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HP Laptop (Intel core I5-6200U, 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 15.6" Display) £349.98 @ Ebuyer
HP Laptop (Intel core I5-6200U, 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 15.6" Display) £349.98 @ Ebuyer

HP Laptop (Intel core I5-6200U, 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 15.6" Display) £349.98 @ Ebuyer

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This is my first post so be nice

Like many others I have been on the lookout for a good value laptop and surprised by all the large capacity but slow hard disk drives still around. Core i5, 256GB SSD and 8GB should make for great performance for general use.
Only thing missing is the full HD display but at £350 hard to find better for the money!

There's a same spec i7 version also on ebuyer @ £449 but not worth the extra £100 (28% price increase) for a relatively small real world performance increase in my opinion.

Full specs pasted below:

Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-6200U 2.3 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 520
Turbo boost up to 2.8 GHz
3 MB cache
2 cores
Memory
8GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM
2 SODIMM slots, non customer accessible/upgradeable (models with Intel® Core™ i7-6500U. i5-6200U, i3-5005U processors)
Hard Drive
256GB SSD M2 SATA3
Optical Drive
None
Software
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Display
39.6 cm (15.6") diagonal anti-glare LED-backlit
Resolution: 1366 x 768
Graphics
Intel® HD Graphics 520
Audio
HD audio with DTS Studio Sound™
2 integrated stereo speakers
Support HP Noise Cancellation
Input Devices
Full-sized textured black island-style keyboard with numeric keypad
Networking
Integrated 10/100/1000 GbE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 802.11ac (1x1) WiFi
Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo with Wi-Di
Power Supply
ENERGY STAR® certified
45 W Smart AC adapter
3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion
Dimensions
Width 38.43 cm
Depth 25.46 cm
Height 2.43 cm
Weight 1.96 kg
Interfaces
1 USB 3.0
2 USB 2.0
1 VGA
1 HDMI
1 headphone/microphone combo jack
1 AC power
1 RJ-45
1 multi-format digital media reader
Warranty / Misc
1 Year manufacturer Warranty
HP VGA camera

237 Comments

Wouldn't buy a laptop with a sub FullHD screen for 350. Just better options around.

Everything else is great, but it's all largely pointless if the screen looks like....

DocRobotnik

Wouldn't buy a laptop with a sub FullHD screen for 350. Just better … Wouldn't buy a laptop with a sub FullHD screen for 350. Just better options around.Everything else is great, but it's all largely pointless if the screen looks like....


Agree exactly, sorry op

6th gen i5 and 256ssd for £350.
heat all the way from me.
ok the display isnt the greatest but unless your gonna want to use it for high end movies or photoshop editing its gonna be fast for usual every day stuff
Edited by: "lollypoplee" 30th Dec 2016

With 8GB Ram and i5 spec like this for £350 - I agree - you would be hard pressed to find anything that is sgnificantly BETTER at the SAME or LOWER price at the time of typing.

Worth it - and GREAT FIRST POST! Have some heat.

Fair play. :-)
Edited by: "cloudthecat" 30th Dec 2016

plus 1.72% cashback with topcashback.every penny counts.cracking laptop for the price 560 with debenhams
Edited by: "ihatebingo" 30th Dec 2016

I thought the £100 more version had i7, full hd , AND a dedicated graphics card?

Jonnyblock

I thought the £100 more version had i7, full hd , AND a dedicated … I thought the £100 more version had i7, full hd , AND a dedicated graphics card?



Doesn't seem so

ebuyer.com/760…abu

If it wasn't ebuyer, than maybe...

pablomalin

If it wasn't ebuyer, than maybe...



​honestly never had a problem with ebuyer.
their customer service is great in my opinion.
cannot fault em but obviously others had had different experiences

What's wrong with eBuyer?

3 Cell battery not going to limit battery life significantly or is this the norm now?

Sorry, £350 is too much to put up with a 1366x768 display. No matter what you're using your laptop for, that display is going to make the task unpleasant.

It's not a case of the display being "not the greatest" or "okay for light use" or any other 768p apologist nonsense people spout; 15.6" 1366x768 displays are horrible and anyone who's used a 15.6" 1080p (or above, though unlikely at anywhere near £350) display will know exactly what I mean.

Sure, it's not worth replacing a laptop you already have and are happy with just to upgrade from 768p to 1080p, but buying a new £300-400 laptop going into 2017 with a 768p display is absolute madness, in my opinion.

matt101101

Sorry, £350 is too much to put up with a 1366x768 display. No matter what … Sorry, £350 is too much to put up with a 1366x768 display. No matter what you're using your laptop for, that display is going to make the task unpleasant. It's not a case of the display being "not the greatest" or "okay for light use" or any other 768p apologist nonsense people spout; 15.6" 1366x768 displays are horrible and anyone who's used a 15.6" 1080p (or above, though unlikely at anywhere near £350) display will know exactly what I mean. Sure, it's not worth replacing a laptop you already have and are happy with just to upgrade from 768p to 1080p, but buying a new £300-400 laptop going into 2017 with a 768p display is absolute madness, in my opinion.


