are a little loose, but otherwise it's great.
Mottmania
Happy to help. I'm a long standing WHICH? subscriber and gave them a call this morning and they confirmed it's just available if taking out the trial. Nonetheless my daughter has purchased this laptop.
samjcribb
Mottmania
Just by way of a factual correction the £20 off offer isn't available if you are already a member of WHICH?, only if you are taking up the free trial offer
.
Argh, sorry about that! Thanks for pointing it out. I just know I'm gonna forget to cancel my trial eventually...

Thank you. Do you find WHICH? useful in making purchases like this one? I'm typing this from my newly-arrived laptop and am getting on very well with it so far. Keyboard's nice, screen is lovely, battery life not too bad. Nice understated design. I'd say the touchpad and DVD drive are a little loose, but otherwise it's great.
My daughter decided to get this one and ordered this morning. How are you getting on with yours Pebbleheed?

Pebbleheed
Mottmania
Would this be OK for my daughter who needs to replace her old and ailing Macbook Pro? She doesn't want to go down the Apple route and needs a decent laptop for web browsing, file mangement, word processing etc and playing the odd game or two; mainly Sims (she has a Playstation for more serious gaming). Having a DVD drive is an essential for her and her budget is max £600.
That's the EXACT situation I got mine for. I have a PS4 for serious gaming but this is good for my favourite oldies like command and conquer etc. although it seems to play some of the modern games too from what I've seen so far.
Remove McAfee when you get it and I'm sure she will love it. I do.
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Thought this ticked quite a few boxes for anyone out there looking for a half decent laptop with 256GB SSD, Windows 10, 8GB RAM, display not too bad with 1366 x 768, 15.6" screen, i5 6th gen. Also
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Hi I wonder if anyone can help me.. I'm not sure if I need the HD screen or not, will it affect my photo's that I will edit for my website etc? I don't do any gaming, it is for business only. Other than that it does sound like a good deal.
Hi I wonder if anyone can help me out. I don't know much about these things but I think I need an I7 (without the U) or I5 processor, 1tb SSD, 8gb Ram and possibly some photo editing all for under £500, is this possible? I'm setting up a business and have a few 1000 documents, photo's and downloads, my old laptop had very little memory and couldn't hold this and my latest laptop is rubbish, very slow
Isn't this the same model that made over 1900 degrees when it was £350?
bought this one display rubbish look cheap as well still.prefer lenova yoga at currys
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Funghi
You can get the i3 version with 4GB RAM without the DVD player for under £320.00.
For those not interested in CPU intensive work I would think that to be a much better option even throwing in the cost of some extra RAM if required.
Got a link please?

Apologies, here is the FHD one - https://www.technoworld.com/deals/hp-250-g5-i3-5005u-15-6-4gb-256-ssd-win-10

It's actually £325 not £320, but still a great deal for a FHD, 256GB SSD etc.
seanmcr
Funghi
You can get the i3 version with 4GB RAM without the DVD player for under £320.00.
For those not interested in CPU intensive work I would think that to be a much better option even throwing in the cost of some extra RAM if required.
Got a link please?

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/hp-250-core-i3-5005u-4gb-256gb-ssd-15.6-inch-windows-10-laptop-x0q79es/version.asp?tduid=0575baa723ed79f52b0caa813a6d4446&utm_source=HotUKDeals_1018132&utm_medium=tradedoubler&tduid=09cdea728d6733361a1ed1a18f3eb63c

If you do the Which deal you can get it for around £305.00 which is a bargain IMHO.
Funghi
You can get the i3 version with 4GB RAM without the DVD player for under £320.00.
For those not interested in CPU intensive work I would think that to be a much better option even throwing in the cost of some extra RAM if required.
Got a link please?
Funghi
You can get the i3 version with 4GB RAM without the DVD player for under £320.00.
For those not interested in CPU intensive work I would think that to be a much better option even throwing in the cost of some extra RAM if required.

There's very little in it between this i5-6200U and the i3-61000U:
Intel Core i5-6200U @ 2.30GHz. MT = 3,933, ST = 1,497
Intel Core i3-6100U @ 2.30GHz. MT = 3,427, ST = 1,320
In both multi-threaded and single-threaded the i5 is about 14% faster. No surprise as they both are 2C/4T and run at the same base clock, just the i3 doesn't have turbo boost.
You can get the i3 version with 4GB RAM without the DVD player for under £320.00.

For those not interested in CPU intensive work I would think that to be a much better option even throwing in the cost of some extra RAM if required.
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For most people, probably yes. But if you're trying to squeeze every last FPS out, maybe not. Other factors such as which game you're playing, the resolution and the GPU you're using need to be considered.
mark6226
The i7 isn't necessary for gaming. It's a waste of money.
The i7 isn't necessary for gaming. It's a waste of money.
taras
tan159
Not being an Intel fanboy either but when have they ever been the underdogs? As soon as AMD catch up, Intel move on to the next level.

