This machine has a great spec including: a proper matt screen, 8-in-1 card reader, Express Card, Bluetooth and esata port for ultra fast backup. Furthermore, the price includes 3-year Dell pro-support, comprising next day on site repair and phone support for hardware AND software (including 3rd party), 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year. Calls are answered within two minutes.
The only thing that is missing is 64 bit Win 7 but I figure getting hold of 64bit upgrade may be possible for small outlay. Perhaps? In any case, there should be very little speed difference between a 64 and 32 bit system with the only real disadvantage being that usable memory is limited to 3GB.
As the base (pre-VAT) price for this e-value code (N0735S06) is £615, it needs something to push it over the £679 threshold to allow the £70 discount code. Being non-customisable, the only item that will do this is the 3-Year Pro Support Warranty at +£65, bringing the base price neatly to £680.
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Basic configuration price : £615
3-Year Warranty: +£65
Discount coupon code: -£70
Intrinsic discount: -£126
Total pre-VAT cost: £484
Total cost: £568.70 (delivery is currently free for all fast-track configurations)
The coupon code for the £70 discount is: BC1G2JZ51V04M0 (configurations >£679.00 only)
Don't forget quidco too!
Dell Small/Medium Business gives 7% cashback. ( http://www.quidco.com/dell-small-medium-business/?ac
) though it's on the pre-VAT amount only.
Both the £126 discount and £70 vouchers expires at midnight on 14/09/10!
If you must have this as a 64 bit system, then you will need to select the Custom Options tab rather than the Fast Track one. The model N0935002 with i5-450M, W7, 64 bit, 4GB ram and basic 1-Year warranty comes to £768.45 (incl VAT and £70 discount). In other words, there's a big price difference between Fast Track and Custom machines!