Acer Aspire 7738G,T6600,4GB DDR3,320GB HDD,GeForce GT 240M,17.3" 1600x900,Bluray @ laptopsdirect.co.uk - HotUKDeals
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Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo (T6600 - 2.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB cache)

Screen: 17.3" (Acer CineCrystal, LED Backlit, 1600 x 900 Resolution)

Operating System: 32bit Windows Vista Home Premium Edition

RAM: 4GB (DDR3 1066MHZ)

Hard Drive: 320GB

Optical Drive: Blu-Ray (Blu-Ray HD Play back + DVD-RW & CD-RW)

Graphics: Dedicated (NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 240M with 1GB DDR Dedicated Memory)

Wireless LAN: Wireless (WIFI LINK A,B,G,N Includes MIMO)

Network Card: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet

Integrated Webcam: Yes (Acer Crystal Eye Integrated 1.0Mp webcam)

Card Reader : 5-in-1 card reader (SD//MS/MS-Pro/MMC/xD-Picture card)

USB Ports: 4x USB 2.0 Ports

Bluetooth: Version 2.0

Speakers: Intergrated Stereo Speakers

VGA Port: 1 External VGA Port

Kensington Lock: Kensington lock slot

Charge Time: 2.5 Hours

HDMI: 1 HDMI Connector

Finger Print Reader: Fingerprint Reader

Battery Life: 2-3 Hours (This Specific Model 2.5-hours)

Weight: 3-4 Kg (This Model 3.2 Kg)

Warranty: 12 Months Acer Collect & Return

Free Delivery if you add *any* laptop accessory; best value is IMO their usb keyboard @ £3.97.

See first post for further info. and updates.
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#1
Seems like a tasty machine.

Cpu is nothing special, but sufficient.
Ram is nice & fast DDR3.
Gpu is a high class-2; so will be capable of playing all modern games when detail is reduced.
Nice big screen & high res - though not quite Full-HD.
All other useful accessories are there, Bluray, HDMI, Wireless-N, bluetooth, Gigabit ethernet, 1MP webcam, etc.
Acer's 'free' upgrade to Windows 7 is still available upto 2010/01/31. P&P charge is estimated to be £12.78.

Use code FREEDEL for free delivery (if it isn't free already) - though apparently the code expires on 2010-01-10 @ 23:59.

Next closest price on the net seems to be £549.99 @ saveonlaptops/simplyacer, everyone else is asking significantly more. (>£700)

FYI Manufacturers product code for this laptop is: LX.PFT0X.203

:UPDATE:

Laptopsdirect's price is now matching the acerdirect's price of £519.97. (same company, but I guess the mirror was out of date).
As quidco offer 2% cashback for using the Laptopsdirect website, this means a further saving of £10.40 is possible.
Bringing the total price down to £509.57 Delivered!
Direct link to laptopsdirect here

:UPDATE2:

Updated the url to point at laptopsdirect, now that acerdirect have increased their website's price to £524.97.

:UPDATE3:

The price increase on acerdirect's website has now propagated to laptopsdirect too.
Therefore the basic price is now £524.97, £5 more than it was to begin with.
Obviously it's still better to use laptopsdirect due to the 2% Quidco (£10.50) cashback; which works out at a total of £514.47 Delivered

:UPDATE4:

As expected, the FREEDEL code which gave delivery "Any weekday Up to 4 days. UK mainland." for free has now expired.
As the normal price for this delivery service is £9.97, the final price after quidco cashback is now £524.44 Delivered.

:UPDATE5:

Basic price is back down to £519.97!
Add delivery (£9.97), and take away quidco cashback (£10.40) and you get a final price of £519.54 Delivered

:UPDATE6:

There is some confusion over whether the machine comes with 32bit or 64bit, and Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows Vista Home Premium.

:UPDATE7:

A way of reducing the postage charge is to take advantage of this offer. Free 'within 7 days' delivery for any laptop order that has an accompanying laptop accessory.
There are a great many items in the laptop accessories section; the cheapest best value item is IMO this £3.97 usb keyboard

Using this trick, after 2% quidco cashback (£10.48) you will have gotten the laptop+keyboard for £513.46 Delivered.
#2
i think the laptop and price is hot... but not sure about the company
#3
Ace price for a very good machine :thumbsup:

H+R left
#4
Nice specs, never had much luck with Acers but they seem much better nowadays, and for that price ... :thumbsup:
#5
Very nice find!!
#6
or this machine for a cheaper option?

here
#7
crse2008
or this machine for a cheaper option?

