HP 15-bs101na i7-8550u / 8GB RAM / 2TB HDD £599 + free sleeve and mouse @ hp.com
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HP 15-bs101na i7-8550u / 8GB RAM / 2TB HDD £599 + free sleeve and mouse @ hp.com

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Found 20th Nov 2017
Use code BLACK3 for £599

Power through your day with a stylish laptop created to keep you connected, and on top of everyday tasks. With reliable performance and long lasting battery life[1]—you can easily surf, stream and stay in touch with what matters most.

Windows 10 Home 64
Intel® Core™ i7-8550U (1.8 GHz base frequency, up to 4 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
39.6 cm (15.6”) diagonal FHD SVA anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
8 GB memory; 2 TB HDD storage
HP Fast Charge; HD Webcam

Free sleeve and mouse when added to basket too.

Stick an SSD in and it’ll be a decent machine for the price.
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That looks impressive.
Is 2.1kg heavy for a laptop?
tawse572 m ago

That looks impressive.


Agreed, will look to see if they have any desktops
HOT but too bad it doesn't have a MX150 dedicated graphics card
tawse575 m ago

Is 2.1kg heavy for a laptop?


Fairly yes, it's heavier than a Macbook Pro 15 latest generation by about 300g, it's also fairly chunky. You probably want to look at a 12 or 13i inch laptop if you want to carry it around. It's not impossible, it's just going to be a bit on the heavy side.
fmo3 m ago

Fairly yes, it's heavier than a Macbook Pro 15 latest generation by about …Fairly yes, it's heavier than a Macbook Pro 15 latest generation by about 300g, it's also fairly chunky. You probably want to look at a 12 or 13i inch laptop if you want to carry it around. It's not impossible, it's just going to be a bit on the heavy side.




Yep, shame it is not a 14 inch max.
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fmo35 m ago

Fairly yes, it's heavier than a Macbook Pro 15 latest generation by about …Fairly yes, it's heavier than a Macbook Pro 15 latest generation by about 300g, it's also fairly chunky. You probably want to look at a 12 or 13i inch laptop if you want to carry it around. It's not impossible, it's just going to be a bit on the heavy side.


Yeah but a MacBook Pro 15” in the cheapest config is £1,899 - over 3x more expensive. You’d expect it to be lighter
Edited by: "0WL" 20th Nov 2017
Looking good but, no decent video card
Good deal but this one (store.hp.com/UKS…NTB) comes with a IPS screen, bigger battery, and SSD (albeit with a smaller 1TB hard drive). It is an i5, but it £10 cheaper.
Edited by: "markpomeroy" 20th Nov 2017
If only HP could put a British keyboard layout on their consumer devices, every other manufacturer can do it but not HP apparently
fmo2 h, 10 m ago

Fairly yes, it's heavier than a Macbook Pro 15 latest generation by about …Fairly yes, it's heavier than a Macbook Pro 15 latest generation by about 300g, it's also fairly chunky. You probably want to look at a 12 or 13i inch laptop if you want to carry it around. It's not impossible, it's just going to be a bit on the heavy side.


2.1kg really isn't heavy is it? 3-4kg was normal for a 15" years ago (excluding ultra books) and comparing this to a £2500-ish MacBook Pro which is totally proprietary and completely not-upgradable (no modularity)isn't the same thing.

I would say 2.1kg for a FHD quad-core 15" laptop is pretty good.
hotest1 h, 26 m ago

Looking good but, no decent video card


You'd be surprised with the video in the 8th gen it's not a Geforce but....
It is still more than 2x slower than mx150
Edited by: "xxkichaxx" 20th Nov 2017
Is there space in this for a ssd and the 2tb mechanical drive?
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Tomb18 m ago

Is there space in this for a ssd and the 2tb mechanical drive?


I believe it has an m.2 slot going by a previous deal for this laptop
You're probably better buying the i5 Pavilion they have on black friday for £589, that was last week £649 with printer and 3yr warranty. The 8th Gen i5 isn't much slower than the i7, but the i5 Pavilion has a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD, has a backlit keyboard, metal body (overall more premium feel), but also has a DVD drive which this doesn't. I know it's 2017 but an optical drive to even play an old CD (or kids CD's in our house!) is still really useful.

