Lenovo IdeaCentre A340 21.5" Best All in One PC Intel Core i5-8265U 8GB, 1TB HDD £499.99 delivered (using code) @ Laptop Outlet / eBay
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Lenovo IdeaCentre A340 21.5" Best All in One PC Intel Core i5-8265U 8GB, 1TB HDD £499.99 delivered (using code) @ Laptop Outlet / eBay

£474.99£549.9914%eBay Deals
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The new eBay code: POPULAR20 gives an even bigger 20% discount from eBay, taking a decent £75 off the asking price.
Cheapest price online that I can see for the i5 version of this AIO. Sporting a 1TB HDD, 8GB of RAM, and 1080p screen.

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Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) 8265U / 1.6 GHz Max Turbo Speed 3.9 GHz Quad Core Processor8GB RAM, 1TB HDD21.5" Full HD Display (1920 x 1080) ResolutionIntegrated Intel UHD 620 GraphicsWindows 10 Home 64-bit
Condition: Brand New One stylishly slick all-in-one

With its sleek, modern stand and thin bezel display, the IdeaCentre A340 is designed to catch the eye. Fire it up and marvel at the way it handles everything with ease, quickly and smoothly. Even with the space-saving design, it can store plenty, too. All in all, this 21.5" all-in-one makes the ideal home PC.

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Mr.Nutts01/10/2019 16:15

You're absolutely right... but I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts …You're absolutely right... but I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts 5-10 years than £500 on a Windows laptop that lasts 2-3.*Edit: I thought I'd give me experience with Windows and Apple rather than just claiming they last longer:Bought a Windows gaming desktop PC in April 2010 (£540). Awesome piece of kit and upgraded it over time.In December 2012 I got a MacBook Pro upgraded spec but with discount (£1300)I eventually sold the gaming PC roughly 2013-2014.Since that I bought a HP laptop (£550) a Lenovo laptop (£330) (and about 10% off each) and found them both to be crap. HP had faulty keyboard, and naff display. Lenovo was cheap and you could tell but it's sufficed for the money.Admittedly I could have spent more on the Windows laptops and got better machines but I still don't think they would have lasted long.I then built a Windows gaming desktop PC and love it. No complaints.My MacBook Pro is near enough 7 years old and it's still going strong, and it's lightning fast. I've had one problem, once, during an OS update and it crashed and froze and had to enlist help from a friend to restore to previous backup. I've upgraded the SSD to 512GB instead of the 256GB.



So, basically you bought 2 cheap laptops which you weren't happy with. You also bought a MacBook Pro for up to 4x the price, which you're very happy with?
Edited by: "vbnmu" 1st Oct
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If this was in mac this would have been double the price at least heat this thing up
Zalwaw01/10/2019 13:34

If this was in mac this would have been double the price at least heat …If this was in mac this would have been double the price at least heat this thing up


You're absolutely right... but I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts 5-10 years than £500 on a Windows laptop that lasts 2-3.



*Edit: I thought I'd give me experience with Windows and Apple rather than just claiming they last longer:

Bought a Windows gaming desktop PC in April 2010 (£540). Awesome piece of kit and upgraded it over time.

In December 2012 I got a MacBook Pro upgraded spec but with discount (£1300)

I eventually sold the gaming PC roughly 2013-2014.

Since that I bought a HP laptop (£550) a Lenovo laptop (£330) (and about 10% off each) and found them both to be crap. HP had faulty keyboard, and naff display. Lenovo was cheap and you could tell but it's sufficed for the money.
Admittedly I could have spent more on the Windows laptops and got better machines but I still don't think they would have lasted long.

I then built a Windows gaming desktop PC and love it. No complaints.

