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Yes I know its only got 1gb ram and runs vista premium but for a 17" screeen and warranty its cheap as chip. Was about to buy a net book for the same price when I saw this.

Asda Waterlooville.

Took a while to load all the updates but now it works well.

Now just need to work out what RAM this needs to make it a tad faster!

Review here http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/laptops/emachines-g420-review-50000686/

Spec

Processor AMD Sempron (SL42 2.1 GHz, 512KB L2 cache)
Screen 17.3" (e-Machine, WXGA+ TFT LCD)
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
RAM 1GB
Hard Drive 160GB
Optical Drive DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi)
Graphics Dedicated (NVIDIA® GeForce® 9100M G with 256MB Dedicated RAM)
Wireless LAN Wireless (WIFI LINK A,B,G,N Includes MIMO)
Network Card 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated Webcam
USB Ports 4x USB 2.0 Ports
Speakers Intergrated Stereo Speakers
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
Warranty 12 Months emachine Warranty
Battery Life 2-3 Hours (This Specific Model 2.5-hours)
Weight 3-4 Kg (This Model 3.68kg)
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#1
cheap as chips
#2
great price - not for me - but your right for most folks this woul be fine
#3
AMD Sempron SL42 ...Chunky...Only 40 mins on battery power...What a rubbish and waste of money...


Edited By: Rimi on Mar 15, 2011 20:50
#4
40 mins? mines benn running for nearly three hours so far with wifi on
#5
Rimi
AMD Sempron SL42 ...Chunky...Only 40 mins on battery power...What a rubbish and waste of money...


Where'd you get 40 mins from?

Edited By: Pondlife on Mar 15, 2011 21:19
#6
This is probably priced fairly. I wouldn't call it a bargain as you would be a fool to pay any more than this for such old technology. Hunting round for deals on here and an extra £80 would get you a faster processor, dual core, higher quality RAM, more RAM etc, a copy of Windows 7... etc. etc. Well worth £80 more at the very least.

You get what you pay for put it that way. The 17inch screen is a bit of a novelty to be honest. The fact it has a graphics card is a bit of a moot point when you take everything else into account.

Edited By: sotomonkey on Mar 15, 2011 21:22
#7
great budget laptop
#8
Do yourself a favour and flash a linux distro on this for battery life's sake...
1 Like #9
For what it is, decent price, but you can't compare a netbook to a 17" laptop. Sempy isnt that clunky for general use (afiak isnt any chunkier than other CPUs either). Should do a bit better than 40mins of battery life too, depending on what your doing.

Crying out for more ram as you say. Going to be DDR2, personelly I'd just go for PC6400 and be done with it. Not going to need anything faster, might not use its full potential, but pricewise sod all in it. Check Crucial or crack the back cover off.

£300 @ http://www.simplyacer.com/Emachines_G420_966980.html

Enjoy and have a bit of heat.
#10
Absolutely appalling specs the Sempron CPU is the lowest of the low and 1gb of memory for Vista is ridiculous it uses that standing still this is a laptop that is very poor specs and is built buy emachines so the warranty will come in very handy. I personally wouldn't touch this even at this price, pay the little extra for a decent machine just lately there's deals all the time.
#11
Type of ram?
anyone?
#12
yea great for the net
#13
polly69
Absolutely appalling specs the Sempron CPU is the lowest of the low and 1gb of memory for Vista is ridiculous it uses that standing still this is a laptop that is very poor specs and is built buy emachines so the warranty will come in very handy. I personally wouldn't touch this even at this price, pay the little extra for a decent machine just lately there's deals all the time.


Its actually made by acer!!
#14
1gb isn't great for vista but it has 256mb dedicated graphics ram which should take some of the load off and I imagine the ram is easily upgradable. This would run fedora very nicely indeed I'm very tempted...
#15
Immediately put Linux on this and it's a good deal . Vista is a shambles unusable.
#16
Great price, in the netbook territory, good screen res 1440 x 900.
#17
FocusZing
Great price, in the netbook territory, good screen res 1440 x 900.


It's got a 17" screen and weighs almost 4kg! A netbook, it is not...
#18
sotomonkey
FocusZing
Great price, in the netbook territory, good screen res 1440 x 900.


It's got a 17" screen and weighs almost 4kg! A netbook, it is not...


In terms of price. This seem better value considering a decent sized screen, keyboard...Just in case you weren't being factitious.
#19
FocusZing
sotomonkey
FocusZing
Great price, in the netbook territory, good screen res 1440 x 900.


It's got a 17" screen and weighs almost 4kg! A netbook, it is not...


In terms of price. This seem better value considering a decent sized screen, keyboard...Just in case you weren't being factitious.


I was being realistic. The whole point of a netbook is its size, which is in part what you pay for when you buy one.
#20
Pondlife
Rimi
AMD Sempron SL42 ...Chunky...Only 40 mins on battery power...What a rubbish and waste of money...


Where'd you get 40 mins from?


