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Bought this laptop yesterday in the Beeston, Notts branch. Got a free McAfee internet security suite with the computer but not sure if this applies online.

Specs:

CPU and Memory:

* Intel Core i3 380M.
* 2.53GHz processor speed.
* 2GB DDR3 RAM memory.
* 320GB SATA hard drive.

Display features:

* 15.6in widescreen display.
* High definition display.
* Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.

DVD optical drives:

* Dual layer.

Graphics:

* Shared graphics.
* Intel GMA with HD graphics card.

Interfaces and connectivity:

* Secure Digital (SD), Multi-Media Card (MMC) compatible.
* 2 USB ports.
* 1 Ethernet port.
* B/g/n wireless/WiFi enabled.

Multi-media features:

* 0.3MP built-in webcam.
* Built-in mic.
* Built-in sound system.

Operating system and software:

* Microsoft Windows 7 Premium.

General features:

* Up to 5.15 hours battery life.
* Size H3.56, W25.4, D38.05cm.
* Weight 2.3kg.

The only thing missing is Microsoft Office (comes with a trial).
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#3
Good processor and good make... but not much else to say really apart from no HDMI (just thought I'd get that in before somebody else).

Good chance you'll be able to buy a second year warranty for £27 (directly from Toshiba) but you'll need to check the exact model number out. With Argos it'll be impossible to find this out (unless you buy instore and check it out while you're there)
Toshiba 2nd year waranty


Edited By: Musicrab on Feb 28, 2011 19:40
#4
Musicrab
Good processor and good make... but not much else to say really apart from no HDMI (just thought I'd get that in before somebody else).

Good chance you'll be able to buy a second year warranty for £27 (directly from Toshiba) but you'll need to check the exact model number out. With Argos it'll be impossible to find this out (unless you buy instore and check it out while you're there)
Toshiba 2nd year waranty



Forgot to mention, comes with an offer of a free second year warranty in the box, just need to go online to activate.
#5
Good deal!
+ 1.51% cashback thru TCB...making it £5 lesser.
#6
Great battery life
3 Likes #7
Tip - Ditch McAfee and put Microsoft Security Essentials on. Less of a resource hog over the likes of McAfee and Norton.

Voted Hot :)
#8
Been looking and this is an average deal, would be good with 3gb ram, HDMI out - keep looking - a discount code would help!
#9
Is it just me, or would anyone else rather have a lot of these budget 15" laptops at 13" sizes with the same screen resolution?

Looking at a 15" 1366 x 768 feels like looking back five years in terms of monitor tech.
#10
Bought this and sent it back. I didn't like the chassis. It was too flexible and some of the keys made too much noise and didn't work very well when tying to type at speed. Very good price but I would spend a little more. There are some decent deals on the Lenovo site at the moment. Better machine all round and very good build quality.

Maybe the one that I bought was duff. Due to this I didn't vote.
#11
Gingerboy
Bought this and sent it back. I didn't like the chassis. It was too flexible and some of the keys made too much noise and didn't work very well when tying to type at speed. Very good price but I would spend a little more. There are some decent deals on the Lenovo site at the moment. Better machine all round and very good build quality.

Maybe the one that I bought was duff. Due to this I didn't vote.


Toshiba is generally assessed as one of the better brands for reliability and backup by the likes of Which? Apple and Sony score higher but they are silly money. HP/Compaq surprisingly poor.
#12
jrw
Tip - Ditch McAfee and put Microsoft Security Essentials on. Less of a resource hog over the likes of McAfee and Norton.

Voted Hot :)

Wouldn't touch McAfee if they gave it way. But MSE MSE be a resource hog. Just google MsMpEng.exe
#13
weiran
Is it just me, or would anyone else rather have a lot of these budget 15" laptops at 13" sizes with the same screen resolution?Looking at a 15" 1366 x 768 feels like looking back five years in terms of monitor tech.

For a Laptop 15 is ideal. Maybe go up to 17 but hey ho. What would you be looking for 21?;-)
#14
I bought this laptop in January sales for £380 with a free case, mouse and 2GB USB memory stick. Would rather have held out for this deal!

Cracking laptop anyway, very fast and don't let the 2GB of RAM put you off, it hasn't affected performance in my case, and is very cheap to upgrade (has 1 stick of 2GB RAM with 1 empty slot) - plays Sims 3 very smoothly, very impressed to say it's an integrated graphics card.
#15
You beat me to it.

I just picked this up in-store and posted it here as well.

