Acer 3935, 13.3", Intel Core 2 Duo P7450, 4GB DDR3 ram £449.97 @ Laptops Direct - HotUKDeals
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My first post so please advize. Thought might be a good deal for people looking for ultraportable notebooks. Most of the current laptop deals seem to be around 15" in size, so this is slightly different category IMH0.
The positive side: strong processor, top ram, quite portable.
The negative: no optical drive, HDMI port.
To overcome HDMI issue it is possible to use USB to HDMI cable (costs between 10 & 20 pounds)
Free delivery with code: FREEDEL

Specifications:

Platform Technology Intel Centrino 2
System Type Notebook
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial, Bluetooth aerial
Embedded Security Fingerprint reader

Width 32.3 cm
Depth 23.6 cm
Height 2.5 cm
Weight 1.9 kg

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P7450
Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
Chipset Type Mobile Intel GM45 Express
Cache Memory
Type L2 Cache

Ram
Installed Size 4 GB / 8 GB (max)
Technology DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz
Form Factor SO DIMM 204-pin
Configuration Features 2 x 2 GB
Storage Controller
Type Serial ATA
Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150

Storage
Hard Drive 250 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Card Reader
Type 5 in 1 card reader
Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card

Display
Display Type 13.3" TFT
Max Resolution 1366 x 768 ( WXGA )
Widescreen Display Yes
Colour Support 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
Features LED-backlit, CineCrystal Video

Graphics Processor
Vendor Intel GMA 4500MHD Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Max Allocated RAM Size 1759 MBAudio

Audio Output Sound card
Compliant Standards Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, High Definition Audio, Dolby Home Theater
Audio Input Microphone
Notebook Camera
Camera Type Integrated
Sensor Resolution 0.3 Megapixel
Input Device(s)
Type Keyboard, touchpad

Networking
Networking Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported Yes

Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately),
administrator password, system password, hard drive password,
wake on LAN
Compliant Standards ACPI 3.0

Power
Power Device External
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Battery
Technology 6-cell
Installed Qty 1
Run Time (Up To) 4 hour(s)
Operating System / Software
OS Provided Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

EPA Energy Star Compliant Yes
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details Traveller warranty - 1 year
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#1
Shame, it all looked good, until I got to the graphics card.
#2
Heat added but check reviews on laptops direct / buyitdirect
#3
Voted cold for very bad experience with LaptopsDirect. I bought an Acer laptop from them for my dad's 50th birthday present, it arrived with a dead pixel (bright blue - very noticeable in middle of screen). LaptopsDirect would not accept it as a fault and said there must be more than 3 dead pixels for it to be classed as a fault.

I returned it (at own cost) and they sent the exact same laptop back to me (told me it was a new one), the dead pixel was still there. I knew it was the exact same laptop because I had written down the wifi cards MAC address, and also the dead pixel in same location.

I returned again and wanted a full refund, but only got a refund for the cost of laptop, they wouldn't give me the original delivery cost, or the postage for me to return it twice.

Therefore voted cold because at face value this seems like a good deal, BUT there is risk involved whereby you can stand to lose money and end up with no laptop which is what happend to me.
#4
the182guy
... it arrived with a dead pixel (bright blue - very noticeable in middle of screen). LaptopsDirect would not accept it as a fault and said there must be more than 3 dead pixels for it to be classed as a fault. .... .


Thanks for sharing, surprised they think a faulty pixel in the middle of the screen is acceptable. They do offer a service where they check for these things, presumably anyone not paying for the service gets the duff products
#5
to be fair about the dead pixels, its not thier policy, its the manufacturers. All retailers can and alot do refuse items as faulty for a single dead pixel.
The problem is they cant sell the item you returned as new anymore, and they cannot return it to acer as its not classed as faulty.
They do sell stuff dead cheap, and if you buy from somewhere dead cheap, you will normally find theres not alot of room for them to absorb the cost of issues like this and still stay in business.
Its wrong... but it happens.
Although sending you the same one back is wrong.
Cosmic48, its not them that class it as acceptable, its virtually every lcd manufactuer in the world. Although some offer a dead pixel on delivery promise... you will normally find an exclusion of pixels per million in thier warranty book. Remeber, they can only class it as faulty if the manufacturer does.
#6
Thanks for the input. Unfortunately I made an order before I posted the deal. Read some of the reviews on the company, they seemed ok, yet obviously didn't research enough. Now can only hope for the best. Due to arrive tomorrow.
#7
Chris206 you're right about the dead pixels, but that was only the beginning of the trouble I had with LD, like I said, in the end I lost money and a lot of time because of them.

Dead pixels are a manufacturing problem, they don't fully understand how to prevent them occuring and thus instead of taking responsibility, they pass the problem onto the consumer which is just another example of the big companies crushing the consumer when it suits them.

It's like buying a new car and being told sorry if there are 2 noticeable dents in the bodywork we don't accept this as a problem.
#8
a dead (dark) pixel is usually much less of a problem than a hot pixel (whether the red, green or blue or a combo is stuck on).
use the distance selling directive to give you the right to refuse goods:
http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/Article/Buying-HDTV-Online-Why-Its-Better.php
#9
the182guy;7416602

It's like buying a new car and being told sorry if there are 2 noticeable dents in the bodywork we don't accept this as a problem.


