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Well i bought 4 advent netbooks for my oldest 4 boys at christmas, 3 days before xmas itself, so i thought i would set them up ready to wrap. On starting them up 1 of the 4 had a currys password on so the cretin in the store sold me a shjop soiled unit for the price of a new one. Then the hinges started to go after xmas on one of the units, then one by one the webcams wentuntil none of the webcams were working, i took them back and they just said try this try that until the 28 days is up then u get told to deal with the tech guys, then the screen broke as the hinge flipped off, then another hinge on one of the others has started to do the same thing and the people whoi work there look for the tiniest scratches on the unit aqnd try to say it has been roughly handled even though when i took it back with the hinge problem he said it was a factory fault but he clicked it back and said it shouldnt happen again, but it did and it has started on one of the others, the same side too. I am never purchasing another thing from currys their after care is crap, god knows what they would do if they never had the tech guys, they would have to think of a book load of excuses to fob u off with instead. Very dissapointing and boo to u currys.
Has anyone else had problem like this??????? please i would love to hear from u.
We bought an Advent at PC World. It was cheaper with a better spec than the same "Good Brand". However, it was a mistake. Its been back four times for repair. Twice its had the 6 screen problem where 6 screens appear instead of 1. Once Power Supply Failed and once it just died. We still use and it does meet our needs to access the Internet, but very glad we have the PC World / KnowHow insurance. I have to say the insurance is very good. They do come and take the computer away and bring it back and they keep you informed about repairs - average is 2 weeks. In between times we use an ASUS Notebook as a backup, which has never failed. Advent is a cheap brand with cheap components poorly put together. You may be lucky and get a reliable machine, but in the long run I would have gone for less spec and a know reliable brand.
I have owned my advent 7094 laptop for about 2 yrs now and so i am in a position to comment on its reliability and its capacity to function as a main household computer. It was bought for £300 and hosts a 14.1 TFT screen, 256MB DDR Ram, integrated graphics, a 40GB HDD and a DVD +/- RW.
Its pros are fiirstly the cost. I have been able to do most of the things I would like to do with it such as wordprocess, play games, use it as a music studio etc. It has not broken down yet and serves as a replacement for a desktop computer well.
The cons are that it is very slow now. Despite being defragmented many times and old programs removed I have still managed to fill up the 40GB HDD easily with updates etc. It struggles to open multiple windows at once. I have also had problems with the screen going black and it freezing for short periods of time then returning to normal. Sometimes the mouse driver does not load and I have to crash the computer and turn it back on. It also does not feature a line in socket for recording from a musical instrument so you have to use mic in which is not as good for this task.
Overall, it serves its purpose but you get what you pay for!
With Advent you can't be sure what you're going to get because the product could be produced from any one of over 30 different companies. PC World/Curries/Dixons then choose what they consider the best configuration for the price and slap an Advent badge on it. So I would say there is a lot of luck involved with buying a good or bad Advent product.
I've found typically that the mid to high spec PC's arn't bad but the laptops are awful and I would never consider buying one. You also need to do your homework on spec because in general if it's cheap, upgrade options are limited at best.
Don't be fooled by deals around holiday periods like Xmas either because although the products will be dirt cheap, they will probably struggle to outperform a calculator. These deal machines are generally built to entice customers through the door and run out quickly.
I myself bought an Advent T11 and can only think of one annoyance which I can easily rectify. i.e. if something as basic as a screensaver starts up the processor fan goes into overdrive and sounds like a hoover. But performance wise it still keeps up with most modern games at full detail. Actually I did have to boost the memory to 2 gig but this is a relatively cheap mod for a computer. Not bad for a machine that is around 3 years old and cost around £800 at the time. It has never broke down and pretty much runs 18 hours a day.
~ The Advent of the home PC? ~
Now I know some people have had some real problems over the years with Advent computers, and perhaps I've just been exceptionally fortunate, but I've still got the first one we bought in 2001 (the Advent 3307 complete unit). Later we also added the Advent T9200 to the fold and that is also still going strong.
