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Packard Bell Easy Note BG45-U-300 Laptop - £249.97 @ PCWorld + quidco (RRP £399) + FREE DEL

£249.97 @ PC World
UPDATE: Now includes nationawide FREE delivery - I just couldnt resist when I saw this deal, its got the best of all worlds!!! The price of a small basic netbook, the spec/processor and operating sy… Read More
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UPDATE: Now includes nationawide FREE delivery -
I just couldnt resist when I saw this deal, its got the best of all worlds!!! The price of a small basic netbook, the spec/processor and operating system of a full blown laptop, a decent 12in screen compared to the small 8 incher on most netbooks, plus still manages to retain the weight and convenience/size of a netbook despite having a full blown processor and 12 in screen!!

Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2390 (1.73 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB Cache) Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Basic 1 GB Memory 80 GB Hard Drive 12.1" Widescreen display Built in webcam Wireless Enabled Weight 1.6 kg Black Colour
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#1
Sounds like a good spec for the price, only things that concern me (as well as anyone else imo) is that:
1) It's made by Packard Bell - although they may well have become better
2) Vista basic rather than Vista premium or Windows XP
3) 80GB of space & 1GB of RAM (although the RAM can be upgraded cheaply)
4) Slow processor
#2
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?reviewid=2377&pn=2#image

this is the review at £400, almost twice the price its selling for.
1) It's made by Packard Bell - although they may well have become better
Packard bell is far better than the likes of Acer and Advant, its a well known brand
2) Vista basic rather than Vista premium or Windows XP
You can wipe off vista and put XP if you wish to do so, although i would not see a reason for u to do so, but vista basic is better than vista preium, its a less demanding OS then premium and yet you get more or less everything the premium offers minus the media bit and the useless aero.
3) 80GB of space & 1GB of RAM (although the RAM can be upgraded cheaply)
80GB is a well respected amount of storage, compared to the acer one for example at 8GB SSD memory.
4) Slow processor
You have just completely lost me here, this is by far a strong and fast processor, in fact the best you can get at 250, people are buying the net books with the silly 1.6 atomic, here you have a powerful full laptop processor, a true dual core!!!
#3
u also get a webcam in the price, any more and it will do your coffee for u!
#4
http://http://www.pcworld.co.uk/product.php?sku=904068&camp_id=OfferoftheDay#productInformationSection
#5
does anyone know how i can add the pic to the post
#6
From PC Advisor:

Specifications

1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T2390;
Windows Vista Home Basic;
Power consumption: 18W;
WorldBench 6 score: 51;
3 USB ports; 1GB RAM; 80GB HDD; 12.1in, 1,280x800 screen;
Battery life: 2 hours 42 mins; 3-cell 2,600mAh battery;
294x209x31mm; 1.59kg

It's Dual Core and not C2D! Silly PC Advisor getting the specs wrong above with the processor.
#7
wow thats an even better processor then if its core2duo as opposite to dual core!
#8
by the way, Acer now owns Packard bell :),

at £399
Acer may have bought Packard Bell, but it hasn't set out to change the basics of the business. The EasyNote BG45-U-300 is a compact and likeable machine that offers impressive value for money.
#9
another review from PC pro
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/239010
#10
If you want a netbook than by a netbook, if you want a laptop but personally i would not get this, I do not trust packard bell build quality at all, have seen to many fail over the years, Personally if i was them i would have put xp on the machine rather than visa basic. The hard drive is pretty small as sub £270 netbooks are coming with 160gb hdd now, the battery life is pretty useless (probably due to the processor) and by all accounts the keyboard and the trackpad are meant to be poor so using them for a long time is hard.

Yes it is true that acer recently took control of packard bell and they have started to change pb for instance i believe they have closed the pb technical call centre and moved support to their own (where staff are not trained on pb and have no idea about them ie how to do tattoo's on them or even what a tattoo is).

if you are in the market for a machine that is not a netbook or a true laptop then this is probably a good buy but not sure how big that market is.

by the way if you want to add a pic to the post add http://media.pcadvisor.co.uk/cmsdata/reviews/2377/PBell%20BG45-U-300%20home.jpg to the bit that says Link to Image File
#11
Great deal.

Heat added. (ignore the silly negative comments ... it has a very respectable CPU, and who needs more than 80GB on a laptop anyway?)
#12
I do not trust packard bell build quality at all


Well, I trust PCPRO's opinion of the build quality ...

