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Advent 4213 - XP Netbook with unlocked 3G Broadband and 160 GB HDD - Reconditioned - £215.00 Delivered @ Currys

£215.00 @ Currys
As an alternative to the reconditioned Dell Mini 9 with unlocked 3G broadband (use any SIM card) posted earlier today, what about the Advent 4213? http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/432379/dell-mini-9-… Read More
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7y, 11m agoFound 7 years, 11 months ago
As an alternative to the reconditioned Dell Mini 9 with unlocked 3G broadband (use any SIM card) posted earlier today, what about the Advent 4213?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/432379/dell-mini-9-with-mobile-broadband-b/

This is £25 more (delivered) and similar in specs (processor, RAM, Windows XP etc) but has a 160GB hard drive instead of 8GB. Some might well think this is worth the extra money.

- Intel Atom N270Processor - Energy efficient
- (1.6GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512MB cache)
- Genuine Windows(R) XP Home
- Memory & storage - 1GB Memory & 160GB HDD
- Portable - 10.2" Widescreen Display & 1.4KG

The only other difference is the size, the Advent has a bigger screen, 10.2" as opposed to 8.9", but there is a trade off here on overall size/weight (not that the Advent is exactly a beast).

Availible in all DSG online stores (Dixons, Currys, PC World) and availible new for £249 instore at PC World and Currys. I have bought Dixons reconditioned before and was very satisfied.
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#1
I can vouch for this machine, as I bought one last year. Good battery life, dual processor speed, good spec. Built in mobile broadband. Great buy at this price.
#2
Agreed - I'd take this over the Dell for a number of reasons mostly related to the fact that this isn't 'comedy sized' :)

Being a clone of the MSI Wind this runs OSX as well as the Mini 9 (can't speak for the BB adaptor support tho).
#3
im 99% sure these are not MSI wind clones, they are made by someone else called ECS iirc
#4
AFAIK the 4211 or some other model is a Wind clone. Don't think this one is.
#5
Still not a bad price for it though, dont know if the MSI bigger batterys will fit it though. This stock has been around since the 80gb 4211 was launched, and never really sold that well, becuase it came in at £349. Over Christmas just gone the price went down to £299 then £279 for the January sales, at which point it was in negative margin.

The only thing i dont like with this laptop is the keybaord and the power button. The power button takes a little getting used to but nothign too serious, however the keyboard doesnt feel as nice as stuff like the 4211 or the samsung NC10/110
#6
Toecutter
I can vouch for this machine, as I bought one last year. Good battery life, dual processor speed, good spec. Built in mobile broadband. Great buy at this price.


"dual processor speed?

What do you mean?
therealjohnpeat;5636678
Being a clone of the MSI Wind this runs OSX as well as the Mini 9 (can't speak for the BB adaptor support tho).
DaveJ86
AFAIK the 4211 or some other model is a Wind clone. Don't think this one is.
Correct - the 4211 and 4211c are the MSI Wind u100 - this is actually made by ECS.
#7
Jakg
"dual processor speed?

What do you mean?Correct - the 4211 and 4211c are the MSI Wind u100 - this is actually made by ECS.


By dual processor speed I mean it has a function button switch that puts the machine in "silent mode" that when selected conserves battery life at the expense of the processor running at full speed. Pretty useful if you don't need that extra processing power.

I believe (have been told) the machine is a rebranded ECS G10IL. The keyboard does take a wee bit of getting used to, but I'm really happy it.
#8
decent netbook. they could have made the keyboard a bit bigger though. i really dont like the shift key being that small.
#9
hi guys please dont call me dumb lol but will it work if i just put my sim card from my iphone in this and use the 3g on it will it still be free like i was using my iphone? thanks
#10
as far as im aware yes this should work, however when using an iphone there will be a limited amount of browsing , ie on a laptop you could have 20 pages open at the same time, whereas you normaly wouldnt have that on a iPhone. Also windows updates... when they come down, they can be big, and this laptop actualy ships with IE6
#11
What do you mean?

It'll work fine - but expect a text from O2 telling you they will cut you off if you dont use it in your phone...
#12
I've had this for several months. So I paid £350 for it, £135 cheaper is a big saving.
The 3g connectivity works fine and its nice not to need a dongle hanging out of it.

Performance is OK, I'd say the same as nearly all netbooks.
Battery is average, we're tlaking about 3 hours, not the five or seven hours some other netbooks claim.

Keyboard isn't great.

