Dell Studio 15: Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300 2.1 GHz Windows 7 Home Premium, 4096MB RAM, 320GB HD, 512MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 4570 for £428.99 delivered - HotUKDeals
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Components
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T4300 (2.1GHz, 800MHz, 1MB cache)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit- English
Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
1 year of coverage included with your PC
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB 1 year
FailSafe® Theft Protection - track and protect lost or stolen laptops - 30 days free trial
15.6in Widescreen High Definition (1366x768) WLED with TrueLife
4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x2048]
320GB (5.400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
512MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 4570
Fixed Internal DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive including Software
Primary 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
Black chainlink
Accessories
Services & Software
Also Includes
No Accidental Damage Support
1 Meter Power Cord (3 Wire) - UK
English - Documentation Studio 1545
N0153502
1 year of coverage included with your PC
Studio 1555 Order - UK
No Carrying Case
Studio 1555 Resource DVD (Diagnostic & Drivers)
90W AC Adaptor
Wireless Label - Pentium Dual Core
Silver chainlink palm rest with Black Chainlink cover only
One free Dell Expert call to help with your PC queries within 60 days of purchase
Datasafe Local 2.0 Basic
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#1
Linky no worky.
1 Like #3
Isn't this one better for an extra £21? What with the T6600 CPU an' that?
#4
The graphics on the other one are considerably worse for any gaming.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html
#5
Spence1115
The graphics on the other one are considerably worse for any gaming.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html

But you wouldn't buy this Dell for gaming, would you?
#6
Would the graphics be good enough to play games like World of Warcraft? They don't have to be spectacular - not like FPS games.
#7
Yes, this would run World of Warcraft
#8
is there a better laptop that is between £400 to £450?? im considering buying this
#9
It is not a good processor so I would steer clear. Just look at how much extra Dell charge for a good one
#10
Davidben83
It is not a good processor so I would steer clear. Just look at how much extra Dell charge for a good one


Pentium Dual-Core is based on Intel's Core 2 Duo so around the same speed as that. You won't find a better processor on any laptop £400-£500 I think.

Dell prices for processor upgrades are definitely extortionate though. Check dell outlet or ebay for models with upgraded processors.

CuriousTurtle
But you wouldn't buy this Dell for gaming, would you?

HD 4570 is good for older games. Very, very good at this price.

Notebookcheck says:
The gaming performance of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD4570 should be very similar to the desktop HD 4550 which features similar specifications. Benchmarks of the desktop card showed, that the most DirectX9 titles can be played fluently in high details and 1024x768 (like Call of Duty 4, F.E.A.R., UT3, World in Conflict). Demanding games like crysis only run in low-medium detail settings in decent frame rates.


Compare that to the Intel 4-series which is in 90% of other laptops at this price:

Still, the performance is just on par with the entry level dedicated graphics cards and therefore not suited for demanding games. Some older games like Fear can be played in low details and low resolutions (see "Gaming Performance" below).

Compared to other modern integrated graphic cards like the Nvidia GeForce 9400M (G 102MNVIDIA GeForce G 105M) or AMD ATI Radeon HD 3200, the GMA 4500M HD noticably slower and provides less optimized drivers for games.

Crysis: 1280x800, low: 4-5 fps -> not playable
Call of Duty 4: 800x600, Standard: 5-15 fps -> not playable
Fifa 2008: 800x600, high: 31 fps -> playable
Unreal Tournament 3: 800x600, 3/5 Details: 15-25 fps (with stuttering) -> not playable (perhaps in lowest detail settings)
Die Siedler - Aufstieg eines Königreichs: 1024x768: 15-20 fps -> playable
F.E.A.R.: min./min.: 88 fps -> fully playable
Doom 3: low: 17 fps -> not playable
#11
Heat added!