here


A good alternative if you can't afford the extra £70.
Though I think it'd be £70 well spent - as it improves almost every aspect of the spec!
#8
v good spec shame it's an acer , heated for spec
#9
Still eligible for Win 7 upgrade until 31st Janunary - about £13 p&p via Acer
http://www.acer.com/windows7upgrade

Heat added for spec - but google buyitdirect reviews, might be worth the risk at this price
#10
Nice spec, the display resolution is the slightly lower at 1600x900. Graphics card is very adequate for most games, review here: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-240M.17654.0.html
#11
Nice spec, just about perfect for me but unfortunately annoying minor flaws. The charger unit is very loose and dodgy,doesnt look like it will last, the screen doesnt open in full tilt so you cant really have it sitting on your lap to use, the multimedia touch buttons down the side dont work and only 32 bit upgrade for windows 7available. These are only minor probs but so irritating in the long run? I honestly thought I this was my machine....so annoying! Would even have been willing to risk Acer again if it wasn't for theses factors.
#12
BlackJackK;7491181
Nice spec, just about perfect for me but unfortunately annoying minor flaws. The charger unit is very loose and dodgy,doesnt look like it will last, the screen doesnt open in full tilt so you cant really have it sitting on your lap to use, the multimedia touch buttons down the side dont work and only 32 bit upgrade for windows 7available. These are only minor probs but so irritating in the long run? I honestly thought I this was my machine....so annoying! Would even have been willing to risk Acer again if it wasn't for theses factors.


I can't make a lot of sense from your post.......
I have seen some laptop power supplies, and have two Acer ones here at home... what do you mean "loose & dodgy?" :?

What do you mean by "open in full tilt?" to use on a lap? You want to open it flat to use on you knee?

The multimedia buttons will be driven by an Acer driver/utility, it is actually installed & running properly in the first place?

Are you aware it is normally possible to install a 32 bit OR 64 bit version of Windows 7 using the same serial, it is the VERSION that is restricted (eg. you can't install Ultimate with a Home Premium serial)? I would imagine both versions are on the disk.... unless Acer have done things differently to other OEM versions!
You will need to do a clean install, but that's far wiser anyway, and with a new machine, not full of your data and software, is no big deal anyway, just make sure you get all the right drivers & utilities you want to install from their web site before you start.
#13
nihcaj
I can't make a lot of sense from your post.......
I have seen some laptop power supplies, and have two Acer ones here at home... what do you mean "loose & dodgy?" :?

What do you mean by "open in full tilt?" to use on a lap? You want to open it flat to use on you knee?

The multimedia buttons will be driven by an Acer driver/utility, it is actually installed & running properly in the first place?

Are you aware it is normally possible to install a 32 bit OR 64 bit version of Windows 7 using the same serial, it is the VERSION that is restricted (eg. you can't install Ultimate with a Home Premium serial)? I would imagine both versions are on the disk.... unless Acer have done things differently to other OEM versions!
You will need to do a clean install, but that's far wiser anyway, and with a new machine, not full of your data and software, is no big deal anyway, just make sure you get all the right drivers & utilities you want to install from their web site before you start.

Hi Nihcaj, thanks for reply. I have taken my info from this you tube review so may not be accuarate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oGh6leD5Vk

Regarding the Windows update, I actually got a recent Acer upgrade to Windows 7(had to put Acer back because faulty) and it only says 32 bit upgrade not 64 but maybe Im not correct regarding that. Thanks
#14
nice deal
#15
After 4 months of checking dell website I've finally decided!...to go for this one, just ordered lol. I was going to get the 17" studio from dell with touch screen (nearly a grand ouch!) but this is such a good spec for the price. Good find - I cant wait to receive my new laptop :) H&R Added
#16
Updated my first post with details on how to get a further £10 (2%) quidco cashback.
#17
Below is an abridged version of your pm BlackJackK.
I figured it'd be useful to others too; hope you don't mind.

BlackJackK
I have taken my info from this you tube review so may not be accuarate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oGh6leD5Vk


As the laptop he is reviewing appears to be a significantly different spec. to the one the deal is referring to, I can't be sure his negative comments regarding the hinge & media controls are applicable.

I had phoned Laptop direct and they said Acer upgrade would be 32 bit Windows 7, do you know anything about this mate?


Yeah, I think you're right.
It was my understanding that the Windows 7 upgrade program only offered like-for-like, so 32bit Vista Home Premium -> 32bit Windows 7 Home Premium.
I can't be absolutely sure though.

