Acer Aspire ES1-111M, 11.6" Laptop, Intel Celeron, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD reduced again! £129.00 @ Tesco Direct - HotUKDeals
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This was £129 around Christmas time, and went up to £159, which is the price I purchased it at. It also comes with 100GB One Drive cloud storage for 2 years.

If you're a new customer (or create a new account), you can also save an extra £10, making the price £119! Code: TDX-YGPK

I have it, and it suits my simple needs. I'd recommend it, especially for this price. I called Tesco and have been refunded the difference :)

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106 Likes
cold, can get a macbook for an extra £800
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Thanks to "pillow" member from the Black Friday post :
"For anyone planning on buying this laptop, you cannot install an SSD or standard hard drive. There is a space in the case but the motherboard has had the connector removed (whether you can buy a SATA header and solder it on is anyone's guess). The storage is not an SSD, it's eMMC. It is slower than an SSD but I think it is slightly faster than most laptop mechanical drives.

The laptop is fast and nippy enough for browsing and office based work. I happily have Spotify playing in the background whilst working on documents and it doesn't slow down. For gaming there are lots of videos on youtube but it handles Counterstrike Source on high settings and Prison Architect smoothly so that's enough for me. I have about 8GB of free space after Office, Spotify, Steam and Avast installed , as well as all the windows updates. There is quite a lot of crap pre-installed and I have uninstalled all of the acer stuff except the recovery management software and the "quick access" software which provides the OSD for caps lock etc.

Bare in mind normal sized SD cards will stick out about 1cm. I am looking into buying a transcend low profile sd card which is correctly sized for a 15" MacBook Pro Retina laptop. I think that this card will sit flush. Otherwise it is a really surprisingly nippy laptop. I did have an Asus X205TA with the quadcore baytrail tablet chip and I actually think it is slower than this dual core Celeron chip (also the graphics on this chip is clocked about 100MHz faster).

Battery life is around 8-10 hours of light use (web browsing mainly) (I think Acer severely underestimate their 5 hour claim for some bizarre reason)

Ram can be upgraded but you need to be happy enough to unscrew and unplug cables off the mainboard because you can't access the slot otherwise. And as mentioned you cannot install a 2.5" drive at all."
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ssaass
pillow
ssaass
For the less Computer literate. The following gives more disk space and also speeds up this little Gem!

The manual is downloadable from Acer. http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/drivers

The Recovery Partition ( RP) can be backed up to a 32 Gb USB stick ( the manual states that the actual size is 16+ Gb ) The RP can then be deleted.

Go into the control panel/Programmes and Features and delete everything with the word Acer in front of it.

The only gripe I have with this model albeit a very small grip is there is no Caps lock indicator.

You actually won't be able to delete the recovery partition even if you do create a usb backup.

This from the manual.

After creating the recovery back
up, you can choose to delete the
recovery information on your computer.

The Manual is actually incorrect.

This laptop is partitioned to use a Wimboot setup and thus if you delete the recovery partition you render the laptop unbootable. Clearly that article from acer support needs updating too.

For anyone that does want to upgrade storage in a non-intrusive way, I suggested on the previous thread that you could buy the Transcend Jetdrive 360 (for the MacBook Pro Retina late 2013 model) as it fits perfectly in the sd slot. It comes in 64gb and 128gb capacities. Here's a photo for reference:
http://i58.tinypic.com/2nlgs5z.jpg

If you were inclined you could sand off the little tabs which stop it from going too far in to the slot but I'm happy with how discrete it looks at the moment, and the fact I can remove it easily if necessary. Colour match is spot on too.

Battery life can be quite variable from unit to unit. It seems acer has supplied these laptops with either a 30Wh battery, or a 36Wh battery. I actually had 2 identical laptops (with the same build date no less) with each of the different batteries. Needless to say I sent the lower capacity laptop back. Going from 30Wh to 36Wh represents a difference of 20% (so from 8 hours to over 9.5). Obviously in either case you should still get great battery life (more than 7 hours light work) but obviously it's worth knowing. If you were inclined you could install an acer 48Wh battery that acer includes in a slightly different model as replacing the battery is simply a connector and a couple of screws. As others might have pointed out the bottom of this laptop is incredibly easy to get off (just remove all the screws and it will pop off incredibly easy).

