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Which Dell Laptop???

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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Hi all

I am wanting to purchase a new laptop and I see many Dell deals on here however I do not have a clue what specification I require for what I want it to do.

The laptop will be used mainly for Internet use and playing online poker with possibly the odd game being played.

Can anyone in the know point me in the direction of which Dell laptop I should be purchasing for my needs, I expect I wont need a top spec machine for these uses but at the moment I am getting bogged down to say the least.

Thanks in advance

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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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#1
The critea you laid down sounded like a 'bog standard' laptop until you stated the 'odd game'.
Computer games are generally what steers the spec. You'll have to refine from which end of the spectrum your game playing intrests you. Several hundreds of £££'s seperate the extreme ends of the gaming areana, get it wrong at both ends, you'll either regret that the machine is too slow, or you've wasted your money in unused resources. :?
#2
Hillzat43
The critea you laid down sounded like a 'bog standard' laptop until you stated the 'odd game'.
Computer games are generally what steers the spec. You'll have to refine from which end of the spectrum your game playing intrests you. Several hundreds of £££'s seperate the extreme ends of the gaming areana, get it wrong at both ends, you'll either regret that the machine is too slow, or you've wasted your money in unused resources. :?


Thanks for your response, ok then forget the 'odd game' statement, I want the laptop primarily for Internet use and Poker playing, I can live without playing games.

Does this help you to help me?
#3
Another consideration will be where you plan on using it, and just how portable you want it to be. If you plan on using it plugged in to the mains all the time, then battery life is not too much of an issue, however, if you plan on sitting in the garden then you'll probably want a decent battery life (they can vary a great deal).

Also, and I know this is stating the obvious, but the bigger te screen size, the bigger and heavier the laptop. I'm also looking for a laptop at the moment, and I'm looking at the Vostro 1400 as it is quite a bit smaller than the 1500 series.
#4
Mike73
Another consideration will be where you plan on using it, and just how portable you want it to be. If you plan on using it plugged in to the mains all the time, then battery life is not too much of an issue, however, if you plan on sitting in the garden then you'll probably want a decent battery life (they can vary a great deal).

Also, and I know this is stating the obvious, but the bigger te screen size, the bigger and heavier the laptop. I'm also looking for a laptop at the moment, and I'm looking at the Vostro 1400 as it is quite a bit smaller than the 1500 series.


Thanks, the laptop will generally be plugged into the mains so battery life isnt so much of an issue, basically I am sick of being banished to the computer room by the Mrs when I want to play poker, would much prefer to sit in comfort in the living room with a nice new laptop, I do not want to spend over the odds though for an all singing all dancing laptop when it will only be used for Poker and a bit of net surfing!

My problem is when I last bought a laptop it appeared to be much more simple eg Pentium was pretty much the only choice, nowadays I find myself shaking my head in disbelief at all of the options out there and I dont know what is better than what, what processer, hard drive etc etc I require or even if this makes any difference!
#5
>I do not want to spend over the odds though for an all singing all dancing laptop when it will only be used for Poker and a bit of net surfing!

If that is all you want to do then you can go for the lowest spec possible and it will still be fine.

The "bottleneck" here will be your broadband download speed not your computer speed. Your computer will probably rarely get above walking pace.

Remember that even the lowest spec today is still probably twice as fast as those available just a couple of years ago.

If you dont plan to move around with it a lot then go for a 17" screen as it is more pleasant to use than a 15.4" screen available on most "normal" laptops. Probably slightly heavier than a 15.4" but in your case that will hardly be an issue.
#6
guilbert53
>I do not want to spend over the odds though for an all singing all dancing laptop when it will only be used for Poker and a bit of net surfing!

If that is all you want to do then you can go for the lowest spec possible and it will still be fine.

The "bottleneck" here will be your broadband download speed not your computer speed. Your computer will probably rarely get above walking pace.

Remember that even the lowest spec today is still probably twice as fast as those available just a couple of years ago.

If you dont plan to move around with it a lot then go for a 17" screen as it is more pleasant to use than a 15.4" screen available on most "normal" laptops. Probably slightly heavier than a 15.4" but in your case that will hardly be an issue.


Thanks for confirmation on this. Can you point me in the direction of any good deals that are suitable for my needs? I started the thread stating Dell laptop purely because it appears that most of the HOT laptop deals on this site are regarding Dell laptops but the make is not important to me as long as it does the job!
#7
Here is one of the laptops currently on hotukdeals with my comments.

