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Has anyone done it before? The warranty is 3 months but it's the laptop I desperately want...It has been discontinued and replaced by the newer models, so can't buy it anywhere else. It's Grade A1 refurbished (as new).

Need your advice guys!
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Seems fair enough.

What price you looking to pay?


P.S What specs are the laptop.

PP.S What will you be using it for?
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Seems fair enough.

What price you looking to pay?


P.S What specs are the laptop.

PP.S What will you be using it for?


The laptop costs £587 plus you can add an extended one year warranty for £25. It's Sony Vaio CR21S in white.

Specs:
Use Home use
Platform Technology Intel Centrino 2
System Type Notebook
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial, Bluetooth aerial
Width 33.6 cm
Depth 24.5 cm
Height 4 cm
Weight 2.6 kg
Colour Cotton white
Localisation English
Processor
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 / 2 GHz
Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
Data Bus Speed 800 MHz
Features Enhanced SpeedStep technology
Chipset Type Mobile Intel PM45 Express
Cache Memory
Type L2 Cache
Installed Size 2 MB
RAM
Installed Size 4 GB / 4 GB (max)
Technology DDR2 SDRAM - 800 MHz
Configuration Features 2 x 2 GB
Storage Controller
Type Serial ATA
Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150
Type Serial ATA
Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150
Storage
Hard Drive 320 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Optical Storage
Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - integrated
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 6x (DVD±R DL)
CD / DVD Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Card Reader
Type Card reader
Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Display
Display Type 14.1" TFT
Max Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
Widescreen Display Yes
Features X-black
Video
Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Video Memory 256 MB
Total Available Graphics Memory 1510 MB
Audio
Audio Output Sound card
Compliant Standards Microsoft WSS 1.0/2.0, High Definition Audio
Audio Input Microphone
Notebook Camera
Camera Type Integrated
Sensor Resolution 1.3 Megapixel
Capture Resolutions 1280 x 1024
Input Device(s)
Type Keyboard, touchpad
Keyboard - Localization and Layout QWERTY
Telecom
Modem Fax / modem
Max Transfer Rate 56 Kbps
Protocols & Specifications ITU V.90, k56Flex, ITU V.92
Networking
Networking Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported Yes
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1
Expansion Slots Total (Free) 2 ( 0 ) x memory ¦ 1 ( 1 ) x ExpressCard/34
Interfaces 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 3 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 PIN FireWire ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x headphones / speakers - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
Miscellaneous
Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Power
Power Device External
Battery
Technology Lithium Ion
Installed Qty 1
Run Time (Up To) 2.8 hour(s)
Operating System / Software
OS Provided Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - English
Software VAIO Music Box, DivX Player & Converter, Me&My VAIO, VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6, Sony Picture Motion Browser, Google Software Pack, Microsoft Windows Media Player 11, Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0, WinDVD BD for VAIO 8.0, Sony SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.4, Adobe Reader 8.1, VAIO Content Importer / Exporter, Microsoft Office 2007 (60 days trial), Microsoft Works 9.0, VAIO Movie Story, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0, Sony Click to Disc Editor 1.0, VAIO Media Plus, Roxio Easy Media Creator 10, McAfee Internet Security Suite (60 days trial)
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 3 Months warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 3 Months
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clicky

research the company before you take the risk.
just to make sure.
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i have heard of them before and nearly bought a laptop off them once, but shop around, chances are you will end up like me and find something brand new with similar if not better specs for not much more. When it comes to stuff as expensive as laptops its best to buy them brand new as many insurers will not insure 'refurbed' laptops, which is a problem seeing as they only have a 3 month warranty.

Remember, some bargains don't stay bargains so i would say buy one with a longer warranty and that you can insure. better be safe than sorry imo.

good luck
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I can vouch for them as a company- I've made a fair few purchases from them and they've always delivered on time, and the good have always been perfect.
But yeah, there's always more risk when you buy refurb, only you can decide if it's worth it.
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I bought a pc from them and got scammed for £2040, then £5020 and then £2000! That's a lot of money. DON'T DO IT.
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The laptop costs £587 plus you can add an extended one year warranty for £25. It's Sony Vaio CR21S in white.

