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Microsoft Surface Laptop 2, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 13.5" - £881 delivered + £125 John Lewis e-gift card

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Posted 18th Aug

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Newer version, only 128gb ssd, but when you factor in the £125 John Lewis gift card, then you are getting it for £756. Gift Card deal expires tomorrow.19th
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"but when you factor in the £125 John Lewis gift card, then you are getting it for £756"

No you're not. You're getting it for £881 and then you're able to buy something else for £125. This is the sort of thing I'd come up with to tell my missus so it doesn't sound like I'm spending as much
Edited by: "rama26285" 18th Aug
MrJinxy18/08/2019 16:50

Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days …Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days should be the default.



When I was fixing home PC's, the amount of people who only used less than 50 gig on a 1tb drive was amazing.
128gb is fine for many, many people. Especially with cloud storage.
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Why did this get cold votes
Similar deal at very but its £100 credit back that can be used towards the payment of the actual laptop so it would be £779 compared to JL GC

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Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days should be the default.
Guessing you can't upgrade the ram or ssd in these things?
MrJinxy18/08/2019 16:50

Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days …Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days should be the default.



When I was fixing home PC's, the amount of people who only used less than 50 gig on a 1tb drive was amazing.
128gb is fine for many, many people. Especially with cloud storage.
MrJinxy18/08/2019 16:50

Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days …Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days should be the default.


Personally I think a minimum should be 512GB especially if you want to store music and video files.
"but when you factor in the £125 John Lewis gift card, then you are getting it for £756"

No you're not. You're getting it for £881 and then you're able to buy something else for £125. This is the sort of thing I'd come up with to tell my missus so it doesn't sound like I'm spending as much
Edited by: "rama26285" 18th Aug
Cracking computer, I like mine quite a bit.
richt18/08/2019 17:31

Personally I think a minimum should be 512GB especially if you want to …Personally I think a minimum should be 512GB especially if you want to store music and video files.


Agree, but if the companies want to keep manufacturing costs down then I could deal with 256GB as a min
bilbob18/08/2019 17:26

When I was fixing home PC's, the amount of people who only used less than …When I was fixing home PC's, the amount of people who only used less than 50 gig on a 1tb drive was amazing.128gb is fine for many, many people. Especially with cloud storage.


When was that? The 90’s ?
Great laptop would highly recommend!!!
Your gonna see a lot of laptops on sale in the next couple of moths as companies clean out their old stock to make way for intels new 10th gen processors
Excellent find OP! You can't go wrong with.john Lewis after service
2 year John Lewis warranty included, seems to be 1 year elsewhere,
MrJinxy18/08/2019 22:04

Agree, but if the companies want to keep manufacturing costs down then I …Agree, but if the companies want to keep manufacturing costs down then I could deal with 256GB as a min



MrJinxy18/08/2019 22:04

Agree, but if the companies want to keep manufacturing costs down then I …Agree, but if the companies want to keep manufacturing costs down then I could deal with 256GB as a min


I doubt that there is a great deal difference in manufacturing costs between 256GB and 512GB, it's people perception that more memory costs more. They are only circuit boards with a bit of solder. It's called Economies of Scale, how many SSD drives do you think are made? Millions I bet.
bilbob18/08/2019 17:26

When I was fixing home PC's, the amount of people who only used less than …When I was fixing home PC's, the amount of people who only used less than 50 gig on a 1tb drive was amazing.128gb is fine for many, many people. Especially with cloud storage.


That must've been a while ago then. The Windows 10 LTSB (don't ask) install on my work PC uses 48GB, and that's without any of the non-core Windows 10 apps. Then security patches will continue to eat away at that space. Also, depending on the overprovisioning on the drive, you don't want to completely fill the SSD to avoid performance issues.

If all you're doing is browsing Facebook and watching Netflix, then yes, I guess 128GB is enough. But I'd question why you're buying a Surface device in that case
AndySX19/08/2019 09:24

That must've been a while ago then. The Windows 10 LTSB (don't ask) …That must've been a while ago then. The Windows 10 LTSB (don't ask) install on my work PC uses 48GB, and that's without any of the non-core Windows 10 apps. Then security patches will continue to eat away at that space. Also, depending on the overprovisioning on the drive, you don't want to completely fill the SSD to avoid performance issues.If all you're doing is browsing Facebook and watching Netflix, then yes, I guess 128GB is enough. But I'd question why you're buying a Surface device in that case



I know exactly what an LTSB is, thanks! And your works 48 GB installed image is a choice made by the guys that made the image. The act of making the image will also somewhat inflate it, but that doesn't mean it can't be controlled, because it can. People tend not to bother simply BECAUSE they have massive hard disks.
And a clean default install of Win 10 is only about 11-12 GB. That includes the default win10 apps too.
MrJinxy18/08/2019 16:50

Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days …Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days should be the default.


Good deal thanks OP. Tempting 128gb plenty for OS, patches, docs etc.

DAS everything else. Movies, photos etc Using the USB 3. Shame only a single port but nothing else essential wired required.
AndySX19/08/2019 09:24

That must've been a while ago then. The Windows 10 LTSB (don't ask) …That must've been a while ago then. The Windows 10 LTSB (don't ask) install on my work PC uses 48GB, and that's without any of the non-core Windows 10 apps. Then security patches will continue to eat away at that space. Also, depending on the overprovisioning on the drive, you don't want to completely fill the SSD to avoid performance issues.If all you're doing is browsing Facebook and watching Netflix, then yes, I guess 128GB is enough. But I'd question why you're buying a Surface device in that case


Sounds weird, i would have thought the LTSB version would be smaller than the normal version, not bigger.
MrJinxy18/08/2019 16:50

Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days …Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days should be the default.


