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This seems like a very good deal to me, alot of money but money well spent in my book for a i7 laptop with a 1GB HD5470 (not the most stunning graphics card but better than the 4570 every other dell seems to come with!). Not forgetting the 500GB 7200 HDD. Supposedly expires on 24/02/2010 although they seem to be renewing this offer once the expiry date comes.

Intel® Core i7-720QM Mobile Processor (1.6GHz, turbo up to 2.8GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
15.6in Widescreen High Definition (1366x768) WLED with TrueLife
4096MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
500GB (7,200rpm) SATA - FREE UPGRADE
1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD5470
DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive including Software
6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery
Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g)
No Bluetooth Upgrade
2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera
Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard
1Yr In-Home Warranty Support, including evenings and Saturdays - FREE UPGRADE
Ruby Red with Microsatin Finish - FREE UPGRADE

5% off code - 6G$J$4ZJLS61CR,
With topcashback / quidco giving 5% this gives a refund of £16.32 giving the final price of £629.73 - unbeatable?
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#1
Great price, but the graphics card in this makes me want to cry...
#2
qpan
Great price, but the graphics card in this makes me want to cry...


The graphics card isn't bad enough for tears is it? I think this laptop will still be very capable, although granted the graphics card is the weakest like.

Do you think the new Vaio i3 CW2S1E with 330m is a better deal then?
#3
cubensis
The graphics card isn't bad enough for tears is it? I think this laptop will still be very capable, although granted the graphics card is the weakest like.

Do you think the new Vaio i3 CW2S1E with 330m is a better deal then?


Yep, its by all means a very capable laptop, its just really frustrating for me when I want to upgrade from my almost 2 years old XPS m1530 for the new CPU, yet the GPU in my old laptop is approximately the same speed as this one (and overclocks to 50% faster). Granted the XPS is more high end, but given that it only cost me £700 at the time with a 2.5GHz processor, I feel that the GPU in a similar priced laptop should be better (but all laptops seem relatively more expensive, ironically, than 2 years ago...)
#4
There have been problems with several of Dell's i7 laptops; insufficient power delivered from the PSU causing CPU failure.
Also, there are reports that the i7 and/or graphics chipset is being throttled due to inadequate power being supplied by the battery.

I don't know whether either of these issues apply to the Studio 15 range; but it's something to be aware of.
#5
Seconded TehJumpingJawa.

My brother is going for the sony 14" CW core i5-330m precisely for that. And to be honest, in gaming, it's the GPU that's usually the bottle neck as his old acer aspire 9114wmli with core duo 2Ghz (t2500) with 7600go 256mb vram could handle crysis (low), FarCry 2 (low-medium), L4D2 (low-medium) & COD MW 2 (low) at 1280x800 resolution.
#6
Sammy86
My brother is going for the sony 14" CW core i5-330m precisely for that. And to be honest, in gaming


Hi, which specific model is the 14" core i5 your brothers going for? Can't seem to find it.
#7
The graphics card will be OK for World of Warcraft, but once again another machine without a Wireless-N connection. These are standard in Sony Viaos so how come Dell are so unwilling to sell us a machine with this? Presumably they bought a job lot of millions of a/g cards that they have to get shot of first?
#8
cubensis
Hi, which specific model is the 14" core i5 your brothers going for? Can't seem to find it.


You can configure here:

http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/vaiobyyou
#9
nt1311
You can configure here:


Thanks for that, its a sony exclusive i see, thats why i couldnt find it
#10
Looking at about 800 for a good spec from sony i reckon
#11
also do dell charge extra for delivery?
#12
biglugs1
The graphics card will be OK for World of Warcraft, but one again another machine without a Wireless-N connection. These are standard in Sony Viaos so how come Dell are so unwilling to sell us a machine with this? Presumably they bought a job lot of millions of a/g cards that they have to get shot of first?


