Acer V5 11.6" IPS Touchscreen Laptop AMD A6 Quad Core 4GB RAM 500GB HDD Windows 8 - Refurbished Argos Outlet - £224.99
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Acer V5 11.6" IPS Touchscreen Laptop AMD A6 Quad Core 4GB RAM 500GB HDD Windows 8 - Refurbished Argos Outlet - £224.99

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Found 7th Feb 2014
Was looking at the Argos outlet refurbished stuff and saw this.

CPU: AMD A6-1450M Quad Core (1.0-1.4Ghz Turbo)
RAM: 4GB DDR3 Single Channel (2GB is soldered on)
HDD: 500GB Crap (I'm personally replacing it with the Crucial M500 120GB)
GPU: Integrated HD8280 (slightly worse than Intel's HD4000)
Screen: 11.6" 1366*768 IPS Touchscreen (Basically HD 720p)
Ports: 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x Mini-DisplayPort
OS: Windows 8 64-bit

I just ordered one, hopefully the SSD will speed things up a lot as I know the CPU will be limited due to most tasks still being single threaded so the 1.0 Ghz Quad Core will be sluggish.

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Original Poster

Review here: notebookcheck.net/Rev…tml

Beware, the UK version does not come with backlit keys though as per the review one.

I bought one of these a few weeks ago and I'm very pleased with it. Start up time is very quick indeed so I'm not bothering with an SSD. Win 8 took a bit of getting used to but I'm happy with it now. For the price I think this is a fantastic buy.

Original Poster

That's good to hear! Just out of interest, what do you use it for?

I'm still slightly worried about performance of this as I have SSDs in all my machines so a slower CPU + HDD isn't going to help! But at this price I can't really argue much. But then again, I'm not expecting too much, I've just got a few more months at uni but we're using statistical computation software (R) quite a bit so just having my iPad mini isn't enough. I thought about getting a half decent Windows 8 tablet but I missed out on the good offers (like the Surface Pro for £330 or something) and I don't really want to pay £400+ for one. I'm pretty sure this will allow me to look at my lecture notes, use Office and run R completely fine once I've popped in the SSD.

Reason why I'm worried about it being slow is because I bought a Lenovo S210 with a Pentium 987 (dual core 1.5ghz based on Sandybridge) but it lags quite a bit for general tasks. The A6-1450M actually benches worse than the Pentium 987 but I guess those tests don't say everything about a CPU.

Either way, I'm pretty sure this will do the task, especially with a SSD in it. I'm getting the M500 120GB for £48 due to a £10 voucher from Crucial so I couldn't say no to that haha.

That's interesting as I just also ordered a Lenovo S210 which Argos claim has a Pentium but I suspect it's actually a Celeron in it.

To be honest I currently don't use the Acer for anything more than internet use. My previous netbooks were struggling even with things such as youtube a lot of the time and so I wanted something a little more up to date. As time goes on if I find it's capable I may start to use it for more demanding stuff but I've only had it a week so can't give a fair review on what it can do.

I have SSD's in my other netbooks but given that I only really use them for basic tasks I only really installed them for the purpose of quick start up but this Acer you've posted really doesn't need it at all. In fact when I get round to it I'm gonna check to see exactly what drive is in mine as start up is so quick I'm wondering if it has a hybrid drive!

hi ulti
I use a mont carlo simulation package on my i3 laptop. it was slow too. I looked at it running in the process managerr and it was only using one of the cpu cores . so I run the app twice so both cores are utilised. twice as quick! try this with your pentium as it probably has two cores too but the statisical package maybe only utilising one. if the package wont run twice in one instance, maybe try using two logins?
anyway if you want something computationally competent I would look at an i5. theres been a few oldish models possted

shame this isnt 8GB of RAM

thanks for posting

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TimmyUK

That's interesting as I just also ordered a Lenovo S210 which Argos claim … That's interesting as I just also ordered a Lenovo S210 which Argos claim has a Pentium but I suspect it's actually a Celeron in it.To be honest I currently don't use the Acer for anything more than internet use. My previous netbooks were struggling even with things such as youtube a lot of the time and so I wanted something a little more up to date. As time goes on if I find it's capable I may start to use it for more demanding stuff but I've only had it a week so can't give a fair review on what it can do. I have SSD's in my other netbooks but given that I only really use them for basic tasks I only really installed them for the purpose of quick start up but this Acer you've posted really doesn't need it at all. In fact when I get round to it I'm gonna check to see exactly what drive is in mine as start up is so quick I'm wondering if it has a hybrid drive!



