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HP15 15.6-Inch Full HD Laptop, Intel Core i5-8265U, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD £349 @ Amazon
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HP15 15.6-Inch Full HD Laptop, Intel Core i5-8265U, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD £349 @ Amazon

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Seems to be a decent spec for the price.

  • Responsive and reliable performance; a laptop with the power to surf, stream, and do so much more with an Intel i5 processor; plus extensive quality testing ensures that you can keep going
  • A sleek and stylish design with its beautiful brushed keyboard and colour-matched hinge, the smartly designed HP 15.6 Inch laptop looks as good as it performs
  • Stay connected and entertained with a long-lasting battery life and Full HD display; plus, easily store and enjoy your favourite music, movies, and photos with ample 1 TB storage
  • HP Fast Charge; when your laptop is low on power, no one has time to wait hours to recharge; power down your device and go from 0 to 50 Percent charge in approximately 45 minutes
  • Simply insert an SD or Micro SD card and increase your device's storage for more movies, photos, and music, or easily access any content you have stored on an existing card
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Review says it's slow, price and specs look great though.
Shaftydude10/03/2020 08:35

Review says it's slow, price and specs look great though.


This needs an SSD drive. No idea if you can add one though.
I have a very old HP laptop which has served me very well for several years. I am looking for an upgrade, and considering this.

I need it for basic internet surfing, checking emails, occasional streaming, writing Word / Excel / PowerPoint documents. No gaming required.

Is this a good deal for my purposes or should I consider an alternative? Thanks in advance.
A lot of the bad reviews are for the model with crappy Pentium CPU and only 4gb RAM. I agree if would be far better with SSD
amz84uk10/03/2020 08:44

I have a very old HP laptop which has served me very well for several …I have a very old HP laptop which has served me very well for several years. I am looking for an upgrade, and considering this. I need it for basic internet surfing, checking emails, occasional streaming, writing Word / Excel / PowerPoint documents. No gaming required. Is this a good deal for my purposes or should I consider an alternative? Thanks in advance.


I should think so. If u are travelling around with it a lot then a solid state drive would have been better as it's not susceptible to bumps and slightly lighter. Make sure u select i5 model though.... i think it is only available on the 15 inch screen if that is large enough for you.
Taking the laptop apart to install a SSD...

The video shows replacing the 2.5" SATA hard drive with a 2.5" SATA SSD first and then, dependant on the exact revision, adds a m.2 NVME SSD to the slot next to the battery - by doing that instead you could keep the hard drive inside the laptop also.

Also notice that the laptop appears to have unused internal space that once upon a time would have been occupied by an optical drive. Technically you should be able to buy a 'SATA optical drive caddy' and fit another 2.5" SATA hard drive/SSD in there.



Link to the product support page with the non-product specific maintenance and service guide
Edited by: "SUMMONER" 10th Mar
I have same spec HP laptop. Is an amazing laptop for the price, but I had to install a SSD which now makes it amazing. Only gripe are the mouse buttons are quite weak, have had to repair mine a couple of times. They have a weak plastic "hinge" which if press too hard or too long will snap.
SUMMONER10/03/2020 09:08

Taking the laptop apart to install a SSD...The video shows replacing the …Taking the laptop apart to install a SSD...The video shows replacing the 2.5" SATA hard drive with a 2.5" SATA SSD first and then, dependant on the exact revision, adds a m.2 NVME SSD to the slot next to the battery - by doing that instead you could keep the hard drive inside the laptop also.Also notice that the laptop appears to have unused internal space that once upon a time would have been occupied by an optical drive. Technically you should be able to buy a 'SATA optical drive caddy' and fit another 2.5" SATA hard drive/SSD in there.[Video] Link to the product support page with the non-product specific maintenance and service guide


Best upgrade you can make to a Laptop that has a spinny thing in it. I've resurrected perfectly serviceable machines for the price of the SSD and a bit of effort. Makes old laptops fly (comparatively).
Think about this before you fork out. If your old laptop has at least 4Gb of RAM and a half reasonable CPU you'll save yourself lots
I've got an oldish HP Pavillion laptop and they made that incredibly difficult to swap out the HDD for an SSD. Put me right off HP laptops.
amz84uk10/03/2020 08:44

I have a very old HP laptop which has served me very well for several …I have a very old HP laptop which has served me very well for several years. I am looking for an upgrade, and considering this. I need it for basic internet surfing, checking emails, occasional streaming, writing Word / Excel / PowerPoint documents. No gaming required. Is this a good deal for my purposes or should I consider an alternative? Thanks in advance.


