'Renew' HP DV6-1299EA, Turion RM-75 2.2GHz, Radeon HD 4650, 4GB DDR2, 320GB HDD, 15.6" 1366 x 768, Vista, £410.06 Delivered @ microdirect - HotUKDeals
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Yes, it's a refurb, and yes the CPU isn't very good, and screen is average, and yes it only has Vista on it..... However!

It's got a Radeon HD 4650 in it!
A strong class-2 card; unheard of in a £400 laptop.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-4650.13883.0.html

If you collect from one of their stores, you can take off the £3.99 delivery.
Don't forget quidco too. (3% ~£12)

Detailed specs can be found through the deal link.

Incidentally, Microdirect have mis-labelled it as a 1299SA.
No such model exists, it's a 1299EA 'Artist Edition' (hence the superfluous swirly patterns on it!)

:edit:

Thanks to skipster3000, here are details on how a 'renew' differs from a refurb:

http://h40046.www4.hp.com/hprenew/uk/en/index.html

Further details can be found here:

http://www.systemactive.com/renew.php

"HP Renew remanufactured products can originate from a variety of sources, including:

* Customer returns and cancelled orders - Fully-functional products that have left the HP warehouse and therefore can no longer be sold as new
* Demonstration and trial equipment - Products which have been provided to customers for demonstration purposes
* Factory or reseller overstocks - Items that are returned by HP Partners to make room for newer product lines
* Factory loaner equipment - Products that have been used for purposes such as trade shows, customer events, or solution centres and have been returned to HP
* These products are not old, out-of-date machines. Rather, more than 80 percent of HP Renew Program offerings are less than 12 months old, and often the latest technology becomes available through HP Renew shortly after its introduction. The only difference (besides their lower cost) is that these products have, for one reason or another, left HP warehouses and can no longer be sold as new."

".....HP Renew are backed by the full original HP warranty. In addition, service and support options are equivalent to that offered with new HP products and the most current software revisions are also installed."
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#1
It's actually a 'renew' not a 'refurb'.
Though i've no idea what the technical difference between the two terms is.
#2
mabye customer returns
#3
urgh... PC :-P
#4
a "renew" is perhaps a return that they could not be bothered to check to see if it OK, so it is not reburbished.
Perhaps firms should only have to state
New
Refurbished
2nd Hand
;-)
1 Like #5
Great graphics card for a laptop of this price - http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-4650.13883.0.html . It's not often I vote hot on something marked as a refurb, but I am on this one - hot!

HP Renew details
#6
Some handy customer reviews of the laptop on Amazon.

Can be summarized as:
Rubbish battery life, but good for games.
Suitable as a desktop replacement.

Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Aug 10, 2010 12:59: 'cos
#7
I got the PC World 'misprice' deal earlier this year (DV6 1210-SA for £220). It has a Athlon X2 processor and an Ati 4530 card. I can play Bioshock on full settings very fast as well as HL2 etc. If, like me, you want it for graphic work and general use as well as a few 3D games then it is excellent and this machine is even better specced. Best laptop I have ever had (after Sony's, Asus, Acer, Toshiba and Samsung)
#8
Is this really a good deal

Vista
used / refurb
poor screen resolution
Interesting design (may not be to everyone's taste)
Old technology (processor)
DDR2 Ram

This machine must be at least 1 year old as Windows 7 has been out for quite a while now
Just my view, not voting either way as i dont have anything to compare to it
#9
Much, much better than the usual £400 lappys out there... 1 year old or not, I'm seriously tempted!

Bonus: eSata port too for faster data transfers!

Hot from me
#10
Nad_84
Is this really a good deal

Vista
used / refurb
poor screen resolution
Interesting design (may not be to everyone's taste)
Old technology (processor)
DDR2 Ram

This machine must be at least 1 year old as Windows 7 has been out for quite a while now
Just my view, not voting either way as i dont have anything to compare to it


I think at the £400 price point you always have to make compromises.