Nice find, Shivani ji:thumbsup:
#12
Davidben83
It is not a good processor so I would steer clear. Just look at how much extra Dell charge for a good one


this is faster than turion at the same price
#13
For only 70 quid extra, you can upgrade the screen on this to 1920x1080 - now that's hot!
#14
Cheap for a studio with a dedicated GPU but otherwise nothing special.
#15
I've said it in a few other dell studio threads, but look out for the "dell studio dpc latency" problem (google it!).

A lot of problems with audio (and video). And its looking more and more like a hardare problem on the mobo they can't fix....

hmmm
#16
Bear in mind dell build and delivery times mean u won't see this till end feb.

Their stock is kept so low to reduce costs
#17
Hi
But what abt screen looks like rectangluar and power swicth is in the side (delicate) ??
#18
Just checked the email confirmation and I picked up 2 Dell Studio laptops for my brothers of a similar spec (same model/cpu/etc), however they had a 500gb HDD upgrade and Bluetooth before Christmas for £499. Also found a code for 6% company/university discount, so it was £958.08 in total for the 2 laptops (£479 each).

They are good machines. Impressed with the build quality, but not so much with all the bundled bloatware.
#19
CuriousTurtle
But you wouldn't buy this Dell for gaming, would you?


I bought it thinking it would be half-decent for gaming - turned out it played games like Burnout Paradise and Mirrors Edge perfectly. Good enough for me.

Good deal, I paid almost £500 for this last year.
#20
is there any discount code to have a free delivery of Dell's purchase? thanks
#21
kcvrao
Hi
But what abt screen looks like rectangluar and power swicth is in the side (delicate) ??


It is quite rectangular I guess, as its 15.6" whereas they used to be 15.4" - most new laptops of this spec are 15.6" nowadays though. When I first got it, it seemed weird but it just seems normal now - and its better for movies I guess.

The power switch on the side isn't delicate at all - its slightly inside the casing and I often have to press it again as I didn't press it hard enough.
#22
oblivion6
Bear in mind dell build and delivery times mean u won't see this till end feb.

Their stock is kept so low to reduce costs

My studio took 2 weeks from ordering to get to me, i even added extras like backlit keyboard.
#23
Davidben83
It is not a good processor so I would steer clear.

A commonly held misconception.
#25
dual core? not a core 2 duo, then?
#26
paul_merton
For only 70 quid extra, you can upgrade the screen on this to 1920x1080 - now that's hot!


I agree and while the extra desktop space would be nice, it wouldn't be able to handle 1080p in games, and bluray isn't an available upgrade option :thinking:

As for the CPU, the performance of the T4300 is so close to that of the T6600 as to be undetectable in real world operation.
T6600=1565
T4300=1448

I certainly wouldn't pay Dell's £70 upgrade fee - total rip off!

Good price for a good all-rounder mid-range machine.
#27
live2giveuk
dual core? not a core 2 duo, then?


T4300 is penryn core, making it part of the newer core 2 duo family.

It's been branded as a 'dual core' simply for marketting reasons - in every way that matters, it's a core 2 duo.
#28
live2giveuk
dual core? not a core 2 duo, then?


Indeed. Same die as T6500 but with only 1mb of L2 cache instead of 2mb.
#29
TehJumpingJawa
I agree and while the extra desktop space would be nice, it wouldn't be able to handle 1080p in games, and bluray isn't an available upgrade option :thinking:

As for the CPU, the performance of the T4300 is so close to that of the T6600 as to be undetectable in real world operation.
T6600=1565
T4300=1448

I certainly wouldn't pay Dell's £70 upgrade fee - total rip off!

Good price for a good all-rounder mid-range machine.


Don't trust that site. Going by its scores a T4300 is quicker than a T8100, and we all know thats crap as both CPU are the same apart from the cache with the Pentium having 1MB and Core 2 Duo having 3MB...
#30
For someone who hasn't got a clue and also has around £500 to spend can someone point in the direction of a decent laptop with Windows 7
#31
If you don't have a clue about pc hardware, then you can do far worse than go for a dell.
As this laptop is well within yout budget, and will more than likely exceed your needs - I'd recommend it.

