Lenovo IdeaPad 310: 15.6" i3 1080p 4GB RAM & 1TB HDD £289 at ao.com
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Lenovo IdeaPad 310: 15.6" i3 1080p 4GB RAM & 1TB HDD £289 at ao.com

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Found 24th Nov
Saw this and looks to be a good one. Can also use 5% from topcashback on laptops at ao.com

Product Code: 80SM01MAUK

Battery looks to be a bit underwhelming, but it has:

1920x1080 screen with HD520
720p front camera
4GB DDR4 RAM.

Product number on other sites references an i3-6006u processor, which has a cpu passmark of around 3100.


I think the 4GB ram is soldered, but looks like you can add more to an extra slot (although not 100% on this).


Not bad competition for other deals if you consider cashback may get you down to £275ish

Not yet sure if this is better than the £299 Acer e5-475 though

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gospvg6 m ago

I would not buy anything without an SSD drive.


Your house must be pretty empty, what do you even eat?

Spraggs55 m ago

Your house must be pretty empty, what do you even eat?



Oh dear god, that gave me a right old laugh. Thanks a lot.

This is a great PC for the money especially if you swap out the hard drive for an SSD but even if you don't or can't don't worry.... the screen,CPU and memory are good to fine - screen is actually great with full HD and IPS. It's the screen that you spend all your time looking at, if it boots a little bit more slowly then go and put the kettle on like we did in the old days
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I’ve gone for Lenovo 320 from JL. About £90 more but twice the RAM, SSD and I think a slightly better processor, but no 1080p. But a three year warranty.

Swings and roundabouts. Might return it and get this one instead!

I would not buy anything without an SSD drive.

gospvg6 m ago

I would not buy anything without an SSD drive.


Your house must be pretty empty, what do you even eat?

Its fine for £289.

alexlea8822 m ago

I’ve gone for Lenovo 320 from JL. About £90 more but twice the RAM, SSD an …I’ve gone for Lenovo 320 from JL. About £90 more but twice the RAM, SSD and I think a slightly better processor, but no 1080p. But a three year warranty.Swings and roundabouts. Might return it and get this one instead!

Where is the Lenovo deal pls

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alexlea8823 m ago

I’ve gone for Lenovo 320 from JL. About £90 more but twice the RAM, SSD an …I’ve gone for Lenovo 320 from JL. About £90 more but twice the RAM, SSD and I think a slightly better processor, but no 1080p. But a three year warranty.Swings and roundabouts. Might return it and get this one instead!


I think that's the main issue - it's all swings and roundabouts between ram, processor, screen and storage - you can get a combination of 3/4 for this price, but not all.

It's alright people turning their nose up at no SSD, but they're also doing that on non-1080 displays with SSDs. At the end of the day, it's easier to add ram and swap storage than it is to upgrade a processor/display.

I guess you're referring to this deal at John Lewis, which again is perhaps down to whether or not a small SSD is better than a large, but slower HDD, and if the smaller lower res display is worth a step down in processor and about £90 less in cost. Difficult to decide

Spraggs55 m ago

Your house must be pretty empty, what do you even eat?



Oh dear god, that gave me a right old laugh. Thanks a lot.

This is a great PC for the money especially if you swap out the hard drive for an SSD but even if you don't or can't don't worry.... the screen,CPU and memory are good to fine - screen is actually great with full HD and IPS. It's the screen that you spend all your time looking at, if it boots a little bit more slowly then go and put the kettle on like we did in the old days

Almost purchased this until a read about the poor battery life (4.5 hours web browsing). The battery also isn't easiy lreplaceable.
Edited by: "Turret" 24th Nov

This is better than lenovo z50-70 15"6 ..i3??

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Turret4 m ago

Almost purchased this until a read about the poor battery life (4.5 hours …Almost purchased this until a read about the poor battery life (4.5 hours web browsing). The battery also isn't easiy lreplaceable.