Toshiba Pro L40 at £274.9 after £50 cashback.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/153977/toshiba-satellite-pro-l40-dual-core/

* Very low price but also very low spec.
* Toshiba - generally a good reliable make
* Low end Dual core CPU (but probably fine for what you want to do)
* 512Mb memory, which is on the low side for Vista (go for 1Gb)
* Vista Home Basic really is basic, go for Vista Home Premium if you can.
* 60Gb disk is small by today's standards but if all you do is surf the web you will never fill it.
* 15.4" screen, should be fine, but as I said, consider a 17"

Personally I would spend a little more and get 1Gb of memory, and Vista Home Premium and maybe a 17" screen.
#8
guilbert53
Here is one of the laptops currently on hotukdeals with my comments.

Toshiba Pro L40 at £274.9 after £50 cashback.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/153977/toshiba-satellite-pro-l40-dual-core/

* Very low price but also very low spec.
* Toshiba - generally a good reliable make
* Low end Dual core CPU (but probably fine for what you want to do)
* 512Mb memory, which is on the low side for Vista (go for 1Gb)
* Vista Home Basic really is basic, go for Vista Home Premium if you can.
* 60Gb disk is small by today's standards but if all you do is surf the web you will never fill it.
* 15.4" screen, should be fine, but as I said, consider a 17"

Personally I would spend a little more and get 1Gb of memory, and Vista Home Premium and maybe a 17" screen.


Ta, unfortuntaley you seem very negative about this laptop and for roughly £50 extra I could buy a Dell that will be voted roasting hot on here, while it seems I only require a low spec laptop I also want value for money and from your comments this is hardly that?
#9
OrigamiNinja
Ta, unfortuntaley you seem very negative about this laptop and for roughly £50 extra I could buy a Dell that will be voted roasting hot on here, while it seems I only require a low spec laptop I also want value for money and from your comments this is hardly that?


I suppose slightly negative as it skimps on memory and hard disk.

There does not seem to be many Dell laptops on here at the moment, not sure why. Maybe Mike who usually posts them is busy doing something else.

Overall I would say look for the following:

Any dual core CPU, 1Gb of memory, 120Gb hard drive if you can get it, Vista Home Premium if you can get it. If you can get that lot in a decent make for £300 then go for it.

Here is a Dell at £359 that meets all those specs. If you find a Dell (or other decent make) at less than that price go for it.

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&kc=NRS64003&l=en&oc=N0352504&rbc=N0352504&s=dhs
#10
Here is a Toshiba at £297 from Staples that meets the specs (only 80Gb drive but still plenty).

http://www.staples.co.uk/ENG/Catalog/cat_sku.asp?Description=UK_SK_Toshiba_Satellite_Laptops&CatIds=21797,35750,21850,89363&webid=393632&affixedcode=WW

If you have a Staples near you it is worth popping in as they often have some good deals in-store that are not on their web site.
#11
Dell E-Value code - UKDHSONL-N0352501

Base Intel® Celeron Processor 540 (1.86Ghz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 cache)
Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic - English
Memory 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
Keyboard Internal Keyboard Uk/Irish (QWERTY)
Video Card Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
Hard Drive 120GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
Modem 56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK
Optical Devices 8x DVD+/-RW Optical drive, including SW
Wireless Networking Dell™ Wireless 1490 802.11a/b/g Mini-Card - Europe - Celeron Processors
Cables Power Cord UK 1meter
Shipping Documents English EMEA 1 Documentation with Euro Power Cord
Gedis Bundle Reference N0352501
Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 9.0 - English
Standard Warranty 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
Enhanced Service Packs 1 Year Base Warranty
Protect your new PC No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
Power Supply 65W AC Adapter
Order Information Inspiron Order - UK
Primary Battery 6-cell 56WHr Li-Ion primary battery
Carrying Cases No Carry Case
Dell System Media Kit Resource DVD Inspiron 1525 - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
Camera 2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera NOT included
Colour Choice Jet Black Colour with Matte Finish
Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Support
Online Promotion Option for GEDIS Configs Dell Internet Order.
LCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display with TrueLife™

£379.00 inc VAT and Del.

You won't need a dual-core CPU, infact the lowest spec dual-core dell offer (dual-core Pentium 1.6ghz) will perform less well (in day to day activities) than this single core 1.86 (although both would be sufficient)

Add £30 if you want vista home premium and another £30 if you want Bluetooth.

Find a discount code for 5% off inspiron orders over £299 and add your quidco discount to get it for approx. £35 off.

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