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ASUS VivoBook X412UA 14 Inch Full HD NanoEdge Laptop (Intel Core i3 Processor, 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM, Windows 10 S) £299 @ Amazon
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Personally I'd pay the extra £100 to get the model with the 3500u processor + 8gb ram + larger ssd.

But if £300 is your maximum budget, this would certainly cover the basics. Would be worth popping an extra £4gb of ram in it.

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Personally I'd pay the extra £100 to get the model with the 3500u processor + 8gb ram + larger ssd.

But if £300 is your maximum budget, this would certainly cover the basics. Would be worth popping an extra £4gb of ram in it.

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Can’t complain spot on specs for the price. The screen looks great with lack of bezels and proper HD
Oh wait, windows 10S? Cant install proper programs then, just from the app store?
masai03/01/2020 17:14

Oh wait, windows 10S? Cant install proper programs then, just from the app …Oh wait, windows 10S? Cant install proper programs then, just from the app store?


It's easy to change from 10S to full 10.
this will be slow
Bendown03/01/2020 17:38

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compared to other cheap laptops around. it will be slow for use. personally, unless you are on a very tight budget, i would spend a little more than get a better laptop, with faster processor, higher RAM and more storage.
Edited by: "mutley1" 3rd Jan
mutley103/01/2020 17:42

compared to other cheap laptops around. it will be slow for use. …compared to other cheap laptops around. it will be slow for use. personally, unless you are on a very tight budget, i would spend a little more than get a better laptop, with faster processor, higher RAM and more storage.


Depends what you want to do with it. My laptop has these specs and it is very fast. For extra storage can use a thumb drive, £10-20. I think people's meaning of basic is different, you can do lots of almost everything with this laptop apart from playing certain games. You want faster CPU, higher RAM and more storage you pay at least £200 more. Same comments about tablets with 2GB RAM, every one want a 3-4 GB RAM but for the average user 2 is enough.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 3rd Jan
sheffield78803/01/2020 19:25

Depends what you want to do with it. My laptop has these specs and it is …Depends what you want to do with it. My laptop has these specs and it is very fast. For extra storage can use a thumb drive, £10-20. I think people's meaning of basic is different, you can do lots of almost everything with this laptop apart from playing certain games. You want faster CPU, higher RAM and more storage you pay at least £200 more. Same comments about tablets with 2GB RAM, every one want a 3-4 GB RAM but for the average user 2 is enough.


you can get i5 8gb ram and more storage for around £370 when there is a deal on. here is one that has just finished a couple of days ago but there have been a few of these lately. if you can afford to spend a little bit more and are not desperate to get a laptop for the next couple of weeks, then i would wait for a better deal.

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i bought a ryzen 3 (equivalent to i3) 4GB ram laptop recently and i find it is not very fast. it is not as bad as watching paint dry but it could do with a bit of speed. i don't use the laptop for more than browsing and i only ever have one page open. so anyone wanting anything more than this from a laptop will find this spec to be a poor performer, and certainly if they want to keep the laptop for a while they will find it will struggle with time.

i had to buy my laptop urgently so i couldn't hang around waiting a better deal to come up, but since then quite a few has come up like the above expired deal.
Edited by: "mutley1" 3rd Jan
mutley103/01/2020 22:45

you can get i5 8gb ram and more storage for around £370 when there is a …you can get i5 8gb ram and more storage for around £370 when there is a deal on. here is one that has just finished a couple of days ago but there have been a few of these lately. if you can afford to spend a little bit more and are not desperate to get a laptop for the next couple of weeks, then i would wait for a better deal.https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-14-laptop-ryzen-5-8gb-ram-512gb-ssd-full-hd-office-365-personal-1-year-subscription-1tb-cloud-storage-369-using-code-at-ao-3378356i bought a ryzen 3 (equivalent to i3) 4GB ram laptop recently and i find it is not very fast. it is not as bad as watching paint dry but it could do with a bit of speed. i don't use the laptop for more than browsing and i only ever have one page open. so anyone wanting anything more than this from a laptop will find this spec to be a poor performer, and certainly if they want to keep the laptop for a while they will find it will struggle with time.i had to buy my laptop urgently so i couldn't hang around waiting a better deal to come up, but since then quite a few has come up like the above expired deal.


