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ASUS X501A core i3 laptop 4Gb ram 320GB disk £299 @ PC World
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ASUS X501A core i3 laptop 4Gb ram 320GB disk £299 @ PC World
Posted 16th Oct 2012

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Found this while searching for a decent spec laptop for my father and thought it was a bargain. Its an Asus X501A laptop (solid brand) with a decent processor, ram, usb 3 and disk all for £299. Here are the specs:

Processor Intel® Core™ i3-2310M processor (2.1 GHz, 1333 MHz, 3 MB cache memory)
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
RAM 4 GB
DDR III
Graphics card Intel GMA HD
Screen type Backlit LED TFT
Screen resolution 1366 x 768
Screen size 15.6"
Hard drive 320 GB
SATA
5400 rpm
Optical disk drive No
Memory card reader SD/MMC
USB 1 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
Modem/Ethernet Ethernet
WiFi 802.1 1b/g/n
Video interface HDMI
VGA
Audio interface 3.5 mm
Expansion card slot No
Sound Stereo
Webcam 0.3 MP
Keyboard & Mouse Seamless Keyboard
Multi-Gesture Touchpad
Battery 6-Cell Li-ion Battery
Additional features Kensington Lock
Accessories included AC Power Adaptor
Size 253 x 380 x 253 mm (H [open] x W x D)
Weight 2.072 kg
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Great deal. I was looking for an i3 a few weeks back and couldnt do much better than £320. heat added.
Beware, doesn't have a CD drive. Cracking spec for the money tho.
I have the 14" b970 processor version with 4gb ram and 750gb hdd and love it. This is a bargain, Asus build quality is brilliant.
I wouldnt let the lack of cd drive worry you as it means this lappy is much thinner and lighter. If you need a cd/dvd drive you can pick an external one up for £13.
Surely if it doesn't have a built-in disk drive, then it can't be a laptop. It has to be described as a netbook with the absence of a built in disc drive.
More and more laptops are being made without optical drives (e.g most if not all of apples laptops) as the use of optical media is gradually phased out in favour of web based software delivery. So yes it can be a laptop, its just a laptop without a cd rom drive
Nice price, voted hot.
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Surely if it doesn't have a built-in disk drive, then it can't be a … Surely if it doesn't have a built-in disk drive, then it can't be a laptop. It has to be described as a netbook with the absence of a built in disc drive.



You're kidding right?

Most people hardly use optical drives any more, so much so that they're being phased out in a lot of higher end laptops to save on weight. The £2000+ Retina Macbook Pro doesn't have one, so it's hardly something that only netbooks miss out on.
How good is the graphics card? Will it handle low end gaming (not the latest fps etc). Settlers 7, Tropico 4 for example?
This is Sandybridge so should use a Intel HD Graphics 3000 chipset.
This is fairly reasonable and can do a reasonable attempt at gaming - but not at hi-res if using an external monitor.

Edited by: "justinh" 16th Oct 2012
dont expect to play modern 3d games on this at anthing other than lowest settings and resolutions and even then it will struggle to give a playable average fps. Haven't touched settlers since ACORN days but if it's anything like it used to be / newer civ type games this will probably be ok.
Good spec + Asus build quality = yeah baby!
justinh

This is Sandybridge so should use a Intel HD Graphics 3000 chipset.This … This is Sandybridge so should use a Intel HD Graphics 3000 chipset.This is fairly reasonable and can do a reasonable attempt at gaming - but not at hi-res if using an external monitor.



It won't even do a reasonable attempt at it's native resolution in anything even slightly demanding. I have the same gpu in my i5 for batt saving mode and it won't play BFH at lowest settings at native resolution (same as this asus) comfortably.
Don't really disagree - pretty marginal - all depends on res you need to play at.
Lots of graphics details here Your text here
Do you happen to know if it has an anti-glare or high-gloss screen?
Good machine but how would you reinstall Windows.
monitor1

Good machine but how would you reinstall Windows.


