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Acer Extensa 5230 Laptop: Intel Celeron 900 2.2GHz, 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) TFT LCD , 2GB DDR2, 160GB HDD, DVDRW, WiFi, 6-Cell Battery, Windows 7 Premium $264 or Less

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Promoted 11-11-2009 at 12:42 AM View Original Post

Best Buy has Acer Extensa 5230 15.4" Laptop for $249. Save an additional $20 if you use Pay-Pal payment. Shipping is $15 Thanks radioscott

Specs:

  • Intel Celeron 900 (1MB L2 cache, 2.20GHz, 800MHz FSB)
  • 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) TFT LCD Display
  • 2GB DDR2 667 Memory
  • 160GB Hard Drive
  • 802.11b/g/Draft N wireless LAN
  • Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive w/ Double-Layer Support
  • 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Windows 7 Premium

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Edited November 10, 2009 at 01:47 PM by radioscott
I'm not sure if this is technically a "Hot Deal" since I gather that this is the regular price. Also, it's not even listed on Best Buy's website yet. But, here's a link [cnet.com] to the article on CNET.

EDIT: Just got an email from PayPal offering $20 cash back on a $100 Best Buy purchase. Might be a YMMV thing, so check your email inbox.
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Last Edited by atlantisasleep November 25, 2009 at 10:37 PM
DEAD online!!!BM only

Lots of people are wondering how much actually they saved. I had to to really fight my way to grab one, because they played ignorance as if it does not exist. Even showed me in their webpage that no model is there like this. Some how I got hold of one of their computer. Searched the item. And also saw the inventory.
The price is $372 and they are selling just today for $249. Hence many places dont want to sell them because they will be loosing money, depends on the manager. Let us see how much it will be after 12am today.

OPTIMIZE THE COMPUTER YOURSELF..DON'T PAY BB TO DO IT.

http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/

This program quickly removes many of the junky trial version software that come with most new laptops. After removing the junk, reboot the machine and download CCleaner [filehippo.com] and click "tools", then "startup" on the left side. Disable everything there that you don't want running every time you turn the computer on, then exit the program. Next click the start menu and search for defragmenter (type it in search box or look under accessories--system tools) and defrag your hard drive. Afterwards, reboot and defrag again. That should give you a good basic optimization. You should also look under control panel for the display properties and try finding the "appearance/effects" section and disabling some of the unnecessary eye candy. Here is a good guide to disabling effects for a big speed boost: http://www.computingunleashed.com...de-to.html
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Quote from eskimonio :
***For in-store purchases***
Be advised, some Best Buys are holding these units at their Geek Squad desk
They claim to have been 'pre-optimized' for the low low price of $40 tacked on to the price ala a car dealership 'protection package'
Push them and they will waive the charge


HOW to "push" them? what should I say?

Apologies, I didn't mean to lead you to believe what they are doing is actually a valuable service.
Tell them you will not pay for it and that they cannot make you pay for an add on or service you didn't request. They will give it to you at the stated price

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Make Acer eRecovery Discs
How do I make a set of Acer eRecovery Discs for the Aspire One netbook?


Acer eRecovery Discs can be created by using the Acer eRecovery program. An external USB CD or DVD writer is required in order to make the eRecovery Discs.
Follow these steps:

Ensure that the AC adapter is plugged into the Aspire One
Ensure that the external USB CD or DVD write is plugged into the Aspire One and powered on.
Click Start and then All Programs
Click Acer and then Acer eRecovery Management
You may be prompted to enter or create a password. This password will be required to use eRecovery in the future.
In the next window, select Backup.
Insert a blank CD or DVD into the external CD or DVD writer.
Click on Create Factory Default Disc and then click Start.

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Reinstall Windows Home Premium 64 bit
You can find a downloadable copy of windows 7 on post 1122, burn it to a disk and put it in, i had to switch my boot order, but you might not have to. when it come up pick clean install not upgrade, and when it asks where to install, you will want to delete partitions on the drive and reformat, then it will walk you right thru the rest. i had to call microsoft to reactivate, but it was an automated system and it took 5 minutes. Mine worked fine with out installing any drivers, but i went to acer and installed the audio and video drivers.

And i had to install the touchpad driver to get the scroll feature to work again.



Link To Check Local Best Buy Inventory:

http://slickdeals.net/?sdtid=1654066&u2=http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp;jsessionid=916D101C0A27439840D13B9E14A09A87.bbolsp-app02-32?id=pcat17006&type=page&sourceId=1218134616331&sourceType=product&skuId=9632183&productId=1218134616331&itemId=1442866

(direct link [bestbuy.com])


Link to Acer Extensa® 5230 Technical Specifications [acer.com]

Service Manual: http://tim.id.au/laptops/acer/travelmate%205330%20extensa%205230%205630z.pdf --mikefxu
-for those of you that are savvy enough to simply swap the cpu with a dual core equivalent.

