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Acer Aspire 6530G Blu Ray Laptop £455.79 @ Argos

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6y, 10m agoFound 6 years, 10 months ago
Just wondering, is this a laptop that has been massively over priced in the first place?

Spec:

AMD Turion X2 RM-72 dual core processor.

2.1GHz processor speed.

1Mb cache.

4GB RAM.

250GB hard drive.

Multi format dual layer CD/DVD drive with DVD & Blu-Ray movie playback.

16in HD widescreen.
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 graphics display with 512MB VRAM graphics memory.

1 Ethernet port.
Wireless/WiFi enabled - b/g/n.
4 USB ports.
1 HDMI port.
5 in 1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD).

Dolby sound system 2.0 (2 built-in speakers)
Fingerprint reader.
Integrated 0.3MP webcam.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium.
Microsoft Works 8.5 software application.
Preloaded with anti-virus security software with a minimum 30 trial.
Preloaded by the manufacturer with a suite of applications which include: music, photo, movie, business, tuition and gaming software.
Adobe Acrobat reader.
Up to 3.3 hours battery life.
Size (H)4.4, (W)38.5, (D)27.8cm.
Weight 3.4kg.
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#1
A very quick google search shows it cheaper by £6 at Argos!

See!?


Next time, do a bit of research before posting a "deal".
#2
seems like the original deal got £6 cheaper
#3
Tyler Dur...................................... think its past your bed time:thumbsup:
#4
My bad, I didn't even wait for the page to open, just look at where the link was going and didn't see "Argos".

Anyway this laptop was £399 in 2009, see this deal http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/387172/acer-aspire-6530g-t5800-blu-ray-4gb

So I dare say this is not a great deal now.
#5
simon171181
Tyler Dur...................................... think its past your bed time:thumbsup:


You could be right :p
#6
dmaster2000
seems like the original deal got £6 cheaper


That's what confused me. :oops:
#7
processor is not that great but the graphics r good compared to integrated crap
#8
Got this for £399 from the tesco deal


Terrible build quality. Mine has already started to overheat, and the keyboard is already knackered.

Im getting mine repaired under warranty, putting it on ebay, and then buying a mac

Dont every buy an Acer, they are ****!
#9
manbearpig


Dont every buy an Acer, they are ****!


+1
#10
I have this exact laptop, and bought it for around £400 in May 09. Contrary to the negative reviews above, I've had NO problems with it. It plays all my games (BF2, BF2142, Orange Box, WoW, Fallout 3, etc.), and has an excellent GPU for a relatively cheap laptop. Great memory, slightly small HDD, great build quality.

Even at £455, it's still a lot of laptop for the money when compared with other deals atm.
#11
bought this a few months back for about 429 from tescos, ok but don't goto windows 7. Also bluray movies do not appear to playback via hdmi (if anyone has any ideas please pm me!)
#12
mudds
bought this a few months back for about 429 from tescos, ok but don't goto windows 7. Also bluray movies do not appear to playback via hdmi (if anyone has any ideas please pm me!)


download the latest drivers from windows update... found in optional updates....and c wat happens
#13
mudds
bought this a few months back for about 429 from tescos, ok but don't goto windows 7. Also bluray movies do not appear to playback via hdmi (if anyone has any ideas please pm me!)


I

Did you transfer the source using 'Fn + F5'?
#14
I have this - I like it, had it for a year (cost just under £400)
some issues I can't seem to fix e.g. an error always comes up saying ATI driver not supported - tried all i could to stop it but can't - now i am just used to it
also it didn't seem to like doing Blu Ray playback when I first got it, but I downloaded another Blu Ray player software and that works well
not even tried games on it yet as have a PS3 and X360
#15
hi its been reduced to 429.99 now!! im buying
#16
Excellent Laptop.Had mine since April last year and no problems(Tesco £399 offer)
#17
Thou have you benchmark the processor, to other various models from differant manufactuer? This CPU doesnt seem to be as fast, as others compared.
#18
I can recommend this laptop - No problems with ours (from the Tesco deal) so far.
Battery life isnt great but tbh but we rarely unplug ours so not a huge problem for us
#19
I know most people who post on here say Acers have poor build quality and I know I may have been lucky but I've got a Aspire 5633 WMLi which I bought following a deal on here three years ago and its been absolutely brilliant.

Its used everyday (quite often all day). My son who loves the online miniclip games so is always bashing away at the keys and I have a 16 month baby who loves crawling over it or bashing it at any opportunity, but its never gone wrong.

