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Compaq Mini 311c netbook £239.99 inc.del. +5% Quidco @ expansys
Compaq Mini 311c netbook £239.99 inc.del. +5% Quidco @ expansys

Compaq Mini 311c netbook £239.99 inc.del. +5% Quidco @ expansys

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It's been posted before, but it's cheaper and still holds its own against newer netbooks with their smaller screens and Intel shared graphics.

Operating system: Genuine Windows® XP Home Service Pack 3 (32-bit)
Intel Atom Processor N270
1.60 GHz, Level 2 cache 512 KB
1024 MB (1 x 1024 MB) RAM
160 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 5400 rpm
11.6” Diagonal HD LED BrightView Widescreen Display, Resolution: 1366 x 768
NVIDIA ION LE

With patches from myhpmini.com/for…898 the ION LE can be unlocked to a full ION, which is nice. Add in one of the modified BIOS and the processor can go up to around 2.0GHz. Not bad.

Don't forget 5% Quidco at the moment.

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Original Poster

Reserved

I bought this Netbook, put an additional 2gb RAM in there. However 1080 youtube videos still lag. Anyone know whats the problem?

Its a Ion Driver issue, there is a patch on its way.

anandtech.com/sho…ion

I bought one of those from Expansys a few weeks ago and I' m really pleased with it, but it's been this price for ages.

Bingo83

Its a Ion Driver issue, there is a patch on its way. … Its a Ion Driver issue, there is a patch on its way. http://www.anandtech.com/show/3765/new-driver-enables-smooth-1080p-flash-playback-on-nvidia-ngion



Ok, cheers for that!

How much will it cost to mod to that spec? I'm looking for a new netbook

Chew

How much will it cost to mod to that spec? I'm looking for a new netbook


what do you mean ? add the ram? 40 quid last i saw
graphics and cpu are both software tweaks
been this price for ages/months and has been cheaper. still good value imo
Edited by: "brilly" 19th Sep 2010

good price for an ion netbook.

I bought one of these from amazon a month or so ago. Upgraded the RAM to 3GB and swapped the hard drive for a 500GB one. It's a brilliant machine and has a huge modding community behind it. They overclock pretty well too if you're into that kind of thing.

Mine runs Bioshock and Half Life 2 with no problems at medium settings. It plays 1080P video flawlessly through the HDMI port which is useful when I'm working away from home for watching films on hotel TV's. You won't get a more powerful netbook for the price.

Won't upgrading invalidate the warranty?

Not if it's basic stuff like RAM or a hard drive. They're user replaceable.

Same price and model with free usb speakers

Press here

Original Poster

ISJ66

Same price and model with free usb speakers

I was going to post that one but:

Offer valid until 31st July 2010

Bingo83

Its a Ion Driver issue, there is a patch on its way. … Its a Ion Driver issue, there is a patch on its way. [url=http://www.anandtech.com/show/3765/new-driver-enables-smooth-1080p-flash-playback-on-nvidia-ngion]http://www.anandtech.com/show/3765/new-driver-enables-smooth-1080p-flash-playback-on-nvidia-ngion[/url]



That link is for the new NG-ION chipset. This netbook has the original ION chips which have perfectly good drivers for smooth 1080p playback.

noob question...i hav never had a note book but tempted...how would you go about getting this connected to a router, dont you need to run a set up disc to connect to a wireless router? just askin as this doesnt hav an optical drive...many thanks...

Heed20

Mine runs Bioshock and Half Life 2 with no problems at medium settings. … Mine runs Bioshock and Half Life 2 with no problems at medium settings. It plays 1080P video flawlessly through the HDMI port which is useful when I'm working away from home for watching films on hotel TV's. You won't get a more powerful netbook for the price.



It runs Bioshock?! at what res? And what sort of FPS do you get with that? If you could run some sort of benchmark I'd be interested to see the results

I would get the 311c-1101SA model, its £251.97 at ebuyer.
Has wireless n and a faster 7200rpm HDD, I think thats worth £12 to me!
ebuyer.com/pro…cts

hansolo

noob question...i hav never had a note book but tempted...how would you … noob question...i hav never had a note book but tempted...how would you go about getting this connected to a router, dont you need to run a set up disc to connect to a wireless router? just askin as this doesnt hav an optical drive...many thanks...



If the wireless router is already up and running (i.e. setup by your ISP [Internet Service Provider[) then all you gotta do is follow the Windows options to connect to the internet or connect to a wireless network. Search Google for help or Youtube for video tutorials.

