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like the other studio 15 deals but now with awesome new i3 and i5 chips. i3 start from £499 and i5 start from £549. both with dedicated graphics. Pretty darn hot if you ask me.


Intel® Core i3-330M (2.13Ghz, 4Threads, 3MB cache)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English

3072MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [1x2048 + 1x1024]
320GB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 Graphics Card
DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD) with DVD Burn software
Primary 6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery
15.6" High Definition (1366x768) WLED

Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g)
2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera

Services & Software
1Yr In-Home Warranty Support, including evenings and Saturdays
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB 1 year
Black chainlink

also, you can get a backlit keyboard for £30!!!

pisses all over the Pentium t4300: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i3-330M-Notebook-Processor.23753.0.html

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i5-430M-Notebook-Processor.23750.0.html
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#2
thanks, will change
#3
far as i can see the 1st and 2nd models are only different in processor so its cheaper to get 1st and upgrade to 2nds processor?

btw was wondering in past about the wireless cards:
Choose a built-in wireless networking card to get fast, easy access to the Internet at hot spots or around the home.
Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g) [Included in Price]
Dell Wireless 1520 Half Mini Card (802.11n) [add £15.00 or £1/month1]
Intel® Wireless LAN 6200 2x2 802.11a/b/g/n card (EUR) [add £10.00]

2nd dell wireless only compatible with n routers or is it like the last which specifies a/b/g/n but just unclear?


edit: btw the 5% voucher will work on the 549 one as it goes by prediscount price bringing it down to 521
makes it way better value than the 499 (already was but even more)
#4
or 3% quidco makes the £499 one £485.

£36 difference between the cheap and the expensive that way. be more tempted for the i5
#5
Plus only an extra £19.99 for the 3 year in home warrenty... so tempting.
#6
zomg thats madness!!
banned#7
Sounds good to me.
Shame it looks ugly though. Also, I was expecting a better resolution from a screen that size.

Hot deal none the less.
#8
This is such a great deal and so annoyed I didn't wait for a better deal. I paid £459 last week for the 15.6" Inspiron, i3 processor, 320 gb hd. Definitely thinking to return it for the Studio 15 with a better processor (i5 2.26Ghz), bigger hard drive (500gb) and 3 year warranty for £540 + £20 return fee
#9
Why would you not go for the £549 i5-430?!
After the 5% discount code (applicable, as pre-offer price is £818) it's only £21 more, and you get more memory & a bigger HDD too!

Add on quidco (if it tracks), and you're looking at ~£506

It's a shame they don't put better graphics cards & bluray drives in these machines.
banned#10
Voted cold for not being the iPad

/s
#11
ATI 4570 512MB card is only slightly better than a 8600M GT 512MB. Otherwise not a bad deal. Just gets expensive when you add wifi, bluetooth, warranty etc.
#12
This is a very tempting deal - got it priced at £648 including the options I'd want. Only thing holding me back is possibly a new Studio design (Studio 15z - Best Buy has this at the moment) and Dx11 graphics! MMm.... decision time!
#13
tickedon
This is a very tempting deal - got it priced at £648 including the options I'd want. Only thing holding me back is possibly a new Studio design (Studio 15z - Best Buy has this at the moment) and Dx11 graphics! MMm.... decision time!


FYI DirectX compatibility is irrelevant for all but the very fastest desktop cards.
#14
TehJumpingJawa
FYI DirectX compatibility is irrelevant for all but the very fastest desktop cards.


True, but, the equivalent ATI 5000 series has shown ~15% performance improvements compared to 4000 series, lower TDP's, and so cooler + better battery life. It's not really the DX11 that makes it attractive, it's the improvements that are part of the 5000 series DX11 parts :)
#15
i was quite underwhelmed by the ipad. its just a big iphone. cant see many but fanbois and girls using them.

the only reason it matters is because you could use it as an ebook reader. either way apple left out stuff like multi tasking etc which will appear no doubt in ipad rev 2 or 3 even.
#16
s123
i was quite underwhelmed by the ipad. its just a big iphone. cant see many but fanbois and girls using them.

the only reason it matters is because you could use it as an ebook reader. either way apple left out stuff like multi tasking etc which will appear no doubt in ipad rev 2 or 3 even.