Except that intel typically process node jumps (ie from 22nm to 17nm) we are currently on 14nm, die shrinks to 10 or 7nm are spose to happen from 2018 ownards. But each node shrink gets more and more expensive. The current core architecture has run its limits and intel is looking at new one from 2019. That is a long answer to your "intel will move to the next level" - in another words; they can't (so easily as they have done in the past).


​Is the new amd ryzen not going to be 14nm where as Intel, as you already stated, are on 14nm & looking to move onto 10nm.

That seems to me like Intel are one step ahead especially with the view that the Amd ryzen isn't even released yet
taras
powerbrick
taras
If you are in the loop to buy a new new cpu/mobo - and can wait, wait till amd ryzen comes out..
What exact date is that out then, got prices too?
http://www.anandtech.com/show/11031/amd-set-to-launch-ryzen-before-march-3rd-meeting-q1-target
feb 27th to march 3rd 2017 :D

Still speculation, no official statement.
powerbrick
taras
If you are in the loop to buy a new new cpu/mobo - and can wait, wait till amd ryzen comes out..
What exact date is that out then, got prices too?
http://www.anandtech.com/show/11031/amd-set-to-launch-ryzen-before-march-3rd-meeting-q1-target

feb 27th to march 3rd 2017 :D
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Jonnyblock
Not full hd.


​the one for £580 is
Not full hd.
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i5 6400 @ CEX for £115.00 w/ 1 year warranty (free C&C)

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An excellent price for a second hand i5 6400. I know the Skylake CPUs were posted the other day, but CEX are now out of stock (for deliveries any way). This CPU is overclockable with several mothe…
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Easy2BCheesy
Surely the i5 6500 a £125 is a far better deal?
You're getting 18.5% more performance for 8.7% more money
Agree cracking price, get it posted as a deal! ;)
Ashe
steffcip
]I don't think cex would know how to test/check a failed CPU after been overclocked :) they can't even do a straight test if works or not or don't know the difference between desktop and server/ecc ram (had to return quite few faulty or wrong items)
Just bought some RAM from them, and ended up having server RAM delivered. Just hoping it will be no trouble returning it :(


​I had the same thing happen before Christmas. Bought in store though, but when I returned it I luckily got a decent staff member and got voucher back, which I what I paid with anyway.
Easy2BCheesy
Surely the i5 6500 a £125 is a far better deal?

https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SCPUINTI56500KA#.WHCvdLaLTow

You're getting 18.5% more performance for 8.7% more money.

And if you want to overclock the chip, it's easier because you have a 32 multiplier rather than a 27, meaning you don't have to push the base clock as hard.


Based on CPU Boss' results (to be taken with a pinch of salt), the overclock on an i5 6400 yielded slighted better stable results. Only by a ball hair mind.
Surely the i5 6500 a £125 is a far better deal?

https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SCPUINTI56500KA#.WHCvdLaLTow

You're getting 18.5% more performance for 8.7% more money.

And if you want to overclock the chip, it's easier because you have a 32 multiplier rather than a 27, meaning you don't have to push the base clock as hard.

Edited By: Easy2BCheesy on Jan 07, 2017 09:08
bouncy99
cold for me as its not k so requires you to overclock your whole system to overclock the cpu. The cpu on its own is not overclockable.


You're overclocking the base clock of the CPU, not the whole system. If you have a decent cooler & keep it at a reasonable temperature, you can hit 4.5 safely. It takes around 30 seconds in the BIOS, similar to the time it takes to overclock Skylake. Intel wants you to think that you can only overclock the K series ;)
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jeds
Building your own PC doesn't seem like a hobby, if it's something you only do every 3-4 years.
But as llennyyyy says there's no need to mock anyone who wants to build their own, and it's hardly manual labour, sitting in your underwear plugging things in. One of the simplest things to do, when it comes to tech.
I have rebuilt my pc 4 times in the past 2 years including the initial setup, why? To clean it thoroughly or upgrade core components which included full clean. If you buy a pre built pc because you don't want to run the risk of putting it together yourself or don't have that kind of time to do it but will easily sit through a Lord of the Rings film (3 hours tops) then the assumption is that it'll just get run in to the ground, cpu compound will eventually dry up, blankets of dust will appear and become a fire hazard if it doesn't short the circuit beforehand. There's plenty of reasons to spare those few hours every now and then. It preserves the performance and extends life expectancy. It's one of the things I like doing anyway but appreciate it's not everyones cup of tea. I just think when it comes to owning a high/mid range PC there an expense that comes with it and you should have confidence and time to be able to strip it out every now and then.
Building your own PC doesn't seem like a hobby, if it's something you only do every 3-4 years.

But as llennyyyy says there's no need to mock anyone who wants to build their own, and it's hardly manual labour, sitting in your underwear plugging things in. One of the simplest things to do, when it comes to tech.



Edited By: jeds on Jan 08, 2017 21:39
kilboy
Priced up on overclockers (cos I'm bored) the seperate exact bits would come in at just less than £800 including a full price windows 10 oem.

Having someone build it, test it and install everything for £20ish seems worth it to me.

