Not only is it not really a gaming laptop, but the price isn't great for the spec.
I think there should be a legal definition off a gaming laptop, must be able to reach 60fps @ 1080p in default high settings across 5 most popular titles. So hitting it in minecraft, fortnight but not battlefield V or metro means no. Hopefully means anything 1650 or lower can't call its a gaming laptop
Bought this for the misses. A day later ordered a webcam - because the one it comes with is useless unless you just want people to see your neck, some keyboard-letter stickers because the keyboard is unreadable (white on light grey? insane!), additional ram (8gb for a £500+ in 2020 is just sad), and a cooling pad because for some reason the air vents are at the bottom of the laptop, so wheen you have it on a desk (or lap) it starts to overheat as there's nowhere for the warm air to go. Things to bear in mind if you're gonna buy. Although I can't say I regret getting it, whilst the keyboard was hard to read, at least it's not american. Every half decent single sub £1000 laptop i've seen has an american keyboard now. Who knows why.
Having the word gaming in is just a marketing gimmick. Will be limited to older games at 720p resolution settings on low at most. The lenovo offerings are better value. The Ryzen 5 processors with their integrated graphics will offer similair performance at a lower cost.
Posted 23rd Mar 2020Posted 23rd Mar 2020
Seagate FireCuda ST2000LXZ01/LX001 2.5" Internal solid state hybrid hard disk (2TB, SSHD) for PC, XBOX One and PS4 - £67.96 @ Amazon£67.96Amazon Deals
Recently fitted one these to my sons XBOX One, replacing a failing 500Gb drive. This is a good price for a drive highly recommended by so many, hope this helps someone else. Curre… Read more
For this this drive you are right. For the difference between an SSD and a mechanical HDD way off. While its nice that SSD's reduce boot time, it isn't the primary benefit. Its the random access times that are much much faster. With the OS(Windows,Linux,etx) installed to an SSD the entire system is far more responsive and less laggy. To the degree that its one of those things that once you've had you would never want to go back.
For my money I’d get a proper 1TB Crucial SSD from Amazon for £74.99 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-BX500-CT1000BX500SSD1-Internal-NAND/dp/B07YD579WM/ref=sr_1_2?crid=22ETWW5QOEL8C&dchild=1&keywords=crucial+bx500+1tb&qid=1585127296&sprefix=crucial+bx%2Caps%2C139&sr=8-2
So it sounds like a halfway house between ssd and hdd. This makes me laugh a bit as we are only talking seconds apart between the three versions. Maybe a big thing for a gamer, but hardly a major upgrade for everyone one else. Am I correct or have I got it all wrong?
Posted 7th Jan 2020Posted 7th Jan 2020
Seagate FireCuda Laptop 2TB Hybrid Hard Drive (SSHD) 2.5" 7mm SATA III 6GB' £61.64 @ Ebuyer Ebay£61.64eBay Deals
This is decent for a ps4. If you stick to one game at a time, it clearly makes a difference. The game will load much quicker after 2-3 times. Those cheap SSD arent bad for a PS4 either though nowadays. Especially if you game a lot. SSD made a huge difference to games like Destiny 2 or FFXIV where the Seagate has limitations.
I have a 1st gen Seagate MomentusXT 500GB, a MomentusXT 750GB (<-- that's the old name for the FireCuda) and a 2TB FireCuda. Looking at my order history I can see I bought the 750GB at the start of 2013, I'd guess the 500GB one is a couple years older... only had the 2TB since May 2017. Been using them in Gaming PC builds and they've outlasted a fair few CPUs and GPUs now.... So far so good... all still going strong, hope I havent just tempted fate ;p A big fan of these... ~90% of the real world performance of an SSD at sometimes better than twice the GB/£
Thats true that failures are rare generally and people only complain when it does fail. That said youll never find a thread with a complaint about HGST :) And id go as far to split HGST and WD, WD's own disks dont enjoy anything like the rep HGST has. The pattern ive noticed is disks tend to die either when they are fairly new or after extensive use. I err towards HGST as they do seem incredibly reliable, but i think as long as you buy the right disk for the job its horses for courses.
Heat added put one of these in my son PS4 over 2 year and no problems
I have fitted this 2TB SSHD to my PS4 and my mates PS4 a few years back as well as more recently my friends Dell laptop. All are still working fine, I actually checked my PS4 SSHD recently using HD Tune and DriveDx and it shows no bad sectors or health errors. I paid about £85 at the time for each so this is a great price.
