Written on: 25/11/2010
i bought this unit from pc world december 2006 and it has been used daily and still going nice.upgraded to vista and 2gb memory.now runs windows 7 very well including aero.the only thing against it is the hard drive only 80gb,way to small but external hard drives are great.screen would have been better it it was a glossy finish.this has been the first laptop that i have bought that has been no problem at all. (read more)
Written on: 23/02/2010
Bought in Oct 06, so now 3 1/2 years old and used fairly heavily most days in my business. Using it to write this review.
Totally screwed up about two years ago. Tried to install dual boot Linux. Cocked up. All my fault. Got boot/driver cd from Tech Guys. Re-installed XP and Linux Ubuntu again. Never looked back.
Have upgraded to 320 Gig HD and 2 Gig RAM. Using AutoCAD, Photoshop, Office 2007, Linux Ubuntu no probs.
Hardware problems, absolutely none.
Used to to spec and build my own PCs.... (read more)
Written on: 28/05/2009
The Advent 7111 is an excellent piecs of kit, had mine about 2 and bit years...apart from the odd battery / charger problem, nothing. Well worth the money, great buy for me based then. (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2009 by ninaxo
The good points of the Advent 7111 are that the screen is wide, and clear. It keeps crashing, turning off at unexpected times. (read more)
Written on: 22/11/2008 by sufitul (1 review written)
The Laptop comes with Media Center pre-installed and all of its drivers, which is very good. Also, the 1 GB of DDR2 memory and dual-core CPU bring a significant overall performance boost. The harddrive is not too bad as it comes with 80 GBs however, it can be dauntingly slow at times.
The LCD widescreen is ideal for watching movies but disappoints at the quality sector because of poor contrast and brightness as well as being particularly delicate which can, in turn, lead to the appearance of... (read more)
Written on: 07/10/2008 by scottieg101
The day after I wrote my previous message I went to an electrical store called Maplins to try sort of my power cable problem. They sell a universal power cable for £35 which has worked an absolute treat. The power works better than it used to now and I'm glad I went there because the only other option would be to of gone to PC World where they would probably send it off and fleece me out a lot of money. I took my laptop along to Maplins and I was able to test the universal cable in store... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2008
Have had this for under 2 years and have had it sent away about 6 times for several problems such as not turning on, faulty charger etc etc. Now for the past few months its been randomly restarting im guessing this is because there may be a problem with the psu in the laptop itself. Also the screen gets like a quick flash which Im guessing is due loose connections.
Not to mention this is a rather laggy machine and the graphics card is too basic and the closing mechanism is very cheap. This is... (read more)
Written on: 24/09/2008 by scottieg101
I have had two previous laptops (Sony & Compaq) and I must say the Advent one I have now has pleasantly surprised me in its performance and speed. I use it for work, programmes such as Revit and CAD and social use including gaming and it has always ran efficiently and quickly for everything.
The laptop itself is simply the best around for the price, I have had mine for a year and a half and never experienced problems associated with the actual laptop, however the power cable is a different... (read more)
Written on: 02/09/2008
I've owned an Advent 7111 fo nearly 2 years and use it 10 hours a day, every day for heavy business use.
I run MSSQL, a webserver and Photoshop and it handles it all.