There are some weird people out there who like manual labour and prefer to waste their lives building it themselves. Try to ignore them ;D


​you know people actually enjoy building pc's right? the same as some people enjoy building cars, renovating houses, same principal. but if you can get a pc build with the exact components you want for a competitive price and aren't comfortable doing it themselves then great... but don't knock people and label them weird for wanting to do it themselves, it's not life wasting when you consider it a hobby.
I pick up the( rx 480 model i5 6500 8 gig off ram 240 ssd and a 1tb hard drive ) for 700 pound from scan on black Friday it's been great to use also you get 3 years warranty.
No SSD? At this price, that's criminal.
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MacBook pro 2nd generation i5 - £699.91 instore @ Currys/PC World

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This deal I have Seen in Currys/PcWorld mega store in Wednesbury. If anyone interested to buy cheap mac. This is great deal. I don't have anymore pics of laptop. But you can see it's MacBook pro i5 2n…
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cj41
Theres a claim 10% back promotion on too.

Where?
2nd gen i5 for 700 jesus!
imdurc
Uridium
verysleepy
Redundant tat
why do Apple products always come under spec'd ?????
ermm because this is PC world clearing out a 5 yr old design and spec laptop...
when apple actually released this it WAS current spec...blame the retailer
​And yet, Apple still release fairly low spec'd machines at very high prices.


But you arguably get a better user experience with mac than any Windows laptop, and that is what you are paying the extra for
Uridium
verysleepy
Redundant tat
why do Apple products always come under spec'd ?????

ermm because this is PC world clearing out a 5 yr old design and spec laptop...

when apple actually released this it WAS current spec...blame the retailer


​And yet, Apple still release fairly low spec'd machines at very high prices.
verysleepy
Redundant tat
why do Apple products always come under spec'd ?????

ermm because this is PC world clearing out a 5 yr old design and spec laptop...

when apple actually released this it WAS current spec...blame the retailer
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Refurbished Lenovo IdeaPad 510S 14" Intel Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz 8GB 256GB SSD Windows 10 Laptop - £489.97 reduced from £637.97 @ Laptops Direct

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daft price for second hand
I posted this exact model at only £60 more brand new at currys/pc world at the moment. Unfortunately was voted cold brr
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The gamer segment (PCs) is profitable, but small. but its bulk business that buys the most, and generally most (90%?) ppl do not upgrade their computer, they just go out and buy a new one, so having a shiney new model with this years CPU is essential to the marketing dept, along with thunderDolt usb3.1 nvme SSD pcie3 DDR4 (none of which AMD has at present)

Edited By: GwanGy on Jan 06, 2017 02:24
erfyp
It's hard to justify spending on desktop upgrades when ps4/xbox one performance isn't that far behind in games.

http://i.imgur.com/uroLMYW.png
Gkains
towan

Digital Foundry did a really good piece comparing the i5 2500k to the 6600k and 7600k (stock and OC @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7bcjFnLib8&)
That's where that's from. Digital Foundry is the youtube channel, Eurogamer the website. I'm old fashioned and prefer reading to watching reviews especially if there's figures involved!


​You learn something new every day! :)
towan

Digital Foundry did a really good piece comparing the i5 2500k to the 6600k and 7600k (stock and OC @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7bcjFnLib8&)
That's where that's from. Digital Foundry is the youtube channel, Eurogamer the website. I'm old fashioned and prefer reading to watching reviews especially if there's figures involved!
Personally I think the likes of intel and nvidia should look at why the desktop market's shrinking since a large part of it seems to be due to ripoff practices such as these. Year on year the performance increases are falling and the prices are increasing. The i5's now have rrp's comparable to what i7's were being sold for a few years ago...What do you get to show for it??? A £5 saving on your electric bill, a 5-10% performance increase and an iGPU that 99% of owners will never use. It's hard to justify spending on desktop upgrades when ps4/xbox one performance isn't that far behind in games and cost less than either an enthusiast CPU and GPU. I'm going to have to say the same as when skylake launched at an inflated price...keep it and stick it up your **** intel. I'll spend my hard earned elsewhere.
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German keyboard. useless
http://www.notebookcheck.net/fileadmin/_processed_/csm_main_8239805f95.jpg

Looking online, I've noticed that the QWERTZ keyboard has a much shorter right shift key. This may be a problem for touch-typists.

I've just tried to cancel my order but I think Amazon are going to ship regardless.

Is this causing any problems for anyone?
TheVeryMan
zeberdys
Anyone else ordered it apart from me?
Arrived today. Sweeeet.
Buttons changed (don't do this if you're ham fisted, mars bar fingered etc its on your own risk). Set keyboard and locale to UK and indeed qwerty touch type layout prevails (shft 3 = £ etc). Quiet, light & I'm happy oh and it flies.
Your choice about changing keyboards or leave as is but I'm happy typing this. I don't speak it but I figured out the initial German setup before changing it in the first 5mins.
Edit Lenovo livechat said 310 doesn't have miracast ... eh yes it does

Thanks for update looking forward to receiving mine any light bleed on screen remember curry offer that went mad some had issues.

So I take it you carefully pry off and swap Z&Y ?

