Budget Gaming Laptop (Refurb) - Blu-Ray, Core2, ATI3650 - £459.99 @ Dixons - HotUKDeals
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Budget Gaming Laptop (Refurb) - Blu-Ray, Core2, ATI3650 - £459.99 @ Dixons

£459.99 @ Dixons
* Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5750 * (2 GHz, 667 MHz, 2 MB Cache) * Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium * 3 GB Memory * 250 GB Hard Drive * Blu-ray Combo drive * 16"… Read More
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8y, 3m agoFound 8 years, 3 months ago
* Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5750
* (2 GHz, 667 MHz, 2 MB Cache)
* Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium
* 3 GB Memory
* 250 GB Hard Drive
* Blu-ray Combo drive
* 16" CrystalBrite widescreen Display
* ATi Mobility Radeon HD3650 Graphics Card
* dedicated 512 mb Graphics Memory
* Wireless enabled

The bottom line - Can play games better than all other laptops at this price. Plenty of RAM. Core2Duo. Great Display. Blu-Ray. More comment on the technicals below.

Get a bonus 2% off with the attached voucher. Also available at PC World & Currys.

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#1
Right, bear with me and read this to avoid confusion.

A friend of mine had her Vaio blow up last week. GPU problem. Her GPU was the 8600M chip from Nvidia which is well known to have had serious manufacturing problems with the substrate material. You can you do your own digging on this and find articles detailing the exact problem if you wish, so don't flame without some kind of evidence. Incidentally, 2 other friends have had the same issue with the same chip family. Go figure...

Anyway, she needed a new machine that was capable of kind of playing Fallout 3 (The 8600M managed it on Low settings). However, I really didn't want her to buy another 8600M based machine and for it to die just outside of warranty again.

I found through forum posts that the ATI 3650 chip was capable of playing Fallout at even Medium settings and of course wouldn't be blighted by the aforementioned problem. The issue was getting a laptop with that GPU and an Intel CPU instead of the sometimes **** Turions.

I stumbled across this refurbished lappy. The new version of it has the Nvidia 9200 which is rubbish in comparison. Has everything I was looking for plus it at £450 it's an absolute snip.

Edit: Also, make sure you remove the SYMANTEC Norton 360 2.0 Anti-Virus & Security Software they add to your basket. Cheeky Dixons!
#2
Not trying to do this other deal down -
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/351866/367-dell-vostro-1510-15-4-display-c/

But just to be clear: In this case, you are paying the £80 extra for a slightly bigger display, the ability to play some games, and blu-ray.
banned#3
You might want to put that it's refurbished in the title
#4
This is refurbished and I think it really should say so in the title. Not intended as a moan. Just an observation.
#5
Changed it chaps. Genuine mistake. Still think it's a fab deal when you consider your warranty is identical. There's always so much demand for laptops that can at least play games a little, and to me this was a solution at a budget price. Plus, she loves that it has touchscreen buttons for the volume and such. Each to their own!
#6
stanglish
Right, bear with me and read this to avoid confusion.

A friend of mine had her Vaio blow up last week. GPU problem. Her GPU was the 8600M chip from Nvidia which is well known to have had serious manufacturing problems with the substrate material. You can you do your own digging on this and find articles detailing the exact problem if you wish, so don't flame without some kind of evidence. Incidentally, 2 other friends have had the same issue with the same chip family. Go figure...

Anyway, she needed a new machine that was capable of kind of playing Fallout 3 (The 8600M managed it on Low settings). However, I really didn't want her to buy another 8600M based machine and for it to die just outside of warranty again.

I found through forum posts that the ATI 3650 chip was capable of playing Fallout at even Medium settings and of course wouldn't be blighted by the aforementioned problem. The issue was getting a laptop with that GPU and an Intel CPU instead of the sometimes **** Turions.

I stumbled across this refurbished lappy. The new version of it has the Nvidia 9200 which is rubbish in comparison. Has everything I was looking for plus it at £450 it's an absolute snip.

Edit: Also, make sure you remove the SYMANTEC Norton 360 2.0 Anti-Virus & Security Software they add to your basket. Cheeky Dixons!


