Acer Aspire 5051AWXMi Laptop - £299 DELIVERED - HotUKDeals
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Main Features: Brand New Microsoft® Windows Vista Home Basic
Aspire 5051AWXMi, AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology MK-36 (2.0 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache), 14.1" WXGA TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, ATI Radeon® Xpress 1100 integrated 3D graphics, with up to 256 MB of shared system memory, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 60GB 5400RPM hard disk drive, 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive, 5-in-1 card reader, 6-cell battery.


* ATI Radeon® Xpress 1100 chipset * MD Turion 64 Mobile Technology MK-36 (2.0 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache)

* 512MB of DDR2 533/667 MHz memory, upgradeable to 4 GB4 using two soDIMM modules (dual-channel support)60GB Hard Disk Drive


* 14.1" WXGA TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, supporting simultaneous multi-window viewing via Acer GridVista

* Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® solution, supporting Acer SignalUp wireless technology

* 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive * LAN: Fast Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready * Modem: 56K ITU V.92 with PTT approval, Wake-on-Ring ready

* PC Card slot (Type II) * 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD) * Three USB 2.0 ports * External display (VGA) port

* S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) port * Headphones/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support * Microphone-in jack

* Line-in jack * Ethernet (RJ-45) port * Modem (RJ-11) port * DC-in jack for AC adapter * 6-cell 4000 mAh Li-ion battery pack

* 512 MB / 1 GB / 2 GB3 DDR2 533/667 MHz soDIMM module * 9-cell 7200 mAh Li-ion battery pack * External USB floppy disk drive * 3-pin 65 W AC adapter
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#1
Not a critisism, just a word of warning.

512mb of memory is barely enough to run Windows Vista.

The fact that part of this memory is used to drive the graphics means you actually have less than 500mb of memory for Vista.

The text says you can use up to 256Mb of the memory to drive the graphics.

If you did that you would be leaving yourself only 256Mb of memory to run Windows Vista.

I would be interested to see the performance of Vista with 256Mb of memory.

Note this only has a 14.1" screen as well.
#2
The performance of this laptop is really horrible, I've had first hand experience of using one, and it's just incredibly slow on windows vista.

Either consider adding an extra 512mb or install Windows XP.

Can't knock the price though, but I think it's been £299 for a while? The quality is very good (as is expected with ACER).
#3
I'm looking for a cheap laptop at the moment, this Toshiba one seems better to me:

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=0&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X2dhbGxlcnk=&product_uid=124932

Comes with 1GB RAM, 15.4" screen, 80Gb hard drive and free carry case, for £40 more. What do you think? I know Acer are good, but I guess Toshiba are good too?
#4
how much would 2 x 1gb memory sticks cost?

would quite like this as i like the portability of the 14.1 screen, speaking of which is this one of those glossy clearview screens or just the standard matt finish?
#5
I have to also say that the spec is not too hot for Vista, it will run pretty slow once you get a few programs on there. Not the best investment at all if you plan to use Vista.

Steve
#6
Just purchase either another 512mb or 1gb stick of RAM. I got the exact deal a while ago for £290 and got 1gb of extra RAM for £23 (all using google checkout).

I never actually tried Vista on it. Just cleaned out all the partitions and installed Ubuntu. It runs fine, struggles with Beryl (but that doesn't bother me too much).

It does seem to run hot sometimes, although I think this is due to Ubuntu. It typically idles at around 47C, but under heavy load (I run XP from with Ubuntu via a virtual machine) it can get up to 58C, and sometimes just cuts, and reboots.

It's a good deal, although my dad managed to get a 2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo (Dell 640M) for £420 on eBay. But at £110 more I can't really complain, although it would have been nice as the Dell is noticeably faster.
#7
I'd prefer a dell
#8
This deal has been posted before (when it had £10 off for Google Checkout as well). I have 2 of these, got extra 1gb of RAM for both. Doesn't have loads of HD space but the extra RAM makes it run fine.
#9
Why bother upgrading with extra ram and worrying if vista will run ok, i have this laptop but with 1gb ram 120gig and it came with vista home premium, all for an extra £100 and i have had it for about a month and i would highly recommend it, have a look at the comments on the ebuyer website, this is a fairly good deal but i wont vote it hot because of the vista issue with this spec laptop.
Spend the extra £100 and you wont be disappointed.
#10
my post above should read 120gig hard drive.
#11
I bought this with 1gb extra ram and optical usb mouse for £312 a few weeks ago. Have Vista Ultimate on it, which runs fine. Also have Windows XP in virtual machine and Fedora Core 7 in another VM. With all that running, it understandably struggles - but is still very useable.