Edited By: zeberdys on Jan 06, 2017 23:28
captainalexkirk
tom_gov
Terrorcide
utkarsh27
can we add more ram to it?
Apparently 1x4GB is soldered in - so you have one upgradeable slot. It's likely the maximum is 12GB
​dealbreaker
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^^ that, ..and only 120gb ssd, shocking 3hour battery, keyboard and a few more tech probs...
(speaking from experience, i bought the AMD A12 version of this Lenovo on black friday.. really regret it frankly! ..but i got mine for cheaper, at 330... so meh :P)
its like they took nice a really nice up to date i5 w SSD and FHD but put it in an old-ish undesirable laptop model ..kinda sad really. :(

Not sure - I've ordered it as the spec is otherwise really good compared to other models.

Has anyone spotted a better alternative at this price for a comparible spec?
zeberdys
Anyone else ordered it apart from me?

Arrived today. Sweeeet.
Buttons changed (don't do this if you're ham fisted, mars bar fingered etc its on your own risk). Set keyboard and locale to UK and indeed qwerty touch type layout prevails (shft 3 = £ etc). Quiet, light & I'm happy oh and it flies.
Your choice about changing keyboards or leave as is but I'm happy typing this. I don't speak it but I figured out the initial German setup before changing it in the first 5mins.

Edit Lenovo livechat said 310 doesn't have miracast ... eh yes it does

Edited By: TheVeryMan on Jan 06, 2017 21:40: update feature
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HP laptop i5 (7th Gen), 15.6 '' Full HD, 256 SSD, 8 GB Ram - £499.00 at HP (potential 489£ with Quidco)

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Hi how much memory does this laptop have? I am looking for 1tb :)
Purple one is still in stock.
Great find, was just to about order 1 but says out of stoch now
Interesting that this one claims 9 hours battery off a 2-cell but this cheaper similar spec HP with a 4-cell battery and 6th gen i5 only claims 8.25 hours: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-laptop-g5-i5-6200u-8gb-256gb-ssd-fhd-455-41-bt-shop-2590335
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(USED) Zoostorm 7200-5282A / I5-6400 16GB Ram / 1Tb HDD / GTX 1070 8GB / DVD-RW / Windows 10 £745.00 (+£2.00 pp) @ CEX £747.50

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Basic specification in the title but I have found the full description (only listing I could find) http://www.lambda-tek.com/Zoostorm-7240-5282~sh/B4251617 where it is priced at £1171.75 inc VAT. I ha…
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My brother got a zoostorm i7 2 xmases ago cheaper, this used price is a joke
Yes, but did it have a nearly £400 graphics card in it? The i7 isn't the only thing of worth in a computer.
My brother got a zoostorm i7 2 xmases ago cheaper, this used price is a joke
bbfb123
No description on condition? Probably in a right state.
Tennessee?
No description on condition? Probably in a right state.
Just had a look back and I used DDR3 not DDR4 derp. Also just going to stress that I picked the bottom basement PSU, case, HDD, etc... in the pcpartpicker, but I guess if you search for deals
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HP i5 7200u 15.6" screen, 8GB RAM Laptop £399.00 @ Currys

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Yip prepare to be slaughtered by the 1080 securitati on here


​Yep, i don't get the obsession... 800x600 is good enough for you and me... :{
HDMI 2.0 with [email protected] or not? cannot find any info?
shonkygeeza
Alfalfa123
oddballmv
Could be an alternative - http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6215246

A10 compared to the latest i5 think about that


​Not a good alternative then?


​it is a good alternative
An AMD A10 is marketed as an APU. This is a fairly decent processor, but its USP is the powerful onboard graphics. This is best for gamers on an extremely tight budget.
The Intel i5 is a powerful processor, but its onboard graphics are quite inferior when compared to the A10.

A10 should be picked by a gamer only if under an extremely tight budget. If budget is not a concern, the i5 with a discrete graphic card is preferable.

For programming, the A10 is not going to be quite helpful. Even if budget is a concern, there are better processors for a programmer at comparable prices.
stanlenin
Alfalfa123
stanlenin
oddballmv
Could be an alternative - http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6215246
That's definitely a better laptop. Twice the RAM, £50 cheaper, same graphics performance, Full HD screen 30% slower CPU. Still A10 wins hands down.
You do realise for majority usage 8GB suffices since you only ever use upto 4Gb RAM at any given time unless you are gaming to which the A10 laptop would labour due to the processor anyway. As for graphics there are not the same integrated 620 are really good specially with a decent RAM backing not quite like dedicated a GPU though but hey you take what you can at times. Whereas AMDs tend to fail a lot I can atest to that myself I had a laptop that failed due to the GPU and it was an AMD
You have no knowledge of what you are talking. I hope that is brain damage. In that case you are not to blame.
You saying that Intel HD graphics 620 is "really good" is BS. They have about the same performance as the graphics in the A10 http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-620.172256.0.html
Then you say that A10 would "labour" for gaming (btw I think your GP appointment is overdue). That is not true. Light gaming on these laptops will be limited by the GPU not the CPU. GPUs here are about the same, AMD cpu is 30% slower. That would have no effect on gaming, they are to perform the same.
Then you're mumbling something about AMD GPU failing, just confirms the diagnosis of brain damage. A10 is an APU with CPU nad GPU integrated in one chip. I never heard about one of those failing. I don't think they do, in any case there's warranty. Other components are far more likely to fail than the APU.
So, the A10 has FHD screen, 16GB ram, same performance GPU, slightly slower CPU (not noticeable to a regular user, perfect for most tasks) and is £50 cheaper. It's a definitely better computer. Buy here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/visit?hukdm=5&d=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.argos.co.uk%2Fproduct%2F6215246
you my friend are childish with petty insults instead of having an adult discussion.
Also you will find GPUs can be damaged when integrated and the CPU remain intact do your research.I chose not to delve any deeper into this unproductive talk.