Don't you mean everything SHE is looking for, is she going to get a look in with this laptop lol :thumbsup:

Heat added! :)

Akthough personally unless adding an external mouse and keyboard, I would never be able to play a FPS on a laptop.
#7
its says ati 3450 in the title its a 3650.
#8
The title is wrong, it's 3650 in the specs on the site
#9
Sorry, it appears I'm pretty slack today. Was putting it up in a hurry.
#10
Amazing deal. Definately plays games better than all other laptops around the price although the graphics chip isn't super-duper amazing but you couldn't get any better for the price in a laptop.

Hot
#11
hmmm... ok like this lappy, good price mate.. hot too
#12
This was my point guys, but it doesn't seem to have had much demand. Odd because in every laptop thread, there's always someone asking if the well specced £400 lappy added as a 'deal' can play games.

The normal options are Intels absolutely woeful chips, or Nvidas better albiet flawed ones.
#13
Plays fallout like an absolute beast at medium settings.
#14
#15
You're right. If the voucher listed there works, it does.

Mine only has a 2% off voucher, equating to £9.20 off £459.99
#16
Have checked the voucher and it seems to work fine.
#17
I have this exact spec laptop - bought it from pc world when raised in a thread on here a few months back (paid quite a bit more but wasnt refurbished).

I had to return the first one I had, since the HDMI port wasn't working, however the replacement I got has worked great and I have no complaints at all.

The graphics card is capable - I have used mobility modder to put the latest drvers on mine as driver support for this card is limited (not ATI fault apparently). Plays COD4 and Red Alert 3 much better than I expected, and older games such as half life 2 and even bioshock all run smoothly, cannot comment on fallout running well, but I guess it could handle it with the fancy effects all turned down on it a little.

Blu-ray playack I have found to be good - takes a while for the software to begin playing the disk - and not sure if your all aware windows media player wont play blu-rays (no codecs - if any one knows a fix please tell me).

Also it is worth noting you might find the wireless card keeps dropping out when running on battery - it is becuase of the default power saving set up, and is easily changed - its not a fault.

Also hot swapping the between on board speakers to hdmi out takes some getting used to as you have to change the default out on the sound BEFORE running say slingbox media or blu ray playback software.

Anyway - I am completely satisfied with this laptop as it seems to do it all well, at this price with year warrenty I think its a steal.
#18
In this case, you are paying the £80 extra for a slightly bigger display, the ability to play some games, and blu-ray.


£80 extra for the screen, games ability and bluray is pretty good ... no ?
#19
stanglish
This was my point guys, but it doesn't seem to have had much demand. Odd because in every laptop thread, there's always someone asking if the well specced £400 lappy added as a 'deal' can play games.

The normal options are Intels absolutely woeful chips, or Nvidas better albiet flawed ones.


Personally, I don't mind the faulty nVidia chips. But then, I've got a Dell Vostro with a 4 yr warranty and I'm quite aware of the secret warranty policy which says that three returns for the same issue = whole new (and current-rev) laptop, so I guess I'm in kinda a twisted position :)
#20
geek alert geek alert!
#21
petermerritt
£80 extra for the screen, games ability and bluray is pretty good ... no ?


LOL, just what I was thinking. It's not exactly simple just to buy a new mobile GPU and fit it yourself, unless you want a new paperweight of course! :-)
#22
^^^n00b alert, n00b alert!!!!
#23
grex9101
^^^n00b alert, n00b alert!!!!


wtf does that say?
some sort of cheat for the new halo game?

lol branchinghenk is so funny!
#24
Calling yourself funny is the very definition of not being funny.

Oh, the irony.
#25
grex9101
Calling yourself funny is the very definition of not being funny.

Oh, the irony.


very good co co
#26
the refurb puts me off 2 much i think
#27
do ya get any warranty with it then?
#28
Pipe down with the bickering chaps/ladies.

You get a years warranty as per usual with refurb items.

I do think however you should all go and vote Mooseys version of this deal hot as he/she has uncovered a better voucher apparently!

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/354633/budget-refurbsihed-gaming-laptop-wi/
#29
Bought the 6935 (this one's big brother) recently after a long debate about whether to pay more for a better brand name. Thoroughly happy with it, its a great laptop, more than copes with games and is of solid build quality.

This spec for for this price you can't go far wrong, especially as you avoid the notorious 8600 and 9600 GPU's.

Voted hot.
#30
branchinghenk
very good co co


If you're referring to "Coco the Clown", it's COCO, no co co....:roll:

Look, if you're trying to be funny, at least get your insults right.

