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Advent 9117 refurb laptop £224.99 @ Dixons

£224.99 @ Dixons
This 17" Widescreen Laptop is Amazing value. Get yours today or lose out! * Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2310 * (1.46 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB Cache) * Genuine Windows Vista (R) H… Read More
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8y, 8m agoFound 8 years, 8 months ago
This 17" Widescreen Laptop is Amazing value. Get yours today or lose out!

* Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2310
* (1.46 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB Cache)
* Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium
* 1 GB Memory
* 120 GB Hard Drive
£5.00 off using code SAVE5
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#1
blimey a 17" lappy for £225 notes??
#2
that is a pretty damn poor spec, to be honest, you can get a brand new netbook, simlar spec (minus the 17" screen) for around the same price.

secondly it is an advent and they are just terrible, and thirdly you would have to deal with dsgi and the techguys for aftersales support.

I would definitely stay away from this one, by the way steveo do you work for dsgi as it souds like you do when you say things like "Get yours today or lose out!"
#3
thats prob a cut and paste, and if you really want a 17" laptop and are on a budget, this aint too bad.
#4
curofone
that is a pretty damn poor spec, to be honest, you can get a brand new netbook, simlar spec (minus the 17" screen) for around the same price.

secondly it is an advent and they are just terrible, and thirdly you would have to deal with dsgi and the techguys for aftersales support.

I would definitely stay away from this one, by the way steveo do you work for dsgi as it souds like you do when you say things like "Get yours today or lose out!"


thats what it says on the dixons site. just thought it was alrite for the price thats all.
went to all the bother to post it just dont think i will bother next time
#5
curofone
that is a pretty damn poor spec, to be honest, you can get a brand new netbook, simlar spec (minus the 17" screen) for around the same price.

secondly it is an advent and they are just terrible, and thirdly you would have to deal with dsgi and the techguys for aftersales support.

I would definitely stay away from this one, by the way steveo do you work for dsgi as it souds like you do when you say things like "Get yours today or lose out!"


States "Get yours today or lose out!" on the site:-D Was thinking about 1 for the kids mainly for the internet. Dual core but only 1gb ram on vista premium, would this be quick enough? And are advent that bad?:thumbsup:
#6
steveo22;3466795
thats what it says on the dixons site. just thought it was alrite for the price thats all.
went to all the bother to post it just dont think i will bother next time


Please do, dont listen to them. Everyone has an opinion :thumbsup:
Keep posting..you get some good deals, but some not so good deals! Its life. Welcome btw. :)
#7
steveo22
thats what it says on the dixons site. just thought it was alrite for the price thats all.
went to all the bother to post it just dont think i will bother next time


The whole point of having the hot and cold thing and a forum is so we can post our opinions on the deals that people find. Far worse has been said about other deals that what i said about yours. a deal i posted was voted cold, stupidly in my opinion but it was still was posted cold yet i still use this forum and post other deals.

As for the laptop, i just dont know why you would get a low end spec laptop with a 17" screen buy something with 15" or less with a better spec. Surely the laptop running faster and being more future proof is better than a 17" screen,

oh and sorry for suggesting you worked for dsgi, i did not check out the dixons website so did not realise that you had copy and pasted it.
#8
kramvic
States "Get yours today or lose out!" on the site:-D Was thinking about 1 for the kids mainly for the internet. Dual core but only 1gb ram on vista premium, would this be quick enough? And are advent that bad?:thumbsup:


Advent are DSGi (pcworld, dixons, currys) own brand machines. They are built to budget and therefore you get what you pay for with them, If you need a laptop with 17" screen then you will not find one at this price but you are better off paying an extra £100 and getting a latop with a 15" screen and a far better spec. also like you said i would not like to run vista home premium on 1gb of ram, also i am assuming the graphics are shared so it will not even be 1gb
#9
curofone
Advent are DSGi (pcworld, dixons, currys) own brand machines. They are built to budget and therefore you get what you pay for with them, If you need a laptop with 17" screen then you will not find one at this price but you are better off paying an extra £100 and getting a latop with a 15" screen and a far better spec. also like you said i would not like to run vista home premium on 1gb of ram, also i am assuming the graphics are shared so it will not even be 1gb


Cheers for that, it sounds as though it's 2x512mb so to upgrade would be a bit of a pain as well, although with £5 voucher and approx £9 quidco, can't be such a bad deal £216 for a 17" lappy :thumbsup:
#10
cheers no probs mate.. so the spec is no good or the make ??
was going to buy this pleased i waited for the comments.
#11
steveo22
cheers no probs mate.. so the spec is no good or the make ??
was going to buy this pleased i waited for the comments.


