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LifeStyl3r 11-13-2009 10:06 PM

MSI A5000-025US 15.6" Laptop: Intel Celeron T3000 1.8GHz, 3GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, Nvidia 8200M-G, HDMI, Windows 7 Home Premium $320 @ Officedepot B&M
 
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Officedepot [officedepot.com] has the MSI A5000-025US 15.6" Laptop for $320 In-Store Only.

This Ebay page [ebay.com] has the best information I can find.[/B]


Specifications
# Intel® Celeron T3000 processor 1.8GHz
# 15.6" WXGA widescreen LCD (1366 x 768 resolution)
# 3 GB DDR2 memory (2 Dimm)
# 250GB hard drive capacity
# Supermulti DVD-RW optical drive
# 802.11b/g/n WLAN
# 1.3 megapixel webcam
# Nvidia GeForce 8200M-G video graphics
# HD audio with 2 speakers
# HDMI port
# 3 USB 2.0 ports
# 4-in-1 card reader
# PCI Express slot
# VGA port
# 103-key keyboard
# 65-watt AC adapter
# 6 cell battery
# Windows 7 Home Premium

* Dimensions: 13.66" x 9.68" x 1.4"
* Unit Weight: 5.24 lbs.

Product Warranty:

* 3 year limited warranty.

wikipost 11-13-2009 10:06 PM

This post can and should be edited by users like you :)
 
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BIOS with overclock options/ ctrl-fn swap updated to latest version (X.0T) released 2010-07-26:
http://www.mediafire.com/?bb82vxyu1nepwyo

MSI A5000, and A6000 are based upon the MSI 1683 "Whitebook".

A5000 , A6000 series uses the same motherboard as the 1683 "Whitebook".
A5000 =11-2009 (2010) model=Win7, aka CR500 = Vista 2009 model?

http://www.msiwhitebook.com/produ...S-1683-ID1

Information supplied by Warner from MSI USA:

Vista = Win7
U210 = L2100 (1241)
CR600 = A6000 (1683)
CR500 = A5000 (1683)
CR400 = A4000 (1451)
CX600 = A6005 (1682)
http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=133088.0

Link to A5000-025US product page on MSI.com = as of 2011-06 I can't find it,:mad: typing A5000, A5000-025US does not bring up any hits for me... :eek: (This is not a good sign...I hate companies that once product is superseded you get "Nothing found" when you type in a model number. Typing in A5000-025US should bring up product page- Link to latest bios, drivers. (Tip search for CR500)

EDIT: Found the product page by GOOGLING some more, Google rolled me over to my own posts on Slickdeals in which I had posted links to the product pages for the unit! MSI really needs to update their search engine so it searches all divisions when a model number is typed in. IIRC there are several divisions of MSI and they don't link /forward info between them.
http://www.msimobile.com/level3_p...d=9&id=157

15" ~ 16" (Discontinued) > A5000-025US
Product Number: 9S7-168344-025


Drivers, Bios, manuals: Link on above page rolls over to CR500...
http://www.msi.com/product/nb/CR5...div=Driver

Assemble, disassemble VIDEOS, and PDF's of CR600: (sister unit to A5000)
http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=132295.0

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Windows 7 x64 =

MSI does not "do "x64, all systems, even ones with 4GB are shipped with 32-bit OS.

Search for posts by Hurt777 - he has a walk thru on installing Win7 x64

EDIT: It appears that x64 drivers are listed now: http://www.msi.com/product/nb/CR5...=Win7%2064

TIP: MSI sources parts from several vendors: Run a app like Belarc Advisor to find out what is in your unit.

Support: Long term impressions

Long term impressions of the unit is good- abit right now I have a problem in which the unit will not come out of sleep mode via any attached USB device due to BIOS is hard-coded to stop monitoring USB ports in Sleep mode.

Post 1199
Can't wake from S3 sleep mode from USB Mouse, keyboard, ehome Infrared Receiver (USBCIR)
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=40132411&postcount=1199

Anyone has any info, feel free to post...



MSI sites are tricky to navigate, links go dead:
As I mentioned above about a year and 1/2 after purchase I can't find support pages. Links previously post here are getting 404 errors.

MSI has a forum board .
MSI really needs to do some spring cleaning so to speak- Get some of their tech's posting over there.
- I'd rate it about a 3 out of 10.

What to expect when posting on the MSI forum board:

1: There are more mods than users.
2: If you post anything about x64, BAS (mod) is sure to post his boiler plate response there is no need to run x64, 32 is faster.
3: Mods to post "We don't work for MSI" if you ask a hard question.... if you get a response at all.
4: Most threads lead to a dead end, with the boiler plate "contact MSI support for hard issues".

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RECOVERY DISCS- WARNING, MSI ships product without testing what they sell.

Update the SATA DRIVERS ASAP before you burn the recovery discs ! (Disc burn will fail, or discs will burn but won't work
http://www.msi.com/index.php?func...aq_no=2134
(Crap-ola - 404 error.... What the FAQ, link to the files needed to update the SATA drivers for the burner said there was there was a LARGE number of units affected over several product lines- in which end users would burn the recovery discs only to find out "later" the discs were no good.
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Potential of T3000 CPU

The A5000 is powered by a Intel 1.8 GHz Dual Core Celeron processor. This processor (ranked #98, according to Notebookcheck.com benchmarks [notebookcheck.net], beats the M500 AMD II Processor (rank #99).
You can check out http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php to look at how it compares with others.

T3000 vs Pentium Dual Core T4200. Both are 45 nm "penryn" Core 2 Duo derivatives, with 1MB cache vs. 2MB in the C2D T6500.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inte...al-core.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...45_nm.29_2

OVERCLOCKING:

A5000/A6000's based upon the MSI-1683 are GOOD OVERCLOCKERS with SVET's modded bios.
Search for posts by SVET (On MSI forum) , Hurtz777 for a detailed step by step overclocking guide.)


Sister units
As stated previously the 1683 motherboard is used on the 5000, and 6000 series. Same motherboard is used on various models.
This laptop is essentially the same as the MSI A5000-026US Notebook that was sold thru Circuit City.

This deal compared to the popular Acer Extensa 5230 a few days ago (2009-11?).

MSI has a Intel Celeron T3000 1.8GHz Processor (rank #98 on Notebookcheck.com benchmarks [notebookcheck.net]) vs the Celeron 900 2.2GHz ranked #181 on the same benchmark test. +1 MSI.
Screen resolution is different because one is 15.6" while the other is 15.4".
3GB DDR2 vs 2GB DDR2 memory. +1 MSI.
250GB HDD vs 160GB HDD. +1 MSI.
MSI Has HDMI. +1 MSI.
MSI has a 4-in1 card reader. +1 MSI.
Acer has 64-bit Win 7. +1 Acer.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-13-2009 11:00 PM

this looks sick... i toyed with keeping one of my acer deals for myself and upgrading the chip, ram and hdd, but this thing has it beat in terms of performance, and at a reasonable cost difference.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-13-2009 11:08 PM

anyone know the chipset?

cool_guysd 11-13-2009 11:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wiki Community Board (Post 24622613)
Don't underestimate this 1.8 GHz Celeron processor, because it is actually the BEST Celeron dual-core processor available. This processor (ranked #98, according to Notebookcheck.com benchmarks [notebookcheck.net], beats the M500 AMD II Processor (rank #99).

This laptop is essential the same as this Deal for the MSI A5000-026US Notebook for $400 AR @ Circuit city a few weeks ago that seemed to be pretty popular, and costs $80 less.

This deal compared to the popular Acer Extensa 5230 a few days ago.
This MSI has a Intel Celeron T3000 1.8GHz Processor (rank #98 on Notebookcheck.com benchmarks [notebookcheck.net]) vs the Celeron 900 2.2GHz ranked #181 on the same benchmark test. +1 MSI.
Screen resolution is different because one is 15.6" while the other is 15.4", but that TFT LCD may be worse than this WXGA Screen.
3GB DDR2 vs 2GB DDR2 memory. +1 MSI.
250GB HDD vs 160GB HDD. +1 MSI.
MSI Has HDMI. +1 MSI.
The only thing better about the Acer is that it was $70 cheaper (less if accounting for shipping and different cashback values), but for 1 extra GB of Memory, 90 extra GBs of storage, A better LCD display, MUCH better processor, HDMI, and possibly 10% Bing Cashback (vs the 5% from Bestbuy, of course).

The MSI laptop sold by Office depot 2 weeks back for $450 had great features too. But, MSI did a poor job configuring the hardware and the drivers. That's where HP/ Dell/ Lenovo beat the small guys like Acer and MSI.

There were plenty of problems http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1633178

jays92 11-13-2009 11:20 PM

Very good price.

The Celeron T3000 is actually virtually identical to the Pentium Dual Core T4200, but runs at 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz. Both are 45 nm "penryn" Core 2 Duo derivatives.

Both are similar to the Core 2 Duo T6500, but both have 1MB cache vs. 2MB. Indeed, the Celeron T3000 could be called the Pentium Dual Core T4000, because it is that similar to the T4200, other than clock speed (again, 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inte...al-core.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...45_nm.29_2

MSI is the only issue, as people in the MSI T6600 thread reported a few problems.

Other than quality, which could be fine, this is a great deal for the price.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-13-2009 11:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cool_guysd (Post 24622723)
The MSI laptop sold by Office depot 2 weeks back for $450 had great features too. But, MSI did a poor job configuring the hardware and the drivers. That's where HP/ Dell/ Lenovo beat the small guys like Acer and MSI.

There were plenty of problems http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1633178

I think MSI puts out a top notch product... I wonder if this laptop will incorporate "turbo" software features like alot of their laptops, allowing a nice OC, and use of setfsb to increase bus transport speed due to unlocked pll

sklar 11-13-2009 11:26 PM

Does this slab have a modem port? From looking at the reviews I could find, I dont see or hear mention of one.

My niece wants a laptop for xmas, but she lives out in the sticks. 70% of the time she'll have wireless access but the rest of the time she's at grandma's house and has only dial up access.

So no modem wont fly.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-13-2009 11:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jays92 (Post 24622787)
Very good price.

The Celeron T3000 is actually virtually identical to the Pentium Dual Core T4200, but runs at 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz. Both are 45 nm "penryn" Core 2 Duo derivatives.

Both are similar to the Core 2 Duo T6500, but both have 1MB cache vs. 2MB. Indeed, the Celeron T3000 could be called the Pentium Dual Core T4000, because it is that similar to the T4200, other than clock speed (again, 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inte...al-core.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...45_nm.29_2

MSI is the only issue, as people in the MSI T6600 thread reported a few problems.

Other than quality, which could be fine, this is a great deal for the price.

the only problems I personally have had with msi has been with drivers... although they are an easy fix

jays92 11-13-2009 11:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cool_guysd (Post 24622723)
The MSI laptop sold by Office depot 2 weeks back for $450 had great features too. But, MSI did a poor job configuring the hardware and the drivers. That's where HP/ Dell/ Lenovo beat the small guys like Acer and MSI.

There were plenty of problems http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1633178

Acer is moving fast, and is no longer small. A close 2nd to Dell, behind Dell and HP but above Lenovo in market share. Acer has one advantage in that you can find drivers on the US, Taiwan, and Europe sites.

sklar 11-13-2009 11:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jays92 (Post 24622787)
The Celeron T3000 is actually virtually identical to the Pentium Dual Core T4200, but runs at 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz. Both are 45 nm "penryn" Core 2 Duo derivatives.

Not exactly. While both are in fact 45nm derivatives, the celeron t3000 does not have speedstep. While I dont think that'll make a mountain of difference in battery life on a portable, for those who make minute demands on the processor and dont have the screen brightness turned way up, it'll make some battery life difference.

I like the pentium dual core vs core 2 duo performance differences for most users, but the dual core celeron does have a few fingers tied behind its back on portable battery life vs the pentium dual core and the core 2 duo in the same architectural range.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-13-2009 11:31 PM

BCB - 22.40 will put this at 297.60 they will charge tax so 346.40-22.40 = 324.00 all said and done

need more specs!!! what NB chipset does this msi lappy use?

mythus 11-13-2009 11:34 PM

i bought the acer from best buy, should i be feeling buyers remorse about now? i'm not very good with laptop technicalities.

jays92 11-13-2009 11:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sklar (Post 24622999)
Not exactly. While both are in fact 45nm derivatives, the celeron t3000 does not have speedstep. While I dont think that'll make a mountain of difference in battery life on a portable, for those who make minute demands on the processor and dont have the screen brightness turned way up, it'll make some battery life difference.

I like the pentium dual core vs core 2 duo performance differences for most users, but the dual core celeron does have a few fingers tied behind its back on portable battery life vs the pentium dual core and the core 2 duo in the same architectural range.

True, it is missing some features, that is why I said "virtually" the same. But good facts to point out.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mythus (Post 24623035)
i bought the acer from best buy, should i be feeling buyers remorse about now? i'm not very good with laptop technicalities.