Motherboard is held in with 3 screws, just remove all the connectors, unscrew and remove gently. You can then install the RAM on the underside and replace. If in the future you wanted a bit more performance then I believe the motherboard is identical in layout to another model with the Quad Core N2930 processor. That board also has a SATA header (obviously if you want all of this from the start you might as well just buy that laptop instead).

The screen is also incredibly easy to replace in case of damage. The bezel just pops off (also quite easy to do without damaging anything) and the screen is held in by 4 screws. Unscrew them all, unplug the cable and then replace with a new screen.

In all this is one of the easiest laptops to strip down and replace parts for that I've seen. There's no fiddly plastic clips that refuse to give. No awkwardly placed screws that are impossible to unscrew. And no hidden connectors or latches that you inevitably break because you can't see.


Edited By: pillow on Jan 14, 2015 11:30: fix card name
banned 6 Likes
OK, made a rubbish little video just for 229mel......
Have a lookise and make your own judgement on actually seeing the thing run rather than listening to what people say.

http://youtu.be/_SZTA7Cxnhc


Hope this helps....

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3 Likes #1
open up new account and it will be 119 with code
#2
simplyjimbo
Thanks for your deal. I've added the price and merchant to your title for you :)


thank you! :)
#3
Are these nippy (esp. to start up) - I'd grab it like a shot if it was a chromebook but ironically they are more expensive!
#4
very good price, heat added
#5
Whats the code ???
#6
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kefan77
open up new account and it will be 119 with code


Hey budd.. Do u know the code pls..
1 Like #7
10% - TDX-KGRX

as in OP ;)

EliTom
1 Like #8
I get 7-8 hours battery life out of mine and it is super light. For a portable computer it really is a fantastic machine.
2 Likes #9
Win 8.1?
I thought it would be Chrome at that price.

Not sure how long a 32GB SSD will last though when Windows starts updating itself.
#10
That's a nice little laptop, heat added!

I'd go for this if I didn't already have the Dell 3531 (posted here a million times!)
106 Likes #11
cold, can get a macbook for an extra £800
#12
civic13
cold, can get a macbook for an extra £800


:)
#13
just disable updates I doubt it'll matter for a casual laptop
3 Likes #14
gangapc
Whats the code ???

elitom
10% - TDX-KGRX
as in OP ;)
EliTom

That code doesn't work as it's for furniture apparently.

TDX-YGPK will work and gives £10 off for "new" customers.
#15
civic13
cold, can get a macbook for an extra £800
This has the same screen as an 11 inch Macbook air!... which is £750.
#16
Sorry, this eCoupon is no longer valid. Please check the expiry date
#18
Is there really a better laptop for this price? I'm going travelling at the end of May and want a laptop to take that I can do simple photo editing, blogging and it has a decent battery life. Is this going to fit the bill?

I'm unsure whether I should get this or a C720 :(

Edited By: Savedotmoney on Jan 13, 2015 20:25
#19
this was actually 189 then 129 on the black friday deals then once back in stock 159 now back at 129 so buy it bargain :)
#20
Could this handle hd streaming?
1 Like #21
I bought 2 of these laptops and upgrade the ram to 4gb each ,and i know nothing about computers ,Thats how easy it is .They are not lightning fast but ample for simple tasks .
1 Like #22
Savedotmoney
Is there really a better laptop for this price? I'm going travelling at the end of May and want a laptop to take that I can do simple photo editing, blogging and it has a decent battery life. Is this going to fit the bill?


that's exactly why I've bought it, I'm going traveling next month. This laptop is light and is really quick to start up. The memory is an issue, but I've bought a 64gb cruzer fit (I think that's the name) USB, that I'll leave in.

