Acer Laptop with Dual Core Proccessor, 3GB RAM and Vista Premium now £300 from £375 (in-store) @ Asda
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Acer Laptop with Dual Core Proccessor, 3GB RAM and Vista Premium now £300 from £375 (in-store) @ Asda

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Found 15th Jan 2009Made hot 15th Jan 2009
I just went into my Asda to pick up the notebook (see posts), and the guy told me that this laptop had gone down to £300 from £375 in-store (although internet states original price was £350). I'm not sure whether this is good or not, so please don't knock!

Limited stock...see above, out of stock on-line. Also, this is not well advertised..still showing £375 in-store, so don't be put off, and ask someone in the Music and Video Department or Photo Department (don't ask me why!).

Colour Black
Processor Powerful AMD Athlon® X2 QL60 1.9 dual core processor
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
Storage Capacity 160GB
RAM (MB) 3GB
Screen Size (inch) 15.6
Disc Drive CD,DVD,CDRW & 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive (DVDRW)
Screen Type Acer CineCrystal TFT
Memory Card Slot 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD)
Graphics Integrated Intel GMA X3100 graphics
Wireless Enabled Yes
Built In Devices Modem
USB Port 3
Battery Life (hrs) 2
Weight 2.7kg
Software Included Acer Empowering Technology (Acer ePower, eDataSecurity, eRecovery, eSettings Management), Acer Arcade Deluxe featuring Cinema, Album, Music, Acer HomeMedia, Acer Crystal Eye, Acer GridVista, Acer Launch Manager, Acer GameZone, Acer Video Conference Manager, Adobe Reader, CyberLink PowerDirector trial version, McAfee Internet Security Suite, NTI Media Maker, Microsoft Works 8.5 with Office Home and Student 2007 Trial.
Length of Parts Guarantee (Years) 1
Web Cam Integrated 0.3MP Acer Crystal Eye webcam
Speakers Included Two built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers

69 Comments

Original Poster

I'm not sure how good this is, so any comments would be appreciated. Like I've said, my intention was to buy this hotukdeals.com/ite…k-w, which I did successfully! But I've also bought this laptop as well, and I might return it depending on the comments. Actually, any comments betwen the two would be fab!!!!

Angry Bear;4074273

I'm not sure how good this is, so any comments would be appreciated. … I'm not sure how good this is, so any comments would be appreciated. Like I've said, my intention was to buy this http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/318205/acer-aspire-one-aoa150-ab-netbook-w, which I did successfully! But I've also bought this laptop as well, and I might return it depending on the comments. Actually, any comments betwen the two would be fab!!!!



They are two completely different machines. The Acer Aspire one is a netbook, this is a full size laptop. It all depends on what you want to use it for?

Looks like a pretty decent deal tho.

Original Poster

SpoonyBoy;4074335

They are two completely different machines. The Acer Aspire one is a … They are two completely different machines. The Acer Aspire one is a netbook, this is a full size laptop. It all depends on what you want to use it for?



Thanks for that. My fault, I should have re-pharased that for myself. Basically, I've got an old laptop that's on it's last legs (5 years old), and I was going to keep it and have the Netbook simply to use it to surf the net etc. However, when I saw the deal for this, I'm contemplating to keep this and return the Netbook. Actually...I think that I've answered my own question, and I'm going to keep this! :oops:

Original Poster

Can anyone tell me if this is ok for Football Manager 2009?

Yeah football manager will be fine.

I'd rate this as a great deal, processor isn't too hot - but you get a decent amount of RAM and a Home Premium licence.

HOT from me. Might not be the best spec in the world but its £300!
If that's all you want to spend on a laptop then I think you can't go far wrong with this

u gotta a good deal there, good enough spec for normal use

I know somebody with a Acer Aspire 5720, 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM which barely runs Vista home with aero, effects, sidebar, acer applet thing all turned off, let alone running Vista Premium. Machine runs incredibly hot and noisy, almost too hot to touch the trackpad (which is finicky anyway). I could only advise putting linux on it and using it for web browsing and not much else. Cold from me I'm afraid because I don't think the hassle to get these lappies working at acceptable performance levels is worth the cheap price. My Asus EEE 4G cost less than this and runs a great deal better straight out of the box, as well as being lighter, more portable and silent.

