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Lidl Family PC - £399
Lidl Family PC - £399

Lidl Family PC - £399

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Family PC

* AMD Athlon 64 3500+
* 320GB SATA hard drive with 7200rpm
* nVIDIA graphic machine nForce 6100 (128MB shared memory)
* RAM: 1,024MB DDRII memory
* Superfast DVD burner, writes DVD ±R/RW, dual layer +R, CD-R/RW, reads 16x DVD-Rom, 40x CD-Rom
* Corded keyboard and mouse
* 6 in 1 card reader
* Huge OEM software package with the latest Microsoft Vista Basic Home Edition
* Supplied with mains adaptor, modem adaptor and cable, EasyInstall CD, instructions and more

** Free 2 year manufacturer's warranty **

18 Comments

No monitor, poor deal. For the same money you could have a similar specced dell with a monitor.

Yes buy a Dell for this price (probably get better specs).

Also looks like the Graphics (128mb) is onboard, which is an indicator of a entry-level computer.

Voted cold.

A lot of money for so little!

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you would have to agree with everyone elso , very poor spec for the money , theres been a huge price crash on pc`s and i read that there is another one coming in about 6 weeks.

Original Poster supermod

Thanks to the 4 who posted useful feedback.Think I've just sunk without a trace on this one :giggle:

I think it's aimed at those families who don't shop online at Dell etc & just want to get a PC with the assurance of 2yrs warranty & to walk into a shop with it if there are any future problems. Obviously not aimed at gamers/ high spec users etc just kids & their families. Budget is also an issue (Aldi had one for £150 more with better graphics card but that's a lot of money to some). For all it's cold I'm sure Lidl will still shift some stock.

As the kids are preparing to do KS1-3's, end of year assessments, GCSEs & A'levels at the moment, and a lot of homework revision is online etc, if you could post a link to a cheaper comparable/better spec PC under £400 with similar warranty (min 2yrs) at any of the offline retailers it would be helpful :thumbsup:

People always looked out for these machines from Lidl and Aldi - they were always belting spec and you couldn't get anywhere near for the money elsewhere. It just goes to show how the market has changed in just a few years.

Personaly I wouldn't touch a Dell with a 100ft barge pole, I prefer a machine I can add to and upgrade to the Nth degree without the worry of propriety components (oh and abysmal aftersales support!)

^^^ Just to deviate off topic slightly, but in reference to the post above I have been extremely pleased with Dell's aftersales support. With their recent introduction of (free) online chat to their customer support I think more people are pleased with the aftersales support from Dell.

As to a similar deal in an offline store (which BTW is not usually the way to get the best value PC) - I'm afraid I don't have time to search for one. However, I would say that PC World tends to be reasonable value (but I would still go for an online retailer any day).

the machine perhaps would`nt be up for so much stick, if it was at least a dual core , but sadly it ain`t , toysrus do much better towers for the money ,this would be a waste of anyones money.

Original Poster supermod

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the machine perhaps would`nt be up for so much stick, if it was at least … the machine perhaps would`nt be up for so much stick, if it was at least a dual core , but sadly it ain`t , toysrus do much better towers for the money ,this would be a waste of anyones money.



Ah, see this is helpful, dual core :thumbsup: Not a PC expert, like a lot of families. Things to look for in budget PC's - the basic requirements.

Toys r us duo one is much smaller hard drive though & isn't instock. Extra External hard drive would also add to the cost & doesn't have the extra warranty (££££).

Also glanced at PC World & similar story there (smaller harddrive etc), but that was before duo info. It's trying to keep cost down with same spec as Lidl but better components. None yet.

Interesting to read Dell has been improving, because I'd been advised to stay well clear in past by IT relative because of aftersales service.

Thanks to all again

kjsav123

Personaly I wouldn't touch a Dell with a 100ft barge pole, I prefer a … Personaly I wouldn't touch a Dell with a 100ft barge pole, I prefer a machine I can add to and upgrade to the Nth degree without the worry of propriety components (oh and abysmal aftersales support!)



I do not agree with this! When my Dell monitor had a fault, after a chat with the support centre (they called me back) I had a new monitor next morning, then received a call a month later asking if all was well with it.

sigma

Ah, see this is helpful, dual core :thumbsup: Not a PC expert, like a lot … Ah, see this is helpful, dual core :thumbsup: Not a PC expert, like a lot of families. Things to look for in budget PC's - the basic requirements.Toys r us duo one is much smaller hard drive though & isn't instock. Extra External hard drive would also add to the cost & doesn't have the extra warranty (££££). Also glanced at PC World & similar story there (smaller harddrive etc), but that was before duo info. It's trying to keep cost down with same spec as Lidl but better components. None yet.Interesting to read Dell has been improving, because I'd been advised to stay well clear in past by IT relative because of aftersales service.Thanks to all again




if a budget family pc is what people want , is £399 for a base unit alot to spend , for family`s there are much cheaper alternatives out there , what lidl are trying to do is sell old technology at new tech price , but thats only my opinion.

Original Poster supermod

sim11

... there are much cheaper alternatives out there , what lidl are trying … ... there are much cheaper alternatives out there , what lidl are trying to do is sell old technology at new tech price , but thats only my opinion.



Don't dispute that. As this is the time of year when families with school children may look to buy PC's if you find an actual deal can you post it? Genuinely interested in getting reasonable spec PC for
Also any info on the better spec Lidl PC you mentioned being available in 6wks ? :thumbsup:

it is`nt lidl that will be getting better spec pc`s in 6 weeks , in the moneysaving forum one of the techies in there was advising someone wanting to purchase a dual core to hold of for about 6 weeks , as they had been reliably informed that there was going to be about a £60 price drop on pc`s , how true of false this is i don`t know , time will tell.

To be honest, for a high street deal it's not all that bad.

But for £30 more I would consider this:

direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx

And for £150 more I would really be tempted by the current ALDI machine.

Including a monitor, this looks OK:

pcworld.co.uk/mar…561


But buying online seems to be the way to go. As an example, for £79 more from Dell, I would have to say that this is a good deal. Includes a 22" monitor, Vista Home Premium, Intel Core2Duo, Nvidia 7300 graphics card...

www1.euro.dell.com/con…dhs

I know the warranty's not as good but most failures are early issues anyway. Buy on a credit card for extra protection, bbut under distance selling regs you can return within 14 days no questions asked anyway.

If you have to pay the postage to return it needs to be refunded to you under these regs.

Cheers,

Calum

Lidl used to do great deals. This is pants I'm afraid, voted cold.
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