HP 250 G5 Core i7-7500U 8GB 1TB 15.6 Inch Laptop - £550 @ Laptopsdirect
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HP 250 G5 Core i7-7500U 8GB 1TB 15.6 Inch Laptop - £550 @ Laptopsdirect

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Edited by:"Swishh"Found 2nd Oct
Seen this suggested in the comments on another post, seems the best deal I've found at around the £500

15.6 Inch Screen
Intel Core i7 7500U Processor
8 GB RAM
1TB Hard Drive
Windows 10 Operating System
1 year warranty

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Save £100 and get this.
Only difference is that this is an i5 7200u, not an i7 7500u, but considering that both CPUs are 2 cores 4 threads, the performance difference will be very minimal.

hanpan99910 m ago

Save £100 and get this. Only difference is that this is an i5 7200u, not …Save £100 and get this. Only difference is that this is an i5 7200u, not an i7 7500u, but considering that both CPUs are 2 cores 4 threads, the performance difference will be very minimal.



cpubenchmark.net/cpu…GHz - 5231
cpubenchmark.net/cpu…GHz - 4687

So the i7 is about 11% better than the i5, for around 22% more expense.
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i7 for around 500 serious heat

Save £100 and get this.
Only difference is that this is an i5 7200u, not an i7 7500u, but considering that both CPUs are 2 cores 4 threads, the performance difference will be very minimal.

£529 at Box

Full HD too as well.

hanpan99910 m ago

Save £100 and get this. Only difference is that this is an i5 7200u, not …Save £100 and get this. Only difference is that this is an i5 7200u, not an i7 7500u, but considering that both CPUs are 2 cores 4 threads, the performance difference will be very minimal.



cpubenchmark.net/cpu…GHz - 5231
cpubenchmark.net/cpu…GHz - 4687

So the i7 is about 11% better than the i5, for around 22% more expense.

Thanks OP. On the lookout for a laptop at the moment. Anyone know if a ssd can be added to this laptop? If so, could it go in addition to the current HDD or would it have to replace it?

i7 in name only - waste of money for a ULV processor. As someone else said, get the i5 which has the same core configuration and spend the saving on an SSD if you want real performance. HP selling this with a slow 1TB mechanical drive at this price is a bit insulting really

I was looking at a laptop at the weekend for a friend, the mechanical hard drive was a real bottleneck, windows update + malwarebytes was bringing the disk activity to 100% for the first 5 minutes. I only really use SSDs these days, is this normal for a HDD?

Shard1 h, 47 m ago

I was looking at a laptop at the weekend for a friend, the mechanical hard …I was looking at a laptop at the weekend for a friend, the mechanical hard drive was a real bottleneck, windows update + malwarebytes was bringing the disk activity to 100% for the first 5 minutes. I only really use SSDs these days, is this normal for a HDD?


That’s pretty normal. And you probably noticed it more as you’ve experienced an SSD. Malwarebytes scanning will be hitting the disk quite hard anyway and then a Windows Update on top, well, that doesn’t sound like fun. I usually install a small SSD and use external hard disks now for moving stuff.

TBH, an SSD will fix up most laptops that have hard disks and are built in the last 7 years, CPUs haven’t really got that much faster - 10% here and there, whereas an SSD is orders of magnitude quicker.

FHD - TN or IPS?

rawwry1112 h, 35 m ago

i7 for around 500 serious heat


Heat for the marketing department more than anything.
i7 is just a term like GTi and without looking at the actual specifications it means very little.

I think that's the one I suggested

Agharta2 h, 11 m ago

Heat for the marketing department more than anything.i7 is just a term …Heat for the marketing department more than anything.i7 is just a term like GTi and without looking at the actual specifications it means very little.


This.

The sad fact is it has confused the vast majority of the public and people may choose machines with unbalanced specs like this one over machines with a perfectly quick and usable i3/5 (with the same silicon as the i7) paired with a good SSD and display.
Edited by: "plewis00" 3rd Oct

Personally I would never buy a computer without SSD.
I've seen how much of an improvement SSD makes to overall speed
ps
this website has loads of bugs when editing
Edited by: "deany76" 3rd Oct

Are there any suggestions for 500-ish SSD-based laptops?

I have a HP 250 G4 and the build quality is terrible. I would rather have a lower spec and something more solid.

batterylife18 h, 2 m ago

Are there any suggestions for 500-ish SSD-based laptops?


I would love some suggestions too. Can anyone help please? I missed out on the Lenovo Idea Pad 510s deal posted yesterday

plewis0023 h, 44 m ago

This.The sad fact is it has confused the vast majority of the public and …This.The sad fact is it has confused the vast majority of the public and people may choose machines with unbalanced specs like this one over machines with a perfectly quick and usable i3/5 (with the same silicon as the i7) paired with a good SSD and display.


It's not Intel's fault though as i7 just means the best range in a particular class of CPU which is why the GTi comparison works.
You wouldn't expect a GTi mini car to be a match for GTi Family car.
It's basic marketing and anyone who doesn't grasp that is ignorant.

Th i7-7500U processor will be more than fast-enough for general Windows/Office use, surfing, watching videos etc. It is technically slower than a desktop i3-7100, but that is comapring apples to pairs. The real benefit of the mobile "U" processors is that they consume very little power, so battery life hangs on for longer.

Good price for a decent quality lappy.

