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The ACER TM2414WLMI laptop - I'm just posting this quickly - it's a good offer from comet, check out the deal through the "Go to deal" button! Perfect for students heading off to uni this semester...It comes with the laptop bag, security software and a mouse as well.

Details: Processor speed: 1.6 GHz, Processor: Intel Celeron Mobile, Screen size: 15.4"widescreen, Storage (hard drive): 40 GB, Memory (RAM): 256 Mb, Graphics: 128MB.
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#1
[IMG-float=right]http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_large/995129.jpg[/IMG-float]Brand ACER

Processor Intel Celeron Mobile The entry level processor from Intel built specifically for laptops with improved performance and battery life.

Processor model number 380 The model of the processor- the higher the number the better

Processor speed 1.6 GHz the clock speed of the processor measured in Ghz. The higher the number, the faster the laptop will perform Processor bus 400 MHz How quickly the processor can recieve information to work on - the higher this number, the more powerful the laptop is

Processor cache 1 Mb The buffer of the processor - the larger it is the smoother the laptop will work

Memory (RAM) 256 Mb Allows more functions to be performed at once. More memory means a faster PC

Storage (hard drive) 40 GB Also known as the hard disk, where all your files, such as documents, MP3 music and games are stored. Larger drives can store more. 1GB = 200 MP3 music songs

Screen size 15.4"widescreen The size and shape of the screen. Widescreen gives you laptop a cinematic shaped screen, great for watching films. Look for bright screens which are clearer, and easier to read in bright lighting such as outdoors and on trains

Built-in wireless networking Yes Allows easy connection to a existing wireless network such a s in a office or even to any wireless hot spot. You could th en dowload your emails or surf the internet wirelessly.

Optical drive Plays & records CDs and DVDs Choose an optical drive that suits your needs. CDs are great for albums, DVDs are great for large data back-ups and movies. Look for Blu-Ray and HD DVD drives which are the latest technology and give far more storage - great for high definition content & data back-ups

Lightscribe technology Not featured

Operating system Windows XP Home Operating system is what you see when you use the computer. Windows XP is the current standard, there are 3 versions - Home is the basic version, Professional is for use with networks, Media Center is for organising and enjoying your pictures, music & TV. Vista is the next version about to be released - a Vista Ready computer is more futureproof

Application software tbc

Graphics 128MB An economical solution that borrows your computers main memory to use for graphics. Fine for basic computing tasks but not powerful enough for digital photography, video editing and gaming

USB 2.0 slots 4 Lets you connect peripherals such as printers and digital cameras to your laptop

Firewire Not featured

Media card slots tbc

PC card slots 1 An expansion slot for adding an additional card to your PC - for adding functionsl like extra Firewire or USB sockets or adding a TV tuner

Speakers Stereo produces sound from the laptop. Great for watching DVDs, li stening to music and playing games.

Built-in bluetooth Not featured

Built-in webcam Not featured

Battery life (maximum) 2:00 hours The approximate life of the battery in hours. This is dependant on what the laptop is being used for.

Laptop weight (kg) 2.75 kg The weight of the laptop measured in KGs. Look for a light laptop if you are going to be using the laptop on the move.
banned#2
Didn’t someone mention earlier in the week this was for £299 at Tesco’s?
#3
I can't recall hotuk. I've done a search for this model number, and it has never been listed on this forum.
banned#4
Hi Emma,

Here is the link for the deal posted by Edi.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22669
#5
hotuk
Hi Emma,

Here is the link for the deal posted by Edi.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22669


Ah I see. I couldn't find it as the model number was not in th OP.

This is just a different package for students, same base unit I suppose.
banned#6
I am thinking of buying this or the Woolworths £399 Medion with the centrino processor

Which one would you recommend?

Medions are they any good?

Thanks
#7
The specs on both are really similar, with not many differences at all. IMHO I would prefer Acer as a make over the Medion. I actually prefer the look of the Acer more.