One of the best features of the laptop, though, is nothing to do with its internal specification, but is simply how good the build quality and comfort is.
Lol
#13
petermerritt
Great deal.

Heat added. (ignore the silly negative comments ... it has a very respectable CPU, and who needs more than 80GB on a laptop anyway?)


Yes, I agree.

Comparing PDC with Atom ??? , 12'' with 8,9 ??? :x

DVD-rom would be useful, has strangely shaped trackpad and battery could be better but... you have 1.6kg instead.I just do not know the quality of PBell, good price anyway.
#14
I thought this was a fairly good deal at around the £300 mark, I saw one in my local Currys and it actually looked and felt fairly solid.

Battery life is the downside, and being Packard Bell is harder to find a higher capacity battery.
#15
Same price at Currys but no quidco (but if you want one and cant get to a PC world...)
#16
7777777
Yes, I agree.

Comparing PDC with Atom ??? , 12'' with 8,9 ??? :x

DVD-rom would be useful, has strangely shaped trackpad and battery could be better but... you have 1.6kg instead.I just do not know the quality of PBell, good price anyway.


I agree with you on the DVD Rom/Optical drive issue. :thumbsup:
I'm on the hunt for a smallish laptop/netbook with optical drive, would of been a winner. :whistling:
#17
You know something, I have been a member of this site for some time now and every now then a cracking deal comes up like this, but then instead of people enjoying the deal and voting hot and honest, they come up with some silly and negative comments to try to justify that its not a good deal when it clearly is.

Fact, packard bell is owned now by Acer, the no1 selling laptop company around
Fact, at £250, its selling for cheaper than a netbook (samsung NC10 and MS at over 300quid) yet this is a real laptop, has a top dual core full blown processor as opposite to the naff cheap netbook atomic processor, it has a 12.1 in screen compared to a blinding 8.9 in. It has proper mouse buttons compared to acer one right and left weird arrangements. Its has the latest vista basic. etc,
Fact, battery life is just under 3 hours, in par to most laptops.
Fact, solid quality built as stated in many reviews
Fact, at 399 quid, almost twice the price, this has earned top reviews from the like of PC Pro and other professional mags
Fact, not long ago, on here there was a small Sony 12 in laptop with dual core, same battery life, etc, at nearly £600 and people were voting hot, same spec, yet here at 250 quid, price of a mobile phone and people are being funny.
#18
i ld only upgrade the 1GB RAM to 2 or 3 and this laptop would rival others at twice the price
#19
just two things put me off,made by packard bell and sold by pc world
#20
seems a pretty good deal and once you put a 6 cell battery in you will get good quite a lot of time mains free. good if you need more of a laptop (and the processing power) than a netbook.
#21
Nicolas;4111289
You know something, I have been a member of this site for some time now and every now then a cracking deal comes up like this, but then instead of people enjoying the deal and voting hot and honest, they come up with some silly and negative comments to try to justify that its not a good deal when it clearly is.

Fact, packard bell is owned now by Acer, the no1 selling laptop company around
Fact, at £250, its selling for cheaper than a netbook (samsung NC10 and MS at over 300quid) yet this is a real laptop, has a top dual core full blown processor as opposite to the naff cheap netbook atomic processor, it has a 12.1 in screen compared to a blinding 8.9 in. It has proper mouse buttons compared to acer one right and left weird arrangements. Its has the latest vista basic. etc,
Fact, battery life is just under 3 hours, in par to most laptops.
Fact, solid quality built as stated in many reviews
Fact, at 399 quid, almost twice the price, this has earned top reviews from the like of PC Pro and other professional mags
Fact, not long ago, on here there was a small Sony 12 in laptop with dual core, same battery life, etc, at nearly £600 and people were voting hot, same spec, yet here at 250 quid, price of a mobile phone and people are being funny.

agree with everything you said, for me this is a really good deal, though PC world are not the best company in the world.
#22
Random bloke:

curofone
I do not trust packard bell build quality at all... by all accounts the keyboard and the trackpad are meant to be poor so using them for a long time is hard.


Respected magazine:

PCPro
One of the best features of the laptop... is simply how good the build quality and comfort is... the keyboard is only a touch larger than the NC10's, but it's still very good to type on... The trackpad is also perfectly comfortable to use... In fact, the whole laptop feels significantly more polished than most netbooks, with build quality and design closer to that of a far more expensive machine.