Plus at this price, it wont be the end of the world if it gets damaged or (heavens forbid) stolen.
#23
Grab a 32 - 64 GB SD for under £20 that will help with storage worries
#24
i have had mine since the black Friday deals and is great for surfing the net, light weight and ultra quiet, i have just bought another 2 for my business - the VAT they are even cheaper :)
#25
How easy is it to upgrade the hard drive?
#26
How will these handle office? I'm thinking of getting a couple for work
#27
Nice spec heat added!
#28
I think this netbook doesn't have a SATA port so no SSD upgrades possible. Is that right?
#29
Any opinions on the sound quality from this? and other battery life opinions?

Thanks guys ... close to buying
#30
You're Hot Deals UK famous!!! Haha
1 Like #31
nigelbutler
Any opinions on the sound quality from this? and other battery life opinions?

Thanks guys ... close to buying


I personally don't think the sound quality is that great. It's rather quiet compared to other laptops, and the speakers are located on the bottom lip of the laptop...which I think is silly.

I haven't really tested the battery life, but I think its supposed to be 8hours.
#32
good price. just a shame about not being able to swap out the hard drive.
#33
Cheers Fumika

I got my dad a Asus Chromebook C200 for £149 from amazon over xmas.... great 10 hour battery but sound is a bit odd... bassy but muffled..... i guess will be with small laptops notebooks
#34
SSD, but only 32GB

How much is left after installing Word, Excel and PowerPoint
24 Likes #35
Thanks to "pillow" member from the Black Friday post :
"For anyone planning on buying this laptop, you cannot install an SSD or standard hard drive. There is a space in the case but the motherboard has had the connector removed (whether you can buy a SATA header and solder it on is anyone's guess). The storage is not an SSD, it's eMMC. It is slower than an SSD but I think it is slightly faster than most laptop mechanical drives.

The laptop is fast and nippy enough for browsing and office based work. I happily have Spotify playing in the background whilst working on documents and it doesn't slow down. For gaming there are lots of videos on youtube but it handles Counterstrike Source on high settings and Prison Architect smoothly so that's enough for me. I have about 8GB of free space after Office, Spotify, Steam and Avast installed , as well as all the windows updates. There is quite a lot of crap pre-installed and I have uninstalled all of the acer stuff except the recovery management software and the "quick access" software which provides the OSD for caps lock etc.

Bare in mind normal sized SD cards will stick out about 1cm. I am looking into buying a transcend low profile sd card which is correctly sized for a 15" MacBook Pro Retina laptop. I think that this card will sit flush. Otherwise it is a really surprisingly nippy laptop. I did have an Asus X205TA with the quadcore baytrail tablet chip and I actually think it is slower than this dual core Celeron chip (also the graphics on this chip is clocked about 100MHz faster).

Battery life is around 8-10 hours of light use (web browsing mainly) (I think Acer severely underestimate their 5 hour claim for some bizarre reason)

Ram can be upgraded but you need to be happy enough to unscrew and unplug cables off the mainboard because you can't access the slot otherwise. And as mentioned you cannot install a 2.5" drive at all."
#36
Looks good - but it is heavier than my 7 year old Toshiba R500, which even has a DVD drive.
#37
nigelbutler
Cheers Fumika

I got my dad a Asus Chromebook C200 for £149 from amazon over xmas.... great 10 hour battery but sound is a bit odd... bassy but muffled..... i guess will be with small laptops notebooks


Plus you can't expect too much for the price. You could always buy one of those small speaker pods that are meant to be pretty good and cheap!
#38
Cheers guys - Thanks Mikefrom82 - Your battery life info convinced me to hit pay! .... £119 with code to pick up in store on Thursday!
#39
Can you pit Classic Shell on this to negate W8?
#40
Yes you can put Classic Sheel on it apparently... was reading on the other thread

Ok guys should I install Avast on this as soon as I get it? havent used windows for a while...

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