Edited By: Alfalfa123 on Jan 03, 2017 20:43
stanlenin
Alfalfa123
stanlenin
oddballmv
Could be an alternative - http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6215246
That's definitely a better laptop. Twice the RAM, £50 cheaper, same graphics performance, Full HD screen 30% slower CPU. Still A10 wins hands down.
You do realise for majority usage 8GB suffices since you only ever use upto 4Gb RAM at any given time unless you are gaming to which the A10 laptop would labour due to the processor anyway. As for graphics there are not the same integrated 620 are really good specially with a decent RAM backing not quite like dedicated a GPU though but hey you take what you can at times. Whereas AMDs tend to fail a lot I can atest to that myself I had a laptop that failed due to the GPU and it was an AMD

You have no knowledge of what you are talking. I hope that is brain damage. In that case you are not to blame.

You saying that Intel HD graphics 620 is "really good" is BS. They have about the same performance as the graphics in the A10 http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-620.172256.0.html

Then you say that A10 would "labour" for gaming (btw I think your GP appointment is overdue). That is not true. Light gaming on these laptops will be limited by the GPU not the CPU. GPUs here are about the same, AMD cpu is 30% slower. That would have no effect on gaming, they are to perform the same.

Then you're mumbling something about AMD GPU failing, just confirms the diagnosis of brain damage. A10 is an APU with CPU nad GPU integrated in one chip. I never heard about one of those failing. I don't think they do, in any case there's warranty. Other components are far more likely to fail than the APU.

So, the A10 has FHD screen, 16GB ram, same performance GPU, slightly slower CPU (not noticeable to a regular user, perfect for most tasks) and is £50 cheaper. It's a definitely better computer. Buy here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/visit?hukdm=5&d=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.argos.co.uk%2Fproduct%2F6215246


​I have a hp 640 g1 that I accidentally spilt a glass of Port over. Managed to recover it but wouldn't work when I tried to install the graphics driver. After a lot of diagnostic work I discovered I had fried part of the chip with the Intel graphics so I can confirm that you can indeed damage the gpu and the CPU be fine in an integrated chip.
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Yeah, plastic HPs... Avoid. I would avoid cheap creaky plastic laptops whatever the brand is anyway. They won't last. Guaranteed
TheVeryMan
richt
Absolutely terrible plastic construction, very fragile and `tacky` when compared to Lenovo, Dell and Toshiba, that's if you can still get hold of a Toshiba since they pulled out of the EU consumer market.
Opinion based on?
HP i5's are going in at corporate locations. Usually means they have durability
They are, but not this bottom end plastic tat. Spec isn't bad though
richt
Absolutely terrible plastic construction, very fragile and `tacky` when compared to Lenovo, Dell and Toshiba, that's if you can still get hold of a Toshiba since they pulled out of the EU consumer market.

Opinion based on?
HP i5's are going in at corporate locations. Usually means they have durability
Absolutely terrible plastic construction, very fragile and `tacky` when compared to Lenovo, Dell and Toshiba, that's if you can still get hold of a Toshiba since they pulled out of the EU consumer market.
cuthy2k
callum84
Shame about the screen
pray do tell us what is wrong with the screen...

Not 1080p.
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this is at CEX it is in store and online used processor. they also have a 30day return policy or an optional 2 year warranty.
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Finally got one. Although price is now £235. Still £100 odd less than new.
bsmaff
Why would you buy a CPU from CEX surely people take their processors there because they have something wrong with them and little chance of any come back..
Also with processors you don't know how they have been treated, could have been massively over voltaged and running hot.
the i7 I bought is going great, and even if it hadn't - it was covered by return/warranty- risk free really -
absolute bargain of a deal if you got one
Damn thing is still out of stock. Traded in a whole bunch of stuff to get one of these. All I have is an empty motherboard
Why would you buy a CPU from CEX surely people take their processors there because they have something wrong with them and little chance of any come back..