Colonelpanic;4074582

I know somebody with a similar model, which barely runs Vista home with … I know somebody with a similar model, which barely runs Vista home with aero, effects, sidebar, acer applet thing all turned off, let alone running Vista Premium. Machine runs incredibly hot and noisy, almost too hot to touch the trackpad (which is finicky anyway). I could only advise putting linux on it and using it for web browsing and not much else. Cold from me I'm afraid because I don't think the hassle to get these lappies working at acceptable performance levels is worth the cheap price. My Asus EEE 4G cost less than this and runs a great deal better straight out of the box, as well as being lighter, more portable and silent.



Does the person you know have 3gb Ram in theirs ?

alictait;4074604

Does the person you know have 3gb Ram in theirs ?


Actually, the laptop I have in mind is a bit lower specced (as edited above), but then it is running Vista home not premium. I would still wager that this laptop will perform very poorly with Vista premium installed. I think (and vista's performance tools suggest) that the main issue is the integrated graphics not being able to handle Vista.

3gb ram should run vista premium fine, the extra 1gb will make a difference, perhaps something else is using up resources on the 2gb laptop, maybe a good clean out and defrag would help, i have a lower spec acer 5315 with 2gb, it runs fine although it is vista basic,

The machine is set to defrag at 4:00 every Thursday morning, so that side of things should be fine. I think Vista is just appalling basically! Roll on Windows 7, Microsoft really ought to make it a free upgrade from Vista after the debacle that it has been.

Colonelpanic:

There isn't a Vista Home edition! Its either Vista Basic/Premium /Buisness/Ultimate.

As you mention Aero then you probaly mean Vista Premium. If the inbuilt graphics cannot deal with Aero just turn them off.

Also the extra processing power and RAM will make a big difference.

And comparing this with an Asus EEE 4G is like comparing apples and oranges. Made for completely different purposes and this will be a hell of a lot faster out of the box then any netbook in terms of raw processing power. :thumbsup:

Colonelpanic;4075839

The machine is set to defrag at 4:00 every Thursday morning, so that side … The machine is set to defrag at 4:00 every Thursday morning, so that side of things should be fine. I think Vista is just appalling basically! Roll on Windows 7, Microsoft really ought to make it a free upgrade from Vista after the debacle that it has been.




OT

windows 7 is a cut down version of vista. the issue with vista is it needs a lot of resources. I've been running it fine since SP1 came out and it was a damn site better transition than going from win98 to XP. people forget how bad xp was before sp1, things like lack of proper usb support and lack of recognition for large hard drives was a pain. People have just got used to XP and works better now that vendors have decent drivers (not M$'s fault for poor drivers). Those out there who think win7 is a miracle cure are going be sorely disappointed.

roll on vista sp2 more like......

I remember trying to get XP to run on a new laptop when XP was released..... would not do it.


good deal by the way, voted hot.

Original Poster

Does anybody know if you can buy a spare battery for this? I did have reservations about this laptop because of the short battery life. but judging from the comments above, this seems like a decent laptop for the price. I bought this primarily to play Football Manaer and play DVD's...sad I know!

Vista versions are all the same. Same disk but a different serial number.

When you type in the key from your hologram it unlocks the functions you are entitled to after parting with your hard earned. Same sh*t, different product keys.

If your machine runs too hot then keep it off the cushions, off your knee and off the bed. With the back end propped up slightly, as with a docking station, it will allow your machine to run cooler.

Colonelpanic;4074582

I know somebody with a Acer Aspire 5720, 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM which … I know somebody with a Acer Aspire 5720, 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM which barely runs Vista home with aero, effects, sidebar, acer applet thing all turned off, let alone running Vista Premium. Machine runs incredibly hot and noisy, almost too hot to touch the trackpad (which is finicky anyway). I could only advise putting linux on it and using it for web browsing and not much else. Cold from me I'm afraid because I don't think the hassle to get these lappies working at acceptable performance levels is worth the cheap price. My Asus EEE 4G cost less than this and runs a great deal better straight out of the box, as well as being lighter, more portable and silent.