No



DocRobotnik

Wouldn't buy a laptop with a sub FullHD screen for 350. Just better … Wouldn't buy a laptop with a sub FullHD screen for 350. Just better options around.Everything else is great, but it's all largely pointless if the screen looks like....

DocRobotnik

Wouldn't buy a laptop with a sub FullHD screen for 350. Just better … Wouldn't buy a laptop with a sub FullHD screen for 350. Just better options around.Everything else is great, but it's all largely pointless if the screen looks like....



If my 170 quid chromebook has a Full HD screen they can afford to put it on 3-400+ laptops, its an absolute joke

Good specs tho for the price

Good deal, ignore the resolution snobs, for this price it's a good spec!

if you can be bothered and dont mind messing the warranty up you shoud be able upgrade the screen panel to a full hd 1080p. done this on a few hp 450 g2's and it take about 10 minutes max.

hashemcom007

No


I know I'm likely wasting my time, but why "No"?

Most people don't use ~100PPI displays at less than arms length for anything else, so why put up with it on laptops? Tablets and phones, even at the £300-400 price point, have equal or higher outright resolution and much higher PPI displays than 15.6" 768p laptops (or 1080p laptops, for that matter, but you're not getting better than 1080p on a laptop for anywhere near £350).

That aside, it's possible to buy decently spec'd 1080p display laptops in the £300-400 price bracket, so why settle for 768p and then have to put up with it whilst doing literally everything you ever do on your laptop?
Edited by: "matt101101" 31st Dec 2016

ScorpioJonesy

if you can be bothered and dont mind messing the warranty up you shoud be … if you can be bothered and dont mind messing the warranty up you shoud be able upgrade the screen panel to a full hd 1080p. done this on a few hp 450 g2's and it take about 10 minutes max.


Unless you have a second hand one handy, the ridiculous inflated price you now have to pay for a new one on Ebay will add about 100 pounds to the price

At 350, i5 is rare. This has a large ssd, 8gb ram, made by hp in addition to the i5.

Crazy specs, terrible display, at this price point it is still hot, in my opinion you'd rather have good cpu, ram and a decent ssd and screen comes after unless you use machine for designing solutions, then again you would probably be looking at something much more expensive than this.
Edited by: "iEimis" 31st Dec 2016

Original Poster

Thanks for the heat and the comments guys! While of course everyone would prefer a higher resolution... at this price point and even up to the £450 mark its fairly common to have the 768p resolution on the 15.6" screen so it really comes down to trade offs between the components.

You can go find a laptop with a full HD screen but if it's with an intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256 GB SSD for less than even £500 I will take my hat off to you!

Good specs apart from the screen. The hp screens are pretty poor but for general Web browsing etc then it's fine for most people.

ScorpioJonesy

if you can be bothered and dont mind messing the warranty up you shoud be … if you can be bothered and dont mind messing the warranty up you shoud be able upgrade the screen panel to a full hd 1080p. done this on a few hp 450 g2's and it take about 10 minutes max.



I'm intrigued, please explain ..... :-)

fair play r kid
hot from me

Looking for a new laptop myself trying to budget for £450 whats my best bet? Will be used for Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign and basic gaming (Footie Manager/Older games), with probably a little app creation thrown in, seeing far too many options atm not sure to stretch my budget either

can anyone suggest deals similar to this but with a 1TB HDD instead of a SSD (i need the space and rather not buy and external).

cheers! and happy new year guys/ladies!

​I use a 768p 15.6" laptop and it is perfectly fine for my usage (A little gaming, web browsing and video watching.).

When you consider that you probably use a 21.5" or 24" that is 1080p you get a very similar experience in terms of image quality.

For the price 768p is fine, obviously 1080p is nicer but you get what you pay for and the other specs are good for the price so for a lot of people its a good deal.

A lower resolution screen also has benefits such as less power usage and better performance so its not all bad.

Note this i5 is dual core not quad like on some models

At this price and for the specs personally I think its a good deal, heat from me.

Yes FullHD would be ideal but your not likely get it at this price with the same spec's.

Good post ..should help many
Interesting that you can change the screen in 10 mins and hp don't do it .
You need to work for them ..good points made

They don't do 1080 screens because of the simple fact that 99% of the general public wouldn't want or need it.

We've just moved offices at work and I've installed 30 new machines with 30 new 23 inch 1080 screens. All but a few have had their screens 'made bigger', ie a lower resolution and horribly blurry much to the disgust of myself and my tech.. In my opinion you shouldn't be allowed anything but the native resolution but if you made 1080 mainstream at 15 inches the first thing most people would do is lower the resolution.