So Id say for the price, it's a great spec. But the 1gb extra is a must.
#12
Isn't this simply £300 worth of laptop for £300? :?
#13
Looks nice, but the laptop is unusable with the memory that comes with it...its painfully slow. Its also rather picky as to what memory you put in there...I bought an extra 1GB and its been freezing on me.
#14
wizball
Isn't this simply £300 worth of laptop for £300? :?

that's a really good point :thumbsup:
#15
ryoooh
that's a really good point :thumbsup:


Thanks!:-D
#16
I listed this deal before (http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=623911#post623911).

The laptop is good value for money at under £300. It struggles with Vista at 512mb ram but I bought 2gb extra and removed the initial 512mb. The problem with Vista is that it takes app. 15GB hard drive, 3gb is partitioned, leaving you 40gb which is nothing as Adobe Premium Suite uses 4gb alone!

I found my laptop to heat up and the wireless adaptor had a mind of its own. I raised a returns RMA with ebuyer and it was collected the following morning and I have recieved an email stating that the laptop was found to be faulty and a new one will be delivered in 2 days time which is excellent customer service.

The only gripe I have with ebuyer is that I wrote down a 1 star rating as the laptop was useless and they did not list the review on their website! Anyway, extra RAM, change over to XP and its a nice laptop. Better than 15.4" if you need to take it around with you.

THE ABOVE IS A REFLECTION OF MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND IT IS NOT A TECHNICAL SUPPORT REVIEW...
#17
abbott
I'd prefer a dell


Don't know why - our company uses them, and their hard drives keep failing - we are now getting Lenovo's (ex-IBM).

As for the Acer - not much point in getting one this low spec'd - it's already practically obsolete...

You really want a core duo or core2 duo....
#18
you know if i installed XP onto this machine instead of vista?

will i be able to find the drivers for all the components e.g. wireless card, 5-in1 card reader, sound card etc

or will they all be vista-only compatibility?

thanks
#19
patrickyuis
you know if i installed XP onto this machine instead of vista?

will i be able to find the drivers for all the components e.g. wireless card, 5-in1 card reader, sound card etc

or will they all be vista-only compatibility?

thanks


All drivers are available on the Acer website.

As for the spec being obsolete already - what a load of nonsense. Looks like he just wanted to get his 2 pence worth. Where is there a better deal for £299?
#20
http://www.avoidacer.com/

Apalling customer service as i can vouch for,
so far it has taken them 4 months to fix my mp3 player,
and 2 months to fix a laptop of my friends.

SEE WEBSITE LINK ABOVE
#21
I ordered one of these laptops the last time it was on hot uk deals. I am still running Vista which came supplied and I upgraded the RAM by 1GB and it runs fine only a little slow on startup and shutdown.

Very good laptop to date and the wireless works fine with no glitches whatsoever!

I felt I had to post this to help people get a fairer view of the laptop as I've had it about a month and its been reliable and good quality.
#22
adrianwood
I ordered one of these laptops the last time it was on hot uk deals. I am still running Vista which came supplied and I upgraded the RAM by 1GB and it runs fine only a little slow on startup and shutdown.

Very good laptop to date and the wireless works fine with no glitches whatsoever!

I felt I had to post this to help people get a fairer view of the laptop as I've had it about a month and its been reliable and good quality.

I've had an Acer Travelmate 292 for 3 years and it is still going strong. In use by the whole family every day and never had a problem.

Plus 3 year warranty including Accidental Damage cover for only £89.

For Vista users, Service Pack 1 will be issued shortly. One of the fixes is to reduce shutdown times.

See http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=559&tag=nl.e539
#23
maxi
http://www.avoidacer.com/

Apalling customer service as i can vouch for,
so far it has taken them 4 months to fix my mp3 player,
and 2 months to fix a laptop of my friends.

SEE WEBSITE LINK ABOVE


I had a problem with my Acer but customer service is not a problem as you do not deal with Acer, but with ebuyer for the first year. You can also take out extended service with ebuyer if you want.
#24
General consensus both here and in the Ebuyer reviews is that the first thing you need to do with this machine is buy new hardware for it cos 512MB isn't enough.

I also notice that some Ebuyer reviews are saying battery life is only 1.5 - 2 hours, and are at least one person says they think they will have to get one of the better batteries for it.

Given the above, I don't really consider this to be a £299 laptop. Buy the time you start adding the required extras you will have virtually paid the 10-20% extra that would have bought a better overall spec in the first place (and probably Vista Premium).

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