Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop, Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL50, 1gig, 60Gb, DVDRW, Wifi, just £439 o - HotUKDeals
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305-N01157 - £439 delivered or less
AMD® Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL50
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 (incl Operating System Re-Install CD) - English [Included in Price]
Optional Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition, SP2 (incl Operating System Re-Installation CD) - English [free option]
15.4" Wide Screen XGA TFT Display: 1280x800
1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x512)
60GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory
4Cell 29WHr Primary battery
56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter
Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless Mini Card18
Free - Upgrade to McAfee® Security Centre 36-month Protection
Microsoft® Works 8.5 - English

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6 Cell, 56Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery add £0.00
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#1
Mike,

I have to ask the question..........Do you work for Dell?
[mod]#2
Of course not:)
#3
Great post / price ! Please keep up the good work, even though you don't work for Dell !! :thumbsup:

Unfortunately they seem to want to stiff one for £23.50 (about double the norm) for the 9 cell battery, so the OP requires a small correction.

Is the "True Life" screen worth the extra £28.20 ? What is the difference from the normal ?

How easy would it be to add a stick of RAM to this if one bought a configuration with a spare slot, and can RAM be added in "non-matched" pairs ?
#4
ipaq
Mike,

I have to ask the question..........Do you work for Dell?


Although Mike does not work for Dell I'm sure the company benefit greatly from his input on HUKD....and along with other PC geeks on this site we are all grateful for his efforts to alert us to the best deals.
#5
FF99
Great post / price ! Please keep up the good work, even though you don't work for Dell !! :thumbsup:

Unfortunately they seem to want to stiff one for £23.50 (about double the norm) for the 9 cell battery, so the OP requires a small correction.

Is the "True Life" screen worth the extra £28.20 ? What is the difference from the normal ?

How easy would it be to add a stick of RAM to this if one bought a configuration with a spare slot, and can RAM be added in "non-matched" pairs ?


True Life - basically is their fancy way of naming it 'glossy screen', I personally prefer glossy.

RAM is easy to upgrade, im not sure if this has a spare slot though.
[mod]#6
:oops: Thanks guys.

The upgrade to the 6 cell battery is free, 9 cell is extra.

Special 20% off on truelife screens is a good deal. As long as you can put up with the screen acting a bit like a mirror they are really nice, once I got used to mine I prefered it to normal ones.

Just 2 ram slots so none free.
#7
MikeT
:oops: Thanks guys.

The upgrade to the 6 cell battery is free, 9 cell is extra.


Apologies !

MikeT
Special 20% off on truelife screens is a good deal. As long as you can put up with the screen acting a bit like a mirror they are really nice, once I got used to mine I prefered it to normal ones.

Just 2 ram slots so none free.


I was looking at another variant which has 512Mb and therefore a free slot. Do non-matched pairs work well ?
[mod]#8
FF99
Apologies !



I was looking at another variant which has 512Mb and therefore a free slot. Do non-matched pairs work well ?

Another 512mb will be ok even if its a different make, will run at the speed of the slowest.
I would remove the 512 and stick two 1gig strips in when you could afford them, in the mean time unmatched sizes will work, just not as quickly as matched.
#9
Hi Guys, just got to ask is this better than the gateway laptop that is from play.com that was posted on here earlier this week?
#10
yoyo76
Hi Guys, just got to ask is this better than the gateway laptop that is from play.com that was posted on here earlier this week?

no, but it's cheaper...nothing comes close to the Gateway one for it's price, but this is another £100 less
#11
i bought one last week for my bedroom hoping to stream movies. that was ok but the screen was poor for video. darks too grey and had a very narrow viewing angle to get a good picture, just a few degrees meant picture was totally unwatchable. the play one seems to beat it for the extra money but i'm, now considering a small pc with a bigger monitor for the same money or less
#12
Great find Mike, thanks!

I think this is more or less the system that I've been holding out for (i.e. separate graphics (not brilliant but good enough), decent amount of memory, DVD, hard drive, etc.). I've just got a couple of questions...

I don't think it's worth upping to AMD Turion TL50 to a TL52 for £47. Seems like a hefty price for not a great performance upgrade.

It comes with Windows XP MCE, so maybe you want to change your initial post?

60GB is fine, but larger would be better. However, another £47 to go from 60GB to 80GB is steep. Would I be right in saying that I could just get another hard driver (eBuyer?) and copy the drives over, then enlarge the partition on the 80GB drive and hey presto, a bigger drive for less than Dell want?

Does anyone have details of battery live? Obviously the 6 cell will be better (than the 4 cell), but roughly how long would it last on full charge? With battery life depending on charge/discharge cycles, could it be used plugged in to the mains with the battery removed, and then only use the battery in true mobile situations?

Is the 1490 wireless card better than the 1390 (no extra price)? I'm guessing that it is, since it includes 802.11a.

Thanks.

RDD.
#13
Only 90 day warranty though :-(

Another £47 to bump it up to a year.
#14
7norfolk
Only 90 day warranty though :-(


I think that's 90 days where Dell will collect the laptop, fix it and return it. For the remainder of the first year, if it breaks you have to pay to ship it to them (they then fix and return it).

