Save 20% / £195 on Surface Laptop  i5 128GB - Students Only! £783.20 @ MSoft
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Save 20% / £195 on Surface Laptop i5 128GB - Students Only! £783.20 @ MSoft

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Found 12th Apr
I really do like Surface Laptop, so thought it may be a good one to share.

Students can save £195 on Surface Laptop i5 128GB (compared to msrp).

Shame that it is only a platinum version but still a good deal...
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Shame it's silver alacanta which cant be replaced when worn or super grimey. Also 4GB RAM.

Great price none the less.
Edited by: "daBluone" 12th Apr
Students!!! Curses!!
Great machine
If only the surface book 2 were the same price.
My 6 year old MacBook has 8GB RAM And 128G SSD
Why do Microsoft write an OS that effectively demands 8GB but release hardware with just 4GB.
Comes with Windows 10 S (or RT v2) - Microsoft never learn. Great hardware, poor execution and design (alcantara might look good for maybe a week or so, unit nearly impossible to service, 4GB RAM - which would be ok, just, if this was £450-500).
plewis0022 m ago

Comes with Windows 10 S (or RT v2) - Microsoft never learn. Great …Comes with Windows 10 S (or RT v2) - Microsoft never learn. Great hardware, poor execution and design (alcantara might look good for maybe a week or so, unit nearly impossible to service, 4GB RAM - which would be ok, just, if this was £450-500).


Windows 10s isn’t a problem since is now upgraded for free laptopmag.com/art…ved

I agree with the rest of your comments. I have a few friends at uni that run these and for what they do (browsing, Word, pdf annotation and that’s it) they run pretty well. I would personally like more future proofing though.
Stitch1236 m ago

Windows 10s isn’t a problem since is now upgraded for free h …Windows 10s isn’t a problem since is now upgraded for free https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/windows-10-s-upgrade-deadline-removedI agree with the rest of your comments. I have a few friends at uni that run these and for what they do (browsing, Word, pdf annotation and that’s it) they run pretty well. I would personally like more future proofing though.


Yes, I saw that too but I just never understood why even have 10 S - in fairness I thought it ended March 2018. Still, gotta love MS for a good backtrack when they realised what a stupid decision it was!

But yes, I imagine it'll run just fine and well - at the end of the day it's a modern, fast CPU, fast SSD machine with little to no bloatware. Then again, I'm typing this on an HP Elitebook 820 that I paid £130 for 2 days ago, and added a 256GB SSD and 12GB more RAM - much more durable, similar performance, fraction of the cost.
plewis0010 m ago

Yes, I saw that too but I just never understood why even have 10 S - in …Yes, I saw that too but I just never understood why even have 10 S - in fairness I thought it ended March 2018. Still, gotta love MS for a good backtrack when they realised what a stupid decision it was!But yes, I imagine it'll run just fine and well - at the end of the day it's a modern, fast CPU, fast SSD machine with little to no bloatware. Then again, I'm typing this on an HP Elitebook 820 that I paid £130 for 2 days ago, and added a 256GB SSD and 12GB more RAM - much more durable, similar performance, fraction of the cost.


It would appear that students have money to burn on the latest stuff - looking around the library it’s mainly surfaces, MacBooks or dell XPS. Along with Beats headphones. But then they feed themselves on pot noodles and micro noodles.
Stitch1233 m ago

It would appear that students have money to burn on the latest stuff - …It would appear that students have money to burn on the latest stuff - looking around the library it’s mainly surfaces, MacBooks or dell XPS. Along with Beats headphones. But then they feed themselves on pot noodles and micro noodles.


To be fair, having a nice laptop to work on did encourage me to use it more (so I kind of get this) and with the student loans it's basically responsibility and guilt-free money (worry about it another day)! But yes, there is something to be said about this.

I hate to be the person to say it, but I'm not sure I fully understand the complaints about student fees when students often have better computer hardware and tablets than me... seems to be a bit of hypocrisy somewhere.
Utter rubbish. Windows runs just fine with 4GB for normal use (Word/Excel/web-browsing etc...). Obviously, if you're running servers/databases/virtula machines you will need something beefier.
sJohnson231 h, 42 m ago

Why do Microsoft write an OS that effectively demands 8GB but release …Why do Microsoft write an OS that effectively demands 8GB but release hardware with just 4GB.

Stitch1231 h, 2 m ago

It would appear that students have money to burn on the latest stuff - …It would appear that students have money to burn on the latest stuff - looking around the library it’s mainly surfaces, MacBooks or dell XPS. Along with Beats headphones. But then they feed themselves on pot noodles and micro noodles.