:thinking: :? :roll:
#17
#18
s123
i was quite underwhelmed by the ipad. its just a big iphone. cant see many but fanbois and girls using them.

the only reason it matters is because you could use it as an ebook reader. either way apple left out stuff like multi tasking etc which will appear no doubt in ipad rev 2 or 3 even.


doesnt make voice calls, cant send or receive sms or mms, infact only allows 3g data plans (US so far) so in fatc it resembles more closely to an Ipod Touch! a big muther fecker iTouch! for no doubt our inflated price of somethign stupid above £500.00 starting price.
#19
I ordered the studio 15 deal for £429 yesterday, so could still cancel it if I wanted, but was wondering how much of a difference this i3 processor makes over the Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T4300 (2.1GHz, 800MHz, 1MB cache).

Is it worth an extra £70 and what real world difference would it mean for me as a user?

Would appreciate any advice, as I don't really want to spend an extra £70 but if its a lot better I would definitely consider it.

Cheers
#20
haritori;7688440
doesnt make voice calls, cant send or receive sms or mms, infact only allows 3g data plans (US so far) so in fatc it resembles more closely to an Ipod Touch! a big muther fecker iTouch! for no doubt our inflated price of somethign stupid above £500.00 starting price.


Agreed. Check out this: http://archive.webpronews.com/2010a/0128.html. No SD card slot!!

Anyway, back to the deal in question. Is an i3/i5 chip essentially a quad core chip? I guess what I'm really asking is will this be faster than my HP a6573i desktop PC which has a 2.6 core2duo chip?
#21
brokenarrow
Agreed. Check out this: http://archive.webpronews.com/2010a/0128.html. No SD card slot!!

Anyway, back to the deal in question. Is an i3/i5 chip essentially a quad core chip? I guess what I'm really asking is will this be faster than my HP a6573i desktop PC which has a 2.6 core2duo chip?


Speed ratings of all chips here:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

Worth having a look around (make sure you look at the Mobile Core iX chips)

[EDIT: This site is a bit better actually]
#22
Am I blind because I cant see the £499 model on the link?
#23
aircanman
Am I blind because I cant see the £499 model on the link?


Not necessarily. You will need extensive testing by qualified medical staff before a formal diagnosis can be confirmed.
#24
fozzy010
I ordered the studio 15 deal for £429 yesterday, so could still cancel it if I wanted, but was wondering how much of a difference this i3 processor makes over the Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T4300 (2.1GHz, 800MHz, 1MB cache).

Is it worth an extra £70 and what real world difference would it mean for me as a user?

Would appreciate any advice, as I don't really want to spend an extra £70 but if its a lot better I would definitely consider it.

Cheers


The i5-430m deal @ £521 (plus quidco too) is the better value deal - certainly worth the extra £21 over the i3-330m.

The i5 is much faster than the T4300; though whether it's worth an extra £100 only you can decide.
Real world performance is hard to quantify until you have the 2 machines running side-by-side.
If I were going to get a Dell laptop, then i'd definitely get the i5-430m model over any other currently on offer.

Notebookcheck places the i5 @ 46th in their CPU benchmark table; the T4300, 79th. (and IMO that is rather generous, as it places the T4300 above the T6400!)

The performance difference between the two is strongly dependent upon the nature of the task being performed.
The i5 will be ~20% faster in single threaded tasks due to superior clock speed, turbo boost & superior architecture.
The i5 will be ~50% faster in multi-threaded tasks due to superior clock speed, hyper-threading & superior architecture.
Power consumption of the two is approx. equivalent.
#25
aircanman
Am I blind because I cant see the £499 model on the link?


Here you go(2nd & 3rd in the list).
Dmxdimension is thd Dell website with all the BS removed.
Much easier to spot the bargains, and links to deals not available on the Dell site.
#26
aircanman
Am I blind because I cant see the £499 model on the link?


Lol at reply to this
anyway, for the 499 System go to main laptop page and there is a link to big savings or so. you can use quidco on it as no voucher but the i5 is alot better value anyeay
Edit, curse you slow phone typing
#27
fozzy010
I ordered the studio 15 deal for £429 yesterday, so could still cancel it if I wanted, but was wondering how much of a difference this i3 processor makes over the Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T4300 (2.1GHz, 800MHz, 1MB cache).

