Acer Aspire ES 15.6inch AMD E1 4GB 1TB £219.99 Argos
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Acer Aspire ES 15.6inch AMD E1 4GB 1TB £219.99 Argos

£219.99Argos Deals
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Found 22nd Nov
Acer Aspire Laptop 15.6 in Argos
Quidco 3%
Was 299.99 now 219.99

Been waiting on this for our boys

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laura1018547 m ago

Thanks for the information! I’m looking to buy a laptop for my son but i …Thanks for the information! I’m looking to buy a laptop for my son but it’s a nightmare trying to work out if they’re any good or not!


It depends what he'll be using it for, really.

At the moment, you'll find there are a few coin-toss decisions in finding a decent laptop in the 'budget' range (sub £400):

- SSD vs HDD
- AMD vs Intel processor


To reiterate my thoughts/findings (as I'm also hunting for a good one), this is what I'd summarise:

SSD vs HDD:

The obvious difference is that a Hard Disk Drive is a mechanical part, with moving parts and magnetically-stored data; It's old tech, and you'll get a larger HDD for your money, but it will be slower. An SSD is a solid state drive, so no moving parts (in much the same as a memory card works), and much quicker performance, but they are expensive. As a result, you'll find that you're probably looking at a laptop with 128GB SSD or 1TB HDD in the comparative price stakes. The biggest difference for these is that you'll probably get around 90GB or less usable storage on the SSD after Windows (and some other programs installed out of the box) have taken up some space, as opposed to some 10 times that on a HDD.

You'll notice some comments about 'M2' on these deals - this is because some laptops have the capacity to add an SSD to an M.2 'port' (if one is available), meaning you could have the best of both worlds for around an extra £100 or so, post-purchase.


AMD vs Intel processor

When you're looking at processors, you'll find that they will either be AMD or Intel processors. A few years back, AMD were a credible competitor to the Intel Pentium range, and so you'd genuinely have to consider which processor suited the way you'd use your computer. Unfortunately, this isn't much the case any more - at least in this price range. A processor will have maybe 3 factors to consider in a laptop: How 'good' is the processor, how 'efficient' is it, and what on-board graphics it comes with. Each processor tends to have a 'benchmark' score, and one useful site I use is CPU Benchmark.

Generally speaking, my girlfriend's 7 year old laptop would have been around £700 at the time, and has a benchmark score of roughly 2000 for the processor. Having looked at the 'deals' around, I'd expect that to be the minimum you'd want for your money, for it to be able to useable all-round (especially with some basic games) with anything higher then justifying an extra £100+.

For the lot I've seen bandied about in this price range, mostly examples take from Argos's "deals", here's roughly what scores they get:

AMD E1-6010 APU (with Radeon R2 Graphics) - 850 (in this laptop)
Intel Celeron n3060 dual core processor (with Intel HD400 Graphics) - 993
Intel Pentium n3710 quad core processor (with Intel HD405 Graphics) - 1942
AMD A6 AMD a6-9220 dual core processor (with Radeon R4 Graphics) - 2339
AMD A9-9410 - 2612
Intel Core i3-6006U (with Intel HD520 Graphics) - 3138
Intel Core i3-7100U - 3762


Pretty much all of the above are available in laptops for less than £350 from Argos/PC World, so you'll start to see how much this one compares with the other deals around for slightly more ££.


I'm waiting until Friday, as I think the deals will slowly creep in that would otherwise makes ones like this a little regrettable, certainly for those looking around the £300 mark (in my opinion)
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Looks good have reserved one thanks

Does this have a m2 ssd slot?

Sounds like a very cheap deal for someone who will only use a laptop for the most basic tasks, but beyond that it would be a waste of money. There's not much detail about the processor, other than it being an "AMD E-series dual core", but the pairing of a Radeon R2 graphics 'card' leads me to believe it would be a E1-6010 Dual-Core. That benchmarks around the 800-900 mark (much like the rest of the AMD E range), making it actually worse than most laptops you could buy for the price some 5 years ago.




