Argos Ebay - Refurbished Netbooks from £71.99 delivered with 1 year guarantee
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Argos Ebay - Refurbished Netbooks from £71.99 delivered with 1 year guarantee

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Found 6th Jun 2016
Update 27July16: The prices of some of these netbooks have been knocked back further, now starting from a low £71.99!

Argos have recently reduced the prices of their refurb netbooks - these used to be priced at £119 upwards, but many have been reduced recently to (from) £89.99 delivered with a full 1 year warranty. for anyone considering buying one. Two of these have been posted individually (only one is now available) but I thought it's worth posting the bunch together for comparison purposes and given that many more have now been reduced. **I have given due credit to these posters below**

Obviously refurbs are not for everybody but in my personal experience, having purchased at least 5 of these over the past 4 years starting with the older Atom D5XX/10 inch screen combos, Argos's refurbs have in most cases appeared new with little or no cosmetic or other blemishes, and when I needed a repair on one it was handled very expeditiously (a hard disk replacement).

The bulk of these come with an Intel Atom Quad-core Processor (Atom z3735f, BayTrail-T Platform, 4W TDP), a dual core Celeron N2840 (Silvermont platform, BayTrail-M, 7.5W TDP), or the newer dual core Celeron N3050 (Braswell platform, 6W TDP) coupled to an almost universal 2GB RAM (usually soldered and non-upgradeable with a few rare exceptions) and a soldered 32GB eMMC NAND Flash chip serving 'hard disk' duties. The latter is not user-upgradeable. Most run Windows 8.1 with a free update to Win 10 on offer until MS closes the window in July. Some do run out of the box with Windows 10. There are also two Chromebooks in the sale, as well as a few convertibles. All come with a microSD or SD card slot for expandable storage, at least two USB2 slots and the odd USB3, HDMI out and RJ45 LAN ports in some cases.

I started with the Acer ES1-131 (Celeron N3050, Windows 8.1, priced at £89.99) having rather high hopes for the newer Celeron Braswell platform, but found this quite slow for basics like Chrome and the build quality was really poor. Unusually, this actually has upgradeable RAM via an SODIMM slot, but I returned it (Argos ebay have a painless return process) for a Lenovo Ideapad 100S (Atom z3735f) and so far am very impressed by the speed (can have 5-6 Chrome windows + Spotify and YouTube open without lag), weight (under 1kg), battery life (7-8 hours) , keyboard (it's chiclet with decent travel) and build quality (it's plastic, but premium plastic compared to the Acer). It's a keeper and I use it every day when I'm not at my desktop, even bringing it to the office as it's feather light and I don't feel the weight in my briefcase.

These netbooks will not replace your 'proper' laptops or desktops, but if your requirements centre around MS Office, Social Media, YouTube, Spotify and you need something portable with a decent battery and a watertight 1 year warranty at a low price, you could do worse. For full reviews on most of these, try notebookcheck.net, a German review site which I must say is very comprehensive in their unbiased reviews.

Here are some of the options you have in the sale for under £100 delivered:

Lenovo IdeaPad 100S £89.99: ebay.co.uk/itm…881

Lenovo Miix 10.1 £89.99: ebay.co.uk/itm…355
(posted previously by spitfire51)

Acer Aspire Switch 10.1 £89.99 ebay.co.uk/itm…015

Lenovo S21E-20 £89.99 ebay.co.uk/itm…102

Acer Aspire ES1- 131 £89.99: ebay.co.uk/itm…621
(posted by DatAlbino at £81.99 previously, but this deal has expired)

Toshiba Click Mini 8.9 £89.99: ebay.co.uk/itm…067

Acer V3-112P Pink Touch Screen £99: ebay.co.uk/itm…729

HP Stream 11 Pink £99.99: ebay.co.uk/itm…068

HP Stream 11 Blue £99.99: ebay.co.uk/itm…792

Acer V3- 112P Touch Screen £99.99 ebay.co.uk/itm…077

HP Chromebook 11.6 £99.99: ebay.co.uk/itm…422
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Taken from description, thanks OP
Here are some of the options you have in the sale for under £100 delivered:

Lenovo IdeaPad 100S £89.99: ebay.co.uk/itm…881

Lenovo Miix 10.1 £89.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-Miix-10-1-Inch-Intel-Atom-1-33Ghz-2GB-32GB-2-in-1-Windows-Laptop-Black-/351713541355
(posted previously by spitfire51)

Acer Aspire Switch 10.1 £89.99 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-Aspire-Switch-10-1-Inch-1-33GHz-2GB-32GB-2-in-1-Windows-8-1-Laptop-Pink-/361417522015