2gb ram will cost £17.99 from play, that will ease vista along plenty. I doubt you will find a 17" lappy cheaper, if space is not a factor its decent enough for the money.
#12
steveo22
cheers no probs mate.. so the spec is no good or the make ??
was going to buy this pleased i waited for the comments.


The brand in my humble opinion is terrible, i hate to say that is becuase i do not like to admit this but i worked for the techguys when i took a gap year from university and therefore i know how poorly trained the staff are and how they actually say they are now a none technical call centre yet they are the people you have to ring when your machine goes wrong. Do not get me wrong there are still some good technical people that work there but most have been forced out of the door since capita took over the call centre and brought in a bonus scheme that encourages the call handlers to fob customer off rather than helping.

From working in the call centre i also know that just about every call recieved is about there low end machines either advent, emachines or eisystems. some would say that is becuase more of these are sold as they are cheap, i would say it is becuase they are p*ss poor machine that were always breaking.

As i have also stated that the spec is nothing great, the processor is old (should be looking at core 2 duo now), the ram is low (although you can upgrade that yourself cheaply but you shouldnt have to) and the hard drive is pretty small (i would want at least 160gb now), oh and it is refurb so you know it has had problem in the past
#13
curofone
The brand in my humble opinion is terrible, i hate to say that is becuase i do not like to admit this but i worked for the techguys when i took a gap year from university and therefore i know how poorly trained the staff are and how they actually say they are now a none technical call centre yet they are the people you have to ring when your machine goes wrong. Do not get me wrong there are still some good technical people that work there but most have been forced out of the door since capita took over the call centre and brought in a bonus scheme that encourages the call handlers to fob customer off rather than helping.

From working in the call centre i also know that just about every call recieved is about there low end machines either advent, emachines or eisystems. some would say that is becuase more of these are sold as they are cheap, i would say it is becuase they are p*ss poor machine that were always breaking.

As i have also stated that the spec is nothing great and if you go through the computer deals on this forum you should be able to find better specs for not much other £300 mark.

That has just made my mind up and quite a lot of other peoples as well I would have thought.:)
#14
curofone;3466764
that is a pretty damn poor spec, to be honest, you can get a brand new netbook, simlar spec (minus the 17" screen) for around the same price.

secondly it is an advent and they are just terrible, and thirdly you would have to deal with dsgi and the techguys for aftersales support.

I would definitely stay away from this one, by the way steveo do you work for dsgi as it souds like you do when you say things like "Get yours today or lose out!"


??? The Netbooks come with a 1.6ghz single core Intel Atom processor usually.This is an in-order processor which will be destroyed in the performance stakes by the dual core Intel Pentium.The newer generation Intel Pentium processors like the T2310 are bascially a reduced specification Core2 processor with 1mb cache which is a much faster out-of-order design than the Intel Atom. The whole point of a 17 inch notebook is not portability but for screen size and resolution which will much higher than the 1024x600 of most 10 inch netbooks.
The main limitation in the specifications is the 1gb of RAM. 2gb will be better unless you tone done some of the Vista Home Premium settings.120gb is enough for the average user unless you are downloading loads of stuff.

A company like Toshiba would be better for customer service but then you would pay much more! You get what you pay for in the end!
#15
Thanks steveo22, just what I was looking for :-D Was going to get a cheap Dell (£251) a few weeks ago but held back. Had a look tonight and they're back up to £300 so this will be perfect for my basic needs.

Heat and rep added :)
#16
good deal - voted hot

ignore the richards
#17
KITTYBOTS
??? The Netbooks come with a 1.6ghz single core Intel Atom processor usually.This is an in-order processor which will be destroyed in the performance stakes by the dual core Intel Pentium.The newer generation Intel Pentium processors like the T2310 are bascially a reduced specification Core2 processor with 1mb cache which is a much faster out-of-order design than the Intel Atom. The whole point of a 17 inch notebook is not portability but for screen size and resolution which will much higher than the 1024x600 of most 10 inch netbooks.
The main limitation in the specifications is the 1gb of RAM. 2gb will be better unless you tone done some of the Vista Home Premium settings.120gb is enough for the average user unless you are downloading loads of stuff.

A company like Toshiba would be better for customer service but then you would pay much more! You get what you pay for in the end!


