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Best Cheap Acer Gaming Laptops at Currys PC World for Covid Isolation Days March/April 2020

With many people using their laptops and PCs more now we are all stuck inside, some of us are starting to realise how outdated they are. With video game launches still going strong and some top graphically demanding games like Doom Eternal and Half Life Alyx being released recently, or you just want more frames on Call of Duty Warzone, or Apex Legends you might have decided enough is enough. Well the Chomping Turtle has scoured Currys PC World to find some not so hidden gems below £1000 in the gaming laptop space. The Acer Nitro 5 series of laptops

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Sub £700 – Acer Nitro 5 With Ryzen 5 and RX 560X

This laptop has been around in various forms for a while now. It has got a solid processor in the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, and you get an SSD for the OS and then 1tb to store you games. The build quality wont blow you away, but it looks nice if you are into the “gamer” look. It has solid I/O with full HDMI so you can plug it into a TV, 3 USB type A ports and 1 USB C and a backlit keyboard.

The RX560X will plough through eSports titles like Fortnite (apparently at over 100FPS), Overwatch and CSGO. However you will have to lower some settings to play Doom Eternal etc.

Its a solid cheap gaming laptop and you get an IPS display, which is a nice addition at this price point. Being an Acer its upgradable to 16GB RAM pretty easily too which I would recommend as the 8GB will be shared between the GPU and the main memory. Plus you currently get 6 months free Spotify Premium from Currys PC World which is worth £60….

However before you buy…………

Sub £1000 – The £899 Acer Nitro 5 AN515 with Core i5-9300H and GTX 1660Ti

So what do you get for your £200 upgrade? Quite a lot actually. If you can afford it this is the Acer Nitro 5 to go for. It offers the best balance of price and performance. Its GPU the Nvidia GTX 1660Ti only came out last year and its all you will need for 1080p gaming. You will get well over 60FPS on nearly every game, with even the latest games like Doom Eternal being comfortably ran on high. The GTX 1660Ti is multiple generations better than the RX560X and will last you for a good few years yet.

That Core i5-9300H is a hex core processor and it is powerful, so will get through everyday tasks all day everyday. It even has an adequate webcam.

The IPS screen is still only 60HZ but Linus Tech Tips managed to overclock it to 90Hz, but your mileage will vary. All the other things I said about the Ryzen model still count, I would still get 16GB RAM and you still have great I/O so can plug it into a TV and have plenty of USBs. I’m not huge on the red keys but you might like them, and “gamer” look fans will like it.

For £899 this is a bargain, so I would get this over over the £669 model if you can afford it as you get so much more. But if you just play eSports games, maybe you can skip it. If you want to keep an i5 but cannot push for the 1660Ti there is a model with an older 1050 but it is the 3GB model which will only do eSports games.

Again you also currently get the 6 months of Spotify Premium. Hope that helps someone.

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PC Component Deals

Cheapest Way to Get a Mac in the UK – Deal Mac Mini £425

Everyone knows Apple make good but expensive PCs and laptops. Forking out near £1000 for a decently specced computer is too much for most people. However what are your choices if you need a new computer and want an Apple? For under £500 this is the only option if you want a new Apple with a warranty, and its a good option, with a Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM this Mac Mini is available via Amazon for only £425.97 delivered. And remember this isnt a refurb or used, its brand new.

What you get for your sub £500 Apple Mac Mini?

Lets cut to the chase, the reason this is cheap is because the Mac Mini will be replaced soon. But the soon to be outgoing model still has plenty of potential. It packs a 2.5Ghz Dual Core Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive. And because its just a box you can just plug it straight in to your monitor or HDTV. The Mac Mini features USB 3 and Thunderbolt so you also have access to high speed connectivity. Being an “older” (read: yet to be updated) Mac you also have the option to easily upgrade to 8GB of RAM without having to learn astrophysics like you need on the new iMacs and Macbooks. Simply turn it upside down, and slide open the circular “door”. It can take up to 16GB RAM which will give you many years happy computing. you can even switch the hard drive for a SSD or a hybrid drive.

The Mac Mini is ideal as a living room PC too, as it is near silent, which is great for watching films. It can also be setup as a media server (see below).

Years ago Mac Mini’s were underpowered and a bit of an embarrassment. With this model you get a fast upgradable, small PC which you can hook up to your existing equipment in minutes. A great piece of kit at a great price.

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Laptops and Netbooks

Cheapest New Core i5 Laptop in the UK? Acer Aspire E1 – £329.99 Delivered

Today is Intel Core i5 day, and here is another superb Core i5 laptop deal this time from Acer and Amazon. This is performance over flash, and it packs a serious punch with this Acer Aspire E1 being backed by an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of fast DDR3 RAM. Plus with 500GB of storage it really is all many people would every need.

The Acer Aspire E1 is a compact laptop, which has many premium features, like HDMI and USB 3.0, but it doesn’t come with a premium price, only £329.99 delivered. It even comes with a HD Webcam and LED backlit screen. Grab one now from Amazon.