You bought the $249 Acer? No, you should not feel any remorse. You have a great deal. You'll be able to resell it in 6 months for $249 if you so choose and get another one.

me6atron 11-13-2009 11:41 PM

delete

KingB 11-13-2009 11:44 PM

tempting

p0opstlnksal0t 11-13-2009 11:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mythus (Post 24623035)
i bought the acer from best buy, should i be feeling buyers remorse about now? i'm not very good with laptop technicalities.

no, you got a hell uva deal!

p0opstlnksal0t 11-13-2009 11:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sd.Marvelous (Post 24623115)
I wonder why a low end laptop like this one would need a dedicated GeForce chipset? The intel x4500 for a machine of this class would be better.

how so? Im not trying to argue? just curious??? is the x4500 clocked faster?

lightfoot3b 11-14-2009 12:02 AM

The only real problem was the lack of a scrolling touchpad. This is the laptop tigerdirect sold for $400 on win7 opener. This was a decent deal on the opener and is a better deal now. If you want a good laptop at netbook prices this is it. I do plan on grabbing one of these.

Nvidia 8200M-G is pretty much equal in power to intel's x4500. In gaming the 8200 edges the intel, in raw power benchmarks the intel edges the 8200. You aren't buying this for its gaming power anyway :)

terrydude47 11-14-2009 12:26 AM

32 or 64 bit?

The Acer is 64 bit.

Does it really matter for a 11 year old kid or a 65 year old grandma?

Redrotors 11-14-2009 12:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sklar (Post 24622889)
Does this slab have a modem port? From looking at the reviews I could find, I dont see or hear mention of one.

My niece wants a laptop for xmas, but she lives out in the sticks. 70% of the time she'll have wireless access but the rest of the time she's at grandma's house and has only dial up access.

So no modem wont fly.

If you are willing to spend a few more $ then a USB dial-up modem could solve that issue.

this was posted in the thread about the other MSI deal

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6825164005

Not something I need so you may want to comparison shop for price.

Could leave it at G-ma's house for others who arrive w/other new laptops/netbooks that don't have dialup modem

peppermint 11-14-2009 12:29 AM

To me it looks like a much better deal then the BB's $250 Acer. Will this be avialable online? OD closed all the stores near me

me6atron 11-14-2009 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by p0opstlnksal0t (Post 24623269)
how so? Im not trying to argue? just curious??? is the x4500 clocked faster?

Actually disregard my statement, I assumed since this notebook came with a Nvidia GPU, I thought it would be a lot more powerful and capable than the x4500 but however that is not the case. A strong GPU paired with a weak T3000 or similar model would make no sense at all hence my comment of the x4500 on this laptop would be better. The face is they are both very similar as the 8200M is also integrated but still Nvidia>>Intel GPUs in general that's not even an argument. Neither one paired with a T3000 will be able to satisfy serious gamers.


Quote:

Originally Posted by lightfoot3b (Post 24623367)
Nvidia 8200M-G is pretty much equal in power to intel's x4500. In gaming the 8200 edges the intel, in raw power benchmarks the intel edges the 8200. You aren't buying this for its gaming power anyway :)

100% correct, at first I thought the Geforce 8200M was a dedicated chipset until I just read up on it and it's an integrated chipset..although it is SLIGHTLY better than intel's x4500...neither one will satisfy gamers especially as it's paired a processor like a T3000...

8888 11-14-2009 12:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lightfoot3b (Post 24623367)
The only real problem was the lack of a scrolling touchpad.


are you stating there is an issue with the scrolling touchpad, or is there no scrolling ability whatsoever on the msi touchpad?

me6atron 11-14-2009 12:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by terrydude47 (Post 24623715)
32 or 64 bit?

The Acer is 64 bit.

Does it really matter for a 11 year old kid or a 65 year old grandma?

Well 1 thing matters...personally and those around me encounter way less software problems and bugs on 32-bit...it is the more stable of the 2. If you don't need 64 bit OS for any particular reason or programs you need to run...32-bit is a better choice for average consumers.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-14-2009 12:36 AM

so we still dont know what the NB chipset is? i cant find any detailed specs of this laptop

me6atron 11-14-2009 12:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jays92 (Post 24622787)
Very good price.

The Celeron T3000 is actually virtually identical to the Pentium Dual Core T4200, but runs at 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz. Both are 45 nm "penryn" Core 2 Duo derivatives.

Both are similar to the Core 2 Duo T6500, but both have 1MB cache vs. 2MB. Indeed, the Celeron T3000 could be called the Pentium Dual Core T4000, because it is that similar to the T4200, other than clock speed (again, 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inte...al-core.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...45_nm.29_2

MSI is the only issue, as people in the MSI T6600 thread reported a few problems.

Other than quality, which could be fine, this is a great deal for the price.

My question to you and anyone that has some knowledge on the T3000 and similar CPUs is:

How does the T3000 compare to the T3400 Merom in terms of real life performance??
On the benchmarks I see the T3400 Merom ahead of the T4200 Penryn and more ahead of the T3000.....The T3400 Merom has a slower FSB (667vs800) but has 0.1 more GHz than the T4200...would that make the T3400 a better processor than the T4200 and even more so when compared to this T3000 based on the benchmarks/rankings??? How about noticeable differences in real life performance??? thanks.

dtmamg 11-14-2009 12:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mythus (Post 24623035)
i bought the acer from best buy, should i be feeling buyers remorse about now? i'm not very good with laptop technicalities.

no need. the $2xx lap top is for what it is. you should look at your need, and the % increase in cost over this one. if you need/want all this msi feature, then return the BB acer. this is good for the above $3xx price range..i am just a number guy:look:

n64lsu 11-14-2009 12:53 AM

I got a preview of the OD ad for Sunday and it says "In store only." :(

It also says "Quantities limited. No rainchecks. Minimum 3 per store."

p0opstlnksal0t 11-14-2009 12:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by n64lsu (Post 24624035)
I got a preview of the OD ad for Sunday and it says "In store only." :(

It also says "Quantities limited. No rainchecks. Minimum 3 per store."

damn there goes bcb

doublecheck 11-14-2009 02:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lightfoot3b (Post 24623367)
The only real problem was the lack of a scrolling touchpad. This is the laptop tigerdirect sold for $400 on win7 opener. This was a decent deal on the opener and is a better deal now. If you want a good laptop at netbook prices this is it. I do plan on grabbing one of these.

Nvidia 8200M-G is pretty much equal in power to intel's x4500. In gaming the 8200 edges the intel, in raw power benchmarks the intel edges the 8200. You aren't buying this for its gaming power anyway :)

Do you know if Nvidia 8200M-G also accerlates 1080P contents? Intel does. Since this has HDMI, it makes sense to be able to smoothly play back any 1080P content. I'm guessing that the processor + the video should be fast enough to play back 1080P MKV movies?

ron111 11-14-2009 03:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mythus (Post 24623035)
i bought the acer from best buy, should i be feeling buyers remorse about now? i'm not very good with laptop technicalities.


I got the Best Buy Acer 5230 too after driving to 3 stores but I didn't open it coz I wanted to see if anyone could beat that deal.

YES, take it back and accept your 15% restocking fee punishment. At least you woud get more ram, dual core, 10 key, Xpress slot, and HDMI out.

mardeebo 11-14-2009 03:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ron111 (Post 24624619)

YES, take it back and accept your 15% restocking fee punishment. At least you woud get more ram, dual core, 10 key, Xpress slot, and HDMI out.

I successfully returned a laptop bought online w/o getting hit for the 15% restock fee just yesterday. Some stores don't have one. I also got my shipping back. YMMV

ron111 11-14-2009 03:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mardeebo (Post 24624641)
I successfully returned a laptop bought online w/o getting hit for the 15% restock fee just yesterday. Some stores don't have one. I also got my shipping back. YMMV

Good for you! Now we start from scratch. Oh yea, forgot to mention the memory card reader slot on the MSI too.

vsp 11-14-2009 04:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mardeebo (Post 24624641)
I successfully returned a laptop bought online w/o getting hit for the 15% restock fee just yesterday. Some stores don't have one. I also got my shipping back. YMMV

I can take one from anyone in Norther VA who is planning to return, need a cheap laptop for just browsing & email.

Defying_Odds 11-14-2009 05:27 AM

is this as good as a black friday deal?

also, how will this computer be for playing poker online/with other programs?

chemdude 11-14-2009 05:45 AM

does OD take competitor coupons??

2cheap4retail 11-14-2009 06:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cool_guysd (Post 24622723)
The MSI laptop sold by Office depot 2 weeks back for $450 had great features too. But, MSI did a poor job configuring the hardware and the drivers. That's where HP/ Dell/ Lenovo beat the small guys like Acer and MSI.

acer is the #2 computer manufacturer worldwide (behind hp), #1 in notebooks. hardly what you'd call "small"

cyberchic 11-14-2009 06:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chemdude (Post 24625483)
does OD take competitor coupons??

yes, however, excludes technology

DPTGator 11-14-2009 06:39 AM

I currently have DV4-1225DX. I checked the PassMark CPU list and noticed that this T3000 benchmarked better than the Turion X2 RM-72 that I have in my laptop. It even scores better than my other laptop's Core 2 Duo T5800?? Will this run as hot as my AMD does and would it work for all HD needs? I don't play any modern games. Thanks!

SoDe 11-14-2009 07:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sklar (Post 24622889)
Does this slab have a modem port? From looking at the reviews I could find, I dont see or hear mention of one.

My niece wants a laptop for xmas, but she lives out in the sticks. 70% of the time she'll have wireless access but the rest of the time she's at grandma's house and has only dial up access.

So no modem wont fly.

You could get the 50K modem for usb port, they have some on Amazon. That's what I have for when we have to use the dial up connection for our laptop.

roma11_22 11-14-2009 07:40 AM

i know people were telling that acer processor can be changed in 5 to 10 minutes and that chipset supports core 2 processor. Can anyone comment if we can upgrade this processor also to core 2 duo and is it easy to replace the processor.??? please need more input

Greygooser 11-14-2009 07:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by peppermint (Post 24623765)
To me it looks like a much better deal then the BB's $250 Acer. Will this be avialable online? OD closed all the stores near me

yup, me too. those bastards closed the only store in NH. Hope the deal is online as the OP implies, but someone posted it will be B&M only.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-14-2009 08:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by roma11_22 (Post 24627147)
i know people were telling that acer processor can be changed in 5 to 10 minutes and that chipset supports core 2 processor. Can anyone comment if we can upgrade this processor also to core 2 duo and is it easy to replace the processor.??? please need more input

I think this msi will actually have better chance of support for the new c2d chips in its bios... On that note however, we still dont know what this NB chipset for this laptop is, so its all really just speculation right now

Quote:

Originally Posted by rawlinsb (Post 24626169)
I currently have DV4-1225DX. I checked the PassMark CPU list and noticed that this T3000 benchmarked better than the Turion X2 RM-72 that I have in my laptop. It even scores better than my other laptop's Core 2 Duo T5800?? Will this run as hot as my AMD does and would it work for all HD needs? I don't play any modern games. Thanks!

the t3000 is the new generation 45nm chip... the t5800 is an older 65nm chip...

Redrotors 11-14-2009 08:56 AM

this MSI vs. the A6000-029US for $425???
 
Curious what you think?

I can buy a "like new" used MSI A6000-029US in this thread
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1633178
for $425, maybe $400.

vs. the one in this thread for $320 + $27 tax = $347

The used one is hardly used (less than two weeks old), has receipt, warranty registered already though w/orig. purchaser who is an acquaintance.

Which would you get? Why? Pitfalls - especially buying the "used" one?

BuKWiLd 11-14-2009 08:57 AM

For anyone in the harrisburg, pa or maryland area, I may be interested in taking the $250 acer

EC4U2C 11-14-2009 09:03 AM

I received my A5000-026US a couple of weeks ago for $399.99 from CCity. I have no complaints at all when it comes to drivers and pre-installed applications. Everything works fine as expected, especially the Touchpad scrolling thing. In fact, I didn't know about it till someone mentioned that they're having problems on A6000. Bottom line, everything works fine for me! I hooked up the HDMI port to my 42" HDTV and it shows 1080p, that's amazing!

The keyboard is fine except when typing messages on Gmail...grrrr... I have to go back for mispelled or missing characters. Typing this message in here at a speed has no problem.

Wish I can sell this one now and get a much cheaper deal tomorrow:look:

p0opstlnksal0t 11-14-2009 09:25 AM

I didnt think buying selling privately is allowed on here??? keep the private sales to craigslist and chill on the thread crapping.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-14-2009 09:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EC4U2C (Post 24628845)
I received my A5000-026US a couple of weeks ago for $399.99 from CCity. I have no complaints at all when it comes to drivers and pre-installed applications. Everything works fine as expected, especially the Touchpad scrolling thing. In fact, I didn't know about it till someone mentioned that they're having problems on A6000. Bottom line, everything works fine for me! I hooked up the HDMI port to my 42" HDTV and it shows 1080p, that's amazing!

The keyboard is fine except when typing messages on Gmail...grrrr... I have to go back for mispelled or missing characters. Typing this message in here at a speed has no problem.

Wish I can sell this one now and get a much cheaper deal tomorrow:look:

does you laptop have any kind of "turbo" feature or software that boosts its speed?

yourspam 11-14-2009 09:28 AM

What do people think of this Toshiba going at OD for $349?
http://www.officedepot.com/a/prod...5980-15-6/

Same processor with 250GB, 2GB ram, 4500M graphic, no HDMI.

