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Lots of i7 core laptops on the dell outlet site for as low as £528.70 delivered!!

I managed to bag myself this:

Studio 1558
Graphics : 1 GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
Operating System English Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate (64 BIT)
Hard Drive : 500GB Serial ATA (7200RPM)
6144MB (1x4096 + 1x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
Wireless : European Intel Wireless LAN 6200 2x2 (802.11a/b/g/n) Card
Optical Drive Blu-Ray Disc (DVD+/-RW + BD-ROM) Drive
MOD,SW,COA,W7U32/64
Intel i7-720QM(1.6GHz)
Wireless Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth
Camera : Integrated 2.0 Mega Pixel Camera - N-Series only
15.6 Widescreen Full High Definition (1920X1080) WLED with TrueLife
1 Yr Collect & Return Warranty

all for £650

Use voucher code to get for this price: 69V5BXTW399B0M £20 off

Forgot to mention 4% Quidco too!
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1 Like #1
£650 seems pretty good given the i7, 6gb ram, Full HD screen and Blu-ray. Only let-down in that is the graphics card (perfectly capable but only a class 3 on the notebookcheck list).

I bought an XPS16 earlier this year from Dell outlet (I was a little worried that an i7 would run too hot and compromised with an i5-540, 320gb HDD, 4Gb ram for £575). It arrived in pristine condition, also the blu-ray turned out to be a writer and not just a BD-ROM. I did worry the 15.6" 1920x1080 screen would be 'too small' but it's amazingly sharp and clear. Hope you're as lucky and happy. :D




Edited By: wombat6025 on Sep 07, 2010 16:49: 'cos we can ;-)
#2
I'm planing on installing AutoCAD 2011 when it arrives. Is this graphics card sufficient for 3D rendering?
#3
Rykco25
I'm planing on installing AutoCAD 2011 when it arrives. Is this graphics card sufficient for 3D rendering?

Here's the HD5470 review at notebookcheck.

I looked on Autodesk for compatibility on the HD-5470 but it seems Autocad haven't tested it or the HD-5400 series. Although I don't imagine there'll be a problem it might be best to ask on the autocad forums or similar....


AndrewS7889
I would look at the large amount of posts on the Dell forum regarding the Dell 1557 and 1558s with regard to overheating and windows freeze issues, before considering one of these units.One of the many long threads starts herehttp://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19303691/19586387.aspx#19586387I had to return my Studio 1558 from the outlet site as it suffered from the random Windows freeze fault. Updated all the drivers and the system Bios to latest and it was still unusable. It would be good to hear your experience with the unit - I hope it all works OK.

The problems do seem quite off-putting - all the Dell over-heating fan-speed issues were one of the reasons I decided not to stretch my budget to an i7 processor on my XPS 16 - that said it seems to be the HD-4670 graphics that leave my legs toasty - why Dell don't allow you to switch the on chip graphics for browsing / movie playback I don't know...



Edited By: wombat6025 on Sep 07, 2010 19:34: more info
#4
I heard i7 chips in laptop make a lot of heat. Is it true?
#5
I had loads of issues with my 17" Studio laptop, freezing all the time and overheating, the fan noise was the biggest issue with it compared to my old Vostro 1500 which you never heard . Even with the latest Bios upgrade the fan issues were not resolved so i sent it back , just waiting to see if then new lot of Studio Laptops have this issue or not or might go for the Vostro 1720 instead.

Edited By: Snap53 on Sep 07, 2010 21:06: spelling
#6
Its annoying on the Dell Outlet site that some laptops do not show a processor - so would you just be taking a punt on a decent one turning up? Theres a Dell XPS16 on there now for example...
#7
bigsven
Its annoying on the Dell Outlet site that some laptops do not show a processor - so would you just be taking a punt on a decent one turning up? Theres a Dell XPS16 on there now for example...


It's definitely not worth taking a punt.

I bought a laptop 4 weeks ago, when I wasn't sure which processor I was getting. I called up Dell the following day to request the full specs and wasn't happy with the processor. I then requested cancellation, but this was ignored and the laptop was dispatched and I was charged the full amount. I then sent them an email and they stopped the courier delivering to me, yet it took them 3 weeks to get a refund issued to me, as they would not refund until the laptop had arrived back into their warehouse.
#8
robot1000
bigsven
Its annoying on the Dell Outlet site that some laptops do not show a processor - so would you just be taking a punt on a decent one turning up? Theres a Dell XPS16 on there now for example...