I'll definitely pay £70 more for double memory, double storage and faster CPU. However, with regards to the speed you've got on your laptop, my laptop performs excellent with 10 pages open. I can't see any difference between my friend's i5 8GB RAM and my I3 4GB RAM. I know there is a difference, but can't see it in terms of web browsing or basic tasks. Got my laptop about 4 years ago, at that time was top specs. I agree, I will not buy an i3 4gb ram now (about the storage I am not bothered as far as it is ssd) but in all honesty, based on how my laptop performs, I can't see I need anything better.
sheffield78803/01/2020 23:19

I'll definitely pay £70 more for double memory, double storage and faster …I'll definitely pay £70 more for double memory, double storage and faster CPU. However, with regards to the speed you've got on your laptop, my laptop performs excellent with 10 pages open. I can't see any difference between my friend's i5 8GB RAM and my I3 4GB RAM. I know there is a difference, but can't see it in terms of web browsing or basic tasks. Got my laptop about 4 years ago, at that time was top specs. I agree, I will not buy an i3 4gb ram now (about the storage I am not bothered as far as it is ssd) but in all honesty, based on how my laptop performs, I can't see I need anything better.


if i was looking for a laptop now, i would buy that one even at £399. for £100 more you get a lot more for your money. i had to give my laptop to hubby as he broke his one. that one had i3 with 8GB ram and that was quite fast even though it was more than a year old. this new one has 4GB ram and i definitely feel the difference in speed. if you have used a faster laptop, you will notice the difference when you use a slower one. buying this poor spec in 2020 is not advisable unless you can't afford to buy anything else. if you have more money to spend, you are better off with a higher spec laptop as you get a lot for your money.

storage is important if you have a lot of stuff to store, like photos, videos and documents so 128GB of data storage is quite basic.

the laptop in this post is very basic, pretty much in everything, but for a little more, if you can afford it, i would get a better than basic laptop like this one.
mutley103/01/2020 23:27

if i was looking for a laptop now, i would buy that one even at £399. for …if i was looking for a laptop now, i would buy that one even at £399. for £100 more you get a lot more for your money. i had to give my laptop to hubby as he broke his one. that one had i3 with 8GB ram and that was quite fast even though it was more than a year old. this new one has 4GB ram and i definitely feel the difference in speed. if you have used a faster laptop, you will notice the difference when you use a slower one. buying this poor spec in 2020 is not advisable unless you can't afford to buy anything else. if you have more money to spend, you are better off with a higher spec laptop as you get a lot for your money.storage is important if you have a lot of stuff to store, like photos, videos and documents so 128GB of data storage is quite basic.the laptop in this post is very basic, pretty much in everything, but for a little more, if you can afford it, i would get a better than basic laptop like this one.


I'm not saying this is not a basic laptop. It is a basic laptop for 2020. And certainly the one you've mentioned worth the extra £100, there is no comparison in between these 2.
What I am saying is majority of the people are using laptops for basic stuff, such as web browsing, watching videos. An I3 4gb should handle this very easy. Yes, my laptop is only 128gb, but I have a few thumb drives and external HD, so don't need more storage. Yes, 128gb may not be enough for movies or games, but with regards to photos and documents...come one.. you'll never have so many documents and photos in your entire life. And by the way, my laptop at work is i7 8gb ram and still can't see a difference in between that one and mine.
But I agree, I rather spend a bit more and get a more up to date one. Not the one you've mentioned, as I do not like HP and I want a 15 inch one under 1.5 kg.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 4th Jan
sheffield78804/01/2020 00:27

I'm not saying this is not a basic laptop. It is a basic laptop for 2020. …I'm not saying this is not a basic laptop. It is a basic laptop for 2020. And certainly the one you've mentioned worth the extra £100, there is no comparison in between these 2. What I am saying is majority of the people are using laptops for basic stuff, such as web browsing, watching videos. An I3 4gb should handle this very easy. Yes, my laptop is only 128gb, but I have a few thumb drives and external HD, so don't need more storage. Yes, 128gb may not be enough for movies or games, but with regards to photos and documents...come one.. you'll never have so many documents and photos in your entire life. And by the way, my laptop at work is i7 8gb ram and still can't see a difference in between that one and mine. But I agree, I rather spend a bit more and get a more up to date one. Not the one you've mentioned, as I do not like HP and I want a 15 inch one under 1.5 kg.


I have had a few laptops, Samsung, Toshiba, Lenovo, hp, and acer. I find the hp one the better quality of the bunch.