You think if I grab the MSI today they'll let me pricematch tomorrow?

p0opstlnksal0t 11-14-2009 09:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yourspam (Post 24629361)
What do people think of this Toshiba going at OD for $349?
http://www.officedepot.com/a/prod...5980-15-6/

Same processor with 250GB, 2GB ram, 4500M graphic, no HDMI.

You think if I grab the MSI today they'll let me pricematch tomorrow?

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M with 1 gb less ram... id say not as good... plus im kinda partial to MSI... they make excellent laptops

orangedawg 11-14-2009 09:33 AM

How does this compare with the Walmart $300 computer of last week? I got one of those, but am debating this.

hurtz777 11-14-2009 09:47 AM

I am also wondering if Nvidia System Tools will overclock CPU and GPU on this notebook. Does it work with the MSI A6000 because if it does then it should work with this one. This chip should overclock like crazy with minimal heat. I would think you could possibly overclock the FSB from 800 to 1066 giving you 2.4Ghz which would beat the T6600 and hang with the T9300. I haven't seen any Nvidia chipsets that their system tools doesn't work on so this should work. The lower the cache on CPU means less heat and higher clock speeds! I might jump on this deal if someone can verify that the system tools can overclock from 800 to 1066FSB. At $329 this would be the deal of a century!

Lawhorns04 11-14-2009 09:50 AM

Is this a better deal than the Lennovo from newegg yesterday? I know the newegg is on backorder, but you can still order it.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-14-2009 09:53 AM

id think a t6600 for around 60 bucks on ebay would be a nice drop in... you could sell this celly to one of the "250.00 acer deal" guys and reclaim some money back... this dual core celly would make a worthwhile upgrade to one of those single core acer laptops!!!

for about 60bucks + ship is what ive seen the t6600 pulled chips going for adds 400mhz

for reference here are passmark scores of various chips:

t9300:1672
t6600: 1515
t3000: 1171
celeron 900: 795

Quote:

Originally Posted by hurtz777 (Post 24629727)
I am also wondering if Nvidia System Tools will overclock CPU and GPU on this notebook. Does it work with the MSI A6000 because if it does then it should work with this one. This chip should overclock like crazy with minimal heat.

thats what im thinking

nowlen 11-14-2009 10:27 AM

Oh, holy keeper of the thread...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by p0opstlnksal0t (Post 24629289)
I didnt think buying selling privately is allowed on here??? keep the private sales to craigslist and chill on the thread crapping.

I'm sure your response as the self-appointed moderator will have the poster begging a thousand pardons. But your post is not threadcrapping???? Duh! And that username, poopstinksalot ???? - how fitting. Your posts stink a lot too!

Repeat after me: "Goosefrabba, Goosefrabba...."

detox76 11-14-2009 10:57 AM

Guys how this is compare to yesterdays

Lenovo G550 (2958-ACU) Laptop for $400 with free shipping.

Specs:
Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300 (2.10GHz)
15.6" LED Backlight Display (1366x768)
3GB DDR3 Memory
250GB Hard Drive
DVD±R/RW
Integrated Graphics
802.11b/g Wireless LAN
Built-in Webcam
6-cell lithium ion Battery
Windows 7 Home Premium
Weight 5.95 lbs

I got this on backorder, which one is better?

Thanks for any input

EC4U2C 11-14-2009 11:28 AM

Baseless...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by p0opstlnksal0t (Post 24629289)
I didnt think buying selling privately is allowed on here??? keep the private sales to craigslist and chill on the thread crapping.

Do you have proof in this thread to support your allegations? Perhaps you can read but somehow refused to understand what you are reading.
We are all here to share information and express our opinions. That is what this forum is all about. If you can't do just that then refrain from bashing and flaming members. In fact, you are the one who is trying to crapped and clutter up this forum. Grow up dude!

Quote:

Originally Posted by p0opstlnksal0t (Post 24629347)
does you laptop have any kind of "turbo" feature or software that boosts its speed?

none that I know of.

samstoia 11-14-2009 11:34 AM

in store only? any final word on this? do we just have to wait until tomorrow? when would it be definitive either way?

cisk 11-14-2009 11:43 AM

Is the "3 year limited warranty" a plus?

me6atron 11-14-2009 11:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by detox76 (Post 24631117)
Guys how this is compare to yesterdays

Lenovo G550 (2958-ACU) Laptop for $400 with free shipping.

Specs:
Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300 (2.10GHz)
15.6" LED Backlight Display (1366x768)
3GB DDR3 Memory
250GB Hard Drive
DVD±R/RW
Integrated Graphics
802.11b/g Wireless LAN
Built-in Webcam
6-cell lithium ion Battery
Windows 7 Home Premium
Weight 5.95 lbs

I got this on backorder, which one is better?

Thanks for any input

personally I'd go with Lenovo...they make great quality notebooks and the T4200 is better than the T3000 and the Lenovo has new DDR3 memory....this deal after tax is going to be almost $350...
$350 vs. $400 isn't a biggie for me

xlnc 11-14-2009 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cyberchic (Post 24626031)
Quote:

Originally Posted by chemdude (Post 24625483)
does OD take competitor coupons??

yes, however, excludes technology

Not true. As stated in OD's Low Price Guarantee policy, they accept competitors' coupons (in-store only) subject to the terms and conditions listed on the coupon. If the coupon does not exclude tech items then OD should accept it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by p0opstlnksal0t (Post 24629347)
does you laptop have any kind of "turbo" feature or software that boosts its speed?

If you drop the laptop flat from a ten-story building, it will go fast. If you turn it on its edge before dropping it, then it will go faster. So that's kind of a turbo mode.

detox76 11-14-2009 12:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sd.Marvelous (Post 24632213)
personally I'd go with Lenovo...they make great quality notebooks and the T4200 is better than the T3000 and the Lenovo has new DDR3 memory....this deal after tax is going to be almost $350...
$350 vs. $400 isn't a biggie for me



Thanks

peppermint 11-14-2009 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sd.Marvelous (Post 24632213)
personally I'd go with Lenovo...they make great quality notebooks and the T4200 is better than the T3000 and the Lenovo has new DDR3 memory....this deal after tax is going to be almost $350...
$350 vs. $400 isn't a biggie for me

Lenovo has tax too.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-14-2009 12:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by detox76 (Post 24631117)
Guys how this is compare to yesterdays

Lenovo G550 (2958-ACU) Laptop for $400 with free shipping.

Specs:
Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300 (2.10GHz)
15.6" LED Backlight Display (1366x768)
3GB DDR3 Memory
250GB Hard Drive
DVD±R/RW
Integrated Graphics
802.11b/g Wireless LAN
Built-in Webcam
6-cell lithium ion Battery
Windows 7 Home Premium
Weight 5.95 lbs

I got this on backorder, which one is better?

Thanks for any input

well the t4300 rates about 200 points higher in passmark so its has a nice bump in processor speed over the celly... I dont think you would notice this difference in the real world... that being said, after tax on both this deal looks to save you about 80-100 bucks... I personally think the quality of lenovo is better than msi... but thats not to say the msi is bad quality. what integrated graphics does the lenovo sport? intel x4500?

me6atron 11-14-2009 12:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by peppermint (Post 24632551)
Lenovo has tax too.

I believe he/she was talking the one on NEWEGG...it's no tax to any other states besides NJ and CA

vsp 11-14-2009 12:22 PM

With BING CB, this would come to around $300 including tax (mine is 5%). So, the difference between the Newegg's Lenevo and this one would be $100

me6atron 11-14-2009 12:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by p0opstlnksal0t (Post 24632603)
well the t4300 rates about 200 points higher in passmark so its has a nice bump in processor speed over the celly... I dont think you would notice this difference in the real world... that being said, after tax on both this deal looks to save you about 80-100 bucks... I personally think the quality of lenovo is better than msi... but thats not to say the msi is bad quality. what integrated graphics does the lenovo sport? intel x4500?

Unless you live in CA or NJ...there is no tax on the Lenovo on Newegg...and if you want to be technical the MSI should be a B&M deal that means you can't use BingCB...Newegg 2% makes the Lenovo $392 vs MSI $348...I would rather spend the difference on the Lenovo for obvious reasons but that is just me....and yes the Lenovo has the X4500 which in the benchmarks is actually nearly the same as the integrated 8200M (but I'd still prefer Nvidia over Intel anything related to a GPU) - but neither will be able to satisfy serious gamers so there is nothing much to worry about there.

Quote:

Originally Posted by vsp (Post 24632813)
With BING, this would come to around $300 including tax (mine is 5%). So, the difference between the Newegg's Lenevo and this one would be $100

this MIGHT only be a B&M deal...don't think anyone can be too sure until Sunday.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-14-2009 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sd.Marvelous (Post 24632823)
Unless you live in CA or NJ...there is no tax on the Lenovo on Newegg...and if you want to be technical the MSI should be a B&M deal that means you can't use BingCB...Newegg 2% makes the Lenovo $392 vs MSI $348...I would rather spend the difference on the Lenovo for obvious reasons but that is just me....and yes the Lenovo has the X4500 which in the benchmarks is actually nearly the same as the integrated 8200M (but I'd still prefer Nvidia over Intel anything related to a GPU) - but neither will be able to satisfy serious gamers so there is nothing much to worry about there.


this MIGHT only be a B&M deal...don't think anyone can be too sure until Sunday.

you are right. this msi looks to be aobut 350 after tax B&M only... the lenovo looks like it could be had for under 400.... so a difference of about 42 bucks... If the msi or Nvidia system tools on this MSI lappy allow any overclocking features (which alot of them do) I think a small OC would potentially put this celly chipped MSI on par with a t6600 equipped laptop

Quote:

Originally Posted by nowlen (Post 24630551)
I'm sure your response as the self-appointed moderator will have the poster begging a thousand pardons. But your post is not threadcrapping???? Duh! And that username, poopstinksalot ???? - how fitting. Your posts stink a lot too!

Repeat after me: "Goosefrabba, Goosefrabba...."



Quote:

Originally Posted by EC4U2C (Post 24631675)
Do you have proof in this thread to support your allegations? Perhaps you can read but somehow refused to understand what you are reading.
We are all here to share information and express our opinions. That is what this forum is all about. If you can't do just that then refrain from bashing and flaming members. In fact, you are the one who is trying to crapped and clutter up this forum. Grow up dude!


none that I know of.


sorry guys, sometimes i get a little carried away...

detox76 11-14-2009 12:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sd.Marvelous (Post 24632711)
I believe he/she was talking the one on NEWEGG...it's no tax to any other states besides NJ and CA



Yep, $400 total, no tax , no shipping.

Defying_Odds 11-14-2009 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Defying_Odds (Post 24625361)
is this as good as a black friday deal?

also, how will this computer be for playing poker online/with other programs?

any 1?

hurtz777 11-14-2009 12:54 PM

I decided to go to OD and check out the notebook. They had 3 in stock for $479.99 regular price and none on display. They will definitely go on sale tomorrow at $319.99 with instant rebate. I took a look at the MSI A6000 they had on display and I am actually impressed with the build quality and the CPU fan duct was on the side and the T6600 was running nice and cool and I couldn't hear the fan with my ear right up next to it. The 16" LED backlit screen look nice and crisp with good color reproduction and not too much blue tint like other LED backlit screens. The device manager was locked out but the specs on OD's program showed Atheros AR9285 half height wireless N card which is only one stream and can only connect at 150mbps rather then 300-450mbps like Intel 5300-5350 wireless N full height cards. If the A5000 doesn't have a full height mini pcie slot that can support Intel 5300-5350 it is for sure a no go for me. I also noticed that there was a "warranty void" sticker on the bottom plate. I think this is a very bad move from MSI. They are basically telling you that you can never upgrade your RAM with more capacity such as dual channel 2X2GB DDR2 800, or upgrade hard drive to 7200RPM or SSD or even just a bigger hard drive without voiding your supposed 3 year warranty first. I have worked on tons of different notebooks and none of them have the voided warranty sticker on the RAM and HDD compartments. Of course you can probably break out the heat gun and gently peel the sticker over. ;-) Would any of you brave MSI A6000 owners be willing to take the bottom plate off and see if you have a full size mini pcie slot or only half size slot? Also please install NVIDIA System Tools 6.05 from http://www.nvidia.com/object/nvid..._6.05.html and see if you can adjust CPU FSB and GPU speed from the PERFORMANCE tab in the NVIDIA control panel. I am pretty sure you should be able to adjust both and overclock in software mode safely. If you are able to overclock properly and the notebook has a full size mini pcie slot that can fit both half height and full height mini pcie card I might just have to get one of these tomorrow. Please respond ASAP. Thanks! :bulb:

me6atron 11-14-2009 12:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by p0opstlnksal0t (Post 24633005)
you are right. this msi looks to be aobut 350 after tax B&M only... the lenovo looks like it could be had for under 400.... so a difference of about 42 bucks... If the msi or Nvidia system tools on this MSI lappy allow any overclocking features (which alot of them do) I think a small OC would potentially put this celly chipped MSI on par with a t6600 equipped laptop

Yea...if you can sell the celly chip and upgrade it with a better chip like one of T6000's...it should be ALOT better...laptop manufacturers should use the integrated nvidia GPU on any notebook that is equipped with one of the T6000's C2D processors or better...and leave everything T4000's and under with the Intel X4500...that would make a lot more sense..even if benchmarks say both GPUs are a wash I'd stil prefer to have a Nvidia gpu over an intel one any day of the week.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Defying_Odds (Post 24633379)
any 1?

