HP Pavilion 14-bk153sa,14" FullHD, i5 8th Gen, 128GB SSD, £499 (£40 Quidco possibly £459)
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HP Pavilion 14-bk153sa,14" FullHD, i5 8th Gen, 128GB SSD, £499 (£40 Quidco possibly £459)

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Found 27th Dec 2017
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. There are some other excellent offers posted, but I think this one will interest some people.

The price at Currys is £499 but there's still a £40 cashback from Quidco, valid until midnight which (provide it tracks!) would bring the price down to £459.

I ordered it this morning, but earlier this evening I spotted the gold coloured version of that for £449 at Dixons Travel so I bought it instead, and will cancel my Currys order in the morning. Dixons Travel deal: hotukdeals.com/dea…281

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.Given that you're stuck with the same cpu in a laptop, I'd rather have something with a good processor and screen, and sacrifice initially the storage and RAM, that can be upgraded later on.
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8th gen processor, 11 hour battery life, full HD screen, upgradeable to 8gb for £40, seems pretty good to me.
Would the Lenovo not be better with same Quidco £40 cash back (provided it tracks) currys.co.uk/gbu…tml
mtmtmt13 m ago

Would the Lenovo not be better with same Quidco £40 cash back (provided it …Would the Lenovo not be better with same Quidco £40 cash back (provided it tracks) https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-320s-14ikb-14-laptop-grey-10169401-pdt.html


The Lenovo has 7 hour battery life whilst the HP has 11 hour battery life so I’d personally go with the HP
Can I ask why this is being voted cold? Seems like a decent package
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mtmtmt10 h, 44 m ago

Would the Lenovo not be better with same Quidco £40 cash back (provided it …Would the Lenovo not be better with same Quidco £40 cash back (provided it tracks) https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-320s-14ikb-14-laptop-grey-10169401-pdt.html


This Lenovo is also worthy of consideration, with one major caveat. In another thread, a guy (or gal) that bought it said the screen is a TN panel.

For me this would be a show stopper, but it's up to you. If it has an IPS panel, then both are broadly similar. Nearly identical dimensions in real life. The construction of the HP is better, more comparable to the Lenovo 520, but the 320 doesn't feel too flimsy either. Both can take m2 and SATA drives simultaneously as far as i can tell (I was thinking of buying a while ago the i3 version of the Lenovo).
diktiomenos50 m ago

This Lenovo is also worthy of consideration, with one major caveat. In …This Lenovo is also worthy of consideration, with one major caveat. In another thread, a guy (or gal) that bought it said the screen is a TN panel. For me this would be a show stopper, but it's up to you. If it has an IPS panel, then both are broadly similar. Nearly identical dimensions in real life. The construction of the HP is better, more comparable to the Lenovo 520, but the 320 doesn't feel too flimsy either. Both can take m2 and SATA drives simultaneously as far as i can tell (I was thinking of buying a while ago the i3 version of the Lenovo).



Thank you. I have already order it now. Hopefully will be delivered soon.
Thanks OP, great summary. No idea why this is cold? Ordered this HP with 5% TCB today. Just what I’m after:

FHD IPS screen
Decent Quad Core Processor
At least 4Gb DDR4 RAM
At least 128Gb SSD
Battery over 8hrs
Under 2kg
Under £500
Thanks Op, ordered via ebay using 75 pounds off voucher, should get 5% quidco too so bang on my mums 400 budget. Ill add more ram and additional hdd and it will be perfect for her
This is now £469.99. (+ a potential £30 from topcashback.com if you sort it today). I wanted to post it as a deal, but not sure about the etiquette for just a price change.

I'm interested as to why this has gone cold. Seems like the 4gb Ram is the only drawback. I can't find the exact model to see how difficult it would be to upgrade, but I'm sure its safely doable even for someone inexperienced like myself.

I'm umming and ahhing over three laptops. This one, the asus (£429.99, prob circa £420 after cutback) and the lenovo (£479.99 but prob 449.99 after cashback).