I thought about this too, until I realised that I rarely use a laptop unplugged.

Like I said, it's a balance of specs at this price

Looking for a cheap Minecraft laptop for my lad, cheers for that.

Bought one for my boy last Christmas for the same(ish) price. Using it for anything other than browsing will be best with an SSD, which I got. Dead easy to fit on this too, just a screw or two with no guarantee seals to break.

It has a bit of screen burn on the bottom right of the display, but it might've been caused by the lad's cackhandedness.

It's lasted almost a year and it's quite nippy for the price. He could even play doom on it at a reasonable rate.

gospvg4 h, 27 m ago

I would not buy anything without an SSD drive.


Then yu should buy macbook

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I've now plumped for one of these myself. Couldn't see past the screen quality in honesty. My thought process:

Pros:

1920 X 1080 resolution on a 15.6" screen
i3 6006U Processor
4GB DDR4 and 1TB HDD
720P Front Camera
Bluetooth
Quite a premium looking laptop in terms of design/appearance (imo)

Cons:

Short battery life, but I doubt any laptop in the house is ever used unplugged for more than an hour anyway.
Not the quickest processor, but superior or equal to almost all the sub-£400 laptops
Not an SSD, but this could be a cheap addition later, if required. In my experience, the difference between HDD & SSD isn't as significant for everyday use that other seem to be making it out to be.
No Optical Drive, but I have an external one that I bought some time ago, and it's one of those things that you probably wouldn't miss in the long term


The other key thing for me is that it isn't a multi-function trackpad - I have one on my Lenovo, and find the 'clicking' to be annoying when they're not physical buttons.

I did get swayed by other laptops that were nearer the £400 mark, but you soon realise that 'only £100 more' is actually another 30-40% extra in price. The other half isn't a modern gamer, but her old machine used to blue screen playing things like the Sims, so I have no doubts it will be an upgrade on her old machine without going over-the-top in terms of budget/spec.

Very tempted for my 13 year old but not much idea whether there’s better for us? She will use web browsing, you tube and I hope to find an art/creative software as she loves pens/paper and design. Can anyone reassure me this is good for this?

chuffedfox32 m ago

I've now plumped for one of these myself. Couldn't see past the screen …I've now plumped for one of these myself. Couldn't see past the screen quality in honesty. My thought process:Pros:1920 X 1080 resolution on a 15.6" screeni3 6006U Processor4GB DDR4 and 1TB HDD720P Front CameraBluetoothQuite a premium looking laptop in terms of design/appearance (imo)Cons:Short battery life, but I doubt any laptop in the house is ever used unplugged for more than an hour anyway.Not the quickest processor, but superior or equal to almost all the sub-£400 laptopsNot an SSD, but this could be a cheap addition later, if required. In my experience, the difference between HDD & SSD isn't as significant for everyday use that other seem to be making it out to be.No Optical Drive, but I have an external one that I bought some time ago, and it's one of those things that you probably wouldn't miss in the long termThe other key thing for me is that it isn't a multi-function trackpad - I have one on my Lenovo, and find the 'clicking' to be annoying when they're not physical buttons. I did get swayed by other laptops that were nearer the £400 mark, but you soon realise that 'only £100 more' is actually another 30-40% extra in price. The other half isn't a modern gamer, but her old machine used to blue screen playing things like the Sims, so I have no doubts it will be an upgrade on her old machine without going over-the-top in terms of budget/spec.

Look up the laptop anywhere else and it does have a dvd drive.

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labdab32 m ago

Very tempted for my 13 year old but not much idea whether there’s better f …Very tempted for my 13 year old but not much idea whether there’s better for us? She will use web browsing, you tube and I hope to find an art/creative software as she loves pens/paper and design. Can anyone reassure me this is good for this?


It's a case of considering a balance.

I currently have a Yoga 510 (which is a 2-in-1) which is a laptop size, but can be flipped over so as to use like a tablet. This means you can actually 'draw' on the screen, making it quite a cool feature in conjunction with things like Corel Draw and so on. I used to have a graphics tablet which was nothing compared to actually using a touch screen.


