LENOVO IdeaPad 310 15.6" Laptop - Silver - £329.99 @ Currys
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LENOVO IdeaPad 310 15.6" Laptop - Silver - £329.99 @ Currys

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Found 4th Jul 2017Edited by:"eglons"
I was asked by a friend (who wants a shop bought laptop) for one good enough to see their child through 3 years of school. Basic requirement, email, internet, youtube, and school work. Came across this which seems to be OK for the job at a sensible price... but I'm sure you'll tell me if it's not! I'd have preferred an SSD but it pushes the price up a fair way and given that kids tend to use iPad/iPhone unless they have to then just getting a 15.6 inch machine with a decent life expectancy seems OK.

  • Windows 10
  • Intel® Core™ i3-6006U Processor
  • RAM: 4 GB / Storage: 1 TB HDD
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Full HD, unfortunately as prices went crazy this is good deal now imo.

They can always upgrade ram ssd further down the line.
I thought this was a bit meh, but then I spotted that it was FHD and rapidly changed my mind. Shame the processor is a bit so-so for 2017, but should be able to upgrade the RAM/HDD from what I can tell from a quick search.

Head added.
Edited by: "tonyspoons" 4th Jul 2017
Shame they want 'shop bought'. They could have waited for primeday (monday) on amazon (norm 10% off laptops), they put around 5 different laptops on offer and sold around 15k. Any laptop nowadays will do what you require. An i3 is a good pick - top end of the budget spec. if you can, get one with 8gb of ram in it. Dont worry about ssd, it just abolishes loading files in large file transfers and powerful programs. i think laptops atm are over priced, I've been waiting weeks for a decent price to come along
OK for a 13 year old for 3 years to do school work on though?
Same price will get a DVD drive, 256gb ssd, 8gb memory but NOT FHD.
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Edited by: "Musicrab" 4th Jul 2017
eglons

OK for a 13 year old for 3 years to do school work on though?



yep
If get a chrome book, if all they do is what you suggested. If touch screen will get access to all of the android site. And it's a dam site cheaper
No optical disc drive. Don't know if that's important or not.
Too many compromises imo. If all you want is email/youtube/google apps - a chromebook would be a better bet no?
Suggestion take it or leave it : don't buy any laptop with less than 8GB RAM. You'll regret it later.
Edited by: "mk201407" 4th Jul 2017
mk201407

Suggestion take it or leave it : don't buy any laptop with less than 8GB … Suggestion take it or leave it : don't buy any laptop with less than 8GB RAM. You'll regret it later.


Do you mean... you'll upgrade it later?
Not really a deal breaker considering how cheap and easy it is to upgrade.
mk201407

Suggestion take it or leave it : don't buy any laptop with less than 8GB … Suggestion take it or leave it : don't buy any laptop with less than 8GB RAM. You'll regret it later.


For an i3? Really?
Jocky.Balboa

Do you mean... you'll upgrade it later? Not really a deal breaker … Do you mean... you'll upgrade it later? Not really a deal breaker considering how cheap and easy it is to upgrade.


£329 is not cheap. Even mobile is getting 6GB RAM. Think think!
J_Staunton

For an i3? Really?


Yes, i3 will soon be history if not already.
Poor processor, poor battery life, not enough RAM and no SSD. I'd have a used Lenovo x240/x250over this.
donslibi

Poor processor, poor battery life, not enough RAM and no SSD. I'd have a … Poor processor, poor battery life, not enough RAM and no SSD. I'd have a used Lenovo x240/x250over this.


And to add to all that, the case is plastic. And my glass is half empty
donslibi

Poor processor, poor battery life, not enough RAM and no SSD. I'd have a … Poor processor, poor battery life, not enough RAM and no SSD. I'd have a used Lenovo x240/x250over this.



You're comparing a business grade Thinkpad Lenovo (developed by Lenovo) to a consumer grade Lenovo (not developed by Lenovo).

en.wikipedia.org/wik…ers

The vast majority of laptops on the market (94% in 2011) are manufactured by a small handful of Taiwan-based Original Design Manufacturers (ODM), although their production bases are located mostly in mainland China.[2]

Major relationships include:[3]

Quanta sells to (among others) HP, Lenovo, Apple, Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Fujitsu and NEC
Compal sells to (among others) Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and HP/Compaq
Wistron (former manufacturing & design division of Acer) sells to Dell, Acer, Lenovo and HP
Inventec sells to Toshiba, HP, Dell and Lenovo
Pegatron sells to Asus, Toshiba, Apple, Dell and Acer
Foxconn sells to Asus, Dell, HP and Apple
Flextronics (former Arima Computer Corporation notebook division) sells to HP


Edited by: "fishmaster" 4th Jul 2017
fishmaster2 m ago

You're comparing a business grade Thinkpad Lenovo (made by Lenovo) to a …You're comparing a business grade Thinkpad Lenovo (made by Lenovo) to a consumer grade Lenovo (not made by Lenovo).