In fact, the Advent 3307 is what I am using to write this review now, so I can at least vouch for its longevity.
Because I'm talking about Advent in general as much as the machines, this review will only have some basic information about specifications on the computers since I don't want to land up with a review simple full of technical detail.
~ The Advent of..... Advent. ~
So, how did Advent come about? Well to be honest I'm not entirely sure in terms of being a company, but I do know they began to appear in PC World stores, and while I'm not someone who particularly likes having to get a newly built computer, I was impressed at the time with the spec. of the 3307 for the price and having been costing up our own supplies for a PC of similar spec, my father (a hardware computer engineer) and I decided we actually couldn't build our PC for the same price, and so went across to Chester where our nearest PC World store was and purchased the machine. I can't remember the full cost of the machine, but I know it was well under £1,000.
Because of the great service we got from the 3307, in late 2004 when we were also contemplating a new build, again I looked at the T9200 model, which initially had been retailing for well over £1,000 but was on offer bringing it well below the £1,000 mark (we paid £749-00 inc. monitor, keyboard and a HP printer) again it was apparent even after pricing up for our own build we wouldn't be able to supply ourselves with a machine for the same sort of money.
Now I admit, I'm not a great liker of PC world themselves. I think generally they are overpriced and con too many people into goods and services they really don't need when buying their computer or equipment. For one prime example you could buy a networking cable from them for £12-00 whereas a good online computer store sold the same item for £2-00 and even allowing for postage, it was still under a fiver! So in fact, apart from these two computers I've not set foot in a PC world store at all!
~ But I digress..... Advent computers ~
All computers when you buy them, no matter how good the specifications, are almost obsolete the minute you walk out of the door with them! Even in the last 12 months you can look at a computer that was the best you could get then, but is now lacking in some aspect compared to something of similar type today.
So, when we were looking for something new in 2001 (and again in 2004), we also wanted to try and ensure it would give us plenty of room to upgrade over the years.
The 3307 model most certainly allowed us to do that, and we have done basic upgrades as we've gone along.
So, the main upgrades have been - from 256 ram, we upgraded initially to 1024 ram, before putting in another stick to bring it to the maximum of 1536.
The original 40 Gb hard drive (a Maxtor unit) was fine, but didn't take long to fill. So, we eventually put another 200 Gb drive (this time a Seagate) which has been fine ever since.
I've also upgraded to have a DVD rewriter, rather than the standard CD rewriter it came with.
The T9200 also came with a pretty good specification package, and we have only had to upgrade the Ram from 512 to 1536, so it's now matching the older machine. Otherwise we've not had to touch it and it still does the job for us. This though did have a TFT 19" screen monitor, whereas the older 3307 had a 17" CFT monitor.
~ So how do they compare? ~
Well, the family (Including extended family) have all had a variety of machines over the years, from Time through to Dell and hand built units.
Apart from one family member who still uses a Time machine that is now verging on ancient (at least in computing terms), we're still using the same machines from 7 and nearly 4 years ago, including the same keyboards and monitors, (one CFT, one TFT), while other family members have had to chop and change their machines because they either haven't been able to upgrade properly, or simply have had them break down on them.
Now, I will admit the 3307, while still great for a lot of what I do with it, does just show its age now. I'm finding it harder to use some programs, but overall its still a great machine to use to surf the internet, fiddle with photos, do some graphic design work on, and even some website work (which I do for a hobby). However, its now just not quite good enough for a lot more media intensive work, like trying to edit film clips. But, unless you are using your machine either for gaming or multimedia applications, this would still suit most people perfectly well.
The T9200 on the other hand is still going strong on all counts, and picks up the work the 3307 isn't quite as adept at doing now.
The 3307 is noisier than the T9200, but again it isn't so intrusive as to be too much, but again compared to some of the modern machines it isn't the best out there now, but in its day it was far quieter than a lot of other machines.
