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new Ei System 1211 Laptop £237.49

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8y, 2m agoFound 8 years, 2 months ago
Incredibly affordable, this lightweight mobile laptop from Ei System has all your basic computing needs covered, featuring an Intel Celeron processor for great performance.
Intel Celeron processor C560
(2.13 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Basic
512 MB Memory
80 GB Hard Drive
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#1
I saw these EI systems when I popped into Curry's yesterday and I have to say I was impressed for the price.

I'd be tempted to grab the dual core celeron system myself, stick a bigger HDD on there and bung Linpus or some other distro of Linux. Leave the HDD as it is so if anything goes wrong during warranty just stick it back in and get your repair.

Not sure why people are voting cold, I've noticed a few people here see the word "celeron" and go straight for the cold button. These people are living in the days of Celeron D chips, these Celeron M are a hell of a lot better.
#2
sionyboy
I saw these EI systems when I popped into Curry's yesterday and I have to say I was impressed for the price.

I'd be tempted to grab the dual core celeron system myself, stick a bigger HDD on there and bung Linpus or some other distro of Linux. Leave the HDD as it is so if anything goes wrong during warranty just stick it back in and get your repair.

Not sure why people are voting cold, I've noticed a few people here see the word "celeron" and go straight for the cold button. These people are living in the days of Celeron D chips, these Celeron M are a hell of a lot better.


Instead of upgrading this thing why not put the £50 odd quid to a better laptop?.
#3
danmc
Instead of upgrading this thing why not put the £50 odd quid to a better laptop?.


Instead of talking it down why not post up a suggestion ??? :x
#4
You can get a 320gb sata drive for £51 off ebuyer, a laptop with the same size hard drive is going to cost a lot more than £285. The cheapest 320gb laptop on ebuyer is £468, on Dell you'd have to pay £418 for the basic spec Inspiron laptop with a 320gb drive.

(NB: Hard drive is my most important part of a laptop, as I keep all my media files on there for streaming to various devices)
#5
sionyboy;3048577

(NB: Hard drive is my most important part of a laptop, as I keep all my media files on there for streaming to various devices)


Why?

2.5" drives are the slowest drives around, it is usually the drive on the machine that has the OS and the Swap file on it, so it will slow down use of the machine, as well as mean you need to pay top price for the machine in the first place to get a bigger drive !

A desktop drive, especially a second drive in a desktop, a network media server, or even a USB drive "gets in the way" far less, and the extra space is a LOT cheaper than getting it on the laptop.
The only argument for having it on a laptop is to take it with you, although I think I would tend more toward sticking it all on a 2.5" USB drive if I wanted that, they are cheap as muck these days. After all, you need to backup stuff like this anyway, if you rely on just having it on the laptop, you are going to get very disappointed one day!
#6
I notice the cold votes building up... now if it was a "refurb" I dare say it would be glowing hot, they usually do!

Not wildly impressed by it, I think most people would be better spending a bit more on something of a better make and spec., but compared to some of the old bangers posted recently it should be incandescent & it makes a mockery of the voting system! (or is it the people who do that voting?) :?
#7
AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

It is an Advent 9415 with a 13" screen fitted to the case instead of a standard 15.4" screen.
It looks absolutley awful with masses of space surrounding the screen.

I saw it on Sunday at PC World and it has to be the worst laptop I have ever seen.
It looks OK in the pic but honestly it is bad. IF TEMPTED GET TO PC WORLD/CURRYS TO SEE IT.

You can get a Vostro A860 with massive 15.6" screen and super light at 2.03 KG for £251 deld.
#8
The problem is it has only got 512Mb of memory, AND it has to share that between Vista AND the graphics.

Vista needs at least 1Gb, more if possible, so a machine running 512Mb is going to be REALLY slow.

It also has Vista Home Basic which has a lot missing over Vista Home Premium.

It is also an Ei Systems laptop which is probably worth avoiding.

You are going to have to upgrade the memory on this anyway, so why not just buy a slightly better laptop in the first place.

This link has quite a few laptops listed at just £30 or so more and they are better than this laptop

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/248181/i-need-to-buy-a-laptop-for-my-daugh

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