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PACKARD BELL AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 4GB RAM, 250GB HD WIN 7 £339.00 @ currys/dixons/pcworld

£339.00 @ Currys
£329 with Quidco This is a refurb laptop but comes with 12 month warranty, my experience of purchasing refurbs from dixons/currys/pcworld has been v good, this offer is on with all 3 companies. I … Read More
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banned7y, 3m agoFound 7 years, 3 months ago
£329 with Quidco
This is a refurb laptop but comes with 12 month warranty, my experience of purchasing refurbs from dixons/currys/pcworld has been v good, this offer is on with all 3 companies.
I was going to buy the Compaq 615 from ebuyer for £349, but this machine has the same processor and twice as much RAM. I have no idea about graphics card etc so was hoping to get some input here.

AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core processor QL-65
(2.1Ghz, 1MB Cache)
Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Premium
4GB Memory
250GB Hard drive
Up to 3.5 hours battery life
Webcam
HDMI connectivity
Multi-gesture touchpad
Dolby Sound Room
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1 Like #1
My thoughts are, I'd go with new Compaq. Refurbs from Currys have "hidden" faults, which often you discover after the warranty is up. The Compaq is a much better built. Try to get an Intel chip rather than AMD.
banned#2
pet2000
My thoughts are, I'd go with new Compaq. Refurbs from Currys have "hidden" faults, which often you discover after the warranty is up. The Compaq is a much better built. Try to get an Intel chip rather than AMD.


the problem is that decent intel chips wont fit in this budget. This is an AMD dual Core processor, ive read positive reviews about it. You are right for the same money I should be looking at a new one instead of refurb, but i can take extended warranty out which i get free from my bank so im ok for 2 yrs.
#3
pet2000
My thoughts are, I'd go with new Compaq. Refurbs from Currys have "hidden" faults, which often you discover after the warranty is up. The Compaq is a much better built. Try to get an Intel chip rather than AMD.


Hidden "faults" that takes more then 12 months to appear? :?
#4
There is only two words that put me off this deal. Packard AND Bell. Nasty previous experience! ;-)
#5
Where do all these refurb laptops come from? Does it say they all have questionable issues? I can't make my mind up if these are a good buy.
1 Like #6
pet2000
Refurbs from Currys have "hidden" faults, which often you discover after the warranty is up.
I doubt this tbh - these aren't refurbs at all. Any item returned under the DSR's *cannot* be resold as new and so must be sold as ex-display etc. All they do for these refurbs is open the box, check the contents, re-image the PC and ship it out again. Usually just as reliable as a new PC (because it is - most are returned as just "oh it's blue" etc having never been used), and the times it's not (i.e. the screen is cracked or something they somehow didnt notice) you'd notice straight away.

Although DSGi do own a repair centre, afaik this is only used for customer repairs - for a broken returned laptop where a refund was issued i'd imagine it would just go back to the manufacturer and credit issued (how TomToms etc work).
banned#7
i bought a acer 7720g 17" screen with bluray for £400 last year from dixons, it arrived as spanking new, i ordered a second for someone else, same again, to date no issues, run brill
#8
i bought a refurb from currys and it did have a problem with it for some reason it kept restarting randomly so from what i found out from the different blue screen errors that occured it was a hardware malfunction so i assume they dont realy check if theres any problems

however my uncle brought a refurb laptop also but he's had no issues with it so i assume its just your luck if theres a issue with it.

had no problems returning it though so it was alright. im looking for another laptop now hopefuly this time ill find another decent one that actualy works thinking i might waite another month though things may go cheaper even more since the i3 processors were released recently so prices of others may fall soon
#9
Pretty good.

I think this refurb is better though.
Comparable CPU, marginally better GPU, bigger, higher res. sceen.
Only downside is that it's Vista rather than 7ista; oh and Acer build quality might be inferior to PB.
#10
out of curriousity what are peoples opinions on acer just iv seen alot of mixed reviews with alot of people saying they arent very good
banned#11
TehJumpingJawa
Pretty good.

I think this refurb is better though.
Comparable CPU, marginally better GPU, bigger, higher res. sceen.
Only downside is that it's Vista rather than 7ista; oh and Acer build quality might be inferior to PB.


if only it wasnt sold out
banned#12
kingpin786
out of curriousity what are peoples opinions on acer just iv seen alot of mixed reviews with alot of people saying they arent very good


Acers make good machines, most problems are down to user error :-D
#13
what sort of user errors we on about and what are the best makes
banned#14
kingpin786
out of curriousity what are peoples opinions on acer just iv seen alot of mixed reviews with alot of people saying they arent very good


many people put driver issues down to poor computers. The 7720g refurb i bought last yr, on occasions wouldnt boot up, contacted dixons and they told me its a known fault on the pc, the fix is a Bios update, and to date no other issues. The keypad was really sensitive but i sorted that out by adjusting the keypad settings. Most people get frustrated when they've just paid hundreds for a new machine that they fear may not perform well, but orrecmost machines dont do too bad as long as they are looked after. Also important to get the anti virus set up properly, most new users pay for norton etc and these are meant for geeks as opposed to amateurs, they really grind your machine unless you know exactly how to change setings to improve efficiency. I recommend AVG free version, its gr8 never had a virus past it. Recently i got kaspersky free from my bank but its really ground my machine, until i fixed the settings, now its ok,
#15
Roccostan
if only it wasnt sold out


