Dell Vostro 3700, i5-430M (2.26GHz), 3GB DDR3 (1333MHz), 320GB HDD, Geforce GT 330M, 17.3" 1600x900, Win 7 H.Premium 32bit, 3Yr Warranty, £580.45 delivered Fast-track! +7-10% quidco @ Dell - HotUKDeals
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Either a power-user, or gamer's laptop.
This machine has everything; good cpu, fast gpu, fast memory, large high quality screen, sufficient hdd, and a 3 year warranty. (and it's even delivered fast-track!)

The only thing it's really missing is a bluray drive, though 64bit OS and a full 4GB of ram would be proverbial icing on the cake.

As the base (pre-VAT) price for this e-value code (N0737S08) is £639 it needed something that would push it over the £679 threshold to allow the £50 discount code. Unfortunately this is a 'business' laptop so there are no hardware customization options, instead I added the 3Yr Basic Warranty @ +£45, bringing the base price neatly to £684.

Just for clarity, here's the price breakdown.

Basic configuration price : £639
3Yr Warranty: +£45
Discount coupon code: -£50
Intrinsic discount: -£140

Total pre-VAT cost: £494
VAT: +£86.45
Total cost: £580.45 (delivery is currently free for all fast-track configurations)

The coupon code for the £50 discount is: C3W85MBZVDZKVB (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.
This works out at £34.58, bringing the total cost down to £545.87.

There are 2 other e-value configurations that might interest some people; N0937S12 and N0937S13 - they both end up costing significantly more (£35 and £75 respectively), the former gives you an i5-450M, the latter an i5-450M + 1GB more ram. However neither have the 3 year warranty.

Hope people like the deal :thumbsup:

P.S.

I can't get an equivalent Dell Studio 17 configuration to be anywhere near as cheap.
As for other retailers, this spec. for anything like this price seems impossible.

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Processor : Intel® Core™ i5-430M (2.26GHz, 3MB)
Graphics : Nvidia® Geforce™ GT 330M, 1GB Graphics
Memory : 3072MB 1333MHz DDR3
Hard Drive : 320GB Serial ATA (7,200 Rpm)
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive
Wireless : Dell Wireless 1520 (802.11n) Half Mini Card
Operating System : English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32Bit)
Standard Warranty: 1 Year Collect and Return
Enhanced Service Packs: 3Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
Bluetooth: Dell Bluetooth 365 Card
Battery : Primary 6-cell 56W/HR LI-ION
Camera : Integrated 2.0 Mega Pixel Camera
Color Choice: LCD Back Cover - Silver WLAN
Display: LCD 17.3” 44 cm High Definition+ (1600x900) Wide LED Anti-Glare Display
Software : Microsoft Works 9.0 with Recovery CD
CompleteCare: CompleteCare not selected
Protect your new PC Trend Micro™ Internet Security (15 month subscription)AntiVirus Software
Power Supply: 3 Wire 90W AC Adapter
Palmrest : Fingerprint Reader Biometric
VGA, HDMI, e-sata, 5xUSB, memory card reader
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#1
Hi

Thanks for the post, im somewhat intrigued by this but im confused.

The laptop in question costs £499 with discount applied (639 - 140) and if you wanted the 3 year basic warranty, the total = £564 which works out cheaper than what your suggesting @ £580.45 or am i missing something??

Doh...to include the VAT!!

Edited By: furi0n on Aug 29, 2010 04:40: Price + VAT = 580.45
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Doh...to include the VAT!!


yes =)

The business machines are all listed without VAT - and the discount coupon codes use the pre-VAT amount to determine whether they can be used.

Though like consumer Dell models, they also use the pre-discounted price for determining if a coupon code is applicable.
Therefore the configurations to look out for are the ones with the highest 'in-built' discount, as they allow you to use coupon codes with configurations that would otherwise be too cheap.

:edit:

I've modified the deal to better explain where the price comes from, and why the added cost of the warranty is necessary.


Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Aug 29, 2010 05:13: ...
#3
nice work, i would be on this if i needed a new gaming lappy...hot..
#4
great spot --will need 1 in 6mths but waiting for price drop
keep looking mate
#5
I'm looking for a laptop for my 16 year old son, about to start A levels. This one seems to tick all the boxes - around £500, reasonable HDD + decent ram, anti glare screen, not glossy case, He says he doesn't want it for gaming (ha-ha) but probably best to allow for a change of mind in the future - not the likes of CoD. He does want to do some video editing, What about the 32bit operating system though? Will that cause a speed issue
#6
Very good deal especially in the light of the fact that Dell bumped up the price of their Studio 17 laptops about a month ago.
1 Like #7
Debo26
I'm looking for a laptop for my 16 year old son, about to start A levels. This one seems to tick all the boxes - around £500, reasonable HDD + decent ram, anti glare screen, not glossy case, He says he doesn't want it for gaming (ha-ha) but probably best to allow for a change of mind in the future - not the likes of CoD. He does want to do some video editing, What about the 32bit operating system though? Will that cause a speed issue


I use a quad core Intel processor and the only thing that puts any strain on it IE uses all 4 cores is trans-coding video (changing resolution and format) everything else hardly pushes one core.
I have tried 64 bit and 32 bit and there is hardly any difference in speed.
This PC would be fine.
1 Like #8
Here is an in-depth review (though of a slightly higher spec. model). It shows clearly all the connectivity options.



Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Aug 29, 2010 11:32: forgot the link!
#9
Very good deal! Sadly I still can't afford it but that is a nice price
banned#10
Would this Laptop play Battlefield bad company 2 in a descent resolution with no jerks ?
tnx
1 Like #11
Would this Laptop play Battlefield bad company 2 in a descent resolution with no jerks ?

More importantly, would you be able to go on redtube with no jerks? :p
1 Like #12
Webberz127
Would this Laptop play Battlefield bad company 2 in a descent resolution with no jerks ?
tnx


notebookcheck has some benchmark results for BFBC2. see here.
With similar CPU's it has results of 50-60fps low detail and 20-30fps medium detail.

There are also some youtube videos here, and here showing BFBC2 gameplay on the GT 330M & similar CPUs.

Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Aug 29, 2010 11:48: ...
#13
Good spec for the money especially with warranty.
#14
Wish i needed one. I think that this is G.R.E.A.T deal. :-)
#15
If this was slightly smaller I would not hesitate to go for it. Some of the 330GT GPU's are toned down so they dont take so much power, by the looks of things this one isnt. So it will be a good one for gaming. Would play MW2 quite well.
1 Like #16
SugarRay
Would this Laptop play Battlefield bad company 2 in a descent resolution with no jerks ?

More importantly, would you be able to go on redtube with no jerks? :p


had to have a laugh at that one lol.
banned#17
Looks Good , only if the price comes up right though !!
#18
Good price first deal I've seen on the new vostros. Any offers on the 13/15" versions?
#19
Hot deal. Might ask my brother to buy this for me as a belated birthday pressie...
1 Like #20
J400uk
Good price first deal I've seen on the new vostros. Any offers on the 13/15" versions?


Yes, there are - though you don't get nearly as much for your money.

The e-value codes for the discounted Vostro 3300 & 3500 models can be found here. (Details of applicable discounts across all the ranges are here)

Configurations of vague interest are:

N0735S05 - Vostro 3500, i5-520M, GMA HD, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 15" 1366x768. Add the 3Yr Warranty to allow the £50 discount code.
N0735S06 - Vostro 3500, i5-430M, Geforce 310M, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 15" 1366x768. Add the 3Yr 'Pro support' Warranty (+£65) to allow the £50 discount code - or just stick with the 1Yr warranty & don't use the code.
N0933003 - Vostro 3300, 13.3", £150 intrinsic discount but the configuration is broken/doesn't exist.

None of them are worth buying though IMO.

Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Aug 29, 2010 13:29: ...
#21
Excellent price for the components listed. Heated.
#22
I'm so tempted by this, has anyone any experience of these systems?

I was only trying to spend about £450 on a i3 17 inch sysytem from the Dell outlet by struggling to get something

If quidco tracks properly this makes it £90 over budget, can someone convince me to keep my credit card in my pocket?
#23
Will the discount coupon work on alienware m11x? Heat added
#24
man would love this spec in the 15" one, excellent price.
#25
Ordered one for son - many thanks to OP. Also to Dodger21 for helpful advice :p
#26
5Rivers79
Will the discount coupon work on alienware m11x? Heat added


According to dmxdimension i dont think there are any codes applicable for the m11x range.



Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Aug 29, 2010 16:14: ...
#27
Can someone persude me to buy this or talk me out of it! The CC. Is in the wallet, I just can bring myself to spend the money!!
#28
MaxRocks
I'm so tempted by this, has anyone any experience of these systems?

I was only trying to spend about £450 on a i3 17 inch sysytem from the Dell outlet by struggling to get something

If quidco tracks properly this makes it £90 over budget, can someone convince me to keep my credit card in my pocket?


Well there are some i3 17" Dell's in the consumer outlet atm, cheapest is £433.86 delivered. (after using the £20 discount code)
i3-330M, 17" 1600x900, GMA HD, 3GB, 250GB, Win 7 64bit.

