Tesco mini Laptop

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  1. keith

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    Just seen a small laptop in Tescos for £299 :BigGrin:

    Anyone got one or know owt about em :RollEyes:

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.205-7721.aspx

    It does not have a DVD. While this is not a problem for me as I dont play DVD on the laptop, but what other problems can this cause? Thinking mainly about loading programmes via DVD.
     
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    Not a bad machine. Quality wise the Lenovo is better.

    The market leader is the Acer Aspire One range.
     
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    Samsung NC10

    I've had a Samsung NC10 for a couple of months. Very pleased with it

    FOR:
    Best keyboard going
    At least 5 hours battery life
    Bright adjustable screen
    Great WiFi
    Runs happily on my inverter (Large Dell laptop overloaded it when working)
    Very easy to carry to WiFi spots - fits in poacher pocket!

    Against:
    Pretty pathetic speakers
    Shiny case
    No good for really serious hard multi-tasking work as processing power is kept low - can't hear the fan even when it's on which is not often as it does not get hot.

    Price around £300

    Well worth looking at on-line reviews as many sub-notebooks are appearing.

    BW
     
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    Here's the Acer Aspire One at Tesco Tesco.Direct

    I have the 8.9" version.

    Running Windows 7 is great on these.
     
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    The thing to remember with these machines is that they are Netbooks and not Laptops in the traditional sense of laptops.

    They are designed for Internet surfing and storing media files created on the move rather than being used as desktop replacements.

    Fine if that is what you want but not the same as a full blown laptop.

    Having taken a laptop away with us on trips for a couple of years we bought a netbook a few months ago as we found it more convenient - but it's a matter of personal preference & horses for courses.

    Graham
     
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    The nice girl / lady (well she was a lot younger than me :Laughing:) said that the Vodafone dongle doesn't work on Acer notebooks.

    Good job I don't have one then (notebook I mean), coz it works fine on my Acer Laptop. :thumb:


    John
     
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    Strange,

    I've used one on mine.

    Maybe true for the Linpus (linux) version they do I suppose as support for that is somewhat lacking. Can't see an issue with either XP or Windows 7.
     
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    I also find that strange....I have an Acer netbook with windows XP and I use a Vodafone dongle...works perfectly...no problems :Smile::Smile:

    Regards

    Smithy:thumb::thumb:
     
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    She has to be referring to machines with Linux rather than Windows OS. When we bought our netbook we deliberately bought one running Windows XP because our T-Mobile dongle doesn't have drivers for Linux systems.

    I'm pretty sure I've read that some dongles on the market now (ours was bought in February 2008) have Linux drivers. There are also some netbooks on the market which use Linux and have the mobile Internet facility built in (so don't need a separate dongle).

    Graham
     
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    I can understand the portability feature of these things, but for me, using a 'full blown laptop' is about as small as i can 'downsize' to. Even then, i struggle to use the the cursor fingerpads so revert to sticking a mouse in my laptop.

    Making smaller pc's is all fine and ok, but old farts like me can barely see the damn keys, let alone use them!

    My son has some kind of fancy mobile phone which you can also use as a pocket pc complete with qwerty keyboard, but the keys are so damn small you cant use fingers to operate it....you have to use a pen!:RollEyes:

    As for sound 'performance' from these notebooks......what do folk expect from tiny tin cans?? Half a watt of Led Zeppelin or Hendrix would blow the thing to bits!
     
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    Dell inspiron is an ok machine, be carefull as they do have a tendancy to overheat.
    Also STAY away from the Linux machines and any Mobile internet dongle will not work to my experience.
    They are good for surfing but can be a bit slow.
     
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    I, too, use a mouse with our various laptops/netbooks. I've never been able to get away with touchpads. I was actually pleasantly surprised as to how well laid out the keyboard on the netbook is. I make fewer typing mistakes than with some conventional laptops we've had.

    I use my iPod and docking station for blasting my eardrums :BigGrin:

    All in all the things are just tools - and the best tool for each of us is the one we are happy using :Smile:

    Graham
     
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    Aspire One and Vodafone dongle

    I use the Linux (Linpus) version of the Acer Aspire One and it has a Vodafone dongle which works just fine. You just have to download the 3G manager from the Acer site.
     
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    I have an Acer Aspire one 8.9 screen 512mb ram 160gb hard disk bought from Bowlers computer market Traford park manchester £180 brand new in the box with warranty.
    I upgradded the ram to 1.5gb (not for the faint hearted)has windows xp on it and is perfect for traveling you can watch films on it surf the web play music and if the screen is not big enough for the movies or surfing the web i plug it into my 26 widscreen tv in the 5ver.
    As for the dvd rom side of thing i have a memory stick 16gb and transfer things with that. Also have bluetooth dongle, wifi home made parabolic dish to pick up free wifi upto 3 miles away:Eeek: if i cannot get a signal i use a 3G usb modem unlocked to any network and use pay as you go sim card in it.
    The the best one for me has been a pay as you go 3G phone sim card (99p ebay)put £10 credit on it go to add ons add internet for a month £5 and then take it out of you phone and put in the 3G usb modem cheap internet for £5month. So for me this laptop can and will do everything that a big laptop will do.

    Happy DayZZZ:thumb::thumb:
     
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    I have the dell mini 10, bought it for emergency when my acer went down, paid a little more for it from pcworld but same machine that tesco's are doing.

    It was terrible when i got it, screen res and mouse were apaling, however i formatted it and loaded it back up and now I love it. The mouse can be a pain due to it having to many functions but without installing the proper driver and just letting windows manage it i've found it pretty good.

    Its going to stratford with me tonight, anyone wants to have a look your more than willing.

    Regards

    Kevin
     
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    Ah well! Pretty lady was wrong, but she was pretty (sexist b****r):Laughing:
    So I won't hold it against her (keep it clean!!!!:Blush::Doh:)


    John
     
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