Lenovo U31 Laptop, Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 128GB, 13.3", Red or White at John Lewis
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Lenovo U31 Laptop, Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 128GB, 13.3", Red or White at John Lewis

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Found 26th Dec 2015
NOW £499.95!

This laptop seems like a good deal to me, it was also posted here two weeks ago at £550 from JL with £100 cashback included, however this deal seems to be cheaper with the discount already included (so no need to specifically apply for it from what I can see)

(Deal apparently available until 17/01/2016)

The post from two weeks ago had comments that were generally favourable, this is an i7 with a full HD IPS screen plus 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, by all accounts it should be pretty quick except for very graphically intensive games. The battery does look to be a bit of an achilles heel though.

It comes in Red and White...

Rather than replicate all the specs please click on the link..

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Awesome deal if you need a decent laptop for home use, would buy if it wasn't for the battery.

This actually looks a really good deal, quite tempted!

For a core i7 its nothing special, it may be an ssd but its barely enough, best thing is the fhd IPS panel, which at 13.3" gives about 165 PPI, overall about par for the price, or would be if the shops weren't putting massive mark-ups on rubbish

it also has a 920m which imo makes this a really good deal, i cant find an i7, 1080p, 13" laptop with a dedicated gpu near that price elsewhere. even has a backlit keyboard.
Edited by: "BSM9" 26th Dec 2015

BSM9

it also has a 920m which imo makes this a really good deal, i cant find … it also has a 920m which imo makes this a really good deal, i cant find an i7, 1080p, 13" laptop with a dedicated gpu near that price elsewhere. even has a backlit keyboard.



Don't know much about this GPU but if its a good one it'll be throttled back by the average CPU, not a bad deal, but not a good one, and certainly the higher price quoted is unrealistic

128GB ssd!? That's gonna be a constant limitation

BSM9

it also has a 920m which imo makes this a really good deal, i cant find … it also has a 920m which imo makes this a really good deal, i cant find an i7, 1080p, 13" laptop with a dedicated gpu near that price elsewhere. even has a backlit keyboard.



Problem is that GPU will prob just about run The Sims 4 or Minecraft, in fact it will just about run Skyrim @ medium on 1366x768, Intel IRIS graphics are better... so i would not buy this laptop based on its GPU.

grimboj2

128GB ssd!? That's gonna be a constant limitation


No - only a limitation when you fill it up.

grimboj2

128GB ssd!? That's gonna be a constant limitation



Wouldn't agree with that, not when you can get 128gb USB drives the size of your thumbnail for under £30, or small notebook sized 1TB external hard drives for £35.

Decent deal, I think I posted the £550 one, but the spec may have been slightly different. Hot.

DKB07

Wouldn't agree with that, not when you can get 128gb USB drives the size … Wouldn't agree with that, not when you can get 128gb USB drives the size of your thumbnail for under £30, or small notebook sized 1TB external hard drives for £35.Decent deal, I think I posted the £550 one, but the spec may have been slightly different. Hot.



Then you need to add £30 - £35 to the price for a like for like comparison, plus the bind of lugging around the extra drives and the bind of controlling the write location in windows 10

mrrog

Then you need to add £30 - £35 to the price for a like for like c … Then you need to add £30 - £35 to the price for a like for like comparison, plus the bind of lugging around the extra drives and the bind of controlling the write location in windows 10



Agreed but with this specification +£30 you don't get something else near the price, secondly, a thumbnail sized USB isn't lugging around, and a 1TB notebook doesn't weigh much either these days. Additionally it's become common practice to carry an external hard drive with you, not to mention it's safer from corruption and an excellent back up. This combined with cloud services means 128GB can be enough depending on what you need the device for.
If you do need more space for media consumption then it's sensible to have movies/pictures/music on an external hard drive anyway, and if you want it for gaming, then as you, and many others pointed out, this isn't the laptop for you.

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mrrog

Then you need to add £30 - £35 to the price for a like for like c … Then you need to add £30 - £35 to the price for a like for like comparison, plus the bind of lugging around the extra drives and the bind of controlling the write location in windows 10



​128gb... wouldn't really be an issue for me for a laptop.... I never keep important stuff on a laptop and being mostly mobile I increasingly use cloud storage anyway. as mentioned a 128gb USB drive would really be ample for anything extra.

Not like for like but close in many ways with various pros and cons in comparison.
Lenovo Yoga 3 - i7, 8GB, 256GB SSD, 14" 1080P Touch screen, convertible, Intel integrated for £600:
shop.lenovo.com/gb/…14/

hmm.. Dual-Core Intel Core i7-5500U. it's just a glorified i3/i5

This looks good, can't decide to get this or HP Pavilion x360 13-s150sa 13.3" 2 in 1 - Silver - i5, 8GB, 128GB SSD, 13.3 inch, touchscreen tablet feature for £499

pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml

These mini laptops never have the quad core i7? I want a 13" screen with a quad core and decent graphics for editing GoPro videos?