Maybe the techies can see something in the spec that I am missing, but I think they are almost identical.
banned#8
I also prefer the look of the Acer
#9
I know the look of a laptop shouldn't really affect your purchase decision, but we have to admit it, it can affect it!
#10
As with other laptops in this kind of spec, probably helpful to add at least another 256Mb RAM from Crucial. Buy through QuidCo.Com to earn cashback and also for another 5% off I think they still have a discount applicable. If not, use http://www.crucial.com/computeractive which will give the 5% off.
#11
Hi there

Just bought this Laptop fromTescos for £299 for my daughter. It is a real bargain. Turned it on last night and was amazed at the quality. I also bought the slightly dearer one for the other daughter at £449 (she put the extra money to it)which has a better screen and a better memory 1024mb ram
These both machines are real quality and I certainly would recommend them. So check out your local Tescos because they are leaving the shops like hot cakes. Our local staore (Bloomfields Shopping Centre, Bangor) has now only got the two dearer models.
Does the Comet model come with a mouse and a case? because the Tescos one doesn't.......so maybe that is why they are dearer
#12
Mind you £50 for a case and mouse is a little steep.

Thanks for the feedback on the Tesco offers Kerrso05 ;)
#13
hotuk
I am thinking of buying this or the Woolworths £399 Medion with the centrino processor

Which one would you recommend?

Medions are they any good?

Thanks


Just a few of my thoughts... centrino mobile tends to be very good in laptops and are designed to not eat up battery time. this laptop is advertised as having a 2 hour battery life (which in practise will probably amount to 1 - 1.5 hours). This would function well as a desktop but wouldn't give you time to watch a film on the train! In addition, WiFi would reduce battery life significantly.

I would also agree that this laptop would almost certainly need a RAM upgrade as 256mb just about allows you to boot up windows xp!

That said, I think this a fantastic deal on an entry level laptop. The processor is mobile (although not centrino) and it has a DVDRW which is pretty uncommon on a laptop at this price. RAM can be easily and cheaply upgraded.

Hope someone finds this useful!
[admin]#14
Who first posted the Tesco offer? It should really be its own post as an offline deal as it's a good back to school offer.
#15
I think it's already posted by edi?
#16
Maybe not lol There've been so many laptops recently I've lost track. I'm sure it's on here somewhere...
#17
Kerrso05
Hi there

Just bought this Laptop fromTescos for £299 for my daughter. It is a real bargain. Turned it on last night and was amazed at the quality. I also bought the slightly dearer one for the other daughter at £449 (she put the extra money to it)which has a better screen and a better memory 1024mb ram
These both machines are real quality and I certainly would recommend them. So check out your local Tescos because they are leaving the shops like hot cakes. Our local staore (Bloomfields Shopping Centre, Bangor) has now only got the two dearer models.
Does the Comet model come with a mouse and a case? because the Tescos one doesn't.......so maybe that is why they are dearer
Is the Tesco one the same model Acer TM2414WLMI for £299 Kerrso05? If it is, would you like to post the details seperately in a post of its own? Or enter the details here, so a moderator can post if you prefer not to :) Thanks very much ;)
#18
There was a tv comercial for comet just now saying they had an acer laptop for £299 so either the website is out of date or they are cheaper in store. I was just thinking how laptops are getting as cheap as desktops.
#19
I think it's preparing for the weekend offers then zxcvbnm :)
#20
Welcome to HotUKDeals by the way and thanks for the info ;)
#21
rayman
Is the Tesco one the same model Acer TM2414WLMI for £299 Kerrso05? ;)


I think it is the same model but you can only buy these laptops in the store.......you can't get them on the internet from Tescos.
For what it is worth I think the Battery life is very short but as some one said it is only an entry level Laptop...........so what you get for your money is very good. Even Acer themselves don't do such a good deal. :-)
#22
Thanks for the reply and information Kerrso05 :)
#23
Just thought I'd add to this. I bought one of these Laptops from Comet for £275. Great value for money for ~ £300. Even with 256MB RAM I think its ok for just general stuff like surfing the web, emailing and word processing. The main thing is that it comes with a DVD Rewriter drive that i think can be flashed (will double check this) with newer firmware that allows it to write to DVD-RAM as well and has wireless built in.

Even though they are just 1.6GHz Celeron M's they still perform as good as about a 2.6-2.8GHz Pentium 4.

I've heard that the tesco versions come with glossy screens where as the comet ones come with the normal dull type screens. Can anyone confirm this?
[admin]#24
How did you get it for £275 vdub_geezer??
#25
I'd be very wary of flashing a DVDReWriter drive to make it write to DVDRAM. As far as I know, there's a physical difference in the way they write to different media and software or firmware flashing probably couldn't do that.