It's definitely not worth taking a punt.

I bought a laptop 4 weeks ago, when I wasn't sure which processor I was getting. I called up Dell the following day to request the full specs and wasn't happy with the processor. I then requested cancellation, but this was ignored and the laptop was dispatched and I was charged the full amount. I then sent them an email and they stopped the courier delivering to me, yet it took them 3 weeks to get a refund issued to me, as they would not refund until the laptop had arrived back into their warehouse.


You bought the Laptop THEN phoned for the specs?
Ouch.
Caveat Emptor
#9
Cant find this deal :'(
#10
Cheapest i7 studio 1558 left is £580.12

Just select 15" in the options box to the left.
#11
mrew42
robot1000
bigsven
Its annoying on the Dell Outlet site that some laptops do not show a processor - so would you just be taking a punt on a decent one turning up? Theres a Dell XPS16 on there now for example...
It's definitely not worth taking a punt.I bought a laptop 4 weeks ago, when I wasn't sure which processor I was getting. I called up Dell the following day to request the full specs and wasn't happy with the processor. I then requested cancellation, but this was ignored and the laptop was dispatched and I was charged the full amount. I then sent them an email and they stopped the courier delivering to me, yet it took them 3 weeks to get a refund issued to me, as they would not refund until the laptop had arrived back into their warehouse.
You bought the Laptop THEN phoned for the specs?Ouch.Caveat Emptor

I can understand why - good deals on Dell Outlet don't hang around; Dell phone support will not give details on the outlet deals; but once you order the confirmation email has a working phone number...
#12
I too am waiting to see if the Dell model issues are fixed yet as the overheating and freezing seems to affect most of their model range.
I can also confirm that there is no number in order to contact Dell Outlet through on their website, so you don't get the telephone number until you have ordered. I can also confirm that you need to set aside the best part of a month to argue / arrange for product return / and then wait for a recredit.
I have now had two Dell Outlet laptops in a row where I have payed, waited, not received anything or else a laptop that clearly did not work, try to cancel the order / return the laptop and then have to wait a large number of days for Dell to refund my money. Their support centre also seems to have been moved to France, so you get random calls from French speaking staff who are unable to help you. I think they are doing a roaring trade just on the interest on the monies alone! So over two months later still back at square one. Dell won't even offer me a discount if I try a third time lucky on one of their systems.

I'm now thinking of buying my first non-Dell system for over 15 years!
#13
An i7 processor in a laptop sounds a bit iffy to me...

If you want that much power, get a desktop.
#14
AndrewS7889
I'm now thinking of buying my first non-Dell system for over 15 years!

Go ahead - take the plunge!

I've always had Dell or HP laptops for work and Acer at home (cheap!). I must admit the Dells seem better built but I've had a number of HDD / motherboard failures on them over the years; whilst the cheaper lappys have had more minor problems like keyboard wearing out and not keeping so pristine looking.
#15
Nice little deal you have there. Btw, Tesco Direct are offering great deals on Dell laptops - they seem to be cheaper that on the Dell site itself!
#16
i will be getting one in christmas
#17
AndrewS7889
I would look at the large amount of posts on the Dell forum regarding the Dell 1557 and 1558s with regard to overheating and windows freeze issues, before considering one of these units.

One of the many long threads starts here http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19303691/19586387.aspx#19586387

I had to return my Studio 1558 from the outlet site as it suffered from the random Windows freeze fault. Updated all the drivers and the system Bios to latest and it was still unusable. It would be good to hear your experience with the unit - I hope it all works OK.


I've had my 1558 for about 2 months now, never had any problems with heat, freezing, BSoD or anything like that.
banned#18
When it comes to Graphics Cards I'm a complete air head!
Could anyone show me to a site/guide explaining how good a graphics card is - in comparison to other graphics card's?

Thanks!

Edited By: Xenu :) on Sep 08, 2010 23:10: testicals
#19
wombat6025
AndrewS7889
I'm now thinking of buying my first non-Dell system for over 15 years!


