Advent 9517 Laptop Review

Posted on Jan 13 2008 - 9:50pm by Richard Sharp

Avent 9517 laptopAdvent 9517 Laptop only £479.99 + free delivery

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This fantastic value laptop is a great alternative to your desktop PC with a 17″ widescreen display and enough power and memory to fulfill your enterntaiment needs. This laptop features Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium, is wireless enabled and has a large 2GB of memory. The massive 160 GB of Hard drive provides ample storage for your CD collection and photos.

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5250
  • (1.50 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 2 MB Cache)
  • Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium
  • 2 GB Memory
  • 160 GB Hard drive
  • 17″ Widescreen Display
  • Integrated Webcam
  • Wireless Enabled
  • DVD ReWriter MultiDrive
  • Silver Colour

31 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Richard January 13, 2008 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    That's an amazing price for a 17 inch laptop with that spec, I paid £999 for my laptop with a lower about 13 months ago!

  2. greg January 19, 2008 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    My Advent 9517 arrived on Thursday and I am so impressed, I don’t know how I lived without it! It is so quick and the screen is massive compared to my old model. I looked at other alternatives including a HP that was similar spec (smaller hard drive + less ram) which was actually more expensive. I am happy to say I have made the right choice! I only paid 480 quid for this amazing machine – great!

  3. Paul January 20, 2008 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    What is the webcam like on the advent 9715? I have seen other brands with webcams on and they appear a little dull. Any help would be appreciated.

  4. Richard January 20, 2008 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    The webcam is great and is really easy to use, it integrates easily/automatically with applications such as messenger. The webcam is nice and bright too, so you should not suffer a dull picture! Hope this helps

  5. Tony Hodges January 21, 2008 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Richard – just bought a 9517 but can't find any way of operating the integral webcam. Would appreciate help there – thanx!

  6. Richard January 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Tony, It depends on which program you are trying to use the webcam in? If it is being used in msn messenger then all you need to do is click on the webcam icon within messenger (if this still does not work try pressing ctrl and f10 together). I hope this helps

  7. Fozzee January 22, 2008 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I take this laptop has an integrated graphics system? Can you tell me which one?


  8. Janet January 24, 2008 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I bought an Advent 9517 although quick and clear I am disappointed that it does not have an integrated mic. I went back to PC world as i was assured that it did have one so they gave me a plug in as compensation (wow) if anyone knows different please let me know

  9. Kurt January 28, 2008 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    I have also found that there is no integrated mic although im no computer genius I thought this would be a given and something I havent even checked for. Gonna take mine to back to PC world an get a free mic as well

  10. Richard January 29, 2008 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    There is an integrated mic that works in messenger but I can not find software to get the mic to work independently or in any other programs. I would suggest running windows update to get the latest software for the laptop (this is one of the first things you should do any way) and also go to the advent site to update drivers as required.

  11. Steven February 2, 2008 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Why is there no info on the graphics card??!!

  12. Sean February 2, 2008 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Guys , did you have any luck setting up the cam to work on MSN ? I still cant get the integrated cam to work …

  13. Dan February 12, 2008 at 12:07 am - Reply

    My webcam works in MSN messenger but what do you have to do to get the webcam to work normally? Im a computer numpty by the way.

    Cheers guys

  14. J February 21, 2008 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Anyone know if you can add firewire or a pcmcia card to it?

  15. Richard February 21, 2008 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    J – There is a pcmcia slot, so firewire can slot straight in 🙂 With regard to the webcam working in messenger, just click on the webcam button in messenger and it should start working. If not make sure you have the latest drivers by running windows update

  16. dan March 16, 2008 at 10:23 am - Reply

    bought an advent 9517 a few weeks ago, not too bad for the price really, given that we wanted a laptop more for email management and music playing, however has anyone else experienced the annoying levels during playback where any track playing seems to fade in and out of its own accord?????

    Oh yeah any who decided to put the speaker out jack point on the front – this is a minor bug though – just have to arrange your left a little better when typing.

    Plus looking at the reviews i should be going back to the store to claim my free mic!!!!

    other than that its not bad for a 1st laptop and price does reflect this, but agree the large keyboard is a bonus.

  17. PAUL May 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    here is something very fishy about theADVENT 9517

  18. Lauren June 20, 2008 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    My mic has never worked

    do i have to install something for it to do so?

  19. Sam June 24, 2008 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    have just bought an advent and guess what – cant get webcam to work either…… any ideas how to use it for Skype – i can see them but they cant see me and no option to click on a camera..

  20. Paul Aitchison July 7, 2008 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Have the advent 9517, overall I am happy with the computer. Only thing which anoys me is the limited battery life. How long should the computer run from fully charged? It seems i need to have mines plugged in all the time. Can i buy a longer lasting battery?

  21. Connor August 15, 2008 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Could somebody please tell what grahics card is used in this laptop? Need to know asap please.

  22. Larinzo August 15, 2008 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Does anyone have the complete specs to this laptop including what graphics solution it has?

    Every site and poster dodges this, is there some sweatshop boy underneath powering the graphics is something?

  23. Richard August 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I am not sure what memory the card has, but I do know that it is not dedicated. Also there is a new advent now, are you buying new?

  24. Matt August 15, 2008 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Here follows the advent 9517’s specs including graphics card:

    Display: 17″ WXGA LCD Display 1440 X 900
    CPU: Intel Merom (Santa Rosa) Dual Core Processor up to 2.4 Ghz*
    Graphics: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
    Chipset: Intel Crestline GM965 & ICH8M
    Memory: Support (2) DDR2 533/677 SODIMM Up to 4GB total (1 socket under kb)
    Hope this has been of help, the only question i have is, is it possible to buy an upgraded version of the advent 9517’s battery?

  25. jamie September 6, 2008 at 3:56 am - Reply

    can anyone tell me what the little button is next to the power button i dont have a clue what its for please e-mail me ( thanks

  26. steve September 7, 2008 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    thinking of buying a refurbished advent 9517 from pc world £289.99 sounds a bargain is it

  27. josh October 14, 2008 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    hi there advent 9517 is a brilliant buy fantastic value for money but the webcam is not working is there a driver or something i can install to get it working?

  28. Hippy April 16, 2009 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    hi all, had this laptop from pcworld 13mths ago, and yes. its died. Hardly ever been used, I brought it my parents and everytime you switch the button to turn the thing on, it makes a funny noise and switches itself off…. This thing has been well looked after, and after having a quote to get it fixed, well i dont call 200 quid for a new board reasonable.

    I find chucking the thing across the room now helps, but it often crashes… very dodgy, best avoid !

    oh, theres no mic for the webcam. cant even change webcam settings…

    And then there's the joy of Vista.

  29. Sinead August 31, 2009 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Well I’ve had this a year and a half already and I’m pleased with it. It even took a HUGE knock and was unscathed.
    The webcam does frustrate me because it runs with messenger but I never found a way to make it run independently so I could record video blogs…and then of course there’s no mic built in.
    That could be important for some of you. I’m going to buy a cam with built in mic now to start vlogging. 🙂

  30. Ben May 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    bought the computer off pc world refurbished in 2008, and its still working fine. the battery life is the only bad thing i’ve found. this webcam issue seems to be annoying loads of people, and theres nothing in the control panel for it; i had to use msn messenger, go to audio and video setup, and use USB VIDEO DEVICE. it loads for a couple of seconds, but then it should start up. hope this helps!

  31. greg May 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    help! is there a mic for Skype?

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