Details here: store.hp.com/UKS…NTB
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sionwhughes8 m ago

You're probably better buying the i5 Pavilion they have on black friday …You're probably better buying the i5 Pavilion they have on black friday for £589, that was last week £649 with printer and 3yr warranty. The 8th Gen i5 isn't much slower than the i7, but the i5 Pavilion has a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD, has a backlit keyboard, metal body (overall more premium feel), but also has a DVD drive which this doesn't. I know it's 2017 but an optical drive to even play an old CD (or kids CD's in our house!) is still really useful. Details here: http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=2PN21EA&opt=ABU&sel=NTB


Each to their own. I’d rather have an i7 and upgrade than be stuck with an i5
redflash2 h, 49 m ago

If only HP could put a British keyboard layout on their consumer devices, …If only HP could put a British keyboard layout on their consumer devices, every other manufacturer can do it but not HP apparently


Is it US layout?
LankyChris21 m ago

Is it US layout?


The keys are in the shape of the US keyboard (long Left Shift key and wide Enter key) but they do have a '£' on the '3' key. When you also consider most of Europe also use the same physical layout as a British keyboard (albeit with their own special characters printed on) and HP also forces the US style on them it's like HP just holds the world outside of North America in contempt.

Granted it's not the greatest problem in the world but other manufactures put in the effort to localise their devices so why can't HP.

This image from HPs forum shows what I mean h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/…008

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redflash14 m ago

The keys are in the shape of the US keyboard (long Left Shift key and wide …The keys are in the shape of the US keyboard (long Left Shift key and wide Enter key) but they do have a '£' on the '3' key. When you also consider most of Europe also use the same physical layout as a British keyboard (albeit with their own special characters printed on) and HP also forces the US style on them it's like HP just holds the world outside of North America in contempt. Granted it's not the greatest problem in the world but other manufactures put in the effort to localise their devices so why can't HP.This image from HPs forum shows what I mean https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/US-Keyboard-Layout-on-UK-model/td-p/5954008[Image]


Thanks for the detailed explanation. I imagine most casual users could put up with that but as a coder there's several keys I need to use regularly that are in the wrong place so would be really frustrating.

Is this the case for all HP laptops, or only some ranges?
RRP of 749 and no SSD , who in their right mind would buy a laptop even at the reduced price without a SSD these days
0WL2 h, 31 m ago

Each to their own. I’d rather have an i7 and upgrade than be stuck with an …Each to their own. I’d rather have an i7 and upgrade than be stuck with an i5


"Stuck with an i5"?? Have you seen the performance benchamrks between the 5th Gen i5-8250u and the i7-8550u? There's about 5% difference in it as the i5-8250u and the i7-8550u are both physical quad core with 2 threads each. That 5% difference for a more premium laptop, 128GB SSD and Optical drive makes better value sense!
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sionwhughes10 m ago

"Stuck with an i5"?? Have you seen the performance benchamrks between the …"Stuck with an i5"?? Have you seen the performance benchamrks between the 5th Gen i5-8250u and the i7-8550u? There's about 5% difference in it as the i5-8250u and the i7-8550u are both physical quad core with 2 threads each. That 5% difference for a more premium laptop, 128GB SSD and Optical drive makes better value sense!


The 8550u has more cache and a higher clock speed. Why spend the same for something less. You can buy a 128GB M.2 for £50 to make it the same. I think you’re just bitter you bought a laptop not as good for more money.
LankyChris1 h, 59 m ago

Thanks for the detailed explanation. I imagine most casual users could put …Thanks for the detailed explanation. I imagine most casual users could put up with that but as a coder there's several keys I need to use regularly that are in the wrong place so would be really frustrating.Is this the case for all HP laptops, or only some ranges?


As far as I can tell it's only their consumer laptops that do this, the majority of their 'Pro' business lines have the proper British layout but as someone who also uses the keys they've moved about make sure you double and triple check before buying an HP laptop.
Edited by: "redflash" 20th Nov 2017
0WL32 m ago

The 8550u has more cache and a higher clock speed. Why spend the same for …The 8550u has more cache and a higher clock speed. Why spend the same for something less. You can buy a 128GB M.2 for £50 to make it the same. I think you’re just bitter you bought a laptop not as good for more money.




Not at all bitter, just offering my opinion on this matter in the hope it helps someone else out. This a great community and I'm just giving that little back positively to help inform people.
So which one is the best buy overall? Trying to decide really need a good laptop for round 500 this black Friday. Any help?
Could someone please tell me if this would play sim 4 ok?
emmk37 m ago

Could someone please tell me if this would play sim 4 ok?


