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Dell Studio 17 (N0173504) - 2.26GHz, 4GBRAM, 320GB HDD, ATi Radeon 3650 £611.41

£611.41 @ Dell (Business)
I don't know why all new members do this, but as it seems to be the "norm" I'll say it too: "This is my first post, please go easy on me" Anyways, I've been looking for a decent 17" laptop for a w… Read More
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8y, 3m agoFound 8 years, 3 months ago
I don't know why all new members do this, but as it seems to be the "norm" I'll say it too:
"This is my first post, please go easy on me"

Anyways, I've been looking for a decent 17" laptop for a while, and finally found something which I wouldn't call a bargain, but at least a deal.

For £611.41 I managed to get:
Base
Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB, 3 MB L2 cache)
Memory
4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x2048]
Keyboard
Internal UK English Qwerty Keyboard
Video Card
256MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3650
Hard Drive
320GB (5.400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
Microsoft Operating System
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 - English
Optical Devices
Fixed Internal DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive including Software
Wireless Networking
Intel WiFi Link 5100 (802.11 a/b/g/n 1X2) 1/2 MiniCard
Cables
1 Meter Power Cord (3 Wire) - UK
Shipping Documents
English - Documentation Studio 1737
Gedis Bundle Reference
N0173504
Standard Warranty
1Yr Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
Enhanced Service Packs
1 Year Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
Wireless Wan Card
No Mobile Broadband Selected
Bluetooth
Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Module
Order Information
Studio 1737 Order - UK
Primary Battery
Primary 6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery
Carrying Cases
No Carrying Case
Dell System Media Kit
Studio 1737 Resource DVD (Diagnostic & Drivers)
Camera
2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera - CCFL
Colour Choice
Midnight Blue with Microsatin Finish
Accidental Damage Support
1Yr Accidental Damage Support
Online Backup
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB
Labels
Wireless Label (Intel Wireless Cards)- Core 2 Duo
LCD
17.0" Widescreen WXGA+ CCFL (1440x900) TFT Display with TrueLife
Microsoft Application Software
Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
Protect your new PC
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
Power Supply
90W AC Adaptor
Biometric Identification
No security option selected

This laptop is normally listed on their site as £629 + delivery.
The £611 includes:
Delivery normally £20
a Midnight Blue cover which costs £30 extra
1 year Accidental Damage Cover which costs about £40

So just those savings are £90, plus the thing being £20 cheaper anyway.

For a decent spec laptop, with 17" screen, with the extra cover, I don't think you can go wrong at this price.

To get the deal I used too offers
1) 10% off voucher - LM0VPL6NH?6J0N
2) 3% HSBC Student - using this link:
http://www.hsbc.co.uk/1/2/popups/dell-offer;jsessionid=0000_Rl31v3CU_uqieJb1H_Zlhi:12c58ti63
(I really am a student with a HSBC account)

If you don't have the student discount, it still works out pretty cheap.
You can save extra by not adding the Accidental Cover and custom case too.

Laptop is the third one across in the on the Studio 17 page

I looked around on eBuyer before buying, and couldn't find anything at 17" with similar spec at this price.
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#1
Ha ha, I dont know why they do that either! Its like 'Mmmmmm? Even though it's there first post and the offer is **** I'll give them some heat to make them feel better!!'
#2
If by a "decent 17" laptop" you mean a Dell one then I guess you have made your mind. But if you are not bothered by that then you could get similar HP, ACER laptops a bit cheaper.

One example could be the HP G70-120EA Laptop (£469.99)

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0041042354.1231837648@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccciadegeldielmcflgceggdhhmdfhj.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=908015&category_oid=-34014

You get similar specs a 2GHZ processor instead of 2.26Ghz, 3GB RAM instead of 4GB. 160GB hard drive instead of 320GB but you get Blu Ray and is about £150 cheaper.

I've got one of this from PC World for £450 as they gave me a discount when I took the two months free trial of their Total Care Plan.

So if you are not bothered by the brand and if you can be a bit flexible with the spec then you could save around £150.

I hope this helps.
#3
I've got a Studio 17 with a very slightly different spec, but the same processor. I've been very impressed , although I wish I'd gone for the higher resolution screen as 1440x900 is a bit low on a 17" screen. Build quality is good, but the built in speakers are utterly utterly pants. Overall its a good desktop replacement, very quick, looks great, has a much longer battery life than my old inspiron (I get 3.5h on high performance!) and is a good price.

Went for 3gb RAM since 32bit Vista doesn't use any more than that (although you can install 64bit Vista there are some driver issues). I removed the built in bluetooth option and bought a micro usb 'bluenext' dongle for £5. I also got the backlit keyboard which is great. It also has a 2nd HDD slot free so I got the 120gb HDD with the intention of adding a second drive at a later date.

Just a few tips to save a bit more!
#4
asandino;4047665
If by a "decent 17" laptop" you mean a Dell one then I guess you have made your mind. But if you are not bothered by that then you could get similar HP, ACER laptops a bit cheaper.

One example could be the HP G70-120EA Laptop (£469.99)

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0041042354.1231837648@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccciadegeldielmcflgceggdhhmdfhj.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=908015&category_oid=-34014

You get similar specs a 2GHZ processor instead of 2.26Ghz, 3GB RAM instead of 4GB. 160GB hard drive instead of 320GB but you get Blu Ray and is about £150 cheaper.

I've got one of this from PC World for £450 as they gave me a discount when I took the two months free trial of their Total Care Plan.