At the moment, you're not even playing the same game, nevermind the same league.... :p
#31
Just bought it using the code AFF30 , Bargain !!!!
#32
dxx
Personally, I don't mind the faulty nVidia chips. But then, I've got a Dell Vostro with a 4 yr warranty and I'm quite aware of the secret warranty policy which says that three returns for the same issue = whole new (and current-rev) laptop, so I guess I'm in kinda a twisted position :)


Vostros don't have the faulty 8600GT chip.

Incidentally for everyone else, the refurbed HP DV5-1010EA from comet for £519 is arguably a better laptop, certainly with the 9600GT, 4GB, Blu-Ray etc.

Processor model number P7350
Processor speed 2 GHz
Processor bus 1066 MHz
Processor cache 3 MB
Memory (RAM) 4096 MB
Storage (hard drive) 250 GB
Storage (hard drive) Type SATA
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
Dedicated graphics GeForce 9600M GT 512 MB
Remote control included
Dial-up modem included
Supports Double layer & Dual Format +/- recording
Plays Blu-Ray DVDs
Mobile wireless 3G
Intel Centrino Duo Processor Technology

http://www.trustedreviews.com/notebooks/review/2008/09/11/HP-Pavilion-dv5-1011ea-15-4in-Blu-ray-Notebook/p1
#33
A question please

Does anyone know what the resolution on this screen is? also if you connect a full hd monitor will this laptop output at 1920x1080? i ask that becuase when connecting a 1440x900 laptop to a full hd external monitor through vga the monitor only has a resolution of 1440x900 (the same as the laptop). Is that the way it's supposed to be?

well this looks like a good deal but could i get a similar deal but trade off the bluray drive for a faster processor perhaps?

thanks to anyone who is listening/reading :)
#34
i have about 450 burning a hole in my pocket for a new laptop. It will mainly be used by the wife as I have a work one. I was just about to either get the HP6735s from ebuyer or take advantage of this weeks offers from Dell - could get 1545 with similar spec to the HP.
Want it to be good spec, not that she'd be interested and look good, which she will be interested in.
Anyones input appreciated - brain starting to ache!
I like this as I could hook it up to the plasma.
I am just nervous about the whole 'refurb' thing. Can someone with experience say if they come with recovery disks and manuals etc.
#35
Bought this laptop from the other thread 30 quid cheaper from Currys. Don't forget 4% cashback via http://www.topcashback.co.uk/retailerdetailCurrys.htm = GBP 17ish.

Heated and repped anyway as your thread brought this machine to my attention in the first place sop thanks.
#36
Picard123
Vostros don't have the faulty 8600GT chip.


Beg to differ. That's what my Vostro has: 8600M GT. (M for mobile.)

And I've had an engineer out to it to fix a recurring "nv4disp.dll" loop error that resulted in blue screens, system hang etc. a few times a week.

Worse still, even with a replacement motherboard (attached to new GPU - still a 8600M GT), the problem is starting to return. Once every week or so, the system will blue screen with the same infinite loop error.

So, in closing, yes they do. :thumbsup:
#37
I will just reinforce though, that this seems to be an NVidia problem, and they won't accept any responsibility for it. As far as I can see, Dell are no longer supplying the faulty cards out with Vostros, (but you can still buy them obviously).

Anyway, I've had Dell systems all my life and never had any problems with them, until this graphics issue which I blame on NVidia. So don't let it put you off buying a Dell, is my bottom line. :roll:
#38
ok well after speaking to 4 rude/unhelpful/ and incompetent people over at acer , i definitely won't be buying a laptop from them.. contacted them did certainly get alarm bells ringing..

however this is a very good deal especially with graphics card so thank you for highlighting this deal..

but i will hang on in there.. where are these dell misprices gone?! months ago you could get t8100 processors and good graphics card in the xps series for under £500 :)

ps in case anyone wondered i did manage to find the resolution of the screen - 1366 x 768
#39
i cant belive it... i posted this exact same laptop a month back and its at 0 degrees. think its becuse i put acer in the name lol. btw i bought this laptop and the blu ray drive wont play some blu rays...just makes a grinding noise. Still its an awesome laptop for the money, plays crysis on med great (with overclock) but im going to have to send it back.
#40
oh this is sooo appealing!
I'm tempted to get it on Buy now, pay in 12 months :whistling:

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