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Posted 19th Nov 2019

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Runs Windows 10s but this can be changed to Windows 10 home for free from what I've read.

Good reviews. Good laptop for portability and anyone after a cheap laptop for general browsing etc.
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My son wants a laptop for college for typing up assignments and looking up stuff on the internet. Is this a good option?
I read the comments on various laptops and chromebooks and ideapads etc etc on here and it’s a minefield. Arguments over hdd and ssd and resolution and operating systems - none of it makes sense to me!
Soapyk819/11/2019 09:14

My son wants a laptop for college for typing up assignments and looking up …My son wants a laptop for college for typing up assignments and looking up stuff on the internet. Is this a good option? I read the comments on various laptops and chromebooks and ideapads etc etc on here and it’s a minefield. Arguments over hdd and ssd and resolution and operating systems - none of it makes sense to me!


This would be a good option if he's just using it for assignments and web browsing (just consider the implications if later on he wants to do something which requires a bit more grunt - I bought my son a decent laptop for homework, then he decided he wanted to edit some videos and couldn't do it).
Soapyk819/11/2019 09:14

My son wants a laptop for college for typing up assignments and looking up …My son wants a laptop for college for typing up assignments and looking up stuff on the internet. Is this a good option? I read the comments on various laptops and chromebooks and ideapads etc etc on here and it’s a minefield. Arguments over hdd and ssd and resolution and operating systems - none of it makes sense to me!


For a college student wanting to use word or similar and general web stuff this will be good. Not going to cope with gaming but it’s £149 so a bargain for a run of the mill basic laptop
Good find, 99p cheaper on Amazon
Soapyk819/11/2019 09:14

My son wants a laptop for college for typing up assignments and looking up …My son wants a laptop for college for typing up assignments and looking up stuff on the internet. Is this a good option? I read the comments on various laptops and chromebooks and ideapads etc etc on here and it’s a minefield. Arguments over hdd and ssd and resolution and operating systems - none of it makes sense to me!


This is pretty much what Chromebooks were made for. At this price point, they are faster, (due to the light operating system,) are more secure, boot and shutdown quicker, and have way better battery life. Essentially they are very limited devices compared to a Windows Laptop, but for many, that can be a good thing.

If you can stretch to £200, getting a Chromebook with a touchscreen removes lots of these limits as you can use any app in the Google Play store, just like you would on an Android phone. (The play store still exists without a touchscreen, but many apps aren't nice to use with a touchpad.)

Once you start to get towards the £300-400 price point, Windows Laptops start to make much more sense.
My son wants to do computer science next year in college. Like the person said in the first comment, I've looked at all the laptop deals and read all the comments but cannot make head or tails from it about what will be the best computer/laptop to get. Can someone please recommend what to buy? Cost is a factor when choosing. Thanks
Are these any good for watching apps such as sky go Netflix bt sports and etc as well as a bit of browsing
I have the older 14" version of this with 2gb of RAM. It's has been perfect for the workshop where it has taken a hammering from dust/drops and is still happy to have multiple chrome tabs open and albeit only light use, fusion360 and inkscape runs fine if you give enough time for the software to load up.
Edited by: "Maskarova" 19th Nov 2019
Masteryates:

'...Once you start to get towards the £300-400 price point, Windows Laptops start to make much more sense.'

Agreed MY, but only now in run-up to BF that paragraph rings true, thanks to the amazing deals posted in HUKD - really good CBs still struggle to come below £400 to match them
Edited by: "xavierluther" 19th Nov 2019
jamkhan19/11/2019 10:33

My son wants to do computer science next year in college. Like the person …My son wants to do computer science next year in college. Like the person said in the first comment, I've looked at all the laptop deals and read all the comments but cannot make head or tails from it about what will be the best computer/laptop to get. Can someone please recommend what to buy? Cost is a factor when choosing. Thanks


I'd start with getting a list of software that will be used. If he will require real desktop applications, (as oppose to things that can be done in the chrome web browser,) your heading for a Windows 10 laptop, and lots more money than this. Anything new at this price point will turn into a false economy, so I'd be looking at the used market.
Masteryates19/11/2019 11:31

I'd start with getting a list of software that will be used. If he will …I'd start with getting a list of software that will be used. If he will require real desktop applications, (as oppose to things that can be done in the chrome web browser,) your heading for a Windows 10 laptop, and lots more money than this. Anything new at this price point will turn into a false economy, so I'd be looking at the used market.



Why? This is a windows 10 laptop, you can upgrade it for free from Windows 10s to windows 10 home. Job done then. Use Chrome, download applications from online.
Danjw9119/11/2019 11:39

Why? This is a windows 10 laptop, you can upgrade it for free from Windows …Why? This is a windows 10 laptop, you can upgrade it for free from Windows 10s to windows 10 home. Job done then. Use Chrome, download applications from online.


There's a reason why this has S, it'd struggle to run Home, two apps at same time would make it stutter/freeze/crash one of them
Edited by: "xavierluther" 19th Nov 2019
Danjw9119/11/2019 11:39

Why? This is a windows 10 laptop, you can upgrade it for free from Windows …Why? This is a windows 10 laptop, you can upgrade it for free from Windows 10s to windows 10 home. Job done then. Use Chrome, download applications from online.


