HP Pavilion Core i5 15.6 Inch Laptop - £349.99 at Argos (Online or Instore)
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HP Pavilion Core i5 15.6 Inch Laptop - £349.99 at Argos (Online or Instore)

£349.99Argos Deals
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Found 18th Feb 2014
This seems a great price for a reputable brand laptop with a i5 processor. Plenty of stock in stores and online. Thoughts?!

CPU, Memory and Operating System:

Intel Core i5.
4GB RAM.
500GB hard drive.
Microsoft Windows 8.

Display features:
15.6 inch screen.

Graphics:
Intel UMA.

Part No: E9J99EA#ABU
Intel Core i5-3230m Dual Core Processor (Ivy Bridge)
15.6" HD Screen
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB HDD
DVD Rewriter
Integrated Graphics
USB3 | HDMI
- Steamy Wee

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I know absolutely nothing about Laptops, but I need one thats reliable, Fast and easy to use for under £400, would this be a good buy? Also any recommendations on the best processors? Cheers

Original Poster

Steamy Wee

Intel® Core™ i5-3230M according to the HP website (Not Haswell)



This review states it is:

"Excellent laptop for the money

I was amazed that I could get a 4th Gen i5 (4200u) for this price. The 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive were perfectly adequate for me too. The only thing that lets it down a bit is the build quality. Not bad, but far from excellent. The edges are just a little too sharp, the case just a little too plasticy, and the keyboard is pretty poor. On the up side, the screen is lovely and the USB 3 ports are great. Overall, fantastic value for money, especially if you value specification over build quality."
Edited by: "stfagos" 18th Feb 2014

stfagos

This review states it is:"Excellent laptop for the moneyI was amazed that … This review states it is:"Excellent laptop for the moneyI was amazed that I could get a 4th Gen i5 (4200u) for this price. The 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive were perfectly adequate for me too. The only thing that lets it down a bit is the build quality. Not bad, but far from excellent. The edges are just a little too sharp, the case just a little too plasticy, and the keyboard is pretty poor. On the up side, the screen is lovely and the USB 3 ports are great. Overall, fantastic value for money, especially if you value specification over build quality."



Yes, the review from an stranger. HP website states otherwise (_;) I know which one I believe...

It looks good & the graphics even better.

youtube.com/wat…_uI

its not haswell! its ivy bridge

speedypunkiemac

It looks good & the graphics even … It looks good & the graphics even better.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7wndXZY_uI



That video is demonstrating 'Haswell' This laptop is 'Ivy Bridge'

Does it have Bluetooth?

In the Q&A section plenty of references to show this model number
HP Pavilion 15-e096sa
www8.hp.com/uk/…639!tab=features
It is an ivybridge CPU.

One review doesn't make a specification i'm afraid. please change the title as it's misleading

Its Ivy I'm afriad.

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100813214940/coronationstreet/images/a/a2/Ivy_brennan.jpg

Original Poster

mrew42

In the Q&A section plenty of references to show this model number HP … In the Q&A section plenty of references to show this model number HP Pavilion 15-e096sahttp://www8.hp.com/uk/en/products/laptops/product-detail.html?oid=5447639#!tab=featuresIt is an ivybridge CPU.One review doesn't make a specification i'm afraid. please change the title as it's misleading



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its still a good deal for the money, i cant find any 4200u haswells at the moment for around the £400 mark

bouncy99

its still a good deal for the money, i cant find any 4200u haswells at … its still a good deal for the money, i cant find any 4200u haswells at the moment for around the £400 mark



If you're really after one, they appear on Dell outlet most days.

Just picked up one before I saw this post. The build quality is good and its almost certainly good value for money having spent hours researching the best deals. Heat

Same price as the Acer i7 earlier.

Have voted hot for this too, as it has USB 3, proper HD screen (I think), and I believe HP have a better reputation than Acer.

Could be wrong though, just adding to the discussion.

zedman75

Just picked up one before I saw this post. The build quality is good and … Just picked up one before I saw this post. The build quality is good and its almost certainly good value for money having spent hours researching the best deals. Heat



almost certain?
Would that not be uncertain?
I don't want uncertainly good value for money as it's main selling point.

I bought a Haswell 4200U for my son for is school work. He thinks its good and fast.

I was umming & ahhing about going for the Ivy bridge or the Haswell.

As it was for someone who wouldn't see the slight difference in decided to go with the newer tech.

My point being that there's not much in it & both were good buys.