The T9200 as I've said is far quieter and not one we notice running at all.
~ Support ~
I can honestly say we only had to use the support for the machines twice, both for the 3307 in the first year, and both because of my mistake rather than the machines, but both covered quickly and efficiently under the warranty at the time! So again, I can only give our overall assessment of the support out there, and for us it was great but since it was now 7 years ago, I'm not sure how it would have changed since then.
~ Overall thoughts ~
I simply can't complain. Now as I've said we might just have been fortunate enough to have got two machines which held up well, but compared to so many other machines out there that we've seen going by the wayside, even allowing for one or two operating niggles we might have encountered Advent Machines have been an absolutely superb in terms of value for money, longevity and overall ease of use for us and I can't praise them enough. Even if I were to get one tomorrow that didn't quite live up to the same levels these two machines have, I would still be a supporter of them, albeit with slightly more dented enthusiasm than I have now.
But then again, I wouldn't simply buy an Advent computer for the sake of it, no matter how good my previous experience has been and I would advise anyone else to look around.
I would have to see what was out there, offering what specifications and at what price. But Advent would be high up the list and I would give them serious consideration. I would urge others to as well.
5 out of 5 stars.
I have had my Advent 3209 for 20 months and after reading the review I thought I would offer my own views. I really have not had many problems with the machine except that after 2 weeks of purchase I had to have a new CD RW drive installed after much telephone conversations (at £1.00 per minute) to customer support and more or less being told I was stupid and couldn't operate it properly. I replaced the 40GB HHD with a 60GB HHD master and a 180GB HHD Slave. I also upgraded the 256DDR to 512DDR. All was working well for a long time until I tried to reinstall the OS just before Christmas 2003. My 60GB c: suddenly became damaged with bad sectors and the ghost would not work. I removed the 60GB drive and tried to install the OS to my large 180GB drive only to get the error message "Error 27049 cannot open ghosterr.txt. This was due to the fact that the drive was too big. (I also have an Advent 7007 laptop and the recovery disks for that worked perfectly well on the 3209 exept that my desktop now thinks it is a laptop!!.) I am advised that partitioning my 180GB HHD would help the original recovery disks to work. I have got new copies of the recovery disks after being advised that my disks were faulty. This is not the case. Also the drive light on the front of the PC doesn't flash anymore. It blinks when first turned on but when the boot runs thats it. Any comments advice to email@example.com would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I don't like buying computers. The whole PC industry seems to be one big joke. Last year's PC-buying ritual involved being let down by one mail order company (Novatch), leading to me running out of patience and going into PC World to see what I could pick up. PC World really prefer to do business with car owners, but I was able to get to the Hove store easily enough and it was a short taxi ride home with the goods. Staff weren't very intelligent or knowledgeable, but managed to avoid being offensive (see my Comet review for a true horror story), so no problems there. Here's what I ended up with: Advent 3408 Pentium 4, 2.0Ghz 512Mb RAM (no spare slots for expansion) 24x CD-writer 16x DVD-ROM GeForce 2 MX-400 graphics (64Mb) 40Gb hard drive Internal 56K modem 1 year on-site warranty No monitor. The bundle included a 15" TFT (flat) screen, but I already have enough monitors and would rather wait until I can buy a 17" TFT. For this they knocked £150 off the price. The flexibility is welcome, but it wasn't terrific value, as the screens were retailing for about £250-300 at the time. Not optional is the Windows XP Home edition operating sytem. Thanks to Microsoft's illegal monopoly it's very hard to buy a PC without it, but for the same reason, most people will actually need to run Windows anyway. There is no network card. It was cheap and easy for me to buy one though. Total cost was £1,050 without monitor, inc VAT. This seemed about right for the time. First then, the good points: It runs Linux fine. If you don't know what Linux is, you can ignore this point. The supplied Windows XP Home system also ran for the 5 minutes of its existence; it should be ok for people who aren't heavily into computers and technical stuff. Otherwise, you'll want to replace it with Win XP pro, Win 2000 or some other O