My MacBook Pro is near enough 7 years old and it's still going strong, and it's lightning fast. I've had one problem, once, during an OS update and it crashed and froze and had to enlist help from a friend to restore to previous backup. I've upgraded the SSD to 512GB instead of the 256GB.
Edited by: "Mr.Nutts" 1st Oct
Mr.Nutts01/10/2019 16:15

You're absolutely right... but I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts …You're absolutely right... but I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts 5-10 years than £500 on a Windows laptop that lasts 2-3.


my lenovo c540 - Intel Pentium , 4GB, 1TB lasted me 6 years. the adapter blew and im sure i can replace it and get it working again. Lenovo's are quality, if you do the basics.

this deal is a steal. heat added
Edited by: "Lee112" 1st Oct
Lee11201/10/2019 16:32

my lenovo c540 - Intel Pentium , 4GB, 1TB lasted me 6 years. the adapter …my lenovo c540 - Intel Pentium , 4GB, 1TB lasted me 6 years. the adapter blew and im sure i can replace it and get it working again. Lenovo's are quality, if you do the basics.this deal is a steal. heat added




Hi mate. I've since updated my comment with some specifics about the products I've owned to affirm that I wasn't just fanboying Apple.

I think Lenovos were brilliant when they first came out (were they made by/or had links with IBM originally?). I'm not sure how they are nowadays, but 6 years is a respectable amount.

I bought my mum a HP laptop from Currys on clearance, probably worth £300-400 but got it for £180. It's a budget machine but it probably still works. It hasn't been used in a while though. I sometimes wonder whether it's worth putting an SSD in but can't be bothered.


How much did you pay for your 6 year old Lenovo if you don't mind me asking?
Mr.Nutts01/10/2019 16:15

You're absolutely right... but I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts …You're absolutely right... but I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts 5-10 years than £500 on a Windows laptop that lasts 2-3.*Edit: I thought I'd give me experience with Windows and Apple rather than just claiming they last longer:Bought a Windows gaming desktop PC in April 2010 (£540). Awesome piece of kit and upgraded it over time.In December 2012 I got a MacBook Pro upgraded spec but with discount (£1300)I eventually sold the gaming PC roughly 2013-2014.Since that I bought a HP laptop (£550) a Lenovo laptop (£330) (and about 10% off each) and found them both to be crap. HP had faulty keyboard, and naff display. Lenovo was cheap and you could tell but it's sufficed for the money.Admittedly I could have spent more on the Windows laptops and got better machines but I still don't think they would have lasted long.I then built a Windows gaming desktop PC and love it. No complaints.My MacBook Pro is near enough 7 years old and it's still going strong, and it's lightning fast. I've had one problem, once, during an OS update and it crashed and froze and had to enlist help from a friend to restore to previous backup. I've upgraded the SSD to 512GB instead of the 256GB.



So, basically you bought 2 cheap laptops which you weren't happy with. You also bought a MacBook Pro for up to 4x the price, which you're very happy with?
Edited by: "vbnmu" 1st Oct
vbnmu01/10/2019 16:55

So, basically you bought 2 cheap laptops which you weren't happy with. You …So, basically you bought 2 cheap laptops which you weren't happy with. You also bought a MacBook Pro for up to 4x the price, which you're very happy with?


Ah, I was expecting a comment like this. I'll take it.

But yes, in short, I spent 2-3 times more on a Mac, which has outlived other purchases, which was my original point:
I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts 5-10 years than £500 on a Windows laptop that lasts 2-3
I'm sure these serve a purpose but I can't think what that would be. Why buy a device that is essentially laptop hardware but without any of the advantages?
Mr.Nutts01/10/2019 17:00

Ah, I was expecting a comment like this. I'll take it.But yes, in short, I …Ah, I was expecting a comment like this. I'll take it.But yes, in short, I spent 2-3 times more on a Mac, which has outlived other purchases, which was my original point:I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts 5-10 years than £500 on a Windows laptop that lasts 2-3


You could get the same result by spending the same on a PC.
Mr.Nutts01/10/2019 16:36

Hi mate. I've since updated my comment with some specifics about the …Hi mate. I've since updated my comment with some specifics about the products I've owned to affirm that I wasn't just fanboying Apple.I think Lenovos were brilliant when they first came out (were they made by/or had links with IBM originally?). I'm not sure how they are nowadays, but 6 years is a respectable amount.I bought my mum a HP laptop from Currys on clearance, probably worth £300-400 but got it for £180. It's a budget machine but it probably still works. It hasn't been used in a while though. I sometimes wonder whether it's worth putting an SSD in but can't be bothered.How much did you pay for your 6 year old Lenovo if you don't mind me asking?


