ACER AS7730 Refurbished Laptop, Dual core T5800 (2 ghz, 800 FSB, 2MB Cache), 4GB RAM, 160 GB, 17 Inch Crystalbrite screen, £329.99 @ Currys - HotUKDeals
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Its my first post so please be kind if you think its not worth it....Just bought this laptop today. Topcashback.com gives 4% cashback for currys and used Curry's voucher "10SAVE" (will expire on 4/6/09) which gives 10 pound off purchases over £300. It'll cost around £308 delivered. The only downside is Vista Home Basic but its a great deal if you can live with home basic.

With a whole host of clever features and superior brainpower, the Acer 7730 Laptop relies on the best of Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5800, while Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic guarantees the powerful running of all your programmes. A staggering 4GB memory and 160GB Hard Drive facilitates effortless multi-tasking for your convenience.

Watch high quality images, photos and movies on your 7730 Laptop's monitor with the winning combination of UMA graphics card, DVD Super Multi drive and 17 CrystalBrite widescreen display.

Designed with a black gloss finish, the Acer 7730 Laptop is an elegant machine that allows easy Internet access from your home or office network, or wireless hotspot, via WiFi.

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5800
(2 GHz, 800 MHz, 2MB Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Basic
4 GB Memory Size
160 GB Hard Drive
DVD Super Multi Drive Optical Drives
17" CrystalBrite Widescreen Display
Wireless N connectivity, webcam
Gloss black design
UMA Graphics Card Type
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#1
This is a really good deal, for a moment I thought oh no...not another one of those pentium dual core machines. But with a Core 2 Duo Processor. This is an excellent buy.

Only two downsides would be the weight and battery life imo. (Yep, just checked, 3.8kg!)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-17-inch-Pentium-Dual-Core-Premium/dp/tech-data/B0027FFU4M/ref=de_a_smtd

Compare with the same model but with a weaker T4200 processor for £600 delivered at Amazon.
#2
Acer seem to have one hell of a lot of refurbs. Makes you wonder just how reliable this brand is.
#3
Just found this 3 year extended warranty for Acer from Misco...its £40 which is really cheap..

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=326023&CatId=297

Quidco gives 3.5% cashback for Misco.
#4
azee
Just found this 3 year extended warranty for Acer from Misco...its £40 which is really cheap..

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=326023&CatId=297

Quidco gives 3.5% cashback for Misco.


Can you use it with this? Sorry I am hopeless with warranties.
#5
azee;5363161
Just found this 3 year extended warranty for Acer from Misco...its £40 which is really cheap..

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=326023&CatId=297

Quidco gives 3.5% cashback for Misco.


This is SECONDHAND!

Who will give an an extended warranty on second-hand gear?
#6
tubby20076
Can you use it with this? Sorry I am hopeless with warranties.


No! You can't. The warranty is Currys own and Acer won't touch it or provide extended warranty (I asked).

I had 3 refurbs from Curry's (exchanged twice because of immediate breakdown). Eventually I asked for a refund. Would not recommend Currys refurbs.
#7
pet2000
No! You can't. The warranty is Currys own and Acer won't touch it or provide extended warranty (I asked).

I had 3 refurbs from Curry's (exchanged twice because of immediate breakdown). Eventually I asked for a refund. Would not recommend Currys refurbs.


+9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999

I went through 8 (yes, 8!) refurbs before I found one that worked - always a problem with the trackpad not working, and it was hardware, not software each time

Am totally happy with what I have now, but not worth the hassle.
#8
I've bought 2 refurb laptops from currys - 1 acer (2+ yrs) and 1 advent (1 year). The advent was delivered with a faulty battery but once that was sorted no problems. The Acer has a great battery life but did require the trackpad drivers to be installed to work properly. It continues to work even after a full glass of red wine was spilled over the keyboard (appx 18months ago). I would only ever buy the refurbs now.
#9
Hi All,
Thanks for all your advice on refurb laptops..It seems good value for money though I have never bought a refurb laptop before and would update you once i receive it in 3-5 days..
#10
I didn't realize that i cant use the extended warranty with refurbs..apologies
#11
confused-- refurbs bad maybe good - buy or not worth it
#12
Having some experience with DSG and TechGuys (a couple of refurbs bought for myself, family and friends)...


...do not buy any refubs from them unless very,very cheap e.g. that spec @ £229 .In addition, be ready to speak to clueless tech support in case of problems.No... never again...
Approx. 1 year ago, while the prices of refurbs were lower, maybe it was worth the risk, cetainly not now, when you can get similar spec but brand new for 10% more.

No voted
#13
i bought 2 refurb in last 4 months from dixons and no problem at all. am completely satisfied and would recommend.
it has hdmi output as well.
heat & rep added.

use the voucher to get 10 pound off. ;)
#14
i'm looking at dell vistro. they have a deal where £150 off (visit the business page). whats ur opinion?
#15
Good deal. Voucher has expired. New voucher for £15 off an over £300 spend is 15save plus you get free delivery.
#16
a wouldnt touch any acer laptop i fix a lot of them and parts go on them a lot worst laptops ive ever dealt with.
#17
Can you tell me whether or not this laptop have bluetooth? and didnt this laptop use to be £429.99???
#18
Acers can be good value but I find them a bit flimsy.

Also, this is VIsta Basic so no free upgrade to Windows 7. Although their website (and PCWorld, Currys etc) were wrongly displaying the upgrade on all Vista options.