Yeah when I read it was a 1.5Ghz Pentium I wondered what it was, then I found out that it was a Pentium 987.

I'll give the Acer a quick whiz when I receive it on Tuesday and see how I get on without an SSD. I'm still going to put an SSD in there though haha, I just simply love SSDs. To me, the startup isn't actually important because if I'm using the machine a lot, I will just put it in sleep mode most of the time anyway, what's important to me is the general responsiveness of the whole machine and how fast programs open (I/O).

josephobrien2000

hi ultiI use a mont carlo simulation package on my i3 laptop. it was slow … hi ultiI use a mont carlo simulation package on my i3 laptop. it was slow too. I looked at it running in the process managerr and it was only using one of the cpu cores . so I run the app twice so both cores are utilised. twice as quick! try this with your pentium as it probably has two cores too but the statisical package maybe only utilising one. if the package wont run twice in one instance, maybe try using two logins?anyway if you want something computationally competent I would look at an i5. theres been a few oldish models possted



Thanks for the tip, I'm doing mostly basic things in R, just some time series analysis so I reckon this Acer should be fine for that, I think multitasking will be more of a problem for it, but I'll see in a few days, I imagine it'll be here on Tuesday.

leeparsons

shame this isnt 8GB of RAM



To be fair, this laptop is limited in terms of CPU and GPU anyway so even if it came with 8GB RAM it'd most likely not be utilised.

Although currently OOS, anyone interested should keep an eye on the Argos ebay page as they had the same deal last week. Seems they list them in batches.

TimmyUK

To be fair, this laptop is limited in terms of CPU and GPU anyway so … To be fair, this laptop is limited in terms of CPU and GPU anyway so even if it came with 8GB RAM it'd most likely not be utilised.



Ok, so tell me which one's you would for then, on a similar price (225-350)?
Edited by: "leeparsons" 10th Feb 2014

leeparsons

Ok, so tell me which one's you would for then, on a similar price … Ok, so tell me which one's you would for then, on a similar price (225-350)?



That isn't my quote! I'm not clued up enough to answer this!

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leeparsons

Ok, so tell me which one's you would for then, on a similar price … Ok, so tell me which one's you would for then, on a similar price (225-350)?



Maybe something like this: ebay.co.uk/itm…882

i3-3217U, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD. No touchscreen and it's a 15.6" Laptop though. ~£280. Will be much faster than the Acer I posted here.

Has your Acer turned up? How you getting on with it? My Lenovo just arrived...only been using it 5 minutes but initial thoughts are the Acer looks and feels better.

I'be be very interested to hear what you think as currently I think the Lenovo maybe going back but seeing as you plan on running more demanding tasks that I am currently I'd love to hear how you think they compare before I make any rash decisions.

Original Poster

Sorry for the late reply.

Yep the Acer turned up yesterday.

I've found that the Lenovo is faster in most things but the Acer has a nicer keyboard and the IPS screen is gorgeous when compared with the Lenovo's screen. I do like the charger of the Lenovo more though. One thing I noticed though is that the Lenovo only gets around 2 hours battery life whilst the Acer is getting around 4.

If only I could have the Lenovo's internal hardware within the Acer... I would be happy then. I haven't tried putting an SSD in them as both of them are CPU limited so rather than running the risk of voiding the warranty, I think I will just return both of them and just make do without a laptop for now. It's pretty easy to get a PC atm in uni anyway, it's only the exam period where PC's are always completely packed but I'm not sure if I'll need a PC during that period anyway as during that period I should be solely revising.

Original Poster

TimmyUK

Has your Acer turned up? How you getting on with it? My Lenovo just … Has your Acer turned up? How you getting on with it? My Lenovo just arrived...only been using it 5 minutes but initial thoughts are the Acer looks and feels better.I'be be very interested to hear what you think as currently I think the Lenovo maybe going back but seeing as you plan on running more demanding tasks that I am currently I'd love to hear how you think they compare before I make any rash decisions.



Ah I just saw a Tesco offer, Asus S200e with an i3-3217U but it's pink

ebay.co.uk/itm…105

That probably would have been perfect save for the colour.

Ulti

Ah I just saw a Tesco offer, Asus S200e with an i3-3217U but it's pink Ah I just saw a Tesco offer, Asus S200e with an i3-3217U but it's pink http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291075369105That probably would have been perfect save for the colour.