Lenovo S21E-20 £89.99 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-S21E-20-11-6-Inch-Intel-2-16GHz-2GB-32GB-Windows-8-Laptop-Silver-/361417522102

Acer Aspire ES1- 131 £89.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-Aspire-ES1-131-Intel-11-6-Inch-2GB-32GB-Windows-8-1-Laptop-Black-/361527561621
(posted by DatAlbino at £81.99 previously, but this deal has expired)

Toshiba Click Mini 8.9 £89.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Toshiba-Click-Mini-8-9-Inch-Intel-1-33Ghz-32GB-2-in-1-Detachable-Laptop-White-/331823321067

HP Stream 11 Pink £99.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-Stream-11-D009NA-11-6-Inch-2-16-MHz-32GB-2GB-Windows-8-Flash-HD-Magenta-/361428433068

HP Stream 11 Blue £99.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-Stream-11-D000NA-11-6-Inch-Intel-2-16GHz-2GB-32GB-Windows-8-1-Notebook-Blue-/361405175792

Acer V3- 112P Touch Screen £99.99 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-V3-112P-11-6-Inch-Intel-2-6GHz-2GB-32GB-Windows-8-Touch-Laptop-Silver-/361417522077

HP Chromebook 11.6 £99.99: ebay.co.uk/itm…422
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Taken from description, thanks OP :)Here are some of the options you have … Taken from description, thanks OP :)Here are some of the options you have in the sale for under £100 delivered:Lenovo IdeaPad 100S £89.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-IdeaPad-100S-11-6-Inch-Intel1-83-Ghz-2GB-32GB-Windows-8-Laptop-White-/351712896881Lenovo Miix 10.1 £89.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-Miix-10-1-Inch-Intel-Atom-1-33Ghz-2GB-32GB-2-in-1-Windows-Laptop-Black-/351713541355(posted previously by spitfire51)Acer Aspire Switch 10.1 £89.99 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-Aspire-Switch-10-1-Inch-1-33GHz-2GB-32GB-2-in-1-Windows-8-1-Laptop-Pink-/361417522015Lenovo S21E-20 £89.99 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-S21E-20-11-6-Inch-Intel-2-16GHz-2GB-32GB-Windows-8-Laptop-Silver-/361417522102Acer Aspire ES1- 131 £89.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-Aspire-ES1-131-Intel-11-6-Inch-2GB-32GB-Windows-8-1-Laptop-Black-/361527561621(posted by DatAlbino at £81.99 previously, but this deal has expired)Toshiba Click Mini 8.9 £89.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Toshiba-Click-Mini-8-9-Inch-Intel-1-33Ghz-32GB-2-in-1-Detachable-Laptop-White-/331823321067HP Stream 11 Pink £99.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-Stream-11-D009NA-11-6-Inch-2-16-MHz-32GB-2GB-Windows-8-Flash-HD-Magenta-/361428433068HP Stream 11 Blue £99.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-Stream-11-D000NA-11-6-Inch-Intel-2-16GHz-2GB-32GB-Windows-8-1-Notebook-Blue-/361405175792Acer V3- 112P Touch Screen £99.99 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-V3-112P-11-6-Inch-Intel-2-6GHz-2GB-32GB-Windows-8-Touch-Laptop-Silver-/361417522077HP Chromebook 11.6 £99.99: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-Chromebook-11-6-Inch-Intel-2-16GHz-2GB-16GB-ChromeOS-Chromebook-Silver-/351699264422



Thanks niceroundpound, so much easier with clickable links :-)
I've had 3735f with 2gb on a tablet driving a 7 inch screen and performance was unbearable, this was for basic Internet usage, just a warning.
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I've had 3735f with 2gb on a tablet driving a 7 inch screen and … I've had 3735f with 2gb on a tablet driving a 7 inch screen and performance was unbearable, this was for basic Internet usage, just a warning.



I agree. I have this problem with an Asus tablet using the same processor as well. This processor is capable of operating at clock speeds between 1.33-1.83 GHz, quite a large margin. Tablet manufacturers tend to use aggressive throttling to reduce the thermal footprint as well as to gain a battery life advantage - in laptops, throttling tends to be more conservative. On the IdeaPad 100S which I now have, I can have around 5 Chrome tabs open while playing a YouTube video without the laptop coming to a halt. Not so on the Asus tablet with the same processor, albeit with 1GB RAM.


Edited by: "hcc27" 6th Jun 2016
Does anyone really want these?

these will be atrocious even for basic web use.
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Does anyone really want these?these will be atrocious even for basic web … Does anyone really want these?these will be atrocious even for basic web use.