I believe I paid in the low 400s for it. Bit expensive for that spec, but it was during the time all-in-one PCs were in high demand.
Suprised nobodys mentioned this but isn't 21.5" (22") fairly small by modern standards, 24" is the sweet spot for a desktop.
Mr.Nutts01/10/2019 17:00

Ah, I was expecting a comment like this. I'll take it.But yes, in short, I …Ah, I was expecting a comment like this. I'll take it.But yes, in short, I spent 2-3 times more on a Mac, which has outlived other purchases, which was my original point:I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts 5-10 years than £500 on a Windows laptop that lasts 2-3


That's a fair point as it's relevant to this deal. I'm not an apple fan, so I'd always go down the route of building a Windows desktop pc for around £1000 if that was an option.

Essentially I'd always recommend building something to the maximum your budget allows, in regard to motherboard, power supply, and CPU. RAM, GPU, and the SSD can be easily upgraded as time goes on to keep it going for many years more.

I built a Skylake era PC back in early 2015 with a mid level GPU and 16GB RAM and it can still play modern games on high settings at 1080p (it can just about do 4k at around 30fps but I value 60fps more than a high resolution).

It should last another few years if I'm happy to drop down to medium settings for newer games, but once that's no longer enough I'll just throw in a modern RTX capable card and maybe some more RAM and keep on gaming for another few years.
I've never seen a monitor stand like that either, it's a unique design but doesn't look very high end
I just read the Salesman blurb, but i wonder why they include usb 2 ports when it has usb 3 ??

"A full array of ports
When it comes to peripheral devices, such as a mouse and keyboard, the A340 has no shortage of ports. As well as USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports and a 3-in-1 card reader, it has HDMI™ Out, should you need to use a second screen."


I wouldnt mind it to replace my 5yr old laptop :-)
Gormond01/10/2019 17:16

You could get the same result by spending the same on a PC.


Indeed. I spent about that on the desktop that I built. Not sure which would win if I had to choose between them. Both very different machines.
buzzbuzz888801/10/2019 17:50

That's a fair point as it's relevant to this deal. I'm not an apple fan, …That's a fair point as it's relevant to this deal. I'm not an apple fan, so I'd always go down the route of building a Windows desktop pc for around £1000 if that was an option. Essentially I'd always recommend building something to the maximum your budget allows, in regard to motherboard, power supply, and CPU. RAM, GPU, and the SSD can be easily upgraded as time goes on to keep it going for many years more.I built a Skylake era PC back in early 2015 with a mid level GPU and 16GB RAM and it can still play modern games on high settings at 1080p (it can just about do 4k at around 30fps but I value 60fps more than a high resolution). It should last another few years if I'm happy to drop down to medium settings for newer games, but once that's no longer enough I'll just throw in a modern RTX capable card and maybe some more RAM and keep on gaming for another few years.


I was just providing some food for thought

Agree about building and budgets etc. It's easier than it used to be but you've still got to know what you're doing when building. I still ran into one or two issues with mine.

Love my machine now though. It's a perfect build. I've hardly even played any games on it though, I don't have time
Mr.Nutts01/10/2019 18:26

I was just providing some food for thought :)Agree about building and …I was just providing some food for thought :)Agree about building and budgets etc. It's easier than it used to be but you've still got to know what you're doing when building. I still ran into one or two issues with mine.Love my machine now though. It's a perfect build. I've hardly even played any games on it though, I don't have time


I know that feeling, I got a new job literally the week after I built that one and didn't get to use it for the first few months!
buzzbuzz888801/10/2019 18:29

I know that feeling, I got a new job literally the week after I built that …I know that feeling, I got a new job literally the week after I built that one and didn't get to use it for the first few months!


I think I started buying for mine nearly two years ago, and I think finished about December. Went way over budget lol. Didn't have a great set up so didn't get round to using it for gaming for a while, and just too busy nowadays but I've got the odd game on it. Two Point Hospital, Arms 3 (not played yet), etc I'll get round to them one day.
buzzbuzz888801/10/2019 17:52

I've never seen a monitor stand like that either, it's a unique design but …I've never seen a monitor stand like that either, it's a unique design but doesn't look very high end


I think I know why it doesn't look high end...
ezzer7201/10/2019 19:24

I think I know why it doesn't look high end...


