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Dell Inspiron 15 5000 i5-7200 8GB 256GB SSD AMD R7 M445 4GB (2yr guarantee) - £599.00 free delivery @ John Lewis

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I spotted this a few weeks ago on JL's website at £629, and then £699 this week, but it's just dropped to £599 making it a very attractive deal for a current gen laptop with a decent size SSD in my op… Read More
I spotted this a few weeks ago on JL's website at £629, and then £699 this week, but it's just dropped to £599 making it a very attractive deal for a current gen laptop with a decent size SSD in my op…
geekonthepc Avatar1d, 17h agoFound 1 day, 17 hours ago15 Comments
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On closer inspection I don't think anybody should buy this laptop. The screen is ABYSMAL. It's TN and Notebookcheck reports it as producing only 150nits!

bringbring
stanlenin
This laptop - not a big difference from under £300 i3 laptop. Advantages are ssd and 1080p, others are hardly an upgrade.
i5 will provide a substantial boost from i3 in day to day use. i5 to i7 not so much. Find us a comparable i3 with 8GB ram and an SSD.
I don't think this deal is red hot or anything... just saying

There's very little difference between i3/i5/i7 'U' chips in a laptop.
I really don't see how a low power mobile i5 chip will provide a "substantial boost" in day to day activities. Desktops are another story entirely.

andreasuk
CarlottaMonroe
moreteavicar
I think I might go for this.
Some reviews online say the screen is quite poor, does anyone know if this is true?
I had the Inspiron 15 on my shortlist until I took a trip to Currys a couple of weeks ago to look at some models in the flesh and I was VERY disappointed with the screen on this laptop. It was dull AND fuzzy and I have since decided against this laptop completely solely because of this.

Funnily enough, one of the best screens I saw (in this price range) was the Inspiron 13 - it was a bright, crisp screen that was visibly superior aside the 15" Inspiron. I think it's a 2in1 though, the screen folds around and I am not really interested in that.

matter of opinion
I bought the similar one last year and picture is good of a quality

As you say that was last year.
You can't compare it to this year's model if it's using different components especially the screen.

Edited By: K1LLER_HORNET on Jun 26, 2017 13:18
CarlottaMonroe
moreteavicar
I think I might go for this.
Some reviews online say the screen is quite poor, does anyone know if this is true?
I had the Inspiron 15 on my shortlist until I took a trip to Currys a couple of weeks ago to look at some models in the flesh and I was VERY disappointed with the screen on this laptop. It was dull AND fuzzy and I have since decided against this laptop completely solely because of this.

Funnily enough, one of the best screens I saw (in this price range) was the Inspiron 13 - it was a bright, crisp screen that was visibly superior aside the 15" Inspiron. I think it's a 2in1 though, the screen folds around and I am not really interested in that.


matter of opinion
I bought the similar one last year and picture is good of a quality
stanlenin
This laptop - not a big difference from under £300 i3 laptop. Advantages are ssd and 1080p, others are hardly an upgrade.


i5 will provide a substantial boost from i3 in day to day use. i5 to i7 not so much. Find us a comparable i3 with 8GB ram and an SSD.

I don't think this deal is red hot or anything... just saying
moreteavicar
I think I might go for this.
Some reviews online say the screen is quite poor, does anyone know if this is true?
I had the Inspiron 15 on my shortlist until I took a trip to Currys a couple of weeks ago to look at some models in the flesh and I was VERY disappointed with the screen on this laptop. It was dull AND fuzzy and I have since decided against this laptop completely solely because of this.

Funnily enough, one of the best screens I saw (in this price range) was the Inspiron 13 - it was a bright, crisp screen that was visibly superior aside the 15" Inspiron. I think it's a 2in1 though, the screen folds around and I am not really interested in that.
This laptop - not a big difference from under £300 i3 laptop. Advantages are ssd and 1080p, others are hardly an upgrade.
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Dell Venue 11 Pro i3 4Gb 128Gb SSD 10.8″ FHD Win 10 REFURB £168.00 + £12 P&P @ MCScom

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Good CPU, memory and SSD. Use you own keyboard and/or mouse (only 1 full USB socket though). 90 Day Return to base warranty Avoid P&P if picked up from SP6 1BD (New Forest I think) Read More
Good CPU, memory and SSD. Use you own keyboard and/or mouse (only 1 full USB socket though). 90 Day Return to base warranty Avoid P&P if picked up from SP6 1BD (New Forest I think)
Musicrab Avatar3d, 31m agoFound 3 days, 31 minutes ago12 Comments
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Also bought this from MCScom a few years back. It did have problems which were mostly fixed by firmware updates and in itself, works great now.
I also bought the keyboard dock with added battery, but I've ha dproblems. When it works it's excellent, but sometimes the touchpad wont work and sometimes the extra battery wasn't recognised.
The whole package with the battery, dock, tablet was worth over £1,000 when I bought it. Got it all for just over £300. Still going strong too. I generally take a mouse with me in case the trackpad doesn't work (or just use the touch screen).
Towelie
Much more capable than any iPad or Android tablet but a lot cheaper.


More capable as a laptop replacement but you're probably better off with iOS or Android if you primarily want to use as a tablet

Edited By: captainbeaky on Jun 24, 2017 18:26:
Be warned that this company started putting void if removed stickers on the back of Dell tablets so even though Dell allow you to open them up this company don't. A shame as it's easy enough to swap out the M. 2 SSD and the coms cards.
CampGareth
They're also thinner, lighter and possibly even charge off USB-C. I would buy one but the XPS 12's just a little bit shinier :P

The 7140 uses micro USB for charging. It was superceded by the Latitude 11 5175 which has two full size USB 3 ports one of which is type C and is used for charging. It also uses Skylake versus Broadwell for the 7140.
Replaceable battery in this thing also rocks. Had one for about 2 years now.
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Toshiba Satellite C40 14" Dual Core Intel Laptop (A1 Refurb) only £159.95 delivered (with discount code) @ Morgan Computers

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Use code : morg10 at checkout for discount to apply. Hardly going to set the world alight with basic specs, but similar processor/screen models retail for around the £230 mark, so a good deal for A1… Read More
Use code : morg10 at checkout for discount to apply. Hardly going to set the world alight with basic specs, but similar processor/screen models retail for around the £230 mark, so a good deal for A1…
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thenineteenninety
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thenineteenninety
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thenineteenninety
Not to burst the bubble, but wouldn't touch it with a bargepole.
Windows 10 on a 32GB hard drive, plus word & excel and you're already nearing the limit of what you can store on there. Add on a few pictures, videos and music and you're just ducked.
honestly save an extra £50 and get something refurbed for around £220
I knew this was coming, this laptop clearly is not for you or for me. Whilst I have just splashed out that on an X240, not everyone needs a powerful laptop. This is a grade A1 (not an ex-lease) at a good price, for basic computing on the go with a longer battery life than my i5 Haswell processor can last.
Peeps have differing needs.
Its definitely not for me, but part of my day to day job is recommending laptops and telling ordinary people the reason why theyre so **** off with their cheap as **** laptop.
A deal is a deal, yes.. A **** laptop is also a **** laptop, and a deal becomes **** when the product is ****.
So, what would you recommend for £159 then? A four year old beat up laptop with zero battery life? Strange then that reviews do not think it or other budget N3050 laptops are crap.
As I said, it is not for me either, but for anyone after a new (A1 refurb) laptop rather than risking some old, power hungry laptop for doing basic computing on what is there not to like.
I already stated in my description header "Hardly going to set the world alight with basic specs, but similar processor/screen models retail for around the £230 mark, so a good deal for A1 refurb in my opinion for anyone interested in a basic laptop for social media and basic productivity with decent battery life."
So yes, a deal is a deal. Your own opinion on what makes a crap laptop is just simply that, your own opinion. For anyone after a low power laptop with excellent battery life to do such basic tasks on then it is an excellent deal compared to the usual £230 retail price of such.
Unless of course you can post anything better for a similar price in your so called day to day job. Perhaps try posting a few of those 'deals' on here instead of lurking.
your deals cold mate

Well observed, yours are none existent, and failing to answer the question just proves to me what sort of person you are.

Edited By: cicobuff on Jun 23, 2017 23:17
cicobuff
thenineteenninety
cicobuff
thenineteenninety
Not to burst the bubble, but wouldn't touch it with a bargepole.
Windows 10 on a 32GB hard drive, plus word & excel and you're already nearing the limit of what you can store on there. Add on a few pictures, videos and music and you're just ducked.
honestly save an extra £50 and get something refurbed for around £220
I knew this was coming, this laptop clearly is not for you or for me. Whilst I have just splashed out that on an X240, not everyone needs a powerful laptop. This is a grade A1 (not an ex-lease) at a good price, for basic computing on the go with a longer battery life than my i5 Haswell processor can last.
Peeps have differing needs.
Its definitely not for me, but part of my day to day job is recommending laptops and telling ordinary people the reason why theyre so **** off with their cheap as **** laptop.
A deal is a deal, yes.. A **** laptop is also a **** laptop, and a deal becomes **** when the product is ****.