So if you are not bothered by the brand and if you can be a bit flexible with the spec then you could save around £150.

I hope this helps.


Thats on sale from £699, if you compare like-for-like the Dell is a better spec at the original prices, but I agree that HP at the sale price is probably a better buy at the moment.
#5
I got the same spec as this, albeit 3gb of Ram not 4gb but with a higher resolution screen, from the Dell Outlet in December for £479 incl VAT and delivery. I had been refreshing the screen on thier site for a couple of days and it suddenly popped up and I grabbed it.

Well constructed, looks good and very pleased so far.
#6
Have a look at these previous comments before buying dell studio.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/314740/dell-studio-17-2-26-ghz-4gb-500gb-h/showthread.php?t=314740

Not sure if the pasted link will work by the way.
#7
asandino
If by a "decent 17" laptop" you mean a Dell one then I guess you have made your mind. But if you are not bothered by that then you could get similar HP, ACER laptops a bit cheaper.

One example could be the HP G70-120EA Laptop (£469.99)

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0041042354.1231837648@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccciadegeldielmcflgceggdhhmdfhj.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=908015&category_oid=-34014

You get similar specs a 2GHZ processor instead of 2.26Ghz, 3GB RAM instead of 4GB. 160GB hard drive instead of 320GB but you get Blu Ray and is about £150 cheaper.

I've got one of this from PC World for £450 as they gave me a discount when I took the two months free trial of their Total Care Plan.

So if you are not bothered by the brand and if you can be a bit flexible with the spec then you could save around £150.

I hope this helps.


Or you could go for this:

http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/500097/HP-G70-111EM/tab/specification

There are a few hardware differences, but It's just under £200 cheaper aswell.
#8
Read these comments before deciding on a Dell Studio

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4010305#post4010305
#9
Deal Searcher
Or you could go for this:

http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/500097/HP-G70-111EM/tab/specification

There are a few hardware differences, but It's just under £200 cheaper aswell.


Yes, I saw that one but for the extra £20 I've got Blu Ray and a dedicated graphics card (NVIDIA 9200 256MB) not a great graphics card but way better than an Integrated one.
#10
crombieb
Read these comments before deciding on a Dell Studio

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4010305#post4010305


For those looking for feedback before buying, try the 47 page thread about the Studio 17 on notebook review.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=265631&page=47
#11
I don't really get the 17" laptop concept any more... too big to lug about and shorter battery life than a 15.4" model, only really fit for use as a desktop replacement (and a lot dearer for equivalent power). I have tried this route before, and as soon as it clapped out due to all day everyday use, went back to a desktop. Laptops are an expensive option when it comes to repairs too :-(

I suppose this is a nice machine if you truly want this configuration, just make sure you are sure that is what you want - I was sorely disappointed :-(

Bearing in mind so many good looking and small desktops are around now, the size & look thing hardly applies anyway, and 15.4" laptops are cheap and more convenient if you do need them to be portable.
#12
When I posted this offer, I'd already ordered my laptop.
It arrived on 19 Jan (Dell's estimate was 28 Jan)

I was thinking of returning it based on all the comments above, however, when it arrived I opened it up and tried it out to see for myself.

First thing, it looks great and very stylish, I was very impressed with it's glossy looks.
The weight wasn't all that much, and about half hour ago I compared it with a friends 15.4" and here's my findings:
The height of the laptop isn't much more (not surprising as the 17" is measured diagonal, not horizontal)
The base of the laptop obviously has to match the size of screen, so that's not much bigger either.
Widthwise, it is about 2 inch bigger, but it still fits comfortably on my lap. And for the extra width you get a dedicated numpad, and obviously the wider screen.
The 17" is great for me as I'm a web developer, and side-by-side code comparison is essential, as well as having nice big screen for creating designs in Photoshop too - which works flawlessy on this machine.
In terms of battery life, it lasts about 3 hours, which isn't too bad - especially compared to my friends 15.4" again, which lasts about 2 hours.

It's a powerful spec, very fast too. Although Vista claims to read the 4GB RAM I'm not sure if it actually uses it. I ran WinAudit and that only reports 3GB.

One of my biggest struggles has been finding a suitable bag. I've been looking for a decent messenger bag, which has a zip under the flap. I'm looking for a casual looking bag, rather than a professional businessman bag. All the Belkin ones have a flap and no zip, which is plain silly to be honest as you need a bag to go outside. The typical weather in this country is rain, yet the bag has gaps where the laptop can get damaged.
I've finally found a nice looking Tech Air bag which should be arriving shortly.

The massive hard drive is great too. I've resized the OS partition to 100GB which is more than enough for Windows and all installed programs. The other 187GB (10GB is a Dell recovery partition, and 320GB formats to 298GB) will be split further to allow a 50GB XP partition, 20GB for Linux and the remainder a shared data drive for access by all the OS.

Windows Home Premium is excellent. I've always been a fan of Vista, and now hate using XP (though sometimes it's essential to run some programs)

Overall I think I got an excellent deal, especially considering that it comes with the 1 year accidental damange cover. The price would have been £550 if I didnt get the Blue Case, and Damage Cover.
Comparing some of the other deals on the net, I can't say I found much that matched this spec, at this price.

I'm really happy I got this laptop, and glad I didn't send it back without trying it first.
#13
I am glad that you are happy with your purchase, at the end of the day that's what matters.

Enjoy it :-)

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