S, which is a bummer as it's impossible to avoid paying for Win XP Home already. The specifications are generally good, it will cope with the demands of most users no problem. I'm not a big games player, but the graphics card ought to be good enough for most people (if you buy now, look for a later model). In short, it's a decent enough PC on the face of it for general purpose use. The Pentium 4 CPU is nice and fast, and having a separate DVD-ROM and CD-writer is great for copying CDs (which is also fast). Now, the bad: When I got home, the supplied keyboard didn't work. Tested it on another PC, didn't work with that either so it went in the bin. The CD-writer also didn't work. It could barely even read a CD, never mind record one. This turned out to be a hassle for me, because I had installed the Linux operating system and needed to work out if it was a compatability problem or dodgy hardware. In the end I had to wipe the system and reinstall Windows to test it. Once the fault was confirmed, I phoned up and an engineer came the next day and fitted a spare. That's not bad service it has to be said, although I would prefer a working one in the first place! By the way, PC World must have a deal with Samsung, as they supplied both CD drives and the hard drive. I added a second hard drive, a 40Gb IBM. Now for the real disappointment. This PC is loud. I said, THIS PC IS LOUD! Unfortunately, most PC makers are guilty of bad engineering, but the Advent is the worst PC I've ever had in this respect. The PC is supposed to be suitable for multimedia - why else would it come with DVD player and software? And yet it's just not suitable for watching movies or listening to music. In fact, it's loud enough to spoil my listening enjoyment in the living room, even though the PC is in the room upstairs with the door shut. Don't even contemplate putting thi
s monstrosity actually IN your living room! The core reason for noise is that several components use a lot of power, which converts to heat and must be dissipated using fans. The fans are noisy (very cheap basically), and the case is poorly constructed, which causes it to amplify the noise further. I'm looking at modifying it to make it quieter. The power supply isn't the worst ever, but still makes a noise at the back of the case where it easily escapes. Unfortunately, at 12.5cm x 6.5cm x 10cm (approx) it's not the standard ATX size, so I couldn't replace it with the Q Technology one that's supposed to be virtually silent. The case fan (below the power supply at the back) is horribly noisy, and is about to be replaced. This will help (as will using special foam padding that you can buy) but it's never going to be a quiet PC. Tip: look at the quality of the case before buying. I think I'll avoid buying a PC with a small 'neat-sized' case that isn't much wider than the CD-ROM drive(s) at the front. I'm talking about the one with metal sides, that fixes on by a few screws at the back - the bog-standard cheap PC case basically. Newer, slightly bigger ones are less likely to be a problem, and there's more room to make modifications. If you don't want to modify your PC, then I would avoid buying the Advent altogether, because the noise is just too horrible to live with. Your expensive new computer will end up only being switched on when you absolutely need it. Not exactly a good buy in that case! Buying tip: it will be difficult to tell how loud a PC is in the shop, not just because of ambient noise, but because the sound will get lost in the larger open space. Don't believe what the sales staff try to tell you! Conclusion Not a bad bundle on the face of it, but it's built with the cheapest possible components, two of which failed (keyb
oard and CD writer) and makes far too much noise for something that is supposed to go in the home. (Or office, or anywhere except a factory floor...) If you're a computer expert, opening the lid will make you cringe. If you're not, you'll have to suffer in silence. Er, or not.