Go ahead - take the plunge!

I've always had Dell or HP laptops for work and Acer at home (cheap!). I must admit the Dells seem better built but I've had a number of HDD / motherboard failures on them over the years; whilst the cheaper lappys have had more minor problems like keyboard wearing out and not keeping so pristine looking.

from dell to acer... deary me
#20
Do not get a 1557 with an i7 and ati 4570. I got mine repaired 3 times it has now been replaced with the stable yet still hot 1558 i7 with the ati 5470.
#21
I have a 1558 with an i5 430M

UNUSABLE. Temps run between 40-100 deg cel.

DELL are not ready to accept that the system has a fault.
#22
I have had a Dell 1557 with i7 720QM and 4570 for about four months now, and haven't had any problems with it, very quick system that runs perfectly.
#23
kharma45

I've had my 1558 for about 2 months now, never had any problems with heat, freezing, BSoD or anything like that.


Same for me. Got mine new with 6gb ram, i7. It actually runs quite cool I found compared with other laptops I've had. Quiet too.

Not sure why you'd question needing that much power in a laptop, and get a desktop instead. A desktop is completely different type of use. For programming, and run vm's it's a great laptop. The only thing I don't like about it is the size. It's wider than I expected, and a bit thicker than I'd like. The XPS may have been a better choice for me.
#24
Back at the plot - I can't see this on the link. No 1557 or 1558. I tried filtering by processor and it said no results for Core i7.
#25
would'nt touch a dell again. Bought an xps 1530 a couple of years back had 3 hard drive failures in a year which were replaced under warranty and a day after warranty ran out and guess what.....
#26
Can't see anymore. Expired?
#27
that is a really good price. shame they've all gone already!
#28
I've had a 1557 with i7-720QM with 8Gb but lesser graphics card for 6 months and been very happy with it. I did have a hard disk failure but I put that down to a random occurence. It does run hot, but not too much and I have it on my lap a lot at home. I do alternate between on coffee table and lap but that's due to not wanting to spend too much time hunching over. It did take a while to get used to the screen but I'm very happy with it now, glad I went for the full HD and not the less one. If I was still looking to upgrade I'd have ordered this in far less time than it took to write this post!
#29
Try it if you will, but I'd say Dell and new tech do not work well

If you "need" i7, then get this, but if you actualy need i7 I don't think you'd buy this.

Still this is the cheapest i7 Laptop out there.. respect to OP
#30
Xenu :)
When it comes to Graphics Cards I'm a complete air head!Could anyone show me to a site/guide explaining how good a graphics card is - in comparison to other graphics card's? Thanks!

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/

also cpu benchmarks as well...just a comparison and like car speeds/bhp/0-60s (or 0-62s) never 100% accurate
#31
Has anyone brought one of these, do they come with HDMI or DVI output ports?
#32
Romi
Has anyone brought one of these, do they come with HDMI or DVI output ports?


Presuming the 1557 is the same basic spec as the 1558, there's HDMI out and VGA out.
#33
jeeves
would'nt touch a dell again. Bought an xps 1530 a couple of years back had 3 hard drive failures in a year which were replaced under warranty and a day after warranty ran out and guess what.....


Exactly the same scenario with me mate =(
#34
daninacan
An i7 processor in a laptop sounds a bit iffy to me...

If you want that much power, get a desktop.


For anyone worried about overheating, we use Dell i7 laptops, no choice, need something that powerful and portable and have had no issues so far.
#35
robot1000

I bought a laptop 4 weeks ago, when I wasn't sure which processor I was getting. I called up Dell the following day to request the full specs and wasn't happy with the processor. I then requested cancellation, but this was ignored and the laptop was dispatched and I was charged the full amount. I then sent them an email and they stopped the courier delivering to me, yet it took them 3 weeks to get a refund issued to me, as they would not refund until the laptop had arrived back into their warehouse.


It doesn't sound like you have anything to complain about.
What's to stop someone buying dozens of laptops from the Dell Outlet, phoning for the specs and then choosing the best one and cancelling the rest for an instant refund?
#36
kharma45
AndrewS7889
I would look at the large amount of posts on the Dell forum regarding the Dell 1557 and 1558s with regard to overheating and windows freeze issues, before considering one of these units.