I don't think they fix outside of the year unless you buy more warranty (although I'm not sure how this holds up under the Sale of Goods Acts and fit for purpose, etc.).

RDD.
#15
I doubt paying for the postage there and back is cheap, if there standard delivery cost is anything to go by
#16
RedDog
I think that's 90 days where Dell will collect the laptop, fix it and return it. For the remainder of the first year, if it breaks you have to pay to ship it to them (they then fix and return it).

I don't think they fix outside of the year unless you buy more warranty (although I'm not sure how this holds up under the Sale of Goods Acts and fit for purpose, etc.).

RDD.


Yes, I've since clarified, you're correct.
#17
wordsworth
I doubt paying for the postage there and back is cheap, if there standard delivery cost is anything to go by


I think they said £60 on the phone. It's £47 to extend the cover to 1 year though. So pay £47 whether you use it or not, or £60 if you do. I went for the latter!
#18
simonbrowne
i bought one last week for my bedroom hoping to stream movies. that was ok but the screen was poor for video. darks too grey and had a very narrow viewing angle to get a good picture, just a few degrees meant picture was totally unwatchable. the play one seems to beat it for the extra money but i'm, now considering a small pc with a bigger monitor for the same money or less


Why not use the TV-out port and watch on your TV?
#19
wordsworth
I doubt paying for the postage there and back is cheap, if there standard delivery cost is anything to go by


I don't think you have to pay for the delivery back outside of the 90 days (correct me if I'm wrong), and I think you can use any form of (suitable!) carrier to send it to them, so it should cost substantially less than their £60 delivery charge.
#20
Doesn't look like this has got any of the following:
[LIST]
[*]DVI
[*]PC Express slot
[*]Older laptop card slot (PCMCIA)
[/LIST]
(I'm reading from http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspn_1501?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1 )

Anyone know any better?

RDD.
#21
RedDog
I don't think you have to pay for the delivery back outside of the 90 days (correct me if I'm wrong), and I think you can use any form of (suitable!) carrier to send it to them, so it should cost substantially less than their £60 delivery charge.
That's correct, you don't lose the 12 month warranty, it just means you need to do the above :)
#22
RedDog
I think that's 90 days where Dell will collect the laptop, fix it and return it. For the remainder of the first year, if it breaks you have to pay to ship it to them (they then fix and return it).

I don't think they fix outside of the year unless you buy more warranty (although I'm not sure how this holds up under the Sale of Goods Acts and fit for purpose, etc.).

RDD.
As mentioned here :) Thanks for the feedback all ;-)
#23
When I got mine 5 months ago I went for the 90 day warranty, when this was due to expire they contacted and offered me 3 years collect and return for just £52. I dont know if they will do this for everyone, also my ac adapter broke outside the 90 days and they just shipped a new one no questions asked!
#24
Thanks for that philroscoe :) It's useful to know.
#25
Confiteor
Why not use the TV-out port and watch on your TV?


One question about laptops which has media centre Xp installed. Can you really use it as a media centre system to feed the video signal into a plasma/LCD if so does that mean you can simply closed the the lid of the laptop and the laptop's screen will switch off and feed into the plasma/lcd? Won't lowering the lid make the laptop think you are going into standby mode and hence if you use a media centre remote, it won't respond? Sorry if this is a silly question, I just havent used this type of system before. Thanks in advance.
#26
This 90 day warranty issue is a strange one. Of course a product is covered under the Sale of Goods Act and its my understanding that if a product develops a fault within a reasonable period of time then the seller has to foot the cost of returning it for repair/replacement i.e. the buyer should not be out of pocket because their product has developed a fault within a reasonable period. That period of time is basicaly what you consider is reasonable for the specific bit of equipment...a year most probably but you can argue longer in some case.

Im not an expert on consumer law but Im sure I read about this exact same issue in Computeractive a couple of months back. Can anyone shed more light on it?

Kev
#27
Since AMD have been getting their chips into Dell, their prices have dropped quite a lot.
This is quite good value.
[mod]#28
RedDog
Great find Mike, thanks!

I think this is more or less the system that I've been holding out for (i.e. separate graphics (not brilliant but good enough), decent amount of memory, DVD, hard drive, etc.). I've just got a couple of questions...

I don't think it's worth upping to AMD Turion TL50 to a TL52 for £47. Seems like a hefty price for not a great performance upgrade.

It comes with Windows XP MCE, so maybe you want to change your initial post?

60GB is fine, but larger would be better. However, another £47 to go from 60GB to 80GB is steep. Would I be right in saying that I could just get another hard driver (eBuyer?) and copy the drives over, then enlarge the partition on the 80GB drive and hey presto, a bigger drive for less than Dell want?

Does anyone have details of battery live? Obviously the 6 cell will be better (than the 4 cell), but roughly how long would it last on full charge? With battery life depending on charge/discharge cycles, could it be used plugged in to the mains with the battery removed, and then only use the battery in true mobile situations?