Laptops and Netbooks

HP Pavilion G6-2292sa Purple Laptop with Core i5 for £399 – Currys

If you need a cheap, powerful laptop for Uni / the family then look no further than this superbly priced HP G6-2292sa with a Core i5 processor and 6GB of RAM for only £399. Plus it is available in Purple, which is a rare laptop colour. This HP laptop has ultrabook power, thanks to a latest 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5 power, but the benefits of a large hard drive, and inbuilt DVD burner.

If you are looking for a powerful laptop for University or for an everyday laptop for the family then look no further, as the Core i5 processor has got the latest Intel HD graphics, which allows full HD movies to be played, as well as most recent games. Running at up to 3.1GHz it has plenty of speed. This is then backed up by 6GB of RAM, and a full 1TB hard drive. This is enough for a whole family to have all their photos and music. Average over 320,000 photos.

The G6-2292sa also features the latest in tech with its USB 3.0 port and HDMI output to pair it up to a TV.

It comes with the latest Windows 8 also which is ultra fast loading, and when coupled to a modern day PC like this, ultra fast and easy to use. You can be online in less than a minute, and from standby in seconds. It really is impressive. At this price you would usually expect only a Pentium dual core of possible a Core i3 processor, but this is incredible value for money. This laptop is available in the sale in Purple or Red to clock and collect in store or for delivery.


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Laptops and Netbooks

Toshiba Satellite L775-17H 17 inch Laptop with Blu Ray – £699.95

There have been a lot of great laptops which can be considered replacements for desktops for most people, however this latest Toshiba L755-17H can be a desktop replacement for anyone. Coming off the back of our previous Toshiba laptop deal this is also from John Lewis at its best price. It is a superbly designed 17.3 inch laptop by Toshiba featuring the latest generation Intel Core i5 processor and an enormous 8GB of RAM to make it fly. Unlike the previous laptop, due to its screen size it has an incredible 1600×900 HD resolution, which makes videos look superb. Games can also look great as it has a built in 1GB nVIDIA GeForce GT 525M graphics card which means even the latest games run well, and it can handle full HD Blu-Ray movies with ease thanks to the card and its built in Blu Ray drive. If you have a HD TV you can even output to it via HDMI, again also built in.

One of the stand out features of this L755-17H is the support that backs it. It comes with a 90 day software support, but also crucially a free 2 year warranty. This give you piece of mind when purchasing a high value item such as this. Thankfully the Toshiba is built to last and you certainly can tell it is a top end laptop. The chassis easily matching the performance specification for quality. You would be hard pushed not to like this laptop, and although £699 is a lot of money it has specifications, screen size and that warranty would normally cost you much more. Especially for a branded laptop like this.

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Available to order now from John Lewis with free delivery




Essential Specifications:
Model Number: L775-17H
Screen Size: 17.3 inch
Resolution: 1600×900
Processor: Intel Core i5-2450M


Laptops and Netbooks

Apple MacBook Pro MD313 13 inch Laptop 2012 – £938.87

If you have been debating getting an Apple laptop recently then this Macbook Pro MD313 is what you are looking. It comes in comfortably under £1000 yet offers all the power you need and expect from an Apple. It has the latest dual core Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of fast DDR3 RAM to move things along. All this is combined with the latest version of OSX Lion.

This latest MD313B/A model offers a healthy 500GB hard drive which is enough storage for all your photos and videos. Even if this is used as a family laptop you will be hard pushed to fill this. Being a top of the line Apple it looks fantastic and because of the latest software it is very fast also. This particular model is also future proof thanks to its Thunderbolt port which offers the latest speeds for gadgets. It is uncommon at the moment but it is something being pushed by Apple and Intel so will become more prominent in the coming year. A great free addition to this laptop.

The screen is high quality, and being a 13 inch laptop it is truly portable, without compensating having to squint after a lot of usage due to size. Battery life is also good, and because it is a Mac you can use apps like FaceTime HD, just as you can with your iPhone or iPad. It is currently on offer at Amazon for just £938.87. As you can gather this Macbook Pro MD313 offers the best in power and portability and is the Macbook Pro you want.

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Essential Specifications:

Model Number: MD313B/A, Dual-Core Intel Core i5 2.4GHz, RAM 4GB, HDD 500GB Graphics SD card slot, Thunderbolt port,

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Laptops and Netbooks

Toshiba Satellite C660-2EV Core i5 laptop, 6GB RAM, 640GB hard drive, 2 year warranty – £449

Another day and another high specification laptop, this time the Toshiba Satellite C660-2EV at a great price. This is a very smart looking laptop which is powered by some smart hardware. It has the latest second generation Intel Core i5 processor, and a huge 6GB of RAM to move it along at speed. The best thing about this Toshiba laptop deal is the two year guarantee. Also for those not great with laptops, there is a free 90 day computer support helpline.

Toshiba are known for great business laptops and this home laptop combines the inners and the support of a powerful business PC, with more of a stylish look you would expect form a home unit. The Toshiba Satellite C660-2EV offers a larger 15.6 inch screen and a high definition resolution 1366×768 so all your films, and web browsing will look crisp and bright. The battery also lasts up to 5 hours plus so this really is a direct replacement for a desktop PC in a laptop. Currently this deal is only available from John Lewis, hence the quality after care and warranty for £449.