Thats his mrs bit on the side, he lasts 2?
#21
sempron is AMDs answer to celeron. I'm staying away
#22
gurujosh
cheap as chips


i'll take the chips ;)
1 Like #23
As the people have voted (and it made it to the main page of the site) Its a hot deal... end of. 8)
1 Like #24
Disagree with some of you

Vista is NOT a bad OS since SP1 was introduced !
Installing Linux WILL NOT extend battery life (at least not significantly) !
Dual Core Celerons are great and fast CPUs
Sempron is rather slow but it will be ok for most of us using laptop for browsing
I did have a Compaq with this cpu (SI-42), bought dual core cpu QL-60 @£12 and replaced it, works great
#25
7777777
I did have a Compaq with this cpu (SI-42), bought dual core cpu QL-60 @£12 and replaced it, works great

Are you saying you replaced the CPU? Sounds a good idea but how accessible is the CPU in this model?
1 Like #26
The CPU - AMD Sempron SI-42 gets a 509 on Passmark's CPU benchmarks chart.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/midlow_range_cpus.html

In comparison;

A dual core Atom would get about

Intel Atom 330 @ 1.60GHz 633

So it's slower than a dual-core Atom but faster than a bog standard one. Should be faster than the majority of single-core Atom based netbooks outthere. But with an infinitely better graphics solution.

Only problem is the 1GB ram, and Vista. Would probably scrap Vista and install XP and add an extra 1GB. For £200 quid though, you can't go wrong. A cheap machine to surf the web, write a few emails and watch a film on.

Edited By: mash on Mar 16, 2011 10:07
#27
ibuprofenman
7777777
I did have a Compaq with this cpu (SI-42), bought dual core cpu QL-60 @£12 and replaced it, works great

Are you saying you replaced the CPU? Sounds a good idea but how accessible is the CPU in this model?



Although it is not that difficult, you have got to take the laptop apart so if you have not done so before I would not recommend it.
#28
7777777
ibuprofenman
7777777
I did have a Compaq with this cpu (SI-42), bought dual core cpu QL-60 @£12 and replaced it, works great

Are you saying you replaced the CPU? Sounds a good idea but how accessible is the CPU in this model?


Although it is not that difficult, you have got to take the laptop apart so if you have not done so before I would not recommend it.


Yeah I have done it on a few laptops and it aint easy (like a PC).

The very first time (years ago) I did it on a broken sony laptop. It turned out on that occassion that the cpu was fused to the motherboard! X)
#29
not a bad price at all
#30
I'd also steer clear of this one. 1GB RAM for Vista simply isn't enough. I have 4GB and still find it slow. The only way this would be worth it is if it had Windows 7 instead.
1 Like #31
gurujosh
cheap as chips


Never knew chips were that expensive :D
2 Likes #32
I brought the emachine E442 for £197 2 days ago from asda, which although slightly smaller i thought the spec was better, and has windows 7, loads left in stock room in Sittingbourne kent, but none on shop floor and they dont advertise it ! bloke behind counter couldnt figure out why you would pay £222 for a laptop that has lower spec than the £197, yes it isnt the best laptop, but fine for surfing, im very happy with my purchase, and seeing as my £400 acer only lasted 2 years before dying i didnt see the point in paying out that much again
#33
7777777
ibuprofenman
7777777
I did have a Compaq with this cpu (SI-42), bought dual core cpu QL-60 @£12 and replaced it, works great

Are you saying you replaced the CPU? Sounds a good idea but how accessible is the CPU in this model?

Although it is not that difficult, you have got to take the laptop apart so if you have not done so before I would not recommend it.

I find the problem isn't taking them apart, it's putting them back together again :)
#34
Only problem is the 1GB ram, and Vista.


In your post you're comparing it to a netbook, and anyone that does so I think should admit that the biggest problem in such a comparison is that it's almost 4kg and has a 17inch screen... :P The fact the CPU is slower than a dual core atom is pretty shocking. To think that an acer aspire one could be more powerful than this.

Edited By: sotomonkey on Mar 16, 2011 14:21
#35
didn't see this in store to check it out :(
#36
You could always slap w7 or xp on it. Xp would run very nice on 1gb. And for browsing, word pro and games upto cod 2 half life 2 etc it would be fine. 90% of the population would be fine with something like this.
#37
What other laptops with 15 or 17 screen can you get around this price or £250, just looking for someone?
#38
sotomonkey
Only problem is the 1GB ram, and Vista.


In your post you're comparing it to a netbook, and anyone that does so I think should admit that the biggest problem in such a comparison is that it's almost 4kg and has a 17inch screen... :P The fact the CPU is slower than a dual core atom is pretty shocking. To think that an acer aspire one could be more powerful than this.

In fairness, his exact wording was "Great price, in the netbook territory". I think you're misinterpreting what he meant. He's saying "This is a great price. The price is in the netbook territory" - in other words, it is of a similar price to a netbook, which you don't normally get for a laptop. He's not comparing the two types of product.
#39
I wanted one of these for my son. I have tried the 4 nearest stores but none have it in stock.

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