So, what would you recommend for £159 then? A four year old beat up laptop with zero battery life? Strange then that reviews do not think it or other budget N3050 laptops are crap.

As I said, it is not for me either, but for anyone after a new (A1 refurb) laptop rather than risking some old, power hungry laptop for doing basic computing on what is there not to like.

I already stated in my description header "Hardly going to set the world alight with basic specs, but similar processor/screen models retail for around the £230 mark, so a good deal for A1 refurb in my opinion for anyone interested in a basic laptop for social media and basic productivity with decent battery life."

So yes, a deal is a deal. Your own opinion on what makes a crap laptop is just simply that, your own opinion. For anyone after a low power laptop with excellent battery life to do such basic tasks on then it is an excellent deal compared to the usual £230 retail price of such.

Unless of course you can post anything better for a similar price in your so called day to day job. Perhaps try posting a few of those 'deals' on here instead of lurking.





your deals cold mate
hemelskonijn
cicobuff
*sigh* Once again...how many other times....Whilst you and I may be into buying older laptops (mine being a late-circa 2014) Thinkpad X240 i5 430U you are trying to compare apples to oranges.
Is there much point anyone that wants a basic laptop to risk spending £90 on a power hungry Ivy Bridge laptop with questionable battery life at that age for an ex-lease business laptop.
Whilst you and I may take such gambles, and personally I prefer newer ex-lease stuff...there are plenty of users out there that have no need for a powerful CPU, particularly ones as old as that which sap power.
Not much cop for what this particular N3050 is designed for, low power use.
I never posted this deal for it to turn into a comparison with bargain business laptops, there are plenty of other deal threads for that, each of which come with various pros and cautionary cons.
your story would be true if not for specifically the last link i dropped having a low power mode switching the cpu down to 800mhz with the press of a button and with a usage of just over 1.5 Watt making it even at reduced speed a better system then the n3050's 6 Watts. The battery is also more powerful and thus runtime will be greater. weather or not the posted box is a good deal or not very much depends on individual wishes indeed but even then if there are better and cheaper options it is not much of a deal.

Pointless trying to argue with someone that already has it in their head that a second hand 4-5 year old battered up business laptop would be more suitable for the target market, or for that matter one that gets their facts wrong. The run time is not greater, the battery will be heavier as will the laptop in question, especially considering its age. About the only fact you have right is that it is far more powerful...but once again...engage brain perhaps and understand EXACTLY WHAT THIS LAPTOP IS FOR.

For anyone that is interested instead of spending £160 on a business laptop then my advice is to be cautious on the condition and check the battery, you can end up spending a lot more getting it up to spec, involving taking the unit apart as there are many unscrupulous so called refurbishers out there, usually the ones that are not Microsoft Authorised Resellers (MAR's) and don't provide new refurbished Certificate of Authenticity (COA) Windows licences. Trusted sellers like ITZOO and Gigarefurb are two recommended ones.

I got better things to do this evening like watch Glastonbury and The Crystal Maze, and leave you with the stats from the U772.

http://i67.tinypic.com/whcqa8.png

http://i66.tinypic.com/be6dyf.png
Seriously???? N3050 processor??? I would buy an abacus instead!
cicobuff

*sigh* Once again...how many other times....Whilst you and I may be into buying older laptops (mine being a late-circa 2014) Thinkpad X240 i5 430U you are trying to compare apples to oranges.

Is there much point anyone that wants a basic laptop to risk spending £90 on a power hungry Ivy Bridge laptop with questionable battery life at that age for an ex-lease business laptop.

Whilst you and I may take such gambles, and personally I prefer newer ex-lease stuff...there are plenty of users out there that have no need for a powerful CPU, particularly ones as old as that which sap power.

Not much cop for what this particular N3050 is designed for, low power use.

I never posted this deal for it to turn into a comparison with bargain business laptops, there are plenty of other deal threads for that, each of which come with various pros and cautionary cons.


your story would be true if not for specifically the last link i dropped having a low power mode switching the cpu down to 800mhz with the press of a button and with a usage of just over 1.5 Watt making it even at reduced speed a better system then the n3050's 6 Watts. The battery is also more powerful and thus runtime will be greater. weather or not the posted box is a good deal or not very much depends on individual wishes indeed but even then if there are better and cheaper options it is not much of a deal.
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PNY CS900 240 GB SSD £51.53 @ Amazon

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Great price however does have a dispatched date of within 1 to 3 weeks. Read More
Great price however does have a dispatched date of within 1 to 3 weeks.
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Anyone else that ordered get this email this morning?The price for `PNY CS900 240 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive' (ASIN: B01KIUESVI) was displayed incorrectly when you placed your order XXXXXXXXXYour order has now been cancelled. If you still want to purchase this item, please place a new order which will be charged at the correct price, when we dispatch it to you.

Yep, I got it, will be complaining as I am sure they could have honoured it at that price, big branded SSDs have gone for less. they won't honour change their mind of course, but I might get a fiver off my next order or another month prime if I kick up a fuss. Ultimately not that surprised though as IME Amazon never seem to honour computing misprices, aside from warehouse deals, which this wasn't. They must have very low margins or else very strict policy with PC hardware.....
Anyone else that ordered get this email this morning?

The price for `PNY CS900 240 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive' (ASIN: B01KIUESVI) was displayed incorrectly when you placed your order XXXXXXXXX

Your order has now been cancelled. If you still want to purchase this item, please place a new order which will be charged at the correct price, when we dispatch it to you.
available @ £73 .. ouch!
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I bought one of these several months ago, from Currys for about £56, so not a huge saving.

Prices have gone up lately though, it's unusual to find a 240GB SSD for under £71-72 right now so £51 is a huge saving.
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MEDION ERAZER X7843 17.3 INCH 1920x1080 LAPTOP, GTX 980M, 6700HQ, 16GB ram, 128GB SSD. £749.99 @ Medion

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I was researching this brand after seeing a couple of people selling this brand of laptop on ebay. While doing so, I came across a pretty good deal on their website. 2 year warranty. -Musicrab Read More
I was researching this brand after seeing a couple of people selling this brand of laptop on ebay. While doing so, I came across a pretty good deal on their website. 2 year warranty. -Musicrab
vincike Avatar3d, 17h agoFound 3 days, 17 hours ago109 Comments
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Any get theirs today? Got mine and today and feels very nice. Not your cheap crap.
Will they re stock this?
cteddy
I've been looking for a gaming laptop, and although 980M is hardly cutting edge, it's a bargain at that price. In that price range you're usually looking at a 2GB or, at best, a 4GB 1050, which is a pretty decent gaming card (for the money), but significantly slower! I do suspect this is indeed a QWERTZ keyboard however, as all the reviews I can find are from German sites, which is a deal breaker sadly :(


GTX 980m

not 980m

It can run most games at Max settings.
hotukfeels
thelagmonster
The 256GB SSD version is still in stock. Must...resist...
Scratch that, the 256GB version gone now too. Thankfully.
Just ordered mine 2 minutes ago so I'm not sure about that.
Edit: try this lads and lasses: http://www.medion.com/gb/shop/gaming-laptops-medion-erazer-x7841-17-3-high-performance-gaming-laptop-130020266.html
Edit 2: FYI this looks to be an inferior GPU
Yep, that has a 970M, so not quite as powerful. A decent enough price, but not as good as the original deal.
Bought this but might return it as I'm not sure. They say 14 day free returns.
Will this laptop do well for fighting games???
Street fighter 5, Tekken 7, MvCi, Dragonball Fighter Z, Killer Instinct???
Can I expand/replace the SSD if 128gb gets to small? How would I transfer the OS and data to it??
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ASUS ZenBook 3 Rose Gold Laptop Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 12.5" Full HD £880.00 John Lewis

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Best price this has ever been although only the rose gold colour, I've never seen them below £1000 before, includes 2 year JL warranty too. Sure it'll probably go cold but just posting it in case it Read More
Best price this has ever been although only the rose gold colour, I've never seen them below £1000 before, includes 2 year JL warranty too. Sure it'll probably go cold but just posting it in case it
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My zenbook is 2 years old

It works fine.

Really pleased with it
Never had a problem with my Zenbook, best laptop I've ever owned and I've owned a few although admittedly not a Zenbook 3..
The 2 customer reviews on JL aren't good and echos what I've experienced and been hearing about Asus laptops.
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Xiaomi Air 12 Laptop - 4GB RAM 128GB SSD Windows 10 Intel Core m3-6Y30 Gold £365.99 Delivered with code @ Gearbest

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This was posted a couple weeks back, but thanks to my google-fu, I've managed to get the price down to £365.99 with the help of a working code. Use code 'KAir12L' at checkout to receive the discounte… Read More
This was posted a couple weeks back, but thanks to my google-fu, I've managed to get the price down to £365.99 with the help of a working code. Use code 'KAir12L' at checkout to receive the discounte…
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http://coupons.gearbestblog.com/?c=NEWMIAIR12
Newer version with the m3-7y30 for a little more.
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Jo444
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Kyballion
Gearbest are on the of worst companies from China but they seem to be sponsored here all the time.
Lightinthebox have a great customer understanding but you never see them here.
Gearbest always have problems
Got to agree about lightinthebox, their customer service is outstanding, but I've never had a problem with Gearbest.
Ordered headphones, nothing arrived. Raised paypal issue, Gearbest asked if we can close issue as it can still arrive. Nothing arrived Paypal will not open issue again and Gearbest do not aswer emails.


