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New Compaq 730 Netbook 10" XP 80gb 1.02kg. Only £226.00 @ HP Store less 8% quidco

£226.00 @ HP
Advertised at £252 I used code HPSPLDIS which gave 10% off and free P&P Code to £226 Quidco gives a further 8% to go down to £209 Now to the nitty gritty: This is an excellent price not only f…
colonel Avatar
7y, 9m agoFound 7 years, 9 months ago
Advertised at £252
I used code HPSPLDIS which gave 10% off and free P&P Code to £226
Quidco gives a further 8% to go down to £209

Now to the nitty gritty:

This is an excellent price not only for a high quality netbook but also one that's has just been introduced.

Being experienced in posting netbook deals, I though I would do a mini review to try and pre-answer some questions so that folk can decide whether it fits their requirements.

Firstly let's start with the negative. Its only a 3 cell battery which means 2-3 hours of usage. Note that hp is already selling a 6 cell battery battery in the accessories list. The other point to make is that its one of the new 1024x576 screens. Some people have expressed dismay at the loss of 24 pixels but this doesn't bother me. If hp (and Dell, etc.) Have found a new cheaper source of screens at high quality that's fine with me. Lastly, it has an hp custom vga port. Again, if I was connecting it to a monitor I would keep the custom adaptor with the monitor, so this does't bother me. But other may disagree. It also has a four ring headphone/micophone connector. Both of these design features are necessary to achieve the amazing thinness (more below).

Now let's dwell on the unique aspects of the 730. Its light, an amazing 1.02lbs. This makes it lighter then most 8.9" models, including the excellent acer 150 series. Its also very thin. This is due to the unique and clever battery design, which is flat and connects into the base, rather then the back. In-spite of this, and its super-sexy looks, it still manages to have a 92% keyboard, one of the best, which ranks with the samsung nc10 and msi wind keyboards. It also has a door for memory expansion. Hard disk replacement (which is 1.8" due to the size) is also easy to achieve by taking off the keyboard with three screws (see youtube video). I can't stand designs, like the acer 150, where upgrading is so difficult.

So there you are campers, one of the very best and lightest 10.1" screen netbooks with a real hdd and xp for an amazing £209 inc p&p.

Specs below:
Processor, operating system and memory
Operating system installed
Genuine Windows® XP Home Service Pack 3 (32-bit)
Processor type
Intel® Atom processor N270
1.60 GHz, Level 2 cache 512 KB
Standard memory
1024 MB
Memory layout
(1 x 1024 MB)
Maximum memory
Supports up to 1 GB DDR2 memory
Internal drives
Internal drives
80GB 1.8" size
Storage controller
SATA Hard Disk Drive
Hard disk drive speed
4200 rpm
System features
Memory card device
2-in-1 card reader for SD/MMC support
Network interface
Ethernet 10/100BT integrated network interface
Wireless technologies
802.11b/g WLAN
Wireless capability
Bluetooth® wireless networking
External I/O ports
2 USB 2.0, 1 RJ45 ethernet connector, 2 headphones-out + mic-in combo jack, expansion port
Display size
10.1 Diagonal SD LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display
Display resolution
1024 x 576
Graphic subsystem name
Intel GMA950
Video RAM
Up to 128 MB Total Available Graphics Memory
Webcam
Webcam with integrated microphone
Internal audio
3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit integrated
Speakers and microphone
Generic Stereo
Keyboard
92% full size keyboard
Pointing device
Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad, volume control, mute button
Power supply type
30 W AC Power Adapter
Battery type
3-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
Software
Software - Productivity & finance
Microsoft® Works
Pre-installed software
Microsoft® Internet Explorer; Windows Mail; Adobe® Reader
Optical drive driver software
Windows Media Player; Adobe Flash Player ; Windows Internet Explorer ; HP Games Console with hours of free game play
Software included
Recovery partition (including possibility to recover system, applications and drivers separately); Optional re-allocation of recovery partition; Recovery CD/DVD creation tool; Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009 (60 days live update); Notebook Help & Support
Dimensions / weight / warranty
Product weight
1.02 kg
Package weight
2.45 kg
Product dimensions (W x D x H)
26.17 cm (L) x 16.67 cm (W) x 2.52 cm (H)
Package dimensions (W x D x H)
335 x 110 x 295 mm
Limited warranty coverage and exceptions
You can expand the warranty coverage of your product and protect it against accidental damage up to 3 years; for more information go to the "Options and accessories" web section on hp.com product pages.
Dimensions / weight / warranty
Product weight
1.02 kg
Package weight
2.45 kg
Product dimensions (W x D x H)
26.17 cm (L) x 16.67 cm (W) x 2.52 cm (H)
Package dimensions (W x D x H)
335 x 110 x 295 mm
Warranty
1 year, pick-up and return, parts and labour
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#1
seems like a reasonable deal to me, but I'm fairly sure we aren't allowed to include cashback in the price. so this shoudl really be posted at £226.
#2
jrenshaw
seems like a reasonable deal to me, but I'm fairly sure we aren't allowed to include cashback in the price. so this shoudl really be posted at £226.