Look for SIMILAR deals on Black Friday I would assume the cheapest budget notebook with a dual core intel processor of this class and similar will be around $325-350 during Black Friday. And yes, it is more than enough to handle online poker and basic consumer apps..:nod:

peppermint 11-14-2009 01:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sd.Marvelous (Post 24632711)
I believe he/she was talking the one on NEWEGG...it's no tax to any other states besides NJ and CA

Thanks for pointing that out. I am thinking OD is not going to make it available online given that they have only 3 per store. Atleast BB had enough qtys on hand for their prmo, OD is just playing tricks

p0opstlnksal0t 11-14-2009 02:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hurtz777 (Post 24633571)
I decided to go to OD and check out the notebook. They had 3 in stock for $479.99 regular price and none on display. They will definitely go on sale tomorrow at $319.99 with instant rebate. I took a look at the MSI A6000 they had on display and I am actually impressed with the build quality and the CPU fan duct was on the side and the T6600 was running nice and cool and I couldn't hear the fan with my ear right up next to it. The 16" LED backlit screen look nice and crisp with good color reproduction and not too much blue tint like other LED backlit screens. The device manager was locked out but the specs on OD's program showed Atheros AR9285 half height wireless N card which is only one stream and can only connect at 150mbps rather then 300-450mbps like Intel 5300-5350 wireless N full height cards. If the A5000 doesn't have a full height mini pcie slot that can support Intel 5300-5350 it is for sure a no go for me. I also noticed that there was a "warranty void" sticker on the bottom plate. I think this is a very bad move from MSI. They are basically telling you that you can never upgrade your RAM with more capacity such as dual channel 2X2GB DDR2 800, or upgrade hard drive to 7200RPM or SSD or even just a bigger hard drive without voiding your supposed 3 year warranty first. I have worked on tons of different notebooks and none of them have the voided warranty sticker on the RAM and HDD compartments. Of course you can probably break out the heat gun and gently peel the sticker over. ;-) Would any of you brave MSI A6000 owners be willing to take the bottom plate off and see if you have a full size mini pcie slot or only half size slot? Also please install NVIDIA System Tools 6.05 from http://www.nvidia.com/object/nvid..._6.05.html and see if you can adjust CPU FSB and GPU speed from the PERFORMANCE tab in the NVIDIA control panel. I am pretty sure you should be able to adjust both and overclock in software mode safely. If you are able to overclock properly and the notebook has a full size mini pcie slot that can fit both half height and full height mini pcie card I might just have to get one of these tomorrow. Please respond ASAP. Thanks! :bulb:

good info and thanks for the linkage. i may just pick one up and d/l this program to see it OC abilities... if i cant OC this rig, i might return it and wait for a better deal... the thought of swapping in a t6600 also runs through my mind, but at the expense of opening her up and voiding warranty, i might pass...

Defying_Odds 11-14-2009 02:32 PM

does anyone have an example of coupon that OD will take? I think it was posted somewhere they would take a competitor coupon

p0opstlnksal0t 11-14-2009 02:49 PM

If it uses any of these mainboard chipsets it should support all 800mhz fsb c2d chips

PM965
GM965
PM45
GM45

hurtz777 11-14-2009 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by p0opstlnksal0t (Post 24635405)
If it uses any of these mainboard chipsets it should support all 800mhz fsb c2d chips

PM965
GM965
PM45
GM45

The spec for the GF 8200M chipset states up 1066FSB support using Socket P which means even a 1066FSB 3,06GHZ T9900 C2D should work as long as BIOS has support for it. I just want to overclock the stock 800FSB Celeron to 1066FSB on stock 1-1.25vcore for 2.4ghz clock. That would make this an amazing notebook for $319.99!

wombat94 11-14-2009 03:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by p0opstlnksal0t (Post 24635405)
If it uses any of these mainboard chipsets it should support all 800mhz fsb c2d chips

PM965
GM965
PM45
GM45

I'm pretty sure the A5000 is based on the MSI MS-1683-ID1 Barebones system - and is sold under their own name.

The specs all seem to line up - NVidia 8200 graphics, 1366 x 768 display, HDMI, express card, 4-in-1 card reader, Socket P for the processor.

According to this spec page Link [msiwhitebook.com] the chipset is the NVIDIA® MCP79MVL

Ted

huge 11-14-2009 03:33 PM

what's the difference between tft lcd and wxga?

wombat94 11-14-2009 03:40 PM

Further follow up - this appears to be the same thing as the MSI CR600 series - same specs throiugh and through including the chipset, HDMI, graphics, etc.

The link for drivers from the page in my previous post takes you to the CR600 page.

There's not a WHOLE lot more info out there about the CR600 - but at least there's some.

I have confirmed that both the A5000 and CR600 are based on the same MSI barebones chassis.

wombat94 11-14-2009 03:48 PM

Okay... looking at pictures and specs, it definitely is a clone of the CR600.

Check out the newegg page on the CR600-013US

Link [newegg.com]

Average 5 egg rating (24 reviews overall) at $529.99.

The only differences between the CR600-013 and the A5000-025 are the CR600 has Pentium Dual Core T4200 and 320GB hard drive - otherwise, they look identical. (Except that the CR600 is listed as Vista Home Premium - but would probably qualify for Win7 upgrade).

The $210.00 price difference is huge given that you could replace the T3000 with a T4200 for about a net $30.00 at most if you resell your current chip.

I'm definitely going to try to grab one of these in the morning.

Ted

jays92 11-14-2009 03:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mardeebo (Post 24624641)
I successfully returned a laptop bought online w/o getting hit for the 15% restock fee just yesterday. Some stores don't have one. I also got my shipping back. YMMV

Seriously, why would you tell someone to take 15% restocking fee on a $249 computer, to buy a $320 computer.

15% of $249 is about $37. I have seen Craigslist ads for the $249 Acer for between $300 and $420!

You can always post an add on CL and offer to sell your $249 Acer for cost (including any local tax), or even a 5% discount. It is new, you have a receipt, and it is no longer available for $249.

Be honest about the price you paid in your ad, say you got it on a one day (now-expired) sale for an ultra-low price, but you changed your mind and you want to avoid restocking fees, and you will most likely get a buyer.

Or, keep it. The $249 Acer was still a good deal.

ShIzNiTs 11-14-2009 04:05 PM

Hmm... 4 MSI laptops or one quad-core dv8t. Oh well.

is_250 11-14-2009 04:38 PM

Like Hurtz777 said, my local store also only has 3 in stock as well. After reading that, Im glad I pulled the trigger. I went ahead and bought one today at regular price and gonna price match for the difference in a couple days.

hurtz777 11-14-2009 04:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by is_250 (Post 24637251)
Like Hurtz777 said, my local store also only has 3 in stock as well. After reading that, Im glad I pulled the trigger. I went ahead and bought one today at regular price and gonna price match for the difference in a couple days.

is_250,

Will you please install the Nvidia System Tools and try to overclock the CPU and GPU via the performance tab and tell us if it allowed overclocking and how far it overclocks stable? Did it come with Win7 HP 64Bit preloaded and does it have bluetooth module like it should going by the barebone design. I am right on the edge of buying this now. ;-)

dmighty 11-14-2009 04:46 PM

Noob here, so pardon my ignorance....

I just signed up for a bing account to take advantage of the cash back rewards.
My question is, how do i go about purchasing this unit tomorrow online and receiving the cash back option. Do i just go to the bing cash back search and search for the laptop or home depot and go from there? Or is there another option.

Is the Processor upgradeable? I saw mentions of this throughout the thread.
if so, assuming the bios can support, which processors can it support

Thanks for your feedback

hurtz777 11-14-2009 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wombat94 (Post 24636043)
I'm pretty sure the A5000 is based on the MSI MS-1683-ID1 Barebones system - and is sold under their own name.

The specs all seem to line up - NVidia 8200 graphics, 1366 x 768 display, HDMI, express card, 4-in-1 card reader, Socket P for the processor.

According to this spec page Link [msiwhitebook.com] the chipset is the NVIDIA® MCP79MVL

Ted

Wombat94,

I think you are right! They definitely should be identical as far as mainboard and chassis. Thank you for posting link to the internal's pic showing that it has a full\half height mini pcie port. The Atheros N WLAN it has should be half height just like the A6000 has. Looks like a great design inside for sure. It should also have a LED backlit LCD. Hopefully someone who bought it today can install the Nvidia System Tools and see if it overclocks properly. ;-) If it overclocks it will finish the deal right.

gpister 11-14-2009 05:00 PM

When exactly does the deal start 12:00 a.m. of Sunday?

smartdeals 11-14-2009 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by liko (Post 24637773)
When exactly does the deal start 12:00 a.m. of Sunday?

i thought the deal is in-store only
your OD open at 12am or you expect the deal online also?

link626 11-14-2009 05:12 PM

i'm more interested in an application that can UNDERCLOCK this cpu to save battery juice.....

anyone know of any prog?

hurtz777 11-14-2009 06:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by link626 (Post 24637977)
i'm more interested in an application that can UNDERCLOCK this cpu to save battery juice.....

anyone know of any prog?

I use RMClock 2.35 to undervolt my T3400 from 1.25v to 1.05v stable. It will also allow you to choose a lower multiplier to underclock your CPU but the CPU has to support Intel Speedstep or AMD Cool & Quiet. The Celeron T3000 doesn't have speedstep so you can't underclock with RMClock, but you might be able to with Nvidia System Tools.

mannyaguilar 11-14-2009 06:27 PM

Shipping???
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by smartdeals (Post 24637899)
i thought the deal is in-store only
your OD open at 12am or you expect the deal online also?

Well, the OP wrote:

Officedepot [officedepot.com] will have, starting Sunday, the MSI A5000-025US 15.6" Laptop for $320 + Free Shipping.

I assume this will be online also since he mentions shipping.

Anyone knows if it will start midnight?

LostOranges 11-14-2009 06:56 PM

battery?
 
First post, been lurking for a laptop deal for a while now.

So, I don't think anyone has mentioned this but you have 14 days to return it with no restocking fee as long as you don't open it. For those, like me, who are waiting until BF, you could buy it and hang on to it un-opened to see if something better turns up.

Anyone know where I could get a better battery and how much a it would be? I don't really want a netbook and am quite happy with my current 15" laptop's screen size but I would like a decent battery life this time around (maybe 6 hrs).

CodWaPeace 11-14-2009 07:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LostOranges (Post 24639889)
First post, been lurking for a laptop deal for a while now.

So, I don't think anyone has mentioned this but you have 14 days to return it with no restocking fee as long as you don't open it. For those, like me, who are waiting until BF, you could buy it and hang on to it un-opened to see if something better turns up.

Anyone know where I could get a better battery and how much a it would be? I don't really want a netbook and am quite happy with my current 15" laptop's screen size but I would like a decent battery life this time around (maybe 6 hrs).

You will need a 9 or 12 cell battery. You can find that when you buy a configure to order laptops on dell, hp or lenovo.

Jacads 11-14-2009 07:23 PM

I see bing shopping is showing 7% cash back right now. Any search words to locate 10%?


Thanks

cheaplikeafox 11-14-2009 07:24 PM

i decided to get it today and have them pricematch it tomorrow. So I went to the store and they had 3 left. The salesman kept pushing me to get the 2 year warranty...and then he pushed me to get a bag. He didn't know where the laptop was but I saw him flip one of the signs showing it for $319.99 originally $479.99. He told me I should wait until tomorrow to get it. I told him I had work tomorrow and I was just going to get it at the full price. Then, he pushed for me to get the warranty and the manager said if I bought it for full price he would give me the warranty for free. I declined. The salesman then asked me pushed me for the $30 optimization similiar to best buy's deal.

Later, the manager came to talk to me and I was explaining how I was going to get it pricematched the next day. He told me he could just give it to me for the sale price tonight instead. I thought that was pretty nice of him even though the salesperson was a little annoying pushing for the warranty for like 10 minutes. I hope I can return the walmart purchase! With a webcam and HDMI and slightly better processor I think it's better than the $299.99 walmart deal. Hopefully there are no problems with MSI.

hurtz777 11-14-2009 07:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cheaplikeafox (Post 24640435)
i decided to get it today and have them pricematch it tomorrow. So I went to the store and they had 3 left. The salesman kept pushing me to get the 2 year warranty...and then he pushed me to get a bag. He didn't know where the laptop was but I saw him flip one of the signs showing it for $319.99 originally $479.99. He told me I should wait until tomorrow to get it. I told him I had work tomorrow and I was just going to get it at the full price. Then, he pushed for me to get the warranty and the manager said if I bought it for full price he would give me the warranty for free. I declined. The salesman then asked me pushed me for the $30 optimization similiar to best buy's deal.

Later, the manager came to talk to me and I was explaining how I was going to get it pricematched the next day. He told me he could just give it to me for the sale price tonight instead. I thought that was pretty nice of him even though the salesperson was a little annoying pushing for the warranty for like 10 minutes. I hope I can return the walmart purchase! With a webcam and HDMI and slightly better processor I think it's better than the $299.99 walmart deal. Hopefully there are no problems with MSI.