I can just imagine what the gearbest cs thinks when he sees your emails now.

"Smoke you"

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Slim2k
Really like these, but being a Windows User and the OS version is an issue.
What, Windows 10?
From what I understand its Chinese Version and cant be changed, you need to re-buy licence.


It will be the Chinese version but it's very easy to replace with the English version. I've done it twice this year. It's only a licensing issue, and as long as you chose the correct version to replace it with, there should be no problem.
Jo444
badboyofrock
Kyballion
Gearbest are on the of worst companies from China but they seem to be sponsored here all the time.
Lightinthebox have a great customer understanding but you never see them here.
Gearbest always have problems
Got to agree about lightinthebox, their customer service is outstanding, but I've never had a problem with Gearbest.
Ordered headphones, nothing arrived. Raised paypal issue, Gearbest asked if we can close issue as it can still arrive. Nothing arrived Paypal will not open issue again and Gearbest do not aswer emails.


I guess everyone's experience is different. I've ordered probably half a dozen times, and everything's turned up in good time and good order.
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Surface Pro 2017 - Intel Core m3 / 128GB SSD / 4GB RAM for students - £719.10 @ Technet

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Need a university or school email address to get 10% off. Works for all surface pro so price varies depends on which one you choose, this is for the cheapest one Read More
Need a university or school email address to get 10% off. Works for all surface pro so price varies depends on which one you choose, this is for the cheapest one
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MSI Leopard GP62 7RD-011UK Core i7-7700HQ 8GB 1TB+128GB SSD GeForce GTX 1050 DVD-RW 15.6 Inch Window - £799.97 Laptopsdirect

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I'm looking for a decent entry level gaming laptop. From shopping around this seems like a good spec at this price range from Laptop Direct. 2.1% available via topcashback too. Specs:- Key Specifica… Read More
I'm looking for a decent entry level gaming laptop. From shopping around this seems like a good spec at this price range from Laptop Direct. 2.1% available via topcashback too. Specs:- Key Specifica…
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Also if anyone is aware of any better deals at similar/better specs I would appreciate a link/feedback. Thanks.


Depending on what you are looking for there are other options, but not cheaper:

There's a 256GB SSD+1TB/16GB RAM/1050Ti Inspiron Gaming 15 7000 from Dell for £980 until the 22nd (10% off code INSPIRON10) http://www.dell.com/uk/p/inspiron-15-7567-laptop/pd?&ref=gaming-page

£809 for the GTX1050 4GB, 256GB SSD (no mechanical drive) and i5 7300-HQ. Worse processor than this (no hyperthreading, just 4 cores), but battery life will be better and 4GB RAM will be better on the GPU. HDD vs SSD is a toss up depending on your use. 128GB+1TB vs 256GB. Same link as above. You can probably add an extra harddrive, but you can't add more RAM to the GPU, so the 4GB is more future proof.

There's a 17" Omen from LaptopsDirect with a GTX1060 http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/hp-omen-17-w196na-core-i5-6300hq-8gb-1tb-128gb-ssd-geforce-gtx-1060-6gb-1-z6l29ea/version.asp

I just ordered the 1050Ti Dell with an extra 4% cashback (hopefully) through work, so £950 or so all in. The battery life sold me on it. Up to 11 hours with light use (per actual tests), 7 hours or so video, maybe 3 hours gaming. Most others seem to have much worse battery life.


Link doesn't launch for me.

Is the dell a refurb? I've found some good refurb options around a similar price for the Inspiron but I could be tempted by the one you listed as I have a 15% off code but unsure which laptop you tried to list (well precisely which I should say)
Hmm,

I asked the 2 questions about (above backpack and free game) so cheers for confirming you got a backpack @gerdleah. It now appears laptopsdirect have sneakily REMOVED the photos of the backpack and have updated their listing with the FREE rocket league game with the purchase.

I asked them to confirm if you get the backpack now or not but they haven't replied to my email, so I'm gonna buy another laptop elsewhere instead.
I have an MSI GE72 6QD from last year. It's essentially the predecessor to this laptop and I was very impressed with it (even if I am new to PC gaming).
The GTX 1050 is supposed to give a 30% improvement on performance over the 960M in my laptop, and mine can run MGS5, Dishonored 2 and The Witcher 3 on Very High at 30-45 fps. Not perfect but enough for more casual gaming. Back then that laptop cost £950 as a special deal, so this seems like a bargain.

You might want to find a laptop with more VRAM in its graphics card, as this only has 2GB. Might not be very futureproof. You might want to do some more research and not take my word for it though. The processor used seems a bit overkill compared to the graphics card, but it will allow for very quick encoding of videos if that's your thing.

What I can vouch for in this laptop (as it is very similar to mine) is excellent audio out of the jack; a vast collection of IO; solid IPS display; great boot times (thanks to the SSD + HD); good RGB backlit keyboard and passable trackpad.

Mine was reportedly quite hard to open up and you may void your warranty, so consider that. However you can most likely upgrade the available RAM to at least 16GB. Some distributors will arrange this for you on request (as mine did) so you can keep your warranty and avoid breaking something.
Just received the laptop and I can confirm it comes with the backpack. At work just now so will let you know if you get a free game too.
I never saw a free game comment. Can't see it now either. Some sites seem to be offering Rocket League though for laptops over £500. This is just speculation though.
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PNY CS1311 2.5" Internal SSD - 120 GB (backorder) @ Amazon £39.47

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A cheap upgrade to any computer with a 2.5" HDD. I posted the same SSD available at PC world a few weeks ago but due to limited stock I know a lot of people were unable to locate one. I was lookin… Read More
A cheap upgrade to any computer with a 2.5" HDD. I posted the same SSD available at PC world a few weeks ago but due to limited stock I know a lot of people were unable to locate one. I was lookin…
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yeah we all did and no one can ever forget those golden SSD times.

almost all of us partook, regretted it since.
sproutratty
do the same considerations about buying disks for RAID setups in "matched" pairs apply for ssds as they did/do for HDDs? I set up a pair of OCZ SSDs in RAID0 and am not that impressed with the performance. in my experience a single SSD (better brand e.g. crucial/Samsung) can feel faster than RAID0 with 2 cheapo SSDs. it's not clear cut that raid0 will always be faster.

There's not really any noticeable difference, but run a benchmark using something like Crystal Disk Mark and you will see a difference in the results.
anunemusperson
I paid that much for a 240gb Crucial SSD from Amazon last year


yeah we all did and no one can ever forget those golden SSD times.
I paid that much for a 240gb Crucial SSD from Amazon last year
zizzles
Isn't this just the "normal" price for it? I mean assuming that you're not fooled by Amazon's periodic price-spikes that they use to pretend the price has gone down (again)
I was just going to say this isn't really a deal for a 128gb.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 12.3" Touchscreen £915 @ JL & 914.99 @ Argos

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Hi I have seen offer here for i5/ 4GB (2017) version. I believe this one is better. Proccesor: i5 RAM: 8GB (Pro 4 version/previous model) HDD: 256 SSD For only £915 There is 2yr waranty Just che… Read More
Hi I have seen offer here for i5/ 4GB (2017) version. I believe this one is better. Proccesor: i5 RAM: 8GB (Pro 4 version/previous model) HDD: 256 SSD For only £915 There is 2yr waranty Just che…
brraven Avatar1w, 3d agoFound 1 week, 3 days ago5 Comments
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Reading with understanding (_;)

Missed that detail ;-P

Sorry, if i have confused any one.
brraven
I'm not getting it.
Why i5/4GB version for £979 is hotter then i5/8GB for £915 ?!?
The 4GB one is the Surface Pro (5) 2017, you're posting the Surface Pro 4.

So the new one is approx 20% better performance, 50% more battery power, better graphics etc. 8GB would be nice, but it's certainly not the only difference here.
I'm not getting it.

Why i5/4GB version for £979 is hotter then i5/8GB for £915 ?!?
thisiswhyimpoor
Can't see any option for financing...
Same price as Argos as well...

You are correct, Just confirmed with JL, no finance for this item.

Also edited post to include Argos offer. however Argos seems to offer only 1 yr warranty
Can't see any option for financing...

Same price as argos as well...
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Xiaomi Air 13 Laptop i5-6200u 8GB 256GB SSD discrete GPU £525.00 @ Gearbest

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Compelling alternative to a Macbook Air or Dell XPS 13. Main selling points are: -discrete NVidia Graphics -Samsung SM951 NVMe SSD (Read 2150MB/s, Write 1200MB/s, 90k/70k IOPS) -2 x M.2 2280 slot… Read More
Compelling alternative to a Macbook Air or Dell XPS 13. Main selling points are: -discrete NVidia Graphics -Samsung SM951 NVMe SSD (Read 2150MB/s, Write 1200MB/s, 90k/70k IOPS) -2 x M.2 2280 slot…
karlbnz Avatar1w, 4d agoFound 1 week, 4 days ago20 Comments
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I bought this under a month ago at same price and received it within 2 weeks of ordering. I did a clean install of Windows 10 English bought from ebay, as on the chinese version even if you change the language there are a few things still in chinese.

