HP 15.6” 8th gen i5 full HD laptop - Silver at Currys for £399
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HP 15.6” 8th gen i5 full HD laptop - Silver at Currys for £399

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Found 25th Dec 2017
Seems a decent price for an 8th gen i5, shame it is let down by the RAM and no SSD but they can be upgraded much easier than the chip.

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- 8th generation Intel® i5 processor delivers powerful performance

- Full HD display for crisp, clear imagery

- 1 TB hard drive lets you store you photos, videos, and music

- Thoughtfully and beautifully designed, suited to every lifestyle

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8th generation Intel® i5 processor

The latest Intel® i5 processor is fast, reliable, and capable - whether you're using it to skype your parents, write your best essay yet, or just surf the web. Suited to both home and business use, the 15-bs158sa15.6” Laptophas a battery life of up to 11.5 hours, which means you won't have to run home for your charger between lectures or on your lunch break.

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Stay entertained and keep connected with friends and family with the Full HD screen and HD camera. With integrated graphics, your games and movies will look just as good as they do on your desktop PC, and will run smoothly with no lagging or disconnecting.

1 TB hard drive

Easily store and enjoy your favourite music, movies, and photos - with 1 TB of storage you'll never find yourself deleting photos to make space.

Thoughtfully and beautifully designed

Whether you use it for work or just for online shopping and catching up on your favourite soap, the 15-bs158sa15.6" Laptop is perfectly suited to every need and lifestyle. The unique colours and textures will add a splash of colour that will brighten your day – it's anything and everything but your ordinary laptop.
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This deal is better for £50 more IMHO.
8GB RAM instead of 4GB.
256GB SSD instead of 1TB HD.
7th gen CPU instead of 8th but the above two will more than compensate.

hotukdeals.com/dea…864
htslough52 m ago

This deal is better for £50 more IMHO.8GB RAM instead of 4GB.256GB SSD …This deal is better for £50 more IMHO.8GB RAM instead of 4GB.256GB SSD instead of 1TB HD.7th gen CPU instead of 8th but the above two will more than compensate.https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-250-g6-laptop-i5-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-full-hd-44999-or-the-i7-version-now-52999-delivered-ebuyer-2824864



I don't know, we are looking at a quad cores vs dual core. That's a major upgrade in CPU compute power compared to previous gens. I'd rather buy this and then upgrade the HDD to a SSD and get a 4GB stick of RAM later than be stuck with a dual core CPU I can't upgrade. Or just look for a Laptop with a 8th Gen CPU with 8GB of RAM and a SSD, that could work too.
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babyboomer4912 h, 51 m ago

Called in PCW today. Keyboard didn't look to be backlit. Opening the case …Called in PCW today. Keyboard didn't look to be backlit. Opening the case invalidates the warranty, but only if they can tell you opened it. About 5 standard cross head screws visible and another 4 under rubber feet. Peeling them off might be a giveaway if they don't stick back down properly. Prising the back off may leave scratches - you need to get something very thin between the base & the chassis then gradually work all round the case forcing the clips apart. The warranty is only 12 months so you could wait 2-3 months before upgrading - by then obvious flaws and early life failures will be apparent and the odds of a fault developing in the next 9 months are small.I was thinking of adding a 4GB SODIMM (about £47 from Crucial). A real win would be to put a 256 GB SSD card in an M2 slot for the OS and keep the 1TB HDD for mass storage, but without taking it apart I don't know if the M2 connector is present. Seems a waste to spend £72 on a 270 GB SSD and throw away a brand new HDD. Re the memory - remember the graphics unified memory architecture - this means that graphics memory is taken from the main memory so you lose about a GB straight off and up to 2 GB if you try anything graphics intensive. I think 4 GB memory more or less mandates SSD since then the swap file will have fast access when the main memory gets maxed out. If your general usage is such that you can get away with using this system without getting your hands dirty and upgrading, then you are hardly likely to see any benefit from a 4 GB i5-8250m v an 8 GB i5-7200m. If you see some good deals on an i5-7200u with 8gb memory I wouldn't get too hung up on the processor speed. Obviously a faster processor & especially DRAM will be better in some scenarios, but my current Pavilion is a 3 1/2 years old i5-4200m and looking at the performance monitor in Task Manager, the CPU rarely gets above 30%-40% usage. The big bottleneck is HDD interface (hence SSD is a big improvement) and the slow response of many websites (My BB is 70 Mb Infinity 2 from BT and I really do get that speed on download so there is nothing you can do about general internet traffic slowing you down, and then the CPU just sits there doing absolutely nothing, irrespective of how fast it might be when you ask it to do something useful.