I have not heard this before. but will amend if asked to do by a moderator

rgds
#3
Where did you get the free P+P code can't find it.
#4
http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/images/emea/compaq-mini-730-pc-series_400x400.jpg

Site sys Compaq recommends Vista Home Premium next to it!

Just bought an Acer D150 last week and whilst it does have a 6 cell battery it is also a couple of centimteres bigger as a result meaning it is difficult to get a snug neoprene bag to fit but hey 7 hours compared to 3 I'll put up with it. The new screens are excellent when compared to my Aspect Netbook from last year.
#5
murzo54
Where did you get the free P+P code can't find it.


the HPSPLDIS code I used includes two things, 10% off and free P&P

rgds
#6
Thank you for this interesting post. I agree that Quidco should not be included in your item price - many people don't use it, and for those that do, it's not guaranteed. Rather than wait for a moderator to pronounce on this, why don't you take a look at other posts to justify your stance - everyone I've seen quotes possible Quidco savings separately.

As for the machine, sounds interesting, but weighing things up I think the compromises of this machine (battery, 1.8" hdd (rather than an easily upgradeable 2.5"), 1024x576 screen etc.) mean that something like an NC10 or a Eee 1000H, often available from about £250, is better value.
#7
Ajibee
Thank you for this interesting post. I agree that Quidco should not be included in your item price - many people don't use it, and for those that do, it's not guaranteed. Rather than wait for a moderator to pronounce on this, why don't you take a look at other posts to justify your stance - everyone I've seen quotes possible Quidco savings separately.



ok, changed
#8
Checked it through code worked fine cheers.
#9
Ajibee


As for the machine, sounds interesting, but weighing things up I think the compromises of this machine (battery, 1.8" hdd (rather than an easily upgradeable 2.5"), 1024x576 screen etc.) mean that something like an NC10 or a Eee 1000H, often available from about £250, is better value.


A key point is the weight. Both these other machines are 40% or more heavier.
The screen is excellent by the way.
#10
colonel
ok, changed


One other thought, it might be better phrased as "less £x.xx Quidco" or "plus £x.xx Quidco" just to make it clearer and thus more attractive. Have voted hot by the way, subject to my comments above re. weighing up compromises.
#11
Can you elaborate on the differences between the 730 and the oldest 700? They differ in HDD size, but i believe the700 has the "normal resolution" of 1024x600,. So wouldn't that make it a bit better? Or is there something else i am missing?
#12
I'm a bit laptop dense, not totally, but a bit. Anyway, I'm looking to get a laptop for my aunt, purely for use in the house, for web browsing, a little downloading, creating some documents (she wants to do our family tree!). How good is this deal? Should I get one for her or would be as best to go to Tesco and get an Acer, I get 10% discount in Tesco....
#13
Is there an HDMI socket? I think the answers no, unlike the Dell Mini -Inspiron
#14
gimmeabargain
I'm a bit laptop dense, not totally, but a bit. Anyway, I'm looking to get a laptop for my aunt, purely for use in the house, for web browsing, a little downloading, creating some documents (she wants to do our family tree!). How good is this deal? Should I get one for her or would be as best to go to Tesco and get an Acer, I get 10% discount in Tesco....


