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      15.05.2002 09:42
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      I bought a Pico Consul over two years ago, it cost around £1,100. I have been incredibly pleased with the laptop for a ling time until recently (past 6 months). The laptop always worked really well, looked good (in its day!) and had a much better spec than similarly priced branded competitors laptops. However, just like the others that mentioned the Consul at dooyoo, I noticed the same crack at the back of the screen hinges. It is getting progressively worse and I noticed screen flickering which was getting really bad at times and then it would settle down to almost unnoticeable! All ok at the moment! So, I re-iterate, the computer was an excellent buy and I got almost 3 years full term hard labour from this computer. As regards functionality, it still is quite fast and loads up an MS Office application in 3-5 secs. The P4s in work aren't much better than that! However, the build quality seems to be in question, and I reckon that the screen flickering is related to the crack at the hinge. Perhaps the hinges just can't handle a few years of opening and closing the covers/screens. I just leave the screen open all the time now as I don't want to augment the crack any further! A solution? Also, be cautious about buying accessories from the company...I was quoted £99 for 64MB RAM and I got it from Technomatic for around £20! I guess these parts are standard and can be purchased elsewhere if you look around.

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        11.09.2001 04:14
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        I bought a Pico. I spent ages looking around for the best value laptop computer and decided that a Pico fit the bill for me. I am a private tutor and teach, examine and award qualifications in IT and other subjects, so I need a reliable system, a fast one and with storage enough to cope with my students work. I needed to carry it around five evenings a week and it has to be a workhorse. I bought the Pico Consul two years ago and added to its spec. at Pico so as to increase the RAM, storage and so on. Within a week the screen went down and Pico replaced it with a second machine. About six weeks later, the screen began to flicker and glow pink. I sent it back to Pico and they checked and repaired it, something to do with an earth strap. It worked well for the next ten month, but a week or so out of guarantee it had the flickering screen back. I found if I moved the lid (screen) then for a while it would behave then, some ten minutes later, had to adjust again. I have looked after the machine with great care, believe me, yet when it was fourteen month old it developed a slight crack in the lid caseing near the hinge area. The crack has progressed slowly and is now some 12mm long. I fear that soon it will go and dissable the screen totally. The screen still goes into glowing pink mode at random. I will not buy Pico again and I am looking to replace the machine soon. It seemed a good buy and yes! I think it was if it had worked as it should. Spec? 333Mhz AMD K2 6G hard D Sound card 128 RAM 14.1 TFT Screen A real spec for two years ago Cost? £1400 Not too cheap either, then

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