So I went and bought one yesterday, it’s not backlit which is a big shame. Initial impressions of the proformance is that it is under powered. Just running chrome with half a dozen tabs open it was using 75%+ memory. To be fair a lot of the pre-installed junk was running in the background using it, mainly mcafee.

I got the back off last night. It is ever so fiddly to prise it away and I have slightly scratched it where I started from. It doesn’t bother me but should it ever go back on the warranty and they were looking they could easily see it.

below is a picture of it, sorry it’s not the best quality. The RAM isn’t soldered in. I am no expert but it looks like there are 3 empty slots on the motherboard, the two together I am guessing is for the cd drive if it was there and the one to the right of them facing the hard drive cables. I haven’t seen a M.2 drive or cable but I don’t think any of these would fit it.

According to cmd the motherboard is a HP 832a. I have found this link which is a similar laptop.

h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/…120

Someone says that the thing doesn’t have an M.2 slot then the next post says you can put an extra SATA drive in but I don’t know how. The problem that I can see it on the underside of the case there is raised metal which I’m guessing fills the void that the cd drive has left so I don’t know if there is physically room to fit two drives in there.

With hindsight I have an SATA SSD in my desktop which I could of tried it fit in but I have closed it up again now and I am only keen to open it once more when I put the upgrades in as I will probably damage it more so when I open it again.
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123jhb1237 h, 54 m ago

Useful post, thank you, I'm probably going to order one later today.What …Useful post, thank you, I'm probably going to order one later today.What specification RAM is installed? (DDR4-2???)Did you manage to figure out whether you can fit a second hard drive?


This is the RAM that I have just taken out:

amazon.co.uk/Sam…BRD

Apparently you can fit a second hard drive in but I am not convinced that the recommended stick is right for the slot so have ducked out and replaced the HDD with a Samsung evo 850.

h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/…580

I have also swapped the RAM for 2 X 8GB Crucial ones. I only did it an hour ago but initially the difference is night and day vs was it was like before, It was far too slow. TBH I think the RAM was the bigger issue but I bit the bullet and put the SSD in at the same time to avoid keep opening it up whilst it is still in warranty.
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Just about seems ok for the price. SSD would be the first upgrade, otherwise not bad.
This deal is better for £50 more IMHO.
8GB RAM instead of 4GB.
256GB SSD instead of 1TB HD.
7th gen CPU instead of 8th but the above two will more than compensate.

hotukdeals.com/dea…864
Good deal. Can't believe they still don't install SSD as standard these days but at least it's a 1TB drive. Probably can be upgraded (ram and hard drive) but don't expect it to be easy as the whole back cover will have to come off.
htslough52 m ago

This deal is better for £50 more IMHO.8GB RAM instead of 4GB.256GB SSD …This deal is better for £50 more IMHO.8GB RAM instead of 4GB.256GB SSD instead of 1TB HD.7th gen CPU instead of 8th but the above two will more than compensate.https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-250-g6-laptop-i5-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-full-hd-44999-or-the-i7-version-now-52999-delivered-ebuyer-2824864



I don't know, we are looking at a quad cores vs dual core. That's a major upgrade in CPU compute power compared to previous gens. I'd rather buy this and then upgrade the HDD to a SSD and get a 4GB stick of RAM later than be stuck with a dual core CPU I can't upgrade. Or just look for a Laptop with a 8th Gen CPU with 8GB of RAM and a SSD, that could work too.
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I agree that I would rather get the CPU sorted to begin with then I can sort out the storage later if need be. I was also looking at this one but it is £100 more than covers the cost of the SSD it comes with and it has a smaller screen so thought this one would be better for my needs.

currys.co.uk/gbu…tml

If I decide to buy the one in the OP and want to upgrade the RAM/SSD would I invalidate the warranty in doing so or is it fine? I remember when I had to fix the hinges on my brothers old Lenovo a few years back I had to take most of it apart and had to remove some stickers covering screws which invalidated it if they were tampered with
htslough1 h, 45 m ago

This deal is better for £50 more IMHO.8GB RAM instead of 4GB.256GB SSD …This deal is better for £50 more IMHO.8GB RAM instead of 4GB.256GB SSD instead of 1TB HD.7th gen CPU instead of 8th but the above two will more than compensate.https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-250-g6-laptop-i5-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-full-hd-44999-or-the-i7-version-now-52999-delivered-ebuyer-2824864


8th generation is twice as fast as 7th so this wrong
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jimmyw56629 m ago

I agree that I would rather get the CPU sorted to begin with then I can …I agree that I would rather get the CPU sorted to begin with then I can sort out the storage later if need be. I was also looking at this one but it is £100 more than covers the cost of the SSD it comes with and it has a smaller screen so thought this one would be better for my needs.https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-14-bk153sa-14-laptop-silver-10169338-pdt.htmlIf I decide to buy the one in the OP and want to upgrade the RAM/SSD would I invalidate the warranty in doing so or is it fine? I remember when I had to fix the hinges on my brothers old Lenovo a few years back I had to take most of it apart and had to remove some stickers covering screws which invalidated it if they were tampered with


I guess if you did it yourself then it would invalidate your warranty.
Evouk19 m ago

I I guess if you did it yourself then it would invalidate your warranty.