This has good specs and the price is good too. An SSD instead of a normal HD would have been better, but not a big deal at this price.
Voted hot! Shame no SSD, but can't expect everything at this price. Good specs for the price.
sheffield78810/03/2020 09:55

This has good specs and the price is good too. An SSD instead of a normal …This has good specs and the price is good too. An SSD instead of a normal HD would have been better, but not a big deal at this price.


Thank you for the responses.

Dumb question - what’s the advantage of SSD to HDD? Never heard of SSD but hard disk drive is fine.
amz84uk10/03/2020 09:57

Thank you for the responses. Dumb question - what’s the advantage of SSD t …Thank you for the responses. Dumb question - what’s the advantage of SSD to HDD? Never heard of SSD but hard disk drive is fine.


It makes the computer much much much... more responsive.

My HP Spectre XT Pro from 2012 is probably less sluggish when I click on stuff than this new HP laptop, simply because mine has a SSD and this one has a hard drive.

Youtube videos talking about SSD vs HDD
Edited by: "SUMMONER" 10th Mar
amz84uk10/03/2020 09:57

Thank you for the responses. Dumb question - what’s the advantage of SSD t …Thank you for the responses. Dumb question - what’s the advantage of SSD to HDD? Never heard of SSD but hard disk drive is fine.


An SSD does not have moving parts and it is lighter. So if you carry the laptop with you, will be slightly lighter, also less chances to damage the hard drive if you drop the laptop. For me this is not the main advantage. The advantage for me is an SSD will boot faster/less lag/silent, so when you switch the laptop on will not take a minute or so to have it ready, it will boot straight away. I have no patience and having my last 2 laptops with SSD I will not go back to a traditional hard drive, however at this price it is probably normal not to have an SSD. Moreover, this HD has quite a large capacity (this is why may take longer to boot) and if you want it with an SSD, more than likely it will be 128GB or 256GB which is significantly less storage than this one. Basically you compromise on the storage, you pay more and if you need storage, you use a memory stick or an external hard drive.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 10th Mar
amz84uk10/03/2020 09:57

Thank you for the responses. Dumb question - what’s the advantage of SSD t …Thank you for the responses. Dumb question - what’s the advantage of SSD to HDD? Never heard of SSD but hard disk drive is fine.


SSD's have no moving parts so are silent and use less battery. Also, they store and transfer data around 5x quicker than a mechanical drive which makes the machine boot faster and become much more responsive.
Probably not an IPS screen
amz84uk10/03/2020 09:57

Thank you for the responses. Dumb question - what’s the advantage of SSD t …Thank you for the responses. Dumb question - what’s the advantage of SSD to HDD? Never heard of SSD but hard disk drive is fine.


SSD = Solid State Drive = no moving parts. Much faster and more reliable than an old-school hard drive, which is mechanical.
Omar1980uk10/03/2020 10:07

Probably not an IPS screen


It mentions SVA in the specs.

So not as nice to look at as an IPS screen when it comes to viewing angles, but much better than a simple TN screen.
Edited by: "SUMMONER" 10th Mar
calenture10/03/2020 08:45

A lot of the bad reviews are for the model with crappy Pentium CPU and …A lot of the bad reviews are for the model with crappy Pentium CPU and only 4gb RAM. I agree if would be far better with SSD


It’s slow because it doesn’t have an SSD. The Pentium CPU is fine and even 4GB RAM is usable.
amz84uk10/03/2020 09:57

Thank you for the responses. Dumb question - what’s the advantage of SSD t …Thank you for the responses. Dumb question - what’s the advantage of SSD to HDD? Never heard of SSD but hard disk drive is fine.


