Sunday, 1 March 2015 | Alan
The Dell E4300 (with an Intel Core 2 Duo-M 2.26GHz, 3Gb RAM, 160Gb HDD and Screen Size 13.3 inches) is the second laptop purchased from The Laptop Centre. Pressing F12 on boot provides options for BIOS Setup, Diagnostics and Boot from CD/DVD etc. Running diagnostics revealed no problems and confirmed that 3Gb RAM (2+1) had been installed. Booting from CD/DVD confirmed that Ubuntu 64 bit can be successfully used. I have subsequently swapped the HDD for a Kingston 120Gb SSD and installed Ubuntu. In my opinion the Ubuntu interface is idea for a small screen laptop such as this with the window menus in the top menu bar maximising the display area. The Intel Core 2 Duo-M 2.26GHz is roughly equivalent to a modern Celeron processor. Using lm-sensors to check the temperature of the two cores, revealed that they are running at 41 Celsius well below the critical value of around 100. The situation regarding my previous purchase of a Dell E6410 which has a first generation i5 and 14-inch screen is somewhat different. Although it passes all the the diagnostic tests, the cores under load run at around 75-90 Celsius. What this means in practice is that the laptop, under load, runs hot with the fan blowing like a hair dryer. Also the screen on the E6410 although functional is blotchy with spots. Some other things to consider: (i) the Dell E4300 only has two USB ports as opposed to four on the Dell E6400 series and (ii) Dell E4300 uses an Intel graphic chip set while the Dell E6410 uses an Nvidia (better) graphics chip set. In summary, the Dell E4300 with its smaller form factor makes for more a portable device and represents very good value for money. So after a week of use, I am very happy with this purchase. The service provided by The Laptop Centre was very prompt and highly recommended.
HP Spectre XT Pro Ultrabook Intel i5 1.7GHz 4GB 128GB(SSD) Windows 7 13.3
Saturday, 28 February 2015 | A.
Purchased this for my son who had his laptop fail suddenly at Uni. The screen size and fast boot via the SSD fitted the brief and the refurbished option meant this was affordable. It was in his hands, at the alternative delivery address, within 48 hours of ordering and its condition and performance is everything promised. Only downside is that the OS and recovery partition eat up nearly 60GB of the SSD. Suspect he will be installing Linux soon.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 | Peter
Received very quickly and in excellent condition. Works well and battery life is as new and better than I was expecting. Highly recommended service.
Sunday, 22 February 2015 | David
Brilliant.It arrived on time well packed and in good condition It runs faster than any other laptop i have had and find windows seven far easier to use than eight Great value for money and suites me for what i use it for .I recomend this site to anyone and would not shop on the high street in the big stores for a pc again.
Saturday, 21 February 2015 | Philip
Laptop delivered in super quick time.Working ok just what I ordered.
Robust product, very pleased so far.
Thursday, 19 February 2015 | Sven
Very pleased with the condition of this laptop. Fast delivery and what's most important....this laptop works excellent.
Will definately recommend and use again
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 | Walter
The Ram is working perfectly well & has made my laptop much faster and reliable
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 | Paul
Spoke with Sam before placing my order as I wanted a specific OS on the two laptops and he assured me it wouldn't be a problem.
Placed the order and was kept informed of progress throughout. Laptops arrived and were in great condition. Obviously a few marks/scuffs here and there but we were expecting that so no worries.
Haven't really had time to test them out but no issues as yet.
Would recommend The Laptop Centre if you're looking for a cheap laptop for 'field' use.
First Class service at a second class price. What's not to like?
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 | Liza
I am very happy with the product it was is very good condition looked almost new.
Delivery took the full 5 working days it was packed well.
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 | Catherine
Works well & looks good.
Very pleased once again.