Asus i3 15.6" Full HD, i3 7, 128gb ssd, 8gb ram, fingerprint rdr. As good as a Macbook for half the price. - £599 @ AO. Poss £549
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Asus i3 15.6" Full HD, i3 7, 128gb ssd, 8gb ram, fingerprint rdr. As good as a Macbook for half the price. - £599 @ AO. Poss £549

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Edited by:"Orcinus_orca"Found 4th Sep
£600 less £50 cashback.
Only 1.5kg and very thin bezels, all metal chassis.

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Original Poster

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Edited by: "Orcinus_orca" 4th Sep

Similar specs to THIS for £450
Edited by: "andyzetec" 4th Sep

Cold - a few of same or similar spec been posted recently for £389 to £450.

Original Poster

andyzetec2 m ago

Similar specs to THIS for £450


This is 15.6 and has thinner bezels

No touchscreen, not worth bothering with.

Are you the guy from my post. It isn’t as good as a MacBook they look better and the software. It depends on your needs like video editing and coding.

Notebookcheck has a review of a slightly higher end configuration here: Notebookcheck Review

Key bits from it are that the i3 models (like this one) have a 1366x768 TN display, not full HD and not IPS. The case warps and bends easily making typing unpleasantly spongy. There are build quality issues around the trackpad. There's no thunderbolt 3. The SSD is SATA not NVMe. 42Wh battery instead of for instance 97Wh in a dell xps 15, or 76Wh for the macbook pro 15W.

Basically the macbook comparison is not a fair one. This is a budget laptop and not a particularly good deal.

It runs Windows not Sierra so in no way is it as good as a MacBook

robjewitt3 m ago

It runs Windows not Sierra so in no way is it as good as a MacBook



Come on, that's just a matter of taste. I've plenty of experience with both Windows and MacOS and I'll always go for the freedom of Windows over the frustrated enclosure of MacOS, it's just personal taste.

CarlottaMonroe12 m ago

Come on, that's just a matter of taste. I've plenty of experience with …Come on, that's just a matter of taste. I've plenty of experience with both Windows and MacOS and I'll always go for the freedom of Windows over the frustrated enclosure of MacOS, it's just personal taste.

This might be true of android and iOS but it's a nonsense when it comes to full platform OS. I've never found anything (outside of some Microsoft specific or Apple specific apps) that I can't do on one or the other. If anything having terminal built in is and advantage and something Microsoft have actually copied in terms of Linux commands in CMD

SSDs are great but they need to get rid of their stock of 128GB ones - just a bit too small UNLESS you use it for Windows10 alone and have another disk drive somewhere (usually in place of CD/DVD tray - if your laptop has one) for media.
Edited by: "Musicrab" 4th Sep

WIndows is retrograde compared to the stability of MacOS. It was a breath of fresh air going back to a Mac last autumn after 3 years with Windows 8, then Windows 10. No crashes, no whinging messages, it just works flawlessly.

I paid £600 for an envy 13 that has an i5 processor, fingerprint reader, 256SSD, Full HD screen also it has a backlit keyboard. So this deal is not as good as it seems and nowhere near a MacBook in terms of hardware or software

gabesdad2 h, 54 m ago

WIndows is retrograde compared to the stability of MacOS. It was a breath …WIndows is retrograde compared to the stability of MacOS. It was a breath of fresh air going back to a Mac last autumn after 3 years with Windows 8, then Windows 10. No crashes, no whinging messages, it just works flawlessly.



My niece has a MacBook Pro and the touchscreen has never worked from the day she bought it. Has to use the touch pad or a wireless mouse. Oh wait, the retrograde MacOS doesn't support touch.

CarlottaMonroe4 h, 59 m ago

I'll always go for the freedom of Windows over the frustrated enclosure of …I'll always go for the freedom of Windows over the frustrated enclosure of MacOS


The "freedom" of Windows that forces updates (and even tricked people into complete OS upgrades) on users, endlessly mines data no matter how many settings you disable and continually reinstalls UWP app garbage like Candy Crush even when you've removed it numerous times? Oh, and lets not forget the advertising for OneDrive now being pushed in the File Explorer of all places.

Meanwhile, the "frustrated enclosure" of MacOS allows you to - shock, horror - install Windows or any other OS via VM or Boot Camp and run software out of the box that is unavailable on any other platform (iLife, iWork, Garageband, Final Cut Pro etc).

And, yes, I run both Mac and Windows machines and use an Android phone, so I'm not some rabid Apple fanboy. Both platforms have pros/cons but 'Windows as a Service' (and what it may mutate into) represents anything but "freedom".
Edited by: "Interloper" 4th Sep

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bestbuy1233 h, 51 m ago

I paid £600 for an envy 13 that has an i5 processor, fingerprint reader, …I paid £600 for an envy 13 that has an i5 processor, fingerprint reader, 256SSD, Full HD screen also it has a backlit keyboard. So this deal is not as good as it seems and nowhere near a MacBook in terms of hardware or software


This also has backlit keyboard and hd screen. Difference between i3 7100u and i5 7200u is minimal.
The envy 13 is £900 on hp website.

89quidyoucantgowrong7 h, 10 m ago

My niece has a MacBook Pro and the touchscreen has never worked from the …My niece has a MacBook Pro and the touchscreen has never worked from the day she bought it. Has to use the touch pad or a wireless mouse. Oh wait, the retrograde MacOS doesn't support touch.


Had it on my previous Windows laptop. Didn't use it more than a couple of times in 3 years! Novelty to distract from a mature, but overall average OS.
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