<£220 for a new laptop is cheap, but it could be an expensive mistake if you're expecting to do more than the most basic tasks with it

chuffedfox6 m ago

Sounds like a very cheap deal for someone who will only use a laptop for …Sounds like a very cheap deal for someone who will only use a laptop for the most basic tasks, but beyond that it would be a waste of money. There's not much detail about the processor, other than it being an "AMD E-series dual core", but the pairing of a Radeon R2 graphics 'card' leads me to believe it would be a E1-6010 Dual-Core. That benchmarks around the 800-900 mark (much like the rest of the AMD E range), making it actually worse than most laptops you could buy for the price some 5 years ago.<£220 for a new laptop is cheap, but it could be an expensive mistake if you're expecting to do more than the most basic tasks with it


Thanks for the information! I’m looking to buy a laptop for my son but it’s a nightmare trying to work out if they’re any good or not!

This has a terrible processor do not buy

I have the same problem! As I don't know enough about processors etc etc. I am looking for a laptop for my 13 year old for homework and that would be able to run games such as Roblox and I can't remember the name of the game but it's from epic and even our home computer won't run it because it calls for 64 bit and we only have 32, whatever that means!!!!! Does anyone have any recommendations for a processor I should be looking for, for homework tasks, office etc and a bit of gaming......I am so out of my depth.

You wouldn't regret spending £100 more on this argos.co.uk/pro…BwE i
3 and 128ssd
Edited by: "Youftbarsteward" 22nd Nov

Very slow laptop, you will be disappointed if you buy

I'm after a quad core or faster

laura1018547 m ago

Thanks for the information! I’m looking to buy a laptop for my son but i …Thanks for the information! I’m looking to buy a laptop for my son but it’s a nightmare trying to work out if they’re any good or not!


It depends what he'll be using it for, really.

At the moment, you'll find there are a few coin-toss decisions in finding a decent laptop in the 'budget' range (sub £400):

- SSD vs HDD
- AMD vs Intel processor


To reiterate my thoughts/findings (as I'm also hunting for a good one), this is what I'd summarise:

SSD vs HDD:

The obvious difference is that a Hard Disk Drive is a mechanical part, with moving parts and magnetically-stored data; It's old tech, and you'll get a larger HDD for your money, but it will be slower. An SSD is a solid state drive, so no moving parts (in much the same as a memory card works), and much quicker performance, but they are expensive. As a result, you'll find that you're probably looking at a laptop with 128GB SSD or 1TB HDD in the comparative price stakes. The biggest difference for these is that you'll probably get around 90GB or less usable storage on the SSD after Windows (and some other programs installed out of the box) have taken up some space, as opposed to some 10 times that on a HDD.

You'll notice some comments about 'M2' on these deals - this is because some laptops have the capacity to add an SSD to an M.2 'port' (if one is available), meaning you could have the best of both worlds for around an extra £100 or so, post-purchase.


AMD vs Intel processor

When you're looking at processors, you'll find that they will either be AMD or Intel processors. A few years back, AMD were a credible competitor to the Intel Pentium range, and so you'd genuinely have to consider which processor suited the way you'd use your computer. Unfortunately, this isn't much the case any more - at least in this price range. A processor will have maybe 3 factors to consider in a laptop: How 'good' is the processor, how 'efficient' is it, and what on-board graphics it comes with. Each processor tends to have a 'benchmark' score, and one useful site I use is CPU Benchmark.

Generally speaking, my girlfriend's 7 year old laptop would have been around £700 at the time, and has a benchmark score of roughly 2000 for the processor. Having looked at the 'deals' around, I'd expect that to be the minimum you'd want for your money, for it to be able to useable all-round (especially with some basic games) with anything higher then justifying an extra £100+.

For the lot I've seen bandied about in this price range, mostly examples take from Argos's "deals", here's roughly what scores they get:

AMD E1-6010 APU (with Radeon R2 Graphics) - 850 (in this laptop)
Intel Celeron n3060 dual core processor (with Intel HD400 Graphics) - 993
Intel Pentium n3710 quad core processor (with Intel HD405 Graphics) - 1942
AMD A6 AMD a6-9220 dual core processor (with Radeon R4 Graphics) - 2339
AMD A9-9410 - 2612
Intel Core i3-6006U (with Intel HD520 Graphics) - 3138
Intel Core i3-7100U - 3762


Pretty much all of the above are available in laptops for less than £350 from Argos/PC World, so you'll start to see how much this one compares with the other deals around for slightly more ££.