Can it do the job? Yes. Would you want to endure a really slow machine day in, day out? Probably not. Something like a used i3 machine from 3 years ago with a real SSD will be much nicer, that's where I'd put my £.
Masteryates19/11/2019 11:51

Can it do the job? Yes. Would you want to endure a really slow machine day …Can it do the job? Yes. Would you want to endure a really slow machine day in, day out? Probably not. Something like a used i3 machine from 3 years ago with a real SSD will be much nicer, that's where I'd put my £.


... don't forget 8gb ram and you're set

Did you see this deal, what's your expert opinion?

hotukdeals.com/dea…917

Looks like an amazing machine
Edited by: "xavierluther" 19th Nov 2019
Honestly, this would be fine for browsing the web and watching catch up/on demand TV etc. I wouldn't stick normal Windows 10 home on it and I wouldn't try programming on it (re: computer science question) one of the biggest issues everyone is over looking is the amount of storage you're getting on this, most of that 64GB is going to be taken up with Windows regardless of S or home version.

Look for a good deal, on a used or refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad. They're usually ex business laptops with usually good upgrades available if required and good/easy repairs.
xavierluther19/11/2019 11:56

... don't forget 8gb ram and you're setDid you see this deal, what's your …... don't forget 8gb ram and you're setDid you see this deal, what's your expert opinion?https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-chromebook-x360-14-g1-touchscreen-laptop-1080p-i7-8650-16gb-ram-64gb-emmc-52499-using-code-at-laptopoutletdirect-ebay-3333917Looks like an amazing machine


Agreed, does look like an amazing machine for the £. Don't know about you, but I'm not convinced by high end CB's yet, as there isn't one which ticks all of the boxes for me. Even if you ran kdenlive on this high end CB and tried to edit a 4K60 video, the GPU will be the bottleneck straight away.
Masteryates19/11/2019 12:16

Agreed, does look like an amazing machine for the £. Don't know about you, …Agreed, does look like an amazing machine for the £. Don't know about you, but I'm not convinced by high end CB's yet, as there isn't one which ticks all of the boxes for me. Even if you ran kdenlive on this high end CB and tried to edit a 4K60 video, the GPU will be the bottleneck straight away.


... unless you have a Ryzen I suppose, DK if they've used AMD in CBs yet

Curiously enough (or by design), premium CBs seem to appeal more to enterprises than power users
Edited by: "xavierluther" 19th Nov 2019
jamkhan19/11/2019 10:33

My son wants to do computer science next year in college. Like the person …My son wants to do computer science next year in college. Like the person said in the first comment, I've looked at all the laptop deals and read all the comments but cannot make head or tails from it about what will be the best computer/laptop to get. Can someone please recommend what to buy? Cost is a factor when choosing. Thanks


This would be fine but for something like programming where you are staring at a screen for ages I'd go for a 14" model unless portability is the major factor eg moving between classrooms with shorter activities etc. Even then I'm sure a 14" laptop wouldn't be too much for him to manage.
Thanks all for your replies. Budget is around £250, but if I can get what he needs for less it means he can have other gifts with the remaining money
steford19/11/2019 12:47

This would be fine but for something like programming where you are …This would be fine but for something like programming where you are staring at a screen for ages I'd go for a 14" model unless portability is the major factor eg moving between classrooms with shorter activities etc. Even then I'm sure a 14" laptop wouldn't be too much for him to manage.


If your staring at a screen for ages, some of the TN panels, are awful on the eyes. Another reason to spend that little bit more to get IPS.
barkerisonfire19/11/2019 12:14

Look for a good deal, on a used or refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad. They're …Look for a good deal, on a used or refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad. They're usually ex business laptops with usually good upgrades available if required and good/easy repairs.


This.
Soapyk819/11/2019 13:35

Thanks all for your replies. Budget is around £250, but if I can get what …Thanks all for your replies. Budget is around £250, but if I can get what he needs for less it means he can have other gifts with the remaining money



Sorry you've probably got enough comments haha but still wanted to give my two pence.. i wouldn't gift this sort of laptop. This is the type of laptop you buy yourself because you know exactly what you're requirements are. Would it work for a college kid? Sure. And surprisingly well. No, running more than two programs won't crash the device - i use a similarly specced device for uni and its good to run Powerpoint, couple of Chrome tabs, SPSS, and Word at the same time. But i also only use it for on the go when at class or at the library, and have a pc at home. As a standalone device a student will more than likely also want to do more things on it than assignments alone, and gifting a higher spec machine still within your budget would be a safer bet. I hope that makes sense.
Edited by: "Solidcancer07" 19th Nov 2019
There is no “one size fits all” answer here, but I would not buy this.

Yes, it’s a great laptop if you want to surf, and do anything where the website is the “front-end” (aka a portal into another service, e.g gmail/Hotmail, online video, online programming )But the limiting factor is the storage, which cannot be upgraded (as far as I know). The base operating system will probably consume most of the storage so you will have very little space for other stuff.