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Posted 19th Nov 2019Posted 19th Nov 2019
Seagate FireCuda Laptop 2TB Hybrid Hard Drive (SSHD) 2.5" 7mm SATA III 6GB £61.67 @ ebuyer eBay£61.67eBay Deals
If you buy one of these make sure you've got rock-solid backups of all your data!
I wouldn't worry about it unless you consistently send a large percentage of your stuff back.
Does that include items sold by sellers on there? I've had some bad luck with stuff recently so don't want to send them back and then be kicked off!
Yeah true. Guess I'll just have to deal with it. Frustrating though. It's like £20.
This has been their policy for as long as I have known. The prices on Amazon fluctuate all the time, I assume this is to bypass constant refunds. Less people will be willing to return at cost than send a message, plus next week it might go down again with another refund request etc (too many returns vs putchases and they get rid you)
I paid with PayPal and was refunded from Laptop Outlet on the 24th Jun. I`ve just noticed the payment is showing in my Direct Debits page on my mobile banking app with Lloyds, saying another payment will be taken on or around the 19th July! I have the option to cancel the Direct Debit. Anyone else have this?
Ye I did try to get then to honour but thought while the code was on... I'll get another 8gb ram and an SSD and it should be a capable machine.
Not bad at that, roughly same price I got the Asus fx505 for
Took that for £375 in the end. Looked alright for that.
I've just been offered an additional £50 off on a £399 laptop and the 20% which isn't bad.
True, I didn't notice that. This image on the page is what got my attention.
and the difference between the upgraded screen is night and day.
I disagree having owned the x230 and x220 (for work purposes). My opinion though !
ITZOO do tell you the resolution though and given the price, I usually run with it. Agreed. But it’s £79 so the only other thing you’ll get near this price is usually a refurb netbook which has its own slew of issues mostly - slow, no storage or RAM and no expansion. The screen is poor but it’s fine to get by with. For some reason it’s hard to find 12.5” 1080p panels - I have an Elitebook 820 G3 I could do with upgrading the display on.
There are lots of good value ex corp thinkpads to be had through ebay and gumtree sellers who are either recycling business or people who have some contact with the leasing / disposal companies. Just watch out for the screen resolution though as even t4xx series are being sold with 1366 x 768 screens and they don't necessarily tell you. They can be upgraded though if you are tecnically inclined.
It's Taiwense. Asus are well known for their high end gaming equipment, motherboards etc. Taiwan is the classic country of high end gaming, as well as aluminium PC cases etc, and metal manufucturing. Dell don't make laptops with graphics cards this powerful generally, unless you count their Alienware brand - which scream teen gamer even more. Apple don't make anything like this. And I'd never get a Mac. And unibody aluminium is stupid if you have components producing a fair amount of heat (which high end graphics like this does). Also prone to cracking apparently. An OS I'd never want to learn Terrible for gaming Not upgradeable really Not easily servicable The list goes on. I like some of Apple's stuff, but it's generally overpriced, not that high end in performance, and overly restrictive. And yes, made in China. So actually, this may well be made in Taiwan, while a Macbook may be made in China (or even India). Lol
Xiaomi stuff is designed better than a lot of Dell and HP stuff. They do copy apple a lot to be fair though.
Designed and made are very different matters sir 🙏😁
That's my thinking with hard drives and RAM too. I'm looking at laptops just now and if the memory is upgradeable, it sometimes works out better to buy with one a 4GB stick as I'd rather have one 4GB to sell than one 8GB.
I was looking at the fx504 model but it gets horrific reviews, can't imagine this is much different?
It's an ok laptop for light gaming. The RX560X is comparable to the GTX 1050. It really depends what you want to play and at what settings. Like others have said it would be good to install an M.2 SSD on this. It will make your life easier in the long run. HEAT! :D PS: FreeSync screen!
This machine gets pretty poor reviews all round - I guess mostly down to the 560X graphics card and the SSHD can’t be helping matters. Maybe consider other options too.
There's a slot for one, can use the SSHD as storage. Almost ideal really as most come with 128/256gb sata based SSDs. Rather put my own NVME in then add to a stack of worthless 128gb sata SSDs (y) .
I have the Asus gl504, 144hz gtx 1060. Great bit of kit
Yup screen is IPS with 100% SRGB. Looks like the price has gone up.