I bought this PC last December as PC World were doing a very favourable deal on it and we were in the market for a new system (donating the old one to the children for homework duties). I had done a lot of research via the numerous Computer magazines on the news-shelves and decided that this deal was too good to miss. The spec runs like this:- AMD Athlon XP2400+ 512mb DDR RAM 120gig 7200rpm HDDwith 2mb buffer DVD drive CD writer (48x48x24) 15" TFT screen ATI RADEON 9000 128mb graphics card 4xUSB2 ports (2 front mounted) Ethernet port Windows XP HE The list goes on, but suffice to say that it is a very high spec system even now, 3 months later. It has been totally reliable and is blindingly quick. The TFT screen is great and I certainly wouldn't go back to using a CRT, even though a CRT probably has the edge picture wise - the TFT has such a small footprint that it's worth losing a bit of picture quality for. The only quibble I have is that there is a dearth of documentation. I would have liked to have some decent manuals, but having said that, I'm not what you might call a novice user, so I get by well enough. The icing on the cake is that it looks good - my wife saw it in the shop and immediately said 'I like the look of that one'! Yes - it's blue. I havn't used the customer support, so I can't comment on it. So all-in-all, I would say that if you need a system of this kind of spec and you can get by without the documentation you might get elsewhere, then I can recommend it. Especially if PC World are doing another 'deal'.
Hmmmm Advents are they a good machine???? A few years ago I would have said YES but now I am not so sure The latest machine we purchased was an Advent 3209 a medium/high spec PC it was bought as a replacement to an older advent, within 2 mths of purchasing this machine we started to have a few problems on the Hard Drive so decided to reformat and start again...... Only to find that the recovery CD was faulty and wouldn't fully reformat the machine after several hours and a few telephone calls to the Helpline we managed to get it working after a fashion. Then a few weeks later we tried to connect the Advent to another PC (fujitsu), we purchased the correct cable and connected them both and tried to set them up as a mini network only to find that the onboard network card on the advent was knackered, again after several telephone calls to the helpline they decided it was knackered as well.... this is after telling us that we were doing it wrong and had not correctly set it up. We are still waiting for the correct recovery CDs and have now started to have trouble with the DVD drive and the motherboard (replacement). Overall Advent machines used to be af the highest quality but in recent years have started to fall by the wayside.
My very first computer capable of using the Internet, was a Mitac 166 MMX. I purchased this nearly 4 years ago at a cost of £1300, including scanner and printer. Within 2 years it had become very outdated with the launch of Pentiums and 56k modems. I was gutted to learn that this computer would only fetch £250 if I sold it! I vowed never to buy a brand new computer again, just as I would never buy a brand new car from a showroom - you loose hundreds of pounds as soon as you walk out of the door. So two years ago, my boyfriend decided to build me one (being very good at electronics etc.). We purchased the parts cheaply from auctions, direct from PC manufacturers and computer shops. I ended up with a 400mhz Celeron processor, 56k modem, 64mb ram memory and a 17” monitor, which all totalled £500. Of course, that soon became outdated and I was in desperate need of more memory. I then saw an advert on the TV for a 1300mhz computer with 128mb memory and a Pentium IV processor. The price: £999. I wanted it, but didn’t have the available cash, so I rang the company and asked if they could do me an interest free ‘buy now, pay next year’. No, sorry, we don’t do that! I was starting to get desperate. Where could I get a grand from without going short? Anyway, I rang a few major stores like Tempo, Time, Tiny, Curry’s and PC World. I was stunned when PC World told me that they could do me an Advent with a Pentium IV, 1400mhz processor, 256mb memory, 56k modem, 17” monitor and a DVD CD Re-writer all for £1199. They could also do interest free ‘buy now, pay next year’. Great! That afternoon I rushed my boyfriend to the store to be told that they had sold the last model that morning. I could have screamed. Gutted again, we went home where I rang other PC World stores around my area only to be told that they too had sold out. Nobody at these stores could tell me when they expe