Only other thing to note is that it has a US keyboard layout, two slight differences I can tell are that the @ key is moved to shift and hold 2 key, and I don't see a pound sign on the keyboard.

Can't fault the laptop performance in general, I love the screen.
Denotari
Bought this 1 month ago, just yesterday i found out it s lost somewhere in china.
I wish i ve had these warnings when i bought it

If you paid by credit card just Section 75 it.

regards
Flea
Had a very bad experience with Gearbest and would not recommend buying something like a laptop from them. Bought a Xiaomi Note from Gearbest which developed a faulty screen. Sent the phone back in Jan for replacement - once received they said that phone will be repaired and returned and not replaced - which would have been fine.. but.. 6 months later still no news from China.. I bought another phone in the meantime hence OK, would not want to repeat the same with a laptop
Denotari
Bought this 1 month ago, just yesterday i found out it s lost somewhere in china.
I wish i ve had these warnings when i bought it


i always mention it, but you always get the very vocal "I always buy from China, and nothing bad ever happened".
but the rest of us in the silent majority have indeed suffered from crap products and nonexistent customer service and useless warranty.

I am very very happy for those who didn't get any issues, but they got lucky.
I hope they never ever get any issues and suffer like we have.

I do buy from China quite a bit, but I do my.research and buy bits and bobs and not important stuff.
Bought this 1 month ago, just yesterday i found out it s lost somewhere in china.
I wish i ve had these warnings when i bought it
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Asus ROG - Intel i7-6700HQ, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB PCIE SSD, NVIDIA GTX980M 4G GDDR5 Graphics, G-Sync, Windows 10 £1,199.97 @ Amazon

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Although this is a generation old technology in terms of CPU & Graphics, this still a highly spec'd box and it's a lot of bang for your buck! Item Weight 3.9 Kg Product Dimensions 32.2 x 41.6 x
JMC19 Avatar1w, 5d agoFound 1 week, 5 days ago2 Comments
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zizzles
Has anybody else noticed how expensive toys have become?

Lush.
Has anybody else noticed how expensive toys have become?
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USED Samsung 850 Pro 512gb SSD - £147.00 @ CeX

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If your willing to take a chance on used SSD, these are very well rated.
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Used SSD arrived and now in (secondhand) macbook. Updated SSD to latest firmware (windows bootcamp) and what a difference, boot up time at least twice as fast, very happy all round :-)
Fleabum
True, but does two brand new drives have any less of a chance of failure than some 2nd hand one supplied from CEX that could have been used 24/7 for gawd knows what? I've personally only bought things from CEX twice, and both times have issues. When it comes to PC hardware they seem to have absolutely no idea to usage, condition and how it should operate.Also, I suggest that if you're storing information on RAID0 without backups of important data... I guarantee that RAID0 isn't for you.RegardsFlea


I've had quite the opposite experience with them in regards to PC hardware, but maybe it depends on the store.
Recently I have traded in a fair few laptops and they are very strict on battery wear, and hard drives get rejected if a single bad sector is found.
I've bought a couple of good value SSD's online from them, both 100% health and wear.
michaeljoeharding1
Cold there 129 brand new

Where can i buy a 512gb 850pro for £129 new?
Cold there 129 brand new
Storing data without backups is unnecessary at all, whether using raid0 or one 2nd hand drive.

:)
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Samsung 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 PCI-E 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD (R/3200, W/1800) £188.12 @ amazon.de

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Great price for this little monster. Price is based on Amazon currency converter, so could be even cheaper depending on what card You paying with. Euro price is 206,19. UK price is around £220.00 at
chriskrt Avatar1w, 6d agoFound 1 week, 6 days ago28 Comments
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I raid 0'd 2 of these and got a reasonable hike in write speeds but read stayed around 3,300MB/s.
EcumenicalMatter
It will improve your life immeasurably. In fact, buy two and configure them for RAID. Members of the opposite/same (delete as appropriate) sex will flock to you just because of this*.* Results may vary.


the intel x99 motherboards are unstable with these in raid 0
EcumenicalMatter
It will improve your life immeasurably. In fact, buy two and configure them for RAID. Members of the opposite/same (delete as appropriate) sex will flock to you just because of this*.* Results may vary.


the intel x99 motherboards are unstable with these in raid 0
Naith
Can someone tell me if you see a 'noticeable' difference in 'real world' use over a regular 2.5" SSD? (I only really use my PC to surf, use Word and encode the odd mp3 file)

It will improve your life immeasurably. In fact, buy two and configure them for RAID. Members of the opposite/same (delete as appropriate) sex will flock to you just because of this*.



* Results may vary.
Oneday77
Don't get me wrong. I know these are faster than SSD and newer tech. However i love how they charge more for physically less product. Smaller formfactor, no case and less interfacing

Sata ssd drives are physically the same size - different dimension but more or less the same size. Cases on m.2 format drives is a no no due to to heat.

"less interfacing" !!!!! I'm sorry but this drive uses pcie 2/3 x4 interface in a smaller package, it requires a higher tolelrence than sata interfacing ..

Also these drives are using 48 layer nand, when we go to 72 layer nand, we will see even smaller packaging .. it should also mean that prices will fall .
Sorry but your post is totally miss informative ..

Edited By: taras on Jun 14, 2017 10:02: additional content
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Cheapest it's been since last year, so thought I'd share! Thanks to brainsys - https://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/Samsung-inch-Solid-State-Drive/product/B00P736UEU
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jimbo23
So if we went back to pre-referendum currency exchange, food as well as everything else would drop dramatically? I don't think so.There are still crazy deals going on and have been since the referendum. Even though the currency dropped. I've gone through my online food shopping bills over the last 2 years and there hasn't been much of a difference at all. It works both ways, we are the consumers, companies essentially work for and around us. No consumers buying, product dead in the water. Also, a lot of companies have a safety buffer on products for things like currency fluctuation.


Some products such as coca and rice have increased in price due to its own supply issues. That said we buy everything is brought in $ or €. Petrol is brought in $/€.. Even though many large companies buy in advance (up 6 months or more) and that has migated (so far) of price inflation - it will eventally feed into the system.

With price inflation and where in some markets (like food) it is price sensitive; the company has 3 options.

1. absorb the price increases.
2. reduce the quantity sold at that price (so say reducing the weight from 500grams to 450 grams)

The above would mean little change to your weekly shop but its still inflationary..

the 3rd option is to increase prices ..


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minos
840 had a serious firmware issue that was making them slower and slower when accessing old data. Samsung released a fix with their tool that basically circumvents the issue by parsing the disk and re-writing old data, but it significantly decreases the life expectancy of the disk.


Makes sense, i have a 4 year old 840 PRO in my laptop that is on most of the day EVERY day and an 840 EVO which is barely 2 years old and in comparison doesn't see hardly any use. Both have written 10tb.

Edited By: Gords on Jun 18, 2017 03:58: typo
minos
840 had a serious firmware issue that was making them slower and slower when accessing old data. Samsung released a fix with their tool that basically circumvents the issue by parsing the disk and re-writing old data, but it significantly decreases the life expectancy of the disk.http://www.techspot.com/news/60501-samsung-addresses-slow-840-evo-ssd.htmlAt any rate I would suggest upgrade to the 850. I have done that, and just run the windows partition by the 840.I really do not care if it fails (easily replaceable unlike work related data)

ok thanks for info wasn't aware of this
Price £87.72 now. :-(
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Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4-Inch Tablet - (White) (4 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD, Android) £287.18 @ Amazon

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Spotted this on Amazon Prime Now , for 2hr delivery to my home. I cannot find it cheaper. Its a very impressive specification fast and very punchy. Latest in the range. Read More
Spotted this on Amazon Prime Now , for 2hr delivery to my home. I cannot find it cheaper. Its a very impressive specification fast and very punchy. Latest in the range.
GeorgeJungle Avatar2w, 1d agoFound 2 weeks, 1 day ago12 Comments
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this or galaxy tab s2.0?
I can't understand the chill here either. I'm typing this on it and it's super fast.
Thanks. I've been shopping for a quality non-Apple pad, and this looks really good to me. Can't understand the chill here.
GeorgeJungle
cheap for the spec. Next step up would be iPad mini 4.


I'm not sure the iPad Mini 4 is a 'step up', this has superior specs and is cheaper.
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Lenovo V110 i5-6200U 4GB RAM 128GB SSD £359.99 @ ebuyer.com

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The price looks good for a i5-6200U, 4GB memory and a 128GB SSD laptop. Hope someone likes it.
cojack Avatar2w, 1d agoFound 2 weeks, 1 day ago48 Comments
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720P screen is woeful in this day and age. Welcome to the dark ages, basically, with this laptop. 1080p minimum for a 15-inch screen.
£379 now
so you're going to be squinting to see everything? I have a friend who has a 1080p 14inch laptop and you can't see anything. If you're using it long term, you really shouldn't have things that small anyway.