It's the parents, buying them a couple of nice things to make up for the fact that they voted for the young generation to be saddled with massive debt from University.
sheppio1 h, 2 m ago

Utter rubbish. Windows runs just fine with 4GB for normal use …Utter rubbish. Windows runs just fine with 4GB for normal use (Word/Excel/web-browsing etc...). Obviously, if you're running servers/databases/virtula machines you will need something beefier.


It'll run fine with 1 or 2GB to be honest, but I think the problem is selling a laptop with 4GB RAM that costs nearly £800, it's just flat out rude and doesn't really scream 'future-proofed'.
plewis008 h, 52 m ago

To be fair, having a nice laptop to work on did encourage me to use it …To be fair, having a nice laptop to work on did encourage me to use it more (so I kind of get this) and with the student loans it's basically responsibility and guilt-free money (worry about it another day)! But yes, there is something to be said about this.I hate to be the person to say it, but I'm not sure I fully understand the complaints about student fees when students often have better computer hardware and tablets than me... seems to be a bit of hypocrisy somewhere.


I wouldn't be so quick to judge. Parents often buy these kinds of things for their kids when they go away to uni if they can afford it. Or they had them before they left. Also, there's a difference between this and >£30,000 tuition debt on your head for something that, 20 years ago, everyone got for free.
[quote=nbwuwd]My 6 year old MacBook has 8GB RAM And 128G SSD[/quote]
And...?
tapi3 h, 55 m ago

[quote=nbwuwd]My 6 year old MacBook has 8GB RAM And 128G …[quote=nbwuwd]My 6 year old MacBook has 8GB RAM And 128G SSD[/quote] And...?


I think the point is that a similar fixed-spec machine from a company notorious for charging for every little thing and much older age has 8GB of RAM. 4GB of RAM is probably fine as others have said, it’s just ridiculously stingy and unnecessary.
nbwuwd13th Apr

My 6 year old MacBook has 8GB RAM And 128G SSD


My 6 year old Clevo has 16GB RAM and 240GB SSD.

Not sure how that relates to other devices, there's still a place for 8GB or 4GB RAM devices. I happily use my 4GB Surface Pro as well as my Clevo.

plewis0019 h, 15 m ago

I think the point is that a similar fixed-spec machine from a company …I think the point is that a similar fixed-spec machine from a company notorious for charging for every little thing and much older age has 8GB of RAM. 4GB of RAM is probably fine as others have said, it’s just ridiculously stingy and unnecessary.


The age doesn't really make a difference as RAM is one of those things that in recent years is no longer increasing dramatically - sure, the average will have gone up as old machines disappear, but a new Clevo for me would still have 16GB; Apple had 4GB and 8GB devices years ago, and they still do so today.

If the argument is that it's overpriced, people should post examples with 8GB at the same spec - but it needs to be comparing like with like (touchscreen laptop of similar size/weight and battery life).

E.g., if you don't care about a touchscreen, then obviously there are better alternatives.

The only point I'd agree on is that I wish there was more flexibility in the customisation of the Surface devices - I'd rather have 8GB and/or 256GB SSD, before upgrading to the i5 version.
Edited by: "mark_hd" 14th Apr
mark_hd2 h, 37 m ago

My 6 year old Clevo has 16GB RAM and 240GB SSD.Not sure how that relates …My 6 year old Clevo has 16GB RAM and 240GB SSD.Not sure how that relates to other devices, there's still a place for 8GB or 4GB RAM devices. I happily use my 4GB Surface Pro as well as my Clevo.The age doesn't really make a difference as RAM is one of those things that in recent years is no longer increasing dramatically - sure, the average will have gone up as old machines disappear, but a new Clevo for me would still have 16GB; Apple had 4GB and 8GB devices years ago, and they still do so today.If the argument is that it's overpriced, people should post examples with 8GB at the same spec - but it needs to be comparing like with like (touchscreen laptop of similar size/weight and battery life).E.g., if you don't care about a touchscreen, then obviously there are better alternatives.The only point I'd agree on is that I wish there was more flexibility in the customisation of the Surface devices - I'd rather have 8GB and/or 256GB SSD, before upgrading to the i5 version.


Your Clevo is almost definitely a gaming laptop I presume?

The relevance of age is simply that people expect more and I don’t think 4GB RAM is acceptable in 2018 for a premium machine (and I’m not alone in this). But if you’re comparing things like touchscreen then that rules out any Apple laptops. Personally, I still believe touchscreens are a gimmick on devices with touchpads and keyboards. Apple made just one Retina MacBook Pro and rapidly dropped that SKU after a year or less.

Finally, and maybe this is just me, I don’t think Microsoft has earned the right to be charging this kind of premium money as they’re not a premium manufacturer - their customer support is awful and build quality is lacking.
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