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This deal is available from John Lewis online with free delivery



Main Specification:
Toshiba Satellite C660-2EV
Intel Core i5 2467M,
640GB Hard Drive,
Windows 7 Home Premium,
2 year guarantee,




Laptops and Netbooks

ASUS X53E-SX1186V 15 inch Laptop, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, – £399

There have been a ton of Asus laptops on sale recently, and this Asus X53E-SX1186V is one of the best, if not the best for the money. It is the ideal family computer, a laptop that can truly replace a desktop. The Asus X53E range are fantastic. They offer premium features like brushed aluminium chassis, and high end processors for very little money. This laptop is no exception.

The Asus X53E-SX1186V features a huge 750GB hard drive which means all your photos, films and music can fit, even for the whole family. However this is then combined with a superb Intel Core i5 second generation processor, in this case the i5-2430, and 6GB of RAM. With that kind of power you can edit videos, watch full HD movies (even on your TV thanks to the included HDMI port) without grinding to a halt.

Overall this Asus X53E laptop has all the laptop performance 99% of use could ever need. Combine this with the superb build quality Asus is known for (multiple worldwide award winners), and a good warranty and you are on to a winner. Problem? This is on offer so the price may change soon. Get it delivered or reserve and collect in store now.

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Main Specification:

Screen Size (inch): 15.6 inches
Memory (RAM): 6 GB
Storage (hard drive): 750 GB
Processor: Intel Core i5
Processor Number: i5-2430
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
Graphics Device: Shared Graphics
HDMI Port: Yes
Battery Life: Up to 3.5 hours


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Asus Eee Slate EP121-1A019M 12.1 Inch Tablet PC with Keyboard and Stylus Pen – £999.97

Tired of the lack of power in tablets but want more portability than a netbook, then the Asus Eee Slate EP121-1A019M is something of interest coming in at £999. It is a 12 inch tablet PC. This means unlike most tablets which are great for viewing content, but lack the power for creating content you can run everyday packages such as Adobe Photoshop, video editing etc thanks to the Asus running Windows 7 and having a Core i5 processor.

Windows 7 on a tablet is horrible as many people say. This is true when it has been squeezed onto a small device but at 12.2 inches the Eee Slate EP121-1A019M provides enough screen real estate to allow icons to be big enough to touch. Handy for graphic artists and Photoshop fans the tablet comes with a digital stylus pen hidden behind the rear which is pressure sensitive (over 250 rates of sensitivity to pressure). This work superbly, and even is good for typing with auto correction for Microsoft Word. It also has intant on via standby.

The Eee Slate also comes with a bluetooth keyboard out of the box and thanks to its USB ports and HDMI can be connected to a larger screen and mouse if required. Also you could just as easily plug in your camera or SD card. It is not a direct rival to the iPad or Asus’s own laptop come tablet the Transformer Prime, but offers something very different and unique. True power and versatility combined with usability of being large and powerful enough to create.


















Laptops and Netbooks

Asus Zenbook UX21E-KX004V 11.6 inch Ultrabook – £819.99 Amazon, £849.99 Comet

The Asus Zenbook UX21E is the latest ultrabook to hit the market. This super slim, ultra powerful laptop is the idea tool for mobile computing of any kind. There are many ultrabooks directly fighting the Macbook Air now, and the Asus Zenbook UX21E-KX004V is in look and feel, as well as on paper its strongest challenger yet.

From across the coffee shop you could mistake the Zenbook for the Air. Up close it does look different, less fancy but more solid.  Absolute looks are subjective, so lets just say both are stunners. The Asus Zenbook is not let down on build quality either, as you would expect from even the cheaper Asus laptops. It is actually thinner than the latest Apple and it feels every bit as solid. The way it keeps cool on your lap is one feature heavy users of laptops will love, even with the powerful Core i7 model. The are also cheaper Core i5 models and ones with smaller SSDs which bring the price to under £850.

Performance is simply outstanding. This could replace a desktop for all but storage for even the heaviest user. The Zenbook UX21E-KX004V get its performance thanks to the second generation Core i5 (Core i7 processors available on other UX21E models) combined with the SATA3 solid state hard drives, mean Windows 7 runs like a new operating system. It is so fast at loading programs. The Core i5 and i7 also feature the upper range version of Intel’s HD 3000 graphics chip so it can churn through Photoshop photo and even video editing with ease. Games too are smooth on lower settings.

The screen runs at an impressive 1366×768 resolution. This is the kind of resolution you expect on a 15.6 inch laptop, but on an 11.1 inch screen it looks exceptional sharp. Being ultra portable the battery life and weight are key and it does not disappoint. The UX21E can go on standby for up to two WEEKS and lasts around 5-6 hours on regular usage. It also is only 9mm at its fattest end and weighs just 1.1kg.











Simply a superb machine, the best Windows ultrabook and easily the match of the Air (more so in price). You would be happy with this machine all year long. Available to reserve and collect or delivered.

Asus Zenbook UX21E-KX004V, Intel® Core™ i5 2467M Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD,