HP Pavilion 14-bk152sa 14" FullHD, i5 8th Gen, 128GB SSD, Gold colour £449 @ Dixons Travel £449
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HP Pavilion 14-bk152sa 14" FullHD, i5 8th Gen, 128GB SSD, Gold colour £449 @ Dixons Travel £449

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Found 27th Dec 2017
I realise that this deal is not available to everyone, so I will post the Currys + Quidco route in another post.

I was looking for a laptop around 13.3-14" with a Full HD, IPS panel, decent built quality, a full size HDMI port, as practically small as possible and reasonably fast cpu.

I found initially the same model at Currys PC World in both colours (Silver and Gold) for £499. There's still £40 Quidco that would bring the price (if paid) to £459. I actually ordered it this morning online, in silver (14-bk153sa). Here's the link from Currys:
currys.co.uk/gbu…tml

Out of good coincidence, I was flying this evening from Heathrow, and I spotted in Dixons Travel, the same model in Gold (14-bk152sa) for £449. I asked and they only stock the gold one, but I thought it was still a better bargain (since cashback is never guaranteed really) so I bought it on the spot and tomorrow morning I will cancel the order from Currys. That way, it's better off between £10-50.

Colour-wise, the chassis and internal parts are identical in both models. Only difference is the back of the lid, which in the "silver" model is more of a dark gray and the "gold" is mostly silvery, with a subtle gold hue (like a champagne).

Built quality looks more than decent for the price, the main part of the chassis is aluminium, with the bottom cover some sort of plastic. The screen cover is plastic.The size is nearly identical (if slightly thinner and lighter) than my old plasticky 13.3" Lenovo.

The biggest benefit of this model is the new i5-8250 cpu, which actually has 4 physical cores. Reviews say ~60% improvement over the i5-7200. Granted, it has just a small 128GB m2 ssd and only 4GB RAM, but both should be easily upgradeable. I dowloaded the service manual from HP and it definitely has 2 RAM slots and can take a SATA drive simultaneously with the m2.
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Have a bit of heat.
how is screen quality and fan noise?
@diktiomenos have you got a link for the service manual? as i've bought the laptop and works great and is very quick but in the future i'll add more ram and would be handy to have the service manual
hkbkn1 h, 4 m ago

how is screen quality and fan noise?


screen quality is good, had a youtube video on 1080p 60fps and was very clear and smooth. fan noise is barely noticable.
I went to Currys to compare this with that Lenovo: hotukdeals.com/dea…027

Main difference: Hp has better battery, whereas Lenovo has 8gb ram.
Build quality is average for both.
Both have crap keyboard, Hp is slightly better.

Lenovo has better screen. I am not an expert though. Me and my wife found Lenovo's screen sharper and brighter. Hp looked a bit dim.

Bought the Lenovo.
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Kryton6 h, 50 m ago

@diktiomenos have you got a link for the service manual? as i've bought …@diktiomenos have you got a link for the service manual? as i've bought the laptop and works great and is very quick but in the future i'll add more ram and would be handy to have the service manual


support.hp.com/gb-…als

and select 'HP Pavilion 14 Laptop PC - Maintenance and Service Guide'

hkbkn7 h, 53 m ago

how is screen quality and fan noise?



The screen has excellent viewing angles (no surprise, being an IPS), really good contrast and colour rendition. The brightness is rather average.
About the fan noise, it doesn't really turn on when used normally, and when it does it's barely perceptible. That is, once I uninstalled the tumor called McAfee...
Is the M.2 drive SATA or PCI-E, exact model would be fantastic. Cheers
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moogaloo5 h, 40 m ago

Is the M.2 drive SATA or PCI-E, exact model would be fantastic. Cheers


It has a Sandisk SD8SN8U-128G-1006, which is SATA 3.
Just about to buy this via ebay with voucher for £420 - can't find anything better for the £. The £400 basic HP 15" was a possibility but feels very cheap compared to this,
Mine came today. It's not an aluminium laptop OP, very disappointed with this aspect. Build quality seems fine for a plastic fantastic machine, time will tell.... I'd be extremely miffed had I paid £500 for it.

Screen is nice, as you'd expect from an IPS FHD affair. Not had a deal of time to use it as windows has taken 3hrs so far to install updates.

Trying to find out what Currys/ HP position is on opening the bottom cover to add another SSD / RAM. It pains me to say it but 4GB isn't enough.
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capriboycraig2 h, 47 m ago

Mine came today. It's not an aluminium laptop OP, very disappointed with …Mine came today. It's not an aluminium laptop OP, very disappointed with this aspect. Build quality seems fine for a plastic fantastic machine, time will tell....


Not sure what you mean by this. As I wrote "the main part of the chassis is aluminium, with the bottom cover some sort of plastic. The screen cover is plastic". Even the HP website describes it as 'Metal aluminum keyboard frame'.

As for updates, the first I would (and will) do is add a 1-2TB hard drive. 2 of the screws are behind the back rubber feet. So far I haven't noticed any 'Warranty void if removed' stickers.
diktiomenos19 h, 19 m ago

Not sure what you mean by this. As I wrote "the main part of the chassis …Not sure what you mean by this. As I wrote "the main part of the chassis is aluminium, with the bottom cover some sort of plastic. The screen cover is plastic". Even the HP website describes it as 'Metal aluminum keyboard frame'.As for updates, the first I would (and will) do is add a 1-2TB hard drive. 2 of the screws are behind the back rubber feet. So far I haven't noticed any 'Warranty void if removed' stickers.


They may do, but I think there just referring to the colour finish. Mines def plastic top/bottom and lid.

When I looked on HP support the info is conflicting - the laptops own information says that anything in the following chapter must be done my an authorised service centre (chapter 5 from mem) - removing the bottom cover, add an extra hdd / to then remove the battery to access the ram slots is all in this chapter. Yet a different HP guide re adding ram says it can be done by the user if they feel confident BUT if they cause any damage then it won't (obviously) be covered by the warranty

It's a moot point atm for me - my ddr4 ram order has been lost in the post! I don't need 1-2tb more storage - another 128-256gb will do me fine for what I use the laptop for - especially now one drive let you view thumbnails but keep the file itself int he cloud - that saves me 20gb of photos instantly.
hkbkn27th Dec 2017

I went to Currys to compare this with that Lenovo: …I went to Currys to compare this with that Lenovo: https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-ideapad-320s-laptop-14-full-hd-intel-i5-8gb-128gb-ssd-47999-currys-2863027Main difference: Hp has better battery, whereas Lenovo has 8gb ram.Build quality is average for both.Both have crap keyboard, Hp is slightly better.Lenovo has better screen. I am not an expert though. Me and my wife found Lenovo's screen sharper and brighter. Hp looked a bit dim.Bought the Lenovo.


How are you finding your Lenovo?I'm trying to make up my mind about which laptop to buy so any feedback would be good.
Mike_P3 h, 11 m ago

How are you finding your Lenovo?I'm trying to make up my mind about which …How are you finding your Lenovo?I'm trying to make up my mind about which laptop to buy so any feedback would be good.


So far so good. I like it apart short battery life.
hkbkn11 h, 13 m ago

So far so good. I like it apart short battery life.


Thanks for getting back to me. I'm going to buy one today
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