Agharta39 m ago

It's not Intel's fault though as i7 just means the best range in a …It's not Intel's fault though as i7 just means the best range in a particular class of CPU which is why the GTi comparison works.You wouldn't expect a GTi mini car to be a match for GTi Family car.It's basic marketing and anyone who doesn't grasp that is ignorant.


It kind of is, there are some i7 mobile CPUs that are quad cores and some dual (the ULV series and a handful of other normal voltage ones) - as I’m sure you know. I think they should keep the i7 for the best in a segment with quad coreotherwise all that the i7 has over the i5 is a little more turbo and base clock.

To be honest, most of us may understand it but it’s comments from some people here about ‘great value i7’ or ‘ugh, only i3 at £500’ (when that i3 might have a 256GB SSD and 1080p IPS panel) when that tells a fraction of the story.

plewis0016 m ago

It kind of is, there are some i7 mobile CPUs that are quad cores and some …It kind of is, there are some i7 mobile CPUs that are quad cores and some dual (the ULV series and a handful of other normal voltage ones) - as I’m sure you know. I think they should keep the i7 for the best in a segment with quad coreotherwise all that the i7 has over the i5 is a little more turbo and base clock.To be honest, most of us may understand it but it’s comments from some people here about ‘great value i7’ or ‘ugh, only i3 at £500’ (when that i3 might have a 256GB SSD and 1080p IPS panel) when that tells a fraction of the story.


People that don't understand the complexities of car sizes, weights, engines, BHP, torque etc should seek advice when buying a sporty car and not just buy something with a GTi badge.

ULV is a different class than 35/45W+ CPUs and anyone who doesn't realise that should seek advice before purchasing.
But many people seemingly lack common sense and just buy based on their own in this case erroneous assumptions.
People can educate themselves quite quickly by asking on here for example.
I don't see a problem with the i7 badge or the GTi badge.
It's quite simple really.

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I bought this back in Dec 14th from ebuyer last year. So the difference seems to be extra £100 to swap the 256 SSD into a 1TB and a very slightly better CPU

For this reason this is a stone cold vote from me.
Edited by: "eSimple" 4th Oct

Agharta1 h, 13 m ago

People that don't understand the complexities of car sizes, weights, …People that don't understand the complexities of car sizes, weights, engines, BHP, torque etc should seek advice when buying a sporty car and not just buy something with a GTi badge.ULV is a different class than 35/45W+ CPUs and anyone who doesn't realise that should seek advice before purchasing.But many people seemingly lack common sense and just buy based on their own in this case erroneous assumptions.People can educate themselves quite quickly by asking on here for example.I don't see a problem with the i7 badge or the GTi badge.It's quite simple really.


The car analogy works somewhat but the difference with cars and CPUs is that if you buy a 'GTi trim' car you can expect other half-decent components to go with it, e.g. uprated brakes, engine, seats, good ICE for example but with CPUs, companies like HP have this annoying habit of fitting a 'high-end' CPU along with weak other components or cutting corners elsewhere as you can see with the slow mechanical hard disk in this case.

plewis008 m ago

if you buy a 'GTi trim' car you can expect other half-decent components to …if you buy a 'GTi trim' car you can expect other half-decent components to go with it,


Expectations and assumptions are the real problem here but I know what you mean.
Buyer beware should always be the motto and the main thing to beware of is one's own ignorance as in the case here.
But blaming others is part of the culture and it's so much easier to be lazy and not do your homework and then blame others when you make a poor choice.

Am I the only one.. each time I open a laptop deal just above the £500 mark I'm always looking at the graphics chip spec, to see if it's a 1050 or equivalent, hoping to bite, only to be disappointed.
Edited by: "fluidz" 5th Oct

This will be seriously bottle necked by the HD as I presume it will be slow as soup, not a big problem to fix but a decent 512Gb SSD will cost you £120-130.

deany763rd Oct

Personally I would never buy a computer without SSD.I've seen how much of …Personally I would never buy a computer without SSD.I've seen how much of an improvement SSD makes to overall speedpsthis website has loads of bugs when editing


With you on the SSD.
Replaced the 1 TB HD on my laptop with a Samsung 500gb SSD and never looked back.
Use cheap external HDs for archiving.

batterylife3rd Oct

Are there any suggestions for 500-ish SSD-based laptops?


I may be wrong but I think you'll be lucky to find a 500gb SSD in a laptop for south of £1000.
I'd buy one with a smaller SSD - say 128gb - for c.£500 and put your own 500gb SSD in there and sell the 128SSD.
Should cost you around £600 - £650 total.

When buying a laptop what do you look for I’m not into gaming just regular use of watching videos on YouTube, apps, and games. What’s the difference between i3, i5 and i7 and what is better 4gb ram with 500gb hdd or 8gb ram with 256gb hdd. I mostly need storage to put my photos and movies saved in what would you recommend for me I need 15.6inch screen and specs I don’t know much about so I’m asking again what do you look for when buying a laptop


When buying a laptop what do you look for I’m not into gaming just regular use of watching videos on YouTube, apps, and games. What’s the difference between i3, i5 and i7 and what is better 4gb ram with 500gb hdd or 8gb ram with 256gb hdd. I mostly need storage to put my photos and movies saved in what would you recommend for me I need 15.6inch screen and specs I don’t know much about so I’m asking again what do you look for when buying a laptop
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