A 4GB machine with Vista Basic is also a bit pointless (or cheap and nasty) and I'd tend to think they had a bit of spare RAM kicking about
#19
nikiworld18
Can you tell me whether or not this laptop have bluetooth? and didnt this laptop use to be £429.99???


no bluetooth.
#20
This is great price even for refurbished. I still have Acer (bought it new) and did not have any problems with it, besides touch pad. It's not broken - just really bad. I bought a wireless mouse to use with it. Build quality is cheap overall.

Lately I have been buying all refurbished or open box products because they are much cheaper than new ones and work just as well.
Latest buy for 350USD,
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4492099&CatId=3444

I used to work in IT with IBM (now Lenovo) license to service their laptops.
Refurbished have broken parts, in addition to all wear and tear parts (fan, plastics), replaced. They have same chance of breaking as new ones and go through better QA procedure. If for new batch you would pick one laptop and have it tested, for refurbished every single one has to be tested.
Also, laptop parts are never repaired - they are replaced. If motherboard is faulty - you might even get a brand new laptop.

A thing to remember is not to compare one company to another and say that refurbished are bad. Acer, in general, has bad quality - don't rush blaming problems on laptop being refurbished. New one might not be any better.

From my experience (good to bad), it's IBM, Dell, Sony, HP/Compaq, Acer or Toshiba (not sure who is last). I did not have any other brand.
#21
I certainly agree that acer are bad quality, build etc.......but toshiba?? Ive not actually owned one but they always looked great in the shops, and seem to otherwise have a great reputation


CTPAHHIK
This is great price even for refurbished. I still have Acer (bought it new) and did not have any problems with it, besides touch pad. It's not broken - just really bad. I bought a wireless mouse to use with it. Build quality is cheap overall.

Lately I have been buying all refurbished or open box products because they are much cheaper than new ones and work just as well.
Latest buy for 350USD,
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4492099&CatId=3444

I used to work in IT with IBM (now Lenovo) license to service their laptops.
Refurbished have broken parts, in addition to all wear and tear parts (fan, plastics), replaced. They have same chance of breaking as new ones and go through better QA procedure. If for new batch you would pick one laptop and have it tested, for refurbished every single one has to be tested.
Also, laptop parts are never repaired - they are replaced. If motherboard is faulty - you might even get a brand new laptop.

A thing to remember is not to compare one company to another and say that refurbished are bad. Acer, in general, has bad quality - don't rush blaming problems on laptop being refurbished. New one might not be any better.

From my experience (good to bad), it's IBM, Dell, Sony, HP/Compaq, Acer or Toshiba (not sure who is last). I did not have any other brand.
#22
BorisTheSpider
I certainly agree that acer are bad quality, build etc.......but toshiba?? Ive not actually owned one but they always looked great in the shops, and seem to otherwise have a great reputation


Only if Toshiba improved in quality with their latest builds. The list provided does not reflect today's quality, but rather experience over 1-2 years of work from 12 month ago. Don't see problems first few month from any company. Either laptop is bad out of the box, in which case it goes back (don't even investigate problem), or people show up with 9-12 month or older laptops.
#23
nihcaj
This is SECONDHAND!

Who will give an an extended warranty on second-hand gear?


Who gives you a 12 month warranty with a second hand product? I purchased a refurb last year from currys, it was virtually brand new no marks or anything. Still runs good now.
#24
Snoop7
Who gives you a 12 month warranty with a second hand product? I purchased a refurb last year from currys, it was virtually brand new no marks or anything. Still runs good now.


Refurbished laptop is not damaged laptop. It would have all it's plastics (bezel, screen cover, keyboard, base) replaced, if they are not as good as originals in any way (cracks, scratches, spills, wear and tear). If used laptop does not look as new customer will not buy it or return it after close inspection. Plastics are very cheap and it's easier for manufacturer to change them and make customer happy.
If there are any visible damage on laptop seller is required to indicate that.
#25
you also could drop it in store for a refund if your not happy within the time period
#26
Snoop7
you also could drop it in store for a refund if your not happy within the time period


What exactly is the time period? I bought an HP laptop and wanted to return it on 30th day of purchase as the screen looked so washed out. The manager at PC world said no and I had to argue with him to get £30 refund as the laptop had since dropped £30. So, what exactly is the allowed period to return a laptop? EnLIGHTEN please?
#27
aym280;5660644
What exactly is the time period? I bought an HP laptop and wanted to return it on 30th day of purchase as the screen looked so washed out. The manager at PC world said no and I had to argue with him to get £30 refund as the laptop had since dropped £30. So, what exactly is the allowed period to return a laptop? EnLIGHTEN please?


The problem is, it is a DSG company :-(

There are no "allowed" periods, nothing is that precise - it's all about whether or not the goods are suitable for their purpose, and whether or not you are going to pursue those rights in the County Court, if you aren't willing to stand up for those rights, then you will have to put up with what they offer :-(
#28
Snoop7;5654540
Who gives you a 12 month warranty with a second hand product? I purchased a refurb last year from currys, it was virtually brand new no marks or anything. Still runs good now.


Lucky you.
It's still secondhand though!
#29
aym280
What exactly is the time period? I bought an HP laptop and wanted to return it on 30th day of purchase as the screen looked so washed out. The manager at PC world said no and I had to argue with him to get £30 refund as the laptop had since dropped £30. So, what exactly is the allowed period to return a laptop? EnLIGHTEN please?


think its 14 days for a refund. but i dont understand why didnt u ask for a exchage or a repair as the item was faulty? by him giving you a £30 discount he was just fobbing you off.

seconf hand? I guess I did not want to pay 550 for something which i could get for 300 quid in as new condiiton. if anything goes wrong u have a 12 month warranty .

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