You should take your aunt to somewhere she can try the keyboards and different size screens, something like this might be too small for her.
#15
The answer is no in HDMI.
Well having used this, the acer aspire 9 and the dell mini 9. This i liked the most of the 3. It is so classy and looks like it belongs in a different league..:p

As for your aunt, this have a nice sized keyboard instead of the aspire one and Dell mini 9. Those are 9 inch instead of 10 like this, but the size of the thing is more equal to them than the other 10 inch netbooks:D

The battery though is on the low side compared with the dell mini 9.
#16
ftored
Can you elaborate on the differences between the 730 and the oldest 700? They differ in HDD size, but i believe the700 has the "normal resolution" of 1024x600,. So wouldn't that make it a bit better? Or is there something else i am missing?


I have tried to tease this out, but difficult.
Firstly the screen. I think the new one is defined as matt, which is better for glare. but the 700 has a 600 pixel height.
the 700 has a 60gb hard disk, this has an 80gb hard disk.
Otherwise its hard to tell
#17
gimmeabargain
I'm a bit laptop dense, not totally, but a bit. Anyway, I'm looking to get a laptop for my aunt, purely for use in the house, for web browsing, a little downloading, creating some documents (she wants to do our family tree!). How good is this deal? Should I get one for her or would be as best to go to Tesco and get an Acer, I get 10% discount in Tesco....


This is netbook not a laptop, a different market.
Essentially the difference is that netbooks are smaller and lighter and cheaper. If you don't need these aspects, you might want to try a laptop. For example, for £350 you can get decent 15" laptop. I would avoid celeron laptops and go for the cheapest dual-core (core 2 duo or core duo) you can find if thats what you want.
#18
I was seriously tempted by the original version of this when it came out but the battery life is fairly mediocre (like so many other netbooks). You'd have thought that following the brilliant battery life of NC10 (which was released last year) every notebook manufacturer since would try to beat (or at least match) the Samsung. Not a bit of it...
#19
gimmeabargain
I'm a bit laptop dense, not totally, but a bit. Anyway, I'm looking to get a laptop for my aunt, purely for use in the house, for web browsing, a little downloading, creating some documents (she wants to do our family tree!). How good is this deal? Should I get one for her or would be as best to go to Tesco and get an Acer, I get 10% discount in Tesco....


this screen size and resolution would make some family tree work very frustrating - i.e viewing large trees, etc. It can be a pain on my 19 inch monitor and i'm looking to upgrade to 24"! if you don't need this level of portability you would get better value from a larger laptop.

R.
#20
... only thing is ... it's a Compaq .... and every Compaq I've had has been awful without exception.
I would never buy a Compaq again.
#21
Rather have an NC10 at £50 more.

3 cell battery on this and smaller HD.

The NC10 has rave reviews...

Wont vote hot or cold but I wouldnt go with this one personally.
#22
I agree the NC is really worth the Extra cash if you can afford it. I have bought a lot for my school IT.
The NC10 sells for at £265 + vat. (best price I can find)
& Extra 2yr warrenty on the Samsung NC10 is just £35.
#23
ra2000
... only thing is ... it's a Compaq .... and every Compaq I've had has been awful without exception.
I would never buy a Compaq again.


Are you aware HP bought the compaq brand a few years ago?
#24
hum - tempted, but that 1GB max is a bit of a concern... - all others have been 1.5GB: I'll either stump up for the NC10 or grab a Aspire One bargain (there are 80GB, 1GB Aspires about new with XP for £150 in p&p):
but it does look nice - decent keyboard and screen make this a tough decision!!
#25
i've read somewhere that they have started making the compaq minis without the edge to edge glass covering the screen, and instead using a bezel type design. the edge to edge stuff is the main selling point for me, so when someone receives theirs, can they please tell me which one it has. this would be greatly appreciated.
#26
behibehi
I was seriously tempted by the original version of this when it came out but the battery life is fairly mediocre (like so many other netbooks). You'd have thought that following the brilliant battery life of NC10 (which was released last year) every notebook manufacturer since would try to beat (or at least match) the Samsung. Not a bit of it...


Um, Samsung were just following Asus' lead - they already had several models out with decent battery life before Samsung even released the NC10 and now have models with longer battery life than the NC10.

colonel
I have tried to tease this out, but difficult.
Firstly the screen. I think the new one is defined as matt, which is better for glare. but the 700 has a 600 pixel height.
the 700 has a 60gb hard disk, this has an 80gb hard disk.
Otherwise its hard to tell


I didn't realise they'd stopped putting glossy screens on these. If they didn't have the poor one year warranty then they'd be almost perfect.I don't need one myself since my eee 701 is still going strong (and still under warranty), but they definitely seem worth mentioning.
#27
ICTHUS
I agree the NC is really worth the Extra cash if you can afford it. I have bought a lot for my school IT.
The NC10 sells for at £265 + vat. (best price I can find)
& Extra 2yr warrenty on the Samsung NC10 is just £35.