For what most people use a laptop for 4gb ram is ample and 500gb massive amount of space for few thousand photos and most peoples music library as for the processor i5 is amazing for £350! I sell laptops and hp are just as reliable as most of the other manufacturers BARGIN I say

It's no I7 is it

personally I wouldn't buy another HP laptop on principle as the last one suffered a mobo failure at 18 months... HP said it wasn't their fault but dozens of identical failures were reported online

Been looking for a new basic laptop at a good price to replace my ageing 10 year old Hewlett-Packard XP laptop. I'm not that bothered about the ivy-bridge or haswell type processor comparisons. I couldn't find anything cheaper than £350 for an i5 laptop. Ordered, heat added.

HP laptops are great when they work but they don't last long, but then I've also heard Acers don't last long yet mine is going strong after 5 years with only the battery that could really do with replacing.
In my experience it depends on the actual laptop you get and luck rather than the manufacturer when you're looking at similar price points.

HairyPotter

personally I wouldn't buy another HP laptop on principle as the last one … personally I wouldn't buy another HP laptop on principle as the last one suffered a mobo failure at 18 months... HP said it wasn't their fault but dozens of identical failures were reported online



Take retailer to SCC if they wont remedy. An expensive item like a laptop needs to last a reasonable amount of time, 18 months is not a reasonable amount of time.

I know this is an old link but its described here:
news.bbc.co.uk/2/h…stm

I would have considered purchasing it, if it had a 1080p screen, even if it was more expensive. Never mind though, the hunt continues.

Anyway it's still a great deal and voted hot.

good value,

do i go for the above or this HP Pavilion 15-n221sa 15.6 Inch 8GB 1TB Laptop - £399

is this ivy or haswell?

lewissymonds

is this ivy or haswell?



OP's post not legible? ivy

Difficult choice time ...

I3 processor with 6gb RAM ? or i5 processor with 4GB RAM ?

50 less for this hotukdeals.com/dea…919 but is it worth it ?

I'm going to pick one up this afternoon. Either Ivy bridge or Haswell i5 will be good for the price. Ivy bridge is higher performance but higher power (battery) use, vs. the Haswell's lower performance with lower power usage. For my usage it doesn't matter.

I've just asked them bring one out from the warehouse. it detailed the i5-4200u on the side of the box!

cliocarl

I've just asked them bring one out from the warehouse. it detailed the … I've just asked them bring one out from the warehouse. it detailed the i5-4200u on the side of the box!



That would make it a haswell? Whats going on here then?

Purchased this today! Excellent laptop great value! Hot

joangreen50

do i go for the above or this HP Pavilion 15-n221sa 15.6 Inch 8GB 1TB … do i go for the above or this HP Pavilion 15-n221sa 15.6 Inch 8GB 1TB Laptop - £399



can I get some feed back please whats the best to go for

Just picked mine up. The Argos stock code is 139/3431, but the laptop I got is HP part number 15-n013sa, spec is here:
www8.hp.com/uk/…583

So this is the i5-4200u Haswell (and as mentioned before, it says so on the box label, so you can inspect before buying if you ask nicely.

Methinks Argos are keeping the stock number the same but changing the actual laptop as HP revise their Pavilion product line. Since the end of last year they have started selling this (Haswell) version, and have dropped the Ivy Bridge.

joangreen50

can I get some feed back please what's the best to go for



It depends what you want it for. If you want to do serious gaming, then neither. If you just want to surt, play DVDs, write docs, then either will be fine. The tradeoff is £50 more for the n221sa, and with a slower processor, vs. double the memory and double the disk. For general (non-gaming) use the extra memory will make little, if any, difference. The extra disk space is something only you will know that you need. Also, look at HP's online direct website - you may be able to get this a little cheaper, and with free delivery.

moist_gibbon

Difficult choice time ... I3 processor with 6gb RAM ? or i5 processor … Difficult choice time ... I3 processor with 6gb RAM ? or i5 processor with 4GB RAM ? 50 less for this http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-series-3-15-6-inch-core-i3-750gb-6gb-laptop-for-299-99-argos-1829919 but is it worth it ?



To poster asking about better processor or better RAM, I'd go with the processor everytime - you can upgrade the RAM later if you need to for not much relatively speaking, but you're basically stuck with the processor in a laptop for most practical purposes

...although of course the manufacturer and their reliability is also something to factor in! HP/Compaq came bottom in an old warranty survey from Squaretrade (old but there is nothing as widescale that is newer) and were twice as likely to fail as Asus or Toshiba according to that survey - however Samsung weren't included in survey.

Just picked one up from Argos in Canterbury: 3rd gen i5-3230M. I asked them to check if there was a 4th gen version in the warehouse but unfortunately there wasn't. Still, pretty good deal - have some heat!

Picking mine up tomorrow, got £350 in vouchers from Tesco, 150 points for each £50 so that's 1050 points or £10.50 in Tesco, £42 of 'deals' so well worth doing if buying somat from Argos!
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