I have an Acer 5720 Travel Mate with Vista Business with 4GB of RAM its a core 2 duo and it runs Vista fine. Vista Aero is a gimmick anyway. My machine sometimes gets a bit lop but all laptops do depending how long you leave them on for! I think you will find any AMD chip will run hotter than in intel one. I bet your mate has an old single core Acer don't try to compare the two one one here looks great im voting hot!

plasmahal;4076225

OTwindows 7 is a cut down version of vista. the issue with vista is it … OTwindows 7 is a cut down version of vista. the issue with vista is it needs a lot of resources. I've been running it fine since SP1 came out and it was a damn site better transition than going from win98 to XP. people forget how bad xp was before sp1, things like lack of proper usb support and lack of recognition for large hard drives was a pain. People have just got used to XP and works better now that vendors have decent drivers (not M$'s fault for poor drivers). Those out there who think win7 is a miracle cure are going be sorely disappointed.roll on vista sp2 more like......I remember trying to get XP to run on a new laptop when XP was released..... would not do it.good deal by the way, voted hot.

I agree some what but lets face its XP had a track record it was based upon windows NT which most business used. I used Vista on my laptop at home and its got a few nice features but I wouldn't want it on my desktop PC at work as its too well like fisher price stupid things like try to map to a network drive the system hangs completely I have had to reboot the PC as pressing control alt and delete does not bring up task manager at least XP done that. Vista reminds me of a stable version of windows ME...

Colonelpanic;4074582

I know somebody with a Acer Aspire 5720, 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM which … I know somebody with a Acer Aspire 5720, 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM which barely runs Vista home with aero, effects, sidebar, acer applet thing all turned off,



I have a 5720 with the exact same spec. that came with Vista. With all the usual crud turned off, it ran Vista perfectly well with absolutely no speed problems at all. I did end up installing XP on it but not for performance reasons, just because since I can't stand using Vista. The only problem I have with this machine (and it's used everyday for work) is the Alps touchpad which has been rubbish from day one and not a patch on the Synaptics ones I have use on other laptops.

Worth noting that it's a 1.5GHz dual core on the 5720, not big numbers for clock speed but still a fast enough CPU for most applications.

No-one has mentioned the need to tune Windows - ALL versions not just Vista. Get rid of running processes that slow it down, and start up items which you never need, and with this level of ram it will be fine.

Reports of problems with Vista just amuse me.
Love it or hate it, it is rock solid now, and all the extra frills can be turned off, if that's what you want!

Getting any laptop to run games seems a tad odd to me, but each to his own!

Original Poster

nihcaj;4076922

No-one has mentioned the need to tune Windows - ALL versions not just … No-one has mentioned the need to tune Windows - ALL versions not just Vista. Get rid of running processes that slow it down, and start up items which you never need, and with this level of ram it will be fine.Reports of problems with Vista just amuse me. Love it or hate it, it is rock solid now, and all the extra frills can be turned off, if that's what you want!Getting any laptop to run games seems a tad odd to me, but each to his own!



I know....the problem is that I'm getting told off by the family as I'm hogging the FAMILY PC playing Football Manager 2009! Hence, I walked before I was pushed! :-D

Well I have a Toshiba M40X which has a centrino CPU running at about 1.7GHZ, it also has 1.5GB of RAM and a ATI X600 mobility graphics solution and it runs Vista perfectly well with Aero switched on.

The laptop for sale here would wipe the floor with my laptop! Heat added.

mikerj;4076795

I have a 5720 with the exact same spec. that came with Vista. With all … I have a 5720 with the exact same spec. that came with Vista. With all the usual crud turned off, it ran Vista perfectly well with absolutely no speed problems at all. I did end up installing XP on it but not for performance reasons, just because since I can't stand using Vista. The only problem I have with this machine (and it's used everyday for work) is the Alps touchpad which has been rubbish from day one and not a patch on the Synaptics ones I have use on other laptops.Worth noting that it's a 1.5GHz dual core on the 5720, not big numbers for clock speed but still a fast enough CPU for most applications.



I bought an Acer 5720 from Tesco in December and it's a T7500 Core 2 Duo @ 2.2Ghz / 2GB Ram
Runs very fast, cool and silently, touchpad is also Synaptics!

jonathan_d;4077213

I bought an Acer 5720 from Tesco in December and it's a T7500 Core 2 Duo … I bought an Acer 5720 from Tesco in December and it's a T7500 Core 2 Duo @ 2.2Ghz / 2GB RamRuns very fast, cool and silently, touchpad is also Synaptics!



Interesting! I know other people have had problem with the Alps pads, perhaps that's why they went back to synaptics? Very happy with my machine other than that though.

I'm sorely tempted to pick one of these up later today as the timing of this, given the price to features ratio, is pefect, and I'm not sure waiting any longer, when a 2nd computer in the household is becoming essential with eldest daughter in heer GCSE year, will necessrily bag me anythuing better.