Hdd and ram are user upgradeable components on almost all laptops, they don't void warranty.
Edited by: "1on4" 25th Dec 2017
You can trade old laptop if still turning on up to 100£as gift card. And you will receive dirt4 with some free software as well:) .
Also 40£ cashback thru quidco what is over 399..so this will qualify?
You also have to take into account the fact a 7th gen will more than likely run DDR3 at these kind of prices. 8th gen coupled with DDR4 is comparable to 7th/DDR3 like night is to day.
SSD for a laptop is a must. You can have 5 gazzillion cores and it will still be slo
1on423 m ago

Hdd and ram are user upgradeable components on almost all laptops, they …Hdd and ram are user upgradeable components on almost all laptops, they don't void warranty.



I don't think so in this case. See HP's service Manual here support.hp.com/gb-…als (this is a generic guide for different variants of the model). It mentions that some parts user can change and others HP authorised service only. Changing the HD, SSD (the laptop has an empty M2 slot) and Memory all require removing the entire bottom panel.

An easy enough task after looking at the service guide (9 screws) but almost sure to invalidate the warranty. Although the screws do not always have any 'tamper proofing' on them.
danflorin325 m ago

You can trade old laptop if still turning on up to 100£as gift card. And …You can trade old laptop if still turning on up to 100£as gift card. And you will receive dirt4 with some free software as well:) .


How does the trade in work? Do you go into store, get a gift card for your old laptop, and apply it to your online order at checkout?

Or is the trade in gift card only valid for purchase instore?

Is this deal available in store btw?
1on444 m ago

Hdd and ram are user upgradeable components on almost all laptops, they …Hdd and ram are user upgradeable components on almost all laptops, they don't void warranty.


I suggest you check your facts before posting that on here. You'll find opening up any electronic device these days will invalidate your warranty!
Justsuperman1 h, 49 m ago

8th generation is twice as fast as 7th so this wrong


Up to roughly 50% faster and for some software no faster at all.
Evouk33 m ago

I suggest you check your facts before posting that on here. You'll find …I suggest you check your facts before posting that on here. You'll find opening up any electronic device these days will invalidate your warranty!


Not for laptops as some are still designed for easy upgrades without invalidating the warranty.
boonkoh56 m ago

How does the trade in work? Do you go into store, get a gift card for your …How does the trade in work? Do you go into store, get a gift card for your old laptop, and apply it to your online order at checkout?Or is the trade in gift card only valid for purchase instore?Is this deal available in store btw?


For more information and to see what your old laptop could be worth visit currys.co.uk/tra…ein
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danflorin31 h, 48 m ago

Also 40£ cashback thru quidco what is over 399..so this will qualify?


Are you sure this will qualify? This is £399 and quidco says it needs to be over £399.
Evouk3 h, 24 m ago

Good deal. Can't believe they still don't install SSD as standard these …Good deal. Can't believe they still don't install SSD as standard these days but at least it's a 1TB drive. Probably can be upgraded (ram and hard drive) but don't expect it to be easy as the whole back cover will have to come off.


These laptops if similar to mine are a headache to upgrade. About 10 screws then have to pry open the bottom and be careful not to scratch the bezel (which I have done to mine in numerous places) and feels like you're snapping the plastic after every latch becomes released
jimmyw5661 h, 42 m ago

Are you sure this will qualify? This is £399 and quidco says it needs to …Are you sure this will qualify? This is £399 and quidco says it needs to be over £399.


I'm not sure...I will ask quidco..but will take some time to receive answer
this deal looks good to me. i have very light usage (no gaming no programming etc) .. how is currys return policy ?
I wish I didn't missed this deal back on October - HP Pavilion 15-Bc251na 15.6" Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8GHz for 499.
Any time machine here?
dhanepud6 h, 30 m ago

.. how is currys return policy ?