“But won’t be storing anything on the PC you say…”.But you will want bug fixes/security updates. When Microsoft release a large update you will probably find the PC cannot even download it – then you’ll have to install onto a USB/SSD and install from there… you will be constantly “fighting” for space….

I would increase your budget – this will be more economical in the long run.If that’s not possible buy yourself a refurb within your price range.

Hope this helps – drop me a message if needed…. Happy to share more info if required,

Regarding the deal - heat added - if you want once of these then it's a good deal. and JL is the best
soled7319/11/2019 17:08

There is no “one size fits all” answer here, but I would not buy this. Yes …There is no “one size fits all” answer here, but I would not buy this. Yes, it’s a great laptop if you want to surf, and do anything where the website is the “front-end” (aka a portal into another service, e.g gmail/Hotmail, online video, online programming )But the limiting factor is the storage, which cannot be upgraded (as far as I know). The base operating system will probably consume most of the storage so you will have very little space for other stuff. “But won’t be storing anything on the PC you say…”.But you will want bug fixes/security updates. When Microsoft release a large update you will probably find the PC cannot even download it – then you’ll have to install onto a USB/SSD and install from there… you will be constantly “fighting” for space…. I would increase your budget – this will be more economical in the long run.If that’s not possible buy yourself a refurb within your price range. Hope this helps – drop me a message if needed…. Happy to share more info if required,Regarding the deal - heat added - if you want once of these then it's a good deal. and JL is the best


64gb internal memory is more than enough for Windows and it's updates. A 256gb micro SD with adapter for everything else. Again, like you said, this won't suit everyone but for people who want a laptop for portability, surfing the web, YouTube, Netflix, Microsoft word and a laptop to transfer photos etc onto a USB or external hard drive etc then it is more than enough. This has really good reviews, just some don't like windows 10s which Microsoft brought out for safer and better security... So they say and from what I've read, takes up 4x less than windows 10 home (20gb roughly).
Solidcancer0719/11/2019 14:51

Sorry you've probably got enough comments haha but still wanted to give my …Sorry you've probably got enough comments haha but still wanted to give my two pence.. i wouldn't gift this sort of laptop. This is the type of laptop you buy yourself because you know exactly what you're requirements are. Would it work for a college kid? Sure. And surprisingly well. No, running more than two programs won't crash the device - i use a similarly specced device for uni and its good to run Powerpoint, couple of Chrome tabs, SPSS, and Word at the same time. But i also only use it for on the go when at class or at the library, and have a pc at home. As a standalone device a student will more than likely also want to do more things on it than assignments alone, and gifting a higher spec machine still within your budget would be a safer bet. I hope that makes sense.


Thanks, much appreciated. I’ll keep looking around. Plenty of time before I have to make a purchase
Solidcancer0719/11/2019 14:51

Sorry you've probably got enough comments haha but still wanted to give my …Sorry you've probably got enough comments haha but still wanted to give my two pence.. i wouldn't gift this sort of laptop. This is the type of laptop you buy yourself because you know exactly what you're requirements are. Would it work for a college kid? Sure. And surprisingly well. No, running more than two programs won't crash the device - i use a similarly specced device for uni and its good to run Powerpoint, couple of Chrome tabs, SPSS, and Word at the same time. But i also only use it for on the go when at class or at the library, and have a pc at home. As a standalone device a student will more than likely also want to do more things on it than assignments alone, and gifting a higher spec machine still within your budget would be a safer bet. I hope that makes sense.


True. It's hard to imagine an 11" laptop being perfect for all needs. I've recently ordered a cheap one as I need something very light and portable to use once every few weeks or so. I have a 17" one on a desk for "work", a 14" Chromebook for general use and another cheap 14" for messing about with Linux and stuff. They all serve a specific purpose. If I had to have only one I'd go with a 14" Windows machine to cover most bases to some extent without it being perfect for any of my usage patterns.
Edited by: "steford" 19th Nov 2019
jamkhan19/11/2019 10:33

My son wants to do computer science next year in college. Like the person …My son wants to do computer science next year in college. Like the person said in the first comment, I've looked at all the laptop deals and read all the comments but cannot make head or tails from it about what will be the best computer/laptop to get. Can someone please recommend what to buy? Cost is a factor when choosing. Thanks


If he's studying computer science this won't do because he'll need to run a lot of full desktop apps and tools that won't run on it.

Studying computer science usually involves compiling programs, working with databases etc. which can require quite a lot of CPU power and memory. Using an underpowered computer could really slow him down and make it hard to finish his assignments on time or get a good grade, so it's quite important to get a decent machine I think.
He'll also probably want something that has a decent graphics processor so that he can learn 3d modelling, learn to program games and work with video, plus of course being able to play games online with his friends (which obviously tends to be a popular social activity among computer science types!)

Something like this one should be a good balance between keeping costs down and being able to get the job done: hotukdeals.com/dea…228

Generally though, since this is going to be the main tool in his toolchest and I assume he already knows a fair bit about computers, it might be worth involving him in the purchase decision and get the right one?
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