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Acer Aspire 2930 12.1" TFT Core2Duo @Misco for £399.99

£399.99 @ Misco
Features * Intel® Core 2 Duo® T5800 2.0GHz Processor * 2GB DDR2 RAM / 250GB Hard Disk Drive * Built in 1.0 MegaPixel Crystal Eye Webcam * DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive …
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8y, 2m agoFound 8 years, 2 months ago
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* Intel® Core 2 Duo® T5800 2.0GHz Processor
* 2GB DDR2 RAM / 250GB Hard Disk Drive
* Built in 1.0 MegaPixel Crystal Eye Webcam
* DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
* Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
* Microsoft Windows Vista® Home Premium
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#1
ok experts, is this good? whats better dual core core 2 duo (not including quad or newer)
#2
whats better than what?

Very nice laptop - Hot!
#3
Hot ,good sub

THAT could be an alternative (cheaper from Toshiba, although slower and with no bluetooth)
1 Like #4
ganon
ok experts, is this good? whats better dual core core 2 duo (not including quad or newer)


It has a T5800 Core 2 Duo

Quad & Phenom > Core 2 Duo > Core Duo > Athlon X2 > Pentium Dual Core
And within Core 2 Duo,
P series > T Series (P series are the newest and very expensive)
#5
tubby20076
It has a T5800 Core 2 Duo

Quad & Phenom > Core 2 Duo > Core Duo > Athlon X2 > Pentium Dual Core
And within Core 2 Duo,
P series > T Series (P series are the newest and very expensive)


That's right but it is obviously simplified - Core Duo is significantly slower than Pentium Dual Core based on Merom Core (e.g.T23XX or T32XX).It does not affect this laptop anyway :)
suspended#6
Looks nice if you need the smaller form factor - if you're not bothered about the size the Aspire 5735 from Comet at £388 is a better buy though :).
#7
4% Quidco on this as well =]
#8
12" i think is a nice size for carrying round, proper keyboard and very useable screen size, used an apple ibook 12" for a while. I would say the only thing against this deal is the fact that it is an Acer, which can be hit or miss for reliability by all accounts, i like it, good spec for the money, the Toshia L300-1AQ is the same but comes with a 15" screen and that is also £400.
#9
Any ideas on battery time??
#10
7777777
That's right but it is obviously simplified - Core Duo is significantly slower than Pentium Dual Core based on Merom Core (e.g.T23XX or T32XX).It does not affect this laptop anyway :)


Not to mention, you can't even buy Core Duos any more!

I doubt anybody in Intel even understands their range and branding... Bringing back the 16 year old "Pentium" name is the most idiotic idea ever :roll:
#11
ath 64x2 are far faster than the old core duo at same clock btw :thumbsup:
#12
Does anybody know what battery in this model like?
#13
That's an impressive spec considering the form factor of the machine and the price. It's based on the newer Intel chipsets too, as it's got the 4500MHD graphics. Acer are known to be less-than-reliable sometimes, but it's a very good deal nonetheless.
#14
tubby20076

P series > T Series (P series are the newest and very expensive)


Very very misleading! Core 2 Duo T7800 2.6GHz with 4MB of cache is much much better than p8400 p8600 p8700 which range from 2266MHz to 2533MHz with 3MB of chache, even clock for clock the T series is probably better because of the cache.
#15
tsukasai
Does anybody know what battery in this model like?


Should be good for around 2 hours or so, according to reviews. Use Vista's Power Saver profile and dim the display a bit and you might get a little more out of it.
#16
7777777
That's right but it is obviously simplified - Core Duo is significantly slower than Pentium Dual Core based on Merom Core (e.g.T23XX or T32XX).It does not affect this laptop anyway :)

Hmm, I have my doubts - think that comment needs further qualified - as far as I know, pentium dual core is effectively the new celeron - eg same spec as core duo/core2duo processors, but with half the cache. They may be faster on raw clock speed, but real world, the core 2 duo is the fastest retail intel processor family AFAIK
#17
TheVoice
Should be good for around 2 hours or so, according to reviews. Use Vista's Power Saver profile and dim the display a bit and you might get a little more out of it.


that is really bad to use as a netbook. by the way just look at the model 2920 the battery is at 3.5hr. bid doubt :roll:
#18
ive got this laptop. paid 470 for it just before christmas from pc world

great little laptop, very fast, does have bluetooth too, battery lasts about 2 and a half hours, pretty quiet too

mine came with 2gig of ram, but upgraded it to 4gig for £12 courtsey of play.com!
#19
tsukasai
that is really bad to use as a netbook. by the way just look at the model 2920 the battery is at 3.5hr. bid doubt :roll:


It's not a netbook though. Netbooks use low-power components to achieve their high battery life, but they're also a lot slower.
#20
Good price but it's quite heavy for a 12 inch laptop
#21
Not convinced it's "HOT", plenty of laptop deals to be had at the moment and this isn't exactly earth shattering.
#22
Halfmad
Not convinced it's "HOT", plenty of laptop deals to be had at the moment and this isn't exactly earth shattering.


Not many/any that I've seen for models of this size though. Obviously if size isn't much of an issue for you then a 15" is going to offer better value and specs, but this sort of thing would be ideal for a student. I found my 13" laptop was much easier to carry to uni and back than my older 14".
#23
Halfmad
Not convinced it's "HOT", plenty of laptop deals to be had at the moment and this isn't exactly earth shattering.


Au Contraire. This is a great deal since it is a 12.1-inch model rather than a 15.4-inch laptop. Great price as well. Anyway, all computers with 2GB mem and a dual core should be fast enough to run most stuff people throw at them.
#24
MIDURIX
Very very misleading! Core 2 Duo T7800 2.6GHz with 4MB of cache is much much better than p8400 p8600 p8700 which range from 2266MHz to 2533MHz with 3MB of chache, even clock for clock the T series is probably better because of the cache.