Overall, its a betbook much like any other with a built in 3g connector.

For this price though, I'd say its a decent buy.
#13
Does anyone know if a UK sim (Vodafone) would work on this if I used it abroad? Actually, it is possible to just buy an unlocked 3g dongle for my current laptop to use abroad in this manner?
#14
Get an msi wind /clone and a dongle, far far better choice imo.
#15
The trouble is, I can't abide the stupid dongle wiggling around in the side acting like it is going to fall out or break and making the whole thing 50% wider. It amazes me more netbooks don't have the 3g modems built in, to me it makes all the difference in the world, speaking as a former NC10 owner who sold because of this frustration.
#16
justingalore
The trouble is, I can't abide the stupid dongle wiggling around in the side acting like it is going to fall out or break and making the whole thing 50% wider. It amazes me more netbooks don't have the 3g modems built in, to me it makes all the difference in the world, speaking as a former NC10 owner who sold because of this frustration.
You can get an NC10 for around £290, whereas you can get the NC10 with 3G for £315 from Asda...
#17
I've had one of these January and woud reccommend definately at this price......I paid £255 after a £25 Discount Voucher.

It is a rebranded ECS G10IL as someone posted, overall it's a pretty good machine, there have been a few reviews online that weren't great, mainly coming back to that it's MSI clone, 3 Cell battery, keyboard tricky - really only 3 Cell battery is valid as you get about 2 1/2 - 3 hours use out of a battery would have been nice to have a 6 Cell - keyboard, after a week I never thought anything more.

Key reason I bought was the integrated 3G which at the time unless you were prepared to pay 4 figures nothing else had! now most are starting to come out with........

Link here to some unbiased reviews http://www.reevoo.com/reviews/mpn/advent/4213
#18
The NC 10 at asda are Wlan type and not WWAN as mentioned,,,,i have just bought one with Wlan and the price is 315 online not 290.

I have bought two and they are excellent machines. Thinking of selling one as i have now ordered a Mini9 as well.
#19
Not sure about new NC10's but mine did not have a 3G modem.
#20
justingalore;5653266
The trouble is, I can't abide the stupid dongle wiggling around in the side acting like it is going to fall out or break and making the whole thing 50% wider. It amazes me more netbooks don't have the 3g modems built in, to me it makes all the difference in the world, speaking as a former NC10 owner who sold because of this frustration.


Buy something like a wapy gender http://www.vega-mall.com/index_item_view.html?pgCode=005766-000046
#21
I'm waiting for this puppy! HP Mini 5101 http://www.hp.com/united-states/personal_again/datasheets/mini5101.pdf

Brushed Aluminum Finish 10" N280 1.66Ghz 2GB 320GB HSPA Mobile Broadband Module 6 CELL

Due UK Mid Late Aug!
banned#22
sline
I'm waiting for this puppy! HP Mini 5101 http://www.hp.com/united-states/personal_again/datasheets/mini5101.pdf

Brushed Aluminum Finish 10" N280 1.66Ghz 2GB 320GB HSPA Mobile Broadband Module 6 CELL

Due UK Mid Late Aug!


Loving the 6 cell battery 90% charge in 90 mins thats good work even though mini's shouldn't be that power hungry.
#23
dylanlewis2000
im 99% sure these are not MSI wind clones, they are made by someone else called ECS iirc

Quite correct - head over to [url]www.4netbook.com[/url] for the best 4213 community.
#24
Got one myself. Good for most things, but the casing scratches very easily and the keyboard sucks. I'm going to have to flog it and buy myself a netbook with a decent keyboard or a 13.3" laptop for uni in a few months simply because typing on this thing is a nightmare. Takes ages to get used to, and typos are frequent.

If typing speed isn't an issue, and you want good battery life and great mobile broadband, it's a good buy.
#25
ive checked and currys have the best deal in group as free delivery and 4% topcashback. shame just missed the 5% off code. recieved mine today 2 days after ordering. faultless. the weight is ideal. the screen is nice. camera ok for something this size. ethenet connected straight away to internet. only things i dont like is it gets hot very quickly especially by the trackpad which isnt nice on the wrist after a while and would deteriorate in time to overheating im worrying. typing takes a bit of getting used to but believe me its managable. generally impressed for its size sofar as far as internet use goes but advent really need to improve on the battery and more importantly the nasty heat feeling.
#26
Be warned, Currys is a DSG store, their description of 'refurb', means product returned because customer service and purchaser could not narrow down the problem (dsg does not ordinarily allow returns, and it requires an exceptional amount of effort to get a refund), laptop is returned, factory reset and restored, checked for a few minutes, and sent back out.