This machine compromises on battery life (not an issue if you don't intend to be mobile with it), operating system (not an issue if you have a spare Win7 license), screen resolution, and processor.
To offset these compromises you get a very good laptop graphics card, unmatched at this price-point.

This is by no means a configuration that will suite everyone, however it is well geared up for playing games.
I think it has to be judged for what it is; the general spec. of a £350 machine, with the graphics card of a £600+ machine.
#11
"Renew" a whole new Euphemism for second hand tat!

It's a while since I have heard a new one! Retailer's creativity never fails to impress me!
#12
Meh, obviously missed my prospective audience.

A question to those voting cold; can you find an equivalent machine for the same or less money?
By equivalent, I mean a laptop capable of playing Crysis, GTAIV or other demanding games at a playable framerate with modest detail settings.

Heck, even for £100 more I don't think you'd be able to buy a more capable gaming laptop.

Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Aug 10, 2010 18:34: ...
#13
This is a BARGIN; if it comes with a warranty. You can't compare a Radeon 4530 to a 4650 they're in a different league & I can't even play Bioshock 2 in a fun way on my Nvidia GT240M so how it will run well on a 4530 I don't know. Try finding a 4650 or equivilant Nvidia (about GT 240m, GT 335m) new for under £540, you probably wont and; what's wrong with Vista really?? You might hit a wall playing stuff like Left For Dead 2 and Battlefield BC2 due to the CPU but it's still a hot deal.
#14
TehJumpingJawa
A question to those voting cold; can you find an equivalent machine for the same or less money?
Heck, even for £100 more I don't think you'd be able to buy a more capable gaming laptop.

Not normally but on the Outlet a few weeks ago there was a batch of Dell Studio 17 with HD 5650 1GB, Core i5 2.4, 4GB DDR3, 17.3” TFT, 500GB 7,200 rpm HDD, Windows 7 for £455 - £465 delivered with a 1 year warranty.
I managed to grab an even higher spec one:

Studio 1749
17.3in High Definition+ (1600X900) LED with TrueLife
English Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
Intel Core i5-540M 2.53GHz (3.06Ghz Turbo Mode, 3M cache)
Wireless : European Intel Wireless LAN 6200 2x2 (802.11a/b/g/n) Card
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Roxio Burn software
Black Chainlink
4096MB (2x2048) 1067MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
500GB Serial ATA (7200RPM)
Graphics : 1 GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
Camera Integrated 2.0 Mega Pixel Camera
Battery Primary 6-cell 56W/HR LI-ION
Total Price £387.60 (Ex VAT) £455.43
#15
Agharta
TehJumpingJawa
A question to those voting cold; can you find an equivalent machine for the same or less money?
Heck, even for £100 more I don't think you'd be able to buy a more capable gaming laptop.

Not normally but on the Outlet a few weeks ago there was a batch of Dell Studio 17 with HD 5650 1GB, Core i5 2.4, 4GB DDR3, 17.3” TFT, 500GB 7,200 rpm HDD, Windows 7 for £455 - £465 delivered with a 1 year warranty.
I managed to grab an even higher spec one:

Studio 1749
17.3in High Definition+ (1600X900) LED with TrueLife
English Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
Intel Core i5-540M 2.53GHz (3.06Ghz Turbo Mode, 3M cache)
Wireless : European Intel Wireless LAN 6200 2x2 (802.11a/b/g/n) Card
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Roxio Burn software
Black Chainlink
4096MB (2x2048) 1067MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
500GB Serial ATA (7200RPM)
Graphics : 1 GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
Camera Integrated 2.0 Mega Pixel Camera
Battery Primary 6-cell 56W/HR LI-ION
Total Price £387.60 (Ex VAT) £455.43


Yes, I spotted your mention of that system in the other thread.
Shame I never saw that deal, as I think I and many others would have been all over it! Clearly roasting hot deal!
I guess supply was very limited?
#16
TehJumpingJawa
I guess supply was very limited?

About 8 or so at that price but more if you increased the price range up to £500.

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