Better get the mods to delete my thread
#16
jakeby
jrw
Tip - Ditch McAfee and put Microsoft Security Essentials on. Less of a resource hog over the likes of McAfee and Norton.Voted Hot :)
Wouldn't touch McAfee if they gave it way. But MSE MSE be a resource hog. Just google MsMpEng.exe

Must have installed it on about 20 machines for people without hitch. You are quoting threads from 1-2years ago. I think it is probably sorted by now ;)
#17
hot price :)
i have this exact machine, its an i3 but a 380m not a lesser spec 350m.
i paid around £400 for this at the time i got it. a few things i did with it, ripped out the 2gb ram and put it 8gb from amazon for £64. not required really but i did that. i got a solid state drive on order and plan to use it for android development. a few bad points from my personal exeriance. only 2 usb ports??? i dont care if it doesnt have a hdmi port either i was looking for a budget i3 laptop.
i dont like the fan on this. it keeps going on and off constantly every 5 seconds you hear it.

on the positive side. 2 years warranty on it :) thats if you register you get the extra year but worth doing imho.

as for antivirus- for a free use AVAST.
for a paid i use KIS.

also worth pointing out its x64
#18
From the information on Toshiba UK's website, this is a C660-1F1. Someone's selling one new on eBay for £399...this looks like a nice deal to me if there's a second year of free warranty.
#19
There is 2 years warranty seen the leaflet instore
#20
Will this be able to handle video-editing? Nothing too demanding - probably a-la Windows MovieMaker type work.....
#21
Actionnotwords69
Will this be able to handle video-editing? Nothing too demanding - probably a-la Windows MovieMaker type work.....
Should be able to - its a good CPU. Assuming you already do this, what CPU have you got?
#22
Actionnotwords69
Will this be able to handle video-editing? Nothing too demanding - probably a-la Windows MovieMaker type work.....

Anyone...........????????
#23
Actionnotwords69
Actionnotwords69
Will this be able to handle video-editing? Nothing too demanding - probably a-la Windows MovieMaker type work.....
Anyone...........????????

Oooops...thanx Musicrab
#24
Musicrab.....This is the Acer 6930 spec I am replacing, bought about 18 months ago, but screen playing up after kids trod on the laptop!!!....cost about c. £500 at the time:

* Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 dual core processor.
* 2.0GHz processor speed.
* 2MB cache.
* 4GB DDR2 RAM.
* 250GB SATA hard drive capacity.
* DVD-RW/+RW drive.
* 16in HD widescreen.
* Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.
* nVidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics card with 1GB graphics memory.
#25
T6400 cpu benchmark 1,337
380M cpu benchmark 2,297

So the CPU should be fine. You can always add more memory if needed.
Main question is the graphics card; I don't think (somebody tell me if i'm wrong) that packages like Windows MovieMaker will greatly benefit from a dedicated GPU. But not really sure.
And the screen is a bit smaller.

EDIT. Does it have to be a laptop?
Have a look at this ->http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/packard-bell-imedia-i4523-pc-i3-3gb-500gb-refurbished-with-win-7-premium-gigabit/888537

EDIT2: And monitor http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/64-99-aoc-2036sa-20-wide-monitor-64-99-ebay-outlet-currys/884002
OR
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/aoc-2236swa-21-5-full-hd-lcd-monitor-usb-hub-speakers-93-98-delivered-birringsha/887581

EDIT3: £50 minimum trade in on your old laptop (not much but all counts)



Edited By: Musicrab on Mar 02, 2011 16:30: edit
#26
Musicrab
T6400 cpu benchmark 1,337380M cpu benchmark 2,297So the CPU should be fine. You can always add more memory if needed. Main question is the graphics card; I don't think (somebody tell me if i'm wrong) that packages like Windows MovieMaker will greatly benefit from a dedicated GPU. But not really sure.And the screen is a bit smaller.EDIT. Does it have to be a laptop?Have a look at this -> http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/packard-bell-imedia-i4523-pc-i3-3gb-500gb-refurbished-with-win-7-premium-gigabit/888537EDIT2: And monitor http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/64-99-aoc-2036sa-20-wide-monitor-64-99-ebay-outlet-currys/884002ORhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/aoc-2236swa-21-5-full-hd-lcd-monitor-usb-hub-speakers-93-98-delivered-birringsha/887581EDIT3: £50 minimum trade in on your old laptop (not much but all counts)

Musicrab - thanx......just waiting input on the graphic card capabilities for low-end video editing.....anyone else able to advise?????
#27
Actionnotwords69
Musicrab
T6400 cpu benchmark 1,337380M cpu benchmark 2,297So the CPU should be fine. You can always add more memory if needed. Main question is the graphics card; I don't think (somebody tell me if i'm wrong) that packages like Windows MovieMaker will greatly benefit from a dedicated GPU. But not really sure.And the screen is a bit smaller.EDIT. Does it have to be a laptop?Have a look at this -> http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/packard-bell-imedia-i4523-pc-i3-3gb-500gb-refurbished-with-win-7-premium-gigabit/888537EDIT2: And monitor http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/64-99-aoc-2036sa-20-wide-monitor-64-99-ebay-outlet-currys/884002ORhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/aoc-2236swa-21-5-full-hd-lcd-monitor-usb-hub-speakers-93-98-delivered-birringsha/887581EDIT3: £50 minimum trade in on your old laptop (not much but all counts)


Musicrab - thanx......just waiting input on the graphic card capabilities for low-end video editing.....anyone else able to advise?????