SSD can access data in microseconds vs HDD in milliseconds and non sequential data doesn’t matter either. They’re substantially more responsive and the single biggest bottleneck in a modern computer, you really shouldn’t consider a machine without it these days. In the past, the added cost was the reason not to.
If a laptop *has* to had a SSD to perform well, surely that's a red flag? As it is, this laptop is a good price with a HDD.
Any recommendations for an m.2 NVME SSD to go in this?
plewis0010/03/2020 10:12

It’s slow because it doesn’t have an SSD. The Pentium CPU is fine and even …It’s slow because it doesn’t have an SSD. The Pentium CPU is fine and even 4GB RAM is usable. SSD can access data in microseconds vs HDD in milliseconds and non sequential data doesn’t matter either. They’re substantially more responsive and the single biggest bottleneck in a modern computer, you really shouldn’t consider a machine without it these days. In the past, the added cost was the reason not to.



No, the reviews I was referring to about slow speed are on the Pentium model. The 8th Gen i5 should be fast enough for what he wants even with the default HDD..it's a much better CPU.
Sure, as everyone here agrees, it would be even better with an SSD, but just saying something must be slow becasue it deosn't have an SSD isn't correct.
calenture10/03/2020 11:55

No, the reviews I was referring to about slow speed are on the Pentium …No, the reviews I was referring to about slow speed are on the Pentium model. The 8th Gen i5 should be fast enough for what he wants even with the default HDD..it's a much better CPU. Sure, as everyone here agrees, it would be even better with an SSD, but just saying something must be slow becasue it deosn't have an SSD isn't correct.


The reason both feel slow is the lack of an SSD. Not the CPU in any case - because it’s the disk that’s the bottleneck. No-one should be buying a higher-end chip paired with a hard disk today for the simple fact SSDs are mainstream so that’s what software is designed around.

J_Staunton10/03/2020 10:14

If a laptop *has* to had a SSD to perform well, surely that's a red flag? …If a laptop *has* to had a SSD to perform well, surely that's a red flag? As it is, this laptop is a good price with a HDD.


No it’s not a great price, plenty of similarly-priced machines with Ryzen 5, full HD displays and 256GB SSDs. No excuse to buy something without an SSD today unless you really don’t care for real-world performance.
Edited by: "plewis00" 10th Mar
plewis0010/03/2020 12:41

The reason both feel slow is the lack of an SSD. Not the CPU in any case - …The reason both feel slow is the lack of an SSD. Not the CPU in any case - because it’s the disk that’s the bottleneck. No-one should be buying a higher-end chip paired with a hard disk today for the simple fact SSDs are mainstream so that’s what software is designed around.No it’s not a great price, plenty of similarly-priced machines with Ryzen 5, full HD displays and 256GB SSDs. No excuse to buy something without an SSD today unless you really don’t care for real-world performance.



How do you know BOTH feel slow ? "Not the CPU in any case" ...oh, are all CPU's the same now? The slow comments are on the model with the Pentium CPU. Go and compare that Pentium to the i5 in question and you will see the speed difference. SSD's are great, but a computer is not all about the SSD. I have an i5 desktop that runs just fine without SSD. And I think it's a decent price for an i5 laptop. And we are not talking about high end chips here
Edited by: "calenture" 10th Mar
calenture10/03/2020 13:06

How do you know BOTH feel slow ? "Not the CPU in any case" ...oh, are all …How do you know BOTH feel slow ? "Not the CPU in any case" ...oh, are all CPU's the same now? The slow comments are on the model with the Pentium CPU. Go and compare that Pentium to the i5 in question and you will see the speed difference. SSD's are great, but a computer is not all about the SSD. I have an i5 desktop that runs just fine without SSD. And I think it's a decent price for an i5 laptop.


Because I work with computers daily and have this exact configuration of i5 8th gen with hard disk on my desk being looked at for a customer. The 'crappy Pentium' is a Pentium Gold which is a Kaby Lake chip with HyperThreading, it's basically a slightly-lower clocked dual-core i3. I don't need a computer benchmark to see that the i5 is faster but in the real-world it's not what you think. Why do you think people with 5-10 year old machines replace their hard disk with an SSD and then say 'it's totally fine now and I can't believe I didn't do this sooner'. Ask anyone who has done this upgrade and there's plenty on HUKD.

