HP EliteBook 745 G2 AMD A6-7050B 4GB 128GB SSD 14" Windows 7 Professional 64-bit £279.99 (£229.99 after HP Cashback) @ Dabs.com
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HP EliteBook 745 G2 AMD A6-7050B 4GB 128GB SSD 14" Windows 7 Professional 64-bit £279.99 (£229.99 after HP Cashback) @ Dabs.com

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Found 23rd Feb 2016
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Edited by: "Revhead007" 24th Feb 2016
Revhead007

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So do I
I ordered one about 11 o'clock last night, code went through OK. For the money this has got to be a bargain. I've owned lots of laptops and this one does tick a few boxes. Having a slightly better resolution than most laptops at this price (1600x900) and a built in SD card reader.. Plus lots of USB ports.. I know it comes with Windows 7 but its free to upgrade to 10 if you want. Also the best bonus is it comes with 3 years warranty included!!

Grab one whilst you can, can't wait for mine to turn up.

Steve
Awful processor
Just beware, there is a reason for these price drops. I fell for one of these similar deals.I bought one which was really slow, It was a HP laptop with AMD processor with 8GB Ram and touchscreen.

so I put an SSD drive on thinking it would make it faster, and result was 2.5% difference. It still runs annoyingly slow.

Selling it on eBay with price cut.
This one comes with an ssd already. .. Also what processor did yours have in? Compare this to a £230 laptop.. Which is in the realms of Chromebooks and very low end laptops. So, its not going to run your latest games but ideal for work / internet.. Should be fine for Photoshop / Inventor etc if you don't require lightning speed. Plus you can always upgrade the hard drive / memory if needed.
Nice to see a higher resolution screen for a change, just a shame it's not an IPS variant.
maprel

Awful processor


I'm afraid I also have an A6 processor in my desktop. It's usable for Internet and Office etc, but nothing more intensive. It is slow and at times frustrating, but this is a good price for spec if your needs can be covered by the spec.
Heated.
I can't get the damm code to work. Might have to ring up
will this play the latest football manager? as my son is after a laptop for his birthday.
Also, comes with 8.1 Pro license and is using downgrade rights to windows 7. Not that it matters as you'll be upgrading to 10 anyway
I would expect so Civichyde. Having looked at the specs it requires its nothing demanding really.
I have this laptop - stuck in WIN 10, a bigger SSD and an additional 8gb RAM - for business use with the long battery and superior screen it is brilliant - plus £50 cashback and £100 trade in (not sure if that works now). I wouldn't recommend it for intensive graphical use or games, but for office 2016 and general internet/emails it is brilliant and has a far superior build quality. Only thing missing is HDMI for use with modern projectors but VGA works fine.
Lack of HDMI is the only thing stopping me from snapping this up...
This was posted a few weeks ago for the same price / offer with BT shop. General consensus was the processor is poor and HP were doing a trade-in offer not to long ago making this around £170 odd at the time.
maprel

Just beware, there is a reason for these price drops. I fell for one of … Just beware, there is a reason for these price drops. I fell for one of these similar deals.I bought one which was really slow, It was a HP laptop with AMD processor with 8GB Ram and touchscreen. so I put an SSD drive on thinking it would make it faster, and result was 2.5% difference. It still runs annoyingly slow. Selling it on eBay with price cut.




If you only got a 2.5% increase in speed from swapping out an SSD you did something wrong.
I have replaced many hard drives in my time with SSD's and I have NEVER seen such a weak increase.

Also, how did you manage to measure the performance increase?
Edited by: "Ferrari100" 24th Feb 2016
thanks op, heat added! :-)
SirSpanky

Lack of HDMI is the only thing stopping me from snapping this up...