Also with processors you don't know how they have been treated, could have been massively over voltaged and running hot.
dont know whether these have been hammered when overclocking over vaulted ect no thanks
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HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook 256gb SSD, Core i5 £890.00 @ AO with code

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Another AO special shows up as £1030 until you add to basket then it shows up as £930 then add the code Get40 to bring it too £890 Yes it's very expensive but it may be handy for somebody in the m…
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code expired?
Uridium
HPSpectre Pro 13 G1, i7, 8gb, 512gb inc 3yr Next Business day onsite warranty.
On offer to HP staff today for £720....!!!! (Half price, RRP is £1440)
One per employee, mine's taken but If you know someone that works for HP it may be worth asking
Crazy price.....http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f67/uridium26/spectre_zps4ljyqskw.jpg

I picked up this deal due to working for a HP partner - added the USB power adaptor and it came to £700.36 due to some extra discount on the adaptors, mine arrives monday and looking forward as I'd looked but considered them out of my price range, replacing the 2011 Dell XPS which has been pretty reliable until lately.
asus x310 looks nice also
is this better than a macbook with rubbish thin keys and no ports?
i like starbucks and am worried people will laugh at me if i am not using the latest ripp off apple macbook while drinking my skinny mac-chiato
If anyone's interested, then there's a whole bunch of XPS 13's just come on the Dell outlet store, plus the code NewYear17 gets 20% off so for example you can get the following spec machine for £795-ish: i7-6560U, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD, QHD display


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Just been looking at AO and they have 10% off some windows laptops and you can add the "get40" code on top which brings this Asus ROG laptop down from £755 to £643.50 Currently £799 at currys and…
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Picard123
I liked your Acer deal jayd95, but £643 for a 950m based lappy just isn't a good deal.
If you have any 950M lappy deals for under £643 I am interested...

You just have to keep your eyes peeled.... I bought an i5/860m (more powerful than the 950m) just over a year ago for £470. There was also that i5/950m deal a few weeks ago for £549.

Personally, there is no way I would buy a 9XX GPU at the present time (unless it was a give away price) as the 10XX class chips are just a huge step forwards in terms of performance (the benches for the 1070 are pretty incredible) and prices will drop come the Spring / Summer.


Derp, isn't that the same case with all gens, like the jump from 8 to 9 series.
mynameisthehulk
Picard123
I liked your Acer deal jayd95, but £643 for a 950m based lappy just isn't a good deal.
If you have any 950M lappy deals for under £643 I am interested...

You just have to keep your eyes peeled.... I bought an i5/860m (more powerful than the 950m) just over a year ago for £470. There was also that i5/950m deal a few weeks ago for £549.

Personally, there is no way I would buy a 9XX GPU at the present time (unless it was a give away price) as the 10XX class chips are just a huge step forwards in terms of performance (the benches for the 1070 are pretty incredible) and prices will drop come the Spring / Summer.
jaydeal
jayd95
jaydeal
omg :( looking up benchmarks and reviews, looked back to oos :(:( **"!$&***"


Unlucky mate :-/ leave it a day it may come back in stock


​Mate my luck is awful! :( I've been looking all Christmas for basically this deal, what a headache!


So frustrating isn't it :-/ give them a ring they have pretty good customer service and they may be able to tell you if they have any coming back in stock ?
Picard123
I liked your Acer deal jayd95, but £643 for a 950m based lappy just isn't a good deal.

If you have any 950M lappy deals for under £643 I am interested...
jayd95
jaydeal
omg :( looking up benchmarks and reviews, looked back to oos :(:( **"!$&***"


Unlucky mate :-/ leave it a day it may come back in stock


​Mate my luck is awful! :( I've been looking all Christmas for basically this deal, what a headache!
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HP Laptop G5 i5-6200U 8GB 256GB SSD FHD - £455.41 - BT Shop

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Lots of people having a meltdown over 1080 screens Thought I'd throw this in and see how it goes Apparently I get a hat from some dude on here! (bonus!) i5 (6th Gen) 6200U / 2.3 GHz (2.8 GHz) / 3 M…
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Defo a lot of screen snobbery here. I'm looking for something to produce music on so the screen is my least important part, the amount of ram on this is good and it's ssd so looks like a great deal to me.
I have this exact model. I paid about £470 from HP website. Accept mine come with windows 7. (I dislike windows 10 regarding privacy)
businesses like to drag on with 7 as long as poss but move to 10 when forced, lowers IT support costs probably.
Businesses were waiting for Server 2016 to fully control Window 10.

Edited By: fr0d0 on Jan 06, 2017 08:12
abs
An extra £45 will get you 7th Generation: http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=Z5D50EA&opt=ABU

HP Blue Currently Out of Stock ... but for less extra (£15 approx) 7th gen here.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-310-full-hd-laptop-i5-7200u-latest-gen-fast-ddr4-8-gb-ram-1tb-hdd-128gb-ssd-2593860

Edited By: TheVeryMan on Jan 05, 2017 17:10
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AWD Titan Intel I5 6400 3.3GHz GTX 1070 8GB DDR5 VR Gaming PC £729.95 @ AWD-IT

