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Ultraportable Advent 12" Dual Core Laptop £450.00 new (£370 refurbished available)

£450.00 @ PC World
Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2310 (1.46 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB Cache) Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium 2 GB Memory 160 GB Hard Drive 12" Brightview and latest Intel X3100 graphic…
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Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2310
(1.46 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium
2 GB Memory
160 GB Hard Drive
12" Brightview and latest Intel X3100 graphics
DVD Rewriter Dual Layer
Wifi Enabled
Built in Camera

It neither has the quality or battery lfe of the Apple Air.
However at only 1lb heavier it also has a dvd WRITER, 3 usb PORTS, a card reader an ethernet port and and Expresscard slot.

extra 5% voucher ticked so maybe £430
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#1
on pretty sweet.
#2
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/labs/156294/advent-9112.html

ouch! They don't like it much...

It may seem a little unfair to compare a sub-£500 notebook with some that cost three times that, but it isn't with its core components that the Advent slips up. The 1.46GHz Pentium Dual Core processor is an admittedly low-budget solution, but, assisted by 2GB of RAM, it scored a respectable 0.72 in our benchmarks - not bad for just £494.

As well as that you get a large 160GB hard disk to take care of storage needs, backed up by an integrated DVD writer and a card reader for SD/MMC and MS formats. The usual 802.11abg wireless is present, as is an ExpressCard/54 slot for future expansion, and a 1.3-megapixel webcam for making video calls online. There's no gigabit ethernet

and you're limited to integrated graphics, as with most this month, but as features go the 9112 generally holds its own.

It's in an arguably more important area that the 9112 lets itself down. With a puny 2,200mAh battery plugged in the back - and not very securely at that - the Advent lasted just 1hr 45mins under light use, and that's with the screen dimmed and the CPU idle. Less than two hours would be disappointing in a normal-sized notebook, but to achieve such a short battery life in a 12.1in portable is simply unforgiveable.

It certainly looks every bit the budget laptop, too, and the cost-cutting is evident in the awful speakers and slightly shaky build quality. We're not too keen on the lack of a latch for the lid, and there's a bit too much bend in it for our liking. The TFT is also a little muted and dim, although the keyboard is pretty comfortable and well laid out, with the exception of a half-sized right Shift key.

If this all sounds a little harsh it won't once you take a look at the Samsung Q45 Red. It costs only £17 more, yet is a stylish, solidly built and well-specified laptop. With Advent's poor performance in last month's Reliability & Service Awards 2007 factored in, we just can't recommend the 9112, despite its appealing price.
#3
you are right but it was £50 dearer then at £500. And the Samsung Q45 is actually near £600.

Ive just investiaged and it seems that there was /is a fault in the bios that effects battery life.
Not sure if it has been fixed yet.

Its quite new so maybe they have now improved the build quality.

Still good for its weight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
About identical weight to that new Sony posted.
#4
i would use pen and paper rather than use an Advent pc or laptop...awful in every respect...it really is worth investing a little more on some a bit more robust/better made...i always go for Toshiba laptops, but Sony, HP are too (as supposedly are Samsung tho not used one) too....
wouldnt touch a Dell either...terrible - i use Dell for work (for past 5 years) and hate them (yesteryear design, heavy, breakdown alot)...same goes for Acer
#5
I dont agree with the comment. I have an Advent T9 Desktop (made by Medion) and it has been an excellent and powerful PC. Looking to update shortly. I worked for Dixons then PC World for 8 years and generally they were very reliable. The ones recognised as being poor were Emachines and EI Systems. Compaq being the most reliable brand bar none.
#6
all interesting comment here.

Dell came 2nd in the PC service awards is Australia.
In notebooks they came fourth, behind Fujitsu, Asus,and Apple.

Like everything its a combination of perceived reputation and actual reputation.

I would not be surprised if you have never ever used an Advent laptop royals.
Seems Medion have won awards in the UK too!!!!!!!!!

Now my HP Compaq N1015V laptop went after 3 years. I searched the web and there were loads and loads of people having the same terminal problem. A design fault that gave it built in obsolescence.

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