Hmm not really. It certainly won't rival a Core I5 ultrabook with 8GB RAM but it's 89 quid delivered and more than usable for browsing and many other things. I'm typing this on my Ideapad 100S, and as demonstrated by Lon Seidman on YouTube this little baby can play minecraft at 30-40FPS apart from being more than usable for browsing, 1080p YouTube playback and Office - see his full video review here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gsf6jcfHWE

You pays more, you obviously gets more but this lot is mostly 89 quid with a year's warranty.








Edited by: "hcc27" 7th Jun 2016
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Nice, should all run mission planner just fine
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Nice, should all run mission planner just fine



Yeah I'd think so. IMHO a quad core Atom from this list appeared significantly faster than a dual core Celeron N3050, but I don't think either will struggle with mission planner. The good thing about these net books is that they weigh between 1-1.3kg and are small and light enough to fit in a small rucksack without your feeling the weight or the bulk, compared to a full sized laptop.
I seriously think companies should be fined for wasting valuable resources for useless junk that goes into landfill.

Edited by: "timarli" 7th Jun 2016

I seriously think companies should be fined for wasting valuable … I seriously think companies should be fined for wasting valuable resources for useless junk that goes into landfill.



Don't be so hard on yourself.

Don't be so hard on yourself.



Please don't bother responding if all you got is an insult!

What I mean is; there has to be a certain quality standard in computer/tablet/phone industry. The market is full of low quality gadgets sold everywhere. Most of these stuff end up in the bin which is not right. As far as I remember only around 30-35% of computers/tablets etc are recycled and it's not difficult to guess where the remaining 70% is going.

Look at the stuff listed here - most of them can't even open a webpage with some flash animations etc without 1min waiting time. Yes, they have hard disks big enough to save 4 HQ movies but memory not enough to play them...

I think all electronics should have:
- minimum standards depending on the date's technology/requirements
- an absolute shelf life after which the manufacturer has to recall and recycle

(sorry OP, nothing to do with your intention or the effort - thanks for that)
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Please don't bother responding if all you got is an insult!What I mean … Please don't bother responding if all you got is an insult!What I mean is; there has to be a certain quality standard in computer/tablet/phone industry. The market is full of low quality gadgets sold everywhere. Most of these stuff end up in the bin which is not right. As far as I remember only around 30-35% of computers/tablets etc are recycled and it's not difficult to guess where the remaining 70% is going. Look at the stuff listed here - most of them can't even open a webpage with some flash animations etc without 1min waiting time. Yes, they have hard disks big enough to save 4 HQ movies but memory not enough to play them...I think all electronics should have:- minimum standards depending on the date's technology/requirements- an absolute shelf life after which the manufacturer has to recall and recycle(sorry OP, nothing to do with your intention or the effort - thanks for that)



Yes but if all you have is 90 quid to spend on your computer, and it runs Office fine, YouTube fine, with maybe a little wait for a complex Flash page to open in Chrome, would you just go without a PC for 2 years to save up for the ultrabook in your dreams, or buy one today that does the minimum you want?

If you can post a laptop with better specs with a one year warranty for £90, please do so - the community will be thankful.

I really don't have an issue with my IdeaPad 100S. It boots up from cold to Windows 10 in 7 seconds, takes 5 seconds to open the NY Times front page, a few seconds less to open the BBC page, fully opens a 12,000 row Excel sheet with multiple macros in 8seconds. Plays 1080p YouTube videos fine. Battery lasts 7-8 hours, I use it all the time during my commute and at office to keep Spotify running and only charge it at night. I use it to learn Python on the commute, do homework on Coursera while on the train via my mobile hotspot. I use it all the time I'm away from my desktop. I have a 128GB microSD card on it (thankful to another poster here), so the 32GB MMC capacity is not relevant to me. My entire ebook library (about 12GB) and music library (>40GB) sits with me and I have tons of capacity to spare. There's absolutely no lag in accessing these from the fast microSD card (including a 6GB BR rip of a movie I had using VLC).

It would be lovely if all of us could afford Ferraris, but for the vast majority a Vauxhall Astra does the job fine.




Edited by: "hcc27" 8th Jun 2016

I seriously think companies should be fined for wasting valuable … I seriously think companies should be fined for wasting valuable resources for useless junk that goes into landfill.