Cheaplikeafox,

Will you please install Nvidia System Tools and see if it will overclock CPU FSB?

is_250 11-14-2009 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by hurtz777 (Post 24637335)
is_250,

Will you please install the Nvidia System Tools and try to overclock the CPU and GPU via the performance tab and tell us if it allowed overclocking and how far it overclocks stable? Did it come with Win7 HP 64Bit preloaded and does it have bluetooth module like it should going by the barebone design. I am right on the edge of buying this now. ;-)

Honestly, I would but im not sure how to do it. Not to mention, Im waiting to crack it open tomorrow after I get the store to price match.



Quote:

Originally Posted by cheaplikeafox (Post 24640435)
i decided to get it today and have them pricematch it tomorrow. So I went to the store and they had 3 left. The salesman kept pushing me to get the 2 year warranty...and then he pushed me to get a bag. He didn't know where the laptop was but I saw him flip one of the signs showing it for $319.99 originally $479.99. He told me I should wait until tomorrow to get it. I told him I had work tomorrow and I was just going to get it at the full price. Then, he pushed for me to get the warranty and the manager said if I bought it for full price he would give me the warranty for free. I declined. The salesman then asked me pushed me for the $30 optimization similiar to best buy's deal.

Later, the manager came to talk to me and I was explaining how I was going to get it pricematched the next day. He told me he could just give it to me for the sale price tonight instead. I thought that was pretty nice of him even though the salesperson was a little annoying pushing for the warranty for like 10 minutes. I hope I can return the walmart purchase! With a webcam and HDMI and slightly better processor I think it's better than the $299.99 walmart deal. Hopefully there are no problems with MSI.

You lucky dog!... Manager didnt even offer me that option. Im gonna head back to the store tomorrow to price match.

FYI: Office Depot's Pricematch policy is only within 7 days of purchase... Well thats what the csr told me over the phone.

link626 11-14-2009 07:52 PM

i just picked up this laptop tonight.

i'm in the los angeles area, and I called up a few stores. Each of them only has 2 in stock.
OD.com shows every store within 20 miles has this in stock. But i bet they each only have 2.

i found it fishy why each store had exactly 2 in stock, no more, no less.

it doesn't take a genius to figure out this is just a trick to get you in the door.

the barcode label on my box said "2 of 2", and the store only had 2 in stock.

cheaplikeafox 11-14-2009 07:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by is_250 (Post 24640615)
Honestly, I would but im not sure how to do it. Not to mention, Im waiting to crack it open tomorrow after I get the store to price match.


You lucky dog!... Manager didnt even offer me that option. Im gonna head back to the store tomorrow to price match.

FYI: Office Depot's Pricematch policy is only within 7 days of purchase... Well thats what the csr told me over the phone.

i have to return my walmart laptop first before I open the msi...i don't remember if they have a restocking policy or not on their computers. Yeah that's the first time someone's offered to pricematch BEFORE the actual sale started! The salesman put like 6 stickers of the restocking fee/exchange only policy on my laptop box...did they do that to you too?

cheaplikeafox 11-14-2009 07:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by link626 (Post 24641069)
i just picked up this laptop tonight.

i'm in the los angeles area, and I called up a few stores. Each of them only has 2 in stock.
OD.com shows every store within 20 miles has this in stock. But i bet they each only have 2.

i found it fishy why each store had exactly 2 in stock, no more, no less.

it doesn't take a genius to figure out this is just a trick to get you in the door.

the barcode label on my box said "2 of 2", and the store only had 2 in stock.

how is it a trick to get you in the store if they advertise that there are only 3 per store minimum?

is_250 11-14-2009 08:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cheaplikeafox (Post 24641125)
i have to return my walmart laptop first before I open the msi...i don't remember if they have a restocking policy or not on their computers. Yeah that's the first time someone's offered to pricematch BEFORE the actual sale started! The salesman put like 6 stickers of the restocking fee/exchange only policy on my laptop box...did they do that to you too?

Yes, they actually put a huge red sticker over the box tape with the return policy.

Wal-mart has no restocking fee as long as its not opened and returned within 15 days. BB has 15% if opened and within 14 days. Actually, I just returned an Acer to wal-mart that was $348 and another HP from BB that was $429. I actually caught a break at BB because the geek squad opens every PC at my store. I returned it after I opened it w/o the restocking fee after arguing with them that my pc isnt new. Apperantly all of them were like that, so they refunded my money. Actually worked out for me in the end.

link626 11-14-2009 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by cheaplikeafox (Post 24641177)
how is it a trick to get you in the store if they advertise that there are only 3 per store minimum?

is my english that f'd up?

when i say i have a minimum of 3, I mean i have AT LEAST 3 available.

3 minimum = 3 or more

that is different from 3 maximum.

in my case, the store had 2 maximum. tomorrow morning, there will only be 1 left.

cheaplikeafox 11-14-2009 08:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by is_250 (Post 24641713)
Yes, they actually put a huge red sticker over the box tape with the return policy.

Wal-mart has no restocking fee as long as its not opened and returned within 15 days. BB has 15% if opened and within 14 days. Actually, I just returned an Acer to wal-mart that was $348 and another HP from BB that was $429. I actually caught a break at BB because the geek squad opens every PC at my store. I returned it after I opened it w/o the restocking fee after arguing with them that my pc isnt new. Apperantly all of them were like that, so they refunded my money. Actually worked out for me in the end.

so is it 15% restocking fee at walmart if opened? I didn't see this policy on their receipt or online. According to laptopmag's blog, walmart, staples, and HP don't charge restocking fees.

thanks

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Originally Posted by link626 (Post 24641885)
is my english that f'd up?

when i say i have a minimum of 3, I mean i have AT LEAST 3 available.

3 minimum = 3 or more

that is different from 3 maximum.

in my case, the store had 2 maximum. tomorrow morning, there will only be 1 left.

yeah i guess it's a little deceiving...maybe some people just bought it today to get it pricematched for tomorrow though so they would have had 3 but now they don't.

ron111 11-14-2009 08:40 PM

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Originally Posted by p0opstlnksal0t (Post 24622521)
this looks sick... i toyed with keeping one of my acer deals for myself and upgrading the chip, ram and hdd, but this thing has it beat in terms of performance, and at a reasonable cost difference.

Ditto that! I wasted a few gallons of gas going to different Best Buys. Wound up with a Geek Squad version of the Acer 5230 for $285 with recovery discs. This one from Office Depot is clearly better! That dual CPU, larger hard drive, 10 key, memory card reader, HDMI OUT, and 3gb RAM add up to 6 additional features worth more than $70. If been all over the internet looking for a better HDMI laptop deal and can't find it.

I do think Acer has a better support website though. This model isn't even listed on the MSI website.

mugenc 11-14-2009 09:04 PM

Original Price: $639.99
Instant Savings: -$160.00
Checkout Price: $479.99

and in store only.

What a f'ing joke.

lex2 11-14-2009 09:06 PM

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Originally Posted by mugenc (Post 24642489)
Original Price: $639.99
Instant Savings: -$160.00
Checkout Price: $479.99

and in store only.

What a f'ing joke.

so much for the slick deal

cheaplikeafox 11-14-2009 09:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mugenc (Post 24642489)
Original Price: $639.99
Instant Savings: -$160.00
Checkout Price: $479.99

and in store only.

What a f'ing joke.

they probably just updated the price wrong...they did that with the MSI-A6000 computer a couple of weeks ago. It's definitely in-store only deal anyway for $319.99. I saw the sign in store too. I guess you can use bing for in-store pick up though but they might not honor in-store pickups.

mugenc 11-14-2009 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cheaplikeafox (Post 24642525)
they probably just updated the price wrong...they did that with the MSI-A6000 computer a couple of weeks ago. It's definitely in-store only deal anyway for $319.99. I saw the sign in store too. I guess you can use bing for in-store pick up though!

Was hoping to use 7% bing to offset by 7% tax, but now it does not look like I'll be able to score any in stock at nearby OD. I'll keep waiting. ;)

Skellington 11-14-2009 09:15 PM

Is it me or is the OD site gettin' hammered?

tfrain 11-14-2009 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by lightfoot3b (Post 24623367)
The only real problem was the lack of a scrolling touchpad. This is the laptop tigerdirect sold for $400 on win7 opener. This was a decent deal on the opener and is a better deal now. If you want a good laptop at netbook prices this is it. I do plan on grabbing one of these.

Nvidia 8200M-G is pretty much equal in power to intel's x4500. In gaming the 8200 edges the intel, in raw power benchmarks the intel edges the 8200. You aren't buying this for its gaming power anyway :)

I have the A4000 - 14 inch model - it should have a scroll pad - it just isn't shown on the touchpad itself. far right of my touchpad is a scroll pad.

peppermint 11-14-2009 10:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by is_250 (Post 24641713)
Yes, they actually put a huge red sticker over the box tape with the return policy.

Wal-mart has no restocking fee as long as its not opened and returned within 15 days. BB has 15% if opened and within 14 days. Actually, I just returned an Acer to wal-mart that was $348 and another HP from BB that was $429. I actually caught a break at BB because the geek squad opens every PC at my store. I returned it after I opened it w/o the restocking fee after arguing with them that my pc isnt new. Apperantly all of them were like that, so they refunded my money. Actually worked out for me in the end.

Folks like u just ruin it for everyone, why u keep on buying, opening and returning stuff, the end result is restocking fees for everyone.

MohF1 11-14-2009 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by peppermint (Post 24643719)
Folks like u just ruin it for everyone, why u keep on buying, opening and returning stuff, the end result is restocking fees for everyone.

Well I mean to be fair the company does it allow so they can keep on doing it. Unless a product is defective I think a restocking fee of at least 10% should be applied on all open item products. Yeah if it's unopened, that's an entirely different matter altogether.

Moving back to the deal, however, this is looking increasingly slicker. But unfortunately it looks like BCB is out of the question since you cannot order it online. I've been scouring the net for Office Depot coupons but all have that BS restriction of NO tech products so it's becoming maddeningly frustrating! :mad:

carbonfiber 11-14-2009 11:18 PM

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Originally Posted by MohF1 (Post 24644179)
Well I mean to be fair the company does it allow so they can keep on doing it. Unless a product is defective I think a restocking fee of at least 10% should be applied on all open item products. Yeah if it's unopened, that's an entirely different matter altogether.

Moving back to the deal, however, this is looking increasingly slicker. But unfortunately it looks like BCB is out of the question since you cannot order it online. I've been scouring the net for Office Depot coupons but all have that BS restriction of NO tech products so it's becoming maddeningly frustrating! :mad:

what, are you new to this?
so find another deal or don't buy from OD.
it's like people are mad because they can't find a loophole to cheat.:lmao:

"what's wrong son? how's school" mom asks
"not good, no matter what I do, I ends up failing" son answers
"oh, don't beat yourself up, what is that you're trying to do?" mom replies.
"coming up ways to cheat on the exam, no matter how hard I tried, the teachers always have a new way to stop us"

digitaltrav 11-14-2009 11:44 PM

The Acer deal was a good enough deal to get me to buy one as a gift.

This one might be a good enough deal to get me to buy one for myself.

It's funny but this might be the cheapest dual core, hd capable system I have found .. and it's got a 15" screen attached. Funny how cheap these suckers are getting! I can't even find a dual core desktop for around $300. I'll probably go check out OD tomorrow and see what the story is. I'm guessing if it feels even remotely well put together I'll have one in my cart.

p0opstlnksal0t 11-15-2009 12:07 AM

well looks like this deal will be B&M only... so no bcb :(

I agree with you digital. i feel this msi might be good enough deal for myself, as the 2x acers will be gifts... i need something to use with autocad 3d... this thing with 4 gigs of ram and possible OC capabilities make it a winner in my book.

can anyone download cpu-z and let us know what chipset it is along with more detailed specs?

http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

kharvel 11-15-2009 12:20 AM

Out of curiosity, is this laptop actually worth $200 less than the Lenovo Y550 deal for $519? In other words, is the Lenovo Y550 worth $200 more than this deal? I'm indifferent with regards to the specs as long as the hotness of this deal is equivalent to the hotness of the Y550 deal. What do you guys think?

bhung 11-15-2009 12:32 AM

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Originally Posted by kharvel (Post 24645217)
Out of curiosity, is this laptop actually worth $200 less than the Lenovo Y550 deal for $519? In other words, is the Lenovo Y550 worth $200 more than this deal? I'm indifferent with regards to the specs as long as the hotness of this deal is equivalent to the hotness of the Y550 deal. What do you guys think?

Its like comparing apple and oranges. If you like to game then the Lenovo is a no brainer as it has a discrete graphic card. For $50 you can upgrade the nvidia 210m to an nvidia 240m which can play all the new games. If you just need the laptop to do basic task then the msi laptop would be the choice.

I got in on the Lenovo deal and upgraded the graphic card. The msi laptop is a good deal so it is up to your needs.

ron111 11-15-2009 12:36 AM

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Originally Posted by sd.Marvelous (Post 24632213)
personally I'd go with Lenovo...they make great quality notebooks and the T4200 is better than the T3000 and the Lenovo has new DDR3 memory....this deal after tax is going to be almost $350...
$350 vs. $400 isn't a biggie for me



...BUT no HDMI.

DPark14 11-15-2009 12:58 AM

How does this laptop compare to this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834146609?

