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Dell Inspiron 1545 15.6" notebook. dualcore 2Ghz T4200, 3gig, 250GB, dvdrw, Vista Premium £349.00 delivered

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Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T4200 (2.0GHz, 800MHz, 1MB cache) Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 - English Black Colour with Matte Finish 15.6" Widescreen WXGA CCFL (1366 x 768) TFT Di… Read More
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[mod] 8y, 4m agoFound 8 years, 4 months ago
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T4200 (2.0GHz, 800MHz, 1MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 - English
Black Colour with Matte Finish
15.6" Widescreen WXGA CCFL (1366 x 768) TFT Display with TrueLife
3072MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x2048 + 1x1024]
250GB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
Intel Integrated GMA 4500MHD
DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
4-cell 24WHr Li-Ion primary battery
Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g)
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB 1 year
65W AC Adaptor
1Yr Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
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#2
good spot
#3
Be aware that Duel Core is loads slower than Core2Duo
#4
iand123
Be aware that Duel Core is loads slower than Core2Duo


A Core 2 Duo IS a dual core.

The Pentium Dual (Dual, not Duel) core used in this is a rebadged Core 2 Duo with half the cache, but still based of the same architecture.

If your looking for a sub-£350 machine you won't find one with anything better esp not with 3GB of RAM!

The CPU will be fine as long as you aren't doing anything mega-system hungry - i.e. music production, video editing or gaming etc.
#5
Don't forget 6% at Quidco too !!
#6
Good price for the spec. I paid over £400 for an almost identical blue one from Dixons just before Christmas.

My only criticism is the weight; it's quite a bit heavier than my mate's (same size) Sony .
#7
garbage456
a 4 cell battery that sounds terrible

£39 to upgrade to 6 cell as well. :oops:

Unless you know for sure that you hardly ever want to run it on battery then I'd avoid 4 cell batteries like the plague.

iand123
Be aware that Duel Core is loads slower than Core2Duo

It’s not helpful to make comments like this without giving a context as it spreads confusion amongst people who aren’t so technically minded which is the majority of people.
As has already been stated this is a non issue unless you regularly run one of the few application types that are significantly affected by the smaller cache size. Otherwise I wouldn’t recommend paying the £50 upgrade for the CPU.
For general usage: internet, office documents, audio and video playback this CPU is absolutely fine.
#8
Other than as a business, is it possible to buy a laptop in this price range with XP on it not Vista? Looking for one for my father in law who is in his 70's and has only just learnt the basics on XP and I don't want to further confuse him (as he calls me hourly for tech advice!). If only business customers, where would be the best place to buy?
#9
This appears to be better than the Tescos deal which was for a lesser spec'ed 1545

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=343196
#10
Dual Core Processors are in the majority 40% slower than the Core2Duo's.
#11
If your purchase is not urgent, I would wait for Windows 7 (or at least until a Windows 7 upgrade is included).
#12
Better off with a 6 cell battery minimum. Replacement 9 cell battery for my inspiron 6400 was showing at £187 the other week on the Dell website but seems to have come down to £117 now. How can they justify charging over 1/2 the price of a laptop for a repalcement battery. Got a good quality branded 9 cell one off ebay for £50 and works just as well.
#13
pet2000
If your purchase is not urgent, I would wait for Windows 7 (or at least until a Windows 7 upgrade is included).

The rumour is that MS may introduce an earlier than usual cut-off date for free upgrades to Windows 7 from Vista.
MS always give a time window so that people buying a new PC are eligible for a free upgrade to the next version as this stops people from delaying purchasing.
With the poor reception to Vista and the global economy about as stable as Windows 3.1 it wouldn’t be surprising to see this happen.

By the time this date is reached Vista may well have reached Service Pack 2 status which means it will be further improved which helps while they finish Windows 7.
Who know when they will announce the cut-off date though?
#14
ajay87
Dual Core Processors are in the majority 40% slower than the Core2Duo's.

