Monday, 17 September 2018

Laptops deals

I have noticed some good online laptops deals. While the devices listed below are from UK retailers most can be found in other countries. These are temporary deals, so expect prices to change:
  • eBuyer is selling the Lenovo Ideapad 120S (14") for £149.98. At that price, you expect bare-bones entry-level laptops (2GB RAM and 32 GB storage). The listed Ideapad, however, comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The only issue is a non-IPS HD only resolution (1366 X 768). The device's weight of 1.44 KG is lightweight for its 14" size. There is also a version of the Lenovo Ideapad 120S 14" with a better quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 that can be bought for £189.98
  • TREKSTOR SURFBOOK A13B: TREKSTOR is not a known vendor but they have been selling electronic devices for some time and produced e-readers. The SURFBOOK A13B appears to be a re-branded laptop, as it looks like the Teclast F7 and Jumper EZbook 3L Pro. I have not used the laptop, so the recommendation is based on the specifications. The laptop is on sale for £179.99 and is configured with a Gemini Lake N4000 Celeron processor, 64 GB storage, 4GB RAM and a 13.3" full HD IPS screen. You also get one-year Office 365 included. The seller does not make clear the battery life on the laptop but, according to Amazon's listing, the average run time is only 4 hours. If this correct, then the battery life is a big negative. 
  • HP Chromebook 14: The laptop sells for £199.99 at AO.com but is now out of stock; it is also regularly on sale via other retailers. Like the Lenovo Ideapad 14", the official retail price (£229) isn't attractive considering the specifications. There is a lot to like about the HP Chromebook 14 - it weighs 1.53 KG, comes with 32 GB storage (more than enough for a Chromebook), 4GB RAM and an Apollo Lake Celeron processor. The battery life is particularly good - it is advertised as 'up to 12 hours'. The negative is the non-IPS HD only screen (1366 X 768). There are other higher-end versions of the HP Chromebook 14 but they are more difficult to find and seldom on sale. In my view, a Chromebook is an excellent children's laptop. 
I think the Lenovo Ideapad 120S 14" laptops (with the Intel Celeron and Intel Pentium processors) are the best deals. If you can find the Chromebook 14 for under £200 then it is a good deal too. The only issue with the TREKSTOR SURFBOOK is the battery life. You can find the Teclast F7 or the Chuwi Lapbook 14.1 at a similar price, but the battery life is superior.

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