Zoostorm FreedomXL netbook 250gb £143.98 @ Argos/ebay
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Zoostorm FreedomXL netbook 250gb £143.98 @ Argos/ebay

£143.98
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Found 24th Aug 2010Made hot 25th Aug 2010
Zoostorm.
Freedom 10-270.
CPU and Memory:
Intel Atom N270 .
Processor speed 1.66GHz.
512MB cache.
1GB DDR2 RAM .
250GB .
Display features:
10in .
Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels.
Graphics:
Dedicated 250MB Shared graphics memory with 250MB memory.
Interfaces and connectivity:
2-in-1 media card reader.
Secure Digital (SD), Multi-Media Card (MMC) compatible.
2 USB ports.
1 Ethernet port.
B/g/n wireless/WiFi enabled.
Multi-media features:
0.3MP built-in webcam.
Operating system & software:
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter.
Microsoft Works.
General features:
Up to 180 mins battery life.
Size H2.8, W25, D18cm.
Weight 0.95kg.
Back on sale ,bought one for me and now my brother wants one. Great for surfing,word ,spreadsheets etc.

49 Comments

Ooh - giving it some serious thought here - but I love my Samsung NC10 - heat added though anyway.

Original Poster

Fast delivery, hooked straight up to the net ,no problems. Download open office, AVG Free,itunes, spotify, and your away. Light in weight, seems well made,Pretty large HDD.Plays video ok, sound through headphones is quite reasonable Lot cheaper than an ipad and more useful. Oh yes dont forget £139.99 plus £3.99 postage, bargain.

KevSp

Ooh - giving it some serious thought here - but I love my Samsung NC10 - … Ooh - giving it some serious thought here - but I love my Samsung NC10 - heat added though anyway.



I have the NC10 too, do you have the 6cell?

Btw I think this deal is for a 3cell.

Brought one of these last time round.

Screen had pressure damage to it meaning that you could see marks on the screen when the netbook was on. Sent it back for refund.

Not sure who checks these over but they obviously don't switch them on to check them!!
Edited by: "maid020279" 24th Aug 2010

I bought a samsung one from them & 2 keys didn't work. Returns was easy enough though, they collected & refunded in full within a week.
Edited by: "Derek_Duval" 24th Aug 2010

i'm after something just for the portability factor ie on the sofa or bed plus occasional out and about use as my laptop is just a bit too big for my use. I'm looking at an ebay offering of a N150 and now this. Has anyone had much luck getting drivers for XP for this?


Sorry people I have to say this, its BOUGHT not BROUGHT

simplyjimbo

Has anyone had much luck getting drivers for XP for this?


I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, it's also the installation from a stick because the netbook has no optical drive.

I have now installed the full Windows 7 from a USB stick (Microsoft provides the USB software for free). My netbook runs now much faster than it did with Windows 7 Starter and I'm happy to leave XP behind (we all have to do it one day) .
Edited by: "pet2000" 24th Aug 2010

brought one for holiday and people in Seychelle love this netbook, wish I had a stock as this wouls have paid for the hoilday. At this price and someone hardware download it's a bargain.

I got one last time around. Using it now. First thing I did was put Ubuntu Linux on it. Fires up so quick and, touch wood, is a great bit of kit. Can't knock it at all so far.

It's luck of the draw with it being a refurb, but you still get a full 1 year warranty.

pet2000

I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, … I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, it's also the installation from a stick because the netbook has no optical drive.I have now installed the full Windows 7 from a USB stick (Microsoft provides the USB software for free). My netbook runs now much faster than it did with Windows 7 Starter and I'm happy to leave XP behind (we all have to do it one day) .



I really could do with XP as some programs I use demand it and Virtual machines don't always work out for them. A dual boot system would be great, I guess buying an external drive would assist with installation but then my only other reservation is the 3 hour battery which probably is somewhere around 2 - 2.5 hrs with real use. decisions decisions.

simplyjimbo

I really could do with XP as some programs I use demand it and Virtual … I really could do with XP as some programs I use demand it and Virtual machines don't always work out for them. A dual boot system would be great, I guess buying an external drive would assist with installation but then my only other reservation is the 3 hour battery which probably is somewhere around 2 - 2.5 hrs with real use. decisions decisions.



I get about 2.5 hours.

pet2000

I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, … I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, it's also the installation from a stick because the netbook has no optical drive.I have now installed the full Windows 7 from a USB stick (Microsoft provides the USB software for free). My netbook runs now much faster than it did with Windows 7 Starter and I'm happy to leave XP behind (we all have to do it one day) .



How / where do you get Windows 7 on USB ?