If you look at the comparison of the desktop chips the extra cache on average doesn’t add much except mainly for games which is irrelevant on a system like this where the VGA performance is so poor that it is the bottleneck – see XbitLabs for further info.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/images/cpu/core2duo-e7300-pdc-e5200/overall.png

The performance gain is 13% as you move from the 1 to 2 MB cache CPU and that’s with the larger cache model also having a nearly 5% higher clock speed:

Intel Pentium DC E5200 (LGA775, 2.5GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB L2, Wolfdale-2M);
Intel Pentium DC E2220 (LGA775, 2.4GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2, Allendale).

Even the difference between a 4MB and 512kb cache CPU is much less than you suggest for the that between a 1 and 2MB cache so I wonder where you get your data from? Maybe you focussed on one particular game!

From the Xbitlabs review:

‘However, besides games there are very few tasks where the budget processor falls behind as dramatically. For example, a CPU with 512KB L2 cache is only 15% slower than the CPU with a 4MB L2 cache during final rendering. In audio and video content encoding tasks the situation is even better: Celeron running at 3GHz speed is only 7% behind Core 2 Duo E6850.’

http://www.xbitlabs.com/images/cpu/celeron-e1200/table2.png
#15
not bad, but i would not buy a laptop without Core2Duo these days
#16
jimlad21
i would not buy a laptop without Core2Duo these days

For a laptop with a decent gaming GPU I can see the point but for this system with integrated Intel graphics the above data suggests it's poor value and hardly worth £50.
#17
May be worth a look at this post for comaprisson.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/349837/showthread.php?t=349837
#18
As usual this is Intel playing games with their marketing and fir once it slows that it is affecting them.

Would you have bought a San Diego or Venice Athlon 64? Same chip, same clock speed, but the San Diego had 1Mb cache.
Same with the older celeron's and pentiums.

If you are the sort of person that wants the higher spec CPU then quit whining about it in a £350 laptop.
I bought 2 6400's with the old Pentium Duo and the new Core 2 Duo E5500? and now the Pentium chips are the same as the older branded Core 2 Duo's. As the newer Core 2 Duo's have increased the half cache chips have the same clock speed, specs and cache as the older ones.

Remember that this is a laptop and the speed of the hard drive will also be a limiting factor as will the graphics as will the memory controller.

This is still hottish, although the battery life is likely to be very poor (I got 6 hours on my 6400 with a 9 cell battery and 4 hours after 2 years of hard use)
#19
Jakg
A Core 2 Duo IS a dual core.

The Pentium Dual (Dual, not Duel) core used in this is a rebadged Core 2 Duo with half the cache, but still based of the same architecture.

If your looking for a sub-£350 machine you won't find one with anything better esp not with 3GB of RAM!

The CPU will be fine as long as you aren't doing anything mega-system hungry - i.e. music production, video editing or gaming etc.


Bargain crazy had a similar spec laptop for £300 for about 2 hours the other day. Not 3GB of ram but c2d processor.
#20
I bought one of these for a relative a month back, and was quite impressed (and that at £400). The screen res in particular is quite nice, given most of the competition at this price point is 1280*800, which simply isn't enough for a screen this size.

Battery lasts for about 2 hours of web browsing, and in use it's pretty quick, no complaints there at all.
#21
anyone know how long it takes to actually get one as i remember they took 3 weeks for my desktop im hoping theyve made it faster now.
banned#22
So much rubbish being posted by people who don't have a clue :\

As for your question sarbjeet - Dell generally deliver laptops much quicker than desktops. Yes, desktops can tend to take up to 2-3 weeks, but laptops generally get delivered within a week.
#23
Anarchist
So much rubbish being posted by people who don't have a clue :\

As for your question sarbjeet - Dell generally deliver laptops much quicker than desktops. Yes, desktops can tend to take up to 2-3 weeks, but laptops generally get delivered within a week.


I think it depends on when you order etc. I ordered one for work last week (desktop) on a Thursday and it was with us on the Tuesday. However I have had desktops delivered in 2-3 weeks also.
#24
ajay87
Dual Core Processors are in the majority 40% slower than the Core2Duo's.
Got any proof of that?
tibby
Bargain crazy had a similar spec laptop for £300 for about 2 hours the other day. Not 3GB of ram but c2d processor.


For most users the extra RAM would counteract the faster CPU tbh.

EDIT - FWIW this laptop doesn't have a webcam.
#25
ajay87
Dual Core Processors are in the majority 40% slower than the Core2Duo's.