Hi you can create a bootable usb stick for re-installing windows or use an external usb dvd drive.
monitor1

Good machine but how would you reinstall Windows.



Most modern bios let you boot to USB stick - could you install from that? I know I can with Linux.
monitor1

Good machine but how would you reinstall Windows.


or change the BIOS to boot off an external device, and connect that external device as an external CD rom
Pity it's only got 2 USB ports. Assuming you use a mouse you've only got one left.
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Looks like there's currently 10% cashback at Quidco for this as well!...!

10% EXCLUSIVE RATE for all Windows 7 Laptop and Desktop sales
Ordered one for my Daughter. Thanks, heat added.
sauj

or change the BIOS to boot off an external device, and connect that … or change the BIOS to boot off an external device, and connect that external device as an external CD rom



you can install windows from a usb pen drive, there are tutorials online and it basically involves creating a bootable usb drive and then moving your windows cd contents over to it. I actually prefer windows installs from usb as they tend to go quicker and also its a good idea to back up your windows disk in this manner in case it gets scratched or something
oos for home delivery now
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great deal, just ordered one.
thanks lewsca for the top tip.
Isn't this Acer better - i3 - DVD - 6GB - 500GB - HD WebCam - same price ?
pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml
Edited by: "tanikk£" 16th Oct 2012
tanikk£

Isn't this Acer better - i3 - DVD - 6GB - 500GB - HD WebCam - same price … Isn't this Acer better - i3 - DVD - 6GB - 500GB - HD WebCam - same price ?http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/acer-aspire-v3-571-15-6-laptop-15254169-pdt.html



I wouldnt touch an Acer with their dubious build quality, that samsung on the other hand is a great deal
The Samsung seems to be oos for home delivery and everywhere near me so the Asus in this deal was the best for me.
Edited by: "pedro6994" 16th Oct 2012
yeah, both acer and samsung seem to be oos, must be a glitch
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The best thing about computing deals on HUKD is all the people who pile on every deal with competing links :).

Seriously, it saves me hours
Great find, thanks OP! Just reserved and picked one up at my local store just before they closed.

Edit: Just noticed, the laptop I just received is the same model number as above and shown on their website, but has a better processor. It has come with the i3-2350M (2.3 GHz). Woooo! Extra deal :P Hahaha.
Edited by: "Welsh_Rhys" 16th Oct 2012
By the way you can get windows 8 for free when you buy this laptop. Go here to register / redeem your copy:

pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml
I want to get my daughter a laptop fir Christmas doing her A levels in summer and probably Uni next September - any techies out there who can let me know if it is better to buy in Oct or Nov to avoid artificial Christmas pricing or do prices drop in December in advance of 2013 model releases? Something like this looks good although I would prefer more USBs - thanks for any advice!
I think retailers are offloading all this years models at the moment, so its a good time to buy. If you need more usb ports you can buy a hub for £6,97 here pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml. Theres no point paying loads more for a laptop with marginally better spec and a few extra usb ports.

Generally you will use only 1 of the ports for a mouse and the other for say saving work to a usb pen drive.

EDIT: just found another bargain: usb hub for £3.97. Its the same as the one above but bright pink
pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml


Cheers


Edited by: "pedro6994" 16th Oct 2012
Thanks Pedro! It does feel like it is worth buying now and sticking it in a cupboard until Santa arrives!
Thanks Pedro! It does feel like it is worth buying now and sticking it in a cupboard until Santa arrives!
Thanks Pedro! It does feel like it is worth buying now and sticking it in a cupboard until Santa arrives!
MonkeyG0D

you can install windows from a usb pen drive, there are tutorials online … you can install windows from a usb pen drive, there are tutorials online and it basically involves creating a bootable usb drive and then moving your windows cd contents over to it. I actually prefer windows installs from usb as they tend to go quicker and also its a good idea to back up your windows disk in this manner in case it gets scratched or something



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software developed by microsoft so you know it's legit.
looks nice in white n black... not for sale

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