Specs:
Use Home use
Platform Technology Intel Centrino 2
System Type Notebook
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial, Bluetooth aerial
Width 33.6 cm
Depth 24.5 cm
Height 4 cm
Weight 2.6 kg
Colour Cotton white
Localisation English
Processor
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 / 2 GHz
Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
Data Bus Speed 800 MHz
Features Enhanced SpeedStep technology
Chipset Type Mobile Intel PM45 Express
Cache Memory
Type L2 Cache
Installed Size 2 MB
RAM
Installed Size 4 GB / 4 GB (max)
Technology DDR2 SDRAM - 800 MHz
Configuration Features 2 x 2 GB
Storage Controller
Type Serial ATA
Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150
Type Serial ATA
Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150
Storage
Hard Drive 320 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Optical Storage
Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - integrated
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 6x (DVD±R DL)
CD / DVD Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Card Reader
Type Card reader
Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Display
Display Type 14.1" TFT
Max Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
Widescreen Display Yes
Features X-black
Video
Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Video Memory 256 MB
Total Available Graphics Memory 1510 MB
Audio
Audio Output Sound card
Compliant Standards Microsoft WSS 1.0/2.0, High Definition Audio
Audio Input Microphone
Notebook Camera
Camera Type Integrated
Sensor Resolution 1.3 Megapixel
Capture Resolutions 1280 x 1024
Input Device(s)
Type Keyboard, touchpad
Keyboard - Localization and Layout QWERTY
Telecom
Modem Fax / modem
Max Transfer Rate 56 Kbps
Protocols & Specifications ITU V.90, k56Flex, ITU V.92
Networking
Networking Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported Yes
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1
Expansion Slots Total (Free) 2 ( 0 ) x memory ¦ 1 ( 1 ) x ExpressCard/34
Interfaces 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 3 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 PIN FireWire ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x headphones / speakers - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
Miscellaneous
Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Power
Power Device External
Battery
Technology Lithium Ion
Installed Qty 1
Run Time (Up To) 2.8 hour(s)
Operating System / Software
OS Provided Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - English
Software VAIO Music Box, DivX Player & Converter, Me&My VAIO, VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6, Sony Picture Motion Browser, Google Software Pack, Microsoft Windows Media Player 11, Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0, WinDVD BD for VAIO 8.0, Sony SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.4, Adobe Reader 8.1, VAIO Content Importer / Exporter, Microsoft Office 2007 (60 days trial), Microsoft Works 9.0, VAIO Movie Story, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0, Sony Click to Disc Editor 1.0, VAIO Media Plus, Roxio Easy Media Creator 10, McAfee Internet Security Suite (60 days trial)
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 3 Months warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 3 Months
i'd tap dat
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(Original post by eve_22)
Has anyone done it before? The warranty is 3 months but it's the laptop I desperately want...It has been discontinued and replaced by the newer models, so can't buy it anywhere else. It's Grade A1 refurbished (as new).

Need your advice guys!
If you don't mind changing the brand, you can get that spec (but with a better graphics card) for about £370 from dell outlet (dell studio inspiron 1555), comes with a 1 year warrantry, and it's a reputable company. But laptops direct isn't dodgy so don't worry about that. Just saying you can save yourself a small fortune!
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Also try picking out components for a laptop at www.pcspecialist.co.uk, compare the prices just in case it might be cheaper.
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Thans guys! I ended up taking my chances and buying the laptop. I couldn't find it anywhere else and this is the laptop I wanted, so... I got a one year warranty as well. I made sure to speak to the sales team beforehand and get them to explain everything to me in a clear manner. The laptop will be with me in 4 working days so I will post then to update you guys!
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I am still waiting for the laptop to arrive, as I ordered it to come through regular delivery, however, after checking my bank acc today, I have noticed laptops direct charged me twice!!! I called them up and they said they will return the money today. The guy on the phone was a real ******* and didn't even make an effort to apologize! I told him I really didn't appreciate the way they are dealing with people and that charging me twice for 600 something pounds was simply outrageous. He couldn't give me an explanation why this hasn't happened...USELESS!
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(Original post by eve_22)
I am still waiting for the laptop to arrive, as I ordered it to come through regular delivery, however, after checking my bank acc today, I have noticed laptops direct charged me twice!!! I called them up and they said they will return the money today. The guy on the phone was a real ******* and didn't even make an effort to apologize! I told him I really didn't appreciate the way they are dealing with people and that charging me twice for 600 something pounds was simply outrageous. He couldn't give me an explanation why this hasn't happened...USELESS!
Sounds pretty crap, thanks for the heads up! Hope it works out, let us know when you get the laptop, if you need help you know where to find us.
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Sounds pretty crap, thanks for the heads up! Hope it works out, let us know when you get the laptop, if you need help you know where to find us.
Thanks

I got the laptop this morning and the money, as far as I can see from my bank acc, has been returned. I haven't switched it on yet, so no idea how it works internally, but on the outside it's certainly brand new. I love it!
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Thanks

I got the laptop this morning and the money, as far as I can see from my bank acc, has been returned. I haven't switched it on yet, so no idea how it works internally, but on the outside it's certainly brand new. I love it!
Good to hear!
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Got a laptop from them that doesn't work. I didn't use it when it was delivered for the first few months as I started uni in September and only needed it for my assignments. It has been the biggest problem nothing works the laptop is slow and they can't do anything for me as my warranty only covered me for 3 months. Do not buy!!!
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