I'm also in the market for a laptop with these specs, please let me know how it performs. I'm just worried about throttling as I have long sessions over the weekends. Also, is the screen ips?
Done my research on that extensively, there is a model from ASUS (503 15 inch) that has over heating issues, the only BSOD issues for this model are originated from 2 person on reddit, 1st guy had SSD driver issues that was fixed by Samsung Evo drivers, second guy tried to down clock CPU but couldn't keep it stable. I have ordered, so I will let you know if there are any
Stay away from this laptop. Even at this price point, sheer number of BSOD issues resulting from poor cooling...this laptop is not fit for purpose.
Posted 3rd Jan 2019Posted 3rd Jan 2019
Seagate ST2000LX001 2 TB FireCuda 2.5 Inch Internal SSHD Hard Drive for PC and PS4 - £68.50 @ Amazon / Dispatched and sold by Storage Kings.£68.50Amazon Deals
Cheapest it's ever been, free delivery (not available on Prime though). Great upgrade for any PS4, see below for a review: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-… Read more
Shows the benefits if you load the same thing over and over again, but it's only a 8GB SSD in that hybrid. Game installs can be 40GB. Red Dead 2 is 80GB+.
The link I included has a proper review with benchmarking, showing the actual differences between this and the stock PS4 HDD. It's not just marketing.
Unless you desperately want the space just buy an SSD and an external HDD or something. These hybrid disks just don’t make sense, nearly imperceptible speed boost and cause all kinds of random issues - for me it was micro-stuttering. I would not buy one again, it’s all marketing to suck in people who want an SSD but not pay for it, they’re pretty rubbish.
Must be OOS now then.
Posted 23rd Nov 2018Posted 23rd Nov 2018
Seagate Firecuda 2TB SSHD for PS4 & PC (Amazon Prime) £76.79£76.79£86.6611% offAmazon Deals
I got one of these for my PS4 in the summer and am very happy with both the speed and the additional capacity. Have been looking at one for my brother's for Xmas and they have been… Read more
Is it the HDD or the Nand cache dying in the reported failures?
Thanks AshFR. Was just. Making sure. We'll see how it goes (skeptical)
Was that the 3.5" or the 2.5" you had in the pc?
I've got one in my pc build, less than 3 months old and hasn't really had much use and it's now died. Luckily still under warranty but got a weeks worth of downloading games when I get a new one. Not happy at all. WD Black is the way to go. First ever hard drive I've had fail on me in 15years.
Posted 19th Nov 2018Posted 19th Nov 2018
ASUS FX504GD-DM346T i7 16gb ram 1000GB SSHD GAMING LAPTOP delivered at Box £749.99£749.99Box.co.uk Deals
Sounds like high end specs under £800. Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core Processor 15.6" Full HD Screen Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit 16GB DDR4 RAM 1000GB SSHD (Hybrid Drive)… Read more
Not so good deal. 1050 doesn't help with even medium level games as frame rate drops very bad
£750 for a 1050?? I got this back in july, and that was when GPU prices were still daft. https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/asus-fx503vm-gaming-laptop-intel-i5-7300hq-nvidia-gtx-1060-3gb-8-gb-ram-256-gb-ssd-69999-amazon-2985767 I think there will be a £649-£699 1060 laptop deal on BF.
1050 really let’s it down, needs more balance.
Posted 10th Aug 2018Posted 10th Aug 2018
Seagate FireCuda 2TB Laptop 2.5" Hybrid Hard Drive SSHD at Laptops Direct for £79.97£79.97Laptops Direct Deals
Perfect for upgrading PS4 hard drive. Have been looking at this for a while and this is the cheapest I've seen. Looks like my PS4 slim is getting a long needed upgrade!
True. Too bad I can't monetise those naughty pictures. (embarrassed) Read recently that Google let third parties read your emails ... that is disgusting! So I had to get a domain name & set up email server. Money I didn't want to spend.
That's ok too but then they have the full right to go through all your data & laugh/publish all the naughty pics of you & your girlfriend in your knickers. You lose your privacy rights!
WD only released its hybrid drives in 2013 so only 5 years ago. But I get your point. The first gen Momentus XT drives did have a few issues and there were several firmware updates for it (which many users didn't do). So many early drives did have problems, but that is to be expected with early adopters. My 8 year old drive still works fine. Performance has moved on somewhat in that time.
Well then that's unfortunate. Although this is a consumer drive. Happy with mine. Won't lose any sleep if the games on it go kapoot. Easy enough to get back. You'll see differently once you learn the hard way.