Core2Duos ARE dual core processors. This IS a dual core processor.
#26
Agharta
By the time this date is reached Vista may well have reached Service Pack 2 status which means it will be further improved which helps while they finish Windows 7.
Who know when they will announce the cut-off date though?


Vista SP2 released for public consumption 2:05PM, Thursday 5th March 2009

Microsoft has put Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 up on its website for public consumption.

The company made the service pack available to its TechNet and MSDN technical testers late last month, but this is the first time the Service Pack has been offered to the public at large.

The service pack is a 388MB download through Microsoft's TechNet site. It's also available through Windows Update at a considerably more svelte 43MB.

Anybody hoping to tinker with the Service Pack will need to uninstall any beta versions they may have, and have Vista SP1 installed.

As with previous service packs, SP2 will bundle all previous bug fixes and patches, as well as support for Blu-ray, Bluetooth 2.1 and Windows Search 4, the latest version of Microsoft's desktop search technology.

[COLOR="Red"]Microsoft has not confirmed a shipping date for SP2, but has previously announced that it plans to deliver final code during the second quarter of 2009[/COLOR].

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/249006/vista-sp2-released-for-public-consumption.html
#27
miffyl
Vista SP2 released for public consumption 2:05PM, Thursday 5th March 2009

That refers to a Release Candidate and not the finished code so I DON'T RECOMMEND that anyone but geeks and IT pros download and install that.
#28
My point was that it won't be long before a full release of SP2.
#29
sarbjeet_
anyone know how long it takes to actually get one as i remember they took 3 weeks for my desktop im hoping theyve made it faster now.



I think it depends on what options you choose to add also as the customization will take time. Due to the econmic downturn I can imagine it would be pretty quick now though :thumbsup:
#30
Thanks just ordered mine in pacific blue:thumbsup:
#31
For those that find a 4 cell battery too limiting it costs £388 with a 6 cell battery. But if on top of that you also add the 3 year at home warranty which is a 24 hour response including evenings and weekends you can then use the 10% voucher which brings the price down to £430. £42 for a 3 year at home warranty is very cheap especially as the basic warranty is 1 year collect and return. A 3 year on-site warranty would typically come to around £100. It's a great deal for a student that can't afford to potentially be without a laptop for a week and face a large repair bill after the first year.
#32
Thanks, just ordered mine xx
#33
Agharta, how do you get the extra 10% off after you have added the 6 cell battery and 3 year warranty? I can get it to £475 delivered but not down to the price you said!

Thanks
Richard
#34
richardsun
Agharta, how do you get the extra 10% off after you have added the 6 cell battery and 3 year warranty? I can get it to £475 delivered but not down to the price you said!

I went via Quico to the main Dell Home page. I then navigated to the main page for this model, chose the £349 option, on the next page I chose the 3 year warranty which then leads to the main system configuration page. From that page I upgraded to the 6 cell battery and added it to the basket from where I added the 10% voucher code - QDTQV2JXFB1ND3. I just tested it again and it still works.

I placed an order last night on behalf of my sister and it came to £429.81, with Quidco of around £21.38 making a net price of £408.50 which is very good I think. The voucher expires at midnight tonight I believe.
#35
that's weird, isn't the 10% off code only works for over £500 only?
#36
wiltonson
that's weird, isn't the 10% off code only works for over £500 only?

Yes, but sometimes it accepts the code when the value of the system BEFORE other reductions is over £500 which is true in this case. I don't think it's meant to or usually does but I've come across this 'feature' before. :thumbsup:
#37
this was actually 328 this morning but went back up to 348.99
#38
I had a look at one of these in the flesh last week in Comet/Currys it truly is a piece of rubbish.
It is so plasticky and dreadful build quality, more like a fake laptop for display purposes, save your money.
#39
Nesima
I had a look at one of these in the flesh last week in Comet/Currys it truly is a piece of rubbish.
It is so plasticky and dreadful build quality, more like a fake laptop for display purposes, save your money.


I have bought 2 of these previously for my daughter's and the quality and build of them are excellent & I've just ordered one for myself :)
#40
Any idea how long it takes to receive from Dell? I'm getting impatient and want my new lappy now lol

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