HP 15-bs161sa i5 15.6" Laptop - 4 colours - £399.00 @ Currys
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HP 15-bs161sa i5 15.6" Laptop - 4 colours - £399.00 @ Currys

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Not bad at all! Hot!

Might be worth listing the rest of the specs to save everyone time :
Windows 10
Intel® Core™ i5-8250U Processor
RAM: 4 GB / Storage: 1 TB HDD
No ssd
No SSD is disappointing, but it's still fine?
SSD ,might save 30 seconds on start-up.Hot.
monitor115 m ago

SSD ,might save 30 seconds on start-up.Hot.


Yeah, because that's the only benefit of an SSD.
I got this...good spec and build. It is slow starting up, can take abit of time. It does lag abit too. Would say go for SSD if you have the option and budget. I needed the 1TB storage.

I was one of the lucky ones to get it off their ebay store when ebay were doing the 20% discount.
Edited by: "divz_23" 18th Jan
divz_237 m ago

I got this...good spec and build. It is slow starting up, can take abit of …I got this...good spec and build. It is slow starting up, can take abit of time. It does lag abit too. Would say go for SSD if you have the option and budget. I needed the 1TB storage.


What sort of time and what lag?
superfreddy5 m ago

What sort of time and what lag?


I'd say about 3/4 mins atleast but then after that it's quick.

Does lag when opening up Firefox, Firefox tabs and switching between programs. But it's very minimal. I'm finding it to be quite quick once logged in.

Hope that helps
divz_2340 m ago

I'd say about 3/4 mins atleast but then after that it's quick. Does lag …I'd say about 3/4 mins atleast but then after that it's quick. Does lag when opening up Firefox, Firefox tabs and switching between programs. But it's very minimal. I'm finding it to be quite quick once logged in.Hope that helps


Thanks. That's really slow...
I’m after a new laptop but I fine no matter what is put onto HDUK people slate it for what it doesn’t have! Why?
Please if you are going to slate laptops/notebooks etc slate it for what it has not what it doesn’t.
People can then make an informed decision.
Thank you
My 16 year old is still looking for laptop for a levels, would this do the job? Its her own money which she has saved so want her to choose well as she has been saving for a while now. She has up to £500. We can get an extra 8% discount through work at Currys so would bring this down to £367. I understand SSD is much quicker start up time but apart from that would this be ok? Thanks in advance!
dawnyp39 s ago

My 16 year old is still looking for laptop for a levels, would this do the …My 16 year old is still looking for laptop for a levels, would this do the job? Its her own money which she has saved so want her to choose well as she has been saving for a while now. She has up to £500. We can get an extra 8% discount through work at Currys so would bring this down to £367. I understand SSD is much quicker start up time but apart from that would this be ok? Thanks in advance!


I get 8% through work too!
For another £65 she could get this one with a 128 SSD, which is the one i had posted last week but haven't taken the plunge in case something else came on, don't know which one would be best as I am rather clueless!

currys.co.uk/gbu…tml
dawnyp3 m ago

For another £65 she could get this one with a 128 SSD, which is the one i …For another £65 she could get this one with a 128 SSD, which is the one i had posted last week but haven't taken the plunge in case something else came on, don't know which one would be best as I am rather clueless! https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-14-bk153sa-14-laptop-silver-10169338-pdt.html


This would be better for that price

ebuyer.com/805…42a
superfreddy46 m ago

This would be better for that …This would be better for that pricehttps://www.ebuyer.com/805720-hp-250-g6-i5-laptop-2sy46es-2sy46es-abu?affid=47868&affname=HotUKDeals&awc=2690_1516273746_7b7520ccf577818e4ded1824fd317a36&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Communities+&+UGC&utm_source=Pepper Deals Ltd&utm_content=0&utm_term=47868&affid=47868&affname=HotUKDeals&awc=2690_1516281000_28687d2f4760b42512255ff7d548242a


Thanks Superfreddy, I see that one is a 7th gen,is it better to go for the bigger SSD and more RAM and a 7th gen processor rather than an 8th Gen and half the amount of SSD and RAM? Sorry to confuse matters.
dawnyp53 m ago

Thanks Superfreddy, I see that one is a 7th gen,is it better to go for the …Thanks Superfreddy, I see that one is a 7th gen,is it better to go for the bigger SSD and more RAM and a 7th gen processor rather than an 8th Gen and half the amount of SSD and RAM? Sorry to confuse matters.


