HP Envy 17-j141na i7,12GB RAM, 840M £579.97 REFURB @ LaptopsDirect
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HP Envy 17-j141na i7,12GB RAM, 840M £579.97 REFURB @ LaptopsDirect

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Found 18th Apr 2015
Looks like a good deal if looking for a 17.3 inch Full HD laptop for gaming. Full Specs:
i7-4710MQ 2.5GHz CPU
12GB RAM
1TB HDD
Nvidia GeForce 840M 2GB GPU
17.3" Full HD 1920x1080 Resolution
Beats Audio
3 Months Warranty

For anyone who wishes to buy it from PCWorld:
pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml?awc=1598_1429390063_0980dd4a0dba77266f2719b6f62c5f0e&srcid=369&xtor=AL-11&cmpid=aff~HotUKDeals~Communities%20%26%20UGC&istCompanyId=9a35962d-802d-4e67-9721-0a3328ca1f02&istItemId=qqpxmxaa&istBid=t

The processor is ever-so-slightly different but it should perform the exact same.

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Seems good, but from my experience (though its only 1 laptop, hp dv-7), they might not be so good at losing heat (for gaming). Works fine for a bout a year+, then starts to deteriorate. Maybe it just needs the thermal paste replacing, I dunno.

Again, seems like good specs for the price.

The 840m should play recent games on low or medium settings

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GPU Performance: notebookcheck.net/NVI…tml
Scroll half way down the page to find a list of games.
Edited by: "rob200375" 18th Apr 2015

Is this or the lenovo found here amazon.co.uk/dp/…RW4 a better all rounder.

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Well, they both have an 840 GPU, however the Lenovo's GPU has 4GB of Memory. The Envy has 12GB RAM so they are roughly the same. It depends on whether or not you want the 17.3" screen. I personally like the style of the Envy and would prefer a bigger screen so the HP would be for me. But like I said, it's whether or not you want more RAM and a bigger screen or more GPU memory.

"A1 Grade Laptops are often simply unwanted returns and the only signs of use are the broken seal on the box."

840M is not exactly for gaming imo, also the metal chasis should help disipating heat

I should point out that this is not an IPS screen so don't expect miracles from the screen.

*IPS laptop so don't expect miracles from the screen.

**Can't edit comment on iPhone app

anyone know how easy it is to install an SSD into this?

DKB07

anyone know how easy it is to install an SSD into this?


easy, in fact you can fit two if you want!

Jetflash like it my dv7 dead after 5 years a few months ago a proper work horse and can't find anywhere to swap the motherboard so had to buy one of these with the touch screen which doesn't seem right touch your lappy screen. Boy can this install updates fast.
Since getting this I got a 2nd hand dv7 and swap drives so have my work horse back as well.


Any idea where to get a board swap anyone?

I would stay away from laptops direct, good price for the spec.

Just 3 month warranty?!!

3 month warranty says it's a refurb.

zippo2008

Just 3 month warranty?!!


Yep, price is misleading too. If you factor in the extended warranty and delivery it comes to £614.88.

PC World has this refurb on sale for £619.99 with 12 month warranty + free delivery.

pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml

Just to echo what BargainBooze said, I would also stay away from Laptops Direct. Their after sales service is shocking if any of the customer reviews are to be believed. You are probably better off shopping at PC World even though they are not any better!
Edited by: "ThreefingerSalute" 18th Apr 2015

I buy from there for work regularly and have never had any trouble.

Had one but sadly hard drive failed and had a boot disk error. Returned direct to HP.

To add what GodGoesWireless said the PC World option is better buy as you can take it back to your nearest store.

What do you do with 12gb of memory? I only have 2 & feel inadequate.

Hi all, I cannot emphasise enough how much I would advise avoiding Laptops Direct. I had the worse ever experience with them on a laptop purchase. It got so bad i even had watchdog and a welsh radio consumer show contact me wanting to help get my money back.

£1400 laptop that was faulty. They just didn't want to know. Kept getting sent from Asus to LD, round in circles. At one point they had my laptop and £1400 and were stalling. In the end I had to get Mastercard involved who thankfully refunded my money on their own back and took it up with them.

I ended up getting a £1100 'A' grade Samsung off Amazon, and guess what? That had a problem too, but within FIVE days I had a new one on my lap without a single quibble and it was a far more comfortable laptop anyway.

