Compaq CQ2300UK Desktop PC / Intel® Atom processor 230 / 160 GB / 1 GB /SATA DVD RAM / LAN 802.11 b/g/n PCI-Ex1 / card reader £182.10 @ Misco - HotUKDeals
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Small Nettop computer with optical drive & built-in wifi at a pretty good price imho. And yes, I know it's not got 8MB and a quad core ... but I've still just ordered one.
Also 4.5 % cashback through Quidco.
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#1
Worth mentioning it's got XP Home OS on it too. Looks good to me.
#2
Got one of these towards the end of last year from staples for £199, solid computer, lightscribe works well too! Hot for the money really! :thumbsup:
#3
Why have a desktop with an Intel atom chip?. You can get a netbook from ebay outlet for less than the price with the same specs, plus you can move around with it.
#4
Just waiting for the usual "I could build this for less" post :whistling:
#5
This would be killer if it was ION chipset

If you have a Wireless card/USB stick and are using Linux (or an old windows license)
then consider this ARIA super
special
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Gladiator+Proteus+Atom+Green+PC+-+No+Operating+System+?productId=40097
Total £125.65 incl VAT and DEL. ( normally £147 ish)


COCO
#6
having tried Windows 7, I couldn't even imagine going back to Windows XP.
#7
I_SHOULD_COCO
This would be killer if it was ION chipset



+1

Been looking for something like the Revo with an optical drive and I thought my search was over when I found this deal.
#8
mumbojumbo
Nice package for home surfing. :thumbsup: A netbook won't have a full-sized keyboard and mouse, nor a built in DVD-RW drive. This is more comfortable to use as a basic home PC.


But this doesn't have a monitor, if you already had a monitor you could plug it in to both this and the netbook. Sure this comes with a keyboard but they are hardly expensive and I think most people have a spare somewhere.

As for the DVD-RW drive, you could get an external for a netbook but they are a bit expensive so thats a fair point.
#9
jamesdew
But this doesn't have a monitor, if you already had a monitor you could plug it in to both this and the netbook. Sure this comes with a keyboard but they are hardly expensive and I think most people have a spare somewhere.

As for the DVD-RW drive, you could get an external for a netbook but they are a bit expensive so thats a fair point.


I think this is on par with the Acer Revos that have been on here, and is usable as a media PC for sticking under the LCD TV, especially with the DVD-RW drive. The spec seems to be a prime candidate for putting on an OS from that fruit-named company, as well.
#10
simonhzero
I think this is on par with the Acer Revos that have been on here, and is usable as a media PC for sticking under the LCD TV, especially with the DVD-RW drive. The spec seems to be a prime candidate for putting on an OS from that fruit-named company, as well.


Don't think so. Especially for decoding HD 1080p. No way is a single core Atom with Intel graphics going to be able to decode HD to a satisfactory level.
#11
Heat from me. I may even order one later tonight when I get home. Reason for use is to install Ready Nas and you have a solid NAS drive.

Does anyone know if it has an eSata Port and a Gigabit LAN port, if so then that is a deal winner for me. Has it got PCI slots, so I can install a RAID array and 2 1TB drives?
#12
simonhzero
The spec seems to be a prime candidate for putting on an OS from that fruit-named company, as well.



Orange?
#13
Apple Hackintosh
#14
I_SHOULD_COCO
This would be killer if it was ION chipset

If you have a Wireless card/USB stick and are using Linux (or an old windows license)
then consider this ARIA super
special
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Gladiator+Proteus+Atom+Green+PC+-+No+Operating+System+?productId=40097
Total £125.65 incl VAT and DEL. ( normally £147 ish)


COCO


The case is quite a lot larger than this though, which may not be ideal for many?:)
#15
Looking on the HP website, this has a half-height pci slot.
Question is, is it pci express x1 or x16? If so, you might be able to add a better graphics card.
G
#16
I ordered one last week & it's now sat in my workshop running Ubuntu quite happily and it's a good buy. H&R
#17
Just checked. Amazon page says it's a 1x pci ex slot, so no adding graphics cards.
#18
maprel
having tried Windows 7, I couldn't even imagine going back to Windows XP.