I guess so yeah, I would go for the ebuyer one given the bigger HDD.
dawnyp2 h, 3 m ago

Thanks Superfreddy, I see that one is a 7th gen,is it better to go for the …Thanks Superfreddy, I see that one is a 7th gen,is it better to go for the bigger SSD and more RAM and a 7th gen processor rather than an 8th Gen and half the amount of SSD and RAM? Sorry to confuse matters.


In the same situation as you but would like to prove an alternative perspective to superfreddy.
you can always upgrade the RAM and HDD when needed on the curry's pavilion
And the 8th gen processor has it advantages over the 7th gen.
comparison in link.
cpu.userbenchmark.com/Com…577

Also the display as far as i can tell is better on the curry's model as it is an IPS which should have WVA to UWVA as apposed to the ebuyers SVA, not that the latter is a bad screen.

And a lot of people seem to be not noticing the ports. the curry's model has

- USB Type-C x 1
- USB 3.0 x 2
- HDMI x 1

as apposed to the ebuyer model.

  • 1 USB 3.0
  • 2 USB 2.0
  • 1 VGA
  • 1 HDMI

if you need the VGA then go for the ebuyer
but as the curry's model has a Type c and 2 type 3.0 it is more "future proof".

Just my opinion, i am personally planning on purchasing the curry's model in the next couple day's.
not the model for deal but the one in link below: HP Pavilion 14-bk153sa 14" Laptop £469.99

currys.co.uk/gbu…868
Edited by: "DCPotato" 18th Jan
Good processor and nice that's is full hd but everything else is bad, poor ram, poor HDD, poor screen colours and angles, poor upgrade options. When you can get a better spec dell refurb for not much more why would you buy this?
Edited by: "you_gotta_be_kidding" 18th Jan
you_gotta_be_kidding1 h, 16 m ago

, poor screen colours and angles,...When you can get a better spec dell …, poor screen colours and angles,...When you can get a better spec dell refurb for not much more why would you buy this?


Isn’t the HP an IPS panel, which has better angles and colours than the TN panel in the current Dells being posted here
hippojay15 m ago

Isn’t the HP an IPS panel, which has better angles and colours than the TN …Isn’t the HP an IPS panel, which has better angles and colours than the TN panel in the current Dells being posted here


To be fair you are correct in your comment, I don't like the screen on the dell either, but it wins on everything else
How can something like this lag when loading up web pages? Surely there's plenty of ram and a decent processor to run a web browser instantly?
The laptop in this deal, or my current laptop which is -

HP 250 G4 - i3-5005u, 2ghz, 4gb ram, 128gb SSD, 1366 x 768 resolution.
I3 with ssd acting as pagefile RAM will be quicker than this i5 with normally hdd
superfreddy9 h, 31 m ago

The laptop in this deal, or my current laptop which is - HP 250 G4 - …The laptop in this deal, or my current laptop which is - HP 250 G4 - i3-5005u, 2ghz, 4gb ram, 128gb SSD, 1366 x 768 resolution.


Your current laptop is probably a better price atm.
This laptop has m.2 slot so you can add ssd and keep HDD also. I did one for a customer this week boots in 7 seconds with ssd
you_gotta_be_kidding18th Jan

To be fair you are correct in your comment, I don't like the screen on the …To be fair you are correct in your comment, I don't like the screen on the dell either, but it wins on everything else



Had a look today and I’m going to agree with your first comment. The HP screen is really washed out, IPS or not. The dell maybe a better option.
Would be possible to replace HDD with SSD rather than add m2 SSD? How easy would be to do it?
Edited by: "Eric82" 21st Jan
I've now had this laptop for a month, and here are my comments:

- definitely lags, even with just chrome, outlook, and Spotify open. I've done a fresh install so no bloatware. Culprit is the HDD going to 100% often.
- screen is viewable from many angles, but the colours are washed.
- build quality is pretty good. Plastic case though.

The good thing is that it's cheap, and once you have more money down the line you can upgrade to ssd and more ram. Which will be cheaper in the future also.
garrafk19th Jan

This laptop has m.2 slot so you can add ssd and keep HDD also. I did one …This laptop has m.2 slot so you can add ssd and keep HDD also. I did one for a customer this week boots in 7 seconds with ssd


Thanks for the heads up but already knew as I have done some for customers also, just looking for some cheaper alternative
OK.
I'm going to take the plunge and upgrade to an M.2 SSD, to store the system partitions, Looking at 128GB, as I'm going to still keep files on the 1TB SATA drive (which I'm going to upgrade at some point in the future to SSD too, when 500GB/1TB gets cheaper).