I am not an Amazon enthusiast (I supply them as well and they are a complete pain) plus I wish the paid their taxes! lol. But I wouldn't blink about spending over £1k on laptop from them again.

Laptops Direct, be wary, please, please be wary if not avoid totally. Complete sharks.

emmacowley

*IPS laptop so don't expect miracles from the screen.**Can't edit comment … *IPS laptop so don't expect miracles from the screen.**Can't edit comment on iPhone app


Why? aren't TN panels the bad ones?

captainbeaky

What do you do with 12gb of memory? I only have 2 & feel inadequate.


open lots and lots of tabs...

Siddy

Jetflash like it my dv7 dead after 5 years a few months ago a proper work … Jetflash like it my dv7 dead after 5 years a few months ago a proper work horse and can't find anywhere to swap the motherboard so had to buy one of these with the touch screen which doesn't seem right touch your lappy screen. Boy can this install updates fast.Since getting this I got a 2nd hand dv7 and swap drives so have my work horse back as well.Any idea where to get a board swap anyone?


ebay?

captainbeaky

What do you do with 12gb of memory? I only have 2 & feel inadequate.



More task faster.

The RRP: £935.97 is false because you can have this config for £700 on PCspecialist.co.uk.
But £579.97 is a good price.
Edited by: "nice-new" 18th Apr 2015

kamtheman

Hi all, I cannot emphasise enough how much I would advise avoiding … Hi all, I cannot emphasise enough how much I would advise avoiding Laptops Direct. I had the worse ever experience with them on a laptop purchase. It got so bad i even had watchdog and a welsh radio consumer show contact me wanting to help get my money back.£1400 laptop that was faulty. They just didn't want to know. Kept getting sent from Asus to LD, round in circles. At one point they had my laptop and £1400 and were stalling. In the end I had to get Mastercard involved who thankfully refunded my money on their own back and took it up with them.I ended up getting a £1100 'A' grade Samsung off Amazon, and guess what? That had a problem too, but within FIVE days I had a new one on my lap without a single quibble and it was a far more comfortable laptop anyway.I am not an Amazon enthusiast (I supply them as well and they are a complete pain) plus I wish the paid their taxes! lol. But I wouldn't blink about spending over £1k on laptop from them again.Laptops Direct, be wary, please, please be wary if not avoid totally. Complete sharks.



Second that, the worst customer service experience I have ever had to date, I have never used them since. Pay a little more and purchase somewhere that will honour statutory rights without requiring legal action!

Any comments on this vs a 8GB/i7 Dell L702X 3gb 555M ?

More and more stuff going wrong on mine. Not sure if to try and get another secondhand one (meaning two power supplies etc), or a new laptop altogether.

Don't want to spend big bucks until we start getting higher res 17" screens.

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GodGoesWireless

Yep, price is misleading too. If you factor in the extended warranty and … Yep, price is misleading too. If you factor in the extended warranty and delivery it comes to £614.88. PC World has this refurb on sale for £619.99 with 12 month warranty + free delivery.http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/refurbished-laptops/hp-envy-17-j184na-refurbished-17-3-laptop-silver-10019168-pdt.htmlJust to echo what BargainBooze said, I would also stay away from Laptops Direct. Their after sales service is shocking if any of the customer reviews are to be believed. You are probably better off shopping at PC World even though they are not any better!


I could not find it on PCWorld. I could find the 17-J184NA But that has a different processor. I do admit that the PCWorld refurb would be better to buy though
Edited by: "rob200375" 18th Apr 2015

I had the J144NA model with 16gb. Screen us not the best but everything else was fantastic. Speakers are worse than the Dell L502x XPS which I still own

I played alien isolation on almost full settings, watchdogs on medium and currently have evil within on medium all play very smoothly

Fantastic price. Need a portable dev machine to run iis, SQL server and some vm's. This have HDMI and VGA? and is it possible to drive 2 external monitors and laptop too?

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jaydeeuk1

Fantastic price. Need a portable dev machine to run iis, SQL server and … Fantastic price. Need a portable dev machine to run iis, SQL server and some vm's. This have HDMI and VGA? and is it possible to drive 2 external monitors and laptop too?


From the pictures I can only see one HDMI and no VGA, sorry

rob200375

Looks like a good deal if looking for a 17.3 inch Full HD laptop … Looks like a good deal if looking for a 17.3 inch Full HD laptop for gaming. Full Specs:i7-4710MQ 2.5GHz CPU12GB RAM1TB HDDNvidia GeForce 840M 2GB GPU17.3" Full HD 1920x1080 ResolutionBeats Audio3 Months Warranty



Superb price for spec!