Of course posting that comment on a deal for *refurbished* netbooks makes you look a bit silly.
I've had a couple of Argos refurb laptops. I can't say I was very pleased with them. They did work fine but I couldn't see much in the way refurbing. Both had scratches and dents.
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Yes but if all you have is 90 quid to spend on your computer, and it runs … Yes but if all you have is 90 quid to spend on your computer, and it runs Office fine, YouTube fine, with maybe a little wait for a complex Flash page to open in Chrome, would you just go without a PC for 2 years to save up for the ultrabook in your dreams, or buy one today that does the minimum you want?If you can post a laptop with better specs with a one year warranty for £90, please do so - the community will be thankful.I really don't have an issue with my IdeaPad 100S. It boots up from cold to Windows 10 in 7 seconds, takes 5 seconds to open the NY Times front page, a few seconds less to open the BBC page, fully. Opens a 12,000 row Excel sheet with multiple macros in 8seconds. Plays 1080p YouTube videos fine. Battery lasts 7-8 hours, I use it all the time during my commute and at office to keep Spotify running and only charge it at night. I use it to learn Python on the commute, do homework on Coursera while on the train via my mobile hotspot. I use it all the time I'm away from my desktop. I have a 128GB microSD card on it (thankful to another poster here), so the 32GB MMC capacity is not relevant to me. My entire ebook library (about 12GB) and music library (>40GB) sits with me and I have tons of capacity to spare. There's absolutely no lag in accessing these from the fast microSD card.It would be lovely if all of us could afford Ferraris, but for the vast majority a Vauxhall Astra does the job fine.


hcc27

Yes but if all you have is 90 quid to spend on your computer, and it runs … Yes but if all you have is 90 quid to spend on your computer, and it runs Office fine, YouTube fine, with maybe a little wait for a complex Flash page to open in Chrome, would you just go without a PC for 2 years to save up for the ultrabook in your dreams, or buy one today that does the minimum you want?If you can post a laptop with better specs with a one year warranty for £90, please do so - the community will be thankful.I really don't have an issue with my IdeaPad 100S. It boots up from cold to Windows 10 in 7 seconds, takes 5 seconds to open the NY Times front page, a few seconds less to open the BBC page, fully opens a 12,000 row Excel sheet with multiple macros in 8seconds. Plays 1080p YouTube videos fine. Battery lasts 7-8 hours, I use it all the time during my commute and at office to keep Spotify running and only charge it at night. I use it to learn Python on the commute, do homework on Coursera while on the train via my mobile hotspot. I use it all the time I'm away from my desktop. I have a 128GB microSD card on it (thankful to another poster here), so the 32GB MMC capacity is not relevant to me. My entire ebook library (about 12GB) and music library (>40GB) sits with me and I have tons of capacity to spare. There's absolutely no lag in accessing these from the fast microSD card (including a 6GB BR rip of a movie I had using VLC).It would be lovely if all of us could afford Ferraris, but for the vast majority a Vauxhall Astra does the job fine.


Could You provide a link to this microsd card please?
Also can You tell me if the speakers works fine? I mean are u annoyed that they are placed under the laptop so the music for example is going through the surface?
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Could You provide a link to this microsd card please? Also can You tell … Could You provide a link to this microsd card please? Also can You tell me if the speakers works fine? I mean are u annoyed that they are placed under the laptop so the music for example is going through the surface?



This is the 128GB card I have: hotukdeals.com/dea…659
I've got 119GB available. Haven't formally tested read and write speeds but I can play back 3GB+ BR rips from it without stutter.

As for sound, this will be subjective. The laptop does have two speakers so you get stereo, however as you say they are placed on the underside and firing down means there is some muffling of the sound. However, they are quite loud.
For my next Open uni module I'm thinking of taking a IT course, which requires a Windows laptop due to the software used. I currently use a MacBook Air so need to consider a laptop solely for the course.

The requirements for the course are -
The screen size should be at least 1024 (H) x 768 (W) pixels and be able to run Windows 7 or later and various software, mainly audacity and avisynth.

Ideally I don't want a snail paced laptop but also understandably want to spend much either!
Would one of these do? Any suggestions of what to buy/avoid?
I don't mind buying a cheap SSD to bung in there too if it'd be of benefit and possible to do so, particularly if the laptop is less than £100 to buy. I noticed the Lenovo 100s seems a favourite...
Any advice most appreciated, thanks
Thanks OP, just ordered the IdeaPad 100s to keep at work for browsing at lunch time
Got it today, far better than what I was expecting
How is it condition of the items?
Martinwmg

How is it condition of the items?



My one is like brand new, in the original box - though putting the charger bit of the plug on was difficult
Got it all set up, miles better than my previous samsung NC110 - its actually useable for what I need it for
I have bought it as well due to your recommendation tonymcg !
Any idea for the case/bag?

Best Regards
Martinwmg

I have bought it as well due to your recommendation tonymcg !Any idea … I have bought it as well due to your recommendation tonymcg !Any idea for the case/bag?Best Regards



I hope now it lives up to your expectations! I still had my belkin bag from my nc110 - got it off ebay a while back
Just received it - brand new item! Many thanks!
Would the Lenovo be any good for my 8 year old daughter to you tube and play her fav games on Roblox, think you have to download this and it's a pretty big?
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