Acer Aspire E14 ES1-411 14" laptop £99 Instore @ Sainsburys Milton Keynes
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Acer Aspire E14 ES1-411 14" laptop £99 Instore @ Sainsburys Milton Keynes

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Just been into Sainsbury's Milton Keynes and notice they had a few laptops reduced to clear.

I managed to pick up an Acer Aspire E14 ES1-411 14" Laptop for £99 with the following spec:

Windows 8.1
Intel Celeron N2840
2GB DDR3 Ram
500GB HDD

Although the specs aren't fantastic, this will be excellent for my 7 year old son to complete his homework on which now always seems to be computer based week on week.
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Ahh yes, the failure of the education system has become very affordable.
Pen and Paper never hurt me!
btcczs

Pen and Paper never hurt me!


If your 7 year olds home work is either "visit this website and take this quiz, print out your results" or "research this topic on the internet", pen & paper won't get you very far unfortunately
Nice find and price. I'm guessing its very similar to one I bought the missus after Christmas that was listed on HUKD.
I swapped out the RAM in it to 8gb, didnt bother with the HD upgrade to SSD and its fine for surfing the web, running office and email etc. Would suggest you tell the kids not to expect it to be quick and not install the latest high overhead games on it as It'll fail badly, but if you need it for basics, its a great little machine. Not sure if you get a DVD/ CD drive on this one (or even want one) but I commented on the other thread that you could either buy one to add internally or get an external player for around £20. Perfectly fine if you'd like it to double up as a DVD player too.
cpu might not be great but good find for £99. ssds are really cheap now so swap out thr 500GB hdd for a 128GB Ssd and it'll fly. also guessing the 2GB RAM is ungradable?
Forgot to say they only had the one on sale but I asked at the counter and they have quite a few out back
Likely to be nation wide or local?
uptwisting

Ahh yes, the failure of the education system has become very affordable.



​How is using a computer for homework at all a reflection of the education system?
btcczs

Pen and Paper never hurt me!


Computers never hurt me, Paper did though, nasty cuts.
None in Walsall, Wednesfield or Cannock
craigstephens

​How is using a computer for homework at all a reflection of the e … ​How is using a computer for homework at all a reflection of the education system?



Because of rose tinted spectacles.

"WHY CAN'T EVERYTHING BE LIKE IT WAS WHEN I WAS A LAD?"

Well because the technology wasn't:

1) Available
2) Affordable
3) Small enough
4) User friendly enough

Also infant mortality rates were through the roof and we still thought Lead and Asbestos were great materials.
craigstephens

​How is using a computer for homework at all a reflection of the e … ​How is using a computer for homework at all a reflection of the education system?



Maybe because taking a test on a website is a cop out for the teacher? It's a lot easier to say that than it is to actually compose some homework for children.
Not that I'd be against a bit of computer homework but not very child will have a computer at home or internet access and children that young should be learning to write legibly and count rather than relying on a computer for everything.
You see it in shops all the time now the assistants look at you as if you have just grown a second head because you can do basic mental arithmetic.

Couldn't see this laptop in my local.
Edited by: "smr1" 30th Mar 2016
smr1

Maybe because taking a test on a website is a cop out for the teacher? … Maybe because taking a test on a website is a cop out for the teacher? It's a lot easier to say that than it is to actually compose some homework for children.Not that I'd be against a bit of computer homework but not very child will have a computer at home or internet access and children that young should be learning to write legibly and count rather than relying on a computer for everything.You see it in shops all the time now the assistants look at you as if you have just grown a second head because you can do basic mental arithmetic.Couldn't see this laptop in my local.



​It's not a cop out for the teacher at all, if anything it gives them a little extra time to do something else.

If you stopped your pathetic 'back in my day' attitude for a minute you might realise how hard modern teachers have to work compared to those years ago.
smr1

Maybe because taking a test on a website is a cop out for the teacher? … Maybe because taking a test on a website is a cop out for the teacher? It's a lot easier to say that than it is to actually compose some homework for children.Not that I'd be against a bit of computer homework but not very child will have a computer at home or internet access and children that young should be learning to write legibly and count rather than relying on a computer for everything.You see it in shops all the time now the assistants look at you as if you have just grown a second head because you can do basic mental arithmetic.Couldn't see this laptop in my local.



​are you Nicky Morgan in disguise as you clearly know nothing about education? Ironically my wife is actually having problems with some of the younger kids at school because they haven't used a PC, but every house has tablets and phones. I wish some of these parents would prioritise a cheap PC over Sky TV. My mental arithmetic is very poor, on the other hand my computing skills are very good. People like you are ironically one of the biggest problems facing big business and government organisations when it comes to accountancy. The instance on doing things the old fashioned way is the main reason that massive mistakes are made as opposed to just creating a script to do it all. Of course that would highlight how overpaid the majority of the people doing it the old way are...
By the way my phone changed Are to are before you get smart...
Jesus! Insistence of! Proving my point on why PC as opposed to phone skills are needed... bloody smartphone!
btcczs

Pen and Paper never hurt me!


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http://www.ptc.dcs.edu/Moody/comphistory/cavemanwriting.gif
davej1710

Nice find and price. I'm guessing its very similar to one I bought the … Nice find and price. I'm guessing its very similar to one I bought the missus after Christmas that was listed on HUKD.I swapped out the RAM in it to 8gb, didnt bother with the HD upgrade to SSD and its fine for surfing the web, running office and email etc. Would suggest you tell the kids not to expect it to be quick and not install the latest high overhead games on it as It'll fail badly, but if you need it for basics, its a great little machine. Not sure if you get a DVD/ CD drive on this one (or even want one) but I commented on the other thread that you could either buy one to add internally or get an external player for around £20. Perfectly fine if you'd like it to double up as a DVD player too.


Do you know whether it has Office installed on it? Thank you.
honeypotpie

Do you know whether it has Office installed on it? Thank you.


Unfortunately not. It had a "trial" but not the full version which you then pay to activate a license or subscription for office 365. From what I remember, it comes with the basic operating system (windows 8.1 which I upgraded to Windows 10), some basic photo editing software, a bunch of trialware (games mostly) I immediately uninstalled and a virus scanner (AVG I think not not sure). Not sure if that will be the same for this though.
Edited by: "davej1710" 31st Mar 2016
davej1710

Unfortunately not. It had a "trial" but not the full version which you … Unfortunately not. It had a "trial" but not the full version which you then pay to activate a license or subscription for office 365. From what I remember, it comes with the basic operating system (windows 8.1 which I upgraded to Windows 10), some basic photo editing software, a bunch of trialware (games mostly) I immediately uninstalled and a virus scanner (AVG I think not not sure). Not sure if that will be the same for this though.


Thank you for letting me know!
honeypotpie

Thank you for letting me know!


You're welcome.
Just picked one up for my 8 yr old used double up cost 60...deal
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Why is the World so hell bent insistent that we come from these very unintellectual Ape Men/Neanderthal Man (or whatever the hell it is?).

Do Human Beings not believe Human Beings as intelligent again?, or what ..... I don't know. :-(

Hmmmmmmmmmm, lol.
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