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My first deal so please be gentle. Thought this was pretty cheap, surely capable at 1080 and 1440p gaming. Reviews on website seem positive. Obviously building this yourself might be cheaper but for t…
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Decent enough deal. I'm REALLY not a fan of any prebuilt PC. I'm not upset about H110 either, it's FINE for what this rig is. Most people can't be arsed with overclocking properly.
I would always suggest you build your own for these reasons:
1) I will help you
2) You can customise it more to your liking
3) If one part fails you don't have to send the whole thing back
4) The warranty on individual parts is often 3 years, also you don't have to post the entire computer off at your own cost and worry about having is smashed up in the post.
5) It's very, very easy. If you can build IKEA furniture you can build a PC.
If you want to build your own for around this price I would recommend this:
PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/vHvCCy
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/vHvCCy/by_merchant/
CPU: Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor (£144.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI H110M PRO-VD PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£47.89 @ More Computers)
Memory: PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£39.55 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£56.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£25.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Palit GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Video Card (£377.94 @ Aria PC)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H23 ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.48 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£42.48 @ Aria PC)
Total: £760.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-31 18:47 GMT+0000
It'll cost you a little more but you'll get an SSD.

What cooler would you suggest for this?


The stock one that comes with it is more than adequate
ollie87
Decent enough deal. I'm REALLY not a fan of any prebuilt PC. I'm not upset about H110 either, it's FINE for what this rig is. Most people can't be arsed with overclocking properly.
I would always suggest you build your own for these reasons:
1) I will help you
2) You can customise it more to your liking
3) If one part fails you don't have to send the whole thing back
4) The warranty on individual parts is often 3 years, also you don't have to post the entire computer off at your own cost and worry about having is smashed up in the post.
5) It's very, very easy. If you can build IKEA furniture you can build a PC.
If you want to build your own for around this price I would recommend this:
PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/vHvCCy
Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/vHvCCy/by_merchant/
CPU: Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor (£144.00 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI H110M PRO-VD PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£47.89 @ More Computers)
Memory: PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£39.55 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£56.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£25.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Palit GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Video Card (£377.94 @ Aria PC)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H23 ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.48 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£42.48 @ Aria PC)
Total: £760.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-31 18:47 GMT+0000
It'll cost you a little more but you'll get an SSD.

What cooler would you suggest for this?
ollie87
seancampbell
(source: CPU boss).
And there it it, all credibility lost.
A i5-6400 is more than enough for a gaming rig with a GTX 1070, we are aiming for value for money here.
Let's do some quick analysis of that shall we...http://i.imgur.com/P9AxVRq.gif
A i5-6400 and a basic motherboard is £201.89
A i5-6600k, a proper CPU cooler (especially since the 6600k doesn't even come with a stock cooler!) and a Z170 motherboard that will make use of the overclocking ability is £350.03
So that's a 73.38% increase of price for a 19.56% increase in performance. £148.14 taken away from the GTX 1070 price is £229.80. The best GPU you can get for that is either a GTX 1060 or a RX 480, both of which are smashed by the GTX 1070. And since this is a budget 1440p/4K/VR rig a GTX 1060 or RX 480 wouldn't cut it.
Spend the money where you need it, this is a gaming rig not a video editing rig. You need GPU power. Increasingly games don't make use of CPU power. Look at JERMgaming's PotatoMasher, it's a cheap rig using a overclocked i5 750 and it's still not hitting 100% usage in games nearly eight years after launch.

I agree mostly but I would have to say buying a decent motherboard is quite high on my list. But then again I don't know the spec on the motherboard you linked.

The mobo I have is an MSI gaming model and other than looking nice through my windowed case, it allows me to control fan speed through the bios based on the temperature of my computer. The board also has plenty of connections for fans and other connectivity.

The board also has good software for updates etc, really easy to use BIOS , some kind of sound enhancement and network enhancer

Apparently it's made from some good components which sound fancy and mean nothing to me also :P

I'm no expert on these things and maybe the motherboard you linked does all these things too, but my opinion is based on the comparison between my old cheap board and my newer MSI gaming board .

Totally agree on the CPU though, I'm still getting by with an AMD 6350 and to be honest, I am playing most games at 1440p and even some at 4K quite comfortably
garybb
Well im running a i5 4460&16gb Ram with a GTX 1070 and it runs like a dream. Times have changed games are more GPU intensive than CPU.
Good price.

Looking at a build for a mate and thinking more ram and an ssd are probably a better investment than a higher cpu. He only plays dota anyway!
Well im running a i5 4460&16gb Ram with a GTX 1070 and it runs like a dream. Times have changed games are more GPU intensive than CPU.

Good price.
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£398 now!!!
Just ordered
this is live again
gone up £20 though to £369.98
ds99
Yes - Thanks. Will look into it also.

Your welcome also. :-)
Yes - Thanks. Will look into it also.
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Acer, 15.6-inch Laptop, Core i5, Windows 10, 4GB RAM, 1TB £329.00 @ TESCO Direct

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4th gen i5 without a Full HD screen? Come on, I got an Acer Aspire with 6th gen I5 and Full HD for less than £300 on Amazon a week before Christmas.


