Dell Studio 17 (2.26 GHz, 4GB, 500GB HD, ATI 3650HD, BR-ROM, 1080p Display) £788.82 + 4 Yrs Warranty! - HotUKDeals
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Hi,

First post... take it easy on me!!!

Found this in conjunction with the 10% off code from here... I think its a great price for the specs... About £330 off Dell's RRP!

Thanks to Evelynne for reminding me that its 3% off with Quidco as well!


Click customize, spec it up & Enter 10% off voucer @ Checkout for the featured price.

My apologies if it's been posted before.


Specs:

Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB, 3 MB L2 cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 - English
4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x2048]
256MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3650
500GB (5.400rpm) Serial ATA Dual Hard Drive (2x 250GB)
Fixed Internal Blu-ray Disc (DVD+/-RW + BD-ROM) Slot Drive including SW
Intel WiFi Link 5100 (802.11 a/b/g/n 1X2) 1/2 MiniCard
1Yr Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
4Yr In-Home Warranty Support, including evenings and Saturdays
Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Module
Primary 6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery
2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera - CCFL
Jet Black Colour with Matte Finish
17.0" Widescreen WUXGA+ CCFL (1920x1200) TFT Display with TrueLife

Not Bad eh? ...
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#1
don't forget to try for 3% Quidco
#2
Evelynne
don't forget to try for 3% Quidco


:thumbsup:

Edited post!
#3
lol, looks like everyone is loving this one!
#4
Got one of these in August and 3 later ended up getting a full refund and picking up a Sony VAIO. Mousepad and keyboard packed in twice and the touch sensitive media buttons never worked and caused it to constantly hang.
#5
I bought two for my girls at Christmas, and I've experienced the very same problems as crombieb. I've never had a problem with Dell machines before (at home or at the office), but these do seem to be particularly bad.

crombieb: Did you ask for a refund within 14 days of ordering?
1 Like #6
No Leigh, Got it at the beginning of August and got my refund in November. I went down the road of every time it was sent back I was without a laptop for at least 2 weeks. When I got my 3rd one back they had forgot to include the backlit keyboard and told me to send it back and I would get a replacment in 3 weeks. Thats when I ended up pushing for a refund.
#7
Thanks for the extra info crombieb - I appreciate it (reputation given). I'm toying with demanding a refund myself tbh. One has already been replaced, due to their inability to fix it. I simply have no confidence in the build quality of these machines.
#8
Evelynne
don't forget to try for 3% Quidco


Can somebody please explain what the '3% Quidco' is and how do you get it?

Is this an additional discount on top of the 10%?
#9
sprint
Can somebody please explain what the '3% Quidco' is and how do you get it?

Is this an additional discount on top of the 10%?


Hi sprint. This is the HUKD Quidco thread: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/68954...g/all/all/hot/

See http://www.quidco.com

Basically you get cashback by shopping via Quidco (it's an affiliate scheme). The Quidco cashbash (be it a fixed £ or %) is on top of any discount you get from the online store itself. I've saved over £1000, in under three years, by using Quidco. I also additionally won £460 by using one of their offers. Suffice to say I use Quidco for every purchase if I can (not all online stores are on there).
#10
No problem Leigh. I just gave them a spiel about me knowing my rights and not willing to accept another one of these models as there was obviously faults, and if I managed to get 1 year out of the machine and something else went wrong outside the warranty i would have been out of pocket big time. I said I would have accepted a replacement if they gave me a 9 cell battery upgrade and they just said no but agreed to a full refund, found that pretty strange but I'm glad they knocked me back now.
#11
Hi Leigh

Thanks for the reply on QuidCo.

Noted the you too have suffered with problems with the Dell Studio 1735?

I was about to order one with the 10% extra discount, but a little concerned now?

Dell generally seems to get good reports.

In other respects have they been ok or are they really that bad?
#12
We've had Dell machines for years; both personally and in the office (laptops and desktops). We've never had any problems with them. These latest machines seem to be very unreliable however (both the 15" and 17" models). See the Dell forums for examples of very frustrated users (http://en.community.dell.com/forums/p/19243676/19390573.aspx?PageIndex=1 for example).