Then again, I do coding. Having a high resolution would really kill my eyes.
pinchez
I got a Medion Akoya i5-7200U, 8GB Memory 256GB SSD, 1080p 14" screen, 2yr warranty for around £400 2 months ago. It's a great machine an even has backlit keys :)

Awesome deal!! Where did you buy the laptop from? Aldi?

Edited By: vishy01234 on Jun 11, 2017 23:21
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Integral 240 GB SSD £64.99 @ Amazon (and Currys)

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This is the cheapest price for a 240GB SSD from a brand that I would trust. It may not be the best performing drive, but with the recent price increases it is difficult to get a drive from a decent br… Read More
This is the cheapest price for a 240GB SSD from a brand that I would trust. It may not be the best performing drive, but with the recent price increases it is difficult to get a drive from a decent br…
IndianJohns Avatar2w, 3d agoFound 2 weeks, 3 days ago13 Comments
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is this one better than the amd one posted last week? http://www.ebuyer.com/792524-amd-240gb-2-5-radeon-r3-sata3-ssd-r3sl240g
I can't buy SSDs now and for the likely future just given the historic prices :(
carl01869
WhareamI
Purchased Integral 240 GB which failed after 6 months. Took over a month to get a RMA (Free) replacement SSD from Integral. I've used various SSD brands over the last few years and this brand is the first which has failed.
Purchased about 40 of these and 100 120gb ones over the last 2 years, so far o failures
I've put them in all computers I've built over the couple of years (6) since the 120GB ones were about £25. All still working. No complaints.
I ordered the PLEXTOR PX-256M7VC from Amazon the other day its temporarily out of stock but its a little cheaper than this and 16gb larger but it has a massive 160tb tbw if you wrote 50gb a day to it it would last over 5 years and i needed it for my server so i needed a reliable drive and that seems to be the one, the insides are nearly exactly the same as the £20+ more expensive Crucial MX300 and it beats it performance wise in most tests so its a no brainer.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01EJU7BR6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Edited By: polly69 on Jun 09, 2017 20:00: Jun 09, 2017 20:00
Not a bad price considering the battering the pound has taken recently.
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Samsung ssd PM871A 512GB £161.29 - lambda-tek

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I'm not sure whenever this is consumer or mainly for clients but description is here http://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/products/flash-storage/client-ssd/MZNLN512HMJP?ia=831 https://uk.hardwa…
Loxust Avatar2w, 4d agoFound 2 weeks, 4 days ago3 Comments
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Only 3 years warranty - no word on endurance but cold due to the 850 evo being cheaper
888eyeball
So are these on par with their evo or pro drives?
Seems to similar in spec to the 850 EVO.

Some info here
So are these on par with their evo or pro drives?
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Receive a Free code to download Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands with every purchase of WD Blue SSD 500GB (£136.97) or 1TB (£278.92) @ ebuyer

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itsvimal Avatar2w, 4d agoFound 2 weeks, 4 days ago9 Comments
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Can't understand the level of negativity really.

Yes, the free game is useless to me, as my PC laptop isn't a gaming machine, and I'm more a Mac fan. Despite that, the price is comparable to similar capacity SSD's around, and someone would undoubtedly buy the download code for a few quid.

Anyone who voted negative care to explain why!
That's an expensive game on its own so hot from me...just need to find an excuse to buy a 500GB SSD to get it past the missus
The drive is well priced compared to other Etailers, so the game is a genuine freebie. Deal rating should be Hot!!! ;)

Edited By: MrStorage on Jun 08, 2017 14:31: Jun 08, 2017 14:31
gabesdad
This seems about par for the course price wise elsewhere, so the game may actually be a genuine freebie.

It is a genuine freebie, prices wont change for a long time so this is actually a hot deal.
This seems about par for the course price wise elsewhere, so the game may actually be a genuine freebie.
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HP 255 G5 Laptop 15.6" ok CPU 8GB RAM 256GB SSD Windows 10 Home £289.98 - Ebuyer

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OK CPU - benchmark is just below 3000. Good value with SSD. Not FHD if this matters. FREE P&P if you go for 5day postage option. Recommendation: Chances are the Windows10 build on this will be ol… Read More
OK CPU - benchmark is just below 3000. Good value with SSD. Not FHD if this matters. FREE P&P if you go for 5day postage option. Recommendation: Chances are the Windows10 build on this will be ol…
Musicrab Avatar2w, 5d agoFound 2 weeks, 5 days ago35 Comments
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Would this be OK to play rocket league at professional level please? Looking for my son.
Pondlife
newmann
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newmann
htslough
screen resolution 1366x768 so ice cold
It's £290 FFS!
It's also the year 2017...
So that means that companies are obliged to give higher quality products at lower prices?
That's the general progression of tech goods yes
Then this still stands....
"...if you can find me an 8gb ram 256gb SSD laptop with full HD for sub £300 then I'll eat my words."
newmann
supermann
newmann
htslough
screen resolution 1366x768 so ice cold
It's £290 FFS!
It's also the year 2017...
So that means that companies are obliged to give higher quality products at lower prices?
That's the general progression of tech goods yes
out of stock on eBuyer now
timj13
Yeah, i cant really be bothered to anyway lol I paid £330 checking me receiptHow do you check the warranty left and then how do you go through web based system to get the full 12 months if it is less, please mate?

https://support.hp.com/gb-en/checkwarranty

It tells you time left and gives you the dispute option. When the system is working that is. Do a PDF print of the eBuyer invoce to upload as evidence.

There is also the "HP Support" app for firmware and software updates that's pre-installed and has a section on it that can check the warranty and links you to the above to dispute.
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HP 250 G5 Laptop 15.6" i3-5005U 8GB 256GB SSD Windows 10 Home £398.99 - Amazon

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I was asked to look for a deal for a friend, so found this. Looks okay to me. • 8GB DDR3 RAM – plenty for standard home use and should see you right for the life of the laptop • 256GB Solid State Ha…
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Missla
http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6513962 is this a good deal, I have no idea about laptops

The processor in the Argos deal is a "Intel Pentium n3710" which, combined with a traditional (mechanical) hard drive will make the Argos laptop a bit (quite a bit) sluggish. It IS a big hard drive though. The Ebuyer one I linked to above is about 50% faster (CPU-wise) and, together with SSD will be much faster in general use. Question: do you need a big hard drive? If not, go for the Ebuyer laptop IF you prefer to buy new (rather than second-hand). Ok?

Edited By: Musicrab on Jun 07, 2017 12:10:
http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6513962 is this a good deal, I have no idea about laptops
Not bad for 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM. I personally wouldn't worry about the non-FHD but others will. Cheaper here (same company?) £370
https://www.serversdirect.co.uk/p/1191066/hewlette-packard-hp-g5-250-i3-5005u-8gb-256ssd-15.6-inch-windows-10-home-laptop
OR this one which I think is better value at £290 from Ebuyer. CPU is a little slow but offset by SSD. Bargain. If you can live with Ebuyer.
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/780541

Edited By: Musicrab on Jun 07, 2017 11:19:
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LENOVO IdeaPad 510S 14" Laptop Silver Windows 10 8GB RAM 256GB SSD Storage - £529.99 via eBay Currys store

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Bought this beautiful well built laptop it came today, here is a repost of my currys post but on the ebay store. Its honestly a steal the speakers are amazing. 8) :3 I am typing on it right now Sp…
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this laptop has a very nice matt hi res ips screen, one of the best ive seen.
the case is a bit plasticy though.
makes the shiny screened mac books with their horrid keyboards and lack of ports look like a waste of money.
Swanny3339
Touch Screen , and better processor. Got one for the wife, and can not find any faults with itAnd they accepted best offer of £460


Sounds good...
Look at this post it seems I have to replace the old laptop
It's been this price for a while on the Currys website, I nearly bought it when they had a 10% discount code but was hoping for a better deal at the last bank holiday.
some of the second hand ones have only been used once or twice.
save yourself several hundred pounds.
let me guess what I would do?
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Acer Aspire ES 15 - Core i3, SSD, FULL HD - Refurb £228.94 @ BargainCrazy

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Yes it's a refurb. But a SSD, full HD screen and a 5th gen i3 processor is a decent spec for only £228. Use code W520 to get this price. Doesn't mention the processor, but a quick Google of the p…
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Jonnyblock
Dammit, don't want red.
OOS too, might mean cancelled..?
Dammit, don't want red.
Oos
"Unable to fulfil request. There is no stock available"

Move along, nothing to see here.
Why!Why!!Why!!! For ffs I have just bought a lower spec laptop for nearly twice that! Why didn't this come up 2 months ago????
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Drevo 240GB 2.5" SATA3 SSD - £59.99 delivered @ eBay (dinsdale-uk)

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spannerzone
£6 more for the AMD ssd drive, plus you're not buying from a character from Monty Python. :D

AMD drives mostly use Toshiba flash. The newer stuff is pretty good but until quite recently they were surprisingly awful for such a large scale manufacturer. Akin to Seagate's hard drives from 4-5 years ago.
astramondeo
These are used! - will it come with any software to clone my existing HD - how do I go about that?