Is it worth an extra £70 and what real world difference would it mean for me as a user?

Would appreciate any advice, as I don't really want to spend an extra £70 but if its a lot better I would definitely consider it.

Cheers


if you can afford it go for it.
#28
Excuse my ignorance but how does the i5 differ from the i7 ? I'm looking for a new laptop but am hanging around for a decent i7 deal, because I am presuming they are better :roll:

My budget is about £600-£700 and will be used as main home computer (office work, internet, music) and also as a video editing machine for home movies (capturing from camcorder/dvd, editing and rendering with Sony Vegas etc).
#29
infaddict
Excuse my ignorance but how does the i5 differ from the i7 ? I'm looking for a new laptop but am hanging around for a decent i7 deal, because I am presuming they are better :roll:

My budget is about £600-£700 and will be used as main home computer (office work, internet, music) and also as a video editing machine for home movies (capturing from camcorder/dvd, editing and rendering with Sony Vegas etc).


Very good question, and not easy to answer as Intel has muddled i3, i5 & i7 brands, effectively destroying the simplicity they established in the Core 2 ranges.

Your best bet is to read these pages:
i7, i3 vs i5 vs i7 (though this doesn't include the quad core i7s; i7-720QM and above)
#30
I'm really not sure Dells are looking so good at the moment, especially the studio range..

First there is the "dell studio dpc latency" flaw, now there is a "dell stuio 1747 beep" with the new i7's (apparently they are not able to use the full clock freq of the processor!) and there is also "throttlegate" an apparent Dell cover up over processor underclock failures. (just google each term in "" if you're interested, I'd certainly check each if you are serious about buying a laptop from Dell.

I nearly bough a 1747 i7 the other day, but luckily ran into the threads saying they are chronically underpowered and liable to processor failure, they've even stopped shipping them with Bluray because they cannot deal with anythinig too demanding...
1 Like #31
tickedon
This is a very tempting deal - got it priced at £648 including the options I'd want. Only thing holding me back is possibly a new Studio design (Studio 15z - Best Buy has this at the moment) and Dx11 graphics! MMm.... decision time!


Yeah, looks like there's a decent chance of Dell refreshing the case design of their laptops in the near future. Currently only available in the US:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=448401

In addition, the Arrandale chips (i3, i5, i7) are due to be revised in the middle of the year to be more power efficient:

http://www.anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.aspx?i=3705&p=5

That said, the i5-430m for £500 ish right now is a solid purchase! For those that passed over the Studio 1557(i7-720QM), posted here last November, this represents a better deal overall, imo. It is around £150 cheaper, a bit less powerful but will run as cool and quietly as a Core 2 duo. :thumbsup:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/524421/dell-studio-15-intel-i7-720qm-646-d
#32
Advanced service (with the option of 3-years In Home for £20) for the i5-430 is the same as Standard while with the i5-520, it's an extra £74.

i5-430 =

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/minicat/services_N0055803?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

i5-520 =

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/minicat/services_N0055804?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs
#33
david1274
Advanced service (with the option of 3-years In Home for £20) for the i5-430 is the same as Standard while with the i5-520, it's an extra £74.

i5-430 =

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/minicat/services_N0055803?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

i5-520 =

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/minicat/services_N0055804?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs


ofc you can upgrade the 430 to 520 to give same spec (unless i am missing something noone corrected me earlier) so whichever you want you can get it for 19.99
seeing as upgraded '430' is cheaper you want that one either way :)
#34
fozzy010
I ordered the studio 15 deal for £429 yesterday, so could still cancel it if I wanted, but was wondering how much of a difference this i3 processor makes over the Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T4300 (2.1GHz, 800MHz, 1MB cache).

Is it worth an extra £70 and what real world difference would it mean for me as a user?

Would appreciate any advice, as I don't really want to spend an extra £70 but if its a lot better I would definitely consider it.

Cheers


Mate, you should definitely consider this one:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/595524/dell-inspiron-1564-core-i3-3gb-ddr3

T4300 is no where near i3 or i5. If I were in your place, I would cancel it immediately
#35
brilly
ofc you can upgrade the 430 to 520 to give same spec (unless i am missing something noone corrected me earlier) so whichever you want you can get it for 19.99
seeing as upgraded '430' is cheaper you want that one either way :)


Absolutely. You save around £100 by selecting the 430 and upgrading to the 520 rather than selecting the 520 in the first place (£587/£687). All before quidco.

