Advent Sienna 500 Refurbished Laptop Intel Core i5-430M £325 @ Pixmania (Plus £6.00 Delivery) - HotUKDeals
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I think this is a cheap deal for an Intel Core i5 Laptop but accept it is a refurb hence the price.

use code PIXSEPTUK5 for £5 discount, quidco too



Back in stock now at 11:00 08 /10/2010
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PIXSEPTUK5 code has expired, use this instead: PIXBDAYUK5
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Photos: http://www.sendspace.com/file/kt012o
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Specs:

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
DVD-RW: TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633C, firmware: TM01
Wireless: Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
Gigabit Ethernet: JMicron JMC25x PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
Harddrive: 250GB 5400rpm Toshiba MK2565GSX SATA
Card reader: JMB38X SD/MMC/MS Host controller
Memory: 3GB (2GB+1GB) DDR3 1066mhz (brand: ASint)
Battery: 2200mAh, 14.8vdc, 32.56Wh, Rechargeable Li-ion, Battery pack: A14-01-4S1P2200-0
Bios v1.01 04/01/2010
Webcam with built-in mic

Overclocks to 2.53ghz for single core applications under loads, drops to 1.33ghz on idle.

Connections:

HDMI
VGA a.k.a D-SUB
Ethernet
Modem
3 x USB2
Headphone/speaker
Mic
SD card reader
Power connector
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ram is actually 1333mhz but for some reason advent run it at the slower 1066mhz speed. If you sell your 1gb stick on ebay you should get quite a bit more than 1066mhz ram goes for :)
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#1
Cheap compared to the price at other DSG stores.
#2
super hot! having to try hard to stop myself buying this one. Have a core2 laptop don't need it.....must hide my credit cards!
#3
Hot but price should include delivery.
#4
£469.99 refurb at pc world ect, great price for a laptop of this spec, cannot really understand why all the dsg stores only have it as a refurb? must of been alot sent back!!
#5
brookheather
Hot but price should include delivery.


Just noticed the delivery myself only just ordering this now was waiting for some feedback on this before I rushed into it. Slight resevation over the refurb bit just trying to find what sort of warenty it has.
#6
blodnik
use code PIXSEPTUK5 for £5 discount, quidco too. Hot deal!


Thanks for the discount code missed that one... would have made up for most of the carriage
#7
CJB2009
blodnik
use code PIXSEPTUK5 for £5 discount, quidco too. Hot deal!


Thanks for the discount code missed that one... would have made up for most of the carriage


Just deleted my post - saw it in your post and thought I'd repeated it! Any news on the warranty?
#8
#9
cfm2006


Not really an issue for me as I just use it sat in my living room infront of the TV but could be usefull to other people.
#10
blodnik
CJB2009
[quote=blodnik] use code PIXSEPTUK5 for £5 discount, quidco too. Hot deal!


Thanks for the discount code missed that one... would have made up for most of the carriage[/quo
Just deleted my post - saw it in your post and thought I'd repeated it! Any news on the warranty?


Nothing, was hoping someone would post on here saying "no worries what so ever" since i've ordered it now. Think I might give them a ring tomorrow to see what they say never bought a refurb before so unsure what to expect.
#11
advent is already a brand known for its UN-reliability,
an advent refurb just screams PLEASE DONT BUY ME!
(guess why theres so many sent back, and are selling 2nd hand for such a low price)
#12
Good price for a computer for general use however its no good for gaming due to the poor graphics.
Warranty should be 1 year same as PC World as they are part of the same group and it will come from the same stock so doing some searches on the quality of refurbs from PCW will give you a guide.
Main concern I would have with buying a refurb from Pixmania is their poor rep for customer service if anything did go wrong (again do a little search on here or google it will give you the info to make an informed decision).
#13
supermandem
advent is already a brand known for its UN-reliability,
an advent refurb just screams PLEASE DONT BUY ME!
(guess why theres so many sent back, and are selling 2nd hand for such a low price)


O heck, i've already ordered one.... guess i'm going to have to wait and see.
#14
Babboon
Good price for a computer for general use however its no good for gaming due to the poor graphics.
Warranty should be 1 year same as PC World as they are part of the same group and it will come from the same stock so doing some searches on the quality of refurbs from PCW will give you a guide.
Main concern I would have with buying a refurb from Pixmania is their poor rep for customer service if anything did go wrong (again do a little search on here or google it will give you the info to make an informed decision).


Just really wanted it for surfing the internet but was hoping it would be good enough for a bit of Football Manager 2011. Am having a look through google at the moment for some reviews.
#15
It's certainly a lot of computer for the money but not without an element of risk. Anyone already got one of these puppies and/or had a DSG refurb, care to comment?
#16
CJB2009
Babboon
Good price for a computer for general use however its no good for gaming due to the poor graphics.
Warranty should be 1 year same as PC World as they are part of the same group and it will come from the same stock so doing some searches on the quality of refurbs from PCW will give you a guide.
Main concern I would have with buying a refurb from Pixmania is their poor rep for customer service if anything did go wrong (again do a little search on here or google it will give you the info to make an informed decision).


