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    I was looking for a lightweight laptop with a 13/14 inch screen, preferably hi definition, lightweight, reasonable processor and RAM with an SSD. I missed-out on the ASUS UX305 for £539 but missed-out. I didn't see anything that I wanted over the Black Friday week for similar price with similar specs, but did find an Ultranote III on PC Specialist which seemed reasonable that came in at £573 with the following specs:
    UltraNote: 14" Matte Full HD IPS LED Backlit Widescreen (1920x1080)Processor (CPU)Intel® Core™ i3 Dual Core Processor i3-7100U (2.40GHz) 3MB CacheMemory (RAM)8GB HyperX IMPACT 2133MHz SODIMM DDR4 (1 x 8GB)Graphics CardINTEL® HD GRAPHICS 620 - 1.7GB Max DDR4 Video RAM - DirectX® 12Memory - Hard Disk240GB KINGSTON UV400 2.5" SSD, SATA 6 Gb (550MB/R, 490MB/W)Memory Card ReaderIntegrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)AC Adaptor1 x 40W AC AdaptorPower Cable1 x 1 Metre Cloverleaf UK Power CableSound CardRealtek 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone JackBluetooth & WirelessGIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-8260 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTHUSB Options1 x USB 3.0 PORT, 1 x USB 3.1 PORT + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD.

    Has anyone got any experience of PC Specialist before and their build quality and service and is the above Ultranote good value or is anything out there in the £500 bracket better value? I do a bit of streaming, a bit of light photo editing and occasional home office stuff (no gaming) - most of the deals I've seen are for 15.6 or larger screens, which I'm not really looking for. Thanks in advance for any input.


    PCSpecialist are an assembler rather than a manufacturer, so build quality will be the same as other manufacturers using that Clevo N240PU barebones. Service will obviously vary though, and different sellers may offer slightly different versions. For example Novatech are still offering the Skylake version:…tml

    I've used them a couple times for desktop PC's, I had one issue once with component which was faulty/damaged in transport and they were very quick to rectify the issue offering to send a replacement part or get the tower collected to be sent back and sorted their end, so I was happy with the service they gave and opted for the replacement part.

    Price wise may be different for laptops, But i would make a quote on their website and make an identical build in PC partpicker and ask them to bring their prices down closer to it. This may work with their laptops if you find something near as damn identical.

    The zenbook is still available at £539 at John Lewis but I have just one of the worst customer services with them ever trying to return a faulty Asus that had a dodgy keyboard out of the box because I informed them I'd added a second drive! Don't know their consumer protection laws it seems oO

    This may be a price match so you could look around (Currys?)

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    Thanks to everyone for their comments - much appreciated. I didn't realise that was how PC Specialist worked - they seem to get good feedback.

    The Asus does appear to be back in stock at JL. I might go for it as I liked the build and screen.
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