DSG Refurb = annoying intermittent fault which will drive you nuts and will take ages to persuade customer service anything is wrong.
I have been through this cycle myself, and i have had multiple customers go through exactly the same problem.

Dont do it!
#27
Same price at Dixons & when I looked there was a 5% code on here - 5comp - worth a try.
#28
gazter
Be warned, Currys is a DSG store, their description of 'refurb', means product returned because customer service and purchaser could not narrow down the problem (dsg does not ordinarily allow returns, and it requires an exceptional amount of effort to get a refund), laptop is returned, factory reset and restored, checked for a few minutes, and sent back out.

DSG Refurb = annoying intermittent fault which will drive you nuts and will take ages to persuade customer service anything is wrong.
I have been through this cycle myself, and i have had multiple customers go through exactly the same problem.

Dont do it!


Probably the best advice you'll get on this site mate is that if you honestly believe that you've bought something that doesn't do (or has stopped doing) exactly as it says on the tin, and you get ANY hassle from a retailer, even 2 or 3 years after buying from them, simply invoke the Sale of Goods Act then watch them recoil. They have NO choice other than repair, refund or replace.

...So you CAN buy with confidence from reputable retailers!
#29
Toecutter
Probably the best advice you'll get on this site mate is that if you honestly believe that you've bought something that doesn't do (or has stopped doing) exactly as it says on the tin, and you get ANY hassle from a retailer, even 2 or 3 years after buying from them, simply invoke the Sale of Goods Act then watch them recoil. They have NO choice other than repair, refund or replace.

...So you CAN buy with confidence from reputable retailers!


It isnt that easy. Just for fun try and enforce your consumer rights from a DSG store, take your 13month old laptop down to pcworld and ask them to fix it for free, they will laugh you out of the store.
The only way to enforce your rights with them is to issue county court proceedings, something that most people cannot be bothered to do. Your information about the 2-3 years as well, is not so clear cut, it isnt an all encompassing guarantee against product failure. You have to prove the fault was present at purchase, and that the goods are not of a reasonable quality.

This is not as easy as it sounds, and while a county court judge will be sympathetic and helpful, he cant make the law up.
#30
gazter
It isnt that easy. Just for fun try and enforce your consumer rights from a DSG store, take your 13month old laptop down to pcworld and ask them to fix it for free, they will laugh you out of the store.
The only way to enforce your rights with them is to issue county court proceedings, something that most people cannot be bothered to do. Your information about the 2-3 years as well, is not so clear cut, it isnt an all encompassing guarantee against product failure. You have to prove the fault was present at purchase, and that the goods are not of a reasonable quality.

This is not as easy as it sounds, and while a county court judge will be sympathetic and helpful, he cant make the law up.


100% agree Gazter. The law is already there. But that's where the bit about honesty and "does it do what it says on the tin" bit comes in. If you buy hookey goods at too good to be true prices from a market trader, yep, your man is going to laugh you out of court. If you buy a Netbook from a DSG outlet that claims to have x, y, z spec on it and it falls over (due to an inherent failure) up to 6 years later (5 in Scotland), you have a stone-wall-don't-even-bother-the-clerk-of-court case. Be ballsy enough to ask for the manager, tell him where the dispute is going next and (if I could sell you one) I guarantee that he'll back down. Refund, repair or replace is all he can legally do.
#31
Toecutter;5660138
Probably the best advice you'll get on this site mate is that if you honestly believe that you've bought something that doesn't do (or has stopped doing) exactly as it says on the tin, and you get ANY hassle from a retailer, even 2 or 3 years after buying from them, simply invoke the Sale of Goods Act then watch them recoil. They have NO choice other than repair, refund or replace.

...So you CAN buy with confidence from reputable retailers!


Amen! :thumbsup: Absolutely correct.

Disregard the other bleaters on here who say you will be laughed out of the store! If you have a grievance (as quoted by Toecutter), you are 100% backed by the courts.

If the store manager insists that you are wrong, ask him to put it in writing - or write to him informing him to respond favourably or you will take the matter to the county court.

You WILL win and they will be responsible for your court costs (and theirs).
#32
hi, I bought advent 4213, and i would very much appreciate if anyone can tell me,please what broadband card can i use tor this model? thank you all

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