One of the many long threads starts here http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19303691/19586387.aspx#19586387

I had to return my Studio 1558 from the outlet site as it suffered from the random Windows freeze fault. Updated all the drivers and the system Bios to latest and it was still unusable. It would be good to hear your experience with the unit - I hope it all works OK.


I've had my 1558 for about 2 months now, never had any problems with heat, freezing, BSoD or anything like that.


Had mine 2 weeks, no issues at all - mega laptop (cost £610)
Only thing tho ... the lid type wasnt mentioned so I knew it would be pot luck. Ended up with a designer one which is quite over the top and takes a bit of getting used too .. was quite a surprise when I first saw it ...

http://www.hertaste.com/img/products/4abad79a32e39.png
1 Like #37
zoopakev
kharma45
AndrewS7889
I would look at the large amount of posts on the Dell forum regarding the Dell 1557 and 1558s with regard to overheating and windows freeze issues, before considering one of these units.

One of the many long threads starts here http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19303691/19586387.aspx#19586387

I had to return my Studio 1558 from the outlet site as it suffered from the random Windows freeze fault. Updated all the drivers and the system Bios to latest and it was still unusable. It would be good to hear your experience with the unit - I hope it all works OK.


I've had my 1558 for about 2 months now, never had any problems with heat, freezing, BSoD or anything like that.


Had mine 2 weeks, no issues at all - mega laptop (cost £610)
Only thing tho ... the lid type wasnt mentioned so I knew it would be pot luck. Ended up with a designer one which is quite over the top and takes a bit of getting used too .. was quite a surprise when I first saw it ...

http://www.hertaste.com/img/products/4abad79a32e39.png


At least if you come home from the pub and vomit on your laptop no one will notice :)
#38
LOL !!
#39
royals
Xenu
When it comes to Graphics Cards I'm a complete air head!Could anyone show me to a site/guide explaining how good a graphics card is - in comparison to other graphics card's? Thanks!
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/also cpu benchmarks as well...just a comparison and like car speeds/bhp/0-60s (or 0-62s) never 100% accurate

Notebookcheck do reviews on notebooks and notebook gpus and cpus - I find them very good. This is the graphics benchmark list. Click through for detail on the card you're interested in and it will give a detailled review benchmark and performance results for various games etc. If you click through for detail on the benchmarks or click on the game FPS score it'll even show you the model and spec of the machine they tested on...

It's only high-end users (running graphics packages etc. that can utilise 4 cores) that really need an i7, for most folks a dual core i3 or the i5 with it's turbo mode may be enough.
I suspect my i5-540M is as fast as the low-end i7-720 in 'normal' tasks as most programs we run won't utilise more than one thread let alone four cores - for instance when converting a video file with super one core stays parked even if I do other tasks like downloads or browse the web and it doesn't even clock the running core 100%.
I'm certainly not saying don't buy an i7 but if you're on a budget an i5 with better graphics / HDD / warranty or build quality might be a better buy...

Edited By: wombat6025 on Sep 09, 2010 11:15: spelting etc.
#40
fishmaster
zoopakev
kharma45
AndrewS7889
I would look at the large amount of posts on the Dell forum regarding the Dell 1557 and 1558s with regard to overheating and windows freeze issues, before considering one of these units.

One of the many long threads starts here http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19303691/19586387.aspx#19586387

I had to return my Studio 1558 from the outlet site as it suffered from the random Windows freeze fault. Updated all the drivers and the system Bios to latest and it was still unusable. It would be good to hear your experience with the unit - I hope it all works OK.


I've had my 1558 for about 2 months now, never had any problems with heat, freezing, BSoD or anything like that.


Had mine 2 weeks, no issues at all - mega laptop (cost £610)
Only thing tho ... the lid type wasnt mentioned so I knew it would be pot luck. Ended up with a designer one which is quite over the top and takes a bit of getting used too .. was quite a surprise when I first saw it ...

http://www.hertaste.com/img/products/4abad79a32e39.png


At least if you come home from the pub and vomit on your laptop no one will notice :)


eactly what I said when I first saw it .. but it does grow on you .. the finish is excellent and u cant see the lid when you use it lol ...

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