I'm waiting until Friday, as I think the deals will slowly creep in that would otherwise makes ones like this a little regrettable, certainly for those looking around the £300 mark (in my opinion)

100% agree the one for £100 is a much better bet

also ebuyer have the acer E14-475 for £299 which is same laptop with 1TB HDD (SSD will be quicker HDD will be bigger)

This has a potato for a CPU, you have been warned.

AVOID

I'd avoid a laptop with this CPU, based on these specs. Try to find something with a Celeron n3450 or Pentium n4200 as a minimum.

This was 180..so not much a deal..
No time machine here but still..40£more

Any laptop 15"6 screen with full HD screen for under 300?..I'm asking to much?:))
My lenovo z50-70 not working anymore....

Seriously DONT the E1 CPU is just horrible

laura101853 h, 0 m ago

Thanks for the information! I’m looking to buy a laptop for my son but i …Thanks for the information! I’m looking to buy a laptop for my son but it’s a nightmare trying to work out if they’re any good or not!


I posted this:

ebuyer.com/797…003

A little while back at £299 it's a bit more so might be out of budget but it's a much better CPU, it'll play Roblox OK and there's a small trapdoor that can be opened to fit an M2 SSD at a later date that will massively speed up disk access times but even as it is its a nice little laptop, I just bought 3 myself.

There's a few bargains in the £299 - £399 range.

Unless there's a really cracking deal somewhere if you generally go under £299 you get terrible processors, or a terrible screen.

Hi all I am also looking for a relatively cheap laptop for my daughter to do school work on.
I am wondering if this at currys is a good option, and worth the extra £60 versus the Acer Aspire?currys.co.uk/gbu…tml


Thanks

AK-4723 m ago

Hi all I am also looking for a relatively cheap laptop for my daughter to …Hi all I am also looking for a relatively cheap laptop for my daughter to do school work on.I am wondering if this at currys is a good option, and worth the extra £60 versus the Acer Aspire?https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-15-bw055sa-15-6-laptop-grey-10169034-pdt.htmlThanks


The HP laptop you've posted looks much better. The CPU has a decent Passmark value of 2339 and importantly 1291 single thread, definitely much more suitable for office work and browsing than the OP's deal. An Intel i3 or i5 will outclass it easily, though. cpubenchmark.net/cpu…072
It's also full HD, which is great. Downsides: HDD is slow compared to SSD but big. 4GB RAM is sufficient for basic tasks, homework and office but may slow down the computer.

I'd say the HP you posted is a really nice deal for the price, particularly because of the full HD screen.
Edited by: "jomay" 22nd Nov

Thanks Jomay, really appreciate the response, as I am out of my depth understanding all of the different options here.
Am also now looking at the deal mentioned above though on ebuyer which is an i3, 8gb but not full hd Also an extra £20.

AK-479 h, 13 m ago

Thanks Jomay, really appreciate the response, as I am out of my depth …Thanks Jomay, really appreciate the response, as I am out of my depth understanding all of the different options here.Am also now looking at the deal mentioned above though on ebuyer which is an i3, 8gb but not full hd Also an extra £20.


HP 15.6" Full HD vs. Acer more RAM and better CPU (and 14"), that's a difficult call.
If it was about gaming for example, the Acer would be a clear choice. But for productivity (spreadsheet/lots of docs) full HD might be more important. Long ago Acer was rather cheaply built, but I don't know if HP is still better today. It doesn't matter as much though if it stays at home in one place. I'd tend towards the Acer as it is more future proof but I'd also ideally want to connect an external full HD monitor...