Bit touch and go there as it says i3 in the title but Celeron in the description. I've got an S200e arriving tomorrow but mine is most definitely a Celeron though till it arrives I can't be sure exactly which Celeron it is. Third netbook I've ordered in as many weeks. Keeping the Acer as for the money I think it's great and ideal for net surfing. Lenovo is going back, Asus will depend on exactly which processor it has and how it performs.

Back to your much earlier post, which benchmark tests were you using to compare? I was looking yesterday and the A6 came out overall a fair bit higher than the Pentium in the Lenovo.

Original Poster

TimmyUK

Bit touch and go there as it says i3 in the title but Celeron in the … Bit touch and go there as it says i3 in the title but Celeron in the description. I've got an S200e arriving tomorrow but mine is most definitely a Celeron though till it arrives I can't be sure exactly which Celeron it is. Third netbook I've ordered in as many weeks. Keeping the Acer as for the money I think it's great and ideal for net surfing. Lenovo is going back, Asus will depend on exactly which processor it has and how it performs.Back to your much earlier post, which benchmark tests were you using to compare? I was looking yesterday and the A6 came out overall a fair bit higher than the Pentium in the Lenovo.



Ah you're right, I didn't notice that. It mentions the i3 in title and first part of the description then Celeron 847U in the second part of the description. Sigh... This is more difficult than I thought haha. Looking at the price I do reckon it is the i3 -3217U though (it's a 1.8ghz part). Just out of interest, how much was your S200e and where did you get it from? I see another refurb for £219.99 from Tesco with a Celeron 1007U which is a 3rd gen Celeron (just a bit faster than 2nd gen Pentium).

In regards to benchmarks, I was mainly just looking at notebookcheck:
notebookcheck.net/AMD…tml
notebookcheck.net/Int…tml

I was going by this. While I won't pretend to know what a lot of it means in real world terms, I figured the overall scores would still be a useful rough guide given almost every netboook I looked at had a different processor.

cpubenchmark.net/cpu…908

cpubenchmark.net/cpu…092

As you can see, the average score they give the AMD is a fair bit higher than the Pentium.

As for the Asus, it was listed as a S200 and not a 200e although I can't find any info on the the 200 so wondering if it's a listing mistake. Again it was an Argos refurb and should the delivery guy stick to his usual routine it will be with me at around 3pm today so I'll post again later with a little update.

The Asus just arrived, initial impressions is it was a bargain! That really is only after 5 minutes use though. I doubt it will be any better than the Lenovo or the Acer for what you need but if you wanted a cheap netbook as a stop gap then for the money I suspect this is a better option. It has a Celeron 1007u processor that in the benchmark test stand between the Acer and Lenovo. Feel and build seems very similar to the Acer...slightly better maybe.

cpubenchmark.net/cpu…847

Update: Acer has better display (to be expected, it's lovely) but Asus has better sound.

Original Poster

TimmyUK

I was going by this. While I won't pretend to know what a lot of it means … I was going by this. While I won't pretend to know what a lot of it means in real world terms, I figured the overall scores would still be a useful rough guide given almost every netboook I looked at had a different processor.



Yep I looked at that too, that rates the CPU as a whole so if everything was coded to utilise the quad core, the A6 would definitely be the fastest. Unfortunately it seems most things still run faster from a fast dual core as opposed to a slow quad core.

TimmyUK

The Asus just arrived, initial impressions is it was a bargain! That … The Asus just arrived, initial impressions is it was a bargain! That really is only after 5 minutes use though. I doubt it will be any better than the Lenovo or the Acer for what you need but if you wanted a cheap netbook as a stop gap then for the money I suspect this is a better option. It has a Celeron 1007u processor that in the benchmark test stand between the Acer and Lenovo. Feel and build seems very similar to the Acer...slightly better maybe.http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Celeron+1007U+%40+1.50GHz&id=1847



TimmyUK

Update: Acer has better display (to be expected, it's lovely) but Asus … Update: Acer has better display (to be expected, it's lovely) but Asus has better sound.



Yeah I'm very tempted by the Asus too. I really do love the keyboard on the Acer and the screen especially. I use an IPS monitor myself and both my phones and tablets have IPS screens so using a TN screen feels pretty horrible.

Personally I'm not bothered about the speaker quality. I really wish they made a 11.6"-13.3" laptop/netbook/ultrabook with an IPS screen and an Intel CPU for under £250!
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