HP Pavilion Pro 14 - Great price for 8th Gen i7 with dedicated GeForce Graphics £699 @ Currys
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HP Pavilion Pro 14 - Great price for 8th Gen i7 with dedicated GeForce Graphics £699 @ Currys

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Found 18th Jan
I just ordered one for myself. It is quite light and sleek at 1.53kg. Come with the latest 8th Gen i7 8550u (4 Cores / 8 Threads). Also comes with an IPS panel and thin bezels. Dedicated GeForce graphics for light gaming on the go.


Specification
  • Type: Laptop
  • Operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor, Quad-core, 1.8 GHz / 4 GHz (Turbo Boost), 8 MB cache
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 4 GB GDDR5
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Screen size: 14"
  • Screen type: IPS
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Screen features: IPS BrightView, WLED backlighting
  • Wireless: Intel® Wireless-AC, 1x1
  • Ethernet: Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB: USB Type-C x 1, USB 3.1 x 2
  • Video interface: HDMI x 1
  • Audio interface: 3.5 mm jack
  • Other connections: RJ-45 x 1
  • Optical disc drive: No
  • Memory card reader: SD card reader
  • Sound: B&O Play, HP Audio Boost
  • Speakers: Stereo speakers
  • Camera: FHD IR webcam
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Mouse / trackpad: Multi-touch trackpad
  • Keyboard: Full-size island-style backlit keyboard
  • Security features: Kensington MicroSaver lock slot
  • Battery type: 3-cell Lithium-ion
  • Battery life: Up to 10.5 hours
  • Colour: Silver
  • Box contents: HP Pavilion 14-bf153sa 14" Laptop
  • Dimensions: 19.9 x 227.6 x 324 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 1.53 kg
  • Software included: McAfee LiveSafe, Netflix app (subscription required), HP Audio Switch, HP CoolSense, HP JumpStart
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This is one of the best value for money laptops I have seen for a while.. ticks every box.
Good catch OP
Heat given, it's a great find. I would snap one up if it could charge via the USB Type-C port.
Amazing specs... am considering this now!
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stoney735 m ago

Heat given, it's a great find. I would snap one up if it could charge via …Heat given, it's a great find. I would snap one up if it could charge via the USB Type-C port.


I am hoping to receive mine by the weekend and can test that out for you. Or you can pop in to a Currys and find it out for yourself
stoney736 m ago

Heat given, it's a great find. I would snap one up if it could charge via …Heat given, it's a great find. I would snap one up if it could charge via the USB Type-C port.


Agreed, usb c charging would have made it with icing and a cherry on top!.

It's such a new laptop why wouldn't they use USB C.
It solves so many problems. just like usb was always meant to
I'd happily swap the i7 for an i5 if this had 16gb RAM
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polarbaba12 m ago

Agreed, usb c charging would have made it with icing and a cherry on …Agreed, usb c charging would have made it with icing and a cherry on top!.It's such a new laptop why wouldn't they use USB C. It solves so many problems. just like usb was always meant to


It definitely has USB Type-C port on it. Unless you are talking about something else.

Edit: Yes doesn't say anything about charging.
Edited by: "F_Awan" 18th Jan
Saw this one myself and have been watching for a while (It has been on this website before, since december at the same price) and its tempting so I will vote hot but I would like to point out some negatives:
1. The 940MX is considerably worse than its new similarly priced brother, the MX150
2. The fans on this thing are notorious for ramping up for no apparent reason, but this can be fixed with a simple option in the bios
A good alternative (especially if you want to do light gaming) can be found here: ebuyer.com/803…068
I will explain why:
1: Better GPU by a big margin (vram is halved, but for the power it's 2gb is acceptable. 4gb is overkill for a 940MX)
2: While the CPU is 7th gen, it is from the h line rather than u, so it is still quadcore and runs at a higher clockspeed, this i5 performs better in many games than the i7 will (but you miss out on hyperthreading)
3: It is currently £100 less!
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christphernewma2 m ago

Saw this one myself and have been watching for a while (It has been on …Saw this one myself and have been watching for a while (It has been on this website before, since december at the same price) and its tempting so I will vote hot but I would like to point out some negatives:1. The 940MX is considerably worse than its new similarly priced brother, the MX1502. The fans on this thing are notorious for ramping up for no apparent reason, but this can be fixed with a simple option in the biosA good alternative (especially if you want to do light gaming) can be found here: https://www.ebuyer.com/803890-msi-pl62-7rc-gaming-laptop-9s7-16jd21-068I will explain why:1: Better GPU by a big margin (vram is halved, but for the power it's 2gb is acceptable. 4gb is overkill for a 940MX)2: While the CPU is 7th gen, it is from the h line rather than u, so it is still quadcore and runs at a higher clockspeed, this i5 performs better in many games than the i7 will (but you miss out on hyperthreading)3: It is currently £100 less!