This machine is capable of doing no more than the basics of what a modern laptop top can do the same as the netbooks. and i bet the speed difference of the processors is not much different to due to the fact that they are more efficient in handling their tasks.

you can buy compaqs(owned by hp) for a little over £300 with better spec and just under £300 for the same spec. you can buy toshiba, hp and sony machines from £350 with better specs and you can buy loads of acer machines around the same price points with various specs. Yes none of these machine have 17" screens but is that really such a big factor? I have two laptops one for gaming that has a 17" screen and one for everything else that is 15.4" inch and that size screen is more than adequate for doing everything this advent can do. oh the onboard graphis is upto 256mb ram so have fun with vista home premium 768mb left.

buying a cheap advent laptop is false econemy yeah it might be cheap now but there is no way it is going to last as a better brand, plus there is all the times you will have to ring up the call centre to get the machine repaired and then the inconvience of not having your laptop.

advents are like french cars, cheap and poorly made in the end you will wish that you had spent that little bit extra and brought german or japanese
#18
The 17 inch display on the Advent is 1440x900. The fact of the matter is that many people who want the 17 inch notebooks want them so they can watch movies on them and the size difference is enough for them to justify the extra size and weight as opposed to a 15.4 inch one. Every person I know who has a netbook only uses them as a secondary pc for travel use or for use in the garden.

They always have a full sized notebook or desktop for anything even remotely taxing like word processing as they find the tiny 7" to 10" screens on netbooks are just too small for their primary use computer together with the reduced sized keyboards.

On top of that most people still prefer XP or Vista to the various Linux distros available as they are more familar with the Microsoft software. By the time you start adding XP to the netbooks you are looking at £250+.

The single core version of Atom is a very weak processor for any media purposes and in addition the Intel GMA 950 graphics which comes with most of these netbooks has extremely poor video acceleration meaning that the cpu has to do most of the work instead.The X3100 on the Advent has much better video acceleration.

The netbooks also do NOT have a DVD drive which means extra cost to buy an external one.

According to the official specs there is one sodimm free supposedly:

http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/advent/laptop/9117.htm

The only thing that is a main problem is that these are refurbished pcs and NOT brand new.

Like I said earlier you get what you pay for. If you spend more you will get better build quality and customer service. Unfortunately for some people the £70 to £80 to stretch to another comparable notebook from a more established brand is money they do not have.
#19
curofone
This machine is capable of doing no more than the basics of what a modern laptop top can do the same as the netbooks. and i bet the speed difference of the processors is not much different to due to the fact that they are more efficient in handling their tasks.

you can buy compaqs(owned by hp) for a little over £300 with better spec and just under £300 for the same spec. you can buy toshiba, hp and sony machines from £350 with better specs and you can buy loads of acer machines around the same price points with various specs. Yes none of these machine have 17" screens but is that really such a big factor? I have two laptops one for gaming that has a 17" screen and one for everything else that is 15.4" inch and that size screen is more than adequate for doing everything this advent can do. oh the onboard graphis is upto 256mb ram so have fun with vista home premium 768mb left.

buying a cheap advent laptop is false econemy yeah it might be cheap now but there is no way it is going to last as a better brand, plus there is all the times you will have to ring up the call centre to get the machine repaired and then the inconvience of not having your laptop.

advents are like french cars, cheap and poorly made in the end you will wish that you had spent that little bit extra and brought german or japanese


I think you are missing the point - obviously if you spend a bit more - 30% - 50% as you advise - you will get a better laptop - well no sheet sherlock!!

The point of the OP post is that here we have a decent value 17" laptop
#20
phatbhoy
I think you are missing the point - obviously if you spend a bit more - 30% - 50% as you advise - you will get a better laptop - well no sheet sherlock!!

The point of the OP post is that here we have a decent value 17" laptop


obviously you missed my point, buying a refurb advent machine is a false economy, yes it might be cheaper in the short term but but you will soon be paying as the extra with the amount of time the machine is away when you need it, when it does not last anywhere near the amount of time as a proper brand and when you have to pay for pcworlds extended warranty becuase you cant go straight to the manufacturer becuase they are the manufactuer and if you ever read there extended warranty you would realise that they can keep your laptop for upto 6 week at a time when it is being repaired and i promise you it does happen.

and do not think the machine you are getting has brand new parts in it becuase you dont, the refurb parts are just taken from other laptops that have been written off at the workshop so basically you are getting 2, 3 or 4 knackered laptops in 1

and to kittybot this is what i found out about the memory layout - "1GB DDR2 SODIMM PC3200 (1x 512MB Module + 512MB Onboard) "

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