I wouldn't buy something lower than 256GB either, but making it illegal to sell sounds a bit extreme.
MrJinxy18/08/2019 16:50

Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days …Selling a device with 128GB should be illegal. 256GB minimum these days should be the default.


bilbob18/08/2019 17:26

When I was fixing home PC's, the amount of people who only used less than …When I was fixing home PC's, the amount of people who only used less than 50 gig on a 1tb drive was amazing.128gb is fine for many, many people. Especially with cloud storage.


Yep, when I'm upgrading people to SSDs, most have either disposed of the GBs of videos and mp3s they had in the 00s, or are happy to consign them to external storage (including the cloud.) I bought a 480GB SSD for my current laptop 3 years ago, and it's way more than I needed tbh, even with a dual-boot setup.
bilbob19/08/2019 10:26

I know exactly what an LTSB is, thanks! And your works 48 GB installed …I know exactly what an LTSB is, thanks! And your works 48 GB installed image is a choice made by the guys that made the image. The act of making the image will also somewhat inflate it, but that doesn't mean it can't be controlled, because it can. People tend not to bother simply BECAUSE they have massive hard disks. And a clean default install of Win 10 is only about 11-12 GB. That includes the default win10 apps too.


FYI, that 48GB is after a little over a year of regular use. The patches folder is 25GB (disk cleanup only offers to clean 176MB including patches). Did you reboot after your clean install? Microsoft will immediately deliver you patches. Are you planning on using the computer, or just staring at it? If so you'll download files, install office, possibly other bloated applications, and maybe the odd game.

The i5/128GB Surface laptop reportedly has around 99GB free when you pull it out the box. If you're a power user then this is all fine and manageable. You can do periodic clean installs, store your media on a thumb drive, or in the cloud. But that's not the audience that this device is aimed at, and most won't be running regular maintenance tasks.to keep the system performance good.
Terrible screen, really dull.
Too little RAM for anything more than web browsing
Underwhelming CPU
Runs red hot under any load
Battery life is grim and I charge it fully twice some days
SSD onboard and 128GB is just not enough these days.

It's like having a £900 netbook, I'm stuck with mine, don't make the same mistake.

Heard bad things about Envy, if you need the touchscreen, XPS is the only way to go.
Edited by: "grimboj2" 19th Aug
AndySX19/08/2019 13:13

FYI, that 48GB is after a little over a year of regular use. The patches …FYI, that 48GB is after a little over a year of regular use. The patches folder is 25GB (disk cleanup only offers to clean 176MB including patches). Did you reboot after your clean install? Microsoft will immediately deliver you patches. Are you planning on using the computer, or just staring at it? If so you'll download files, install office, possibly other bloated applications, and maybe the odd game.The i5/128GB Surface laptop reportedly has around 99GB free when you pull it out the box. If you're a power user then this is all fine and manageable. You can do periodic clean installs, store your media on a thumb drive, or in the cloud. But that's not the audience that this device is aimed at, and most won't be running regular maintenance tasks.to keep the system performance good.


I'm on 43GB after 2 years of use. Windows 10, full office and a few other bits of software. Documents though are almost all on onedrive, company policy because of the type of information is only to use onedrive.
grimboj219/08/2019 13:59

Terrible screen, really dull.Too little RAM for anything more than web …Terrible screen, really dull.Too little RAM for anything more than web browsingUnderwhelming CPURuns red hot under any loadBattery life is grim and I charge it fully twice some daysSSD onboard and 128GB is just not enough these days.It's like having a £900 netbook, I'm stuck with mine, don't make the same mistake. Heard bad things about Envy, if you need the touchscreen, XPS is the only way to go.


Sounds like you have the first version.
CoeK19/08/2019 14:19

Sounds like you have the first version.


Nope just checked the SKU and it is the EXACT same SKU in the deal.

Here is the XPS 13 vs. Surface Laptop 2 screens. Surface laptop 2 is the muddy one on the right.

If you're not bothered about screen, performance or upgradeability then I'm sure it's a perfectly fine laptop.

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Edited by: "grimboj2" 19th Aug
grimboj219/08/2019 14:45

Nope just checked the SKU and it is the EXACT same SKU in the deal.Here is …Nope just checked the SKU and it is the EXACT same SKU in the deal.Here is the XPS 13 vs. Surface Laptop 2 screens. Surface laptop 2 is the muddy one on the right.If you're not bothered about screen, performance or upgradeability then I'm sure it's a perfectly fine laptop.[Image]


Screen is one of the more praised things on this laptop, i don't have one but i have seen the screen and it was good.

It is ahead of the XPS 13 in PC mark 8 battery life too.

It isn't as fast as the XPS 13 2019 though. Which is why i have a XPS 13 for personal use at the moment. Also lack of modern ports was an issue for me.
CoeK19/08/2019 11:57

I wouldn't buy something lower than 256GB either, but making it illegal to …I wouldn't buy something lower than 256GB either, but making it illegal to sell sounds a bit extreme.


Was said in jest mate
richt19/08/2019 08:53

I doubt that there is a great deal difference in manufacturing costs …I doubt that there is a great deal difference in manufacturing costs between 256GB and 512GB, it's people perception that more memory costs more. They are only circuit boards with a bit of solder. It's called Economies of Scale, how many SSD drives do you think are made? Millions I bet.


Course there is otherwise they would offer it as a free upgrade. The difference x the production line number will be a big number, they wouldn’t want to swallow that so go with the smallest they reasonably get away with
Have this very laptop myself and absolutely love it. No issues whatsoever with the screen and find it bright and vibrant. Also, with everything on the cloud, not even remotely worried about storage. I personally have a NAS though, so I have all media stored on there.
Great machine n very capable for most people here including office use
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