Funny you should say that, did you know they can respray 3 panels of your car after taking it off the transporter and still sell it to you as new. :p

To the person above who has ordered, dont worry too much, i know a few people who have purchased from laptops direct and the laptops were perfect and delivered very quickly with no problems :)
#10
I've bought over 50 laptops with laptops direct for the last company I worked for and they were ok. Bought refurbed Acers, some had tatty boxes, also bought a couple of New netbooks and some refurbed Asus 701 netbooks. Couldn't fault them for service, although we were spending a lot of dough with them.
#11
E
the182guy
Voted cold for very bad experience with LaptopsDirect. I bought an Acer laptop from them for my dad's 50th birthday present, it arrived with a dead pixel (bright blue - very noticeable in middle of screen). LaptopsDirect would not accept it as a fault and said there must be more than 3 dead pixels for it to be classed as a fault.

I returned it (at own cost) and they sent the exact same laptop back to me (told me it was a new one), the dead pixel was still there. I knew it was the exact same laptop because I had written down the wifi cards MAC address, and also the dead pixel in same location.

I returned again and wanted a full refund, but only got a refund for the cost of laptop, they wouldn't give me the original delivery cost, or the postage for me to return it twice.

Therefore voted cold because at face value this seems like a good deal, BUT there is risk involved whereby you can stand to lose money and end up with no laptop which is what happend to me.

What a coincidence. I too had a dead pixel on an Acer Aspire bought from Laptops Direct. I was also told that this didn't count as a fault. When I queried this Laptops Direct sent me an illustration of a laptop with a missing pixel with text next to it saying "not a fault" or words that effect. The laptop did last a couple of years then the screen died.
I would most definitely not recommend their customer services
#12
Their not overly bad but they have their moments im sure you will be fine!!

Just be careful on the warranties as they have a habit of running them with the manufacturers from when they purchased them not you! So keep your receipt at hand throughout the warranty period

Robbie
#13
Under the DSR you have right to return the product unused and in original condition up to 7 days.
With computers, this must mean that windows hasn't been registered or activated which is easy enough to do. If laptop shows signs of stuck / faulty pixels which can't be fixed by rubbing screen gently with a hot cloth, then package up and send back (at your cost though).

Ediit - not sure why the poster has listed hdmi as a negative, or indeed why you recommend a hdmi to usb(?!) cable.

Only neg, depending on what you wanted to do with laptop, is the graphics card. Would have been nice to have at least a radeon 4330 or even a 4570. Can't really list no dvd drive as a negative, bit like saying not having a 32" full hd screen is a negative!
#14
bought 2 Acer Laptops, different models but ended up with bad screen flicker sent it back numerous times they never resolved the problem!
#15
The OP says no optical drive, hdmi: implying that it has neither optical drive nor hdmi that is why it's a negative. Ram is good, as is harddrive, and some nifty though probably useless features (i.e. different finger print program launching) shame about the lack of dvd.
GPU isn't great admittedly but is far and away better than the toss that SIS produces for new machines supposedly capable of running AERO and the Win 7 display settings yet can't run directx 7 era games at all.
Overall decent price, though without the dvd you'd think a netbook would be more the choice for that sort of system, I believe there is a model with a dvd though.
#16
I wanted this laptop really badly at one point den, but because it does not have an optical drive I think it is a little expensive. My friend has this laptop and it is very good and light and small in comparison to other 13.3" laptops
#17
Hows the processor compare with the HP Pavillion DM3 1025sa? It's known to be a pretty decent portable laptop.. comes with external optical drive too.

AMD Athlon™ Neo X2 Dual-Core Processor

http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/597376/HP-DM3-1025SA
1 Like #18
I can report that I have received this laptop promptly and on time and it's been satisfactory experience. Immediately I put windows 7 ultimate on it and all the necessary drivers were available at the acer website for download. That made big difference to the oem bundled vista OS that came with original packaging. Took me some time to learn how to make operating system bootable usb drive, due to the lack of optical drive, but once I did it was a breeze, the install went smooth. It was necessary to change boot order in BIOS and give boot priority to usb drive.
Originally I couldn't make my mind up between dm3 and this laptop, and when I researched benchmark capabilities acer seemed better choice due to the higher passmark and intel processor. But then again it comes down to what you want it for I guess.
Some additional features on dm3 like better graphic card, antibacterial & antispill keyboard coating, availability of HDMI port and bundled external optical drive perhaps would make it better choice, when I think of it again. Also the price of dm3 has come down somewhat to what it was when I was making my mind up. One more thing to bear in mind is that dm3 has nice aluminum casing and US model of Acer 3935 is also advertised as hosting the same but UK model doesn't, which I didn't know at the time.
However the laptop feels fine enough, quiet and swift with nice endless screen and satisfies my portability needs.
Hope this helps.
#19
Thanks Tazeem!

I guess then it comes down to whether you want performance or style/options, or if the AMD Neo processor is satisfactory for your needs then. I'll have a look for the benchmarking tests to see if there's much difference before making the decision. I guess the style of the laptop is only important when first buying as the novelty soon wears off!

I left you some rep for your help =]
#20
It's pleasure, not sure what the rep is but thanks anyway

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