Only the lack of optical drive and question marks over upgrades puts me off. Does it have 2 memory slots? How easy would it be to slot is bigger hard drive?
#23
no stock anywhere near me :-(
#24
no stock with curry's either - looks like i've missed this....
#25
guys why have u expired this, there is stock around, just thin on the ground as its a really good deal! I just managed to reserve another one in london for a friend to collect tomorrow!, please unepire
#26
EXPIRED? Nope: Northolt has them (it) in stock.

I had a play with one of these a while back when they were £329. Apart from the round touchpad they seemed very nice and remarkably good quality. Interesting to see it side-by-side with an NC10. Only the limited battery life and Packard Bell's quality and support problems put me off.
#27
guys, can someone tell us how to unexpire this, or can u please unexpire this, this is available in northolt still in stock! reserve via quidco to get the extra saving too
[mod]#28
Nicolas
guys, can someone tell us how to unexpire this, or can u please unexpire this, this is available in northolt still in stock! reserve via quidco to get the extra saving too


Unexpired now. If you do need to send any requests to a MOD just use the red report triangle http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/images/custom_buttons/report.gif to the left of the page & all the online MODs will receive it - best way to get something actioned, thanks :thumbsup:
#29
thanks Sigma
#30
There are at least 20 in the Trowbridge store (so most of Wiltshire should be able to get them if you want them)
#31
judderman
I agree with you on the DVD Rom/Optical drive issue. :thumbsup:
I'm on the hunt for a smallish laptop/netbook with optical drive, would of been a winner. :whistling:


mybe that one ? :

http://misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=342273

unfortunately,significantly more expensive..but still good value/money £399 + quidco

http://img.misco.co.uk/images/uploadedimages/med/20090108114100.jpg

Product Description Acer Aspire 2930 - Notebook PC
Processor 1 x Intel® Core 2 Duo® T5800 2.0GHz, 800MHz
Chipset Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset
Cache 2MB - L2 Cache
Hard Drive 250GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400rpm
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.0
Telecom Fax / modem - 56 Kbps
RAM 2GB (installed) / 4GB (max)
DDR2 S DRAM
Graphics Controller Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Wireless LAN aerial
Notebook Camera Built in 1.0 MegaPixel Crystal Eye Webcam
Display 12.1" TFT LCD high-def WXGA 1280 x 800
Optical Storage DVD Super Multi double-layer drive
Card Reader
Windows Windows Vista® Home Premium
Dimensions (WxDxH) 30.4 cm (W) 23 cm 3.5/4.2 cm
Weight 2.1 kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty

or Tosh, 385 after cashback :
http://img.misco.co.uk/images/uploadedimages/med/20090108145134.jpg
#32
Cheers mate :thumbsup:
slightly over my budget :whistling:
Dell looks ok...

SYSTEM SPECIFICATION
LATITUDE E5400 (System Identifier. Z8MFL7HD)
Latitude E5400 Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 (2.26GHz)
English Windows Vista Business

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

System Price £385.99 Minus the £100 off. :thinking:

Operating System: English Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista SP1 Business
Memory: Memory 2048MB (2x1024) 800MHz DDR2 Dual Channel
Hard Disk Drive: 120GB HD (5400 Rpm) Serial ATA
NoteBook Screen: Display 14.1in WideScreen WXGA (1280x800) LCD
CD Read-Write Drive: Optical Drive 8X DVD+/-RW Drive
MISC: MS Vista Premium Logo Label NB (small
Battery 6 Cell (56Wh)
Wireless WI-FI 5100
Internal UK/IR Qwerty Standard Keyboard
Power Cord European 90W AC Adaptor 3-pin
Ship Mod
ASSY BASE

Edit: No £100 off on these. Pants!!
#33
do u have a short cut to this? thanks
#35
Nicolas
You know something, I have been a member of this site for some time now and every now then a cracking deal comes up like this, but then instead of people enjoying the deal and voting hot and honest, they come up with some silly and negative comments to try to justify that its not a good deal when it clearly is.

Fact, packard bell is owned now by Acer, the no1 selling laptop company around
Fact, at £250, its selling for cheaper than a netbook (samsung NC10 and MS at over 300quid) yet this is a real laptop, has a top dual core full blown processor as opposite to the naff cheap netbook atomic processor, it has a 12.1 in screen compared to a blinding 8.9 in. It has proper mouse buttons compared to acer one right and left weird arrangements. Its has the latest vista basic. etc,
Fact, battery life is just under 3 hours, in par to most laptops.
Fact, solid quality built as stated in many reviews
Fact, at 399 quid, almost twice the price, this has earned top reviews from the like of PC Pro and other professional mags
Fact, not long ago, on here there was a small Sony 12 in laptop with dual core, same battery life, etc, at nearly £600 and people were voting hot, same spec, yet here at 250 quid, price of a mobile phone and people are being funny.


