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Acer Aspire 7520 / Turion 64 TK55 1.8GHz / 1GB / 80GB / 17" WXGA+ / Laptop £269.99

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* Processor:Turion64 x2 Dual Core TK55 1.8GHz * Memory:1024 Mb * HD Capacity:80 Gb * Display:17" * Graphics Card:NVIDIA GeForce 7000M * Operating System:Vista Home Premium … Read More
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7y, 8m agoFound 7 years, 8 months ago
* Processor:Turion64 x2 Dual Core TK55 1.8GHz
* Memory:1024 Mb
* HD Capacity:80 Gb
* Display:17"
* Graphics Card:NVIDIA GeForce 7000M
* Operating System:Vista Home Premium
* Optical Drive:DVD Super-Multi
* Networking:GLAN, WiFi
* Size (WxDxH):404 (W) x 298 (D) x 38/43 (H) mm
* Weight:3.36 kg (7.41 lbs.) with 6-cell battery
* Other:5 in 1 card reader
* Full Specifications:
* Operating System:Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
* Chipset:NVIDIA nForce 630M chipset
* CPU Section:
* Microprocessor Full Name:TurionTM 64 x2 Dual Core TK55
* Microprocessor Manufacturer:AMD
* Microprocessor Speed (GHz):1.8
* L2 Cache (KB):2 x 256 KB
* Memory:
* Memory Speed (MHz):667
* Memory Type:DDR2
* Memory Size (MB):1024 Mb
* Max Memory Size:4GB
* Hard Disk Drive:
* Hard Drive Capacity (GB):80 Gb
* Hard Drive Type:SATA
* Optical Drive:
* Optical Drive Type:DVD Super-Multi
* Optical Drive Fitting:Built In
* Optical Drive Speed Read:24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD-ROM, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+R, 6X DVD-ROM DL (double-layer), 6X DVD-R DL (double-layer), 6X DVD+R DL (double-layer), 6X DVD-RW, 6X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM
* Optical Drive Speed Write:24X CD-R, 16X CD-RW, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+R, 4X DVD-R DL (double-layer), 4X DVD+R DL (double-layer), 6X DVD-RW, 8X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM
* Display:
* Display Type:Acer Crystalbrite
* Diagonal Size (in):17"
* Resolution Format:1440 x 900
* Resolution Type:WXGA+
* Graphics:
* Graphic Card Full Name:NVIDIA GeForce 7000M
* Memory:Up to 384 MB NVIDIA GeForce 7000M TurboCache
* Interfaces:
* 4 Pin i.LINK (IEEE1394), 400 Mbps:Yes
* DC in:1
* Card reader:5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD)
* Audio out:Yes
* Audio out Type:Headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support
* Microphone Jack:Yes
* RJ-11 Direct Port (Modem):Yes
* RJ-45 Direct Port (Network):Yes
* USB Port (quantity):4
* VGA Connector for Monitor:Yes
* Express Card Slot:Yes
* Express Card Type:ExpressCard/54
* Battery:
* Battery Type:44 W 4000 mAh 6-cell Li-ion battery pack - 2.5-hour battery life
* Connectivity:
* Built-in Modem:56K ITU V.92 with PTT approval8, Wake-on-Ring ready
* Integrated Wireless LAN: Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
* Ethernet network:Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
* Multimedia:
* Intel High Definition Audio compatible:Yes
* Built-in Stereo Speakers:Yes
* 3D Surround:Dolby4-certified surround sound system with two built-in stereo speakers
* Windows Sound System Compatible:Yes
* Features:
* Special Buttons:Empowering Key, Easy-launch buttons: WLAN, Internet, email, Acer Arcade, Volume adjustment wheel
* Supplied Accessories:
* AC Adaptor:Yes
* Battery:Yes
* Power Cord:Yes
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#1
Why the hell is this cold? It's a 17in Laptop with Vista for £270!!! Plus some Quidco..

The mind boggles.. HOT from me!
#2
Great price - might be a struggle with vista though 1gig of mem - worth buying and roll back to xp
#3
Throw another 2GB in for ~£20 and it'll fly! Home Premium as opposed to Basic too, wonder if it qualifies for the 7 upgrade?
#4
I have'nt voted, but I would say cold due to the processor, ram and memory... in my opinion this will run like an asthmatic dog with vista on it...

Still a good price though if you want to do nothing but web browsing and typing letters...
#5
does it have a webcam?
#6
Seems like a great deal once you've (at least) doubled the RAM. Seems to have a spare hard-drive bay too. Bargain for £270 if the size and weight isn't a problem to you.
#7
dcummin
Great price - might be a struggle with vista though 1gig of mem - worth buying and roll back to xp


I'm afraid roll-back to XP is not easy on Acer (problems with over-heating due to their propriator software which has to be run). Maybe better to upgrade to W7 instead.

I had this "monster" for a few days about a year ago. The Gemstone series is very heavy, not really a "carry around" laptop but ok as a desktop replacement.

You would need to spend some money though. Upgrade Ram to at least 2gb (better 3gb). The processor is not the fastes but ok for surfing and office work. The screen is very good. Noise is a problem if you are "noise-sensitive" like me.
#8
Forgive me if this is a stupid question but if the general concensus is that this spec will "struggle" with Vista (and I dont doubt you) surely the manufactures must also know this so why put this spec together in the first place? If its because they know people will upgrade immediately then thats a pretty poor reason imho, far better to make something well capable of decent performence?
#9
all to do with microsoft and their requirements for Vista capable and Vista ready etc which were shall we say a bit on the low side ;)
#10
Voted hot, good price for a 17".
#11
Go Jets
Forgive me if this is a stupid question but if the general concensus is that this spec will "struggle" with Vista (and I dont doubt you) surely the manufactures must also know this so why put this spec together in the first place? If its because they know people will upgrade immediately then thats a pretty poor reason imho, far better to make something well capable of decent performence?