A computer feels sluggish because of the hard disk, if you look at what it's doing, the disk is almost always the bottleneck. But you don't agree, that's fine - and if you're still using a hard disk based machine then I don't expect you to understand either - but a desktop hard disk is usually faster than a laptop one anyway, though nothing like an SSD. Make your own mind up. This is an alright price for an i5, but for anyone who's not comfortable upgrading their machine, they might as well get one with the spec they want now.

And no I didn't say 'all CPUs are the same' so don't be so obtuse.

SUMMONER10/03/2020 10:07

It mentions SVA in the specs.So not as nice to look at as an IPS screen …It mentions SVA in the specs.So not as nice to look at as an IPS screen when it comes to viewing angles, but much better than a simple TN screen.


SVA = standard viewing angle, it's HP marketing speak for a TN panel.
Edited by: "plewis00" 10th Mar
plewis0010/03/2020 13:11

Because I work with computers daily and have this exact configuration of …Because I work with computers daily and have this exact configuration of i5 8th gen with hard disk on my desk being looked at for a customer. The 'crappy Pentium' is a Pentium Gold which is a Kaby Lake chip with HyperThreading, it's basically a slightly-lower clocked dual-core i3. I don't need a computer benchmark to see that the i5 is faster but in the real-world it's not what you think. Why do you think people with 5-10 year old machines replace their hard disk with an SSD and then say 'it's totally fine now and I can't believe I didn't do this sooner'. Ask anyone who has done this upgrade and there's plenty on HUKD.A computer feels sluggish because of the hard disk, if you look at what it's doing, the disk is almost always the bottleneck. But you don't agree, that's fine - and if you're still using a hard disk based machine then I don't expect you to understand either - but a desktop hard disk is usually faster than a laptop one anyway, though nothing like an SSD. Make your own mind up. This is an alright price for an i5, but for anyone who's not comfortable upgrading their machine, they might as well get one with the spec they want now.And no I didn't say 'all CPUs are the same' so don't be so obtuse.


I never disagreed with doing SSD upgrades. I've done plenty of SSD replacements over the years too (not on this desktop as it's 4tb). You indicated that this i5 model would be slow because it doesn't come with an SSD and I disagree with that.
I'm glad you now agree it's an ok price.
calenture10/03/2020 13:29

I never disagreed with doing SSD upgrades. I've done plenty of SSD …I never disagreed with doing SSD upgrades. I've done plenty of SSD replacements over the years too (not on this desktop as it's 4tb). You indicated that this i5 model would be slow because it doesn't come with an SSD and I disagree with that.I'm glad you now agree it's an ok price.


I didn't say it wasn't an ok price, I said it shouldn't be sold without an SSD at this price because it hobbles everything else. Yes, the machine will feel slow because it has a hard disk. And not sure what the relevance of your desktop having a 4TB hard disk is, anyone else would get a small SSD to use as a boot disk in tandem with a large storage device. People will buy what they want, I guess it's not me who has to use it.
amz84uk10/03/2020 08:44

I have a very old HP laptop which has served me very well for several …I have a very old HP laptop which has served me very well for several years. I am looking for an upgrade, and considering this. I need it for basic internet surfing, checking emails, occasional streaming, writing Word / Excel / PowerPoint documents. No gaming required. Is this a good deal for my purposes or should I consider an alternative? Thanks in advance.



this doesn’t have an SSD. I recently replaced my Lenovo’s HDD with an SSD. I can’t believe the difference in boot speed and overall performance. Id hold out for a deal on a laptop with an SSD. It doesn’t sound like your in desperate need for mountains of ram or processor speed. This is a good price for an i5 laptop though so, heat still.
Edited by: "lewis.drew" 10th Mar
Contrary to the title of this deal the link goes to an i3 4GB device for me.
plewis0010/03/2020 12:41

No it’s not a great price, plenty of similarly-priced machines with Ryzen 5 …No it’s not a great price, plenty of similarly-priced machines with Ryzen 5, full HD displays and 256GB SSDs. No excuse to buy something without an SSD today unless you really don’t care for real-world performance.


Luckily I didn't say it was a great price then, eh?
I have this laptop, SVA is a marketing term for TN panel at HP.
It is a garbage screen with ridiculously bad viewing angles, it's worse than many TN panels I've used in the past.
Avoid if you care about the screen.
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