However, I do not think the benefits of 64bit yet outway the compatibility problems that come with running 32bit apps in a 64bit environment.
So while you're OS might only be able to address ~3gb of the 4gb installed, for typical users this will not hinder the machine's performance at all.
Obviously if you were planning to use the machine for CAD, 3D modelling/rendering or other memory intensive tasks this would change.

Also have you got any free next day delivery codes now?


Sorry, my hunt only came across the "FREEDEL" one - which seems redundant as standard delivery appears to be free on laptops anyway?!

Thanks for all your advice I really do appreciate it. For what Im looking for this appears as good as ill get?


Yeah, it ticked all the boxes for what I would want from a laptop too.
It's a little more expensive(~£50) than my Fujitsu deal I posted before xmas, but is overall a much better machine. (faster cpu, faster memory, bigger higher res. screen, bluray, much better battery)

I only wish I actually needed one at the moment as I would buy one too! :thumbsup:
#18
Nice find good specs heat added
#19
Oh its gone up £5 ooooh! Glad I got in there early lol. I have only just read that the "free" windows 7 update isn't actually free...cheeky mmm.

I really can't wait for this laptop to arrive! Has anyone got one and got anything good to say about it?
#20
eddiecox
Oh its gone up £5 ooooh! Glad I got in there early lol. I have only just read that the "free" windows 7 update isn't actually free...cheeky mmm.

I really can't wait for this laptop to arrive! Has anyone got one and got anything good to say about it?


Still £519.97 at acerdirect's sister sight, laptopsdirect.
(where you can also get the 2% quidco)

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_7738_Laptop_LX.PFT0X.203/version.asp

As it looks like it takes 24hours for updates @ acerdirect to filter through to laptopsdirect, i'd guess you've got 1 day to still get it at the cheaper price.

I'll update the original deal to point to the laptopsdirect page rather than acerdirect.
#21
Hot!

One question though for those in the know: The Tech Spec on the laptopsdirect website lists the OS provided as Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Is that right, or is it Vista? Thanks! Also, is it right that this Acer has no expresscard or pcmcia slots?
#22
cracking spec and a great price for this laptop. seems that laptops are coming with more and more kit for the same money. shame my 2 year old acer 5920G is still holding its own somewhat or i'd snap this up!
#23
Ok, time to sell my left nut, I want this!
#24
sirhobo
Hot!

One question though for those in the know: The Tech Spec on the laptopsdirect website lists the OS provided as Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Is that right, or is it Vista? Thanks! Also, is it right that this Acer has no expresscard or pcmcia slots?


Good question; I hadn't noticed that!
If they can get something like the installed OS wrong, it makes you wonder what else might be in error!

As the OS is installed by the OEM, the manufacturer's product code (in this case: LX.PFT0X.203 ) should uniquely identify both the laptop's hardware and software configuration.
As most other retailer stocking the LX.PFT0X.203 seems to advertise it as having Vista Home Premium (presumably 32bit), i'm inclined to believe the Tech Spec. sheet on laptopsdirect is where the error lies.

:edit:

I'm beginning to doubt my previous statement regarding the retailer consensus on what the installed OS is on this laptop 0_o
Several other retailers list it as containing Windows 7 Home Premium, NOT Vista Home Premium.
Here and Here for example.

Predictably, the one place you'd expect to hold the answer... the product list on the manufacturer's website doesn't even list the product as existing!

I think this is a case of both retailers & manufacturers being useless...
#25
Not bad but where would you recommend to buy this one of and hopefully it will come with Win7 really want that on the laptop. Also is there any place to buy Skins for this like sticker skins or plastic shell skins as i have to say ive seen the blue finish and its not my cuppa tea.:p
#26
I don't understand what u are saying.. It says in the laptops direct site that it comes with vista, and win 7 is a possible upgrade..
#27
DudeyGeeza;7497283
I don't understand what u are saying.. It says in the laptops direct site that it comes with vista, and win 7 is a possible upgrade..

If you look at the 'product summary' tab it says Windows Vista, but click on the 'tech spec' tab next to it and it says Windows 7 64 bit.

You're not the only one that's confused.

On an earlier post, the LX..... code is mentioned, yet I've seen Acer laptops before with the same LX..... code but different specs, so even that isn't an exact science.
#28
Hi I contacted Acer about theyre 17" laptops because I really wanted one with windows 7.
The reason I contacted them was that I read in a review somewhere that if you upgrade to windows 7 from Vista the Bluray player doesn't work anymore.
They didn't respond to this problem but stated the following.
"Aspire 7530G Series have the vista operating system however Acer Aspire 7540 have windows 7 operating system"

I know the models are different but the original operating system for the 7738 would only retail with the one operating system in this case it looks like Vista, unless you upgraded and consequently lose the bluray and some other preloaded software.