Just really wanted it for surfing the internet but was hoping it would be good enough for a bit of Football Manager 2011. Am having a look through google at the moment for some reviews.



I would get a refund if i was you, these are cheap for a reason.
suspended#17
does this have a 1yr warranty? UK stores would but pixmania is located in france, any know?

£316.22 delivered after £5 code and 3% quidco btw :)

Edited By: hajj_3 on Oct 03, 2010 22:57: .
#18
DSG (currys etc) refurbs are terrible!

I had three from Dixon's in a row - each one was faulty. The nice thing about buying from dixons or currys is they'll handle and pay for the return. I'd imagine that pixmania aren't quite as accomodating.

I wouldn't risk it...
#19
Wow 32MB shared video memory, no wonder it's so cheap.

It's basically a netbook with a fancy processor and poor battery life from what I can see.
suspended#20
2hrs battery life isn't that bad tbh. Yes this isn't meant for gaming, the graphics is inside the CPU chip, it can decode HD video using it so blurays and flash 10.1 will be nice and smooth. You can't expect a gaming laptop for £316!

Its gigabit Lan (10/100/1000) incase anyone was wondering.
#21
supermandem
advent is already a brand known for its UN-reliability,
an advent refurb just screams PLEASE DONT BUY ME!
(guess why theres so many sent back, and are selling 2nd hand for such a low price)


Add to that the worst possible company on earth and you have a very bad deal, Pixmaina have a terrible customer service when things go wrong so when your buying a refurb made by another rubbish brand you are going to feel like pulling your hair out. Its cheap but if you have problems (which you bound to) **** help you.
#22
I bought an Advent laptop from Currys in January and found the keyboard to be awful. Every key worked, but when typing it would miss letters out, which was so frustrating that I took it back. They said it technically wasn't faulty, but fortunately let me pay the extra and change it for an HP. My advice is to steer well clear of Advent.
#23
Some unbelievably stupid posts on here, especially one about 32MB graphics memory and this been a 'netbook' with a fancy processor, LOL GTFO! Some people clearly don't know a thing about computers.

Regardless of how **** Advent, DSG or Pixmania service has been in the past for some people, this is a mega-cheap price for an i5 laptop, nothing else at this price offers specs anywhere near as good!
#24
J400uk
Some unbelievably stupid posts on here, especially one about 32MB graphics memory and this been a 'netbook' with a fancy processor, LOL GTFO!

Actually, you've picked on the wrong person here because I am actually a professional Sys Admin by trade.

I cannot understand why anybody would want a notebook PC with 32MB of shared video memory these days since it isn't even really enough to run the Aero visuals on the OS but to each their own I suppose.
suspended#25
spark: aero runs fine on the core i3/i5 cpu's

performance according to reviews is very good in regards to aero.

So for the average user the integrated intel HD graphics is more than enough. Only gamers would want more.
#26
Sorry, I've been out of the laptop market for a while now, so the video is processed on chip basically meaning that they can put a low end video chipset in there and it will still run the OS and basic tasks to a satisfactory level?

Probably still not my cup of tea but I'm sure it's good enough for most users.
suspended#27
yes the cpu and gpu are all on 1 chip, the gpu part of the chip will run windows 7's technologies including aero fine and also will do hardware decoding of flash 10.1, bluray and some other video codecs. It can even bitstream HD audio.

With hardware decoding you can play a bluray movie or 720p .mkv file with MPC-HC or VLC and only a tiny amount of cpu will be needed as the gpu will do most of the work.

Graphics Base Frequency: 500 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency: 766 MHz

more info here: http://www.intel.com/technology/graphics/intelhd.htm


Edited By: hajj_3 on Oct 04, 2010 00:21: .
#28
Spark
Wow 32MB shared video memory, no wonder it's so cheap.

It's basically a netbook with a fancy processor and poor battery life from what I can see.

Spark


Actually, you've picked on the wrong person here because I am actually a professional Sys Admin by trade.

I cannot understand why anybody would want a notebook PC with 32MB of shared video memory these days since it isn't even really enough to run the Aero visuals on the OS but to each their own I suppose.


Spark
Sorry, I've been out of the laptop market for a while now, so the video is processed on chip basically meaning that they can put a low end video chipset in there and it will still run the OS and basic tasks to a satisfactory level?

Probably still not my cup of tea but I'm sure it's good enough for most users.



:lol: I say some pretty stupid things on here sometimes so you're not alone there Spark!