Because idiot consumers are prepared to buy it?

I used to work for a big retailer selling laptops. We'd get a crap £300 laptop in - and tell people it's not worth it, spend the £70-100 on a much better model (this was when you didn't get a dual core for £300 as well). They'd say no, that we were just trying to upsell them, and walk out with their crap laptop. They'd walk back in within a week in most cases, begging for an exchange and upgrade...

So, like I said, idiots are prepared to buy it. And so manufacturers will sell them.

With a RAM upgrade, and the Windows 7 upgrade you should get free, this is a hot deal :)
#12
Go Jets
Forgive me if this is a stupid question but if the general concensus is that this spec will "struggle" with Vista (and I dont doubt you) surely the manufactures must also know this so why put this spec together in the first place? If its because they know people will upgrade immediately then thats a pretty poor reason imho, far better to make something well capable of decent performence?


Well, the machine is 18 months old (I can find reviews from January 2008) and at the time it was a budget machine (under £400 from Tesco the review at http://www.computerbuyer.co.uk/reviews/139821/acer-aspire-7520.html says) so it was likely built to very precise pricing margins. Adding another 2GB of memory might only have been £30 more, but that's 7.5% of the overall price. By not adding that memory they probably kept it under a psychologically important price barrier. The question is more why they shipped it with Vista rather than XP.

The short answer to that; OEMs can't get Windows XP licenses any more (with the exception of netbooks), and hence Vista is the only Microsoft operating system they can offer even if it doesn't run very well on the spec.

Longer answer; Microsoft really, really wanted to kill XP off and have Vista as the only operating system available. However, netbooks came along, initially with various Linux distributions on them, and were very popular. Microsoft wanted in on that action but knew that Vista would not work on machines with that low spec, and XP would be the only option. They also knew that if they started re-offering OEMs XP licenses again that Vista sales would fall through the floor. So they came up with a compromise; they set a maximum hardware specification that defined "netbook" (or "Ultra Low Cost PC") and said that OEMs could only get XP licenses if the hardware specification of their machine was that or below. The spec is (or was, I can't find a recent document); a screen less than 10.2 inches, 1GB RAM max, HDD 80GB max, no touchscreen, 1GHz or slower processor (with the exception for low-power processors like the Atom or C7-M which are allowed up to 1.6GHz).

That's why Microsoft have been so keen on getting Windows 7 smooth on low-end hardware; they want to kill off XP and Vista and only sell (and eventually suppport) one consumer OS.
#13
you cant add it to the basket for some reason otherwise i would have gone for this
#14
My pal has this, big of a bargain but don't think about playing any decent games on it.

:pirate:CJ:pirate:
#15
Thanks for enlightening me guys
#16
No deal as it won't add to my basket in Firefox or IE8.

Would have been a good price.

Working for anyone?
#17
mehmeh
Throw another 2GB in for ~£20 and it'll fly! Home Premium as opposed to Basic too, wonder if it qualifies for the 7 upgrade?


Have a look on here http://www.acer.com/windows7upgrade/

Handy page for various new laptops http://www.cdiscount.co.uk/static/windows7.aspx
#18
this deal is still valid, mods please unexpire.
banned#19
I bought a Acer Aspire 5315 last year, similar spec to this and its not bad for what I use it for. Mainly internet and football manager and even footie manager runs at a decent speed. Hot from me
#20
I bought an Acer with 512Mb ram and 64Mb used of that for graphics, and had Vista basic on it.
That was my first view of Vista and lets say it lasted all of about 10 mins until I went about putting XP on it.

The troyuble is it was for my father in law and he gave it to my idiot sister in law who complained about it crashing occasionally and they reinstalled Vista. Well lets say I wasn't sympathetic when they complained about how slow it was.

I think it was MS that clamped down on PCs being sold with XP after June 07 so it is their fault more than the makers, although Dell did give buyers the option for a while.
#21
pet2000
I'm afraid roll-back to XP is not easy on Acer (problems with over-heating due to their propriator software which has to be run). Maybe better to upgrade to W7 instead.

I had this "monster" for a few days about a year ago. The Gemstone series is very heavy, not really a "carry around" laptop but ok as a desktop replacement.

You would need to spend some money though. Upgrade Ram to at least 2gb (better 3gb). The processor is not the fastes but ok for surfing and office work. The screen is very good. Noise is a problem if you are "noise-sensitive" like me.


No, the proprietary software does NOT have to be run. The proprietary software such as Acer Empowering Technology DOES NOT cause over-heating either - software that adds very little to number of executed CPU cycles will be less taxing than browsing from Internet Explorer! Can I ask where your ideas originated from? It looks familiar but appears that the original source has been misunderstood to piece together a re-arranged article.
#22
btw i dont think this graphics card is too bad.

granted it wont play most new games but its as good as the xhd intergrated ones in most new laptops.

add a gig or two ram and its not a bad desktop replacment for basic duties.

voted hot

edit: cant vote hot lol
#23
This is a great laptop, My girlfriend and I both have one. I use Soldiworks 3D CAD on mine and it runs well. Video encoding is quite fast. Picture quality is real good with the crstalbrite screen.

We both have rolled them back to XP and they are a good solid laptop.

Would advice upgrading memory though.
#24
out of stock now

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