My other half (who this is for) is very unlikely to ever use a touch screen, so I didn't bother with a Yoga. The 510 is currently about £80 more, and has a mixture of specs compared to the 310, mainly that it has an inferior processor.

In general, I'd say that the 310 (this one) is a very good 'vanilla' choice - for the price range, it's quick and has plenty of storage without doing anything too 'fancy'. The Yoga forgoes some of the speed for some more of the 'fancy'.


If the question is "will I get a better laptop for under £350", then the answer will be "no" as long as you're taking to account a balance of screen quality, speed, storage and price. It's very subjective beyond that, as it really start to get fussy with people either saying "I wouldn't buy one without an SSD", "I wouldn't buy one without a full HD screen", "I wouldn't buy one with that processor (AMD/Intel N series)" and so on....

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Nealjane10013 m ago

Look up the laptop anywhere else and it does have a dvd drive.


"Select" versions of the '310' come with an optical drive, but I'm not sure this one (80SM01MAUK) does. I'm not expecting it to, so it's a bonus if it does. I just went by the specs on ao.com as the worst-case scenario.

Thanks so much - that’s incredibly helpful and has made my mind up. Going to go with this and if she craves more we will upgrade to the touch screen model at another point. Thank you

Careful if you arent in mainland uk. I just got hit with a £15 delivery charge but will dispute as very misleading on checkout page there was no mention of it

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labdab25 m ago

Thanks so much - that’s incredibly helpful and has made my mind up. Going t …Thanks so much - that’s incredibly helpful and has made my mind up. Going to go with this and if she craves more we will upgrade to the touch screen model at another point. Thank you


No problem - I've been stewing over loads of options and models for a long time now, and I'm pretty happy that I've made the right choice with this one. As per the original post, I've also used topcashback as they have 5% on laptops on ao.com too, so hopefully I'll get another £10-15 off

chuffedfox3 m ago

No problem - I've been stewing over loads of options and models for a … No problem - I've been stewing over loads of options and models for a long time now, and I'm pretty happy that I've made the right choice with this one. As per the original post, I've also used topcashback as they have 5% on laptops on ao.com too, so hopefully I'll get another £10-15 off


Me too! Although can’t see it as tracked yet but if it does it’s a bonus. One off the Xmas list
Edited by: "labdab" 24th Nov

Slightly off topic...
Can i take a 650gb hard drive out of Acer 5830T laptop and insert into a very old Dell Latitude D630??

Answer greatly appreciated.

Does it have a spare slot.for SSD?

I gave up being patient so I went with this! Very good deal considering price and spec. I'm not bothered about SSD just hope it's not slow.

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simandoo47 m ago

Does it have a spare slot.for SSD?


I couldn't find out for sure, but I assume it's either/or rather than having a secondary slot

thekanester4 h, 2 m ago

Bought one for my boy last Christmas for the same(ish) price. Using it for …Bought one for my boy last Christmas for the same(ish) price. Using it for anything other than browsing will be best with an SSD, which I got. Dead easy to fit on this too, just a screw or two with no guarantee seals to break.It has a bit of screen burn on the bottom right of the display, but it might've been caused by the lad's cackhandedness.It's lasted almost a year and it's quite nippy for the price. He could even play doom on it at a reasonable rate.


Hi, could I please clarify, you changed HDD to SSD on this model and it was quite easy as you describe? The lenovo I have is a nightmare to change HDD or upgrade ram. Had to take the keyboard off...thanks

BTCBEN8 h, 31 m ago

Your house must be pretty empty, what do you even eat?