Most available commercial software is **** or at very least overpriced, I would almost always use the free Clonezilla unless I was shrinking a large volume to a smaller drive.
A used SSD, you have to be joking, these things have a read/write cycle life, you have no idea how much a used SSD has been hammered. Pay the extra and buy new.
£6 more for the AMD ssd drive, plus you're not buying from a character from Monty Python. :D
These are used! - will it come with any software to clone my existing HD - how do I go about that?

Edited By: astramondeo on Jun 05, 2017 16:17
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AMD 240GB 2.5" Radeon R3 SATA3 SSD £65.98 Delivered @ eBuyer

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Not a bad price for the capacity. Would be perfect as an upgrade to a slowing PC or laptop 8) Superior in value and performance. Get up to 10x the speed of a traditional hard drive. Bring new life
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me_lee
eBuyer so no thanks... will hold a grudge against them forever for their handling of the RMA for my old SSD.


I never go burned by ebuyer RMA dept. my issue with them is they decided to switch to using ParcelForce for deliveries and i absolutely loathe them.

problems with the RMA dept didnt arise till a few years after that when i think i heard the size of staff bonuses depended on how many RMAs they reject.


For anyone interested in this SSD.... Its SLOOOOOWWWWWWW i think its 260mb/s write and 500mb/s read.... even a Samsung 830 evo from a few years back outperforms this SSD.

Not the end of the world, but its something to take into consideration if you regularly write a load of files.


Yes as you say "not the end of the world" especially if you're laptop is sata2.
Bought a few of these, they're shockingly bad. Don't bother.
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thegamingkinginfo
Not had a problem with eBuyer in a long time. Did once a long time ago but ordered a monitor recently with no problems. Last time I used them for RMA it was no problem but everyones experiences differ.
I RMA'd a dead SSD under warranty. They refused to replace it (the same model was available but had gone up significantly in price) and deducted 30% from the refund of the original purchase price for "wear and tear" so to replace the thing I would end up paying almost double what I originally paid. When I refused and told them to send it back to me so I could deal with the manufacturer they said that wasn't possible as they had already destroyed it.
Not the actions of a company I'll ever do business with again.
I know im late to respond to this, but had this happened to me, then i would of taken them to a small claims court.
For them to fight the case they would need to find someone to represent the company and brief them on what has happened before they go to court and that usually takes them too much time, effort and money to do so they should settle out of court...
If they had destroyed it, then they owe you a full refund or swap it for the same model or similar. It should be covered in the sale of goods act.
Scan's RMA department used to be horrendous aswell. but as soon as they know that you know your rights as a consumer, they will begin to play ball with you, albeit rather reluctantly.
dont let any retailer pull the wool over your eyes
Good advice
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Dodge62
Not really fair to **** a company off on a half-remembered detail. It wasn't "how many RMAs they reject" but "how many RMAs they are able to avoid". If you phone to tell them your device is broken and you want to return it, and they tell you how to solve the problem so it works and you don't have to return it, that's a good thing, right?
i didnt **** any company off, my argument with them was that i refused to do business with them while they used ParcelForce to do all their deliveries and it was at least 3 or 4years before the whole rumor or news about the RMAs came out but I had stuck to my guns and not bought anything from them since and till today I still haven't though they might of switched to using another delivery company quite a few times by now.
I read the article posted about their RMA dept and judging how quickly ebuyer or their PR team jumped up to defend and explain themselves as well as denying the context that the rest of the internet seemed to have taken when they saw this picture...https://regmedia.co.uk/2013/12/23/ebuyer_big.jpg
It leads me to think that they were caught with their pants down like a deer in the headlights.
While my RMAs before the whole 'scandal' went smoothly. I know quite a few people closer to the time of the news article who didnt have such a smooth experience with them.
The only people who will defend ebuyer is their PR team or employees
first time i have seen the pic, what dummies for leaving it up, you would have thought they would have had another glance at the photo and notice the board, hilarious
me_lee
thegamingkinginfo
Not had a problem with eBuyer in a long time. Did once a long time ago but ordered a monitor recently with no problems. Last time I used them for RMA it was no problem but everyones experiences differ.
I RMA'd a dead SSD under warranty. They refused to replace it (the same model was available but had gone up significantly in price) and deducted 30% from the refund of the original purchase price for "wear and tear" so to replace the thing I would end up paying almost double what I originally paid. When I refused and told them to send it back to me so I could deal with the manufacturer they said that wasn't possible as they had already destroyed it.
Not the actions of a company I'll ever do business with again.


I know im late to respond to this, but had this happened to me, then i would of taken them to a small claims court.

For them to fight the case they would need to find someone to represent the company and brief them on what has happened before they go to court and that usually takes them too much time, effort and money to do so they should settle out of court...

If they had destroyed it, then they owe you a full refund or swap it for the same model or similar. It should be covered in the sale of goods act.

Scan's RMA department used to be horrendous aswell. but as soon as they know that you know your rights as a consumer, they will begin to play ball with you, albeit rather reluctantly.

dont let any retailer pull the wool over your eyes
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ASUS VivoBook K556UQ 15.6" Full HD - Intel Core i7-7500U, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2 GB GDDR3 £799.99 @ Amazon

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Pretty good spec for that price I believe. Available on Prime too. Cheaper i5 option available. Only downside I think is the battery life but good if not needed for mobility Tech Spec: Brand A… Read More
Pretty good spec for that price I believe. Available on Prime too. Cheaper i5 option available. Only downside I think is the battery life but good if not needed for mobility Tech Spec: Brand A…
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Asus have just released their updated version of vivobook, zenbook etc worth checking out. I think they come out in June or July I believe. May help with lowering the prices of previous gen models
Looks like it was £699.99 over bank holiday recently, that was a VERY good price, this is still a good price as well though!
Yes it was £699 on amazon 2 weeks go, I brought it... brilliant laptop! Loads very quickly, good graphics and processor!
bukton
Constantine
I'm tied to buying from Amazon but am struggling to find a good deal


How are you tied to Amazon?


They refunded on an 18 month old nexus 5x as credit... Although even if it wasn't credit, I'd stick with them for how hassle free the whole process was. Consistently great customer service from Amazon for me.
Constantine
I'm tied to buying from Amazon but am struggling to find a good deal


How are you tied to Amazon?
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Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 15.6", Black & Red at John Lewis for £799.00

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Thinking about and saw this after buying a 'gaming laptop' second hand only to find it won't play the one game (Ark survival evolved) I bought it for (well it does but less than Megadrive graphics). B… Read More
Thinking about and saw this after buying a 'gaming laptop' second hand only to find it won't play the one game (Ark survival evolved) I bought it for (well it does but less than Megadrive graphics). B…
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Didn't have Red keyboard tho like in pictures )-;
Exactly same as one I bought and got 2 years warranty.
Do they? Anyone? Or do JL?
Read something that said Currys do a NUS / student discount aswell at certain times.
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Crucial MX300 275GB SSD - £80.99 @ Amazon

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This is the cheapest this has been on Amazon since around Jan. I realise that SSDs are still higher priced, but this is about the best I can see for this drive. Read More
This is the cheapest this has been on Amazon since around Jan. I realise that SSDs are still higher priced, but this is about the best I can see for this drive.
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The Samsung 850 is 85 for 250gb on Amazon which is the one I'd go for if I had to choose
its 86.94
had both in my basket for couple of months
this is by far the lowest price for either but i still cant pull the trigger :(
85.87 this morning, now 86.37 for me.
I'd still pay a fiver more for the Samsung, it's a better drive.
Amazon do change prices based on your browser and cookies I believe?
sorry - i was looking at the m.2 versions, oddly the m.2 mx300 dropped to exact same price at the exact same time so i never checked the picture
brilly
gowf
The Samsung 850 is 85 for 250gb on Amazon which is the one I'd go for if I had to choose
its 86.94
had both in my basket for couple of months
this is by far the lowest price for either but i still cant pull the trigger :(


85.87 this morning, now 86.37 for me.

I'd still pay a fiver more for the Samsung, it's a better drive.