TBH, ideally you'd go and try the laptop first if you use the laptop a lot without an external monitor and keyboard. A good keyboard is a real productivity factor if you type a lot, much more than a slightly faster CPU.

chuffedfox12 h, 56 m ago

It depends what he'll be using it for, really.At the moment, you'll find …It depends what he'll be using it for, really.At the moment, you'll find there are a few coin-toss decisions in finding a decent laptop in the 'budget' range (sub £400):- SSD vs HDD- AMD vs Intel processorTo reiterate my thoughts/findings (as I'm also hunting for a good one), this is what I'd summarise:SSD vs HDD:The obvious difference is that a Hard Disk Drive is a mechanical part, with moving parts and magnetically-stored data; It's old tech, and you'll get a larger HDD for your money, but it will be slower. An SSD is a solid state drive, so no moving parts (in much the same as a memory card works), and much quicker performance, but they are expensive. As a result, you'll find that you're probably looking at a laptop with 128GB SSD or 1TB HDD in the comparative price stakes. The biggest difference for these is that you'll probably get around 90GB or less usable storage on the SSD after Windows (and some other programs installed out of the box) have taken up some space, as opposed to some 10 times that on a HDD. You'll notice some comments about 'M2' on these deals - this is because some laptops have the capacity to add an SSD to an M.2 'port' (if one is available), meaning you could have the best of both worlds for around an extra £100 or so, post-purchase.AMD vs Intel processorWhen you're looking at processors, you'll find that they will either be AMD or Intel processors. A few years back, AMD were a credible competitor to the Intel Pentium range, and so you'd genuinely have to consider which processor suited the way you'd use your computer. Unfortunately, this isn't much the case any more - at least in this price range. A processor will have maybe 3 factors to consider in a laptop: How 'good' is the processor, how 'efficient' is it, and what on-board graphics it comes with. Each processor tends to have a 'benchmark' score, and one useful site I use is CPU Benchmark.Generally speaking, my girlfriend's 7 year old laptop would have been around £700 at the time, and has a benchmark score of roughly 2000 for the processor. Having looked at the 'deals' around, I'd expect that to be the minimum you'd want for your money, for it to be able to useable all-round (especially with some basic games) with anything higher then justifying an extra £100+. For the lot I've seen bandied about in this price range, mostly examples take from Argos's "deals", here's roughly what scores they get:AMD E1-6010 APU (with Radeon R2 Graphics) - 850 (in this laptop)Intel Celeron n3060 dual core processor (with Intel HD400 Graphics) - 993Intel Pentium n3710 quad core processor (with Intel HD405 Graphics) - 1942AMD A6 AMD a6-9220 dual core processor (with Radeon R4 Graphics) - 2339AMD A9-9410 - 2612Intel Core i3-6006U (with Intel HD520 Graphics) - 3138Intel Core i3-7100U - 3762Pretty much all of the above are available in laptops for less than £350 from Argos/PC World, so you'll start to see how much this one compares with the other deals around for slightly more ££.I'm waiting until Friday, as I think the deals will slowly creep in that would otherwise makes ones like this a little regrettable, certainly for those looking around the £300 mark (in my opinion)


Thank you for your response! Wow so much to compare!

my son won’t be doing much on the laptop, homework, general internet browsing and playing some games like roblox.

as for price I was hoping around £500. I bought a laptop for myself 6 months ago for £350 and as soon as I popped Microsoft office on it then it became even slower than my old one lol!

I was waiting to see what offers started on Friday and I’m hoping that someone tells me to buy a good one haha!

thanks again for all all the information! It’s definitely helped me know what I’m looking for!

jomay23 h, 40 m ago

The HP laptop you've posted looks much better. The CPU has a decent …The HP laptop you've posted looks much better. The CPU has a decent Passmark value of 2339 and importantly 1291 single thread, definitely much more suitable for office work and browsing than the OP's deal. An Intel i3 or i5 will outclass it easily, though. https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+A6-9220&id=3072It's also full HD, which is great. Downsides: HDD is slow compared to SSD but big. 4GB RAM is sufficient for basic tasks, homework and office but may slow down the computer.I'd say the HP you posted is a really nice deal for the price, particularly because of the full HD screen.


What HP laptop are you talking about?

This or the Lenovo V110?
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