Dell were doing studio's last year with wireless n cards. I wonder what happened.
#13
risheet
Looking at about 800 for a good spec from sony i reckon


an i5 520M, 4gb RAM, G330M Graphics, 320Gb HD 14" 1366 by 768 for £689 delivered.
#14
@nt1311 - you can only get the 330M if the screen is updated to HD. You actually get the 310M (quite a bit slower) with the standard screen.
#15
risheet
also do dell charge extra for delivery?


Dell charge ~£20 for delivery, its included in price here though.
#16
Can somebody post some desktop deals please????:cry:

Getting desperate!:w00t:
#17
I just bought this laptop yesterday.

Is it not a very good deal then? I would be tempted to send it back and get the sony if it is a better machine but I think the i7 processor to my untrained eye looks a lot better thant the i5 for the same money?

I am not going to be gaming on it, just using it for occasional video editing and general day to day tasks...Any advice would be greatly appreciated...
#18
siegemaster
I just bought this laptop yesterday.

Is it not a very good deal then? I would be tempted to send it back and get the sony if it is a better machine but I think the i7 processor to my untrained eye looks a lot better thant the i5 for the same money?

I am not going to be gaming on it, just using it for occasional video editing and general day to day tasks...Any advice would be greatly appreciated...


Well, if your only occasionally video editing it strikes me that your going a little overkill, id opt for a lower powered, lower heat emitting, greater battery giving i5 or i3, although i am in the same boat as you, i have just ordered this and think its a great deal, but i will be using it for video editing / 3D modelling, however i messed up a bit because the graphics card isn't as good as i thought. Its actually a hard choice and i'll try to sum it up;

The sony vaio i3 is essentially a P7450 that is beefed up. So dont take too much notice of the "i3" badge as the main point of the "i" series is the turbo boost and the i3 doesnt have the turbo boost. Dont get me wrong though it is still a very capable processor but its just not greatly advanced from the top end C2D. However the great graphics processor makes up for the short fallings of the CPU so it turns out to be a very capable machine for almost any aspect of computing. And also at a good average price for a vaio (you'll allways get slightly less spec from a vaio because of the badge your paying for)

The dell is a boring dell ( i have ordered this!) it has great specs for a great price with the graphics card letting it down and being the main bottle neck, dell never seem to supply a great graphics card unless you go towards the alienware stuff. This graphics card is great for the non gamer (suitable for the gamer that is willing to play older games) and just about suitable for the 3D / CAD user.

My final verdict goes to the Vaio, i was initially put off by the 14" screen for displaying premiere / after effects / maya but now i think more i don't think it'd be an issue and the vaio will be a much nicer laptop in my view (something you treasure instead of "use") However as i originally state in this thread the dell is alot of computer for your money and does definitely suit certain needs, you just have to way up if the dell is for you.
#19
nt1311
an i5 520M, 4gb RAM, G330M Graphics, 320Gb HD 14" 1366 by 768 for £689 delivered.


£739 for what you mentioned on the site. :?
#20
How does the quidco voucher work when the site says:

Any other voucher code may result in you not earning Quidco cashback.


Thanks

Jon
#21
jjma
How does the quidco voucher work when the site says:

Thanks

Jon


Can anyone help me out I'm looking to buy this laptop but only if I can get the quidco deal as well. Unfortunately I'm new to this and don't know the way to go about doing this.

Do I click on the quidco link to dell from my quidco account, clear my cookies from my browser, select the laptop, checkout with the 5% voucher and pay?

thanks

Jon
#22
no wireless N technology on a £600+ laptop is very disapointing for future proofing it
#23
Quids
Can somebody post some desktop deals please????:cry:

Getting desperate!:w00t:


+1!!!!
#24
cubensis
Well, if your only occasionally video editing it strikes me that your going a little overkill, id opt for a lower powered, lower heat emitting, greater battery giving i5 or i3, although i am in the same boat as you, i have just ordered this and think its a great deal, but i will be using it for video editing / 3D modelling, however i messed up a bit because the graphics card isn't as good as i thought. Its actually a hard choice and i'll try to sum it up;