I have a 15 inch 4k laptop and on some apps it's truly horrible but I wouldn't change it!

This is a great deal for a great laptop which will suit the general public.

always see people complaining about these deals not having full HD screens like that is a. huge deal breaker.. yet the post gets 100s of heat.

if you people keep spouting about having full HD at the same price... post the damn deals and stop moaning. it's really annoying.

This is an excellent deal but as others have said real world you will notice the sub Full HD screen more than going to an i3 CPU.

You should put 768p or HD in the title
Edited by: "rapid111111" 31st Dec 2016

mine arrived yesterday as I bought it when it was posted 3 weeks ago. Have been holding off as I wanted the best possible deal and couldn't beat this it feels quite cheap but for me it's all about what's under the hood I was installing some some basic steam games on it last night and it seems nice to use would recommend at this price

jrw

They don't do 1080 screens because of the simple fact that 99% of the … They don't do 1080 screens because of the simple fact that 99% of the general public wouldn't want or need it. We've just moved offices at work and I've installed 30 new machines with 30 new 23 inch 1080 screens. All but a few have had their screens 'made bigger', ie a lower resolution and horribly blurry much to the disgust of myself and my tech.. In my opinion you shouldn't be allowed anything but the native resolution but if you made 1080 mainstream at 15 inches the first thing most people would do is lower the resolution. I have a 15 inch 4k laptop and on some apps it's truly horrible but I wouldn't change it!This is a great deal for a great laptop which will suit the general public.


Tell them to go to Specsavers

To all the 768p lovers try using a 1080p laptop for a decent amount of time then you will realise just how horrendous these 768p screens are. It's not resolution snobbery lol it's about user experience. I also found a big difference in having one for my work laptop so looking at it all day long was far better for my eye sight/less headaches than the years i'd spent looking at a blury (in comparison) 768p screen.

For me the Lenovo 14" 2-in-1 for £349 at Currys with i3 and128gb ssd but 1080p screen is a better choice. People think i3 must be rubbish but it has a better cpubenchmark score than my gen 4 i7 in what was at the time a £750 laptop. I bought one for my Son and it's surprisingly quick so unless you 'need' an i5 latest gen i3s are plenty fast enough for everyday use. In fact just checked the cpubenchmarks and as I suspected the i5 in this and the i3 in the Lenovo are as near as damn it identical in performance (only 34 points difference which is negligible). People get too hung up on the i5 model thinking it's so above an i3 but it's all down to cpu models and a quick cpubenchmark check will tell you what you are getting.

My experience with low end HP laptops are that they are horrible, nasty keyboards and nasty looking/designed casing worse than other brands at the same price point and would never buy one again. High end such as the Spectre range are obviouly amazing bits of kit and where HP excel.

It's easy enough and cheap enough to stick a 256gb ssd in any modern laptop but I can appreciate those who don't care about a decent screen this is a decent spec budget laptop for the money.


Edited by: "Sp0oner" 31st Dec 2016

DocRobotnik

Wouldn't buy a laptop with a sub FullHD screen for 350. Just better … Wouldn't buy a laptop with a sub FullHD screen for 350. Just better options around.Everything else is great, but it's all largely pointless if the screen looks like....



​Can you post up these better options? Keep in mind you have to match or better both the price and rest of the specs.

All these people moaning it's not 1080 make me laugh, it wasn't many years ago that people were saying you don't need 1080p unless the TV is bigger than 32 inches but now it seems you need it from 3.2 inches. I know you sit closer to the screen with a laptop but really we don't all need 1080 for average use.

matt101101

Sorry, £350 is too much to put up with a 1366x768 display. No matter what … Sorry, £350 is too much to put up with a 1366x768 display. No matter what you're using your laptop for, that display is going to make the task unpleasant. It's not a case of the display being "not the greatest" or "okay for light use" or any other 768p apologist nonsense people spout; 15.6" 1366x768 displays are horrible and anyone who's used a 15.6" 1080p (or above, though unlikely at anywhere near £350) display will know exactly what I mean. Sure, it's not worth replacing a laptop you already have and are happy with just to upgrade from 768p to 1080p, but buying a new £300-400 laptop going into 2017 with a 768p display is absolute madness, in my opinion.



Some time ago I would have disagreed, but now I appreciate a quality screen. I spent a few years using an XPS 17 which had an excellent display with vibrant colours. The Clevo I replaced it with had an awful dull screen with backlight bleed. When I look at laptop reviews now I tend to focus on the screen because that's the one thing you use 100℅ of the time on a laptop and it needs to be a worthwhile experience.
The rest of the specs look really good for £350 though.
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