They all have i5-8250u, 128SSD. The drawbacks of each one are the Asus has a bad screen. The Lenovo has a bad battery, the HP has only 4GB Ram. The HP also has an IPS screen which is a nice pro and a superior battery (3 cell lithium polymer). Its all a bit much of a muchness, but either way I cannot work out why this HP deal went cold originally.

Any advice?
littleickle228th Dec 2017

Thanks Op, ordered via ebay using 75 pounds off voucher, should get 5% …Thanks Op, ordered via ebay using 75 pounds off voucher, should get 5% quidco too so bang on my mums 400 budget. Ill add more ram and additional hdd and it will be perfect for her


Did you upgrade the RAM? Was it easy? How's the laptop overall?

Many thanks
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Gestr38 m ago

Seems like the 4gb Ram is the only drawback. I can't find the exact model …Seems like the 4gb Ram is the only drawback. I can't find the exact model to see how difficult it would be to upgrade, but I'm sure its safely doable even for someone inexperienced like myself.


I've opened mine and the motherboard looks like this:

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As you can see on the left side, there's a second SO-DIMM slot (next to the one populated by the existing 4GB), so upgrading it is just a matter of adding another RAM module, once you open the case (more on that later). On the top left there's the M2 SSD drive that can be replaced by another 2280 sized.

Adding a 2.5" hard drive is a bit trickier. There is space on the bottom left, but you need to get first an adapter cable that fits in the ribbon plug circled in red and a bracket that secures the drive in the chassis.

The difficult thing is opening the case without scratching the lid or breaking any of the plastic tabs. I'm rather experienced messing with hardware, but this one was a PITA to take apart, be prepared to have a lot of patience!

I've put it back together now. My plan is to get another 8GB ram module, a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive for storage, plus the cable and bracket from ebay (hoping they're the right ones!) and add everything together in one go.
diktiomenos27 m ago

I've opened mine and the motherboard looks like this:[Image] As you can …I've opened mine and the motherboard looks like this:[Image] As you can see on the left side, there's a second SO-DIMM slot (next to the one populated by the existing 4GB), so upgrading it is just a matter of adding another RAM module, once you open the case (more on that later). On the top left there's the M2 SSD drive that can be replaced by another 2280 sized.Adding a 2.5" hard drive is a bit trickier. There is space on the bottom left, but you need to get first an adapter cable that fits in the ribbon plug circled in red and a bracket that secures the drive in the chassis.The difficult thing is opening the case without scratching the lid or breaking any of the plastic tabs. I'm rather experienced messing with hardware, but this one was a PITA to take apart, be prepared to have a lot of patience!I've put it back together now. My plan is to get another 8GB ram module, a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive for storage, plus the cable and bracket from ebay (hoping they're the right ones!) and add everything together in one go.


Thanks,

That's really helpful. Thanks for getting a photo up so fast. I think I'll go for this one based on that. The battery life and screen seem worth the extra few pounds (after you replace the RAM).


How are you finding it overall? I don't need a long post - a simple 'all fine so far' will do
Gestr14 h, 59 m ago

Did you upgrade the RAM? Was it easy? How's the laptop overall?Many thanks


Not yet, Iive on the other side of country so wont be there again till Feb
diktiomenos14 h, 28 m ago

I've opened mine and the motherboard looks like this:[Image] As you can …I've opened mine and the motherboard looks like this:[Image] As you can see on the left side, there's a second SO-DIMM slot (next to the one populated by the existing 4GB), so upgrading it is just a matter of adding another RAM module, once you open the case (more on that later). On the top left there's the M2 SSD drive that can be replaced by another 2280 sized.Adding a 2.5" hard drive is a bit trickier. There is space on the bottom left, but you need to get first an adapter cable that fits in the ribbon plug circled in red and a bracket that secures the drive in the chassis.The difficult thing is opening the case without scratching the lid or breaking any of the plastic tabs. I'm rather experienced messing with hardware, but this one was a PITA to take apart, be prepared to have a lot of patience!I've put it back together now. My plan is to get another 8GB ram module, a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive for storage, plus the cable and bracket from ebay (hoping they're the right ones!) and add everything together in one go.


Thanks, could you let us know what bracket and adapter cable you are buying?
littleickle22 h, 59 m ago

Thanks, could you let us know what bracket and adapter cable you are …Thanks, could you let us know what bracket and adapter cable you are buying?