It has a display port... So you can get a Display port to HDMI cable for about a fiver.. no excuse ;-p
NOW "£359.98" surely not a bargain
CdRsKuLL

It has a display port... So you can get a Display port to HDMI cable for … It has a display port... So you can get a Display port to HDMI cable for about a fiver.. no excuse ;-p


+1. Exactly. This silly 'no HDMI' keeps coming up in nearly every Elitebook or Thinkpad thread. The only business-class laptop with only have the vastly inferior HDMI port instead of DisplayPort are the Dell Latitudes. But full DisplayPort to HDMI adapters with audio are about £3.50 from ebay (for instance item 191810834622) for a flexible short cable adapter or £2.75 (item 252269771953) for a solid adapter (just add it to the end of a HDMI cable).
GwanGy

NOW "£359.98" surely not a bargain



You need to type the code 'DBSHP0216' at the checkout stage to get £279.99 price.

Should the code be DBSHP0216 and not DABSHP80 ?
DabsSB

You need to type the code 'DBSHP0216' at the checkout stage to get … You need to type the code 'DBSHP0216' at the checkout stage to get £279.99 price.Should the code be DBSHP0216 and not DABSHP80 ?



​Yes that code works ty. To clarify this does not qualify for the £100 trade up to HP promotion. hppromotions.co.uk doesn't show the £50 cahback either. Links would be nice please
alexjameshaines

​Yes that code works ty. To clarify this does not qualify for the £100 tr … ​Yes that code works ty. To clarify this does not qualify for the £100 trade up to HP promotion. hppromotions.co.uk doesn't show the £50 cahback either. Links would be nice please


hpcashback.com/gb/…ing
Click on + HP Elitebook
maprel

Awful processor


more worse than awful.....
Ferrari100

If you only got a 2.5% increase in speed from swapping out an SSD you did … If you only got a 2.5% increase in speed from swapping out an SSD you did something wrong. I have replaced many hard drives in my time with SSD's and I have NEVER seen such a weak increase.Also, how did you manage to measure the performance increase?



Well before my I used to wait 10 minutes to start using after booting up. After hdd change to SSD I have to wait 9 minutes 58.5 seconds.
maprel

Well before my I used to wait 10 minutes to start using after booting up. … Well before my I used to wait 10 minutes to start using after booting up. After hdd change to SSD I have to wait 9 minutes 58.5 seconds.


absolutely ridiculous that anyone would wait that long for a PC to boot.
How is a 598.5 second boot time 2.5% faster than a 600 second boot time? It would be 0.25%.
Also, how were you ACCURATELY able to calculate this? I am really interested to learn your method.
Doesn't sound very legit at all.
Edited by: "Ferrari100" 24th Feb 2016
maprel

Well before my I used to wait 10 minutes to start using after booting up. … Well before my I used to wait 10 minutes to start using after booting up. After hdd change to SSD I have to wait 9 minutes 58.5 seconds.


You have serious issues with your laptop. Does it also take up your entire attic and rely on punched cards? Or have you been downloading too many "free instant computer repair speed up tools"?
Edited by: "jcc1" 24th Feb 2016
Not bad for the price.
I just upgraded my dad's HP, not this model to windows 10. I had to downgrade it again for two reasons. One was for a grpahics card issue which the best driver was already installed and the second reason was it was making the cpu fan run at full speed. Downloaded new drivers from AMD, made no difference so reverted back to 7 and everything ok. Bit of a pain tbh and its something amd are working on. Not fast enough in my opinion as 10 has been out for nearly 7 months now. No issues with wife's acer running an i3 on windows 10.
maprel

Just beware, there is a reason for these price drops. I fell for one of … Just beware, there is a reason for these price drops. I fell for one of these similar deals.I bought one which was really slow, It was a HP laptop with AMD processor with 8GB Ram and touchscreen. so I put an SSD drive on thinking it would make it faster, and result was 2.5% difference. It still runs annoyingly slow. Selling it on eBay with price cut.



​My last 2 HP laptops had so much bloatware it took about 4 minutes to boot and settle down. I don't understand how folks can accept that.