Component wise, I think they're great machines. It's just the build quality that lets these machines down. Oh, and dealing with Dell's customer services (an Indian call centre) isn't fun either. They don't seem to have a clue!
#13
I to got frustrated at speaking to an Indian call centre and constantly having to repeat myself. I spent over 2 hours on numerous calls, I then decided to tell them every time that my handset battery was low every time I was on a call and once they told me they would call back I would just cut them off. Thankfully they did always call me straight back.

These models have a slot loading DVD which at the time they promoted as a great thing, the problem there was when it used to hang with a CD/DVD in and the touch sensitive buttons did not work you then have the problem of getting the disc out. Very frustrating machine. I also have had DELL for years but after this don't think I would get another one. Got myself a Sony VAIO with the same spec and the added bonus of a BLU RAY player from Play for the same price, they still have some available if anyone is interested.
#14
I have never owned or had any dealings with Dell before, so no experience to judge them by exept the comments here.

The Tech Support does not seem too be very good if you do experience problems?

How do you contact them? Freephone No or the usual premium rate 0870.. No and hours of waiting?

Which Sony unit did you go for?

At the moment you can get a Dell 1735 with P8400 processor, 500GB HD, 4G RAM, RADEON HD3650, BLU RAY and 4yr home warranty all for £690, which seems good value for the spec, or a 320GB HD no BLU RAY and 1yr std warranty for £568, which seems very good value.
#15
crombieb
I to got frustrated at speaking to an Indian call centre and constantly having to repeat myself. I spent over 2 hours on numerous calls, I then decided to tell them every time that my handset battery was low every time I was on a call and once they told me they would call back I would just cut them off. Thankfully they did always call me straight back.

These models have a slot loading DVD which at the time they promoted as a great thing, the problem there was when it used to hang with a CD/DVD in and the touch sensitive buttons did not work you then have the problem of getting the disc out. Very frustrating machine. I also have had DELL for years but after this don't think I would get another one. Got myself a Sony VAIO with the same spec and the added bonus of a BLU RAY player from Play for the same price, they still have some available if anyone is interested.
#16
I have never owned or had any dealings with Dell before, so no experience to judge them by exept the comments here.

The Tech Support does not seem too be very good if you do experience problems?

How do you contact them? Freephone No or the usual premium rate 0870.. No and hours of waiting?

Which Sony unit did you go for?

At the moment you can get a Dell 1735 with P8400 processor, 500GB HD, 4G RAM, RADEON HD3650, BLU RAY and 4yr home warranty all for £690, which seems good value for the spec, or a 320GB HD no BLU RAY and 1yr std warranty for £568, which seems very good value.
#17
Yes its an 0870 number, and its very long winded to get to the correct department.

The Sony I went for was a VGN AR71M. Just depends what you want, I personally wouldn't pick the Dell because the HD have 200GB more space but I am only going on my last 4 months experience with Dell.
#18
crombieb
Yes its an 0870 number, and its very long winded to get to the correct department.

The Sony I went for was a VGN AR71M. Just depends what you want, I personally wouldn't pick the Dell because the HD have 200GB more space but I am only going on my last 4 months experience with Dell.
#19
The VGN AR71M.looks to have a very similar spec. Not too bothered about HD as I would never fill it.

Currently at Amazon for £679. However, that would only be for the std 1yr warranty, not the 4yr being offered by Dell for the same price?
#20
I suppose it comes down to whats the most important thing for you. Having a 4 year warranty is great and hopefully it would never have to be used but if it does (speaking from experience here) you are without your laptop for about 3 weeks. Also as a previous poster said have a look at the Studio forums, lots of complaints about faulty equipment. One more thing to add about the Studio, when typing on the keyboard there is a fair bit of flexing on the keyboard when using normal key strokes, this may have had something to do with why my keyboard and mouse pad packed in but that happened twice.

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