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Best Laptop Deal Up to £650

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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
This is my first post so thought I'd give it a shot!

Currently looking for a decent spec laptop with at least 2GB Ram, 2.0GHz, Vista, Maybe a pretty decnt graphics card (Geforce 8600). Mostly using it for web, photo, video editing but wouldn't mind playing a few FPS and Tiger Wooods 08 on the commute to work. My head a Dell Inspiron 1520 as there are discounts at the moment so could save over a £100. But I love the sony Vaio FZ series even though my wallet wont go that far. Are the Dells any good? High street brands like Acer & HP don't reall I really appreciate your time guys. Oh by the way prefer a 15" screen.
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#1
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=131769

I am going to buy this one tonight, with the 10% off voucher I think it is a bit of a bargain.
#2
Was going to suggest the same laptop silver then realised you posted in the thread and answered my question so thank you :p

Only possible problem for OP is that it is a 17" screen...
#3
Awesome. So really should be well up to par with a Sony FZ series and way cheaper. Just what I need. Any similar spec in a 15" screen size. Dell options won't let me add a Ge Force 8600 for some reason?
#4
Donleeone
Was going to suggest the same laptop silver then realised you posted in the thread and answered my question so thank you :p

Only possible problem for OP is that it is a 17" screen...


Teach me not to read right to the end....problem is the deals on the 17" screens are better than on the 15" screens, and the m1530's are way over budget....mind you there have been a few good deals on here recently, try the advanced search, pick out computers and deals for the last 3 months or newer, there are some good hot deals...
#5
Must do some work....couldn't find any good deals for that combination, ie 8600GT and 15" screen, I think the problem is Mike has found us such a cracking deal for the 17" screen that nothing else comes close.
#6
Hopefully everyone will still keep an eye out on Dell's outlet site for "refurbished" units. I bought our "refurb" Dell desktop three years ago at a spec identical to Dell's UK retail site for £150 less. And if it was a refurb, I'm the King of Siam.

Last month, two weeks before Christmas, my laptop packed up. Desperate for a replacement, I went to Dell Outlet to find a Windows XP unit (I don't want Vista, it's not going to work with half the freeware I already have. And it's a bloatware OS anyway). The outlet had no 17" widescreen notebooks with XP but a couple of 15" widescreens. I'd have preferred 17" but beggars can't be choosers.

I paid £550 for an Inspiron 1520 with 2Gig RAM and 160Gb SATA which duly arrived three days before Christmas resembling nothing like a refurb and nothing like I was expecting where the spec was concerned, notably 512Mb nVidia 8600, not 128Mb as expected, Bluetooth / wi-fi (the 'refurb' offered only a built in modem), Intel 7250, not 5500 at 1.8Hz as expected, built in camera, software (though 90% I've deleted, my existing DVD Fab decrypter/Roxio and Photoshop, MS Office, ZoneAlarm and AVG Free takes care of all Dell's stuff) and for yet another reason I don't understand, Dell's largest long life battery intead of the standard battery itemised in the refurb spec.

A month later, and I can't spec up any Dell notebook today with Intel 7250 / nVidia 512 / Windows XP Pro at any price to match my "used" Inspiron: I know, because I've looked for a friend.

Needless to say, this Inspiron looks gorgeous (silver interior / matte black exterior) and runs like a dream.

When choosing what I'd thought I was getting from Dell's "inventory", I forgot that the outlet price EXCLUDES VAT and delivery, so the final check-out price was obviously higher than the on-screen tag. But for reasons I can't fathom, at check-out, Dell was offering free delivery. . . and then, in the "accessories section", there was a sentence reading 'Buy Now - £95'. So that took the price back down to the original.

Obviously, with an outlet sale, you can't build your machine the way you can with Dell retail.

But if anyone else can pick up a brand new -- forget the refurb bit, I didn't believe it before, and I don't now, I think it's something to do with the outlet sales being in Ireland, not the UK; when I ran a system diagnose through Fresh UI it showed that the Inspiron's components were installed on November 24th 2007, hardly time for the unit to be sold, returned, refurbed and then sent to me, plus the fact that Dell sent me an email saying my notebook was "in pre production", pretty odd for a refurb sitting on a shelf -- notebook at this spec (there's also a sound card / Audigy included, which wasn't in the 'refurb' spec) then I'd be astonished.

Apparently my experience isn't unique: I know of others who have bought from Dell outlet and received a machine far in advance of what they were expecting / paid for.

By accident, then, I think I've just spent the best £550, including VAT, delivery, and 12 months' RTB, on any computer, ever. Maybe the luck of the draw, but I'd always recommend keeping an eye out on the outlet: if you get what you pay for, then it's a saving; if you get considerably more than you paid for, then you can be £100s in pocket.

* PS: don't, whatever you do, muddle up Dell Outlet with the Dell outlet store on eBay UK!!
#7
MisterBumpy - Jammie so & so, the problem is you need to be happy with what you are ordering first, to be pleasently surprised by what you get....I have never seen a 512mb graphics card as an option on dell - so that is pretty awesome.
#8
Get a 2gb macbook for around £600 - buy Vista OEM for around £50-60....

..you can then use it both as a PC and as a MAC...

...fantastic value for money!
#9
zarguio
Get a 2gb macbook for around £600 - buy Vista OEM for around £50-60....

..you can then use it both as a PC and as a MAC...

...fantastic value for money!


Great idea, apart from the graphics card!
#10
Well yes and no. The card isnt nearly as poor as most make out. A £650 PC laptop wont have a card that's much better in all honesty, and if it does, then its likely that build quality would be poor in comparison.

Horses for courses in many respects.

The questioner said that they wanted to play a few FPS and Tiger Woods 08. I'm not entirely sure whether a macbook would let you play the latest FPS - certainly it'll handle Half Life 2 without a problem, if that's a good benchmark for you. Tiger Woods 08 I've not tested.

Of course the Macbook Pro will handle them all as the card inside is more powerful. You're unlikely to pick a second hand one up for under £900 - new at around £1400 and onwards...
#12
Agent_Silver
MisterBumpy - Jammie so & so, the problem is you need to be happy with what you are ordering first, to be pleasently surprised by what you get....I have never seen a 512mb graphics card as an option on dell - so that is pretty awesome.


Agent_Silver: I know! That's why I'm mystified. And the friend who -- in view of my experience -- decided he'd have a punt at the outlet store, not only couldn't find a notebook running XP and 2Gg RAM, he couldn't find any mention of any unit with 512Mb nVidia.

And then when he went to Dell UK's retail site, he couldn't find any nVidia card of any size in the Inspiron range, even though I definitely saw them in the retail range before Christmas. It's all very odd. (But no, I'm not complaining. . .)

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