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PENDO 14.1" Intel Atom Processor 4GB 32GB Laptop $149 C&C (Or +$8 Shipping) @ The Good Guys

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usually $200. Its now $149. $8 for shipping. Plenty of stock in stores around Sydney region for pick up.

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  • +2 votes

    Wow are they still making atom processors?

    I bought a atom laptop a few years back and its garbage. Takes around 15mins just to start up lol.

    Are they any better now?

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      my xiaomi tablet has one. have used free-cad on it for light drawings and it has 2gb ram only. also fine for netflix or 2-3 web browser pages

      Its probably bloatware and start-up programs that slow it down prolly.

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      Reasonably quick usable - these are Quad-core atoms (albeit, 4x very low-powered cores) and combined with the flash memory should take no longer than a 30 secs to a minute to boot up and be ready to use once you've got a few programs installed.

    • +1 vote

      no still crap …..ok for nas or dedicated linux application but not a PC …..

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      The intel m processor is about as low as you can go without going crazy.

  • +4 votes

    Not a bad machine, 4GB RAM sets it apart from most of the older cheap atom-powered tablets/laptops, so it's somewhat usable. I'd recommend doing a fresh install of the latest build of Windows 10 and setting all wireless networks as metered (to prevent updates) or else the 32GB will disappear quick.

    EDIT: for anyone buying, might be worth grabbing a $2 WiFi adapter as people have reported the inbuilt WiFi dying…

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      I'd recommend doing a fresh install of the latest build of Windows 10

      I wouldn't. Drivers provided by Pendo don't always install properly with new installs. 200 updates left 20GB free.

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    WOW you must have got one with fast Atoms.

  • +3 votes

    here is a case of not so much on the Atom but PENDO, oh gawd PENDO

  • +1 vote

    Don't even bother.
    Atom + 4GB + Pendo + 32GB = something you wouldn't even wish upon your worst enemy. It's astounding that this still costs $149.

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      Yeah it's a bit expensive. I don't mind it but the RAM and EMMC are not upgradeable and 32GB is not a lot.

  • +1 vote

    can buy from their ebay page and use WISH20 if you have it.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-PENDO-3385286-14-1-Intel-Ato...

    Is the screen TN? That's what I want to know.

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    someone gave it 5 stars said its a Great notebook while patting there labrador. Can you stick an ssd in this thing.

  • +4 votes

    they are banning one time use garbage bags as they pollute , but they allow this sort of thing to be made which has a larger carbon footprint ……

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    Cheaper via their eBay page especially if you have coupons
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-PENDO-3385286-14-1-Intel-Ato...

    Also target is selling something similar?
    https://www.target.com.au/p/protab-14-1-quad-core-intel-32gb...

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    This is 149 wasted.

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    the 4 gb ram is great ……win10 easily fits into 4gb …..it’s the 32 gb flash …… if you get a big win10 update it probabaly won’t have enough room …… it’s the problem i found with my 32 gb atom ….needed to download onto seperate drive from microsoft and launch as during upgrade it keeps an old version for roll back …… depends how much stuffing around you are willing to do to keep it updated, patched and get rid of temp files etc so all runs well in the 32 gb flash.

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    I wouldn't touch it with a 10 feet pole. 32gb hard drive + windows 10 = asking for trouble

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    Doesn't say what version of Atom it's using.

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    I'm guessing it would be fine with linux, but then one of the most priciest things of this build would be windows I think so a bit silly.

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    wouldn't even bother with this product. i had a Pendo Windows 8.1 tablet and a Pendo pad with detachable keyboard (Windows 10) and both failed.

    luckily, Pendo were great in giving refunds for both in full. i know this is my own experience but the build quality gave me serious concerns, and the fact they keep changing their name to other brands every year or so is a worry

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    rather buy a chinese mini..

  • +1 vote

    Had a netbook back in the day and i thought it was amazing.

    However these netbook specs haven't increased with the requirements of these days.

    It's either a $200 piece of crap laptop or $1000 for an ultrabooks but no middle ground.

    Tablets are ok but a proper laptop browsing experience trumps a tablet in my opinion.

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      you comparing this to old single and dual core netbooks. Most people that use laptops dont use them for gaming, they browser, office, connect to remote desktops so no need for high specs

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        Having used an Asus with a similar processor, no it does run slow and crap and actually quite worse than some Celerons. Intel sucked on the Atom chip Z-series for phones and lappies.

        • -1 vote

          You not going to get i7 performance, so not sure what your issue is

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          I think your expectations are too high for a $150 machine… Did the Asus have 4GB of RAM or 2 like (almost all) of their atom-based devices?

          I was more than happy with my Atom tablet (2g - fresh install, no bloatware) a couple of years back for notetaking, Word/office, browsing, YouTube, research etc, and it got through a whole day on a charge.
          </rant>

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          @donnot: yep had 2gb Ram. I don't think my expectations are too high considering even with no bloatware and a fresh Win10 install it lagged whne having even four tabs open in Chrome. At $300 it would be a downright ripoff. 150 yeah ok but you still taking a gamble with Pendo quality.

          I don't play games or expect the world in performance but when I expect to boot up and get something done quickly and Chrome hangs, it's frustrating. It's ok if you're old and you have a few hours to spare waiting to get stuff done.

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          @asa79: see my comment below. And i7 comparison is just silly at this point.

      • +1 vote

        I'm talking about the requirements of even browsing. Have you seen how much ram chrome uses with just general browsing?

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      I still use my little Dell Mini 9, running XP on 2GB RAM & N270 Atom CPU. I replaced the 16GB SSD for a 32GB, but that's about it. Runs great and seems a lot zippier than the cheap-o ones I see offered now.

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    Would be good for young kids, atleast if they break it not a big issue

    • -3 votes

      If I was your kid and received this I would be so embarrassed for you and tell you to stop being such a tight arse. Cheap sometimes does not equate to being a bargain.

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    For $149 i'd rather buy a Chinese android tablet that dual boots

    • +2 votes

      The specs will be the same and in Windows 10 it will perform poorly. But half of the emmc will have gone to Android partition, leaving the Windows partition with inadequate space to even update Windows.

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    I might see if linux mint runs as expected.

    If it does, this is a steal.

    • +1 vote

      If it's the same as the unisurf sold by Aldi it may have driver issues with the sound(es8316 audio device) and the inbuilt wifi (sound Broadcom SDIO chip, needs a nvram file from windows) I slapped a mini realtek usb wifi card on mine and use the system for linux testing…. I suggest backing up the windows before wiping the system just in case.

      I'm using Lubuntu 18.04, so if you know how to patch drivers in the kernal and feel comfortable with terminal go ahead :)

      P.S Check http://linuxiumcomau.blogspot.com/ for tips and tricks with cheap atoms and linux…

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