Awful.
Any know for sure if you can upgrade the RAM / HDD in this? HPs website is useless and I can't find it elsewhere
Apparently this has backlit keyboard too, not mentioned on the currys/pcworld website...
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Qizzik18 h, 36 m ago

Any know for sure if you can upgrade the RAM / HDD in this? HPs website is …Any know for sure if you can upgrade the RAM / HDD in this? HPs website is useless and I can't find it elsewhere


Don’t know for sure wether the existing ram is soldered in or not but doubt it anyway it defo has 1 spare slot where you can put an extra 4GB in or it says it can take up to 16GB total. In the online user guide it talks about swapping the HDD for a M.2 SSD so that should be doable to.

If I get rained off tomorrow I will go and have a look at one in the shop with the intention of buying one. If it has a backlit keyboard too that really is a bonus for me.
Called in PCW today. Keyboard didn't look to be backlit. Opening the case invalidates the warranty, but only if they can tell you opened it. About 5 standard cross head screws visible and another 4 under rubber feet. Peeling them off might be a giveaway if they don't stick back down properly. Prising the back off may leave scratches - you need to get something very thin between the base & the chassis then gradually work all round the case forcing the clips apart. The warranty is only 12 months so you could wait 2-3 months before upgrading - by then obvious flaws and early life failures will be apparent and the odds of a fault developing in the next 9 months are small.

I was thinking of adding a 4GB SODIMM (about £47 from Crucial). A real win would be to put a 256 GB SSD card in an M2 slot for the OS and keep the 1TB HDD for mass storage, but without taking it apart I don't know if the M2 connector is present. Seems a waste to spend £72 on a 270 GB SSD and throw away a brand new HDD. Re the memory - remember the graphics unified memory architecture - this means that graphics memory is taken from the main memory so you lose about a GB straight off and up to 2 GB if you try anything graphics intensive. I think 4 GB memory more or less mandates SSD since then the swap file will have fast access when the main memory gets maxed out. If your general usage is such that you can get away with using this system without getting your hands dirty and upgrading, then you are hardly likely to see any benefit from a 4 GB i5-8250m v an 8 GB i5-7200m.

If you see some good deals on an i5-7200u with 8gb memory I wouldn't get too hung up on the processor speed. Obviously a faster processor & especially DRAM will be better in some scenarios, but my current Pavilion is a 3 1/2 years old i5-4200m and looking at the performance monitor in Task Manager, the CPU rarely gets above 30%-40% usage. The big bottleneck is HDD interface (hence SSD is a big improvement) and the slow response of many websites (My BB is 70 Mb Infinity 2 from BT and I really do get that speed on download so there is nothing you can do about general internet traffic slowing you down, and then the CPU just sits there doing absolutely nothing, irrespective of how fast it might be when you ask it to do something useful.
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babyboomer4912 h, 51 m ago

Called in PCW today. Keyboard didn't look to be backlit. Opening the case …Called in PCW today. Keyboard didn't look to be backlit. Opening the case invalidates the warranty, but only if they can tell you opened it. About 5 standard cross head screws visible and another 4 under rubber feet. Peeling them off might be a giveaway if they don't stick back down properly. Prising the back off may leave scratches - you need to get something very thin between the base & the chassis then gradually work all round the case forcing the clips apart. The warranty is only 12 months so you could wait 2-3 months before upgrading - by then obvious flaws and early life failures will be apparent and the odds of a fault developing in the next 9 months are small.I was thinking of adding a 4GB SODIMM (about £47 from Crucial). A real win would be to put a 256 GB SSD card in an M2 slot for the OS and keep the 1TB HDD for mass storage, but without taking it apart I don't know if the M2 connector is present. Seems a waste to spend £72 on a 270 GB SSD and throw away a brand new HDD. Re the memory - remember the graphics unified memory architecture - this means that graphics memory is taken from the main memory so you lose about a GB straight off and up to 2 GB if you try anything graphics intensive. I think 4 GB memory more or less mandates SSD since then the swap file will have fast access when the main memory gets maxed out. If your general usage is such that you can get away with using this system without getting your hands dirty and upgrading, then you are hardly likely to see any benefit from a 4 GB i5-8250m v an 8 GB i5-7200m. If you see some good deals on an i5-7200u with 8gb memory I wouldn't get too hung up on the processor speed. Obviously a faster processor & especially DRAM will be better in some scenarios, but my current Pavilion is a 3 1/2 years old i5-4200m and looking at the performance monitor in Task Manager, the CPU rarely gets above 30%-40% usage. The big bottleneck is HDD interface (hence SSD is a big improvement) and the slow response of many websites (My BB is 70 Mb Infinity 2 from BT and I really do get that speed on download so there is nothing you can do about general internet traffic slowing you down, and then the CPU just sits there doing absolutely nothing, irrespective of how fast it might be when you ask it to do something useful.