I got one of these for me old mum last time but the only negative is getting the webcam to work which I haven't done so yet but heat added for this as It's a really good deal IMHO.

You can install XP (or almost any operating system) from a USB stick easily enough, no point wasting money on an external CD/DVD drive if that is all you need it for. wiki.eeeuser.com/win…usb

simplyjimbo

How / where do you get Windows 7 on USB ?

You don't. You copy it there from a normal Win 7 installation DVD. intowindows.com/how…de/


simplyjimbo

Sorry people I have to say this, its BOUGHT not BROUGHT

It's "it's" not "its".
Edited by: "alasrati" 24th Aug 2010

alasrati

It's "it's" not "its".



Oops spotted my error after submitting my post, however the edit function didn't want to work.

I believe Diamondnine wanted to know where to obtain the Win 7 USB installation files. Thank you the info will come in handy for me too.....if I decide to buy.

Hi guys i'm looking for a netbook/laptop for my ma, all she wants is to be able to do emails and use Word. Would this be a good option?

Thanks

diamondnine

How / where do you get Windows 7 on USB ?



You can get it from here
download.cnet.com/Win…tml

I wouldn't recommend the other avenue mentioned above by alasrati, unless you are very computer literate. I didn't find it easy and didn't succeed. Microsoft's tool does everything automatically from beginning to end. All you need is download the tool and a DVD of Windows 7 (of course, you need to use the tool on a computer running XP, Vista, or 7).

BTW, I also had to give up on some programs which don't run on W7. I very much missed Outlook Express at first, but I got used to Thunderbird and found it is actually better for me now.
Edited by: "pet2000" 24th Aug 2010

pedro123

Hi guys i'm looking for a netbook/laptop for my ma, all she wants is to … Hi guys i'm looking for a netbook/laptop for my ma, all she wants is to be able to do emails and use Word. Would this be a good option?Thanks



If she doesn't need the portability, a laptop would be better. I wouldn't recommend a netbook as an only computer. Screen is too small and even if you use an external monitor, the processor is too slow for everyday work. A netbook is a big compromise for portability, that's my opinion anyway.

simplyjimbo

Oops spotted my error after submitting my post, however the edit function … Oops spotted my error after submitting my post, however the edit function didn't want to work.


The edit function only works with me after I refresh the screen first. It's one of the many bugs, courtesy of the recent (pointless) change of the layout.

Edited by: "pet2000" 24th Aug 2010

Yeah OK, use a tool to copy the files. But whatever you do, don't download the entire thing from anywhere as it will probably be pre-loaded with viruses and other malware.

alasrati

Yeah OK, use a tool to copy the files. But whatever you do, don't … Yeah OK, use a tool to copy the files. But whatever you do, don't download the entire thing from anywhere as it will probably be pre-loaded with viruses and other malware.


That's correct. The tool is from Microsoft and the download from Cnet is safe. You can use your own Windows 7 DVD, or an ISO file if you did purchase W7 from MS shop as a download.

Here's the link to the previous deal, in case anybody needs it for reference purposes.

HotUKDeals - REFURB ZOOSTORM FREEDOM NETBOOK 250GB 10.2" windows 7 £139.99 @ ebay/argos - Expired
hotukdeals.com/dea…363

simplyjimbo

I really could do with XP as some programs I use demand it and Virtual … I really could do with XP as some programs I use demand it and Virtual machines don't always work out for them. A dual boot system would be great, I guess buying an external drive would assist with installation but then my only other reservation is the 3 hour battery which probably is somewhere around 2 - 2.5 hrs with real use. decisions decisions.



If you have access to another computer equipped with a CD/DVD drive, then it will be easy enough to put together a Windows XP Installation Image onto a USB memory stick - the key item to bear in mind would be ensuring that you have at least SP2 integrated into it for the basic SATA hard drive support required.

Here's a couple of guides out there to consider using.

Make a bootable USB installer for Windows XP, Vista, 7 with WinToFlash
downloadsquad.com/200…nt/

How To Install Windows XP From A USB Flash Drive Articles - OCIA.net
ocia.net/art…tml

Once you add a proper battery, it is not much of a bargain any more. I would certainly look out for a deal that includes a 6/8/9 cell battery.

Ordered one for my Daughter, been watching for days for a decent deal !

This could be well timed as I am experiancing problems with my Acer Aspire One. Gonna try a reinstall tonight but if that dosent fix it then this could be the ticket.

