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Zoostorm.
Freedom 10-270.
CPU and Memory:
Intel Atom N270 .
Processor speed 1.66GHz.
512MB cache.
1GB DDR2 RAM .
250GB .
Display features:
10in .
Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels.
Graphics:
Dedicated 250MB Shared graphics memory with 250MB memory.
Interfaces and connectivity:
2-in-1 media card reader.
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.
Operating system & software:
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter.
Microsoft Works.
General features:
Up to 180 mins battery life.
Size H2.8, W25, D18cm.
Weight 0.95kg.
Back on sale ,bought one for me and now my brother wants one. Great for surfing,word ,spreadsheets etc.
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1 Like #1
Ooh - giving it some serious thought here - but I love my Samsung NC10 - heat added though anyway.
#2
KevSp
Ooh - giving it some serious thought here - but I love my Samsung NC10 - heat added though anyway.


I have the NC10 too, do you have the 6cell?

Btw I think this deal is for a 3cell.
#3
Brought one of these last time round.

Screen had pressure damage to it meaning that you could see marks on the screen when the netbook was on. Sent it back for refund.

Not sure who checks these over but they obviously don't switch them on to check them!!

Edited By: maid020279 on Aug 24, 2010 19:52: .
#4
I bought a samsung one from them & 2 keys didn't work. Returns was easy enough though, they collected & refunded in full within a week.

Edited By: Derek_Duval on Aug 24, 2010 20:48: spelling
1 Like #5
i'm after something just for the portability factor ie on the sofa or bed plus occasional out and about use as my laptop is just a bit too big for my use. I'm looking at an ebay offering of a N150 and now this. Has anyone had much luck getting drivers for XP for this?


Sorry people I have to say this, its BOUGHT not BROUGHT
#6
simplyjimbo
Has anyone had much luck getting drivers for XP for this?

I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, it's also the installation from a stick because the netbook has no optical drive.

I have now installed the full Windows 7 from a USB stick (Microsoft provides the USB software for free). My netbook runs now much faster than it did with Windows 7 Starter and I'm happy to leave XP behind (we all have to do it one day) .

Edited By: pet2000 on Aug 24, 2010 20:12: spell
#7
brought one for holiday and people in Seychelle love this netbook, wish I had a stock as this wouls have paid for the hoilday. At this price and someone hardware download it's a bargain.
#8
I got one last time around. Using it now. First thing I did was put Ubuntu Linux on it. Fires up so quick and, touch wood, is a great bit of kit. Can't knock it at all so far.

It's luck of the draw with it being a refurb, but you still get a full 1 year warranty.
#9
pet2000

I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, it's also the installation from a stick because the netbook has no optical drive.

I have now installed the full Windows 7 from a USB stick (Microsoft provides the USB software for free). My netbook runs now much faster than it did with Windows 7 Starter and I'm happy to leave XP behind (we all have to do it one day) .


I really could do with XP as some programs I use demand it and Virtual machines don't always work out for them. A dual boot system would be great, I guess buying an external drive would assist with installation but then my only other reservation is the 3 hour battery which probably is somewhere around 2 - 2.5 hrs with real use. decisions decisions.
#10
simplyjimbo
pet2000

I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, it's also the installation from a stick because the netbook has no optical drive.

I have now installed the full Windows 7 from a USB stick (Microsoft provides the USB software for free). My netbook runs now much faster than it did with Windows 7 Starter and I'm happy to leave XP behind (we all have to do it one day) .


I really could do with XP as some programs I use demand it and Virtual machines don't always work out for them. A dual boot system would be great, I guess buying an external drive would assist with installation but then my only other reservation is the 3 hour battery which probably is somewhere around 2 - 2.5 hrs with real use. decisions decisions.


I get about 2.5 hours.
#11
pet2000
simplyjimbo
Has anyone had much luck getting drivers for XP for this?

I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, it's also the installation from a stick because the netbook has no optical drive.

I have now installed the full Windows 7 from a USB stick (Microsoft provides the USB software for free). My netbook runs now much faster than it did with Windows 7 Starter and I'm happy to leave XP behind (we all have to do it one day) .


How / where do you get Windows 7 on USB ?
#12
I got one of these for me old mum last time but the only negative is getting the webcam to work which I haven't done so yet but heat added for this as It's a really good deal IMHO.
#13
You can install XP (or almost any operating system) from a USB stick easily enough, no point wasting money on an external CD/DVD drive if that is all you need it for. http://wiki.eeeuser.com/windowsxpusb

simplyjimbo
How / where do you get Windows 7 on USB ?
You don't. You copy it there from a normal Win 7 installation DVD. http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/


simplyjimbo
Sorry people I have to say this, its BOUGHT not BROUGHT
It's "it's" not "its". :p

Edited By: alasrati on Aug 24, 2010 22:51: DVD not CD
#14
alasrati


simplyjimbo
Sorry people I have to say this, its BOUGHT not BROUGHT
It's "it's" not "its". :p


Oops spotted my error after submitting my post, however the edit function didn't want to work.