Good price if you want something bigger than standard 10"

Nobull

It runs Bioshock?! at what res? And what sort of FPS do you get with … It runs Bioshock?! at what res? And what sort of FPS do you get with that? If you could run some sort of benchmark I'd be interested to see the results



Native res (1368x768), medium settings give 30fps which occasionally drops to around 22 in big battles.

I've been after one of these for ages, but it's taken nearly 6 months for the price to drop by just £10. With all the dual core netbooks available now, this should be nearer the £200 mark. Or it should at least come with Windows 7 or the built-in 3g modem.

I'm not slating the deal - this is the cheapest you'll find it. I just don't get why it isn't cheaper.

Original Poster

The ION graphics and the Atom with 11" screen. Intel changed the licensing agreements for the Atoms so they can't be used in machines with screens larger than 10" any more.

I think the Nvdia Ion plus 11" Screen and the all important 1366 x 768 resolution, which no other netbooks are able to offer is the key here. That alone make this a clear winner.

I bought an Asus 1005hp seashell netbooks...its beautiful and well designed keboard and N wireless and all the rest. But the resolution is 1020 x 600 which is a show spoiler. Even standard website you have to scroll to the side to view it properly. I had to return it.

jacksonliam

I would get the 311c-1101SA model, its £251.97 at ebuyer.Has wireless n … I would get the 311c-1101SA model, its £251.97 at ebuyer.Has wireless n and a faster 7200rpm HDD, I think thats worth £12 to me!http://www.ebuyer.com/product/186601?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products



Been looking at that, need a cheap portable lappy to carry to and from uni, read somewhere that this is actually full Ion and not Ion LE is that true? And also it struggles with iplayer>?

risheet

Been looking at that, need a cheap portable lappy to carry to and from … Been looking at that, need a cheap portable lappy to carry to and from uni, read somewhere that this is actually full Ion and not Ion LE is that true? And also it struggles with iplayer>?



It's a full Ion that has been downgraded to an Ion LE in the BIOS settings and mine plays HD iPlayer content without any problems.

Original Poster

hansolo

not sure which one to get here guys....this one or … not sure which one to get here guys....this one or>>>> http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/asus-eee-pc-1001p-179-99-delivered-/761104?page=2#post9422528

I bought the Mini 311c. It's getting delivered tomorrow. I bought an EeePC 701 as soon as it was released, but found the screen resolution too limiting, and waited for the Ion-based netbooks. I was also waiting for one with a dual-core Atom (an N450 or something) but then Intel changed the licensing so I'm not going to get one with an 11" screen.

I view spending £60 to get a netbook that would normally cost upwards of £379 (Dell Inspiron M101z which has the AMD Neo, performing somewhere around the Atom but using more power and runs hotter) as a decent upgrade.

It depends what sort of a user you are, and what you want to use the machine for.

adam2116

http://besthdelectronics.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=1180cheaper here for £212.74(have not included delivery)


dont think that site is trustworthy

Original Poster

Agreed. Domain registered 29-Aug-10, site says copyright 2005-2010. One is lying.

Administrative Contact:
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I'll stick to expansys.
Edited by: "mr.velvet" 20th Sep 2010

adam2116

http://besthdelectronics.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=1180cheaper here for £212.74(have not included delivery)



DO NOT USE THIS SITE. I was going to post the deal from that site but after a bit of research i've completely avoided it. They let you carry out the transaction as normal, but soon after, decline the transaction and sell on your card details and personal information. Also stated by mr.velvet, nothing adds up on the site and theres no real way of contacting them.

Don't buy HP or Compaq laptops!
I've just had my second HP DV6000 series fail.
I will never, ever buy an HP laptop again!
BE WARNED!

montyburns56

It's a full Ion that has been downgraded to an Ion LE in the BIOS … It's a full Ion that has been downgraded to an Ion LE in the BIOS settings and mine plays HD iPlayer content without any problems.



thanks, but is there anyway to up it to a full ion then in the bios?

risheet

thanks, but is there anyway to up it to a full ion then in the bios?


as has been said yes
try google or myhpmini

Original Poster

risheet

thanks, but is there anyway to up it to a full ion then in the bios?

I linked to it in the op.

Original Poster

OK, this is an awesome little machine.

montyburns56

I bought one of those from Expansys a few weeks ago and I' m really … I bought one of those from Expansys a few weeks ago and I' m really pleased with it, but it's been this price for ages.



Hi, I was looking to buy this, just wanted your review on it. Does it perform well when using Word and when watching things on iPlayer? cheers.

mr.velvet

I linked to it in the op.



Thanks, dont spose you know how to install w7 32 off USB or SD card then?

And how big a stick do i need lol
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