Where is there an extra 2 yr warranty available for it for just £35? I wasn't even offered an extended warranty when I bought my NC10... a 2 year upgrade is interesting for £35...

Although I don't know if you noticed, but there's a big drive on at the moment in consumer action forums to remind EU citizens that under EU regulation the minimum warranty period is supposed to be 2 years and the vending store are supposed to be the one honouring this two year warranty under EU legislation.
#28
Is the NC10 better than the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10-Inch Netbook? I have a good laptop at home but I want something just to travel around with. The £35 2 years extra guarantee is interesting unless it's only for the second year?
#29
Great price but touchpad buttons are simply unusable.

Personally, I'd pay more to get something like a Dell Mini 10 which has much more usable ergonomics.
#30
Great deal IMO - ordered now. Thank you very much!
#31
catch22;5467796
Is the NC10 better than the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10-Inch Netbook? I have a good laptop at home but I want something just to travel around with. The £35 2 years extra guarantee is interesting unless it's only for the second year?

No the Asus is equally as good. If anything the screen and the sound quality are better on the Asus.
#32
SampleX
Although I don't know if you noticed, but there's a big drive on at the moment in consumer action forums to remind EU citizens that under EU regulation the minimum warranty period is supposed to be 2 years and the vending store are supposed to be the one honouring this two year warranty under EU legislation.


I've heard a couple of rumours about this lately but as the law is supposed to be dating back several years and a quick search didn't bring up anything it sounds suspicious. Can you provide a a link to a UK government or other reputable body website stating unambiguously that minimum warranties must be two years please?
#33
Hey everyone. Here's my own opinion of this...

I had one for 2 months.

Pros: It's a beautiful looking unit, screen is nice, sound is good. It's the perfect size I think - really light - just like holding a book. Good wireless connection. It came with 1GB Ram which I replaced for a 2GB unit and it then worked great with XP.

Cons - battery life is really poor compared to some of the other netbooks - I'd get about 2 hours on it max. I kinda feel the whole point of one of these units is being able to pick it up and leave the charger at home - portability over power so if it's not holding charge that's no good. Also the mouse, whilst I got used to it, is quite annoying with the two buttons to either side of the mousepad (rather than under it).

In the end I sold it because I wasn't doing so much travelling and I swtiched my larger laptop for a 14inch laptop - the Compaq became defunct.

I don't really miss it but my friend has the Samsung NC10...now that doesnt have the above cons and as a result would be a winner in my book!

Anyway, that's just my opinion. hope it helps someone
1 Like #34
EndlessWaves
I've heard a couple of rumours about this lately but as the law is supposed to be dating back several years and a quick search didn't bring up anything it sounds suspicious. Can you provide a a link to a UK government or other reputable body website stating unambiguously that minimum warranties must be two years please?


http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/move/64/index_en.htm

pdf page 9
#35
I have an HP version of this netbook which is similar and i'm very pleased with it. My wife has the NC10 too, and i'm not sure which one I like most. If your tempted, i'd go for it at this price. Also if your looking for a nice case, they have loads of nice ones on this website http://www.gearzap.com/netbook-cases-netbook-bags.html
#36
battery life isnt great, but otherwise its great and probably the nicest looking netbook around in my opinion.
#37
bojangles
Are you aware HP bought the compaq brand a few years ago?


Yup - I am aware of that :thumbsup:

I'll still never buy a Compaq again
#38
colonel
A key point is the weight. Both these other machines are 40% or more heavier.
The screen is excellent by the way.


These netbooks weigh the square root of nothing anyway, so a 40% saving on nothing is not much to write home about.

Think most would rate the battery life far more important.

Still not a bad price overall.
#39
Jefft
No the Asus is equally as good. If anything the screen and the sound quality are better on the Asus.


Thats why I decided to put this deal up yesterday :

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/419158/asus-eeepc1000h-bk-2-yr-warranty-ne/?p=5452145#post5452145

Surprised it never got more takers, I'd easy pay the extra £20 for this...for the battery life alone
#40
Go for the NC10 at £50 more, its far better, 7 hours battery life!

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