I believe Diamondnine wanted to know where to obtain the Win 7 USB installation files. Thank you the info will come in handy for me too.....if I decide to buy.
#15
Hi guys i'm looking for a netbook/laptop for my ma, all she wants is to be able to do emails and use Word. Would this be a good option?

Thanks
#16
diamondnine
How / where do you get Windows 7 on USB ?


You can get it from here
http://download.cnet.com/Windows-7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool/3000-18513_4-10972600.html

I wouldn't recommend the other avenue mentioned above by alasrati, unless you are very computer literate. I didn't find it easy and didn't succeed. Microsoft's tool does everything automatically from beginning to end. All you need is download the tool and a DVD of Windows 7 (of course, you need to use the tool on a computer running XP, Vista, or 7).

BTW, I also had to give up on some programs which don't run on W7. I very much missed Outlook Express at first, but I got used to Thunderbird and found it is actually better for me now.

Edited By: pet2000 on Aug 24, 2010 23:48: add
#17
pedro123
Hi guys i'm looking for a netbook/laptop for my ma, all she wants is to be able to do emails and use Word. Would this be a good option?

Thanks


If she doesn't need the portability, a laptop would be better. I wouldn't recommend a netbook as an only computer. Screen is too small and even if you use an external monitor, the processor is too slow for everyday work. A netbook is a big compromise for portability, that's my opinion anyway.
#18
simplyjimbo
Oops spotted my error after submitting my post, however the edit function didn't want to work.

The edit function only works with me after I refresh the screen first. It's one of the many bugs, courtesy of the recent (pointless) change of the layout.


Edited By: pet2000 on Aug 24, 2010 23:57: spell
#19
Yeah OK, use a tool to copy the files. But whatever you do, don't download the entire thing from anywhere as it will probably be pre-loaded with viruses and other malware.
#20
alasrati
Yeah OK, use a tool to copy the files. But whatever you do, don't download the entire thing from anywhere as it will probably be pre-loaded with viruses and other malware.

That's correct. The tool is from Microsoft and the download from Cnet is safe. You can use your own Windows 7 DVD, or an ISO file if you did purchase W7 from MS shop as a download.
1 Like #21
Here's the link to the previous deal, in case anybody needs it for reference purposes.

HotUKDeals - REFURB ZOOSTORM FREEDOM NETBOOK 250GB 10.2" windows 7 £139.99 @ ebay/argos - Expired
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/refurb-zoostorm-freedom-netbook-250/737363
#22
simplyjimbo
pet2000

I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, it's also the installation from a stick because the netbook has no optical drive.

I have now installed the full Windows 7 from a USB stick (Microsoft provides the USB software for free). My netbook runs now much faster than it did with Windows 7 Starter and I'm happy to leave XP behind (we all have to do it one day) .


I really could do with XP as some programs I use demand it and Virtual machines don't always work out for them. A dual boot system would be great, I guess buying an external drive would assist with installation but then my only other reservation is the 3 hour battery which probably is somewhere around 2 - 2.5 hrs with real use. decisions decisions.


If you have access to another computer equipped with a CD/DVD drive, then it will be easy enough to put together a Windows XP Installation Image onto a USB memory stick - the key item to bear in mind would be ensuring that you have at least SP2 integrated into it for the basic SATA hard drive support required.

Here's a couple of guides out there to consider using.

Make a bootable USB installer for Windows XP, Vista, 7 with WinToFlash
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/08/27/make-a-bootable-usb-installer-for-windows-xp-vista-7-with-wint/

How To Install Windows XP From A USB Flash Drive Articles - OCIA.net
http://www.ocia.net/articles/xpflashdrive/page1.shtml
#23
Once you add a proper battery, it is not much of a bargain any more. I would certainly look out for a deal that includes a 6/8/9 cell battery.
#24
Ordered one for my Daughter, been watching for days for a decent deal !
#25
This could be well timed as I am experiancing problems with my Acer Aspire One. Gonna try a reinstall tonight but if that dosent fix it then this could be the ticket. :)
#26
@ Pedro123

A netbook like this one is just fine for your mum if basic computing is all she needs. I use my netbook far more than my desktop or laptop.

Edited By: MDL199 on Aug 31, 2010 09:54: spelling
#27
If you only buy this netbook for Word, please keep in mind that the Office suite that comes with this is only a preview/limited use edition and will lock up after x amount of uses unless the full version is purchased. Try Open Office as a free alternative, or look at the much cheaper than retail student editions of Office on hotdeals (about £40?).
#28
will this play 720p files ok?
1 Like #29
I have the smaller one (the Zoostorm Freedom 8.9") and with CoreAVC installed and some settings in WMPC tuned (skip deblocking & set deinterlacing to none) & it will.
I can even get it playing some 1080p stuff.
#30
pet2000
simplyjimbo
Has anyone had much luck getting drivers for XP for this?

I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, it's also the installation from a stick because the netbook has no optical drive.

