Currys PC World’s own-brand laptops have gone through our test labs for the first time. We look at the world of ultra-cheap laptops to see where these laptops fit in, and whether budget-conscious buyers should consider them.
If you have very basic computing needs – such as checking emails, light browsing or using Microsoft Word – our tests have found that you can certainly find capable models on the cheap.
But while we’ve seen some outstanding laptops costing between £150 and £250, there are an even greater number that are likely to bring on a case of buyer’s remorse.
The new Geo Book laptop brand, exclusive to Currys PC World, certainly appears to be an attractive budget option. But looks can be deceiving – so we ran them through our test labs to find out.
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Currys PC World’s Geo Book 1 and Geo Flex
The Geo range consists of five products, and we’ve tested the two cheapest: the 11.6-inch Book 1 and the 2-in-1 Flex. The Book 1 costs £160 (down from its £220 launch price) while the Flex, costs £220 (down from £280).
Both models are very basic laptops powered by Intel Celeron processors. The Book 1 uses a bottom-spec ‘N3350’ model, while the Flex uses the faster ‘N4000’ processor. The Book 1 comes with 2GB of Ram and the Flex is granted 4GB. Both laptops get Full HD screens, with the Flex’s screen being touch-enabled.
The worry for many will be the paltry 32GB of storage on both these models. Past experience has found that Windows 10 laptops with so little storage struggle to complete Windows 10 updates, finding themselves in an update loop that will never end until you either free up space or insert a microSD card for extra storage.
The upshot of both these laptops – aside from the price – is their very light weight. At just 1.1kg, you’ll barely notice either of these laptops in your bag. It’s not the lightest laptop we’ve tested recently, though: that honour goes to the Acer Swift 5, a 14-inch laptop that weighs just 947g.
Based on the spec sheet alone, these are two attractive laptops. It’s the Celeron processors that reveal where costs have been cut. These laptops aren’t going to be as fast as Intel Core or AMD Ryzen processors, but they could fit the bill if your needs are basic. Our full reviews reveal whether other corners have been cut in an effort to bring costs down.
Own-brand tech and appliances: a good idea?
We’ve never tested a retailer-exclusive brand of laptop before, but we’ve seen plenty of cheap models of TVs, sound bars and kitchen equipment that are owned exclusively by the likes of Argos, Asda, Lidl and Sainsbury’s. We also recently took a first look at a Medion laptop sold exclusively at Aldi.
The world of TVs in particular is inundated with store-brand TVs. So much so, in fact, that we have a guide dedicated to these brands, with member-exclusive data that shows once and for all whether budget TVs can compete with big tech brands such as Samsung and LG.
Elsewhere, our guide to Aldi and Lidl electricals tells you whether these discount supermarkets should stick to groceries.
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