Here is a very good review of the i7 8550u. 8th Gen holds out very well.

techspot.com/rev…ks/
For those who want little bit more graphic horsepower and large touch screen with 2 yr John Lewis warranty

HP ENVY x360 15-bq101na Laptop, AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB, 256GB M.2 SSD, 15.6”, Dark Ash Silver

Price £749.95

CPU performance is in between 8 series i5 & i7. Graphic is definitely better than 940MX. I got this notebook few days ago and it's definitely faster (after clean install) than my sister's i5 8 series HP pavilion.
F_Awan20 m ago

Here is a very good review of the i7 8550u. 8th Gen holds out very …Here is a very good review of the i7 8550u. 8th Gen holds out very well.https://www.techspot.com/review/1500-intel-8th-gen-core-quad-core-ultrabooks/


True, and it was really making me consider buying the thing! But I ended up snagging a great deal from Dells website, i5 7300hq and 4gb gtx 1050 for £630. Nice 1080p IPS panel too. Sadly it is out of stock now at that price so I have no link.
been fitted with a separate gpu which is nearly equal power than the in build gpu, lol
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neroneuk34 m ago

been fitted with a separate gpu which is nearly equal power than the in …been fitted with a separate gpu which is nearly equal power than the in build gpu, lol


not true. also bear in mind 940MX comes with 4 GB GDDR5.


Edited by: "F_Awan" 18th Jan
F_Awan1 h, 54 m ago

It definitely has USB Type-C port on it. Unless you are talking about …It definitely has USB Type-C port on it. Unless you are talking about something else.Edit: Yes doesn't say anything about charging.


I meant charging via USB C.
Hmmm - £200 less than the Envy i7 I just purchased (reduced to £899 from £1099) - yes the Envy has the 1050 dedicated graphics, a 360GB SSD and a touchscreen, but other than that and the Envy being sleeker, what's the difference?

I could still send the Envy back as I haven't used it yet, but can anyone confirm please!

As far as I know the Envy is the better built machine (and metal as opposed to plastic?) and higher up the range, between the Pavillion and Spectre?
Edited by: "Broadsands" 18th Jan
Bigspin2 h, 54 m ago

For those who want little bit more graphic horsepower and large touch …For those who want little bit more graphic horsepower and large touch screen with 2 yr John Lewis warranty HP ENVY x360 15-bq101na Laptop, AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB, 256GB M.2 SSD, 15.6”, Dark Ash SilverPrice £749.95 CPU performance is in between 8 series i5 & i7. Graphic is definitely better than 940MX. I got this notebook few days ago and it's definitely faster (after clean install) than my sister's i5 8 series HP pavilion.


It has no discrete gpu how is it faster?
Murtin57 m ago

It has no discrete gpu how is it faster?


It's the new AMD CPU. Their onboard VGA is little bit faster than 940MX. CPU performance is in-between i5 8250u & i7 8550u (depend on benchmark).
Broadsands2 h, 8 m ago

Hmmm - £200 less than the Envy i7 I just purchased (reduced to £899 from £ …Hmmm - £200 less than the Envy i7 I just purchased (reduced to £899 from £1099) - yes the Envy has the 1050 dedicated graphics, a 360GB SSD and a touchscreen, but other than that and the Envy being sleeker, what's the difference?I could still send the Envy back as I haven't used it yet, but can anyone confirm please!As far as I know the Envy is the better built machine (and metal as opposed to plastic?) and higher up the range, between the Pavillion and Spectre?


What was the specific model number of your envy?
kris008 h, 20 m ago

I'd happily swap the i7 for an i5 if this had 16gb RAM


Why would you? You can easily upgrade the RAM in these, while you're stuck with the same CPU. I got the i5 version of this (without dedicated graphics) and I just added an 8GB DDR4 stick to the existing 4GB.

By the way, exactly the same laptop has been posted already a few days ago. Expire the deal.
Stitch1233 h, 13 m ago

What was the specific model number of your envy?


Hi, it’s this - “HP ENVY 13-ad015na 13.3" Laptop in Natural Silver”. It’s back up to over a grand now but I paid £899 earlier this week. Wondering if this would have been better purchase although I’m guessing the Envy is the better built laptop?
christphernewma8 h, 22 m ago

Saw this one myself and have been watching for a while (It has been on …Saw this one myself and have been watching for a while (It has been on this website before, since december at the same price) and its tempting so I will vote hot but I would like to point out some negatives:1. The 940MX is considerably worse than its new similarly priced brother, the MX1502. The fans on this thing are notorious for ramping up for no apparent reason, but this can be fixed with a simple option in the biosA good alternative (especially if you want to do light gaming) can be found here: https://www.ebuyer.com/803890-msi-pl62-7rc-gaming-laptop-9s7-16jd21-068I will explain why:1: Better GPU by a big margin (vram is halved, but for the power it's 2gb is acceptable. 4gb is overkill for a 940MX)2: While the CPU is 7th gen, it is from the h line rather than u, so it is still quadcore and runs at a higher clockspeed, this i5 performs better in many games than the i7 will (but you miss out on hyperthreading)3: It is currently £100 less!


When t comes to the GFX card, there are two versions of the 940MX, the DDR3 and DDR5 versions, the DDR5 versions are a shade slower than a 950M from what i read.
diktiomenos53 m ago

Why would you? You can easily upgrade the RAM in these, while you're stuck …Why would you? You can easily upgrade the RAM in these, while you're stuck with the same CPU. I got the i5 version of this (without dedicated graphics) and I just added an 8GB DDR4 stick to the existing 4GB.By the way, exactly the same laptop has been posted already a few days ago. Expire the deal.


Did you like the i5 version? keyboard is not backlit and keyboard letters cant be seen in from some viewing angles
GibranBD49 m ago

Did you like the i5 version? keyboard is not backlit and keyboard letters …Did you like the i5 version? keyboard is not backlit and keyboard letters cant be seen in from some viewing angles


The print on the keys is sort of mid-grey, not as contrasty as black on silver, but it's still ok. On Amazon there are some customer photos of the backlit keyboard, and it probably looks worse with the light off.

As a laptop, it ticks the boxes I needed. Battery life is great, built quality is above average (not to XPS13 or Thinkpad levels, but then again half the money...), oh and I'm never going back to a 1366*768 screen!

Only trouble I had so far is installing a hard drive, the cable I got from ebay was faulty so it's sitting here opened until I get a replacement.
Broadsands8 h, 15 m ago

Hi, it’s this - “HP ENVY 13-ad015na 13.3" Laptop in Natural Silver”. It’s b …Hi, it’s this - “HP ENVY 13-ad015na 13.3" Laptop in Natural Silver”. It’s back up to over a grand now but I paid £899 earlier this week. Wondering if this would have been better purchase although I’m guessing the Envy is the better built laptop?


For some reason I misread what you said somewhere, maybe on another post, that it had a 1050 graphics card and not the mx150. It was the 1050 that was tempting me.
Edited by: "Stitch123" 19th Jan
diktiomenos10 h, 57 m ago

Why would you? You can easily upgrade the RAM in these, while you're stuck …Why would you? You can easily upgrade the RAM in these, while you're stuck with the same CPU. I got the i5 version of this (without dedicated graphics) and I just added an 8GB DDR4 stick to the existing 4GB.By the way, exactly the same laptop has been posted already a few days ago. Expire the deal.


Because an 8th Gen i7 vs an i5 will make no real world difference to me in terms of usage. Yes I can easily upgrade the RAM, but seeing as this has 1 RAM slot, a 16gb stick will cost me ~£180 and assuming I can get £40 for the old 8gb, that adds an extra £140 (at least) to the cost of what I'd want, not including the hassle. At that price point it becomes a lot less attractive. But everyone has their own priorities/spec requirements
kris003 h, 42 m ago

Because an 8th Gen i7 vs an i5 will make no real world difference to me in …Because an 8th Gen i7 vs an i5 will make no real world difference to me in terms of usage. Yes I can easily upgrade the RAM, but seeing as this has 1 RAM slot, a 16gb stick will cost me ~£180 and assuming I can get £40 for the old 8gb, that adds an extra £140 (at least) to the cost of what I'd want, not including the hassle. At that price point it becomes a lot less attractive. But everyone has their own priorities/spec requirements


This motherboard definitely has 2 RAM slots. You might only have a relevant issue if the 8GB installed is 2x 4GB sticks instead of 1x 8GB.
I do agree that the 8th gen i5 have bridged a lot of the performance gap (and are actually faster than the 7th gen dual core i7s).
diktiomenos1 h, 38 m ago

This motherboard definitely has 2 RAM slots. You might only have a …This motherboard definitely has 2 RAM slots. You might only have a relevant issue if the 8GB installed is 2x 4GB sticks instead of 1x 8GB. I do agree that the 8th gen i5 have bridged a lot of the performance gap (and are actually faster than the 7th gen dual core i7s).


ah, where did you find the info that it has 2 slots? Nothing listed here, and HP only lists it having 1x8GB so I (albeit pessimistically) assumed it would only have 1. If it does have a spare slot then it is a big plus. Thanks
So, this or the Envy 7th gen i7 then! I'm in such a dilemma now as to whether or not to send back the Envy, save £200 and buy this! Better dedicated graphics in the Envy (marginally, perhaps), backlit keyboard, better built/better looking, larger SSD and touchscreen vs. 8th gen i7, HDMI and a slightly larger screen (although not sure if that's a good or a bad thing!)

HELP!!!!!
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So I received my laptop. The performance is great but I am disappointed with the display. Colours are not very accurate and a bit dull even though it's an IPS display. For example if I open YouTube or BBC NEWS, red color appears to have an orangish tint rather than deep red. I am thinking of sending it back. HP have really failed this very good laptop with poor display panels. Probably that was the catch at this price point
Edited by: "F_Awan" 19th Jan
kris006 h, 34 m ago

ah, where did you find the info that it has 2 slots? Nothing listed here, …ah, where did you find the info that it has 2 slots? Nothing listed here, and HP only lists it having 1x8GB so I (albeit pessimistically) assumed it would only have 1. If it does have a spare slot then it is a big plus. Thanks


I've opened mine (the i5) to upgrade it and the service manual from HP lists all the hardware combinations that this range is available (including this i7 with the dedicated graphics). I've uploaded a photo of it opened in a deal thread I posted recently.

@ F_Awan this model you got has the glossy screen, right? Normally, these have -artificially- much 'punchier' colours that if you're used to, then going to a matte screen can look a bit dull in comparison. But if you got the glossy screen and it still looks dull, there might be an issue with the particular unit.
Ha!!!! The 940 graphics card is horrendous, it’s hardly any faster than the intel graphics. Buy the Lenovo 720s with an NVidia MX 150 for proper light gaming, similar price on curry’s site.
I found the built in graphics on the intel chips to be amazing. Ok you cannot play division or ghost recon wildlands, but it's very very respectable. I was able to play batman arkham knight which is demanding quite nicely.
thewolf8u8 h, 13 m ago

Ha!!!! The 940 graphics card is horrendous, it’s hardly any faster than t …Ha!!!! The 940 graphics card is horrendous, it’s hardly any faster than the intel graphics. Buy the Lenovo 720s with an NVidia MX 150 for proper light gaming, similar price on curry’s site.


Cant find one in currys with similar price, can you post the link?
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diktiomenos17 h, 9 m ago

.@ F_Awan this model you got has the glossy screen, right? Normally, these ….@ F_Awan this model you got has the glossy screen, right? Normally, these have -artificially- much 'punchier' colours that if you're used to, then going to a matte screen can look a bit dull in comparison. But if you got the glossy screen and it still looks dull, there might be an issue with the particular unit.


It has a glossy screen and colours are dull to be honest against anything I use. As I said Red is not really red. Really huge disappointment when it is available at a great price-performance point.
Seems pretty good spec. heat added.
Seriously considering this although I would prefer mx150 in it. Should I wait?
bluewhale20151 h, 18 m ago

Seems pretty good spec. heat added.Seriously considering this although I …Seems pretty good spec. heat added.Seriously considering this although I would prefer mx150 in it. Should I wait?



Yes.
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