Or for £456 (after discount):
i3 330m, 17" 1600x900, Radeon HD 4330, 4GB, 500GB, Win 7 64bit.

Unfortunately there is no quidco cashback for outlet purchases.

Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Aug 29, 2010 17:05: ...
#29
Thanks for that, I'll have a look when the kids go to bed. I hate buying stuff like this, now do I save on the i3 with only 12 months or push it to the max for the i5 but get 3 yr warranty?
#30
Looks good. Hate in when HD graphics but not full HD Screen...

...also - can you buy this on finance, rather than credit card?
#31
Can someone who has purchased through quidco or TCB confirm what % the purchase tracks at?

Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Aug 29, 2010 22:28: ...
#32
TehJumpingJawa (or anyone) -

What's the main difference between this bargain and the couple of 17"-ers in the outlet at the mo ?

I see they are 'STUDIO' 17xx and INSPIRON 17xx models rather than 'VOSTRO' - how would the build quality compare ? How are both of these for reliability ?

I guess that VOSTRO is better build quality as they are aimed at business users. Anyone know how hot the graphics will run, and the reliability of the card ?

THIS offer - advantages - 3yr warranty, 1gb graphics, better processor, current model, 7200rpm drive, webcam/fingerprint, wireless & BT confirmed, (better build ?)
OUTLET - advantages - cheaper, bigger HD, more RAM, 64bit.

Edited By: driver8 on Aug 29, 2010 23:44: extra info
#33
driver8
TehJumpingJawa (or anyone) -

What's the main difference between this bargain and the couple of 17"-ers in the outlet at the mo ?

I see they are 'STUDIO' 17xx and INSPIRON 17xx models rather than 'VOSTRO' - how would the build quality compare ? How are both of these for reliability ?

I guess that VOSTRO is better build quality as they are aimed at business users. Anyone know how hot the graphics will run, and the reliability of the card ?

THIS offer - advantages - 3yr warranty, 1gb graphics, better processor, current model, 7200rpm drive, webcam/fingerprint, wireless & BT confirmed, (better build ?)
OUTLET - advantages - cheaper, bigger HD, more RAM, 64bit.


Good questions but i'm afraid i've never owned a Dell of any description. If I tried to answer them i'd just end up quoting 3rd party sources.

Regarding the differences in spec. all I can say is that I believe the improvements are easily worth the extra ~£90 expense. *(when comparing this deal with the ~£450 outlet 17" i3's; and assuming quidco tracks on this deal!)

p.s.

A difference you've not mentioned is the finish of the screen. Studio & Inspirion typically have Dell's TrueLife™ high gloss screen, where-as Vostro's have the Anti-glare matt screen.
I personally much prefer matt screens as they're so much more usable in direct sunlight, but some people prefer the increased brightness & color definition of high gloss screens.



Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Aug 30, 2010 00:43: ...
#34
All the fastrack Vostro deals for 15" and 17" are quite a bit better than the custom ones. The one big catch is that it's always 32 bit only. That's the only off putting thing- even though I'm not sure what advantages 64 bit has other than more usable memory and possibly a bit more speed.

Can someone try and convince me that getting a 32 bit system, intended to last for at least 3 years, is not a bad move? As it is, I'm reluctant to buy one.

Is there a chance that in the forseeable future, Dell will offer Vostro fastracks with a 64 bit OS?

Edited By: david1274 on Aug 30, 2010 12:12: editing
#35
Quidco is tracking at 7% on £494 (£34.58) which is a nice little bonus
#36
Debo26
Quidco is tracking at 7% on £494 (£34.58) which is a nice little bonus


Thanks, updated the deal details to reflect this confirmation.
Presumably this cashback was through Dell business, not Dell retail?
7% on pre-VAT price is certainly better than 4% on post-VAT price.

Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Aug 30, 2010 17:01: ...
#37
Can someone help me, how the HELL do I get the £140 discount?

thanks
#38
djdelmar
Can someone help me, how the HELL do I get the £140 discount?thanks

It's deducted when you check out, don't forget to add the £50 discount coupon on the OP

Thanks TehJumpingJawa, I'm now £580 lighter 8), hopefully the 7% quidco will track properly. H&R added

Edited By: MaxRocks on Aug 30, 2010 18:14: Edit
#39
the £140 discount is already applied as i understand. Add the 3 year warranty to boost up to the price threshold and then add the £50 code. I think this is a good deal...might have to take the plunge :D
#40
so basically with the £50 voucher you get the laptop £5 cheaper and free 3 years warranty?

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