Amazon do change prices based on your browser and cookies I believe?
That's the cheapest that I could find that SSD model from a reputable UK vendor; heat added, thanks for the share.
gowf
The Samsung 850 is 85 for 250gb on Amazon which is the one I'd go for if I had to choose
its 86.94
had both in my basket for couple of months
this is by far the lowest price for either but i still cant pull the trigger :(
I voted hot. The prices are mad though.
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HP Laptop 8gb RAM i5 with 256gb SDD £499.00 @ Currys

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Looks like a good deal with a good Spec laptop. people agree?? Read More
Looks like a good deal with a good Spec laptop. people agree??
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Agree but don't think there is anything else on market for the price and Spec. If there is let me know
There is LENOVO IdeaPad 510S 14" Laptop - Silver
256gb ssd, 1080p, i5http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-510s-14-laptop-silver-10146499-pdt.html
For an extra thirty quid, was just about to post the same suggestion.
MarkoSport
Agree but don't think there is anything else on market for the price and Spec. If there is let me know


There is LENOVO IdeaPad 510S 14" Laptop - Silver
256gb ssd, 1080p, i5
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-510s-14-laptop-silver-10146499-pdt.html
Agree but don't think there is anything else on market for the price and Spec. If there is let me know
1366x768 oO

Kill it. Kill it with fire.
Is a decent spec except HUKD members will go nuts when they see it's a 1366x768 display, a real shame as the rest of the specs are fairly decent but the screen will be its downfall unfortunately
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Lenovo Ideapad i7 8GB 256GB SSD Windows 10 for £707.90 @ iBood.com

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Looks like a good piece of kit for the cost. Decent spec with a full aluminium chassis. I believe the same laptop is £929 at Amazon (Could be slightly different but the spec looks the same, see link) Read More
Looks like a good piece of kit for the cost. Decent spec with a full aluminium chassis. I believe the same laptop is £929 at Amazon (Could be slightly different but the spec looks the same, see link)
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It has a dual core skylake processor, which makes it look expensive even though it has SSD.
Why cold pls?
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HP Omen 15-ax200na, Intel® Core™ i7, 8Gb RAM, 256Gb SSD Storage, 2Gb Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics, 15.6 inch Full HD PC Gaming Laptop. £849.99 (£680 after account credit) @Very

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Great spec laptop for the price you can get it at! Previously £1k, reduced to £850 and now get 20% off when selecting Buy Now Pay Later meaning the cost is just £680! Depth: 38.2 CM Display Size: 15… Read More
Great spec laptop for the price you can get it at! Previously £1k, reduced to £850 and now get 20% off when selecting Buy Now Pay Later meaning the cost is just £680! Depth: 38.2 CM Display Size: 15…
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1. Buy any HP Laptop £399+ and select Buy Now Pay Later at checkout.
2. We'll automatically credit 20% back to your account by 13th June 2017, and we’ll email you when we have applied the credit to your account.
Buy Now Pay Later allows you to delay payment for up to 6, 9 or 12 months. The payment free period starts when you place your order.
The interest is calculated from order date and will be added to your account after the end of the payment free period. Avoid interest by paying in full within the payment free period. If you don't, interest will be charged. Find out more in checkout.
Delivery charges are payable on your next statement.
Order must be placed online. If you return your item, the credit will be reversed. This offer can't be used in conjunction with other offers. Offer live 31st May – 8th June 2017.

I have recently purchased this laptop through 'buy now pay later' and was wondering if the date you stated (13th June 2017) the latest it can be applied? As it is currently the 14th and the credit still hasn't been applied, thanks.
Can a normal hd be installed too or external hd? Surely 256gb aint gonna store many games
Any idea what type of ssd card this uses?
I have ordered, it's too cheap and will get a couple of years out of it
It seems too good to be true with the cashback thing.
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HP Omen 15-ax202na, Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ Processor, 8Gb RAM, 1Tb Hard Drive + 128Gb SSD, 15.6 inch Full HD Gaming Laptop with 2Gb Nvidia GTX 1050 Graphics £829.99 (£664 after account credit) @ Very.com

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Great spec laptop and get 20% off the price at Very when selecting Buy Now Pay Later! Bringing the already reduced cost down to just £664 when you get your credit back! (Offer states 20% off all HP Read More
Great spec laptop and get 20% off the price at Very when selecting Buy Now Pay Later! Bringing the already reduced cost down to just £664 when you get your credit back! (Offer states 20% off all HP
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where is this offer on the very site? I can't see anything
It doesn't have a ti, just the standard 1050. Great price though
revo89
Musicrab
revo89
...Yes I may get that one as most my stuff back up on dropbox so prefer having bigger ssd
Has a 1TB hard drive too!

Thanks I couldn't see in the description but rang them up. Wouldn't have even known if it wasn't for your comment :) Also the graphics card is GTX 1050 Ti -something else they forgot to add to description


Are you sure it's a Ti? It seems too cheap even before the 20% credit.
AJ92
dealchaser888
hi, would this harm my credit profile as they might say not successful?
also would I know it at the point of purchase so I know if I could get that 20% off instead need to pay full price
It's a credit check so everyone could be refused but if yours is good then you most likely be accepted. You start by creating an account and then applying for credit if you accepted then you will see how much credit they give you then try and order an item with bnpl in the basket. If there is no option for bnpl or the bnpl code don't work (whilst i the basket) then your not eligible. Simple

Hi, thanks a lot.
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ASUS Zenbook - Ultra HD 15" Screen, Intel i7-7500, Nvidia GTX 960 4GB, 16GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive & 256GB SSD - £200 off! £1,199.99

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Not for the gaming community, but still for those wanting a high performance laptop, that's not a heavy load to lug around, this should be ideal. Graphic design & CAD stuff would be good here -
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Should add main spec to title

SSD: The New Generation of Storage Devices

Designed to replace standard rotating Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), Solid-State Drives (SSDs) are the next-generation solution that let you upgrade older systems to the superior performance and reliability benefits of solid-state technology.

This information-packed buyer's guide to SSDs will explain everything you need to know about how SSDs work and how this differs from traditional HDDs, the pros and cons of buying an SSD, and the various form factors you can buy when upgrading to an SSD. Then we'll discuss the best brands selling SSDs online, when to grab a bargain on SSDs, and finally, what to look for when buying an SSD. First, though, a brief history of the SSD.

Although SSDs have been around since the 1970s, it wasn't until 1991 that SanDisk, a leader in the SSD manufacturing industry, developed the first flash SSD that makes use of the 2.5-inch form factor that we see in the market today. Since then, a number of other well-known flash storage manufacturers have entered the field, bringing faster, more reliable and cheaper versions every year.

SanDisk 240 GB SSD

What is a Solid-State Drive?

SSDs and HDDs are the two main types of data storage used on personal computers, each offering a number of different features you'll need to consider when choosing one or the other for your next upgrade. There is a third option that combines the two types in one device, which we'll discuss in a later section.

HDDs use a column of actual rigid (hard) disks to store data. A drive motor spins the disks, while a read/write head moves to specific segments on the disk platter to read and write data. SSDs, on the other hand, don't have any spinning disks, springs, gears, bearings, spindles or any other fragile mechanical parts with the potential to break. Instead, SSDs use an integrated circuit of flash memory chips, keeping the drive working even after accidental impacts. In contrast to the volatile flash memory found in RAM modules, flash chips in SSDs are able to retain saved data after the drive has stopped receiving power.

SSD flash technology usually comes in two flavours: MLC and SLC. SLC (single-layer cell) flash chips inside the SSD store a single bit of info in each memory cell, which generates fewer errors per write cycle to produce much faster transfer speeds, lower power consumption and 100,000 program/erase cycles per cell - ten times the write endurance of MLC (multi-layer cell) technology. This makes SLC the better yet pricier solution for mission-critical industrial applications, where stable performance is essential. MLC, on the other hand, stores two to four bits of info in each memory cell, making it the more affordable and higher storage choice for consumer-grade devices. There has been a recent trend towards TLC (three-layer cell) technology, which allows manufacturers to offer users high capacity entry-level drives at a lower price point but SSDs with TLC flash chips suffer from a lower endurance limit and slower read/write speeds than MLC and SLC.

Managing all of this activity and finding and storing data is the job of the flash memory controller. The more intelligent and efficient the controller, the faster, more consistent, and longer lasting the drive will be. Leading flash memory controller developers include SandForce, JMicron, and Samsung, which some say makes Samsung drives better for performance and reliability, due to developing their own controller for their drives.

Improving the Computers Performance with a SSD

If an entire herd of buffalo can only travel as fast as its slowest buffalo, so too then can your computer only perform as fast as its weakest component. It's possible you have a computer system with the latest operating system, high-tech graphics card, lightning-fast processor, and an absolute gig-fest of RAM. Now imagine how slow it'll be while waiting for your hard drive to physically scan and find individual pieces of data scattered across multiple spinning platters within a hard drive.

An SSD doesn't have this scan and seek issue. As a result, you can boot up your computer faster, access stored data instantly, run software applications without delay, and complete everyday computing tasks like never before. This makes SSDs perfect for running multiple applications on office workstations and complementing the advanced components of top end gaming computers.

To give you an idea of how fast SSDs are, an SSD boasting a sequential read/write speed of around 500 MB per second could boot a Windows 7 PC in about 30 seconds and transfer a full 4.7 GB DVD file in about 20 seconds; depending on the quality of other components, of course. Remember the buffalo!

What's more, SSDs are incredibly easy to install thanks to their use of industry-standard SATA connectors. Recently manufactured SSDs come with a SATA III interface that's backwards compatible with SATA II (3 GB/s) and SATA I (1.5 GB/s). Bear in mind that the performance of your SSD will be limited to the SATA connection version on your computer.

To check the SATA version on your Windows computer:

  1. Open the “Start Menu”, right-click on “Computer”and select “Manage”.
  2. Click on “Disk Drives” and note the make and model of your drive.
  3. Visit the drive manufacturer's website to view specifications of your drive's make and model and note the SATA version.