@ Pedro123

A netbook like this one is just fine for your mum if basic computing is all she needs. I use my netbook far more than my desktop or laptop.
Edited by: "MDL199" 31st Aug 2010

If you only buy this netbook for Word, please keep in mind that the Office suite that comes with this is only a preview/limited use edition and will lock up after x amount of uses unless the full version is purchased. Try Open Office as a free alternative, or look at the much cheaper than retail student editions of Office on hotdeals (about £40?).

will this play 720p files ok?

I have the smaller one (the Zoostorm Freedom 8.9") and with CoreAVC installed and some settings in WMPC tuned (skip deblocking & set deinterlacing to none) & it will.
I can even get it playing some 1080p stuff.

pet2000

I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, … I have given up on XP. It's not only the drivers which are a problem, it's also the installation from a stick because the netbook has no optical drive.I have now installed the full Windows 7 from a USB stick (Microsoft provides the USB software for free). My netbook runs now much faster than it did with Windows 7 Starter and I'm happy to leave XP behind (we all have to do it one day) .



nah XP til it drops dead. it has potentially limitless applications for hardware that is cheaper than nitrogen,

i do bits of audio editing and video editing from a laptop with 1gb ram and 2ghz processor and it has 5 hour battery life.

at home's a dual core, 4gb, 1tb rig with xp black edition. i would digitally fornicate with XP if i could, and in retrospect i hated it priorly until that vista travesty was released.

I dont want glossy shiny UI and forced upon computing choices. XP was so liberating in that i could store whatever file anywhere at the click of a button, xp wouldn't keep asking me if i'm the admin when I've signed IN with the admin profile, or the constant 'updates' they throw around.

if i have to put up without vista/win 7's in your face n00b inspired design, all the better.

simplyjimbo

How / where do you get Windows 7 on USB ?

simplyjimbo

Sorry people I have to say this, its BOUGHT not BROUGHT




hahahahaha...classic

simplyjimbo

Oops spotted my error after submitting my post, however the edit function … Oops spotted my error after submitting my post, however the edit function didn't want to work.I believe Diamondnine wanted to know where to obtain the Win 7 USB installation files. Thank you the info will come in handy for me too.....if I decide to buy.



the edit function sucks...thats what happens when you pay peanuts for IT consultants...pay more and you get IT consultants like me who have more than 1 braincell

bigup

will this play 720p files ok?



should be fine...my wife watched streamed videos on he dell 1011, which is a similar spec...seemed fine, depends where you will stream or just watch videos stored on the netbook...if streaming depends on your isp, home network as well as netbook capability (including software)
Edited by: "royals" 25th Aug 2010

Thanks for the usb stick install guides.

simplyjimbo

I really could do with XP as some programs I use demand it and Virtual … I really could do with XP as some programs I use demand it and Virtual machines don't always work out for them. A dual boot system would be great, I guess buying an external drive would assist with installation but then my only other reservation is the 3 hour battery which probably is somewhere around 2 - 2.5 hrs with real use. decisions decisions.



i was able to install xp mce from usb to the acer aspire one i think it was only a case of making a bootable usb drive(i used a psp with a 2gb msduo inserted) with my windows cd copied onto the stick when i installed it had the basic graphics drivers and wireless after that i was able to go on to the acer website and get the updated drivers for xp

i done the same with windows 7 except used a 4gb usb stick to do it, at one stage i had it dualbooting xp and w7 installed to 2 different partitions the hardware on these netbooks are pretty similar so you shouldnt have a problem

pedro123

Hi guys i'm looking for a netbook/laptop for my ma, all she wants is to … Hi guys i'm looking for a netbook/laptop for my ma, all she wants is to be able to do emails and use Word. Would this be a good option?Thanks



fine for surfing and emails, though screen is small...but i wouldnt use it for word processing....its more than capable but screen is small

pet2000

If she doesn't need the portability, a laptop would be better. I wouldn't … If she doesn't need the portability, a laptop would be better. I wouldn't recommend a netbook as an only computer. Screen is too small and even if you use an external monitor, the processor is too slow for everyday work. A netbook is a big compromise for portability, that's my opinion anyway.



kinda agree....processor is fine for basic stuff....but screen is too small for word processing imo.....i have a dell 1011 which is great for surfing/emailing on the sofa/etc but i wouldnt use it for word processing/spreadsheets/etc

Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr can't believe windows 7 full on is quicker to use then the slimline starter !!!!!!

Also i take it that with that windows 7 download you don''t get a key??? or do you use the starter one from the Zoostorm?

Cheers
Hk

I bought this netbook 3 weeks ago,received well packaged could not log in telephoned helpline said hard drive is faulty they arranged collection . still have not recieved my Refund have opened a dispute on Ebay TELEPHONED and Emailed ARGOS CLEARANCE several Times not much help given... What a Headache...........BUYER BE AWARE.
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