Product Features
From our expanded online assortment; not available in all Best Buy stores
Intel® Celeron® processor 900
Features an 800MHz frontside bus, 1MB L2 cache and 2.2GHz processor speed.
2GB DDR2 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 4GB.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM.
15.4" LCD high-brightness widescreen display
With 1280 x 800 resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
160GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
For lush graphics. 2 built-in stereo speakers with high-definition audio support.
Built-in webcam with digital microphone
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in 802.11b/g/Draft-N wireless LAN
Wirelessly connect to the Internet.
Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
With RJ-45 connector for quick and easy wired Web connection.
Weighs 6.3 lbs. and measures just 1.7" thin
For portable power.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With Adobe Reader and more. 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 also included.
ENERGY STAR qualified
Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.
Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Centrino, Core, Viiv, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

THANKS GRISWOLDS

NOTE TO CELERON BASHERS

the celeron in this laptop, the "celeron 900" is not the old celerons people think about, it's of the 45nm core architecture and performs better then pentium 3's, pentium 4's, Intel Atoms, and such. Intel could stand to change their naming scheme, but that doesn't change the fact that these are nothing like the Celerons of old. These are on-par with the dual cores being offered on black friday 1-2 years ago... so for $250 it's not bad at all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Celeron_microprocessors#.22Penryn-3M.22_.28standard-voltage.2C_45_nm.29

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Celeron+900+%40+2.20GHz

TO ANYONE WHO DIDNT GET ONE YESTERDAY], I believe this deal should still be good for today if it is in stock at your local store and it should be since these BB employees are hiding them and not selling it to anybody unless you put up a fight and get a manager. The site still has it listed at $249.99 and the cnet article states that they are available at this price while supplies last so people should be able to get it today.

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the acer is extremely easy just pull off the large panel on the bottom (it has like 5 or 6 screws holding it on)

then remove 2 screws from the fan and slide it out of the way

then the 5 screws holding the heatpipe over the cpu and northbridge, and move it off

then release the cpu from the socket by turning what looks like the slotted screw head next to it (make sure you turn it all teh way. it will click when you get the last little bit

then swap cpu's and put it back together
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From the CNET article...
"Best Buy said it will start selling on Wednesday the $249 Acer laptop--the retailer's lowest-advertised-price laptop ever. The laptop comes with an Intel Celeron processor, 15.4-inch screen, 2GB memory, a 160GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Premium. The model is available while supplies last. "

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Quote from radioscott View Post :
I'm not sure if this is technically a "Hot Deal" since I gather that this is the regular price. Also, it's not even listed on Best Buy's website yet. But, here's a link [cnet.com] to the article on CNET.
Looks like a great deal! Don't forget to mention Best Buy in your title.

Thanks!
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Is this the same one they stuck up on their website last week for a few hours and then pulled down (but did ship to the few who got through)?
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damm, i need a cheap 17" laptop with webcam, don't care if its a celery, does anyone know any?
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Hrmm, maybe if this laptop was for about $50 or maybe $75 I would consider it for this price. Right now though, I would pass on it. No reason to go less than dual core in this day and age. Especially since right now deals are flying on laptops for dual cores at or close to this price. Walmart had a decent one last week for $350 and so did Staples.
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Hrmm, maybe if this laptop was for about $50 or maybe $75 I would consider it for this price. Right now though, I would pass on it. No reason to go less than dual core in this day and age. Especially since right now deals are flying on laptops for dual cores at or close to this price. Walmart had a decent one last week for $350 and so did Staples.
That extra $100 may be a deal breaker for some. This is probably the best, new & full-size laptop you can find for this price. Thumbs up!
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$50? Yeah the entire world would more than consider it at that price.

$250 is a great deal for these specs.
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wats faster? a celery or an atom?
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wats faster? a celery or an atom?
Celeron is faster than the Atom
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just bought a refurbished dell 15" w/ pentium dual core, 2gb, 160gb, dvdrw, vista w/ 7 upgrade at Dell Outlet a couple weeks ago for $288. actually bought 2 of them, 1 for me and 1 for a friend.

this is a pretty good deal, but i'd definitely watch for some dual core deals myself.
at $215 I'd probably bite, but $249 isn't a terrible price.
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Quote from jd254 View Post :
wats faster? a celery or an atom?
http://www.cpubenchmark.net

Intel Atom Scores around 305-315...

the celeron 900 scores around 824. No comparison.. the celeron is more then twice as fast... about 166% faster.

Great value for a cheap laptop. Yes, you could spend $100-150 more on black friday and get one that has a processor that's 50-75% more powerful and with 4 gigs of RAM, but you have to decide if you really need that in a laptop... any laptop for sale these days will get the job done fine as far as surfing the net, word processing, and playing emulated N64 games goes. You have to decide if it's worth the extra cost.

Just took the benchmark test on my overclocked HTPC and the Q6600 running @ 3.6 on air scored 5057... that chip and this setup have been by far the most cost effective system I've ever built, now going on over 2 years old. Doesn't look like it will need upgrading for at least another 2 if not 3 aside from the video card.
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I need to get a laptop as a gift.

She will use it to surf the web, write papers for school, play some games (the Big Fish type games, nothing fancy), watch an occasional DVD, download some music and make CD's.

Is this good enough for that stuff?

Also, do laptops generally have an output so you can use a better set of computer speakers to listen to music?

Thanks!
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$50? Yeah the entire world would more than consider it at that price.

$250 is a great deal for these specs.

The thing is, these are pretty old and sorry specs. If you look around on craigslist and other places, you can find a similar built laptop used, minus Windows 7, for about $50 to $100. I really don't see the justification for this laptop at this price. I do understand some people are a really tight budget, but anyone looking to seriously buy even a cheap laptop should consider saving $50 to $100 more to buy something MUCH better, or wait a little bit longer to see if a better system comes down to $250 or less.
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