I would prefer to get an 11 inch laptop but with decent specs they are too expensive at the moment. However smaller laptops are becoming cheaper all the time so soon the 11 inch will become affordable, like the 14 inch.
sheffield78804/01/2020 00:27

I'm not saying this is not a basic laptop. It is a basic laptop for 2020. …I'm not saying this is not a basic laptop. It is a basic laptop for 2020. And certainly the one you've mentioned worth the extra £100, there is no comparison in between these 2. What I am saying is majority of the people are using laptops for basic stuff, such as web browsing, watching videos. An I3 4gb should handle this very easy. Yes, my laptop is only 128gb, but I have a few thumb drives and external HD, so don't need more storage. Yes, 128gb may not be enough for movies or games, but with regards to photos and documents...come one.. you'll never have so many documents and photos in your entire life. And by the way, my laptop at work is i7 8gb ram and still can't see a difference in between that one and mine. But I agree, I rather spend a bit more and get a more up to date one. Not the one you've mentioned, as I do not like HP and I want a 15 inch one under 1.5 kg.


Lets put it like this, this laptop will serve many fine, most people spend most time web browsing and little else hence why Chrome books are now so popular. For the money it is a good buy it runs windows and is not a massive piece of heavy plastic with a thick bezel around the screen. The problem always is that people will say spend more money on a better laptop. You could use this argument for absolutely everything in life, why buy a 49" television when a 65" is better, why buy a Hyundai i10 when a jag is faster, why have 50 meg broadband when 100 meg is faster, do you get what I am trying to say. For most this will do the job and for the ones who want to spend more money on a better spec they can do. I must admit I do get annoyed when people keep saying that this will be slow, it may be slow compared to a faster more expensive machine but will suffice for many and is faster than many other machines, not everyone wants to render graphics. Horses for courses.
Bendown04/01/2020 08:23

Lets put it like this, this laptop will serve many fine, most people spend …Lets put it like this, this laptop will serve many fine, most people spend most time web browsing and little else hence why Chrome books are now so popular. For the money it is a good buy it runs windows and is not a massive piece of heavy plastic with a thick bezel around the screen. The problem always is that people will say spend more money on a better laptop. You could use this argument for absolutely everything in life, why buy a 49" television when a 65" is better, why buy a Hyundai i10 when a jag is faster, why have 50 meg broadband when 100 meg is faster, do you get what I am trying to say. For most this will do the job and for the ones who want to spend more money on a better spec they can do. I must admit I do get annoyed when people keep saying that this will be slow, it may be slow compared to a faster more expensive machine but will suffice for many and is faster than many other machines, not everyone wants to render graphics. Horses for courses.


Absolutely agree. People do not know what basic tasks means. I can see often people's comments, wanting to buy a laptop for school work for a 10 year old. They are often put off by the comments here.
I posted 32 inch TV deals, comments were I can get 43 inch for that price. Posted tablet deals, again, 2GB RAM is not sufficient. And so on. I am with Vodafone broadband, Superfast1, 38mbs. Their price for Superfast2 56mbs is now the same as Superfast1. Is is better to have Superfast2? Yes, it is. Do I need it? No, I don't! I will not change my contract just because I can get a not needed better deal.
I do agree with some comments suggesting to spend slightly more for better specs. The laptop mentioned previously is considerable better and the price is good. But this laptop is fine too.
I bought an HP (HP 14-cm0983na 14 Inch Laptop - (Blue) (AMD A4-9125, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, 1 TB OneDrive and Office 365, 1 Year Subscription Included, Windows 10 Home) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07M814WMG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_zUveEbQ025SWM)
about 6 months ago. Cost me £179. As you will notice, the processor compared to the one in this deal is nowhere near as good. My wife wanted a machine that would let her browse, do social media and allow her to use Word for her uni course. She watches videos on it relatively regularly, often has multiple tabs open, talks to her mates via messenger etc, sorts out her emails, shops etc. These are what I would call the ‘basic’ tasks. I asked her a few times how she was getting on with it, was it slow, did it do what she wanted it to do etc and she confirms every time that it is perfectly fine. She has had faster, better spec machines and she says that every now and then she gets a bit of lag but this is usually because she has got loads of tabs open. She closes a couple and she’s back in business. We have a very fast WiFi connection so we have no issues with bandwidth and she doesn’t play games so she doesn’t have those issues. She can connect to her wireless printer without any issues, she doesn’t do photo-editing other than applying filters and cropping and she has never needed to edit a video for any reason. I would say she is a typical user of a computer these days. Unless you’re looking to game on a machine, edit 4K video while video conference calling then this machine will most likely be an excellent buy imo. Heat from me.
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