Nevermind, I just noticed someone brought it up already. Do I really need a webcam and HDMI?

kharvel 11-15-2009 01:05 AM

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Originally Posted by bhung (Post 24645329)
Its like comparing apple and oranges. If you like to game then the Lenovo is a no brainer as it has a discrete graphic card. For $50 you can upgrade the nvidia 210m to an nvidia 240m which can play all the new games. If you just need the laptop to do basic task then the msi laptop would be the choice.

I got in on the Lenovo deal and upgraded the graphic card. The msi laptop is a good deal so it is up to your needs.

I am not asking about a comparison of the specs. I"m asking about the HOTNESS of each respective deal.

On a scale of 1 to 10, let's say that the Y550 deal is an 8 in terms of how good this deal is (regardless if you actually need a laptop or not).

Is this MSI deal also an 8 or is it less than 8 or is it more than 8? That is my question.

goodnj 11-15-2009 01:07 AM

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Originally Posted by wombat94 (Post 24636359)
Okay... looking at pictures and specs, it definitely is a clone of the CR600.

Check out the newegg page on the CR600-013US

Link [newegg.com]

Average 5 egg rating (24 reviews overall) at $529.99.

The only differences between the CR600-013 and the A5000-025 are the CR600 has Pentium Dual Core T4200 and 320GB hard drive - otherwise, they look identical. (Except that the CR600 is listed as Vista Home Premium - but would probably qualify for Win7 upgrade).

The $210.00 price difference is huge given that you could replace the T3000 with a T4200 for about a net $30.00 at most if you resell your current chip.

I'm definitely going to try to grab one of these in the morning.

Ted

Please take a look at this "CR500"
http://www.msi.com/index.php?func...od_no=1882

This might be msi A5000. It seems that msi use a4000 for 14" and a6000 for 16" screens.

MohF1 11-15-2009 01:15 AM

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Originally Posted by carbonfiber (Post 24644603)
what, are you new to this?
so find another deal or don't buy from OD.
it's like people are mad because they can't find a loophole to cheat.:lmao:

"what's wrong son? how's school" mom asks
"not good, no matter what I do, I ends up failing" son answers
"oh, don't beat yourself up, what is that you're trying to do?" mom replies.
"coming up ways to cheat on the exam, no matter how hard I tried, the teachers always have a new way to stop us"

God forbid I actually try to get a better deal? :rolleyes:

papa tr1x 11-15-2009 01:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kharvel (Post 24645555)
I am not asking about a comparison of the specs. I"m asking about the HOTNESS of each respective deal.

On a scale of 1 to 10, let's say that the Y550 deal is an 8 in terms of how good this deal is (regardless if you actually need a laptop or not).

Is this MSI deal also an 8 or is it less than 8 or is it more than 8? That is my question.

this deal is >8 if u are broke and unemployed but need to browse the web to find a job
this deal is <8 if u are still employed and somehow have time to game
this deal is =8 if u dont care and just want a laptop

thats how i talked myself out of the lenovo deal

ron111 11-15-2009 01:31 AM

OFFICE DEPOT RETURN POLICY on Technology
 
Before we get too excited about this MSI laptop, read the fine print about Office Depot's return policy kids: EXCHANGES ONLY IF OPENED (plus the typical 15%). Wow, that's an interesting-flawed way to compete with other retailers - "Let's not give them a refund if there's a problem even though they chose us and we are taking 15% of their money".

I'm just sayin'...BUYER BEWARE! Be sure it's what you want before you open it. I'm still somewhat tempted but glad I saw this policy first so I can decide what it's better to pay more and go elsewhere.

http://www.officedepot.com/specia...merService

kharvel 11-15-2009 02:00 AM

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Originally Posted by papa tr1x (Post 24645631)
this deal is >8 if u are broke and unemployed but need to browse the web to find a job
this deal is <8 if u are still employed and somehow have time to game
this deal is =8 if u dont care and just want a laptop

thats how i talked myself out of the lenovo deal

Not very helpful. I just need to know which deal has the best bang for the buck or if the bang for buck is equivalent for both deals.

bhung 11-15-2009 02:13 AM

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Originally Posted by kharvel (Post 24645861)
Not very helpful. I just need to know which deal has the best bang for the buck or if the bang for buck is equivalent for both deals.

The Lenovo deal has the best bang for the bucks. I got in on the Bestbuy Acer deal and I think the Acer deal is better than this deal. Sure for $70 you get a faster processor, better gpu, more harddrive space, and hdmi; but what can't you do on the acer laptop that you can do on the msi laptop?

Again, if you're a gamer then lenovo is the choice. If not then the msi laptop will suffice.

In my opinion the ratings are

Bestbuy Acer laptop = 9
Lenovo = 8
MSI= 8

Technosquid 11-15-2009 02:13 AM

I'm not sure I'd say this thing has a better screen than the Acer, like the wiki says. While it has about 2.5% more pixels, and is 0.2" larger, I'd rather have the 16:10 display of the Acer. I think its a wash.. left to subjective appraisal.

Sure wouldn't mind if the Acer had HDMI out, though... and if I end up buying this, that'll be the reason.

I'm on the fence, but only because I think I can sell my $250 Acer for enough to cover this.

Edit.. actually, after calculating it out, the 16:10 Acer screen is slightly larger in terms of square inches. 15.6 seems obviously bigger than 15.4, but since they're measured diagonally, the farther you get from being perfectly square, the fewer square inches you get from the same measure. Not that it should be a deciding factor or anything... the Acer is less than 2.5% larger.

digitaltrav 11-15-2009 02:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kharvel (Post 24645861)
Not very helpful. I just need to know which deal has the best bang for the buck or if the bang for buck is equivalent for both deals.

There isn't really a way to evaluate bang for buck without you evaluating what higher specs are worth to you personally. In terms of the deals, they are both the best deals that have come along for each particular model. There is no way of knowing if either laptops will be offered lower, or if similar spec'd machines to these will be offered for lower.

Let me make this easy for you: Buy both. Return the one you find to be less of a value.

kharvel 11-15-2009 02:21 AM

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Originally Posted by digitaltrav (Post 24645933)
There isn't really a way to evaluate bang for buck without you evaluating what higher specs are worth to you personally. In terms of the deals, they are both the best deals that have come along for each particular model. There is no way of knowing if either laptops will be offered lower, or if similar spec'd machines to these will be offered for lower.

Let me make this easy for you: Buy both. Return the one you find to be less of a value.

I guess another way of looking at it is which is has the better bang for the buck when compared to other laptop deals of same or similar specs.

It's kind of like this: if the MSI laptop peers usually go for $450 then it would be a 30% discount. If the Lenovo Y550 peers (in terms of specs and configuration) usually go for $1000 then it would be a 40-50% discount. So using these example pricing on a deal hotness scale, the Y550 would win hands down in terms of the hotness of the deal.

So you can still compare apples-to-apples using just the deal hotness factor. It's kind of like saying that a $100K retail Ferrari for $50K is a hotter deal than a $40K retail BMW for $30K, if you know what I'm saying.

So based on that criteria alone, which would be the hotter deal: the MSI or the Y550?

link626 11-15-2009 03:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kharvel (Post 24645555)
I am not asking about a comparison of the specs. I"m asking about the HOTNESS of each respective deal.

On a scale of 1 to 10, let's say that the Y550 deal is an 8 in terms of how good this deal is (regardless if you actually need a laptop or not).

Is this MSI deal also an 8 or is it less than 8 or is it more than 8? That is my question.

i'd say the MSI is an 8. over the last 13 months, i have not seen a dual core laptop around $300, with these features. This dual core should be able to handle anything you throw at it for the next 5 years. Can't say the same about single core

if you live outside of california, the newegg deal is a little better.

stupid cali tax and electronics disposal fee kills any laptop deal.

the MSI also has 2 extra years of warranty. shit happens, and you never know what part will die. I just had a motherboard die in my previous laptop. not worth fixing.

turtleflipper 11-15-2009 04:48 AM

I think the MSI is better for me for playing ripped blurays. It does not have the bigger hard drive or the highest graphics res, but it will work. Comparable HDMI equiped lappys are much more. I cannot find another comparable HDMI equiped lappy on the Bfriday spreadsheet. Hopefully the line will not be too long this morning.

Sknzfan 11-15-2009 04:55 AM

With only 3 per store...this deal sucks for those of us that attend Church and have to drive 20 miles....to bad.

I guess I'll keep an eye open to a Great Deal again soon...

Thanx

lex2 11-15-2009 05:19 AM

if you're in NJ and are willing to pick up one of these up and swap it for the cheaper Acer that was onsale at Best Buy for $249 (I will pay the difference in cost, of course), PM me. I'll provide B3st Buy receipt, and ask of the same for Office Depot.

I am away for the weekend and can't get anywhere close to OD. TIA!

detox76 11-15-2009 05:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Sknzfan (Post 24646589)
With only 3 per store...this deal sucks for those of us that attend Church and have to drive 20 miles....to bad.

I guess I'll keep an eye open to a Great Deal again soon...

Thanx


Guys it 3 laptops minimum not maximum.

ron111 11-15-2009 05:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sknzfan (Post 24646589)
With only 3 per store...this deal sucks for those of us that attend Church and have to drive 20 miles....to bad.

I guess I'll keep an eye open to a Great Deal again soon...

Thanx

LOL i can't speak for God, but with a deal like that, he/she would understand and might be in line for one too:wave:!

Libertarian 11-15-2009 05:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sknzfan (Post 24646589)
With only 3 per store...this deal sucks for those of us that attend Church and have to drive 20 miles....to bad.

Yet another reason atheism rules. :bounce:

vsp 11-15-2009 06:11 AM

Need an ACER
 
Anyone having an extra ACER and will to let me buy it at cost?

hodaddy 11-15-2009 07:17 AM

Anyone have a way to save a few bucks on this? Almost all coupons exclude technology.

mythus 11-15-2009 07:26 AM

has anyone actually picked it up? it just seems like that online price seems to be "the deal" from that 639$ original price tag.

minghi 11-15-2009 07:28 AM

just got back from the store, i was there at 9.55am and there was a bunch of people in line before me, the guy opens at 10 and says each store has only 3, dammit... should have bought it last night and pm today... oh well, there's always something better, if anyone wants to sell theirs, please contact me. i'm in new jersey

richierich1212 11-15-2009 07:29 AM

3 max per store, what a bunch of crock

righthereisay 11-15-2009 07:32 AM

Just got back from the Bethel Park, PA Office Depot. There was nobody in line when I got there at 9:59am. I walked in and asked for it. They said they had more than 3, that was just the minimum.

Then another worker (younger kid) said that he sold one last night so he knew they had a lot. The manager got upset with him (in front of me) stating that the person will just return it today for the difference and they are "really not supposed to do that." The kid seemed pretty upset.

Anyways, I got it. It is sitting on my desk while I think about whether or not I should wait for a better deal. THe box seems very light. That's about all I can say about it. $34x.xx with taxes.

When I left the store at 10:04AM nobody else had gone in yet.

longdong 11-15-2009 07:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dhouser (Post 24648417)
Just got back from the Bethel Park, PA Office Depot. There was nobody in line when I got there at 9:59am. I walked in and asked for it. They said they had more than 3, that was just the minimum.

Then another worker (younger kid) said that he sold one last night so he knew they had a lot. The manager got upset with him (in front of me) stating that the person will just return it today for the difference and they are "really not supposed to do that." The kid seemed pretty upset.

Anyways, I got it. It is sitting on my desk while I think about whether or not I should wait for a better deal. THe box seems very light. That's about all I can say about it. $34x.xx with taxes.

When I left the store at 10:04AM nobody else had gone in yet.

Grats! I wish I had an OD within 100 miles of me :(. I need a decent laptop for school, and this seems like a fantastic deal with the HDMI and the 3yr warranty, plus win7home premium! Damned rural areas :/

Llama99 11-15-2009 07:37 AM

Got one in Orlando area, was there about 9:50 manager said we have only 3. Keep this one and wait for a better deal.

persiaboy 11-15-2009 07:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by richierich1212 (Post 24648349)
3 max per store, what a bunch of crock

same here in NJ...was the 4th person in line...no laptop for me :(

digideal 11-15-2009 07:41 AM

Never mind - answered it by reading on.

dealmasti 11-15-2009 07:54 AM

its showing as 429 in the site.. !

dsmiami 11-15-2009 07:55 AM

Got it a little while ago from the B&M. There were only three in stock. Guy#4 had to go home disappointed!

DPTGator 11-15-2009 08:04 AM

Purchased one here in Southwest Florida. The cashier looked up how many laptops were at the surrounding stores and she verified that each store had exactly 3 of the laptops. When I fist got there, she told me that they had 2 laptops and 1 on display. But she later realized they never put the display model out for display. Good luck getting them! All 3 were gone within 15 minutes at the particular store I went to.

tfox 11-15-2009 08:13 AM

This deal compared to the popular Acer Extensa 5230 a few days ago.
You actually have a chance in hell of getting the Extensa +∞ Acer

wombat94 11-15-2009 08:17 AM

Got lucky here in West Chester, PA.

Went to church, picked kids up from Sunday school and on the drive home decided to stop in to OD and see if I lucked out... got there at 10:45 and much to my surprise, I got number 2 of the 3 that they had received.