Aside from the more obvious technical issues, I think this is the most glaringly obvious point. I had to buy a PC after returning to the UK last year and and got a quad core with Vista for a damn good price but I feel a need to go to Win 7. I grew up with XP in the office and there is no way that I would even consider revisiting those days in 2010.

As this deal is essentially trying to sell itself on price (and not on anything else actually), then the cost of obtaining a Win 7 license is an item which should be included for the average budget concious end user. I am all for matching specification and price to the user requirements but I feel this falls short in a number of areas and on that basis is not actually a very good deal at all. Crap priced cheaply is still crap.
#19
Looking at the picture, does this PC take VHS tapes....................
#20
hi

im looking for second pc to hook up to my a/v amp (needs hdmi) does anyone know if this will do the job mostly i will be playing mkv ,avi files

thanks in advance
#21
This system would struggle with Win7 IMO. At the very least, you would need to add more ram.
#22
No HDMI! Not for me; the revo deal a little while ago was better I think. An external rom drive for when you are likely to need it will be an easier solution than having to try to tap this into your telly.

As for the machine itself; what gap is this PC filling? Looks like traditional PC yet has the ultra small form factor parts and performance. Why isn't it smaller and again where is the HDMI?
#23
I like the case, it's bigger than Acer's which is an advantage in terms of cooling and will help the components last longer.
#24
simonhzero
I think this is on par with the Acer Revos that have been on here, and is usable as a media PC for sticking under the LCD TV, especially with the DVD-RW drive. The spec seems to be a prime candidate for putting on an OS from that fruit-named company, as well.

Not with that chipset/OB graphics. A nice asrock using the ION chipset is ideal for that. Especially once it has ubuntu and XBMC installed. Dual boot with OSX and you have a nice media centre/hackintosh in one (triple boot with win xp pro or win 7 if you need it).
#25
Nobbys Piles
Orange?


Apricot a la 1980's?
#26
gherkingHUD
Just checked. Amazon page says it's a 1x pci ex slot, so no adding graphics cards.

There's a few x1 PCI-e graphic cards out there. Ion2 is implemented on one from Zotac and here's another
http://www.ixbt.com/video3/images/g73-7/galaxy-7300gt1-front.jpg
#27
By george, you're right.
#28
themanwithapc
+1

Been looking for something like the Revo with an optical drive and I thought my search was over when I found this deal.


If only Asus dropped price on their dual core ion nettop:)
#29
piginabox
There's a few x1 PCI-e graphic cards out there. Ion2 is implemented on one from Zotac and here's another
http://www.ixbt.com/video3/images/g73-7/galaxy-7300gt1-front.jpg


true. there's loads out there..

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pci+x1+graphics+card&x=0&y=0

and alot of money for not alot of power.
#30
mash
Don't think so. Especially for decoding HD 1080p. No way is a single core Atom with Intel graphics going to be able to decode HD to a satisfactory level.


It depends on what you're going for. I don't play much HD stuff from a C2D media PC anway so this would be a nice low power media PC system. If you want to play HD video then adding an ATI card with HDMI and HD capabilities, like the XFX that's been posted previously, to this would do that I presume and keep it near Mac OS X compatible.
#31
montana78
true. there's loads out there..

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pci+x1+graphics+card&x=0&y=0

and alot of money for not alot of power.

The x1 slot might be open (or if you've a steady hand open it up yourself) and then you could add a standard x16 card if there's space. It'll only run at x1 of course but that's plenty bandwidth for bluray playback. Gamers look elsewhere.
banned#32
3.1415926
Aside from the more obvious technical issues, I think this is the most glaringly obvious point. I had to buy a PC after returning to the UK last year and and got a quad core with Vista for a damn good price but I feel a need to go to Win 7. I grew up with XP in the office and there is no way that I would even consider revisiting those days in 2010.

As this deal is essentially trying to sell itself on price (and not on anything else actually), then the cost of obtaining a Win 7 license is an item which should be included for the average budget concious end user. I am all for matching specification and price to the user requirements but I feel this falls short in a number of areas and on that basis is not actually a very good deal at all. Crap priced cheaply is still crap.

There is nothing wrong with Windows XP. Especially for a low powered PC like this.
#33
Indeed, XP would fly on this. Ubuntu might be a better bet, though, for security and stability.
#34
Great buy, I'm gonna stick Vortexbox OS on it and use it to serve my Squeezebox.

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