It has been the most reilable computer I've used in 20 years. (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2008
The internet receiver kept breaking it was slow to load and start and with programms such as itunes it crashed. I hated it. (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2008
The Advent 7111 is overall a brilliant pc. Ideal for a first time laptop of any age as its very easy to use, good for younger ages for the first laptop and for the older generation that cant work with complex technology. Brilliant specifications and plays DVD's, Music and nearly all kind of media I have tried. Well recommend this Advent laptop, only bad point for me is the battery life runs out rather quickly when working with playing music or games, but this is expected with most laptops... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2008
Quite good for gaming and good for programmers, a little heavy
for collage students in my opinion, and the power lead splits after a year of
carrying it round in a laptop bag, apart for this its a very all round
good laptop for the price. Well recommend this Acer 7111 laptop. (read more)
Written on: 26/03/2008
Seems pc world knew they were using a faulty batch of motherboards, in my opinion anyway, all advent 7111 sold at Christmas 2006 have been breaking down with the same problem as far as I am aware. Pc world denies all knowledge of this problem though in my opinion, many customers are joining forces to raise a public suit against pc world. Therefore I do not recommend the Advent 7111 (read more)
Written on: 24/01/2008
The Advent 7111 is a very good laptop! I had it more than 1 year (I gave it to my girlfriend), now I bought Sony Vaio VGN-aer51e and I can say Advent was better. (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2007 by manrow (2 reviews written)
As of today I had a problem of being unable to reactivate my Advent 7111 after long hibernation. Turned it off by holding down on/off button. On restarts kept asking whether to continue start or delete restore files and restart? Chose continue start option 3 or 4 times to no avail - just continued to show original message again and again. Finally in desperation selected 'delete restore files and restart' which it did. Would not then shut-down. Selected System Restore from 2 days previously... (read more)
Written on: 04/06/2007 by junooni38
I am really happy with my Advent 7111. Value for money I will recommend this product. (read more)
Written on: 23/05/2007 by Nickgoodwin (1 review written)
I got this laptop as a present. Thought it was really good. Within the first week it crashed so I took it to PC World. They did a "system recovery" it worked again for a week then crashed again. So I took it back and they did another "system recovery". Yay! It worked again. Another week later it crashed. I was angry at this point so I rang the tech guys. They picked it up, when I finally got it back after a whole month and 2 weeks it was working slower than it was before so I though "Oh... (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2007 by tourish
The tech guys are also slow in getting parts, they've had the laptop a month now saying they are waiting on parts. (read more)
Written on: 26/02/2007 by anneb
Looks a lovely laptop, but obviously the problem i am having has put me off (read more)
Written on: 13/02/2007 by Uncle Fester (1 review written)
Well, I got my Advent 7111 for Christmas 2007. It probably wouldn't have been my first choice for a laptop, but, so far I'm very please with it.
Two draw back's to it 1) Windows XP media. Just 3 days after Christmas it was BSODing about 3 times a day and no restore were included. Apparently you have to call Tech Support and wait 28 days to get them!. So I got rid of XP and installed PC Linux OS. Installed first time and had a full working desktop in 30 min. As yet no crashing!!!
2)The PCI... (read more)
Written on: 31/01/2007 by manrow (2 reviews written)
Haven't yet discovered how good/bad PC World repair systems are as cannot find receipt at the moment. Will let you know! (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2007 by roxyuk64
The Advent 7111 laptop is very good, apart from the sound quality. You will need to connect it to additional speakers. (read more)
Written on: 11/01/2007 by m25man (4 reviews written)
As an IT pro I was reluctant to purchase this brand but I needed a cheap laptop for my eldest son urgently and after deliberating long and hard decided that I couldn't do better for the price.
My suspicions were proved correct quite early on when it started to BSOD regularly. So we rebuilt it "Twice". It subsequently began to die regularly and failed to boot. After some further testing we found a very unstable memory chip.
Regrettably the laptop was now 30 days old just 2 days over the... (read more)
Written on: 31/12/2006 by avrilmcd (1 review written)
The Advent 7111 is very good but I would like to know how to use all the different programs and so could really do with getting my hands on another disk. (read more)
Written on: 01/12/2006 by WheelieUK (2 reviews written)
I rarely praise a system, believing you can do better, and you probably could with this system, but for under £500, I doubt it. This is a fast loading system, which was easy to use.
Although I am proficient in most things IT already, this system was up and running in under 5 minutes, and connected to the net within 10, using Wifi. The only complaint I had was the pressure PC World put on to buy their insurance, and also to buy Norton Security from them. I am on a LAN, so I didn't need the... (read more)
Written on: 19/11/2006 by jimrbrobinson (8 reviews written)
Overall, the Advent 7111 laptop is an excellent package for a sub-£500 notebook (price at PC World). I've been buying Advent for a few years now, and once again I'm impressed. This machine does everything I want, and the wireless connectivity is excellent.
Another 'Burn-it-yourself' when it comes to backup / re-installation media, and I did have a couple of problems with the software initially, but the support website quickly had me sorted (though I had to use the 7109 model page as the... (read more)