cted a delivery. The next day I rang some of the other stores again (Time, Tempo etc.) but none of them could do a computer like the Advent. I was starting to get very disheartened as I rang our local PC World again, and spoke to the same person that had originally told me about the computer. “It’s such a popular computer” she said. “People are paying for them before they arrive in stock”. That’s what I had to do then. Go and pay for a computer that I had never laid eyes on. I did this the following day. She told me that it could be 7 - 10 days before any more arrived in stock. But she was wrong, two days later I got a call from PC World to tell me my new baby was in stock, and that I could come and collect it. I was ecstatic. And here it is. All set up. Shame you can’t see it. And I know that in another two years time, there will probably be a Pentium Super Charger or something like that, but for now I’m happy with what I’ve got. So what exactly have I got? ~Advent Hard Drive~ It is an upright case with 40gb of hard drive space. A floppy disk drive with space for another. A CD-ROM/DVD drive with space for another or separate drives. Pentium IV Processor 1400mhz, 256mb ram memory, 56k modem and a 64mb video card. ~Monitor~ This is a Samsung SyncMaster 750s with a 17” screen. When it first arrived it looked smaller than my old monitor, but when I measured the dimensions, they were indeed the same. ~Keyboard~ This is an Internet keyboard. By that I mean that as well as the usual keys, it has 3 extra buttons to allow you access the internet, put your computer to sleep and an email button to access email. ~Mouse~ Just a plain mouse with a scroll button. ~Speakers~ A pair of Creative SBS35 speakers (35w output), made by Cambridge SoundWorks. I have decided not to use these speakers as my old o
nes are of better quality. ~Software~ Microsoft Windows Millennium. Microsoft Works 2001 RollerCoaster Tycoon Grand Prix Simulator GP 500 Mosby’s Medical Encyclopaedia Compton’s Encyclopaedia 2000 Worms Armageddon Mech Warrior 3 Super Karting Compton’s 3DWorld Atlas Civilization II Test of Time Risk II So is it lightning? Yes and no. It works well on the Internet but can only be as fast as my ISP connection and telephone line. Off-line it works great, I can notice the difference in speed. The case is slightly longer than my previous case, so it sticks out by a few inches. There were no ‘frills’ with this computer like a printer or scanner, but that was not important. I’m happy with the software, especially Microsoft Windows Millennium edition. This is so helpful on the Internet. And as I have been a fan of Theme Hospital and Theme Park, I can’t wait to play RollerCoaster Tycoon. For the money it is an excellent buy for what you get. Other stores had quoted me far more money for less, and remember I brought this ‘blind’ so to speak, I never saw it until I got it home. The design is ok but I don’t like the name ‘Advent’ in big blue letters across my hard drive. Just for those technical people out there, I am told that the 256mb memory is 2 sticks of 128mb.
I loved my PC, but as a Computer Science Student I realised that my beloved 486 just wouldn't be up to the job. So I took a little trip to PC World having read through my PC magazine and decided that a PIII 500 from Advent would be a good investment. This was October 1999, it's now March 2001 and it's only crashing about 3 times a day now. Now, I should probably be having a little rant about the hardware not the vendor, but it seems a little strange to me that as soon as all the parts are not under warranty they start to fail..... The first thing I replaced was the monitor. Then there was the DVD drive - sometimes it just didn't feel like opening, no matter how many times you pressed the eject button. Then there was the floppy disk drive, having used it possibly 10 times maximum in the year (I was on a network and backed things up on the server) it decided it was time to give up. Then there was the hard disk - failed 2 months ago, lost 13GB of stuff. These things happen, I know, it just seems like co-incidence. Perhaps better quality parts would solve this? All I know is that my old 486's disk drive works well in this machine now. I don't have much against the company - for a year I had a very nice computer which I enjoyed using, it's only now that I'm having to replace everything that I'm beginning to think that perhaps it wasn't as good value as I thought.