Is the 1490 wireless card better than the 1390 (no extra price)? I'm guessing that it is, since it includes 802.11a.

Thanks.

RDD.


Right, I'm home from work now so can answer some questions.

Dont bother upgrading the CPU as its not cost effective.

Had Home with it when posted but dell changed it ;-) so have I now:thumbsup:

You could change the drive, but its a lot of effort for 20Gb, why not just grab a 250Gb external for when your on mains power, now thats cost effective!

You can remove the battery when on mains which will preserve the cycles, but power cuts will kill your work in progress remember. I dont have one yet so cant comment on battery life but will take a look on dells site to see what I caan find later.

Go for the 1490 wifi card its a no brainer as it costs nowt and gives the little used 802.11a option.
[mod]#29
OK it seems the 9 cell battery will give around 5.5hrs and the 6 cell pro rata which I make around 3.5hrs
It does of course depend on what your usage is, dvd burning will kill it quickly as will max screen brightness.
#30
ninja168
One question about laptops which has media centre Xp installed. Can you really use it as a media centre system to feed the video signal into a plasma/LCD if so does that mean you can simply closed the the lid of the laptop and the laptop's screen will switch off and feed into the plasma/lcd? Won't lowering the lid make the laptop think you are going into standby mode and hence if you use a media centre remote, it won't respond? Sorry if this is a silly question, I just havent used this type of system before. Thanks in advance.


It's not a silly question :)

You can easily alter the settings in the Control Panel so that the laptop doesn't automatically go to standby when you close the lid. And you can set the output to laptop display, external display or both.
[mod]#31
:thumbsup:Thanks Poppy10, I hadnt quite got round to that question yet
#32
MikeT
Right, I'm home from work now so can answer some questions.

Dont bother upgrading the CPU as its not cost effective.

Had Home with it when posted but dell changed it ;-) so have I now:thumbsup:

You could change the drive, but its a lot of effort for 20Gb, why not just grab a 250Gb external for when your on mains power, now thats cost effective!

You can remove the battery when on mains which will preserve the cycles, but power cuts will kill your work in progress remember. I dont have one yet so cant comment on battery life but will take a look on dells site to see what I caan find later.

Go for the 1490 wifi card its a no brainer as it costs nowt and gives the little used 802.11a option.


Thanks for the info Mike! I had a look but couldn't find any more details on the battery life.

Any idea of DVI and/or either of the card slots?

I'm considering going for the 2 years basic warranty, upped the screen spec and the other free upgrades which comes to £537.70. I thought I'd have a go at seeing what I could get over the phone and I've now got a quote for the same system at a shade under £510!

5% Quidco cashback (if it tracks, etc.), after VAT and delivery, would be about £23. But he's offering about £28 off over the phone (which is always better than me paying the extra and hoping the cashback tracks and gets paid), so I think I know which route I'll be taking!

However, I'm now unsure whether or not two year warranty is needed! I've been offered four years for the price of three, but if it goes wrong in year four then it'll be long in the tooth anyhow and a good excuse to get a new one! However, I would like to think it'll still be usable in two years, so I might go for it.

Decisions, decisions!!

RDD.
#33
how long does this offer last?
[mod]#34
c-fos
how long does this offer last?


It should be good until next Wednesday evening, but with Dell you never know, if they think they have under priced it then it may rise before next Wednesday.
#35
Also worth bearing in mind that after next Wednesday their laptops will come with Windows Vista pre-installed which will save the hassle of the upgrade and associated costs.....
#36
I ordered this laptop earlier this evening but I've recieved this email:

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Internet Reference Number :- xxxxx-xxxx-xxxxx

Thank you for your recent internet order.

Unfortunately we have not been able to complete the processing of your order as a part you have ordered is currently out of stock.

We will however, process your order, minus this item and will deduct the cost from your order also.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

-------------------------------------

It's the only thing I've ordered so what do they mean they'll send the rest of the order? Does this mean one component will be different or will the whole thing not be shipped? I REALLY want this laptop (I've been searching for weeks, I asked a question about this last week when it was £499)...what's going on and what should I do?
#37
Have you received any other e-mails from them?
#38
Only the confirmation one you get at the time you order. I only ordered it at 9pm this evening (or yesterday evening for the pedants ;) )
#39
Does the confirmation mention anything other than the laptop? Maybe you accidentally added something else to your order?

The total price should be £439 exactly, if you didn't make any changes.
#40
It doesn't mention what I've actually bought but the sum total is £439.00 exactly.

I went straight from here (well, Quidco) to that laptop and bought it straight away, I didn't browse around any other pages so I don't think I've added anything by accident.

Edit: Not sure this will matter, but when I bought it I changed the battery to the other free one (6 cell) and the wireless card to the one that supports a, b and g.

I'll also ask another question at this point: Does this laptop come equipped ready to deal with Firewire? I really want to buy a Firewire external hard drive enclosure to put the HD from my old computer in.

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