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HP 15 laptop - 15.6-Inch FHD, A12-9700p CPU, 8GB and 2TB HDD - £449.99 Amazon
HP 15 laptop -  15.6-Inch FHD, A12-9700p CPU, 8GB and 2TB HDD - £449.99 Amazon

HP 15 laptop - 15.6-Inch FHD, A12-9700p CPU, 8GB and 2TB HDD - £449.99 Amazon

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I am not technically minded so all these numbers are pretty much gibberish to me. However, I have been looking to replace my 7 year old laptop and needed something to run mainly word, excel etc. together with the odd use of Photoshop (hence the full HD display).

I was also thinking to dabble in World of Warcraft again and, whilst this clearly will not run the latest games, the sparse reviews of this 7th gen A12 processer, with it’s Radeon R7 graphic chip incorporated, seems to fit the bill.

Any way this includes:

CPU: AMD A12-9700P
Memory: 8GB DDR4 SDRAM
Graphics: Radeon R7 2GB GDDR5
Display: 1920x1080
Storage: 2 TB 5400 rpm SATA
OS: Windows 10

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Well, it's a good price for this specific model, but whether that makes it good value, I don't really know.

this will easily run the programs mentioned above. Good price for a decent machine.

Looks like a good machine based on specs. The cpu seems to be i5 levels of performance.
Swap out the HDD for an SSD and you're sorted. Grab an enclosure for the bare drive and you've got yourself a lot of portable storage.

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K1LLER HORNET

Looks like a good machine based on specs. The cpu seems to be i5 levels … Looks like a good machine based on specs. The cpu seems to be i5 levels of performance. Swap out the HDD for an SSD and you're sorted. Grab an enclosure for the bare drive and you've got yourself a lot of portable storage.



I would appreciate your advice, Mr Hornet, on how difficult it would be for someone with limited knowledge of computers to actually swap to a SSD.

I am assuming a few screws will give me access to the HDD but will I need a SSD with specific connections/size or will any current SSD work? Also how simple would it be to transfer Windows 10 to the new SSD?

I know some will say that google is my friend but this can be rather overwhelming with someone like me who grew up when the Commodore Pet was cutting edge.

this or surface pro 4 deal?

I have been looking to do the same as the OP. Buy a laptop on offer and replace the drive with an SSD. Having looked at the HP 15 series (having considered the Currys offer) I have been put off by the lack of bay access to the HDD. There is no access point/removable plate on the bottom of the HP 15 series laptop to access the drive (or memory). Therefore, you have to literally take the whole laptop apart to swap out the drive voiding the warranty. This is not restricted to HP and will not be a problem to most but it is worth pointing out none the less.



You are correct. It looks like this is a nightmare to open up and upgrade even for those confident in normally doing so.

dboardy

I have been looking to do the same as the OP. Buy a laptop on offer and … I have been looking to do the same as the OP. Buy a laptop on offer and replace the drive with an SSD. Having looked at the HP 15 series (having considered the Currys offer) I have been put off by the lack of bay access to the HDD. There is no access point/removable plate on the bottom of the HP 15 series laptop to access the drive (or memory). Therefore, you have to literally take the whole laptop apart to swap out the drive voiding the warranty. This is not restricted to HP and will not be a problem to most but it is worth pointing out none the less.

K1LLER HORNET

Looks like a good machine based on specs. The cpu seems to be i5 levels … Looks like a good machine based on specs. The cpu seems to be i5 levels of performance. Swap out the HDD for an SSD and you're sorted. Grab an enclosure for the bare drive and you've got yourself a lot of portable storage.



I've looked into it but it seems like HP is he'll bent on making it as hard as possible for anyone to upgrade this machine themselves. I'd recommend against trying my earlier suggestion of replacing the HDD as the process is overly complicated and high risk.

I'll PM you if I run across a similar spec'd laptop with an SSD or one that's user serviceable.
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

K1LLER HORNET

You are correct. It looks like this is a nightmare to open up and upgrade … You are correct. It looks like this is a nightmare to open up and upgrade even for those confident in normally doing so. I've looked into it but it seems like HP is he'll bent on making it as hard as possible for anyone to upgrade this machine themselves. I'd recommend against trying my earlier suggestion of replacing the HDD as the process is overly complicated and high risk. I'll PM you if I run across a similar spec'd laptop with an SSD or one that's user serviceable. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.


Could you copy me in on any you find as well? Thanks!

dboardy

Could you copy me in on any you find as well? Thanks!



Yep. Will do. Hopefully something pops up tomorrow but black friday seems pretty lackluster so don't hold your breath.

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K1LLER HORNET

You are correct. It looks like this is a nightmare to open up and upgrade … You are correct. It looks like this is a nightmare to open up and upgrade even for those confident in normally doing so. I've looked into it but it seems like HP is he'll bent on making it as hard as possible for anyone to upgrade this machine themselves. I'd recommend against trying my earlier suggestion of replacing the HDD as the process is overly complicated and high risk. I'll PM you if I run across a similar spec'd laptop with an SSD or one that's user serviceable. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.


Thank you both for looking into this.

I think, from what you say, I had better stay away from trying to get a laptop to upgrade/tinker with and get one that suits my needs from the off.

I did like the idea of a SSD (especially as my current laptop seems to take about 5 minutes to get itself into a useable state) so will hold out for one with a SSD already installed.

Again thanks for your help have saved me from a potentially frustrating upgrade path.

dboardy

Could you copy me in on any you find as well? Thanks!



StantonPark

Thank you both for looking into this. I think, from what you say, I had … Thank you both for looking into this. I think, from what you say, I had better stay away from trying to get a laptop to upgrade/tinker with and get one that suits my needs from the off.I did like the idea of a SSD (especially as my current laptop seems to take about 5 minutes to get itself into a useable state) so will hold out for one with a SSD already installed.Again thanks for your help have saved me from a potentially frustrating upgrade path.



Click me. This looks like a good deal to me. Easy access to the internals making the switch to an SSD just a screwdriver away.

Link: Dell Inspiron 15

I'd recommend trying one out at your local Curry's/John Lewis etc to get a feel for the machine before committing to anything.

K1LLER HORNET

Click me. This looks like a good deal to me. Easy access to the internals … Click me. This looks like a good deal to me. Easy access to the internals making the switch to an SSD just a screwdriver away.Link: Dell Inspiron 15I'd recommend trying one out at your local Curry's/John Lewis etc to get a feel for the machine before committing to anything.



Thanks!!!!
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