Hey, based on this link - notebookcheck.net/Int…tml - sims 4 should be fine on this laptop on medium (1366x768) settings
Harryw103214 m ago

Hey, based on this link - …Hey, based on this link - https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-UHD-Graphics-620-GPU-Review-Benchmarks-and-Specs.239936.0.html - sims 4 should be fine on this laptop on medium (1366x768) settings


Ooh great thank you!
Call me a biff but I think the Dell 5000 deal post a week or so ago is better than either of the HP ones.

For £699 (so around an extra £100) you get:

- I7-8550U
- 256gb SSD
- 2TB HDD
- 16gb RAM
- a discreet graphics card (AMD Radeon 530 Graphics 4GB GDDR5)

+ 8% Quidco (touch wood)
+ 5% of the spend back in Dell Rewards

Am I missing something.... hotukdeals.com/dea…005

(obvious point is not such a great battery).

.
Edited by: "Tomb" 20th Nov 2017
Tomb53 m ago

Call me a biff but I think the Dell 5000 deal post a week or so ago is …Call me a biff but I think the Dell 5000 deal post a week or so ago is better than either of the HP ones.For £699 (so around an extra £100) you get:- I7-8550U- 256gb SSD- 2TB HDD- 16gb RAM- a discreet graphics card (AMD Radeon 530 Graphics 4GB GDDR5)+ 8% Quidco (touch wood)+ 5% of the spend back in Dell RewardsAm I missing something.... https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/dell-inspiron-5000-i7-8550u-16gb-ram-256gb-ssd-2tb-hdd-156-full-hd-screen-79901-69901-after-cashback-2826005(obvious point is not such a great battery)..


Without an SSD, the PassMark rated i7-8550u coming in at 8021 is like having an F1 engine in a Morris Minor Estate.
Thanks ordered one. You may have to use "YES4" to get to this price. (HURRY - LAST FEW REMAINING)

Right, I know the i5 seems good option but I decided to take a risk having had conversation with CS today and they confirmed that SSD can be added on later stage. (void warranty would be an issue, if you DIY).

As OP said just add SSD if you need to, and it will give you good few years. I don't use laptop to watch movie etc and would not mind if laptop takes bit longer to boot up i.e. as it used to do a year ago :).
An extract from another forum Iron out lots of questions raised earlier....

"I bought this yesterday for £599 - I was expecting worse performance, but it's an OK laptop. The build is pretty average (mostly plastic) and the trackpad position is not ideal.

It's not coming too bloated, but first things I did software wise were:
- upgrade to Windows 10 Pro (I had a spare license) + plus additional system updates (takes a few hours)
- remove MCafee antivirus (30 days trial)
- remove Dropbox
- it comes with an MSOffice trial (upgraded that to full, I had a license)
The HP software that comes pre-installed is quite useful, I suggest keeping it on as it organizes the system information (and system updates options) much better than Control Panel.

Now the good news, I opened it and there are some interesting facts:
- PC4 - 2400 DDR4 is from Samsung (8GB) both slots full, but can easily be changed (not soldered on)
- it has a Seagate Mobile HDD 2TB inside which can be easily removed (1 screw and it's out)
- it has a free M2X3 port where you can plug in a mSATA SSD (these are a little bit more expensive than the usual SSDs) or you can use an adapter (mSATA to SATA) to accommodate your secondary SSD - there is room inside to put another drive but you will have to glue it in place. This is untested, so I have no idea if it will work, but the free M2X3 slot is there for grabs.

What I think I'll do is buy a 64GB mSATA drive from Amazon for £45 and boot from that, while everything else will stay the same. The BIOS on this machine is pretty lame, but at least you can set up the boot order If it doesn't work, I'll return the drive, all good.

The HP assistant is allowing you to create a 1 off rescue (system restore) drive on an USB stick, no need to spend £40 to buy a rescue drive yet to restore the OS on the new SSD.

Now, if you want to get 16GB of RAM and a 500GB SSD, this will add at least £350 to this laptop, making it a £950 laptop, I don't think it's worth the investment at the moment, as there are better options at that price. But this machine can be turned into a beast, too bad that the build quality is average. I think it's an OK machine for what it is inside it right now and can be upgradable easily in the future when the prices on RAM and SSD are a bit lower. If you have spare parts around, then you are a lucky chap - you got yourself a beast
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