So I went and bought one yesterday, it’s not backlit which is a big shame. Initial impressions of the proformance is that it is under powered. Just running chrome with half a dozen tabs open it was using 75%+ memory. To be fair a lot of the pre-installed junk was running in the background using it, mainly mcafee.

I got the back off last night. It is ever so fiddly to prise it away and I have slightly scratched it where I started from. It doesn’t bother me but should it ever go back on the warranty and they were looking they could easily see it.

below is a picture of it, sorry it’s not the best quality. The RAM isn’t soldered in. I am no expert but it looks like there are 3 empty slots on the motherboard, the two together I am guessing is for the cd drive if it was there and the one to the right of them facing the hard drive cables. I haven’t seen a M.2 drive or cable but I don’t think any of these would fit it.

According to cmd the motherboard is a HP 832a. I have found this link which is a similar laptop.

h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/…120

Someone says that the thing doesn’t have an M.2 slot then the next post says you can put an extra SATA drive in but I don’t know how. The problem that I can see it on the underside of the case there is raised metal which I’m guessing fills the void that the cd drive has left so I don’t know if there is physically room to fit two drives in there.

With hindsight I have an SATA SSD in my desktop which I could of tried it fit in but I have closed it up again now and I am only keen to open it once more when I put the upgrades in as I will probably damage it more so when I open it again.
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Looked at this in currys yesterday, and it looked ok. Screen seems decent and the cpu is good. The chassis and keyboard and general build seems quite tacky and cheap but you get what you pay for. I'm not that fussed about that, it probably won't leave my house much.

Just got one for £324 using today's 20% eBay voucher, from Currys eBay site.
Would this deal, or the one here:
hotukdeals.com/dea…106

Be better for someone going to uni? I'm leaning towards the CPU being better on this one, plus the cost of an SSD is almost the same cost and make this the better one to go for?
urmum26th Dec

Apparently this has backlit keyboard too, not mentioned on the …Apparently this has backlit keyboard too, not mentioned on the currys/pcworld website...


Update: not a backlit keyboard, the Currys PC World rep lied to me on webchat...
timb9996 h, 39 m ago

Looked at this in currys yesterday, and it looked ok. Screen seems decent …Looked at this in currys yesterday, and it looked ok. Screen seems decent and the cpu is good. The chassis and keyboard and general build seems quite tacky and cheap but you get what you pay for. I'm not that fussed about that, it probably won't leave my house much.Just got one for £324 using today's 20% eBay voucher, from Currys eBay site.


For future reference, how did you find out about the 20% off? Pure chance or are you on some form of Ebay offers mailing list?
timb9996 h, 55 m ago

Looked at this in currys yesterday, and it looked ok. Screen seems decent …Looked at this in currys yesterday, and it looked ok. Screen seems decent and the cpu is good. The chassis and keyboard and general build seems quite tacky and cheap but you get what you pay for. I'm not that fussed about that, it probably won't leave my house much.Just got one for £324 using today's 20% eBay voucher, from Currys eBay site.


How? I've searched this laptop but couldn't find it..
babyboomer492 h, 1 m ago

For future reference, how did you find out about the 20% off? Pure chance …For future reference, how did you find out about the 20% off? Pure chance or are you on some form of Ebay offers mailing list?


I saw the deal appear on this site this morning, and then had a notification from the eBay app when the offerstarted at 12.
danflorin31 h, 47 m ago

How? I've searched this laptop but couldn't find it..


strange...it was prominently on the end of an aisle in the Weston super mare store, and the advisor mentioned it was their 'main' laptop deal that day.
timb9996 m ago

strange...it was prominently on the end of an aisle in the Weston super …strange...it was prominently on the end of an aisle in the Weston super mare store, and the advisor mentioned it was their 'main' laptop deal that day.


I mean.. I couldn't find it on ebay..not even now..no trace of it on ebay...I wanted it..but I've ended with lenovo 310 for 240£ as I have my own ssd +4GB ram..should work alright
danflorin39 h, 57 m ago

I mean.. I couldn't find it on ebay..not even now..no trace of it on …I mean.. I couldn't find it on ebay..not even now..no trace of it on ebay...I wanted it..but I've ended with lenovo 310 for 240£ as I have my own ssd +4GB ram..should work alright


Oh ok sorry

I searched for the model number on eBay and it came up, but went out of stock pretty fast...

ebay.co.uk/itm…TQa
Quidco tracked at £3.33 ???
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