The only thing it won't be able to do is run demanding games satisfactorily.

:edit:

Oh, and don't forget quidco cashback! It's only 3%....but £13 is worth the effort I feel.
The OP might want to add a reminder of this to the deal.
#32
Thanks. i've been going round and round in circles for a decent laptop, Just had to return a HP Pavillion back to Comet because the internal webcam kept disconnecting. I'm after one pretty similar but with better built quality. The one I returned had a 17 inch screen but a 15.6 will do. Would like something with the following features,

Core2Duo 2.0 (min)
Webcam
HDMI socket
Numeric keypad
4gb Ram
Windows 7

Don't really want to go over the £500 mark.

Can someone please help me :)
#33
ajnicho
Thanks. i've been going round and round in circles for a decent laptop, Just had to return a HP Pavillion back to Comet because the internal webcam kept disconnecting. I'm after one pretty similar but with better built quality. The one I returned had a 17 inch screen but a 15.6 will do. Would like something with the following features,

Core2Duo 2.0 (min)
Webcam
HDMI socket
Numeric keypad
4gb Ram
Windows 7

Don't really want to go over the £500 mark.

Can someone please help me :)


I havn't had a look around yet, but one observation - you are unlikely to get a numeric keypad on a 15.6" laptop. You'll probably need a 16.3" atleast.

How important are graphics capability?
#34
conradish
I've said it in a few other dell studio threads, but look out for the "dell studio dpc latency" problem (google it!).

A lot of problems with audio (and video). And its looking more and more like a hardare problem on the mobo they can't fix....

hmmm


I just looked that up but all the information applies either to the older Studio 1535 (this is 1555), or other Dell models. Do you know that the problem still exists on the 1555?
#35
More of an xboxer myself. Dont really do games on computer. The odd game of Worms now and again. haa!!
Seen a Packard Bell in PC World today that had a numeric keypad on it but it was £550 and just out of my price range.

Appreciate the help btw
#36
ajnicho
Thanks. i've been going round and round in circles for a decent laptop, Just had to return a HP Pavillion back to Comet because the internal webcam kept disconnecting. I'm after one pretty similar but with better built quality. The one I returned had a 17 inch screen but a 15.6 will do. Would like something with the following features,

Core2Duo 2.0 (min)
Webcam
HDMI socket
Numeric keypad
4gb Ram
Windows 7

Don't really want to go over the £500 mark.

Can someone please help me :)


This laptop would be perfect for you.

Core2Duo 2.0 (min) - The Pentium Dual Core *IS* a Core 2 Duo in every way, simply with slightly less cache. This has a performance impact of maybe 1%, the only time it's of any use is for tasks you wouldn't normally be doing on a sub-£500 laptop.
Webcam - check. 2MP, so fairly decent quality compared to the 0.3/1.3MP others use.
HDMI socket - check :)
Numeric keypad - as TehJumpingJawa, unlikely to find this on a 15". Even if you do, it will generally make the other keys too small and generally very uncomfortable. You can buy a USB numeric keypad separately if this is a big issue, it'll be far more usable that way.
4gb Ram - check.
Windows 7 - check.
#37
ajnicho
For someone who hasn't got a clue and also has around £500 to spend can someone point in the direction of a decent laptop with Windows 7


Erm, this one? :)
#38
It doesnt say in the listing it has a HDMI?

I've just returned my laptop and am using the wife's at the moment so really need it asap. Don't Dell take a long time to deliver?
#39
paul_merton
For only 70 quid extra, you can upgrade the screen on this to 1920x1080 - now that's hot!

I would consider taking a laptop insurance or extending dell warranty before anything else :-D
#40
sach1636
I would consider taking a laptop insurance or extending dell warranty before anything else :-D


Waste of money - warranties are for people who can't be bothered to complain properly :)

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