The salesman tried to offer me additional software and services, but was polite and wasn't pushy so I didn't even cut him off. $119 for a 2 year extended warranty on a $319 computer didn't seem to make much sense to him either, so he was even hesitant to offer it.

I did pick up a copy of Win7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49.99 that OD offers with the purchase of any new PC - that covers the other machine in our house that hadn't been upgraded yet.

Thanks to the OP for this deal. It's sitting on the kitchen counter right now waiting for my wife to get home so she can unbox it.

hurtz777 11-15-2009 08:17 AM

Any of you guys who just got the notebook please download and install Nvidia System Tools 6.05 and see if you can overclock FSB via Performance Tab. My store opens here in 45 min and I am on the edge and if overclock works I will jump.

Deal248 11-15-2009 08:22 AM

dhouser - I'm the guy that bought the laptop Sat. evening at the Bethel Park store. I called before going to make sure I could get it at the retail price that evening and then price match it later. Will go back for the price match Monday. Hopefully, Stephen, the sales person did not get in any trouble. Since you indicate no one was in line this morning at the BP OD this morning the manager should just chill out!

mannyaguilar 11-15-2009 08:25 AM

I just got back from the store in Aurora, IL (Rt. 59). Nobody in line. Bought 2 of them (son 10, daughter 8). Tried to push ex. warranty, bags, software, etc. Sales person got upset because I did't buy the ext. warranty or anything else. Didn't ask how many more in stock.

righthereisay 11-15-2009 08:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Deal248 (Post 24649333)
dhouser - I'm the guy that bought the laptop Sat. evening at the Bethel Park store. I called before going to make sure I could get it at the retail price that evening and then price match it later. Will go back for the price match Monday. Hopefully, Stephen, the sales person did not get in any trouble. Since you indicate no one was in line this morning at the BP OD this morning the manager should just chill out!

I'm sure he will be fine. But he seemed overly upset. I tried to cheer him up a little bit after his boss walked away. I don't think his boss was being mean or anything, I just bet "Stephen" felt bad because he doesn't like making mistakes. Just like anyone else would be.

Deal248 11-15-2009 08:29 AM

hurtz777 - I would love to see if it overclocks and that is one of the reasons I am not opening the box right now. Hopefully, someone else will see if it overclocks and let us know. I am also waiting to see if there are any other deals in the next 2 weeks before I open it since OD will charge a restocking fee on open boxes. The Toshiba with a T6500 and the Sony Vaio (T6600) on Black Friday at Best Buy are possibilities but not sure if I feel like camping out Thanksgiving eve.

kimnicho 11-15-2009 08:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mannyaguilar (Post 24649381)
I just got back from the store in Aurora, IL (Rt. 59). Nobody in line. Bought 2 of them (son 10, daughter 8). Tried to push ex. warranty, bags, software, etc. Sales person got upset because I did't buy the ext. warranty or anything else. Didn't ask how many more in stock.

I'm surprised they let you buy two without buying the extra cr@p !!! NICE...btw, I live in IL too - IF I needed another lappy, I would have been # 3 :)

wombat94 11-15-2009 08:33 AM

Warranty Info
 
As info for everyone...

I haven't opened it yet - leaving it for my wife to do later, but I did go on and register on msi.com for the warranty.

The warranty shows as being in force until 10/26/2012 - looks like 3 years from the date of manufacture.

Ted

llorran 11-15-2009 08:35 AM

I have never been #1 in line before. 3 at Utica OD.

Thanks and repped!

smartdeals 11-15-2009 08:43 AM

crap, the deal is not on-line.
i have bought over 10 computers in the past 5 years, but none in-store.

Perrard 11-15-2009 08:52 AM

Hit my store in Westminister, nobody even waiting at the door, but there were a dozen people waiting at Michaels (go figure)!

I picked up 2. Since there was no limitation on how many you could purchase, what the heck!

But these guys are apparently trAined big time to shove all the extra wArranty and coverages down you r throat. I told the sales rep they were gifts and I didn't need any extras...

Got out the door finally with 2, woot!!!

mannyaguilar 11-15-2009 08:53 AM

I got lucky...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kimnicho (Post 24649529)
I'm surprised they let you buy two without buying the extra cr@p !!! NICE...btw, I live in IL too - IF I needed another lappy, I would have been # 3 :)

I think I got lucky. Even though there is no limit stipulated on the add (like limit one per customer), I was expecting them to deny the second laptop (and try arguing with an officedepot manager). I had a back up plane though, since the store in Oswego (10 min. away) opens at 11:00 am instead of 10:oo am.

Brudha 11-15-2009 09:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Deal248 (Post 24649451)
hurtz777 - I would love to see if it overclocks and that is one of the reasons I am not opening the box right now. Hopefully, someone else will see if it overclocks and let us know. I am also waiting to see if there are any other deals in the next 2 weeks before I open it since OD will charge a restocking fee on open boxes.

If you so choose:

The Office Depot outer box and the MSI inner box can both be easily opened from the bottom by pulling the flaps out, thus not disturbing either box's taped seals on top......

Technosquid 11-15-2009 09:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by richierich1212 (Post 24648349)
3 max per store, what a bunch of crock

Its technically minimum 3, but i went to two stores and both of them only had 3.

miked6 11-15-2009 09:16 AM

Got one in Georgia! Was 2 of 3 that gone one. We arrived at 1040 and there was already one other couple waiting.

MohF1 11-15-2009 09:22 AM

Picked one of them up at a store in the Metrowest Boston area they only had three and there was a line waiting for it.

I'm holding off on opening it if a better deal crops up in the next 1-2 weeks.

LostOranges 11-15-2009 09:24 AM

Well I picked one up this morning. In Tallahassee, FL we have 3 stores in town - all have the item in stock although they all show limited availability now. The MGR said someone was trying to buy 2 yesterday but they wouldn't sell. I guess they hadn't been back when I got there at 12:00 because I bought the first one. They had 3 and I was the only one there to buy one. They don't have it on display so you have to ask them to pull it from the back. The only info on the generic brown box is the MSI model number, no specs. MGR offered me a protection plan for ~$80 but wasn't pushy at all.

Though I'm no SD pro, this strikes me as slick - 34x.xx for a dual core lappy with HDMI and 3 gigs of ram. Thanks OP.

Anyone thinks it's worth buying another to dump on e-bay or craigslist?

My gut instinct is that if a better deal comes along on BF it won't be so much better as to merit waiting in line and the chaos that is BF. Honestly, I'm broke but it's worth at least $40 to not have to deal with that mess.

oh, and to whoever asked about the price online - it shows as $479 on the website but is in fact $320 in the store. I didn't have to quibble about this.

mannyaguilar 11-15-2009 09:29 AM

I think this is a very decent deal, not amazing but very good. I think the chances are low that there is going to be abetter deal (on a comparable laptop) before christmas without having to be in line for hours unless you get really lucky on one of those crazy deals like the Amazon's where only the first 10 people get the item (but thats like winning the lottery).

hurtz777 11-15-2009 09:33 AM

Slickdeals is so addictive! I just went and bought one in OKC, OK area. There was a guy in line buying the first one of three. I bought the second one. I am about to rip it open and see if it overclocks. Give me 30 mins or so. I just opened it out of the bottom of box and there is no "Warranty Void" sticker on the bootom plate so you can upgrade RAM and hard drive without voiding warranty on this one! Fan is almost silent and yes it is always on. I can't believe how light this thing is. I will check for bluetooth . No dead pixels and screen appears to be LED backlit looking at bezel size.

MohF1 11-15-2009 09:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hurtz777 (Post 24650669)
Slickdeals is so addictive! I just went and bought one in OKC, OK area. There was a guy in line buying the first one of three. I bought the second one. I am about to rip it open and see if it overclocks. Give me 30 mins or so. I just opened it out of the bottom of box and there is no "Warranty Void" sticker on the bootom plate so you can upgrade RAM and hard drive without voiding warranty on this one! Fan is almost silent and yes it is always on. I can't believe how light this thing is. I will check for bluetooth . No dead pixels and screen appears to be LED backlit looking at bezel size.

Sweet! Thank you dude :thanks:

hodaddy 11-15-2009 09:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hurtz777 (Post 24650669)
Slickdeals is so addictive! I just went and bought one in OKC, OK area. There was a guy in line buying the first one of three. I bought the second one. I am about to rip it open and see if it overclocks. Give me 30 mins or so. I just opened it out of the bottom of box and there is no "Warranty Void" sticker on the bootom plate so you can upgrade RAM and hard drive without voiding warranty on this one! Fan is almost silent and yes it is always on. I can't believe how light this thing is. I will check for bluetooth . No dead pixels and screen appears to be LED backlit looking at bezel size.

We wait patiently. Give us a full review. Really hoping it OC's and the LED screen would be a big plus.

xyooj 11-15-2009 09:54 AM

My wife just pick one up for me around 12:45. Thats 1 hour and 45 mins after the store opened. Last of 3. I was sure It'll all be gone by then. Sure shows you how the economy is. :( In a stronger economy these would be gone.

minkathebest 11-15-2009 09:59 AM

how much would these go for on Craigslist??

htowngator 11-15-2009 10:08 AM

showing $479 right now

DPTGator 11-15-2009 10:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by htowngator (Post 24651295)
showing $479 right now

This is in store only.

B.S.Erken 11-15-2009 10:13 AM

I just purchased one , they had two more. Salesman tried to offer me additional software and services too.
Now would someone please open theirs, download and install Nvidia System Tools 6.05 and see it can be overclocked via Performance Tab. I have 14 days to wait for a better deal, but if it can be overclocked easily i'll have to break the seal and go for it.

B.S.ERKEN

josh93752 11-15-2009 10:14 AM

Bluetooth
 
I just opened it up and can not get the bluetooth working. Does this come with one? If so how do you enable it?

Brudha 11-15-2009 10:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by josh93752 (Post 24651413)
I just opened it up and can not get the bluetooth working. Does this come with one? If so how do you enable it?

What does it say on the white sticker on the side of the box regarding bluetooth?

lpavuluri 11-15-2009 10:24 AM

Got one just now in woodland hills - L.A. No one else there...went in sharp at 10. No warranty offers etc... Got out in 2 mins... Units are not displayed.. had to ask one of the rep's.

If any one from L.A wants it... I can give it away for the same price on the receipt. :) $367 (includes ca recycling and 9.7% tax)

hurtz777 11-15-2009 10:26 AM

It is preloaded with Win7HP 32Bit and 2 separate partitions. Mine has a crappy Toshiba 250GB 5400RPM which I will be swapping with a WD Black 320GB 7200RPM this afternoon as well as 2X2GB DDR2 800. It has a 2GB and 1GB DDR2 800 Samsung from stock! I installed Nvidia System Tools 6.05 and it works perfect! Just playing around I overclocked FSB to 222 from 200 and it seemed stable at 2.0Ghz. I also underclocked it to 180FSB as low as the slider bar would go giving 1.62Ghz. I tried 266FSB(1066) and got blue screen because of the RAM running way over DDR2 800 spec. I am going to try to figure out a way to change memory multiplier to adjust it down to DDR2 667 so we will have more headroom. This chip has huge OC capability. Of course the easy way would be to buy some DDR2 1066 and then it should be solid at 2.4Ghz or higher. I am going to fresh load Win7 X64 off my flash drive right now and install my 7200RPM drive, Intel 5300 Wireless N, and GSkill 2X2GB DDR2 800 and see what I can crank out of this $320 notebook! BTW it doesn't have the bluetooth module integrated and of course they load the bluetooth assistant which says it is turned off. hehehehe Happy overclocking and get one while they last. Best bang for the buck deal ever! Lowest WEI score on Win7 32Bit out of box is 4.2 Graphics. CPU gets 4.7 which is low but WEI can be inaccurate. More to come...

Let me mention again that Nvidia System Tools 6.05 works flawlessly to overclock this notebook!!!

lpavuluri 11-15-2009 10:29 AM

I guess i became an addict :) with these deals. I wanted to use it for a home theater with HDMI. But $367 doesn\'t seem to justify the purpose.
Quote:

Originally Posted by respdoc (Post 24651645)
Nice of you to offer...but then why did you get it ?

Quote:

Originally Posted by hurtz777 (Post 24651647)
It is preloaded with Win7HP 32Bit and 2 separate partitions. Mine has a crappy Toshiba 250GB 5400RPM which I will be swapping with a WD Black 320GB 7200RPM this afternoon as well as 2X2GB DDR2 800. It has a 2GB and 1GB DDR2 800 Samsung from stock! I installed Nvidia System Tools 6.05 and it works perfect! Just playing around I overclocked FSB to 222 from 200 and it seemed stable at 2.0Ghz. I also underclocked it to 180FSB as low as the slider bar would go giving 1.62Ghz. I tried 266FSB(1066) and got blue screen because of the RAM running way over DDR2 800 spec. I am going to try to figure out a way to change memory multiplier to adjust it down to DDR2 667 so we will have more headroom. This chip has huge OC capability. Of course the easy way would be to buy some DDR2 1066 and then it should be solid at 2.4Ghz or higher. I am going to fresh load Win7 X64 off my flash drive right now and install my 7200RPM drive, Intel 5300 Wireless N, and GSkill 2X2GB DDR2 800 and see what I can crank out of this $320 notebook! BTW it doesn\'t have the bluetooth module integrated and of course they load the bluetooth assistant which says it is turned off. hehehehe Happy overclocking and get one while they last. Best bang for the buck deal ever! Lowest WEI score on Win7 32Bit out of box is 4.2 Graphics. CPU gets 4.7 which is low but WEI can be inaccurate. More to come...\r\n\r\nLet me mention again that Nvidia System Tools 6.05 works flawlessly to overclock this notebook!!!