​ummm, could you find me something similar please!
Laptops direct refurbished have some canny ones.
Seems like there's not a lot of good deals currently. Been looking for an i3 or AMD equivalent for around £250. Managed to find some last year but not so much this year.
MarioMan
GrantG182
4th gen i5 without a Full HD screen? Come on, I got an Acer Aspire with 6th gen I5 and Full HD for less than £300 on Amazon a week before Christmas.
Where? And what company
Sold by Amazon themselves
GrantG182
4th gen i5 without a Full HD screen? Come on, I got an Acer Aspire with 6th gen I5 and Full HD for less than £300 on Amazon a week before Christmas.


Where? And what company
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Refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad Powerful T420 Laptop Windows 7 Pro i5 2.5Ghz 8Gb 128GB SSD £199.99 @ Eflex Ebay outlet

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credit to Old Turkey for pointing me in the right direction :)
Gkains
Sp0oner
Gkains
Sp0oner
Hope these are better than the T400 I bought my Son from a deal off here (another reseller) that lasted all of about 3 months before developing an issue where the screen intermittently works on boot up.
Wouldn't buy another refurb now without a decent warranty which shows confidence in what they are selling.
It's not only about robust construction though as anything no matter how well made can break.
No, the reason these kind of machines are corporate favourites is that they are easy to fix by design and the manufacturers provide hardware maintenance manuals.
So while your experience was unfortunate, as long as you are patient and willing to follow the manual it should have been possible to fix it. Most likely a lose connection so taking off the keyboard and wiggling the lead might have sorted it.
I still have it here and tried booting it up for the last few days and every time now the screen is failing to come on, can hear Windows successfully boot with the sound played at logon screen. As you say i'll have to find the manual for it and try taking it apart to see if it's fixable.
Nothing to lose (which is what I always say when something is broken I want to fix it myself).
While the manuals are obviously the 'proper' way to go, don't forget the 21st century's #1 DAY (Do-Anything-Yourself) tool: youtube videos.
If you've never done something like this before, I'd watch those first even if you can't find someone taking your exact model apart. They're good for getting a feel of what's involved. Then use the PDF manual to look up any specifics.

I've just opened the lid and the row of lights on the bottom of the screen were lit up meaning it was working so wondering if just a loose connection to the screen.

Edited By: Sp0oner on Jan 05, 2017 14:14
Sp0oner
Gkains
Sp0oner
Hope these are better than the T400 I bought my Son from a deal off here (another reseller) that lasted all of about 3 months before developing an issue where the screen intermittently works on boot up.
Wouldn't buy another refurb now without a decent warranty which shows confidence in what they are selling.
It's not only about robust construction though as anything no matter how well made can break.
No, the reason these kind of machines are corporate favourites is that they are easy to fix by design and the manufacturers provide hardware maintenance manuals.
So while your experience was unfortunate, as long as you are patient and willing to follow the manual it should have been possible to fix it. Most likely a lose connection so taking off the keyboard and wiggling the lead might have sorted it.
I still have it here and tried booting it up for the last few days and every time now the screen is failing to come on, can hear Windows successfully boot with the sound played at logon screen. As you say i'll have to find the manual for it and try taking it apart to see if it's fixable.

Nothing to lose (which is what I always say when something is broken I want to fix it myself).
While the manuals are obviously the 'proper' way to go, don't forget the 21st century's #1 DAY (Do-Anything-Yourself) tool: youtube videos.
If you've never done something like this before, I'd watch those first even if you can't find someone taking your exact model apart. They're good for getting a feel of what's involved. Then use the PDF manual to look up any specifics.
Gkains
Sp0oner
Hope these are better than the T400 I bought my Son from a deal off here (another reseller) that lasted all of about 3 months before developing an issue where the screen intermittently works on boot up.
Wouldn't buy another refurb now without a decent warranty which shows confidence in what they are selling.
It's not only about robust construction though as anything no matter how well made can break.
No, the reason these kind of machines are corporate favourites is that they are easy to fix by design and the manufacturers provide hardware maintenance manuals.
So while your experience was unfortunate, as long as you are patient and willing to follow the manual it should have been possible to fix it. Most likely a lose connection so taking off the keyboard and wiggling the lead might have sorted it.

I still have it here and tried booting it up for the last few days and every time now the screen is failing to come on, can hear Windows successfully boot with the sound played at logon screen. As you say i'll have to find the manual for it and try taking it apart to see if it's fixable.
Balfington
I got a refurb Thinkpad a while back, an X301. It certainly feels solid but the screen is the most mediocre laptop screen I've ever come across. You can't mod them either.


​"them"? there are a lot of models you can switch the panels out in under an hour.
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You can buy this laptop from eBay for £130+, add 4GB DDR3 RAM for £10 from CEX and add a 120-128GB SSD for extra £30 .....£170 total cost. £29 cheaper than oUkTuRkEyIII £199 if you done it yourself.

Another way is to buy for £169.99 and go cex buy extra 4GB RAM for £10, total spend £179.99. Then do your free upgrade to Win10










Edited By: RiverDragon8 on Dec 31, 2016 02:33: edit
pablomalin
6 years old B grade and still £250 you can't be serious..
I do believe he is serious!
Lol what a guy haha

steal is not a word I recognise

I publicised it for the greater good :)

I wouldn't have posted it so its all good.