Anyone?????????????
#28
Actionnotwords69
Actionnotwords69
Musicrab
T6400 cpu benchmark 1,337380M cpu benchmark 2,297So the CPU should be fine. You can always add more memory if needed. Main question is the graphics card; I don't think (somebody tell me if i'm wrong) that packages like Windows MovieMaker will greatly benefit from a dedicated GPU. But not really sure.And the screen is a bit smaller.EDIT. Does it have to be a laptop?Have a look at this -> http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/packard-bell-imedia-i4523-pc-i3-3gb-500gb-refurbished-with-win-7-premium-gigabit/888537EDIT2: And monitor http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/64-99-aoc-2036sa-20-wide-monitor-64-99-ebay-outlet-currys/884002ORhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/aoc-2236swa-21-5-full-hd-lcd-monitor-usb-hub-speakers-93-98-delivered-birringsha/887581EDIT3: £50 minimum trade in on your old laptop (not much but all counts)

Musicrab - thanx......just waiting input on the graphic card capabilities for low-end video editing.....anyone else able to advise?????
Anyone?????????????


EDIT - Also found the following at John Lewis for £419 - only difference appears to be its got 4GB...following guidance awaited from anyone regarding Graphics Card for low end video editing ......is the JL one worth getting for additional 2gb of RAM? Not sure if JL may offer additional warranty cover

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#29
Actionnotwords69
EDIT - Also found the following at John Lewis for £419 - only difference appears to be its got 4GB...following guidance awaited from anyone regarding Graphics Card for low end video editing ......is the JL one worth getting for additional 2gb of RAM? Not sure if JL may offer additional warranty cover

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The JL model comes with 2 year warranty. Adding 2GB to the Argos machine will cost about £20 (assuming 1 memory slot is free) but I wouldn't worry THAT much about memory. If you went for the Argos 1 you'd need to check (at the store ideally) that the 2nd year FREE warranty was inlcuded (might have to open the box to find out.)
#30
Musicrab
Actionnotwords69
EDIT - Also found the following at John Lewis for £419 - only difference appears to be its got 4GB...following guidance awaited from anyone regarding Graphics Card for low end video editing ......is the JL one worth getting for additional 2gb of RAM? Not sure if JL may offer additional warranty coverYour text here
The JL model comes with 2 year warranty. Adding 2GB to the Argos machine will cost about £20 (assuming 1 memory slot is free) but I wouldn't worry THAT much about memory. If you went for the Argos 1 you'd need to check (at the store ideally) that the 2nd year FREE warranty was inlcuded (might have to open the box to find out.)

Looks like the JL warranty is something they offer for all computers.....bit like their 5 year warranty on TVs...
#31
It's a 2 year warranty. Second year is via a leaflet in the box although there is also a link provided on the desktop once the computer is set up that goes straight through to the registration form.
#32
The second year warranty is standard and obtained by registering the laptop online as suggested above. To be clear - the McAfee security suite is just one of the usual short-period packages, along with the usual 60-day version of Office 2010.

It's a solid laptop which performs better once you've added another 2GB.
#33
Anyone able to confirm that the graphics card will support low-level video editing?????????
#34
Actionnotwords69
Anyone able to confirm that the graphics card will support low-level video editing?????????


It will be fine for Movie maker.
#35
I'm using an i3-370m with 4th RAM and it handled some 720p video fine.
#36
dmbp52
The second year warranty is standard and obtained by registering the laptop online as suggested above. To be clear - the McAfee security suite is just one of the usual short-period packages, along with the usual 60-day version of Office 2010.It's a solid laptop which performs better once you've added another 2GB.

It’s a 60 day Office trial but the McAfee is a 1-user licence, presumably for 12 months, provided by Argos in a separate box.
#37
That's interesting. I reserved and picked up in the local store and didn't get the separate full McAfee - and it's not mentioned on the website advert, so check before buying.
#38
Right...decided in the end to go for the Samsung.....£329

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#39
only £299.99 now
#40
pipsqueak
only £299.99 now

Where???

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