The Ad from OD says it already has wireless N ?

Skellington 11-15-2009 10:40 AM

Zip 95991 and 95993...OOS

hodaddy 11-15-2009 10:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hurtz777 (Post 24651647)
It is preloaded with Win7HP 32Bit and 2 separate partitions. Mine has a crappy Toshiba 250GB 5400RPM which I will be swapping with a WD Black 320GB 7200RPM this afternoon as well as 2X2GB DDR2 800. It has a 2GB and 1GB DDR2 800 Samsung from stock! I installed Nvidia System Tools 6.05 and it works perfect! Just playing around I overclocked FSB to 222 from 200 and it seemed stable at 2.0Ghz. I also underclocked it to 180FSB as low as the slider bar would go giving 1.62Ghz. I tried 266FSB(1066) and got blue screen because of the RAM running way over DDR2 800 spec. I am going to try to figure out a way to change memory multiplier to adjust it down to DDR2 667 so we will have more headroom. This chip has huge OC capability. Of course the easy way would be to buy some DDR2 1066 and then it should be solid at 2.4Ghz or higher. I am going to fresh load Win7 X64 off my flash drive right now and install my 7200RPM drive, Intel 5300 Wireless N, and GSkill 2X2GB DDR2 800 and see what I can crank out of this $320 notebook! BTW it doesn't have the bluetooth module integrated and of course they load the bluetooth assistant which says it is turned off. hehehehe Happy overclocking and get one while they last. Best bang for the buck deal ever! Lowest WEI score on Win7 32Bit out of box is 4.2 Graphics. CPU gets 4.7 which is low but WEI can be inaccurate. More to come...

Let me mention again that Nvidia System Tools 6.05 works flawlessly to overclock this notebook!!!

Awesome! Keep us updated. What is big advantage of the intel wireless N over the atheros? Can you verify the LED backlight?

doublecheck 11-15-2009 10:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hurtz777 (Post 24651647)
It is preloaded with Win7HP 32Bit and 2 separate partitions. Mine has a crappy Toshiba 250GB 5400RPM which I will be swapping with a WD Black 320GB 7200RPM this afternoon as well as 2X2GB DDR2 800. It has a 2GB and 1GB DDR2 800 Samsung from stock! I installed Nvidia System Tools 6.05 and it works perfect! Just playing around I overclocked FSB to 222 from 200 and it seemed stable at 2.0Ghz. I also underclocked it to 180FSB as low as the slider bar would go giving 1.62Ghz. I tried 266FSB(1066) and got blue screen because of the RAM running way over DDR2 800 spec. I am going to try to figure out a way to change memory multiplier to adjust it down to DDR2 667 so we will have more headroom. This chip has huge OC capability. Of course the easy way would be to buy some DDR2 1066 and then it should be solid at 2.4Ghz or higher. I am going to fresh load Win7 X64 off my flash drive right now and install my 7200RPM drive, Intel 5300 Wireless N, and GSkill 2X2GB DDR2 800 and see what I can crank out of this $320 notebook! BTW it doesn't have the bluetooth module integrated and of course they load the bluetooth assistant which says it is turned off. hehehehe Happy overclocking and get one while they last. Best bang for the buck deal ever! Lowest WEI score on Win7 32Bit out of box is 4.2 Graphics. CPU gets 4.7 which is low but WEI can be inaccurate. More to come...

Let me mention again that Nvidia System Tools 6.05 works flawlessly to overclock this notebook!!!

Windows 7 32bits only see 4GB of ram. But in order for all the devices to function correctly, the memory address between 3-4GB are used by all of devices in the computer. So you end up to more like 3.5GB at most of memory for use by the program if you have 4GB. If you have 3GB or less, then all the memory can be used by the program instead.

xyooj 11-15-2009 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hurtz777 (Post 24651647)
It is preloaded with Win7HP 32Bit and 2 separate partitions. Mine has a crappy Toshiba 250GB 5400RPM which I will be swapping with a WD Black 320GB 7200RPM this afternoon as well as 2X2GB DDR2 800. It has a 2GB and 1GB DDR2 800 Samsung from stock! I installed Nvidia System Tools 6.05 and it works perfect! Just playing around I overclocked FSB to 222 from 200 and it seemed stable at 2.0Ghz. I also underclocked it to 180FSB as low as the slider bar would go giving 1.62Ghz. I tried 266FSB(1066) and got blue screen because of the RAM running way over DDR2 800 spec. I am going to try to figure out a way to change memory multiplier to adjust it down to DDR2 667 so we will have more headroom. This chip has huge OC capability. Of course the easy way would be to buy some DDR2 1066 and then it should be solid at 2.4Ghz or higher. I am going to fresh load Win7 X64 off my flash drive right now and install my 7200RPM drive, Intel 5300 Wireless N, and GSkill 2X2GB DDR2 800 and see what I can crank out of this $320 notebook! BTW it doesn't have the bluetooth module integrated and of course they load the bluetooth assistant which says it is turned off. hehehehe Happy overclocking and get one while they last. Best bang for the buck deal ever! Lowest WEI score on Win7 32Bit out of box is 4.2 Graphics. CPU gets 4.7 which is low but WEI can be inaccurate. More to come...

Let me mention again that Nvidia System Tools 6.05 works flawlessly to overclock this notebook!!!

You should create a tuturial

microkelvin 11-15-2009 10:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hurtz777 (Post 24651647)
It is preloaded with Win7HP 32Bit and 2 separate partitions. Mine has a crappy Toshiba 250GB 5400RPM which I will be swapping with a WD Black 320GB 7200RPM this afternoon as well as 2X2GB DDR2 800. It has a 2GB and 1GB DDR2 800 Samsung from stock! I installed Nvidia System Tools 6.05 and it works perfect! Just playing around I overclocked FSB to 222 from 200 and it seemed stable at 2.0Ghz. I also underclocked it to 180FSB as low as the slider bar would go giving 1.62Ghz. I tried 266FSB(1066) and got blue screen because of the RAM running way over DDR2 800 spec. I am going to try to figure out a way to change memory multiplier to adjust it down to DDR2 667 so we will have more headroom. This chip has huge OC capability. Of course the easy way would be to buy some DDR2 1066 and then it should be solid at 2.4Ghz or higher. I am going to fresh load Win7 X64 off my flash drive right now and install my 7200RPM drive, Intel 5300 Wireless N, and GSkill 2X2GB DDR2 800 and see what I can crank out of this $320 notebook! BTW it doesn't have the bluetooth module integrated and of course they load the bluetooth assistant which says it is turned off. hehehehe Happy overclocking and get one while they last. Best bang for the buck deal ever! Lowest WEI score on Win7 32Bit out of box is 4.2 Graphics. CPU gets 4.7 which is low but WEI can be inaccurate. More to come...

Let me mention again that Nvidia System Tools 6.05 works flawlessly to overclock this notebook!!!

a 64-bit win7 on 32bit system?

PCTools 11-15-2009 11:04 AM

This sale was such a marketing campaign. Only 3 per store is such a sham.

Thank goodness I picked up the HP at Walmart last week. A solid performer for $299.

EC4U2C 11-15-2009 11:07 AM

I went to OD just before 9 am and didn't realize they opened at 10 am on Sunday, duh!
Anyway, I managed to get 1 of this laptop for $365.59 and looks like nobody at 92083 knows about this deal.

I already have 1 of the same bought from CC for 399.99 about 3 weeks ago and for those who are trying to make the Bluetooth work, well I can confirmed that there is no Bluetooth Hardware on this deal. Just buy a Bluetooth Dongle for a buck or 2 on eBay. Disable the Bluetooth application at startup to get rid of the Bluetooth error message.

Will not dare to open the box and have to figure out whom to give it to for X'mas:)

rkiga 11-15-2009 11:13 AM

I went to the Fountain Valley, California store with my sister. We were the only ones in line except for a guy waiting to buy a wireless usb adapter. Doors opened and the laptops were waiting near the front. Purchased and out the door in 2 minutes, no extended warantee hassle. Standard $16 California E-Waste Recycling Fee.

The QWERTY letters are full sized (slightly larger than my desktop keyboard actually), but the Enter, Backspace, and right-shift are half-sized.

The Wireless on/off switch is at the top (above pause/break) if anyone is a dolt like me and couldn't find it for 3 minutes. Everything is working fine so far.

Good deal OP. I'm surprised there wasn't a line for this. Rep for you.


EDIT: Bluetooth RFCOMM is showing up in device manager, and it comes with a pre-installed bluetooth manager that popped up when I started windows for the first time. And there's a bluetooth "activity light" below the touchpad (but that doesn't mean anything). So I'd check again to make sure before you go out and buy a bluetooth dongle/adapter. I'm pretty sure the bluetooth is just disabled to save battery life. Go into start menu -> bluetooth -> settings
and see if you can get it to auto-detect something. I don't think you can just "turn it on", it needs to actually connect to something. That said, I don't have any bluetooth toys to test it out, so I can't confirm.

baobaofish 11-15-2009 11:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LifeStyl3r (Post 24621557)
Officedepot [officedepot.com] has the MSI A5000-025US 15.6" Laptop for $320 In-Store Only.

This Ebay page [ebay.com] has the best information I can find.[/B]


Specifications
# Intel® Celeron T3000 processor 1.8GHz
# 15.6" WXGA widescreen LCD (1366 x 768 resolution)
# 3 GB DDR2 memory (2 Dimm)
# 250GB hard drive capacity
# Supermulti DVD-RW optical drive
# 802.11b/g/n WLAN
# 1.3 megapixel webcam
# Nvidia GeForce 8200M-G video graphics
# HD audio with 2 speakers
# HDMI port
# 3 USB 2.0 ports
# 4-in-1 card reader
# PCI Express slot
# VGA port
# 103-key keyboard
# 65-watt AC adapter
# 6 cell battery
# Windows 7 Home Premium

* Dimensions: 13.66" x 9.68" x 1.4"
* Unit Weight: 5.24 lbs.

Product Warranty:

* 3 year limited warranty.

Does anyone get this laptop opened it yet?I want to know the weight of the laptop plus the battery, it says 5.24lbs here, but I saw the label outside the box said net weight 3.37kg, that's too heavy.

chipotleattack 11-15-2009 11:22 AM

Went to one OD and they only had 1 in stock since some guy came in before they closed last night and bought 2 to price match.

Called another one which had 2 left and got the last one.

nola 11-15-2009 11:35 AM

Got 2 in the Big Easy
 
Not sure if both are keepers, got 1 for Mom, who wants to join the 21st century (she is in her late 70s) and 1 maybe for me.

Mom wants email, basic internet, look at pix and maybe some movies. She was looking at the $579 HP at BB. I saw it yesterday too. I think (don't know) the biggest diffs are the more expensive HP has a dual core processor, maybe a better screen. Not sure if 3 vs 4 GB of ram matters. No clue per video cards. The HDD-well, mom won't care if it is 320 vs 250GB nor 7200 vs 5400 RPM. She has a 12 yr old Gateway tower now. Never wanted anything else up until now. Beats dealing with Black Friday. I also bought the $29.99 Office Depot disc back-up discs (being done now) and a cordless mouse ($10-) for her. The D sales rep was nice as we talked mom out of buying the HP (with her own money-the MSI will be a gift).


I have a Dell 700m 1.8 single core chip, 768 ram, high end graphics card for early 2005....4 1/2 yrs old.
Will this MSI be better than a Lenovo or similar Atom 1.6 single core processor?
Would I really need a dual core $1000 plus model to run high end graphics, like Photoshop, or will the MSI (single core) suffice?The 12 inch Dell has been great due to small size and it is lightweight-and I travel a lot. At 5 plus lbs the MSI is pushing it for me.
These days there are very few 12" screen choices with fast chip and higher end graphics card.
Thanx

PS - plan to keep the second one unopened until Mom's is fixed up. If it is too slow for me - will return it or sell it (to you guys or Ebay)

richierich1212 11-15-2009 11:41 AM

The T3000 is much better than an atom. Photoshop dosn't require high end graphics.

ikkoku 11-15-2009 11:49 AM

Any tutorials on how to 'upgrade' the OS to 64bit?

aznxenon 11-15-2009 11:51 AM

Woot I got one today for my mom at the Miramar store at San Diego. The guy opened the door saying there's only 3, and there was 3 people ahead of me. I was like, oh no! Then, the guy in front of me decided to go for the HP instead, so they waved at me to come back and I got the last of the 3. =)

The lady at the very front said she waited for 2 hrs, madness!

I feel like taking out the HDD and swap it with my 80gb from my PS3, I highly doubt my mom would need more than 40gb to be honest. I also have a copy of Windows 7 64bit, would the key for the laptop work with that? Anyone got any insight on this? lol

Timaneo 11-15-2009 11:53 AM

Got two at the Beaverton Oregon store. One for me and one for my parents.

The person that showed me where the laptop is tried to get me to buy warranty and all that crap, then the person that brought me the laptop also tried, then the cashier also tried :lmao:


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