HP 14" FHD Laptop i5-8250U 4GB 256SSD (+£50 Cashback) @ AO for £449
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HP 14" FHD Laptop i5-8250U 4GB 256SSD (+£50 Cashback) @ AO for £449

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Found 3rd Jun
The cashback can be claimed after receiving the laptop, make it £399. I can't really find many reviews,except few on AO and Amazon (not sure if it is exactly the same model). It seems that no major complains. Three different colours: silver, red and gold.

Key Features
  • Up to 12 hours battery life
  • Standard weight laptop at 1.7kg
  • 8th gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor - for effortless multitasking
  • 4GB RAM - run 3 to 6 things like streaming & work docs
  • 256GB SSD – the equivalent of 80,000 hi-res photos
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Good spec but probably not the best build quality, knowing HP and their budget models...
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Good spec but probably not the best build quality, knowing HP and their budget models...
plewis003rd Jun

Good spec but probably not the best build quality, knowing HP and their …Good spec but probably not the best build quality, knowing HP and their budget models...


Pretty much the same build quality across most budget laptops, might be good might not be!
I saw an interesting video on YouTube where a user commented that his cheap Sony plastic laptop survived drops better than his very expensive Dell XPS 15.
plewis006 h, 36 m ago

Good spec but probably not the best build quality, knowing HP and their …Good spec but probably not the best build quality, knowing HP and their budget models...


Bought this when it was on offer recently and can confirm that the build quality is poor.

The outer case is flimsy and bends with little pressure. The same goes for the plastic around the keyboard. Will need to handle it with extra care.
KetanS1 h, 0 m ago

Bought this when it was on offer recently and can confirm that the build …Bought this when it was on offer recently and can confirm that the build quality is poor.The outer case is flimsy and bends with little pressure. The same goes for the plastic around the keyboard. Will need to handle it with extra care.


Hi, Is it an IPS display?
tawse577 h, 0 m ago

I saw an interesting video on YouTube where a user commented that his …I saw an interesting video on YouTube where a user commented that his cheap Sony plastic laptop survived drops better than his very expensive Dell XPS 15.


To be fair, ‘drops’ aren’t really what we mean with ‘good build quality’, well it wasn’t what I meant anyway. Metal and carbon fibre are far more dent and crack prone than cheap thick plastics, I was referring to chassis flex and twist as well as overall stability and durability. I don’t think you can really have it both unless you opt for a Panasonic Toughbook or Getac.
win2617 h, 22 m ago

Hi, Is it an IPS display?


Can't find the box to confirm, but vaguely remember it being IPS.
Does the BIOS allow setting Wake-On-LAN option on?

I am hoping to use this as a home server that I can wake up with WoL when needed.
could do with an additional 4gb ram, but otherwise no complaints for this price.
KetanS8 h, 33 m ago

Can't find the box to confirm, but vaguely remember it being IPS.


It is IPS, which is a surprise:
www8.hp.com/uk/…541
JetStream1 h, 19 m ago

Does the BIOS allow setting Wake-On-LAN option on? I am hoping to use this …Does the BIOS allow setting Wake-On-LAN option on? I am hoping to use this as a home server that I can wake up with WoL when needed.



No mention at HP's site though aren't you better off getting a dedicated micro PC or desktop for this? Maybe an ex-lease machine.
Edited by: "plewis00" 4th Jun
JetStream1 h, 56 m ago

Does the BIOS allow setting Wake-On-LAN option on? I am hoping to use this …Does the BIOS allow setting Wake-On-LAN option on? I am hoping to use this as a home server that I can wake up with WoL when needed.


I would give an educated guess that this doesn't have WOL because whilst it's HP branded they don't make this laptop. HP make their Probook/Elitebook/Zbook line of laptops and other business laptops they don't make consumer ones one.

The vast majority of laptops are made by a small group of Taiwanese manufacturers located in China. Quanta, Wistron, Compal and Foxconn being a selection of some of them.

So what I'm getting at is that WOL is a business class feature usually and this laptop being consumer based and not having the HP business pedigree is unlikely to have WOL.
JetStream3 h, 45 m ago

Does the BIOS allow setting Wake-On-LAN option on? I am hoping to use this …Does the BIOS allow setting Wake-On-LAN option on? I am hoping to use this as a home server that I can wake up with WoL when needed.


Have you considered buying a NUC? What do you intend the server to run?

