Should i purchase this even though it has no SSD?

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  1. bilabonic

    bilabonic Notebook Guru

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    Hi all

    I posted a while back about upgrading my old and dying Acer laptop.

    Budget £250
    SSD wanted
    Win 10 (yes i'm still on 7..lol)
    i5 8250u
    15" + screen size

    Is this a good buy, could i ditch the HDD and add a 256SSD? How much/what type would i need? Is it an easy process??

    Or should i just wait until another turns up with an SSD already installed ?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-15-bs...-6-Intel-Core-i5-8250U-Processor/333359903744

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. senso

    senso Notebook Deity

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    Decent price, grab a cheap m.2 SATA SSD, because I can't confirm if the laptop supports NVMe, but at least SATA m.2 it supports, so you can keep the HDD and add an SSD.

     
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    bilabonic Notebook Guru

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    So i would take the HDD out and use as a spare/get a case for it and use for storage?

    How would i get the operating system onto the new SSD? Surely it would just be blank?

    Have you got a link to a decent/cheap 256 SSD model as i am totally clueless tbh.

    Thanks for replying.
     
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    You can keep the HDD in the laptop, and it will the show up as disk D:

    This one for example:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Di...3?keywords=m.2+sata+ssd&qid=1571134199&sr=8-3

    But in the 50£ ballpark you can get a 500GB SSD.

    To re-install Windows, you grab a 8GB usb drive, and download windows to it using Media creation tool from microsoft website.

    Then you delete all the partition that show up from the HDD and select the 240GB drive (that will be your SSD), and its just next, next, next to install Win10.
     
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    bilabonic Notebook Guru

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    Ah right so there's a separate slot for the SSD, i presumed you had to remove/swap it wit the HDD.

    When i looked at the link for it i was expecting an HDD looking drive, it looks tiny, much like ram!!

    Thanks
     
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    The video that I linked, the guy replaces the HDD, but near the HDD there is a slot where you can plug that type of SSD, sorry if it wasn't clear.
     
  7. ZaZ

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    Nice CPU, poor screen. Swapping the screen has a much higher degree of difficulty than the SSD, so I'd focus on getting a better screen. You can upgrade the drive down the road when funds become available, which shouldn't be to long as SSDs are cheap these days.
     
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    bilabonic Notebook Guru

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    What is wrong with the screen? I know the CPU is good value for money.
    What do i look for in a screen, this is the result i get when i put in spec i want BUT they are all £300+, so out of my budget.

    I have read it's a full 1080p HD anti glare backlit display.........

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_...t=0&_nkw=laptop+i5+8250u&LH_PrefLoc=1&_sop=15

    Thanks
     
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  9. ZaZ

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    According to the specs, it's a TN panel, which typically suffer from muted colors and narrow viewing angles. If you're OK with that, then perhaps it's a good fit.
     
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    bilabonic Notebook Guru

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    It sure is, just had a read up on them, looks like IPS panels are the best? Unless your a gamer.
    What site did you use to find out it was a twisted nematic lcd?

    Thanks
     
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