If I may offer a few opinions on what you have said here,

Firstly, trying to construe the fact that Packard Bell is owned by Acer as a good thing is really stretching it. To be honest, Acer hardly have a high reputation in terms of build quality, I recently owned a fairly mid to high range Acer 6920g and the keyboard flex and general build turned out to be pretty awful. If the Packard Bell models are representative of Acer's general reputation, then its not a good thing. There are however, exceptions to the rule, ala the Acer Aspire One.

Secondly your obviously pretty biased with your second point, whether because it is you are defending your deal or because you genuinely hold that opinion I can't really tell. I would hardly discount the Atom processor as "naff", for what it is designed to do it does its job well, i.e reasonable performance at a low power cost. If you compared this laptop to a netbook, there is hardly going to be much variance in actual performance when it comes to the tasks it will be used for, both netbooks and this laptop lack an effective graphics chip so they are all pretty much relegated to your internet/office productivity/photoshop/light media tasks. Of course the dual core Pentium M is a "better" processor in terms of its power and performance, but in reality, theres not as huge a difference as you attempt to fabricate.

Also, your points on screen size, you'll find alot of netbooks are in the "sweet spot" 10in size which are hardly "blinding" I use my netbook day in and day out and find the size and resolution extremely comfortable. Also your comparisson to the Acer Aspire One's button layout is somewhat grasping at straws as you omit the fact that there are other netbooks out there with "traditional" button layouts.

As for build quality once again, I would have to test it in person before I bought it, I would never buy a laptop (or netbook) without at least having some chance to have a look/feel of it in person. Granted, even this has good reviews I would advise if people can to check it out in person, this is how I decided on my netbook in the end as the keyboard and general build were of high priority to me.

Nevertheless, I've voted hot on this, for the price and spec you get a nice basic laptop in a very portable size. However, I would not judge it directly against a netbook, they both have their uses. If you are looking for a low-budget entry level laptop and battery life is not a huge factor to you, then this would be a reasonable choice. Even though there is only a 2" difference between this and the biggest netbooks (10") it can still make a huge difference to certain people. If you are looking for something to fulfill basically the same tasks, but in a form factor that much more easily facilitates you to take it with you anywhere you go, and with a much better battery life, then a netbook would probably appeal more.

Please, enough of the "why buy a netbook when you can get a laptop for cheaper" as they both serve their own purposes and as such will appeal to different people. For my needs, I am happy with my Samsung NC10 over this, but thats not to say I do not appreciate the needs of laptops, I also have a Dell XPS and it also has its uses.
#36
I thought I should write something since I was pondering between this and the NC10 (and nearly bought the BG45).

Acer is a big company. This is a fact. Packard Bell is own by Acer. Also a fact. However Acer are hardly reputable for their build quality. Packard Bell isn't a great name in the computing business. So let's discount that and look at other specs.

Processor. Yes, it's a dual-core and not an Atom. However, for most people who's after a small laptop, Atom is more than adequate. Be it photoshop, word processing, internet etc, you will hardly be sitting there twiddling your thumb while you wait for the computer to load/process. I know because I have a quad-core desktop and the NC10. If you use your laptop for other things, then you need a big laptop, or a desktop.

Battery life. The BG45's battery life of 2.30 hours is pretty standard for a laptop. However let's not forget what laptop is desgined for... to be portable and used AWAY from the plug. So 7 hours is therefore more appealing than 2 hours 30 mins.

Screen size. This was the main reason why I considered the BG45. 12" vs 10". For only 300g more, why not. However what's the point of having a laptop if it only works for limited time away from the plug?

Price. I have to say you can't argue with that price (if you can find one). When I was going to buy the BG45, they were selling for £280. I reserved one in Currys Mansfield, only to find that they couldn't find it (numpties!). So I ended up getting the NC10 online.

Still vote it hot just for the price. Wouldn't get one personally...
#38
thanks guys for the feedback, some good points raised. i am not defending the deal, i m simply saying its the price of a netbook but you get a better bigger screen and processor. Mike, you raise a point about the graphics not been all good, can you tell me more.
#39
none in London :(
#40

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