I have now installed the full Windows 7 from a USB stick (Microsoft provides the USB software for free). My netbook runs now much faster than it did with Windows 7 Starter and I'm happy to leave XP behind (we all have to do it one day) .


nah XP til it drops dead. it has potentially limitless applications for hardware that is cheaper than nitrogen,

i do bits of audio editing and video editing from a laptop with 1gb ram and 2ghz processor and it has 5 hour battery life.

at home's a dual core, 4gb, 1tb rig with xp black edition. i would digitally fornicate with XP if i could, and in retrospect i hated it priorly until that vista travesty was released.

I dont want glossy shiny UI and forced upon computing choices. XP was so liberating in that i could store whatever file anywhere at the click of a button, xp wouldn't keep asking me if i'm the admin when I've signed IN with the admin profile, or the constant 'updates' they throw around.

if i have to put up without vista/win 7's in your face n00b inspired design, all the better.
#31
alasrati
You can install XP (or almost any operating system) from a USB stick easily enough, no point wasting money on an external CD/DVD drive if that is all you need it for.http://wiki.eeeuser.com/windowsxpusb
simplyjimbo
How / where do you get Windows 7 on USB ?
You don't. You copy it there from a normal Win 7 installation DVD.http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/
simplyjimbo
Sorry people I have to say this, its BOUGHT not BROUGHT
It's "it's" not "its". :p


hahahahaha...classic
#32
simplyjimbo
alasrati
simplyjimbo
Sorry people I have to say this, its BOUGHT not BROUGHT
It's "it's" not "its". :p
Oops spotted my error after submitting my post, however the edit function didn't want to work.I believe Diamondnine wanted to know where to obtain the Win 7 USB installation files. Thank you the info will come in handy for me too.....if I decide to buy.

the edit function sucks...thats what happens when you pay peanuts for IT consultants...pay more and you get IT consultants like me who have more than 1 braincell
#33
bigup
will this play 720p files ok?

should be fine...my wife watched streamed videos on he dell 1011, which is a similar spec...seemed fine, depends where you will stream or just watch videos stored on the netbook...if streaming depends on your isp, home network as well as netbook capability (including software)

Edited By: royals on Aug 25, 2010 12:17: f
#34
Thanks for the usb stick install guides.
#35
simplyjimbo
pet2000

I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, it's also the installation from a stick because the netbook has no optical drive.

I have now installed the full Windows 7 from a USB stick (Microsoft provides the USB software for free). My netbook runs now much faster than it did with Windows 7 Starter and I'm happy to leave XP behind (we all have to do it one day) .


I really could do with XP as some programs I use demand it and Virtual machines don't always work out for them. A dual boot system would be great, I guess buying an external drive would assist with installation but then my only other reservation is the 3 hour battery which probably is somewhere around 2 - 2.5 hrs with real use. decisions decisions.


i was able to install xp mce from usb to the acer aspire one i think it was only a case of making a bootable usb drive(i used a psp with a 2gb msduo inserted) with my windows cd copied onto the stick when i installed it had the basic graphics drivers and wireless after that i was able to go on to the acer website and get the updated drivers for xp

i done the same with windows 7 except used a 4gb usb stick to do it, at one stage i had it dualbooting xp and w7 installed to 2 different partitions the hardware on these netbooks are pretty similar so you shouldnt have a problem
#36
pedro123
Hi guys i'm looking for a netbook/laptop for my ma, all she wants is to be able to do emails and use Word. Would this be a good option?Thanks

fine for surfing and emails, though screen is small...but i wouldnt use it for word processing....its more than capable but screen is small
#37
pet2000
pedro123
Hi guys i'm looking for a netbook/laptop for my ma, all she wants is to be able to do emails and use Word. Would this be a good option?Thanks
If she doesn't need the portability, a laptop would be better. I wouldn't recommend a netbook as an only computer. Screen is too small and even if you use an external monitor, the processor is too slow for everyday work. A netbook is a big compromise for portability, that's my opinion anyway.

kinda agree....processor is fine for basic stuff....but screen is too small for word processing imo.....i have a dell 1011 which is great for surfing/emailing on the sofa/etc but i wouldnt use it for word processing/spreadsheets/etc
#38
Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr can't believe windows 7 full on is quicker to use then the slimline starter !!!!!!

Also i take it that with that windows 7 download you don''t get a key??? or do you use the starter one from the Zoostorm?

Cheers
Hk
#39
I bought this netbook 3 weeks ago,received well packaged could not log in telephoned helpline said hard drive is faulty they arranged collection . still have not recieved my Refund have opened a dispute on Ebay TELEPHONED and Emailed ARGOS CLEARANCE several Times not much help given... What a Headache...........BUYER BE AWARE.
#40
royals
kinda agree....processor is fine for basic stuff....but screen is too small for word processing imo.....i have a dell 1011 which is great for surfing/emailing on the sofa/etc but i wouldnt use it for word processing/spreadsheets/etc


However did we manage with typewriters? (seriously, I have no idea) If you want the portability and want to use it as a fixed word processing unit on a desk, maybe you could consider attaching the netbook to a larger monitor?

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