I’ve never understood this back up back up. Nothing and nobody lasts forever!
Posted 27th Jul 2018Posted 27th Jul 2018
Lenovo YOGA 500 14.0 inch Convertible Notebook (Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB SSHD, Windows 10) - White (Certified Refurbished) - Used Acceptable - Amazon Warehouse£380.18Amazon Deals
Lenovo YOGA 500 14.0 inch Convertible Notebook (Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB SSHD, Windows 10) - White (Certified Refurbished) - Used Acceptable - Amazon Warehouse
Agree on all points, and want to add probably better to also get one with pen support in my son's case.. May be a factor for other parents to consider when buying thier children a PC for university
One of the most important things when buying a laptop for a Uni student is getting one that's reasonably thin and light. Otherwise, lugging around a hulking laptop along with textbooks all day will drive him/her nuts and they probably won't tell you about it so as not to cause offence! The other 2 things worth looking about for are: - good battery life (desks in libraries, lecture halls aren't necessarily adjacent to power sockets and you can't realistically leave a laptop unattended whilst charging). - a decent keyboard (for obvious reasons!) I'd give this Lenovo a big swerve if you're looking for a laptop for a student.
Thanks for the suggestion, though I'm looking for 15.6 screen ideally. I don't need it till new job in a month or so, I'm just keeping an eye out atm (prime day was annoyingly bad)
Hi, this any good? I think it's perfect for uni. Long battery life and quality IPS display with touch function. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-Spin-5-13-3-Inch-Intel-i3-2GHz-4GB-128GB-Windows-Laptop-Black-/332562572122
Lets just agree to disagree. I have DDR3 in my main PC which I use for gaming still. Yes it is sufficient. However I bought my RAM 4-5 years ago. If I was buying a new laptop now for around £400 I would expect to get DDR4 RAM. An I3 with 4GB RAM and a 500GB normal hdd (not sshd) would be sufficient for what most people will use this laptop for. However the point still stands that it is around £400 and therefore one should expect budget-mid range specs but still the latest generation. 7think7 did not say the technology was useless, that was your own judgement. I agree with them that for this price you should expect DDR4 that is all. Don't be so quick to criticise perfectly valid comments.
Posted 27th Jul 2018Posted 27th Jul 2018
Lenovo Z51 FHD 15.6 inch Notebook (Intel Core i7-5500U, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB+8 GB SSHD, DVDRW, WLAN, BT Camera, AMD R9 4 GB Graphics, Windows 10 Home) - Used Good - Amazon Warehouse £435.02£435.02Amazon Deals
Lenovo Z51 FHD 15.6 inch Notebook (Intel Core i7-5500U, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB+8 GB SSHD, DVDRW, WLAN, BT Camera, AMD R9 4 GB Graphics, Windows 10 Home) - Used Good - Amazon Warehouse
They're all pricey, though not quite as pricey as the Razer! :o And no real custom build alternatives available yet, so you're kind of limited to choosing from the pre-built options. I'm currently leaning towards the Alienware 13. That gorgeous OLED screen is calling my name <3
It is so funny the "lol gud 4 minesweeper" comments on these kind of laptops, like a GTX 1060 is no better than some crappy Intel integrated GPU. PCMR has never rung more true than it does these days.
I haven't, no. Now that you've mentioned it, I'll take a look. Razer is too expensive atm, I mean I could pick it up but is it really worth it when other alternatives are available...
Only game this would be useful for is counter strike in which it would be quite balanced between GPU and CPU. I'd rather it just had 12gb ram and put a 1070 and less SSD based storage.
Well, nobody whines here, we just having a heated debate 😄
oh man just let this whining go
Just trying to tell people that this laptop is not going to keep up with new modern titles for long.
In a nutshell it depends on what you going to play. No for open world games, strategy games and to a lesser extent some online games (I.e. Battlefield). All other games should be fine.
Erm, how about the fact that I referenced a bunch of tests that show weakness of 4 cores without HT and I did mention quite a few AAA CPU intensive games that stomps i5. Here you go another example: Comparison of 7600k vs 7700k at 4.8GHz. They are from the same architecture and with pretty much the same IPC (overclocked RAM and 2 extra Mb of cashe are not making huge difference). 7300hq is roughly 37% slower than 7600k at 4.8 GHz, while 7700hq is 30% slower than 7700k. Watch video and extrapolate from those results, unless you don't know A GCSE math 😄