All this Vista discussion is menaingless to me as I still runen a home PC with XP.

If someone is willing to either post some FAQs here, or signpost to a good forum, would be nterested to know a bit more about the 'frills' aspect of Vista and which ones can be turned off and how you do this. Plain English welcome!

Mottmania

Oh, and voted hot.

Original Poster

Mottmania;4077600

I'm sorely tempted to pick one of these up later today as the timing of … I'm sorely tempted to pick one of these up later today as the timing of this, given the price to features ratio, is pefect, and I'm not sure waiting any longer, when a 2nd computer in the household is becoming essential with eldest daughter in heer GCSE year, will necessrily bag me anythuing better.All this Vista discussion is menaingless to me as I still runen a home PC with XP.If someone is willing to either post some FAQs here, or signpost to a good forum, would be nterested to know a bit more about the 'frills' aspect of Vista and which ones can be turned off and how you do this. Plain English welcome!MottmaniaOh, and voted hot.



Best get there quick as limited stock! ;-)

out of stock!

my mistake, in store deal only

good price voted hot.

If I buy it I wont worry about what version of vista as I run ubuntu linux.

Having different versions of the same OS is just a con. (prepares to get flamed by the all knowing xbots)

Hdmi????

Colonelpanic;4074582

I know somebody with a Acer Aspire 5720, 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM which … I know somebody with a Acer Aspire 5720, 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM which barely runs Vista home with aero, effects, sidebar, acer applet thing all turned off, let alone running Vista Premium. Machine runs incredibly hot and noisy, almost too hot to touch the trackpad (which is finicky anyway). I could only advise putting linux on it and using it for web browsing and not much else. Cold from me I'm afraid because I don't think the hassle to get these lappies working at acceptable performance levels is worth the cheap price. My Asus EEE 4G cost less than this and runs a great deal better straight out of the box, as well as being lighter, more portable and silent.



I have 3 Acers. 1 is a desktop and the other 2 are laptops. My work just installed lots of them...... less than a year ago.......... all different types on 6 floors...........

The above underlined statement makes no sense.

With all the Vista goodies turned of. And all the Acer gunk turned of, and you say ...... "barely runs Vista home with aero, effects, sidebar, acer applet thing all turned off, let alone running Vista Premium[/I]!" [/B][/U]

That is total rubbish. It may run slowish but not to the point it barley even moves.

Sorry but this laptop and most of the Acer's we have owned and used, work or our own machines, have been brilliant. A few have had teething probs but that's all. Not to the extent you mention. :giggle:


I think you are being a bit dramatical in your description of that laptop you mentioned.........:oops:
renagade27

Hi guys,
This Acer laptop appears to have very similar spec and is £300 with free delivery. Is it any good?

pcworld.co.uk/pro…Day

Cheers

C

Chrisg6;4079242

Hi guys, This Acer laptop appears to have very similar … Hi guys, This Acer laptop appears to have very similar spec and is £300 with free delivery. Is it any good?http://www.pcworld.co.uk/product.php?sku=904249&camp_id=OfferoftheDayCheersC



Yes its a higher model its a 5735 and it has a Intel Core 2 Duo so in my opinion I would say its better but both are excellent value for money.

I Been In Asda Today Still £350 So Where U Get £300 From ????

stokie28;4079844

I Been In Asda Today Still £350 So Where U Get £300 From ????



they may still have it priced at 350 in your store cos they havent done the reduction yet but this is store wide-ask them to check "wire"-asdas computer system-it is deffo 300-I did the price reduction myself in my store today and we have plenty stock at the moment.

many stores no longer actually have the displays out on shop floor for this even though they have stock so go to music and video desk and ask them to check stock.

Chrisg6;4079242

Hi guys, This Acer laptop appears to have very similar … Hi guys, This Acer laptop appears to have very similar spec and is £300 with free delivery. Is it any good?http://www.pcworld.co.uk/product.php?sku=904249&camp_id=OfferoftheDayCheersC



i paid £388 for the this at the weekend for my other half! :oops:
only difference is my 5735 came with 4gb ram but other than that specs look the same
must say though even for 388 it looks pretty impressive

wow thats hot, great price

very tempted

Still showing as £350 on the "please take to till to buy this laptop" cards at my local Asda, (Liverpool).

Is the laptop VGA-out only? I really need it to connect to a tv so I can play downloaded programmes.
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