As Hajj_3 has explained the GMA graphics in the i series processors are perfectly satisfactory for normal video tasks - performance is better by than previous intel integrated graphics.
Notebookcheck has benchmarks and comparisons of CPUs GPUs and Laptops - I found it very useful when buying a laptop recently.
#29
tbh rather wait for sony vaio clearance again... this may be cheap, but prefer to have bluray n extras. :)
#30
I have vast experience within the manufacting sector having worked for IBM as a product quality returns specialist. What makes a unit a refurb one...? There are many answers to that question some units can be returned due to a functional fault, a cosmetic defect , customer may simply have opened the packaging and decided the unit wasnt for them, unit may have been built to the wrong specification etc the list is endless. However once a unit has been sold and the packaging / seals have been opened by a customer then if that unit was returned to the shop / manufacturer it is deemed as being used and there for can only be sold as refurb or as a second user unit. I would have no hesitation of buying a refurb product as many have been originally returned due to a tiny cosmetic fault, missing pixel or simply returned opened but not faulty.
#31
CJB2009
cfm2006


Not really an issue for me as I just use it sat in my living room infront of the TV but could be usefull to other people.

Some of the cheaper notebooks are really noisy (fan, hd, dvd drive). Hope it doesn't spoil your watching tv. :)
#32
topazz
It's certainly a lot of computer for the money but not without an element of risk. Anyone already got one of these puppies and/or had a DSG refurb, care to comment?


markbargain - Oct 03, 2010 23:17
I bought an Advent laptop from Currys in January and found the keyboard to be awful. Every key worked, but when typing it would miss letters out, which was so frustrating that I took it back. They said it technically wasn't faulty, but fortunately let me pay the extra and change it for an HP. My advice is to steer well clear of Advent.

Well, I had several refurb laptops from DSG. All of them had faults without exception. Most are latent, meaning you wont notice them for a while ( usually until you want to use the function). The range of hardware faults on mine: Lid switch broken, the laptop doesn't hybernate when you close the lid (yes, windows settings were fine); built-in microphone didn't work (again no software fault); faulty ram memory; faulty keyboard (some keys were "hit and miss"); faulty BIOS (try to get info from the techguys to flash it, they're a joke); faulty dvd drive.

IMO, none of the units they sell are refurbished. They check whether they switch on and that's all. You need to find the faults yourself and even then they wont be able to fix your laptop. I'd stay away from DSG refurbs (of course you could be lucky).

I also bought refurbs from Argos outlet and was lucky, never had a problem, although some people here reported bad service from them too.


Edited By: pet2000 on Oct 04, 2010 09:19: add
#33
I think the thing with me is that I don't have much to do with desktop hardware these days amd I don't really bother much at home because it seems like a bit of a busman's holiday for me unfortunately. I'm only in these threads at the moment because I'm looking for a new laptop for myself.

I do see a lot of people giving entirely false information on here though, like that whole x86 vs x64 Windows saga in the Comet laptop thread at the moment and nobody has actually proven to me that this thing is a power-machine, just that it will be able to handle the 'glass' effects in newer versions of Windows. :)
#34
Spark
J400uk
Some unbelievably stupid posts on here, especially one about 32MB graphics memory and this been a 'netbook' with a fancy processor, LOL GTFO!


Actually, you've picked on the wrong person here because I am actually a professional Sys Admin by trade.

I cannot understand why anybody would want a notebook PC with 32MB of shared video memory these days since it isn't even really enough to run the Aero visuals on the OS but to each their own I suppose.


The point was more the fact it does not have 32MB shared video memory, thats BS. This laptop is using Intels very latest GMA HD graphics chipset which is integrated into the CPU, and can borrow up to 1.70GB of memory from the system. Far more advanced graphics chip than all the other integrated solutions on the market, and a lot better than what a Netbook would have (with the exception of perhaps Ion).

See http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/quick-reference-guide-to-intel-integrated-graphics/

Memory details listed under 3D Features Comparison
suspended#35
its a core i5 cpu that auto overclocks to 2.53ghz when running single thread apps and has 3gb ddr3 ram, how exactly is that not a "power-machine"?

Incase anyone was wondering what DVD drive this has its the Toshiba Samsung TS L633C:

http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/303973424/NEW_Toshiba_Samsung_TS_L633C_SATA.html
banned#36
Ok can I ask can this play games like L4D2?
#37
rirawin
Ok can I ask can this play games like L4D2?

The notebookcheck review of the GMA graphics shows L4D playable on low settings - you'd need to dig a little further to find out about L4D2.

Edited By: wombat6025 on Oct 04, 2010 10:58: correction
#38
L4D2 is pretty much the same as the first one so if the first one runs on low then 2 probably will as well, albeit slightly slower.
banned#39
Nah L4D2 definately needs a better gpu.
#40
You think?

I know it has bump mapping and a some slightly fancy lighting effects but it can't be anything too special.

IMVHO, you're better off with the first game anyway, I can't stand the sequel.

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