I am well aware. The x series are very hard to compete with. Excellent value for money, especially if you find a good used one. This laptop is really not a deal IMHO
donslibi

I am well aware. The x series are very hard to compete with. Excellent … I am well aware. The x series are very hard to compete with. Excellent value for money, especially if you find a good used one. This laptop is really not a deal IMHO



I sell laptops where I work, many many laptops and we have a few newish Thinkpads X250 and T460 if I remember right at the moment, consumers don't want them though as they look boring and ugly, they want the cheaply constructed consumer crap. The software support package is so much better on the Thinkpads as well.
mk201407

Suggestion take it or leave it : don't buy any laptop with less than 8GB … Suggestion take it or leave it : don't buy any laptop with less than 8GB RAM. You'll regret it later.


Have to agree that 4GB is not enough. I have a similar specification Lenovo 510 bought from Currys in Nov 2016 for £299 with i3 6100 and 4GB RAM and FHD screen, remember that the on-board graphics can use up to 1.7GB of your RAM consequently when you do anything serious the machine crawls at snails pace constantly swapping to the incredibly slow HDD. The DDR4 RAM is still quite expensive to upgrade too!
urban_junk4 h, 43 m ago

Shame they want 'shop bought'. They could have waited for primeday …Shame they want 'shop bought'. They could have waited for primeday (monday) on amazon (norm 10% off laptops), they put around 5 different laptops on offer and sold around 15k. Any laptop nowadays will do what you require. An i3 is a good pick - top end of the budget spec. if you can, get one with 8gb of ram in it. Dont worry about ssd, it just abolishes loading files in large file transfers and powerful programs. i think laptops atm are over priced, I've been waiting weeks for a decent price to come along

​Don't worry about ssd! A crappy amd a6 with ssd would be 3x faster than this for 95% of tasks.. If you don't need the space go ssd every time (make sure its a 128gb or better not these dodge 32/64gb things) and 98% of people don't need more than 120gb drives
spend a bit more and get double the RAM, and John Lewis service
johnlewis.com/len…607

carl018693 h, 10 m ago

​Don't worry about ssd! A crappy amd a6 with ssd would be 3x faster than t …​Don't worry about ssd! A crappy amd a6 with ssd would be 3x faster than this for 95% of tasks.. If you don't need the space go ssd every time (make sure its a 128gb or better not these dodge 32/64gb things) and 98% of people don't need more than 120gb drives

​rtfq. now find one with ssd for a better price... enjoy winding your neck in
speculatrix

spend a bit more and get double the RAM, and John Lewis … spend a bit more and get double the RAM, and John Lewis servicehttps://www.johnlewis.com/lenovo-ideapad-310-laptop-intel-core-i3-8gb-ram-1tb-15-6-/p3140941?sku=236752607



Is it worth paying £50 more for this?
eglons8 h, 28 m ago

OK for a 13 year old for 3 years to do school work on though?

​yes ok but try for an 8gb version, windows will use 4gb happily its self
crazy.baritone

Have to agree that 4GB is not enough. I have a similar specification … Have to agree that 4GB is not enough. I have a similar specification Lenovo 510 bought from Currys in Nov 2016 for £299 with i3 6100 and 4GB RAM and FHD screen, remember that the on-board graphics can use up to 1.7GB of your RAM consequently when you do anything serious the machine crawls at snails pace constantly swapping to the incredibly slow HDD. The DDR4 RAM is still quite expensive to upgrade too!



5 words ...

Black Friday/Cyber Monday time.

My Dad got one of those at that time (I recall that time very well!).

Black Friday/Cyber Monday like prices, and that of price's of now, can't be compared in the same breath as the same?.

When they're clearly not ...
thecoolalhambra

Is it worth paying £50 more for this?



Yes ...
speculatrix

spend a bit more and get double the RAM, and John Lewis … spend a bit more and get double the RAM, and John Lewis servicehttps://www.johnlewis.com/lenovo-ideapad-310-laptop-intel-core-i3-8gb-ram-1tb-15-6-/p3140941?sku=236752607




not really, only 720p screen. you can upgrade ram on this one for extra money....

Though I would rather buy at JL than Currys
amour3k

Yes ...



Tricky one as JL is better in case of issues.

In terms of laptop itself, NO.
Spen £20-30 to upgrade ram on this one and you have Full HD with 8gb ram.
amour3k5 h, 57 m ago

5 words ...Black Friday/Cyber Monday time.My Dad got one of those at that …5 words ...Black Friday/Cyber Monday time.My Dad got one of those at that time (I recall that time very well!).Black Friday/Cyber Monday like prices, and that of price's of now, can't be compared in the same breath as the same?.When they're clearly not ...


My post was commenting on the 4GB of RAM being inadequate and not about comparing prices, including what I paid was merely for info although it was actually a Currys special offer deal that lasted several weeks not just a couple of days!
Bendown

And to add to all that, the case is plastic. And my glass is half empty


Presumably you could upgrade the glass?
Ruffuz

Tricky one as JL is better in case of issues.In terms of laptop itself, … Tricky one as JL is better in case of issues.In terms of laptop itself, NO.Spen £20-30 to upgrade ram on this one and you have Full HD with 8gb ram.



Point taken ...
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