Is the 520 is worth around £50 more than the 430? According to this link posted earlier, not only is the 520 more powerful, it also has lower power consumption:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Intel-Core-i3-i5-i7-Processors-Arrandale.25085.0.html
#36
Hi,
I'm really interested in this laptop, the one with the i5 processor. I just wanted to know is it worth getting the screen upgraded to a 1920x1080 resolution, I think 1366x768 does nto look that good but 1920x1080 is a bit small (1440x900 would of been perfect but there's no option for that).

Also do you think that I should wait a couple more weeks and see if the other companies like HP,Asus, etc... start doing these deals on there laptops with the i3,i5, and i7 processors, or do you think this deal is going to be to hard to beat.

Anyway the reason I want this laptop is for university really (will be using maple and minitab a lot), and some gaming like football manager 2010 and medieval 2 total war, also I'm getting rid of my desktop. Any advice will be much appreciated.
Thank you.
#37
The Radeon 4570 found in the Dell Studio laptops won't run Medieval 2: Total War very well - and definitely not at 1920x1080.

I'd suggest a Core 2 duo with a better GPU instead.
Are you going to be moving this laptop around much, or is it more of a desktop replacement?
Presumably the OS isn't too important, as you'll be able to get a free student copy of Windows 7 through the university?

If that's the case, this might interest you.
It was available for ~£510 when originally posted, but since then the free delivery code has expired and they've increased the price.
Still good value @ £550, and 2% quidco will bring it down a further £11. You can still get sort of free delivery if you order a cheap laptop accessory at the same time (e.g. usb keyboard @£3.97).
#38
i have to say i would have gone for the inspiron if only it didnt have ****** inspiron keyboards. I hate them, just cannot type on them without hitting the wrong key every so often.
#39
TehJumpingJawa
The Radeon 4570 found in the Dell Studio laptops won't run Medieval 2: Total War very well - and definitely not at 1920x1080.

I'd suggest a Core 2 duo with a better GPU instead.
Are you going to be moving this laptop around much, or is it more of a desktop replacement?
Presumably the OS isn't too important, as you'll be able to get a free student copy of Windows 7 through the university?

If that's the case, this might interest you.
It was available for ~£510 when originally posted, but since then the free delivery code has expired and they've increased the price.
Still good value @ £550, and 2% quidco will bring it down a further £11. You can still get sort of free delivery if you order a cheap laptop accessory at the same time (e.g. usb keyboard @£3.97).


Thanks for your reply mate, the specs of that laptop you gave me are very good apart from the fact its 17.3 inches (I am going to be moving it around to uni and back) and I'm not sure about Acer's. I thought the HD4570 was a decent graphics card and would of been able to handle a 4-5 years old game in medieval 2 total war, I guess I was wrong. And I am thinking if I do go with the dell then I should allow the screen upgrade, and leave it to 1366x768?. Anyway thanks for the advice.
#40
jhonny20041433
Thanks for your reply mate, the specs of that laptop you gave me are very good apart from the fact its 17.3 inches (I am going to be moving it around to uni and back) and I'm not sure about Acer's. I thought the HD4570 was a decent graphics card and would of been able to handle a 4-5 years old game in medieval 2 total war, I guess I was wrong. And I am thinking if I do go with the dell then I should allow the screen upgrade, and leave it to 1366x768?. Anyway thanks for the advice.


Sorry, I take back what I said! :oops:
The requirements for Medieval 2 are apparently lower than what I remember, and the 4570 appears to be better than I thought too!

You might have to lower detail a bit in the big battles, and definitely if you go for the 1920x1080 screen.
Still, it'll play fine :thumbsup:

While Dell upgrades are by-and-large all rip-offs, the 1920x1080 screen upgrade for £70 is very reasonable. If I were buying a Dell laptop, and it was an option - i'd take it.
I think productivity and screen real-estate are closely linked.

Such a shame they don't offer BD-ROM drives to take full advantage of the 1080p screens :(

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