I bought my Advent 8594 in Feb 1999, at the time it was the second fastest available. It's a Pentium II 400Mhz, with 64Mb of RAM. (I recently upgraded it to 128Mb - very easy to do). It has a 10Gb hard disk, which was a good size at the time. 8Mb ATI Rage Pro Graphics Card. I got a 17" Monitor, printer, scanner, and desk for £1100. I think they are really good value. To get the equivalent specification in a Packard Bell for example I was about £400 more. Advent is Dixons Group (Dixons, PC World, Currys, The Linkand Jakarta) own brand. It is geared to compete with the direct sellers, such as Time, Tiny, and the Mail Order firms. I like to negotiate a deal whenever I'm buying anything expensive, and found the staff at PC World and Currys ( tell you more later) willing to talk. The original spec was with a 15" monitor, and it was £120 extra to upgrade to the 17". I managed to get the salesman to agree to the larger monitor for an extra £30, and the desk was a very basic trolley type, but he let me pay the difference for a better desk. So the deal was done, I was happy, he went to get the PC only to find it was out of stock. After waiting a week for him to try to track one down, I decided to go to Currys next door. I told the salesman about the deal I had with the salesman in PC World and asked if there was any chance of them doing the same deal. He brought the manager over, and after to some discussion, he bettered their deal. He upgraded to monitor to 17" for no extra charge, and also gave me a better desk and headset microphone thrown in. The PC had plenty of room for expansion with spare slots inside and 2 spare large drive bays, and one spare smaller bay. I recently fitted an extra 64MB of RAM, which just slotted straight into a spare slot. The layout of the PC nside seems very good, and the PC is really still up to date even now. It could maybe do with a better graphics card if I was a games
player, but that is easy to do as it is an AGP slot, not an integrated graphics card. I was particularly looking for a PC that was upgradable, not one with onboard/integrated graphics or soundcards. I'm very pleased with the price and quality of the PC, all top notch parts, and it has been very reliable (and it does get used a lot). The only problem I've had was damage to the hard disk, which was done under the warranty at my home ( the warranty is "on site" rather than "return to base"). But this was our fault and not the PCs' as my children accidentally knocked the power off without shutting the PC down first, and the hard disk showed as having damaged clusters. Although it was very few, and the PC still worked perfectly well, I thought I should get it done while under warranty. Which they did without quibble. I would definately have another one, although I think it will be a while before I will be unable to upgrade this one.
I bought my first PC 2 years ago, it was an Advent 8652. Advent is PC worlds own range of computers, they are sold without a lot of extras, keeping the cost down, which was ideal as I hadnt got a lot of cash. I got the best model at the time (PII 450, DVD, 64MB RAM) and it still stands up well today. The hardware has caused me no problems at all, and any weird problems i had were caused by windows, and the people at PCWorld usually were very able in assisting me. The big difference between advent and the like sof Compaq, HP, Time and Tiny is like I said, the lack of estras, for some this would be a bad thing, as lots of people like the free software, digi camera, printer and all but i wasnt looking for this, i just wanted a PC. The staff were knowledgable (I think they want to sell these more as they are their own) but at no time pushy. As a first timer buying a PC (As you will know) is a tricky affair without the right advice, but the Advent proved an excellent move for me. The only thing i would change is the memory, i now know i could use 128MB, but this is changeable as there are numerous expansion slots in the PC, so it will last years. OVERALL SPECS : PII 450 64Mb SD RAM 100Hz AGP 8Mb ATI Graphics Card DVD-ROM Drive 17" Monitor Software : Word 97, Works 4.5, Puzzle Pack, Recovery CD's and floppies (All software comes with installation CD's) Money 99, Encarta 99.
Having bought several computers I decided it was time to make sure the computer I invested in was upgradable. I had always enquired to this in the past and been told, sure, no problem, only to find out later that this was not the case due to major advances in technology, or due to an over enthusiastic member of the sales staff. I bought the Advent from a major PC retailer, and made sure I asked all the questions this time. Sure enough as well as being very reliable the computer has proven to be very easily upgraded. The system itself is one with many customer options which means the need for upgrading later should be reduced, it is almost as good as having a computer built to order, but much cheaper. In comparison to other computers it has been very reliable and the value for many of the system in comparison to many of the more well known names is astounding.