Yeah fair point, but most manufacturers at least try to fake being high end, even on their budget products. This just screams cost cutting
Mr.Nutts01/10/2019 18:49

I think I started buying for mine nearly two years ago, and I think …I think I started buying for mine nearly two years ago, and I think finished about December. Went way over budget lol. Didn't have a great set up so didn't get round to using it for gaming for a while, and just too busy nowadays but I've got the odd game on it. Two Point Hospital, Arms 3 (not played yet), etc I'll get round to them one day.


Tell me about it, my steam backlog is embarrassing - I never get enough time either.
Mr.Nutts01/10/2019 17:00

Ah, I was expecting a comment like this. I'll take it.But yes, in short, I …Ah, I was expecting a comment like this. I'll take it.But yes, in short, I spent 2-3 times more on a Mac, which has outlived other purchases, which was my original point:I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts 5-10 years than £500 on a Windows laptop that lasts 2-3


I'd rather buy good products that last and are repairable. Apple products have a lot going for them, usually there's a decent trackpad, keyboard, display and case but they are not easily repairable so they don't last 5-10 years, they last 2-3 and then the battery fails. In my opinion they are not worth anywhere near as much as they cost for that reason, I certainly wouldn't have paid £2400 for my work macbook. My personal laptop is a Dell XPS 13 I got for £700 and it ticks all the boxes for sturdy construction, nice display, good trackpad etc. The battery died so I spent about 15 minutes with a screwdriver to replace it. Now that's a laptop that'll last and doesn't cost the earth.

PCs are definitely a minefield for the uneducated though. Heck I can spend £800 on a laptop at PC world and still get something with a hard drive as its only storage device, meaning it'll be dog slow when doing anything.
Mr.Nutts01/10/2019 17:00

Ah, I was expecting a comment like this. I'll take it.But yes, in short, I …Ah, I was expecting a comment like this. I'll take it.But yes, in short, I spent 2-3 times more on a Mac, which has outlived other purchases, which was my original point:I'd sooner spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts 5-10 years than £500 on a Windows laptop that lasts 2-3


No issue with Mac OS or Windows, whichever works for the user really.
What I don't understand from your comment though, is that you'd spend 3x more on an Apple product, expecting it to last twice that of a Windows pc and use this as your base argument.
Is that not obvious though, and what we should all expect? If I spent £1000 on the right windows laptop, it would last me 6-10 years. My £350 Dell latitude 7xxx is on its 4th year, I expect it to last another 2 years atleast and that didn't cost me £1000.
Edited by: "vbnmu" 1st Oct
vbnmu01/10/2019 21:00

No issue with Mac OS or Windows, whatever works for the user really.What I …No issue with Mac OS or Windows, whatever works for the user really.What I don't understand from your comment though, is that you'd spend 3x more on an Apple product, expecting it to last twice that of a Windows pc and use this as your base argument.Is that not obvious though, and what we should all expect? If I spent £1000 on the right windows laptop, it would last me 6-10 years. My £350 Dell latitude 7xxx is on its 4th year, I expect it to last another 2 years atleast and that didn't cost me £1000.


Indeed. That's why I have both machines for each's benefits.

I was replying to "If this was in mac this would have been double the price at least heat this thing up". So I said I'd rather 'spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts 5-10 years than £500 on a Windows laptop that lasts 2-3' years. (Spec-wise, Macs cost double, but usually last more than double the life)

Though the same point would apply to spending £1000 on a Windows, as others have said
Mr.Nutts01/10/2019 21:35

Indeed. That's why I have both machines for each's benefits.I was …Indeed. That's why I have both machines for each's benefits.I was replying to "If this was in mac this would have been double the price at least heat this thing up". So I said I'd rather 'spend £1000 on a Mac that lasts 5-10 years than £500 on a Windows laptop that lasts 2-3' years. (Spec-wise, Macs cost double, but usually last more than double the life) Though the same point would apply to spending £1000 on a Windows, as others have said


Agree with you. Although OP didn't mean that am sure, it sounds like those posters who think a deal should be hot based on price alone regardless of quality/reliability.
This is the "best" all-in-one, is it?
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