Something to conside...
#29
spock1958
If you look at the 'product summary' tab it says Windows Vista, but click on the 'tech spec' tab next to it and it says Windows 7 64 bit.

You're not the only one that's confused.

On an earlier post, the LX..... code is mentioned, yet I've seen Acer laptops before with the same LX..... code but different specs, so even that isn't an exact science.


Thats why i was asking :thumbsup:, im hoping that the laptop itself was shipped with Vista but when they sell it to you it will have Win7 disc or Win7 installed over the Vista??
#30
Incidentally the Acer 7530G is in 479.99 in play.com seems like a similar spec,
I'm guessing??
#31
nicolajones
Hi I contacted Acer about theyre 17" laptops because I really wanted one with windows 7.
The reason I contacted them was that I read in a review somewhere that if you upgrade to windows 7 from Vista the Bluray player doesn't work anymore.
They didn't respond to this problem but stated the following.
"Aspire 7530G Series have the vista operating system however Acer Aspire 7540 have windows 7 operating system"

I know the models are different but the original operating system for the 7738 would only retail with the one operating system in this case it looks like Vista, unless you upgraded and consequently lose the bluray and some other preloaded software.

Something to conside...


Good info. Though personally I'd ignore a review that claimed the bluray doesn't work in Windows 7.

Vista & Windows 7 use the same driver model, so there is absolutely no reason (other than user error in setting up the OS & Bluray playing software), that the Bluray drive would stop working under Windows 7.
#32
TehJumpingJawa
Good info. Though personally I'd ignore a review that claimed the bluray doesn't work in Windows 7.

Vista & Windows 7 use the same driver model, so there is absolutely no reason (other than user error in setting up the OS/Bluray playing software), that the Bluray drive would stop working under Windows 7.


Good to know, may reconsider my choice.
#33
Will the HDMI output audio?
#34
This is what the review on upgrading said, bit techy for me!!

"If you upgrade to Windows 7 you WILL LOSE the BLURAY player and the all the add ons including EMPHORIUM TECHNOLOGY and ARCADE DELUXE..to simplyfy you are right down to the BONE..during upgrade the windows tells you that it is looking to see if machine is compatable(IT IS BECAUSE IT HAS VISTA HOME PREMIUM)..it the tells you it was a success..then tells you it is now doing a COMPATABILITY TEST..UH!...sucess!! or was it because now you get a 1/4 of windows 7 programmes..you lose your DVD player..and a box appears saying(LOOKS LIKE THEIR IS NO DVD PLAYER..CLICK HERE TO GO TO MICRSOFT SITE TO HELP YOU PURCHASE ONE!!!strange..or is it?..."
#35
Just a word for those who are knocking Acer, which until the other day included myself. My wife has just took her Vaio to a local PC repairer to have the photo's on it recovered due to the laptop going boom after only 15 months (sony didn't want to know). He said that out of all the different makes that he repairs, the one's that he see's the least is Acer. Which in his words must mean that they are pretty reliable. He did plead with my wife never to buy a sony again as they design everything so that it is so hard to repair, except by sony them selves.

I'm not a techie or anything else, this post just caught my attention after what my wife waas told.
#36
Next purchase witll be my 3rd acer first one is about 10 years old and still works no faults, 2nd is full of viruses and 7 years old with no other faults.

Personally I cant "Fault them" my partner has a high spec Dell and I'd never trade.
#37
nicolajones
Incidentally the Acer 7530G is in 479.99 in play.com seems like a similar spec,
I'm guessing??


Not quite, the play.com lappy has a considerably less powerful GPU and a 1440 x 900 screen resolution
#38
now 524.97 on laptopsdirect. still very good though! anyone know if the platinum 3 year warranty is any good. says includes accidental damage too for £78.64 and includes laptop bag and mouse.
http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/PLATINUM_BUNDLE_17_Inch__-_extended_service_agreement_-_3_years_-_carry-in_Q3.LA221.A00/version.asp
#39
IMO it's still an excellent deal @ £524.97 - how do I go about unexpiring it so I can modify the price....
#40
lprangle21
now 524.97 on laptopsdirect. still very good though! anyone know if the platinum 3 year warranty is any good. says includes accidental damage too for £78.64 and includes laptop bag and mouse.
http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/PLATINUM_BUNDLE_17_Inch__-_extended_service_agreement_-_3_years_-_carry-in_Q3.LA221.A00/version.asp


Personally I would never pay for extended warranty.
As a form of insurance it is massively overpriced.

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