This is not far of the spec of my old Zbook and that was a 2.5k
ripoff. Got a couple of DV7's, so this model is the next logical step
with the full 1080p screen, but holding on in case it drops a
bit more, only thing do not like is the lack of the 2nd audio
headphone socket, that the DV7's have.

There is not a lot of difference with the cpu in this and a
top of the shop Zbook, think it was about 450-600 on the
cpu scale, so this is really good value for money.

rob200375

I could not find it on PCWorld. I could find the 17-J184NA But that has a … I could not find it on PCWorld. I could find the 17-J184NA But that has a different processor. I do admit that the PCWorld refurb would be better to buy though



Yes you are right, I got the two mixed because they are practically the same spec apart from the processor. Thanks for pointing that out.

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GodGoesWireless

Yes you are right, I got the two mixed because they are practically the … Yes you are right, I got the two mixed because they are practically the same spec apart from the processor. Thanks for pointing that out.


However, the processor is so similar that I would recommend that people buy that model from PCWorld based on what people have being saying about LaptopsDirect. I personally don't have any experience with LaptopsDirect so I will probably go with PCWorld.

GodGoesWireless

Yep, price is misleading too. If you factor in the extended warranty and … Yep, price is misleading too. If you factor in the extended warranty and delivery it comes to £614.88. PC World has this refurb on sale for £619.99 with 12 month warranty + free delivery.http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/refurbished-laptops/hp-envy-17-j184na-refurbished-17-3-laptop-silver-10019168-pdt.htmlJust to echo what BargainBooze said, I would also stay away from Laptops Direct. Their after sales service is shocking if any of the customer reviews are to be believed. You are probably better off shopping at PC World even though they are not any better!




I 2nd this, I haven't used them for years but my experience is..

Bought an Acer laptop for my mrs, but when it arrived I opened it and all seemed fine, except it wasnt, the screen had a hair line crack just under the bezel and over the course of 3 days the crack expanded until the top half of the screen stopped working...

These monkeys wouldn't even entertain my complaint, and every email stated, screens are not covered by warranty! this was an inherent fault which it was shipped with, in the end i had to buy a new screen off ebay and void my warranty on the machine to replace it..

They wouldn't even accept the possibility the crack occurred prior to delivery, i sent photos showing it was a very strange crack only 1 inch across the top of the screen and not from a fall or misuse, but there aftercare was shocking and eventually they just started to ignore my emails.. never ever again!
Edited by: "haritori" 18th Apr 2015

After reading comments im going to purchase elsewhere. Shame they're so bad that people are recommending pc world as an improvement!

haritori

I 2nd this, I haven't used them for years but my experience is..Bought an … I 2nd this, I haven't used them for years but my experience is..Bought an Acer laptop for my mrs, but when it arrived I opened it and all seemed fine, except it wasnt, the screen had a hair line crack just under the bezel and over the course of 3 days the crack expanded until the top half of the screen stopped working...This monkeys wouldn't even entertain my complaint, and every email stated, screens are not covered by warranty! this was an inherent fault which it was shipped with, in the end i had to buy a new screen off ebay and void my warranty on the machine to replace it..They wouldn't even accept the possibility the crack occurred prior to delivery, i sent photos showing it was a very strange crack only 1 inch across the top of the screen and not from a fall or misuse, but there aftercare was shocking and eventually they just started to ignore my emails.. never ever again!



You could have exercised your statutory right and pressed them for a refund because you had every right to ask for one- they failed to provide you a good that's fit for purpose.

This along with the other feedback left here should be made sticky on HUKD. Avoid any shops that's run by the company Buy It Direct, that includes Acer Direct, BHS direct and Debenhams Plus.

uk.trustpilot.com/rev….uk

Edited by: "ThreefingerSalute" 19th Apr 2015

GodGoesWireless

You could have exercised your statuary right and pressed them for a … You could have exercised your statuary right and pressed them for a refund because you had every right to ask for one- they failed to provide you a good that's fit for purpose.This along with the other feedback left here should be made sticky on HUKD. Avoid any shops that's run by the company Buy It Direct, that includes Acer Direct, BHS direct and Debenhams Plus.



I know now, but I wasn't as wise back then.. it was quite a few years back so maybe they have improved although i doubt it.
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