SSD drives of course.

psudz1 h, 22 m ago

Hi, could I please clarify, you changed HDD to SSD on this model and it …Hi, could I please clarify, you changed HDD to SSD on this model and it was quite easy as you describe? The lenovo I have is a nightmare to change HDD or upgrade ram. Had to take the keyboard off...thanks


This is just a hatch on the base of the case, so a 5 minute job. My son's at uni right now, but maybe I can get him to photo it and send it to me.

chuffedfox12 h, 25 m ago

I think that's the main issue - it's all swings and roundabouts between …I think that's the main issue - it's all swings and roundabouts between ram, processor, screen and storage - you can get a combination of 3/4 for this price, but not all.It's alright people turning their nose up at no SSD, but they're also doing that on non-1080 displays with SSDs. At the end of the day, it's easier to add ram and swap storage than it is to upgrade a processor/display.I guess you're referring to this deal at John Lewis, which again is perhaps down to whether or not a small SSD is better than a large, but slower HDD, and if the smaller lower res display is worth a step down in processor and about £90 less in cost. Difficult to decide



Also only a 14" screen on the 320.

thekanester6 h, 24 m ago

This is just a hatch on the base of the case, so a 5 minute job. My son's …This is just a hatch on the base of the case, so a 5 minute job. My son's at uni right now, but maybe I can get him to photo it and send it to me.


You had to take the old HDD out right? It wasn't an empty spare slot?

chuffedfox13 h, 55 m ago

I've now plumped for one of these myself. Couldn't see past the screen …I've now plumped for one of these myself. Couldn't see past the screen quality in honesty. My thought process:Pros:1920 X 1080 resolution on a 15.6" screeni3 6006U Processor4GB DDR4 and 1TB HDD720P Front CameraBluetoothQuite a premium looking laptop in terms of design/appearance (imo)Cons:Short battery life, but I doubt any laptop in the house is ever used unplugged for more than an hour anyway.Not the quickest processor, but superior or equal to almost all the sub-£400 laptopsNot an SSD, but this could be a cheap addition later, if required. In my experience, the difference between HDD & SSD isn't as significant for everyday use that other seem to be making it out to be.No Optical Drive, but I have an external one that I bought some time ago, and it's one of those things that you probably wouldn't miss in the long termThe other key thing for me is that it isn't a multi-function trackpad - I have one on my Lenovo, and find the 'clicking' to be annoying when they're not physical buttons. I did get swayed by other laptops that were nearer the £400 mark, but you soon realise that 'only £100 more' is actually another 30-40% extra in price. The other half isn't a modern gamer, but her old machine used to blue screen playing things like the Sims, so I have no doubts it will be an upgrade on her old machine without going over-the-top in terms of budget/spec.


It is interesting to see how you are justifying the Cons by offering some good logic/solutions. You are an expert in resolving the cognitive dissonance

Be very careful buying this. We bought one from John Lewis with 3 year warranty last black Friday.
A month ago one of the hinges went. John Lewis sent it to Lenovo to be fixed and they are claiming it is accidental damage (definitely not, definitely a design flaw) and want £60 to fix it.
This is a good price though.

Thanks! Got myself one

tempted:
great screen
respectable cpu
cashback makes it 276ish!!

problem for me is tragic battery:
4hrs max which in reality means 3hrs
will need replacing in 2yrs and that means a full dismantle

can anyone change my mind?

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hifruit4 m ago

tempted:great screenrespectable cpucashback makes it 276ish!!problem for …tempted:great screenrespectable cpucashback makes it 276ish!!problem for me is tragic battery: 4hrs max which in reality means 3hrswill need replacing in 2yrs and that means a full dismantlecan anyone change my mind?


I think it depends how much you rely on the battery power. We (in my household) don't seem to, so it's of no consequence, but I can imagine it being a factor if you did intend to use it away from a power socket a lot.

I'm not sure you could expect more at this price without taking a hit on the power consuming parts, like the screen etc.

simandoo4 h, 48 m ago

You had to take the old HDD out right? It wasn't an empty spare slot?


Fraud not. And only one RAM sloot. With a bit of effort you can remove the DVD I think and another drive there but not tried
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