I voted hot on this deal as it's a very good price for the spec but this about the 2.5in drive is a problem at the moment. Reason being the parts required are very difficult to get hold of. In fact you currently have to order them through an HP parts reseller (you can't order directly from HP) and together they cost nearly £70.

Sources: h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/…382 & h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/…173
Parts reseller: uk.eetgroup.com/i/9…HDD & uk.eetgroup.com/i/9…HDD
Edited by: "Whitedot" 7th Jan
Thanks thats very helpful, much appreciated
I might be returning mine. Checking with topcashback. Seems their current offer of £30 cashback on Windows laptops over £399 is excluding VAT, so this wouldn't apply. Seems a bit misleading though, so double-checking. Certainly only had a piddling amount track so far.
Anyone know what RAM module you would need for this?
I work away from home so was thinking of ordering the RAM and laptop together.

Cheers
dave.harvey2 h, 14 m ago

Anyone know what RAM module you would need for this?I work away from home …Anyone know what RAM module you would need for this?I work away from home so was thinking of ordering the RAM and laptop together.Cheers


Might be worth asking here as well.
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dave.harvey15 h, 12 m ago

Anyone know what RAM module you would need for this?I work away from home …Anyone know what RAM module you would need for this?I work away from home so was thinking of ordering the RAM and laptop together.Cheers


DDR4, 2400MHz.
Myself, I'm probably ordering one of these: novatech.co.uk/pro…htm


(yes, it's generally preferable to have matching size modules)
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Whitedot7th Jan

I voted hot on this deal as it's a very good price for the spec but this …I voted hot on this deal as it's a very good price for the spec but this about the 2.5in drive is a problem at the moment. Reason being the parts required are very difficult to get hold of. In fact you currently have to order them through an HP parts reseller (you can't order directly from HP) and together they cost nearly £70.Sources: https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Missing-SATA-cable-and-brackets/td-p/6300382 & https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Adding-a-HDD/td-p/6467173Parts reseller: https://uk.eetgroup.com/i/933608-001-HP-Inc.-Bracket-HDD & https://uk.eetgroup.com/i/927917-001-HP-Inc.-Cable-HDD


An update on this, if anybody is still reading:

After checking the service manual and looking at the motherboard, I bought from ebay a couple of hard drive brackets that looked as closely as the ones in the manual figure and an adapter cable with the same plug (on the ribbon end).

Unfortunately, neither was an exact fit. I managed to cut the brackets (they're rubber coated, steel strips) into shape and wedged successfully the drive in the space, it's something you can MacGyver easily and definitely don't need the original ones. On the other hand, the cable has a wrong pin-out internally, so in the end I gave up and bought the original one for roughly £50 ( ). I checked around and couldn't find the exact one used elsewhere.

It did work, so now I got an extra 1TB of storage for files on top of the SSD.
diktiomenos2nd Feb

An update on this, if anybody is still reading:After checking the service …An update on this, if anybody is still reading:After checking the service manual and looking at the motherboard, I bought from ebay a couple of hard drive brackets that looked as closely as the ones in the manual figure and an adapter cable with the same plug (on the ribbon end).Unfortunately, neither was an exact fit. I managed to cut the brackets (they're rubber coated, steel strips) into shape and wedged successfully the drive in the space, it's something you can MacGyver easily and definitely don't need the original ones. On the other hand, the cable has a wrong pin-out internally, so in the end I gave up and bought the original one for roughly £50 ( ). I checked around and couldn't find the exact one used elsewhere.It did work, so now I got an extra 1TB of storage for files on top of the SSD.


To anyone who is thinking of buying this machine, I recently bought the HP 14-bk152sa which is just the gold coloured version. If you intend on putting in a SATA drive but do not have the cable and do not wish to buy the extortionate one from HP well then buy one for the HP ENVY 15-J.
rover.ebay.com/rov…082
I got one from eBay for £10 delivered and it fits and works perfectly. Instead of a bracket system I bought some self adhesive velcro strips and just velcroed the drive in place. It works fine.
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