The sony vaio i3 is essentially a P7450 that is beefed up. So dont take too much notice of the "i3" badge as the main point of the "i" series is the turbo boost and the i3 doesnt have the turbo boost. Dont get me wrong though it is still a very capable processor but its just not greatly advanced from the top end C2D. However the great graphics processor makes up for the short fallings of the CPU so it turns out to be a very capable machine for almost any aspect of computing. And also at a good average price for a vaio (you'll allways get slightly less spec from a vaio because of the badge your paying for)

The dell is a boring dell ( i have ordered this!) it has great specs for a great price with the graphics card letting it down and being the main bottle neck, dell never seem to supply a great graphics card unless you go towards the alienware stuff. This graphics card is great for the non gamer (suitable for the gamer that is willing to play older games) and just about suitable for the 3D / CAD user.

My final verdict goes to the Vaio, i was initially put off by the 14" screen for displaying premiere / after effects / maya but now i think more i don't think it'd be an issue and the vaio will be a much nicer laptop in my view (something you treasure instead of "use") However as i originally state in this thread the dell is alot of computer for your money and does definitely suit certain needs, you just have to way up if the dell is for you.


Any recommendation on the i7 series from Dell with the touch screen option. This is around £970 at the mo, but was 670 2 weeks ago and missed the deal so I am waiting for it to come back or would you not recommend a dell touch screen laptop? thank you in advance
#25
I am also seriously interested in the Sony CW2S1E but would seem to be having problems with Sony website. I customised a machine the other day but today it is saying unavailable. Anyone else having this problem? I think that they are not officially released yet but you should be able to build and order.
Also as soon as someone spots a UK review of this machine can they let me know? The UK version is different to the US version.

Cheers
#26
TehJumpingJawa
There have been problems with several of Dell's i7 laptops; insufficient power delivered from the PSU causing CPU failure.
Also, there are reports that the i7 and/or graphics chipset is being throttled due to inadequate power being supplied by the battery.

I don't know whether either of these issues apply to the Studio 15 range; but it's something to be aware of.

I heard that too about the i7 cpu in laptops - they could never reach a state of maximum performance, therefore making the upgrade from a lower spec a waste of cash. Whether this just affected dells I'm not sure. Will try and find the source.
#27
If you're paying £700 for a laptop surely then just paying £35 for the wireless N option is a no brainer. Why it doesn't default to that I assume so that upfront price looks smaller.
#28
Looks like a good specification for a non-gamer. The code 6G$J$4ZJLS61CR doesn't seem to be working now, though.
#29
jjma
Can anyone help me out I'm looking to buy this laptop but only if I can get the quidco deal as well. Unfortunately I'm new to this and don't know the way to go about doing this.

Do I click on the quidco link to dell from my quidco account, clear my cookies from my browser, select the laptop, checkout with the 5% voucher and pay?

thanks

Jon
Go to the Dell site via the hotukdeals link, look up the model reference part of the e-value code (in this case it's N0055805). Now you can go to the Quidco site and register/sign in. Go to the Dell website from there - browse the laptops (for home) section. Down the bottom left hand side, there is a box to enter the e-value code. You need to put something in the first box, it's meant to indicate the reference or flyer where the listing came from but it's not in actually checked. If you want to be consistent with what's used when you go through the hotdeals link, then you can use 'dhs'. But otherwise you can enter anything here. Then put the reference code shown above in the second of the two boxes. This brings up the pricing and spec of the model - make any adjustments you feel you want to make in order to have it suit your particular needs. Add it to the cart and put in the 5% coupon code from the first post and click the apply coupon button, put the order through as you normally would. You should find that the Quidco/topcashback amount gets shown on your account after a short while. I've not had any problems combining discount codes with cashback in the past - it just takes the discounted price into account ex VAT and delivery when the percentage is worked out.