Oh, sorry about that - wasn't OOS when I originally found it two days ago :thumbsup:
#16
whats a bious update and how would you go about doing that
#17
i had a mixed experience with a dixons refurb!!!

arrived with a dodgy keyboard where the @ key didnt work maybe why it was returned in the first place:whistling:,on the other hand they picked it up the next day and returned it too me in 3 days with a new keyboard,next the wireless connection dissapeared and too be fair this was a well known compaq pressario fault and luckily it was in warrenty and returned too me repaired in 3days!!!:?

now 2 years on and im quite pleased having got a decent machine for £225 which was about £150 less than it was new at the time.

i think paying over £300 is too much though when ebuyer have decent spec new machines for £350
#18
Roccostan
many people put driver issues down to poor computers. The 7720g refurb i bought last yr, on occasions wouldnt boot up, contacted dixons and they told me its a known fault on the pc, the fix is a Bios update, and to date no other issues. The keypad was really sensitive but i sorted that out by adjusting the keypad settings. Most people get frustrated when they've just paid hundreds for a new machine that they fear may not perform well, but orrecmost machines dont do too bad as long as they are looked after. Also important to get the anti virus set up properly, most new users pay for norton etc and these are meant for geeks as opposed to amateurs, they really grind your machine unless you know exactly how to change setings to improve efficiency. I recommend AVG free version, its gr8 never had a virus past it. Recently i got kaspersky free from my bank but its really ground my machine, until i fixed the settings, now its ok,


i wouldnt reccomend AVG free to anyone. its hideously limited, doesnt meet the standards for virus detection anymore and uses more resources than norton does .
As for Norton being for geeks rather than amateurs, I very strongly disagree, the newest versions of Symantec's products are very easy to understand and configure.

i would agree that a lot of people dont look after their machines, don't know how to uninstall software properly, do disk defrags, cleanups and disable unwanted startup items, etc.

However its important that if you're going to be using it on the net, you have sufficient security.
if you're buying or banking online, I wouldnt reccomend any free virus scanner at all.
do yourself a favour and pay once a year for something decent that will look after your machine and is not just free cos your mate who 'knows all about computers' says its great.

AVG shot themselves in the foot by making their free AV available. it WAS great, but now its full of false positives, virus detection rates are down, it misses lots of things, has no user support, no firewall.
but cos of word of mouth and the net, I wonder how many people bother to pay for their premium internet security?

We had it for sale at 39.99 for a 3 user edition, dropped to £15.97, then £9.99, couldnt sell it.
ended up giving it away with some clearance ex-display laptops as a deal sweetner.

terrible product.

and anyone who is STILL slagging off Norton in 2010 is totally out of touch with whats going on and probs has their arrogant head up their backside.

things change, they have to if they have a reputation like Norton had!
#19
Never buy refurbs from DSG stores. I and others i know have had direct experience of it.

This is how it works. Customer buys new pc, takes it home, and it doesnt work properly, phones support, support instruct customer to do factory reinstall. Alls fine for a short time, fault reappears. Customer service tells them to do factory reinstall. Getting fed up customer takes it back gets a refund, the pc is marked as faulty, gets sent back to the techguys for investigation.

Techguys engineer picks up report that says faulty, engineer does factory reinstall, all seems fine, laptop put onto website to sell as refurb.

I guarantee that this or a process similar to this is what has happened. Intermittent faults are the most frustrating to deal with. Get ready to pull your hair out.

Do not buy, you have been warned.....
#20
gazter
Never buy refurbs from DSG stores. I and others i know have had direct experience of it.

This is how it works. Customer buys new pc, takes it home, and it doesnt work properly, phones support, support instruct customer to do factory reinstall. Alls fine for a short time, fault reappears. Customer service tells them to do factory reinstall. Getting fed up customer takes it back gets a refund, the pc is marked as faulty, gets sent back to the techguys for investigation.

Techguys engineer picks up report that says faulty, engineer does factory reinstall, all seems fine, laptop put onto website to sell as refurb.

I guarantee that this or a process similar to this is what has happened. Intermittent faults are the most frustrating to deal with. Get ready to pull your hair out.

Do not buy, you have been warned.....


maybe but i've had a philips x57 laptop from the refurb section for 2 years and never had a problem, nor ever needed to do a reinstall.

some of them are returns under the distance selling regs, some are ex store display that have been recalled due to range change instore (every 12 weeks).

as with anything electrical, you pay your money and take your chance. still has full warranty
#21
if warranty is good great -- if computer keeps breaking bad
what are you buying - remember your time costs

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