You could add RAM, an M.2 SSD and a decent size SATA disk to one of these...

ebuyer.com/767…bnh
Thanks @Berhwale@fishmaster@plewis00 for the suggestions I might have to go NUC / microPC way if WoL isn't available.

Quad core 8250U in this one at this price point interested me. It crossed my mind that I could use this as a server (running Linux - VMs etc) at home mostly, but also have the option of using it as a development machine if I needed to work away from home (the screen, keyboard, built-in battery would prove handy in that situation)
Edited by: "JetStream" 4th Jun
Nearly ok price.
Cold, can't run Far Cry 5 @ 4k

(actually added heat as I think it's a good spec despite the nonsense above about build quality and it flexing etc, it's a well specced budget laptop!)
Sort of off topic but I purchased this laptop with the 1tb HD and bought an SSD to replace it with.

I can't get the current HDD out for love nor money! The screws almost feel glued it! I only have the small style screw drivers so not much grip to really push/twist. Would larger handles help? Any help would be appreciated.
duffinjonathan34 m ago

Sort of off topic but I purchased this laptop with the 1tb HD and bought …Sort of off topic but I purchased this laptop with the 1tb HD and bought an SSD to replace it with.I can't get the current HDD out for love nor money! The screws almost feel glued it! I only have the small style screw drivers so not much grip to really push/twist. Would larger handles help? Any help would be appreciated.


Larger handle = more leverage. Screw threads likely have blue threadlock on them so will take a bit of force to undo the first time. Just make sure you use the correct size driver, otherwise you might damage the screw heads.
tonyspoons5 h, 0 m ago

Cold, can't run Far Cry 5 @ 4k(actually added heat as I think it's a good …Cold, can't run Far Cry 5 @ 4k(actually added heat as I think it's a good spec despite the nonsense above about build quality and it flexing etc, it's a well specced budget laptop!)


Yes, of course it’s nonsense! I love having the hinges, hinge mounts or plastic on the lid where they connect cracking on a £500 laptop after a year, HP are well known for that. But clearly you know better.
Edited by: "plewis00" 5th Jun
Shame it’s only got 2.4GHz wifi but that is ok for most people, as is the rest of the spec. Very decent at £399 in all other aspects. Good find. Voted hot.
MagicBoy4 h, 51 m ago

Larger handle = more leverage. Screw threads likely have blue threadlock …Larger handle = more leverage. Screw threads likely have blue threadlock on them so will take a bit of force to undo the first time. Just make sure you use the correct size driver, otherwise you might damage the screw heads.



Thank you

Can you suggest any? Or where to buy them? Been looking on Amazon but not really sure what I should be looking for.

And lastly, how do I know if it is the correct size driver? Sorry for all the questions!
duffinjonathan1 h, 16 m ago

Thank you Can you suggest any? Or where to buy them? Been looking …Thank you Can you suggest any? Or where to buy them? Been looking on Amazon but not really sure what I should be looking for. And lastly, how do I know if it is the correct size driver? Sorry for all the questions!


I'm still using a Draper electrical screwdriver set Toshiba gave me when I used to warranty repair laptops 20 years ago! Most common sizes are a Phillips #0 and #1, some really fiddly bits might use a smaller #00.
Edited by: "MagicBoy" 5th Jun
8th Gen i5 FHD - budget model or not, hands-down the best value entry i5 deal around just now, by some way.
I got mine few day ago. I will be honest it is a bit plastic, but it is quite fast. The fan was always on, which was annoying, but I disable it from the bios.The camera was showing the image with lines, but in the camera settings you can change the frequency to 50 Mhz and the lines are gone.
blackhurricane9 h, 23 m ago

I got mine few day ago. I will be honest it is a bit plastic, but it is …I got mine few day ago. I will be honest it is a bit plastic, but it is quite fast. The fan was always on, which was annoying, but I disable it from the bios.The camera was showing the image with lines, but in the camera settings you can change the frequency to 50 Mhz and the lines are gone.


Yes. It’s a good deal and I’m sure it’s fine as primarily a desk-bound machine that’s left open but these cheap plastic things just aren’t built to last sadly (if you’re carting it around). The computers I have that are many years old but still going strong are the HP Elitebook 820s, Lenovo Thinkpad X/T series and Dell Latitude E6xxx/7xxx series. But I am tempted to get an 8th gen Core machine for that ultra-low voltage quad-core as that had always been for gamers and desktops til now.
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