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27-07-2006, 13:01   #1
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Tesco Laptops: Opinions ?

Just wondering what everyone makes of the latest tesco offers . Do the bellow look like a decent buy ? Can you go too far wrong with a laptop for E 299? I'm relatively clueless as regards specifications but to the very casual observer this looks like the a bargain. I've been looking for a laptop for awhile.I dont want to play games or do anything too heavy duty with it but I don't want to buy something that'll be obsolete in no time either . Any opinions or guidance would be greatfully appreciated.

laptop - E599 but with E299.50 clubcard vouchers back
Celeron M Processor 370
256mb
40gb hd
15.4 screen
dvdrw combo
modem
wireless card
4usb ports

Laptop - E799 but with E399.50 clubcard back
Celeron M Processor 370
512mb
40gb hdd
dvdrw combo
printer
wireless card
mouse
carry case

The vouchers can only be redeemed in tesco but for anyone who shops there regularly this shouldnt be a problem.
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27-07-2006, 13:41   #2
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You get what you pay for! Iqon machines are cheapy cheap so be weary of build quality but having said that,if a bargain basement price laptop is what your after,then these are the ones! (Thats assuming you like shopping in Tesco too.....)
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yeah but what are the terms and conditions ?
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27-07-2006, 16:30   #4
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When you say you don't want anyting obsolete, what do you really mean? Because if you're only doing basic web tasks, processing, music, etc, even a five year old machine isn't "Obsolete". Basically they are fine for that sort of thing and will be for many years to come.

However, from a tech perspective, they are already years out of date, let alone becoming obsolete anytime soon. Those iQon laptops have SiS integrated graphics, which are even worse then the infamously pathetic Intel Extreme 2 graphics: to summarise, you won't be able to play ANY games made in the last few years, let alone newish games.

Added to that, iQon are dodgey at the best of times. I really wouldn't bother with either of those laptops to be honest, both are crap for the price (I don't bother considering the vouchers thing as actual money off) and for the same price you'd get something 10x more reliable and considerably more powerful from dell.
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27-07-2006, 17:19   #5
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Would that machine even be able to play 16-bit (SNES/MegaDrive) emulators? (yeah I know the OP said he didn't want to play games...)
Also: €100 for a measly 256mb RAM, a bag & a mouse? You've got to be sh!tting me...
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Would that machine even be able to play 16-bit (SNES/MegaDrive) emulators? (yeah I know the OP said he didn't want to play games...)
Also: €100 for a measly 256mb RAM, a bag & a mouse? You've got to be sh!tting me...

Printer too.

Basically if u want one just to surf the net, + use the basic apps (+ alot of ppl do) it'd do.
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27-07-2006, 21:47   #7
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Printer too.

Basically if u want one just to surf the net, + use the basic apps (+ alot of ppl do) it'd do.
They say that's what they want, but then they discover things other stuff they want to do...
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28-07-2006, 10:25   #8
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What is wrong with iQon exactly?

Like Casey who started this thread, I am also looking at this Tesco offer(see below). I understand there is a 1 year product warranty. The clubcard vouchers are valid for 2 years and can be used on any Tesco product.
I want a laptop for home use:Internet , word processing and printing/basic editing of digital photos - no interest in games whatsoever and won't change my mind on that.
Those of you with strong opinions/previous experience of iQon computers, can you tell me what exactly would not be satisfactory with them? When you say the quality is not good, how would that affect me in practical terms?
Any advice welcome
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Laptop - E799 but with E399.50 clubcard vouchers back

Celeron M Processor 370
512mb
40gb hdd
dvdrw combo
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mouse
carry case
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I think tescos have 2 year warrenty on the iqons, at least they did at xmas there. There a cheap laptop, and that bag they "give" you is just plain nasty! But if you want something basic (and cheap) they're grand. Support for them is semi-decent, sent a couple of things rma to them, took around a month to get back, not sure what to make of this considering there in ireland.
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Ok, does anyone actually OWN one of these 'tops?


I was thinkin of gettin one but im not sure, cos my PC is iQon and its in bits! the motherboard is made out of Paper


But, the Cutomer Service are actually pretty good. They don't do everything they can to avoid having to take the comp back for repair [like Dell]

Ah i dno, think ill just flip a coin


Q: Do laptops only have one RAM slot?
[If I buy the one with 512MB ram, could I add another 512 card, or wud I have to get 1 1GB card????]
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Would that machine even be able to play 16-bit (SNES/MegaDrive) emulators?


A ten year old PII desktop with 32MB of RAM could do this without breaking a sweat, of course these could.

Do people really still buy into the constant upgrade cycle marketing drivel surrounding PCs?

My folks have been using the same PIII 500 for 7 years and it does exactly what it did 7 years ago. Their needs havent changed, so why should their hardware?
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A ten year old PII desktop with 32MB of RAM could do this without breaking a sweat, of course these could.

Do people really still buy into the constant upgrade cycle marketing drivel surrounding PCs?

My folks have been using the same PIII 500 for 7 years and it does exactly what it did 7 years ago. Their needs havent changed, so why should their hardware?
I think he was joking

Obviously this laptop would be 100% fine for net browsing and processing, music etc, I still do that on an old 350mhz laptop. But the integrated graphics are crap to such an extent that its 100% useless for this purpose, at least with DELLs similar offer price you get the GMA900, crap as it is, runs rings around the SiS in the iQon.

Anyway, yeah, these laptops are perfect for casual use.

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They say that's what they want, but then they discover things other stuff they want to do...
Thats the danger though. At least, as above, the GMA900 in the cheapest DELLs can run some newish games on low settings and is quite good at playing older games. Should you suddenly decide you want to play an anyway remotely modern game made in the past few years, you might as well throw the iQon in the bin, cos it really ain't gonna happen...

I would really avoid the iQon for the reasons that:

1)Rubbish build quality
2)Hopelessly obsolete for anything but the most basic of tasks
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Hehe.. cheap PC's remind me of the aul' thing downstairs.
Athlon XP (1.8Ghz), 768mb PC2100, 40Gig 5400rpm HDD, 32mb VIA integrated graphics
I still can't believe I was able to enjoy Deus Ex on that thing.
Then I bought a cheap 9600pro and... well, let's just say I'm never going back to integrated graphics ever again...
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My sister is considering buying one of these and her main usage would be viewing/checking the security videos of her business while traveling, photo editing and storage, emailing and surfing the net. What are your views? Is 256RAM ok for this?
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My sister is considering buying one of these and her main usage would be viewing/checking the security videos of her business while traveling, photo editing and storage, emailing and surfing the net. What are your views? Is 256RAM ok for this?
It's not a good buy for these tasks - no.
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