As a said I may have been lucky but you can only go on your own experience.
#20
Cold from me. Poor spec laptop for that price. Not much use having a blu ray player without a full hd screen either. Poor onboard graphics. And it'll cost you at least £70 to install a decent OS on it (unless you go through software4students).
#21
I've had a 6920G for nearly a year now, cost me the same as this with the only difference being mine has a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo instead. All other specs are the same as the 6930G.
For gaming it is pretty good, for example I play Gears of War, Viva Pinata, Battlefield 2, Oblivion, Trackmania and COD4 and they run between 25-50fps with most settings on high. Obviously for some newer games compomises have to be made such as running at 1280x720, or turning off effects such as motion blur and anti-aliasing.
Plays blu-rays with no problems, although watching them at 720p on the laptop screen isn't the best way. However if you hook it up to a HDTV via HDMI it does a fine job.
Its nice and snappy in Windows 7 due to the 4GB RAM, although I can't comment on the AMD CPU.

As others have said Acer is not the best when it comes to build quality, and some of the seperate plastic panels might become slighty raised and loose over time but its barely noticable. Also the rubber feet on the base have a tendency to fall off.

Overall its a decent mid-range gaming laptop, better suited to older games and can be used as a backup or portable blu-ray player. Personally though I think £455 is a bit much considering I got it cheaper a year ago.

Edit: forgot to mention, the speakers are excellent for a laptop and actually have some bass due to the 'Tuba' bass booster. Also note that the bass booster only works in Windows Vista and 7 with the latest Realtek sound driver. Obviously this is installed already when you buy it.
#22
ACER SERVICE IS TOTAL CRAP

Please read

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=338020
#23
Baddie46
ACER SERVICE IS TOTAL CRAP


Biggest computer company in the world.

Can't always be crap.
#25
Acer's are not great, neither is the Medion on here. The only reason to buy this is for cheap as blu ray. Otherwise get yourself a dell or lenovo they will last. Also avoid Turions like the plague they overheat all the time!
#26
I will agree that Acers have a poor rep. That said my Aspire One seems to be OK a year later and I've had Dells in the past which have had key components which have gone within 3 months.

The comment about the rubber feet is so true though - all of mine have gone AWOL.
#27
Baddie46
ACER SERVICE IS TOTAL CRAP

Please read

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=338020


Fujioka
Biggest computer company in the world.

Can't always be crap.


Acer support in the UK had similar issues returning my laptop to me January through to March 2006; years before the Indian call centre (described in the above PCPro thread) was operational.

I reported a fault within the first 24 hours of it arriving & sent it back for a "repair" (even though I had diagnosed that just the AC/DC power brick was faulty). Everything had to be sent back; original packaging, manuals, laptop itself & cables. I bagged everything up as it had arrived to me. Because it failed within 24 hours it was classed as "dead on arrival" by Acer Support; meaning it would be treated as a "high priority". I dread to think how long a resolution would have been if it was a lower priority.

After a very long exchange of similar telephones calls the laptop was lost at Acer's support centre, found again, then lost again, reportedly returned to me (when it still hadn't been looked at), and seven weeks later it came back in some random plain cardboard box with some of the manuals & packaging missing. All they did was replace the part I suggested. The lid of the laptop was also marked.

That was the last Acer machine I bought (of three). All three over-heated to the point of failure. The first I put down to over-use, and bought two more within a few weeks of each other. The last one (costing £1377.91 [in January 2006]) survived two years before some of the internal components melted (although I did not have use of it for the seven weeks I described above).

BFN,

fp.
#28
manbearpig

Dont every buy an Acer, they are ****!


Got told this when I got my old Acer but it went on to make it though 5 years of uni (studying comp science) and even did 1 year's service afterwards as a family laptop.

Continually overworked the processor and memory with my poorly written code, made it though a heap of viruses that led to about 5 reinstalls, was dropped, crushed and banged countless times, even endured a few coffee spills.

:viking:

Finally died just before Christmas, 6 years after I got it but overall, £300 well spent I'd say. :thumbsup:
#29
Gone even cheaper now - showing as £429.99 plus P&P.
#30
Snakebite
Gone even cheaper now - showing as £429.99 plus P&P.


The price includes P&P that is quoted I think
#31
Reload
Got told this when I got my old Acer but it went on to make it though 5 years of uni (studying comp science) and even did 1 year's service afterwards as a family laptop.

Continually overworked the processor and memory with my poorly written code, made it though a heap of viruses that led to about 5 reinstalls, was dropped, crushed and banged countless times, even endured a few coffee spills.

