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:
Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB, 3 MB L2 cache)
4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x2048]
Internal UK English Qwerty Keyboard
256MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3650
320GB (5.400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
Microsoft Operating System
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 - English
Fixed Internal DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive including Software
Intel WiFi Link 5100 (802.11 a/b/g/n 1X2) 1/2 MiniCard
1 Meter Power Cord (3 Wire) - UK
English - Documentation Studio 1737
Gedis Bundle Reference
1Yr Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
Enhanced Service Packs
1 Year Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
Wireless Wan Card
No Mobile Broadband Selected
Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Module
Studio 1737 Order - UK
Primary 6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery
No Carrying Case
Dell System Media Kit
Studio 1737 Resource DVD (Diagnostic & Drivers)
2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera - CCFL
Midnight Blue with Microsatin Finish
Accidental Damage Support
1Yr Accidental Damage Support
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB
Wireless Label (Intel Wireless Cards)- Core 2 Duo
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
90W AC Adaptor
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.