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Gibble

This looks good, can't decide to get this or HP Pavilion x360 13-s150sa … This looks good, can't decide to get this or HP Pavilion x360 13-s150sa 13.3" 2 in 1 - Silver - i5, 8GB, 128GB SSD, 13.3 inch, touchscreen tablet feature for £499http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-x360-13-s150sa-13-3-2-in-1-silver-10137882-pdt.html



​I saw the HP today and it looked nice, all things considered perhaps better value for money.
Edited by: "busterdan" 27th Dec 2015

busterdan

​128gb... wouldn't really be an issue for me for a laptop.... I never k … ​128gb... wouldn't really be an issue for me for a laptop.... I never keep important stuff on a laptop and being mostly mobile I increasingly use cloud storage anyway. as mentioned a 128gb USB drive would really be ample for anything extra.



I use cloud storage, household NAS etc. I struggled to keep to 128gb on a windows XP machine with extra drives, it just isn't enough. These days 128GB formats down to what, 112GB? 30GB for windows, 10GB for office + any RAM cache. So basically you have 70GB free before you've installed any programs, games or have any form of internet or RAM cache setup. Don't forget most cloud storage is cached locally, you need to cache some of your dropbox, google drive, icloud or one drive for it to function.

256GB would be much more comfortable and when the difference between 128gb and 256gb is 30 quid retail price, it's just an unfortunate thing to skimp on.
Edited by: "grimboj2" 27th Dec 2015

would they price match their own price drop? i bought this fro £649 the other week

I'm also looking for a replacement PC. Nothing fancy, no gaming, video watching, just internet stuff coupled with MS office applications maybe occasional picture editing and maybe video editing. I fancy a decent screen, reasonable battery life (5 hours maybe) and reliable. (Budget £500-£800). Would this be a better bet for my needs;

shop.lenovo.com/gb/…41/
Many thanks for any help.

Hey would a laptop with these specs be appropriate if I want to make gaming videos for youtube? Nothing fancy just PS4 screen capture via an Elgato and editing commentary over the top on the laptop.

How would the Lenovo Yoga 3 perform, in comparison? The extra 128gb of SSD space for £70 more is really appealing.

Buckar00

would they price match their own price drop? i bought this fro £649 the … would they price match their own price drop? i bought this fro £649 the other week


Yes I bought this on Wednesday for £649 and they refunded me the difference yesterday

Benny5I'm also looking for a replacement PC. Nothing fancy, no gaming, … Benny5I'm also looking for a replacement PC. Nothing fancy, no gaming, video watching, just internet stuff coupled with MS office applications maybe occasional picture editing and maybe video editing. I fancy a decent screen, reasonable battery life (5 hours maybe) and reliable. (Budget £500-£800). Would this be a better bet for my needs;http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/lenovo/u-series/u41/#tab-customizeMany thanks for any help.



Thanks for the tip Benny5!
Just bought this for my dad. The trade off of slightly bigger machine and slightly slower processor is well worth double the storage (and still ssd!)

I'll let you know how it is if you're still in the fence.

Anyone offer opinions on the one posted vs this offering from ASUS; its generally well received.

pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml

bluepete1976

These mini laptops never have the quad core i7? I want a 13" screen with … These mini laptops never have the quad core i7? I want a 13" screen with a quad core and decent graphics for editing GoPro videos?



​Why not go for a 15.6" screen? £200 extra, but you get a proper quad core i7 and much better graphics card.

bluepete1976

These mini laptops never have the quad core i7? I want a 13" screen with … These mini laptops never have the quad core i7? I want a 13" screen with a quad core and decent graphics for editing GoPro videos?



saveonlaptops.co.uk/755…tml

Benny5

I'm also looking for a replacement PC. Nothing fancy, no gaming, video … I'm also looking for a replacement PC. Nothing fancy, no gaming, video watching, just internet stuff coupled with MS office applications maybe occasional picture editing and maybe video editing. I fancy a decent screen, reasonable battery life (5 hours maybe) and reliable. (Budget £500-£800). Would this be a better bet for my needs;http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/lenovo/u-series/u41/#tab-customizeMany thanks for any help.



​Then try this maybe? This is what I'm tempted to get fairly soon, hoping to use it mostly for 3d modelling/animation and motion graphics.saveonlaptops.co.uk/755…tml

cheliuta

​Why not go for a 15.6" screen? £200 extra, but you get a proper quad co … ​Why not go for a 15.6" screen? £200 extra, but you get a proper quad core i7 and much better graphics card.



saveonlaptops.co.uk/755…tml

can anyone recommend a laptop for £300? just something for Internet use and some video editing? thanks

Original Poster

Now £499.95

Now that's interesting; I've just ordered the silver ASUS Zenbook UX305 (£600) from JL. Was torn between that and the Lenovo but in the end went for the ASUS. (Although they wouldn't price match Currys (white or black) on the grounds of the case colour). Now I'm in two minds!!!

i am gonna buy this ~:)
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