If anyone has succeeded in doing this, please let us know :) Thanks ;)
#26
The DVD-RW actually supports wrting to DVD-RAM but the Acer Firmware disables the option for some reason.

This is the drive that I got with mine Pioneer DVR-K16

The drive comes up as DVR-K16RA as default from Acer and once flashed it is the DVR-K16. I can confirm that this works and the drive comes up as DVD-RAM Drive in "My Computer". :grin:

I got the firmware from: http://tdb.rpc1.org/#DVRK16

That firmware also disables region protection on the drive itself and is supposed to give better write quality on DVDs.

From what I've heard though you can't "reflash" the drive with the original Acer firmware, not that you'd want to.
#27
Hmm.. Intereting that Acer disables the DVDRAM feature... Thanks for the information vdub_geezer and Welcome to HotUKDeals by the way :)

It's a good point to make that yours is the Pioneer DVR-K16, as quite often different drives are used in similar models.
#28
Yes, echoing Rayman, thanks to everyone for all the extra info in this thread. :thumbsup: Cheers
#29
very hard to get a hold of this laptop for me. i tried all the comet stores in manchester and all the tesco ones as well. no stock and there is a waiting list :-(

great deal though.
#30
Hi
THose of you still interested in this deal there have been some available in the local Comet stores. When I checked three days before they had no stock but when I checked this morning there were some in stock again.
Hurry before they sell out again!!
#31
dealhunter
Hi
THose of you still interested in this deal there have been some available in the local Comet stores. When I checked three days before they had no stock but when I checked this morning there were some in stock again.
Hurry before they sell out again!!


Cheers for the info dealhunter! :thumbsup:
#32
Also selling the laptop itself for £299 in-store at Comet again...
#33
Thanks Emma
Now all I am looking for is a router and then i can have my computer all to myself :-D
#34
I bought one from Tesco for my brother and can confirm it has a glossy finish to the screen. Works very well and appears excellent value for money.
#35
You're welcome dealhunter. That's what this site's all about :D

And thank you for the feedback rockpeblar - good to hear your opinions.
#36
Well at least I didn't imagine seeing it advertised at the £299 price.

http://www.asa.org.uk/asa/adjudications/Public/TF_ADJ_41940.htm

Ad
A TV ad, for a laptop, stated "At Comet, we check thousands of prices every week. Save £100 on this wireless laptop now only £299 ..." The ad featured Comet's website address, [url]www.comet.co.uk[/url].

Issue
The complainants, one of whom tried to purchase via the website but could only find the laptop as part of a higher priced package, and the other who could not find the laptop at any of the stores he visited, challenged the availability of the laptop at the advertised price.

BCAP TV Advertising Code: 5.2.3;5.3.1;11.2.2

Response
Comet told us the laptop was available at £299 at all their stores when the ad was first aired and they believed they had forecast enough stock to last at least two weeks. However, they said demand had been greater than anticipated and all stock had sold out in a few days. Comet explained that the price of £299 was for the laptop only and was exclusive of any extras that would make up a package price. They told us the £299 price was available in-store only and their website address was included in the ad in error because the laptop was only available online as part of a higher-priced package. Comet said they had put procedures in place to ensure such errors did not happen in future.

The BACC said they had asked Comet to confirm they had enough stock in place to cope with anticipated demand. They said, on this occasion, it appeared Comet had not anticipated the popularity of the offer and had also made a mistake by including the website address in the ad. The BACC emphasised that they always carried out checks to ensure availability of products and would continue to do so.

Assessment
Upheld
The ASA noted Comet had attempted to assess likely demand for the laptop and also noted the inclusion of the Comet website address was a mistake. We welcomed Comet's assurance that a system had been put in place to ensure that this type of error was avoided in future. Nevertheless, we were concerned that two consumers had been unable to take advantage of the offer, and that the customer who tried to purchase in-store could not obtain the laptop at the advertised price, despite its availability online as part of a higher-priced package.

The ad breached CAP (Broadcast) TV Advertising Standards Code rules 5.2.3 (Qualifications), 5.3.1 (Accurate pricing) and 11.2.2 (Distance selling).

Action
We reminded Comet and the BACC to ensure future TV ads made clear any limitations on availability in relation to offers. The ad should not be shown again in its current form.
#37
Very interesting read zxcvbnm. I hope they comply with the recommendations... If they don't, there's at least 2 people who will be keeping their eye on future adverts!

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