:viking:

Finally died just before Christmas, 6 years after I got it but overall, £300 well spent I'd say. :thumbsup:


Was it an Intel?
#32
Tyler Durden
A very quick google search shows it cheaper by £6 at Argos!

See!?


Next time, do a bit of research before posting a "deal".


no need to be a moron about it, you moron :roll:

Ive got this laptop with the 1gig video ram, its a great laptop. Get over the stigma of Acer and you wont be dissapointed.
#33
sterion75
The price includes P&P that is quoted I think


When I followed the OPs link and went thru to checkout, the total was coming up at £435 (inc delivery) rather than the OP £455 so looks like it has come down in price....
#34
sterion75
Was it an Intel?


Nah, AMD.
#35
striker33
Cold from me. Poor spec laptop for that price. Not much use having a blu ray player without a full hd screen either. Poor onboard graphics. And it'll cost you at least £70 to install a decent OS on it (unless you go through software4students).


theres a free upgrade to windows 7... subject to P&P fee of about £12 ... google acer windows 7 upgrade. And what are you talkin about poor onboard graphics?! this is the best graphics card you can get for under £500
#36
We bought a well spec'd Acer 8930 in June. Within 3 months the Blu Ray player failed then the power socket collapsed. I wasn't impressed with their customer service; they insisted a do a full software restore before they'd look at it for the Blu Ray problem. Anyway, in short, I won't buy from them again.
#37
Neil Jung
We bought a well spec'd Acer 8930 in June. Within 3 months the Blu Ray player failed then the power socket collapsed. I wasn't impressed with their customer service; they insisted a do a full software restore before they'd look at it for the Blu Ray problem. Anyway, in short, I won't buy from them again.


I can understand the reasons for asking you to restore to a previous driver set for the drive to ensure that Acer's supplied drivers have not been overwritten with incompatible ones.

However, surely somebody in the Support team should realise that if an owner is not able to resolve this themselves asking to restore the machine without the use of the onboard disc-based medium drive is just going to be far beyond some owners.



Did you follow their request? Did you have to buy additional kit to do this? (External CD/DVD drive, large capacity USB stick, external USB drive, etc)?
Or was the pre-installation set already on the hard drive?

BFN,

fp.
#38
BR didnt work for me on a new system, but it was down to acer using their own rubbish software. After I did a clean install of windows and installed powerdvd, blueray works perfectly.

BR is a waste, I dont think ive ever used it pasted the initial test.


Also I still stand by saying Acer is about as low laptop quality can go, they havent improved, that just a myth. Cost cutting is obvious everywhere, and anyone that disagrees is completely deluded.
#39
manbearpig
BR didnt work for me on a new system, but it was down to acer using their own rubbish software. After I did a clean install of windows and installed powerdvd, blueray works perfectly.

BR is a waste, I dont think ive ever used it pasted the initial test.


Also I still stand by saying Acer is about as low laptop quality can go, they havent improved, that just a myth. Cost cutting is obvious everywhere, and anyone that disagrees is completely deluded.


Depends how many Blu-ray Disc-based movies you own, I suppose.

How would somebody without your insight spot a laptop where costs had been cut (without opening the case & looking at the components)?

BFN,

fp.
#40
fanpages
I can understand the reasons for asking you to restore to a previous driver set for the drive to ensure that Acer's supplied drivers have not been overwritten with incompatible ones.

However, surely somebody in the Support team should realise that if an owner is not able to resolve this themselves asking to restore the machine without the use of the onboard disc-based medium drive is just going to be far beyond some owners.



Did you follow their request? Did you have to buy additional kit to do this? (External CD/DVD drive, large capacity USB stick, external USB drive, etc)?
Or was the pre-installation set already on the hard drive?

BFN,

fp.


Since I posted my mini rant earlier today, the laptop has been returned. WITH THE WRONG POWER CABLE! It doesn't fit. It's completely different! Words cannot adequately express my annoyance. :x:x:x:x:x I rang to complain and asked for the right part to be sent to arrive tomorrow and the nice man in India said they'd send me another (once he'd got a supervisor to approve it!) and please would I send the wrong one back to them. Pitiful customer service.

And despite telling them on the phone before I sent it back that I'd copied all our stuff onto an external drive (we already owned one) and I wanted them to do whatever needed doing to fix it, they haven't done anything about the Blu ray and said we need to back up our data and run a factory default recovery. And I still don't really know how to run a factory default recovery.

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