I always do a clean install and leave out any "hp assistant" or "essential" software, just install the drivers.
tan159

​My last 2 HP laptops had so much bloatware it took about 4 minutes to b … ​My last 2 HP laptops had so much bloatware it took about 4 minutes to boot and settle down. I don't understand how folks can accept that.I always do a clean install and leave out any "hp assistant" or "essential" software, just install the drivers.



On Windows 10 you do a clean install under control settings and you can wipe out all the software apart from the operating system.

It did make 1.87% difference
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samw
Could the AMD cpu be replaced with an i5 cpu. If so, what would it cost?
falconer

samwCould the AMD cpu be replaced with an i5 cpu. If so, what would it … samwCould the AMD cpu be replaced with an i5 cpu. If so, what would it cost?



Two different sockets for the cpus. Two different makes, so no you can't.
maprel

Two different sockets for the cpus. Two different makes, so no you can't.


However it's quite easy (and cheap) to upgrade to 12Gb RAM and 240Gb SSD on this machine which should suffice for most non-specialist applications.
Well mine should arrive today :-) I'm currently making a Windows 10 install USB from microsoft.com/en-…s10 .. So I should be able to do a clean install straightaway without messing about. I will see how it runs but might increase the memory to 8gb (£20) or 12gb (£32). Will report back with a little review.
So.. It's arrived :-) Been playing for about an hour now.. this is what I think so far.

First off.. I need to keep reminding myself that this is a £230.00 laptop. The last 3 laptops I've had were more the top end machines. being 2 x Dell XPS 13 / Ultrabook and a Samsung np900x3f. So I'm comparing this to what were very high end machines.

First the bad points...can only find one really. It doesn't come with a fantastic screen. The viewing angles are not great BUT.. once you are sitting looking at it then it's fine.

Good points.. It seems quite nippy, the screen res is great at 1600 x 900 compared to the standard you get on most laptops. Build quality feels a bit plastic (because it is) but strong and sturdy. I love the keyboard, has a nice touch about it but I feel they have gone a little overboard on the lettering on them.. It's not a backlite version although I believe they do do one. Touch pad seems good, not like my dell xps which was awful!.. I installed Windows 10 right off the bat, deleting all the other partitions so I gain the most ssd space. Just installing office / photoshop at the moment. but for the money.. it''s got to be a bargain and would defo recommend. If anyone wants anything testing etc just let me know. I still need to install hotkeys to adjust brightness etc so off to do that now.
My battery life is pathetic, I'm lucky to get 2.5 hours on 50% brightness and balanced, HP website states up to 10.25 hours I complained to HP and they sent another battery but it's only slightly better, how are you finding it?
Not tested the battery yet, sorry. I've just unplugged it now although I have been running it on and off battery all day depending where I am with it. Currently if I hover over the battery icon on windows 10 it's saying 6hr 16min (98%). Now I will run it completely down a few times and I'll report back after the weekend. Oh, I'm set at 50% brightness too.

Been busy installing a load of software and it seems fine. Got office / photoshop / inventor on and all running fine.
CdRsKuLL

Well mine should arrive today :-) I'm currently making a Windows 10 … Well mine should arrive today :-) I'm currently making a Windows 10 install USB from https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10 .. So I should be able to do a clean install straightaway without messing about. I will see how it runs but might increase the memory to 8gb (£20) or 12gb (£32). Will report back with a little review.



Looking at one of the other threads I think you first have to have windows 10 on your machine BEFORE you can use the usb media creation tool. I am not sure myself as on both of ours I downloaded windows 10 via update and then downloaded the iso image which I ran and then created my own recovery back up and did a fresh install. A couple of others have said by trying to install the iso image without having 10 on the machine first it kept asking for a product key. Even though these people knew their product key it wouldn't have it so it will be interesting to see how you get on and let us know. Far easier than going though hours of updating the original software before you get the windows 10 update.
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