View Full Version : Asus notebook - opinions wanted

11-02-2002, 09:23 PM
This is tempting...

Dick Smith's latest brochure has the Asus A1300-750 notebook for $2787.

It has Celeron 750MHz, 128mb memory, 2 PC card slots, CD drive, floppy and 'large' 13.3 inch TFT LCD display. Their website also says 10GB Hard Drive, built-in 56K modem and much more.

Is this a good machine? What are the pitfalls of 'going cheap'? Dick Smith's website says this machine is 'exclusive' but other sites also seem to have it. The other ones have listed WinMe as the OS - is this good?

Do the PC card slots allow you to use a regular mouse and/or keyboard with it, or what are they for?

Will be very grateful for any advice. Thanks!!

12-02-2002, 12:10 AM

My Dad bought one of these machines. It seems pretty good to date with no problems yet. You can hook up external ,mouse etc, but the PC slots are for things like external devices such as PDA's, Scanners, network cards (although I think that notebook comes with an internal one). etc. I would also be interested in hearing of any known issues with this notebook.


12-02-2002, 02:06 AM
Susan, I'd suggest perhaps the 'exclusive' is meaning that it is exclusive to their website and can't be bought in their stores?

12-02-2002, 04:22 PM
Didja know, Susan? You can see the full specifications by clicking on the 'Cat No', or the picture.

Looks quite good. But I will wait for someone to buy one for me. I like things which can be dropped without breaking.

I'd say that 'exclusive' means that no one else has computers with the same serial numbers as the ones DSE have. That is, nothing.

The special price means that there is a new model coming out, and they want to clear their stock.

If you buy it, be sure to get the free Corel Linux OEM (free with any purchase over $60). (Only at some branches).

I see they have a special on some MS software: 'Professional Software for Win CE' -- $0.25. That's what MS software is worth.

12-02-2002, 04:51 PM
Thanks for replying guys.

Graham P: it's good to hear that your Dad likes his one. Ah, so that's what a PC slot is, I should have known that <blushes>.

Mike: it's the other way around - no more available online, sold in the shops only as they are moving stock ready for the next model.

Graham L: <blushes even more> Yes, I did discover that - eventually - and found an Aladdin's Cave of info behind the 'door'. Shall I take them on over that 'Exclusive' statement? After all, it is misleading advertising. Might get it even cheaper as a gag LOL.

I see that it's got WinMe as the OS - is that the one that should be avoided?

Does anyone know how the Asus and Acer notebooks compare for quality? I've seen an Acer 213TX with Celeron 850MHz, 10 GB HDD, 128MB ram, 14.4' TFT, 24X CD, 56K modem and WinXPH for $2,699 +gst which seems quite a good buy. Better specs than the Asus, on the surface at least.

12-02-2002, 11:28 PM
Hi Susan,

Anything, so long as it's not PC Company...lol

I can personally recomment Dell for notebooks. My is onto his second one, he's had it for about 4 years and it has had no hardware problems whatsoever. windows 98 has proved to be a little difficult, but you'd expect that after four years of 24/7 use.

Dell tends to be on the expensive side, but compared to Dick Smiths, they are probably highly competative.

Have a browse of their website, but expect to have systems starting at over $3000... If you can afford it, they're well worth it.

I'd be very keen to avoid buying from a company that does specialise in computers (noel leeming, Dick Smiths, Smiths city-expecially, etc) because they have terrible tech support (Dell's is superb)

I'd also lean in favour of an Asustek or Acer model, as both have an outstanding reputation in the notebook field. A good place to get hold of one is www.tastech.co.nz, but again expect to pay a little more for a quality brand.

Notebooks are incredibly complex, and thus if it breaks you can expect to be paying at least 3 times what you would for a PC, plus extra for components, etc. For this reason I'd look at getting something with a long warranty on parts (And labour if poss.). This also supports the argument to get quality.

Take a look at the Acer 213TX on tastech.co.nz. It's more costly than the DS one, but it does have all of the requirements I'm proposing:

3 years warranty,

Quality brand,

Reasonably stirling performance,

VERY trustworthy supplier... There is no-one like tastech for giving you a good deal, and good after-sale service.

So, in summary:

First Priority - Dell laptop. Expensive as hell, but worth every penny,nothing'll go wrong

Second Priority - Acer/Asus - Quality and reliable, almost as good as Dell, cheaper and also has good service etc...

Third Priority - Whatever you can get your hands on, bangs for bucks. That means the DS one, but I'm sure that when something does go wrong, DS will be able to fix it, but it'll take longer, it may need several attempts, and the warranty may be shorter (you didn't say).

Hope I have been of service!


the FAT man

13-02-2002, 07:54 AM
Thank you KO, Brendan and Erin for your helpful advice, much appreciated.

Erin: absolutely sterling service! Couldn't ask for better LOL. The DS machine has a one-year warranty. I think I'll do some more homework rather than rushing into anything. There will always be 'specials' coming up so it won't be the end of the world if DS sell out of this one. Will check out Dell's offerings a bit more.

Thanks again everyone.