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
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:
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.
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