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    • Laz123
    • By Laz123 18th Oct 16, 10:43 AM
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    Is this laptop any good?
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    • 18th Oct 16, 10:43 AM
    Is this laptop any good? 18th Oct 16 at 10:43 AM
    I've heard there's problems with some HP laptops with W10 and wifi because the drivers aren;t brilliant or the components are too close to heat. Is this one okay:

    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-17-y054sa-17-3-laptop-silver-10146665-pdt.html

    TIA
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    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 18th Oct 16, 11:22 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 11:22 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 11:22 AM
    I don't have a view about how well priced the laptop is - others will!

    I was surprised that for a 17.3" screen they didn't give you a resolution of 1920x1080 but only 1600x900, and that there was no gigabit ethernet.

    Whatever you do, do not fall for the offer "Save £60 off McAfee LiveSafe Security when you buy with any laptop"...
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 18th Oct 16, 11:36 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 11:36 AM
    Whatever you do, do not fall for the offer "Save £60 off McAfee LiveSafe Security when you buy with any laptop"...
    Originally posted by John Gray

    Best advice ever
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    • Fightsback
    • By Fightsback 18th Oct 16, 11:39 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 11:39 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 11:39 AM
    Do you want a 17inch display ?

    15inch FHD 1920x1080 HP here from HP direct with 4gb ram and 500hdd but a superior processor £384.

    http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/product.aspx?sel=NTB&id=W4N13EA&opt=ABU

    or with SSD and 8gb ram £443:

    http://www.misco.co.uk/product/2655253/HP-250-G5-Intel-Core-i5-6200U-15-6inch-FHD-anti-glare-1-x-8GB-RAM-256GB-SSD-DVD-SM-DL-Windows-10-Pro-DG-Windows-7-Professional-Laptop-Notebook-PC

    I'd avoid AMD personally, it's ancient processor tech and a poor reputation for heat amongst other negatives.

    Shop around, you'll find something somewhere or others here may spot a bargain for you.
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    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 18th Oct 16, 1:26 PM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 1:26 PM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 1:26 PM
    I would never buy a HP laptop, not after trying to repair one of their Pavilion (Dragon) laptops, it was just incredibly badly built, it took 4 hours to get the motherboard out, something I can do on a Thinkpad in less than 30 minutes.

    Clearly designed to a budget and sold at a budget price, with no intention of them ever being servicable. I'd give em a few years at best before they need replacing, unlike my Thinkpads which will happily put in 10-15 years worth of service.
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    • Fightsback
    • By Fightsback 18th Oct 16, 1:45 PM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 1:45 PM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 1:45 PM
    I would never buy a HP laptop, not after trying to repair one of their Pavilion (Dragon) laptops, it was just incredibly badly built, it took 4 hours to get the motherboard out, something I can do on a Thinkpad in less than 30 minutes.

    Clearly designed to a budget and sold at a budget price, with no intention of them ever being servicable. I'd give em a few years at best before they need replacing, unlike my Thinkpads which will happily put in 10-15 years worth of service.
    Originally posted by Strider590
    Personally I'm not keen on either of them (Lenovo or HP) thanks to their BIOS whitelisting policy and dreadful default wifi cards.

    If you want serviceable these days buy an old Citroen 2CV as you can pretty much take the thing apart with a handful of tools. It's the way of the modern world, cost reduction, miniaturisation and built in obsolescence.
    Last edited by Fightsback; 18-10-2016 at 5:52 PM.
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    • Laz123
    • By Laz123 19th Oct 16, 10:18 AM
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    • 19th Oct 16, 10:18 AM
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    • 19th Oct 16, 10:18 AM
    I don't have a view about how well priced the laptop is - others will!

    I was surprised that for a 17.3" screen they didn't give you a resolution of 1920x1080 but only 1600x900, and that there was no gigabit ethernet.

    Whatever you do, do not fall for the offer "Save £60 off McAfee LiveSafe Security when you buy with any laptop"...
    Originally posted by John Gray
    No, I'll stick to BitDefender and Shadow Defender and MBAM.

    I would never buy a HP laptop, not after trying to repair one of their Pavilion (Dragon) laptops, it was just incredibly badly built, it took 4 hours to get the motherboard out, something I can do on a Thinkpad in less than 30 minutes.

    Clearly designed to a budget and sold at a budget price, with no intention of them ever being servicable. I'd give em a few years at best before they need replacing, unlike my Thinkpads which will happily put in 10-15 years worth of service.
    Originally posted by Strider590
    My 17" Compaq Presario is still going after over 6 years but getting slower. The only part I had to change was the Fujitsu hdd which I couldn't understand why HP installed it as it's reputation was that of crap. The keyboard wasn't lasered so some letters have faded to nothing too.

    Personally I'm not keen on either of them (Lenovo or HP) thanks to their BIOS whitelisting policy and dreadful default wifi cards.

    If you want serviceable these days buy an old Citroen 2CV as you can pretty much take the thing apart with a handful of tools. It's the way of the modern world, cost reduction, miniaturisation and built in obsolescence.
    Originally posted by Fightsback
    The same as the VW Beetle. A simple car for the people. I used to work on cars 40+ years ago. I look under the bonnets of cars now and can't tell what's what.




    Anyway thanks for replies.
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    • beardiedog
    • By beardiedog 19th Oct 16, 4:12 PM
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    • 19th Oct 16, 4:12 PM
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    • 19th Oct 16, 4:12 PM
    I recently had the misfortune to have to replace a failed Fujitsu HDD in my brother's HP laptop which was under 6 months old. To be fair to HP, it was replaced with a Toshiba (AFAICR) by courier within 24 hours. I think they'd had a bad batch (more than usual) of Fujitsus at the time.

    And what a PITA it was to replace. A 30 min job took about 2 hours, then I had to reinstall the OS.
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