Sub £200 Laptop - EI Systems 3088 - PC World (Instore only) - HotUKDeals
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This is a clearance 'Reserve & Collect' item only and looks to be available.

The spec of this machine is truely uninspiring but if you're in the market for a budget laptop and don't need the bells and whistles it may be of interest.

Documentation and reviews are sparse but it is a PC World own 'brand'. Spec as follows:-

CPU - Via C7 1.5 GHz
Chipset - Intel® 940GML chipset
Memory - 256MB DDR SODIMM
Hard Drive - 40 GB, 4200RPM Notebook Hard Drive
CD / DVD Drive - DVD / CDRW Combination Drive
Monitor - 14.1" TFT (native resolution 1024 x 768)
Video / Graphics Card - Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (up to 128MB)
Sound Card - Realtek AC'97 audio
Network Card - Intel(R) PRO/100 VE
Network Card - Wireless card not installed
Modem - Agere Systems AC'97 modem
Battery - Li-Ion unknown model
Mouse - Touchpad
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#1
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#2
Some further information can be found HERE
#3
Expand the memory (quite cheap and companies on Quidco for cashback) and use an external harddrive for storage and you're laughing. This is a good deal IMO. Hot.
#4
by the time you put 1GB ram in, and the external HD, you would be as well buy the Dell vostro for less than £100 more.
Although this is perfect for people who just want to collect email etc, older relatives, young teens etc. voted warm
#5
CPU - Via C7 1.5 GHz

Beware. Via CPUs are VERY slow processors ,
i.e. half the performance or less than the 1.5Ghz implies.

But it's still a £200 laptop after all.
#6
Yeah its a perfectly usable laptop for general use like the internet, wordprocessing etc but won't double up at home as a desktop replacement of any worth. Looks stylish for the money too.
#7
That looks identical to my old Advent, are they all made by the same people?
#8
mikerr
CPU - Via C7 1.5 GHz

Beware. Via CPUs are VERY slow processors ,
i.e. half the performance or less than the 1.5Ghz implies.

But it's still a £200 laptop after all.


Add this to the mix:
"Battery life (up to) 1 hours " according to PC World website.

Worthy of note, though not a showstopper if you intend to use whilst permanently connected to the mains.
#9
At that cost this is poor VFM deal, worth spending the extra £100 to get the dell listed here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81003

AMD® Sempron Mobile Technology 3500+
Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic
Base Warranty - 1 Year Business Hardware Support
15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x512]
120GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 HyperMemory (integrated)
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
4 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (29 Whr)
Dell Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini-Card - Europe
Dell v92 Data/Fax Modem


It would cost at least that much to upgrade the Ram, HHD & get a wifi card. Plus high res screen, better GPU & vista.
Walk away imo
#10
Better machine well worth the extra it would cost in upgrading here, for a £100 more.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81003
#11
Assuming it's still available and you have an extra £92 I'd go for the Dell laptop that popped up a few days ago.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81003

Main points are;
1. Better processor AMD Semperon vs Via (never heard good things about the via, people slate the AMD as well but its better than the via )
2. 1GB RAM vs 256MB
3. 120GB HDD vs 40GB
4. 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display vs 14.1" 1024 x 768
5. DVD RW vs DVD ROM \ CD RW

I'm not slating this deal and if you only have £200 to spend then go for it. But £92 more will give you a much better machine that will have a longer life. The difference gets less if you start buying RAM upgrades and external drives as well.

This assumes the Dell is still available.

Rob
#12
I was just going to post that link! - Much better VFM

Even replacing the DDR SODIMM is going to be expensive. DDR2 sodimms as used in current laptops so are much cheaper. Get the Dell
banned#13
Emachines have made some of the nastiest pc's and notebooks known to man I would avoid it and buy the Dell
#14
SHOWMAN36
Emachines have made some of the nastiest pc's and notebooks known to man I would avoid it and buy the Dell


Doesn't make a huge difference but just to clarify it's an EI systems lappy. I may be wrong but I don't think that's the same as Emachines? :)
#15
Thanks for the comments guys - The Dell is excellent value without a doubt. The deal posted however is for a cheapo £200 laptop that may be suitable for somebody with basic computing needs. You really are getting what you pay for with this.

Extras could be added quite cheaply to this but to be fair you are then heading towards the price bracket of the lower end of the Dell's. :)
#16
looks ok for the kids
banned#17
Bookie
Doesn't make a huge difference but just to clarify it's an EI systems lappy. I may be wrong but I don't think that's the same as Emachines? :)

and I forgot it has the Via processor one of the slowest, stick some anti virus and anti spyware on the machine then go and have a bath for an hour It'll take that long to boot up:thumbsup:
#18
SHOWMAN36
and I forgot it has the Via processor one of the slowest, stick some anti virus and anti soyware on the machine then go and have a bath for an hour It'll take that long to boot up:thumbsup:


...and still have time for a cup of tea :-D
#19
It's OK for a second system, in the lounge say, whenever you're sitting on the couch and want to check HUKD just reach over onto the coffee table and pick this up. Will run a browser with no problems, obviously.

It's incomparably ugly though...

I'd never buy it myself though, I'd always spend a little more and get much a better laptop. I also hate giving PC World my money. Who the hell makes this anyway?
#20
When these were about £200 odd on a weekend I was interested in getting one, Saw one in PC world, The plastic is very very cheap quality, Infact the whole build quality is poor.

Its cheap, Nasty quality and looks like it was made 10 years ago (And specs aren't far off either!, lol.)
#21
Some things to watch out for with this model:

A lot of software won't install, due to the way the installer checks the CPU type. It'll search for intel or AMD, finding neither and refusing to install.

It is extremely fussy about the RAM it takes.
#22
I wouldn't buy it. I'd rather add £100 and get a laptop that does stuff.
This is something that Bill Gates would sell to the third world for use with Windows FLP.
Still, ideal for a student for coursework and suchlike. Not very good for much else though. Warm.

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