Quids
Can somebody post some desktop deals please????:cry:

Getting desperate!:w00t:
It depends on what kind of machine you're looking for surely. - everybody's needs are a bit different. :) The i3 and i5 models start with the Inspiron 580 and begin at £419 delivered before any discounts or cashback. That's for a system unit with an Intel Core i3 530 2.93GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, integrated graphics.and DVD re-writer (D005801). All the way up to £699 delivered for a model with an Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card and blu ray drive (D005819a).

Robert
#30
allawee
Any recommendation on the i7 series from Dell with the touch screen option. This is around £970 at the mo, but was 670 2 weeks ago and missed the deal so I am waiting for it to come back or would you not recommend a dell touch screen laptop? thank you in advance


I dont have a reccomendation on this specific model, however i ahve used a touchscreen laptop and in my mind it was very good and intuitive, I dont know how much they differ from model to model (they could potentially differ quite alot with cheap touchscreens being unresponsive and impractical). My feeling would be the Dell touchscreen would be a good all rounder and good to use in the short term, however in the long term i can imagine them getting quite tiring, so i'd say a mouse would be essential. No specific detail here from me just general guidance but i hope it helps.
#31
does this have usb 3.0?
does asus or hp (or anyone) make an equivalent priced laptop with usb 3?
#32
allawee
Any recommendation on the i7 series from Dell with the touch screen option. This is around £970 at the mo, but was 670 2 weeks ago and missed the deal so I am waiting for it to come back or would you not recommend a dell touch screen laptop? thank you in advance


Try this
http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=N0074514&dgc=AF&cid=5212&lid=122756&acd=b8b29c54602f21100860ae391908d06c

Components
Intel® Core™ i5-540M (2.53Ghz, 4 Thread, turbo boost up to 3.06 GHz, 3MB cache)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
17.3” High Definition+ (1600x900) LED with TL
Black chainlink
1Yr In-Home Warranty Support, including evenings and Saturdays
McAfee® Security Centre - 15 Month Protection - English
4096MB 1067MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
500GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
1GB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 Graphics Card
DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD) with DVD Burn software
Primary 6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery
Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g)
2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera
Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard

I ordered this but with a Mobility Radeon HD 5730 which is a bit better.

At the end of the day you get what you pay for - don't expect a mid-range laptop to have a good CPU and GPU, something will be compromised.

If you want an all singing and dancing laptop double the price or get a desktop - a laptop is about mobility....
#33
I have been waiting for the Sony CW2 Series laptop, play.com have it for £649 and currys etc have it for £699 - From experience, I have a P8600 in my current laptop, which is 3mb Cache and 2.4Ghz, it wee wees all over the i3 processor so I am worried with the amount of bloat the sony vaio will come with, will the i3 make it unbearably slow?!! I want a laptop to play MW2 nicely, and be able to play the next Cod installment in the near future.
#34
Not sure if it applies to the standard studio but check the link below for the xps16 studio. Its the Dell forum at [url]www.notebookreview.com[/url]. I have been keeping an eye on this for a while in the hope the throttling issue gets sorted with a new bios upgrade. Also the issue with the 90w PSU.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1049

I am waiting until its fixed or may go down the F11 series Sony wih the G330, when anyone gets them back in stock that is!
#35
I am an overseas resident but frequent UK often. Is there anyway I buy this Dell and claim my VAT at the airport?

According to Dell Sales Consultant, they say that they don't do VAT claims. How can this be so?
#36
Is this graphics card better than a 256MB Nvidia 8600M GT?
#37
aaronc
Is this graphics card better than a 256MB Nvidia 8600M GT?


Yes

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_list.php
#38
Would I notice any difference with playing MW2?

My current spec is C2D T8100, 4GB DD2 800, 256MB 8600M GT
#40
I had XPS 16 studio which the screen when opened covered the fan and cause laptop to over heat and die... I got my money back so must be a well know fault judging by there on feedback on dell site to!.. not sure if the same issue is on all 15 .. be careful

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