Well your not comparing like for like so yes it will be better!

If you go with the closest spec like for like T9400 & P9500 both are 2.53GHz, 1066MHz and have 6mb of cache and will hardly differ in tests but you will get more out of the P series as it only consumes 25w as opposed to 35w for the T series processor so your laptop will run longer.
#25
Decent specs, nice graphics chipset specs on wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA#GMA_X4500). Looks like it could handle most stuff.

calvin2
mine came with 2gig of ram, but upgraded it to 4gig for £12 courtsey of play.com!


Does it have more than one memory slot then? Pic looks like it only has one but I know acer likes to put them on top of eachother:

http://img.misco.co.uk/images/uploadedimages/Gallery/large/200901081142419.jpg
2 Likes #26
rjonesy
Decent specs, nice graphics chipset specs on wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA#GMA_X4500). Looks like it could handle most stuff.



Does it have more than one memory slot then? Pic looks like it only has one but I know acer likes to put them on top of eachother:

http://img.misco.co.uk/images/uploadedimages/Gallery/large/200901081142419.jpg


Theres 2 mem slots slot one has ram in and you can see the clip for slot 2.

Also regarding the graphics I would imagine its a GL40 chip so no hardware help for VC1 or AVC. But it is better than the normal 950 or 3100 you expect to get at this price point.
#27
Oh yeah I see now, cheers eagle eyes
#28
Great deal voted hot
#29
I've got the earlier model of this laptop, for a 12.1 this is a very good price, highly recommended.

Steve
#30
Does anyone think there might be problems putting Win XP on this laptop? And will it fly with XP?
#31
Will have to give this is a cold I'm afraid as the deal turns sour when you experience less than reliable operational use and shocking customer support even if you buy 300 of them. Not strictly voting for the right reason as its supposed to be a 'comparison' with other stuff on the market but on a generic basis the Acer should only be given a hot rating if it was sell than 50 quid. ;)
#32
yeah it has to memory slots
#33
Hey, what are u all talking about. It is really good deal. Do not post messages, if u don't know about laptops. 12 inch laptops are normally quite expensive (from £550-600 up) and this one seems to be a decent spec 12 inch laptop from a good producer what Acer definitely is. It is hard to find anything cheaper than this considering size.
#34
son_t
Does anyone think there might be problems putting Win XP on this laptop? And will it fly with XP?


Depends on driver availability from Acer themselves. Better off sticking to Vista unless you specifically need XP though, it's much nicer to use.
#35
yes it does have a problem with xp

i installed it on it the day i got it, had loads of problems, even on sp3, the wireless would cut of after about 3 mins and it would just randomly crash

once u get rif of all the ***** running on vista it runs superfast
#36
calvin2
yes it does have a problem with xp

i installed it on it the day i got it, had loads of problems, even on sp3, the wireless would cut of after about 3 mins and it would just randomly crash

once u get rif of all the ***** running on vista it runs superfast


That's bad news... What sort of Vista ***** can we get rid off?

I've just bought 2Gb of additional memory from Scan for £13.21 to put in this laptop: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/2GB-DDR2-SO-DIMM-PC2-6400-(800)-200-Pin-Non-ECC-Unbuffered (I hope this is alright..)

BTW the laptop is not for me, hence the XP question - as the person it is for, want XP on it. Personally, I don't like Vista either...
#37
I personally have been using Vista for 2 years and would be loathed to go back to xp, I did have it dual booted on my 2nd HDD just in case though. With these specifications on the machine, it would run Vista really well imo.
As reliable as XP is, it really is an aging OS - all new software has Vista drivers and for the foreseeable future will; XP however will eventually be phased out... (People who disagree would probably love to say that Windows 98 and 95 are still productive, I'm sure they are - but support for those OSes have ended and for the majority of people that matters)
Microsoft are not going to abandon Windows Vista (it's a major OS release, bigger than OS X & much bigger than Linux and you don't see people abandoning Linux because it's not so popular) but it's made it's intentions clear that it will abandon Windows XP - and without windows update, it's just a sitting target for all the bad stuff on the internet out there.

Anyways, back to the Laptop - This is a good deal for a 15" laptop let alone a 12.1" (Which you'd suspect would be cheaper but infact is the complete reverse) - Just going to wait for the summer to purchase a laptop for me though;-) Something along the lines of this or a Dell Studio 15 if I can haggle over the phone good enough:-D
#38
If I were to upgrade this to 4GB RAM would it void the manufactures warrenty?
Or if i changed it back to 2GB if anything wrong would they be able to tell?
1 Like #39
son_t
That's bad news... What sort of Vista ***** can we get rid off?


Presumably, like most pre-built PCs and notebooks these days, it comes with a lot of pre-installed rubbish that isn't needed. A lot of that can be uninstalled (things like trial software, support software etc). This can be done either manually via the 'Uninstall a program' option in Control Panel, or an app called Decrapifier can also help to remove large amounts of bloatware quickly.

The most effective solution, if it comes with a Vista DVD, is to do a completely clean install of Vista. That way nothing unnecessary is ever being installed. Does mean that you need to install all the necessary drivers and applications manually, so it's not the best route if you're not sure how to do that or what's needed.

_Ross_
If I were to upgrade this to 4GB RAM would it void the manufactures warrenty?
Or if i changed it back to 2GB if anything wrong would they be able to tell?


It shouldn't void the warranty, it's just a small flap on the bottom that you unscrew so there's no way for them to know regardless.
#40
Is there a way around the £4.99 postage charge? or any voucher codes?

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