But I see there's a faster NVMe type of M.2 SSD. Is this laptop compatible or able to take advantage of the faster NVMe technology? Or should I just get a standard 128GB M.2 SSD?
FYI for anyone looking to upgrade, here's what to do step-by-step and what to get.

Components I bought:
- WD Blue 250GB 3D NAND SATA M.2 2280 from Amazon.
WD Green 250GB, 125GB, or 500GB will also work.
Do not get any NVMe or PCIe M2 SSDs as this is not supported
- Crucial 8GB DDR4 2400 SODIMM (also from Amazon)

Steps:
1) Removal of screws on the back. Total of 10 screws. Manual only says 9, but oh well.
Instructions and diagrams here: h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg…257
4 of the screws are under the feet, peel from the corners
2) It was easier than I thought snapping the back off, but it is flimsy. I used a very small screwdriver, but left a few marks on the plastic casing. So use a plastic card if you care about the look. Start from the touchpad side, and go around.
3) Easy to install the RAM, its staring you right in the face.
4) Easy to install the M2 SSD. But first unscrew a small silver screw, insert the M2 SSD in place, and then screw back to keep it in place. I installed over the cables, looks OK.
5) Boot up your laptop like normal.
6) I used Macrium Free edition to clone my HDD to the SSD. There's a "Clone" button in the interface, the destination should already be selected (double check the name, t had like WD and 250GB in the name) and it automatically resized. You only need to copy over the first three partitions displayed.
7) Cloning took a whole hour. Go do something else.
8 ) restart your computer. keep pressing ESC until the bios comes up. Press F10. Go to the third menu, and then Boot options or something like that, and you should be presented with a list of drives. Go to the first one and press the right key, it should then pop up a menu of two drives. The top should be your existing HDD, the bottom (with WD and 250GB in the name) should be your new SSD. Change the orders using F5/F6. Then press F10 to save. This is the tricky part, and I can't remember exactly the keys and steps, but there's a "trick" to saving the new boot order after F5/F6 to change the order.
9) Boot up, it should be very fast - this means its now booting off the SSD.
boonkoh13th Feb

FYI for anyone looking to upgrade, here's what to do step-by-step and what …FYI for anyone looking to upgrade, here's what to do step-by-step and what to get.Components I bought:- WD Blue 250GB 3D NAND SATA M.2 2280 from Amazon.WD Green 250GB, 125GB, or 500GB will also work.Do not get any NVMe or PCIe M2 SSDs as this is not supported- Crucial 8GB DDR4 2400 SODIMM (also from Amazon)Steps:1) Removal of screws on the back. Total of 10 screws. Manual only says 9, but oh well.Instructions and diagrams here: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c054932574 of the screws are under the feet, peel from the corners2) It was easier than I thought snapping the back off, but it is flimsy. I used a very small screwdriver, but left a few marks on the plastic casing. So use a plastic card if you care about the look. Start from the touchpad side, and go around.3) Easy to install the RAM, its staring you right in the face.4) Easy to install the M2 SSD. But first unscrew a small silver screw, insert the M2 SSD in place, and then screw back to keep it in place. I installed over the cables, looks OK.5) Boot up your laptop like normal.6) I used Macrium Free edition to clone my HDD to the SSD. There's a "Clone" button in the interface, the destination should already be selected (double check the name, t had like WD and 250GB in the name) and it automatically resized. You only need to copy over the first three partitions displayed.7) Cloning took a whole hour. Go do something else.8 ) restart your computer. keep pressing ESC until the bios comes up. Press F10. Go to the third menu, and then Boot options or something like that, and you should be presented with a list of drives. Go to the first one and press the right key, it should then pop up a menu of two drives. The top should be your existing HDD, the bottom (with WD and 250GB in the name) should be your new SSD. Change the orders using F5/F6. Then press F10 to save. This is the tricky part, and I can't remember exactly the keys and steps, but there's a "trick" to saving the new boot order after F5/F6 to change the order.9) Boot up, it should be very fast - this means its now booting off the SSD.


anyone else tried the above.... looking to do something similar as spec is lagging
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