To check the SATA version on your Mac:

  1. Open “About This Mac” and select “System Report“.
  2. Look at the value next to “Link Speed” and use the following list to determine your SATA version.
  • 1.5 Gigabit = SATA I (SATA 1.0)
  • 3 Gigabit = SATA II (SATA 2.0)
  • 6 Gigabit = SATA III (SATA 3.0)

Portable Sandinsk SSD device

Buying a SSD – Pros and Cons

Apart from fast performance and straightforward install, here are some of the other main advantages of upgrading to an SSD:

  • Reliable data transfer: With built-in ECC (Error Correction Code) functionality, an SSD automatically detects and corrects errors during data transfer, which prevents data corruption and missing files.
  • Longer lifespan: SSD don't attempt to store data in adjacent blocks like HDDs. Rather, SSDs use a wear-levelling algorithm to evenly distribute data erasures and re-writes, which helps ensure consistent, long-life operation of its flash chips.
  • Shock and vibration resistance: No moving parts inside means there is less risk that bumps and jolts will cause the drive to break and fail - great for laptop users working on the move.
  • Lower power consumption: Compared to mechanical hard drives, SSDs don't need a lot of power to run or an energy draining fan to keep cool, giving notebook users longer battery runtime to complete jobs.
  • Drive monitoring: SSDs offer support for the S.M.A.R.T. command (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology), which helps detect and alert you to any possible drive failures before they happen.

The downsides of upgrading to an SSD include:

  • High price: Despite prices falling year on year and using TLC or MLC flash chips rather than the more expensive SLC alternative, SSDs still far exceed HDDs in terms of cost per Gigabyte.
  • Low storage: And because the cost per Gigabyte is much higher compared to HDDs, consumer SSDs are normally developed with between 64 GB and 1 TB of storage space before they become more expensive than the actual machine they will be installed in.

Desktop PC, Apple, Laptop - Who Should Buy a SSD?

Whether buying a new computer, upgrading to a new storage drive or trying to find a new external drive, there are a few things to consider depending on the specifications of your system and personal requirements.

Desktops usually come with a 3.5-inch hard drive screwed into one of the available drive bays. When upgrading your desktop, you have the choice of replacing the hard drive or installing the new SSD into one of the empty bays. Whichever way you choose will require a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch drive bracket to make the SSD fit snugly in the bay.

Installing an SSD into a notebook computer is much more straightforward. Simply locate the current hard drive and pull it out from its slot. Swap in the new drive and you're done. However, not all portable computers come with a drive that uses the standard 2.5-inch form factor. Manufacturers of ultra portable devices install an mSATA and half-slim SSD due to their thin and light properties. To give you an idea of their size, an mSATA SSD is about the same size as a traditional business card. SSD modules using the mSATA and half-slim interface leverage the performance and durability of the SATA interface, yet don't have the bulk or heft of standard 2.5" SSDs, which makes them perfect for Ultrabooks.

The move towards using such a small flash storage device has given rise to the hybrid drive. Also known as Hybrid SSD/HDDs or SSHDs (Solid-State Hybrid Drives), these drives combine all the necessary storage demands of a traditional hard drive with an SSD cache for performance improvements when running frequently-accessed programs.

Apple computers are a little trickier to upgrade, but not impossible. Even though the SSD within your Mac may be fast enough for your needs, it may not be large enough to store your data files. Always check with the drive dimensions, specifications, and compatibility with the SSD manufacturer before buying and installing a new SSD in your Apple computer.

For graphic designers, there is no one SSD that's best for completing design jobs. Video editing and using demanding graphic software like Photoshop can be performed with any of the higher-end SSDs on the market. Similarly for gamers, it's challenging to pinpoint a single SSD that will deliver a lag-free gaming experience better than other drives. What to look out for when choosing an SSD for design or gaming, however, are the sequential read/write transfer speeds, high 4K random file write speeds, and support for features like Native Command Queuing (NCQ), which optimises the order in which received drive commands are completed to ensure maximum performance during high-end gaming and advanced multimedia computing.

Users and businesses interested in using SSDs in a RAID setup will be happy to know that not only can SSDs be set up in a RAID configuration, but they will also produce jaw-dropping boot and load times. Plus, with RAID controllers integrated into most modern motherboards, you won't need to upgrade to a fancy new motherboard, although doing so will generate a further turbo boost in performance.

Easy to Upgrade Your PC with a SSD

SSD External Hard Drive

It is possible to buy external Solid-State Drives featuring all the same benefits of internal SSDs but in a compact, portable form factor. You likely won't be able to match the same speeds you get when using an internal SSD because of the much lower maximum speeds offered in USB 3.0 compared to a SATA III connection, which eliminates one of their greatest attributes over their hard drive counterparts.

An external SSD is still handy for students, commuters, travelling executives, tourists, and so on, who like to work on the move. Because they don't have lots of moving parts inside them, external SSDs can be made much smaller and lighter. Some even go as small as the size of a credit card; although the storage capacity will suffer the smaller the drive becomes. And as long as it's fully compatible with Windows To Go, a portable SSD can allow Windows 8 Enterprise users to run their bootable Windows 8 corporate workspace from any compatible desktop or notebook computer that meets Windows 7 or Windows 8 certification requirements.

More Power: Speed-Up for Your SSD

As already mentioned, SSDs do not have moving parts that heat up during extended use. That means less energy consumption and the reduced need for a computer cooling system to maintain optimum performance. There are a number of other things you can do to get the best out of your drive.

The most obvious one is to use your SSD for your operating system and other program files and use a high-capacity external hard disk drive to store all your documents, music, photos, and video files. The two benefits of doing this include keeping the SSD clean for booting your computer and launching software applications in a flash, as well as reducing the number of writes made to the SSD, which can extend the life of the drive. If you don't like the idea of keeping an external HDD connected to your computer, if you're always on the go for instance, then you could opt for a hybrid SSD/HDD to get the best of both worlds in a single device.

Many flash storage manufacturers produce their own SSD software tool to keep your new SSD running clean, fast, and totally error-free for a long time to come. This usually means automatically updating firmware when available, running diagnostic scans and sending alerts and offering support for unique SSD functions such as S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, and Secure Erase, which guarantees the permanent deletion of all data on the drive for future use.

Windows 7 (or later) users can enable TRIM, which allows the operating system to communicate with the drive to automatically remove deleted data and prevent the need for running a Secure Erase. TRIM (not an acronym) helps to maintain efficient write speeds and reduce long-term SSD wear by automatically wiping blocks of data internally rather than waiting for a new write command in the future.

What to Consider When Buying a SSD

If you've decided to upgrade your computer storage, it's well worth checking out this list of things to pay attention to first before buying an SSD.

The first thing you'll want to check is the SATA compatibility with your computer. You won't attain the super high performance of an SSD with a SATA III interface after installing it in a SATA II computer that you would if your system was built to support SATA III drives. See the guide above to check the SATA version on your Mac or Windows computer.

Have you thought about how you'll transfer everything from your current drive to the new one? The good news is that some SSD manufacturers will include dedicated software to clone (also known as image) the current hard drive in your computer to your new SSD, including the operating system, applications, and data. The bad news is that you'll need to make sure that the capacity of the SSD you buy is greater than or equal to the capacity of your current HDD. If not, you can still clone Windows and software programs but backup the data to another source or repurpose the current drive as an external drive.

Transcend MLC 1 TB SSDIf you'd like to upgrade your desktop PC to an SSD, make sure the drive comes boxed with a desktop bracket. Otherwise, you'll have to shell out for one from another source. It won't cost the drive manufacturer much to include one and it'll save you time and hassle when installing the drive into a 3.5-inch drive bay.

See if the drives you're looking at come bundled with other features. For example, the new SATA Device Sleep (DevSleep) feature that's supported by some SSDs help notebooks compatible with DevSleep save more battery power compared to other power states like standby mode by shutting down the SATA interface completely. Yet DevSleep lets you resume working on your computer immediately when you hit the power button.

The last thing you want to happen is a dead drive after a few months or years of operation, especially if you invest in an expensive large capacity SSD. For this reason, make sure you look for an SSD with at least a three-year limited warranty from a reputable company with easy-to-access customer support.

Cheap SSD: A Few Hints for Buying

There are a number of ways to find the cheapest SSD and big brands that are offering deals; from entry-level 64 GB MLC versions to supercharged yet outrageously-priced SLC drives. Some leading manufacturers offering an impressive line-up of SSDs including OCZ, Kingston, Transcend, Corsair, Crucial, Samsung, and SanDisk. Samsung and SanDisk are also two manufacturers putting eye-catching external Solid-State Drives on the market. Good places to look for SSD bargains are furthermore John Lewis, Currys, Very and Amazon.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday at the end of November are the two days of the year to keep your eyes peeled for SSD deals. It's common for bargain hunters to score up to 75% off brand new SSDs during Black Friday and Cyber Monday among other system components that can keep your SSD performing at its absolute best.

SSD Deals UK: Getting the Best Prices With HotUKDeals

And remember to access the unique SSD page on HotUKDeals to stay up to date about the latest SSD sale and cheap SSD drives all around.