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Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 740QM (1.73 Ghz, 6MB, 4C)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
15.6 High Definition WLED TL (1366x768) 720p
2GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 435M Graphics Card
4096MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
500GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
8x DVD+/-RW Optical Drive

10% off using voucher: 0S?19X85DMS1S9
Further 6% cash back using quidco!
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#1
Use the 10% off code 0S?19X85DMS1S9 to get it for £701.10 delivered before quidco

Works because it discounts off original system price of £949
#2
Really? Damnit, I ordered with the 5% code :/
#3
Psoleos
Really? Damnit, I ordered with the 5% code :/


I'd cancel and reorder for £40

Also you should update your post for the new price - specs look good for the price
#4
I ordered last night so might be to late, trying now (Y)
#5
Psoleos
I ordered last night so might be to late, trying now (Y)


If you ordered for home use you have your right to cancel - 7days DSR and all that crap.
#6
martyj999
Psoleos
I ordered last night so might be to late, trying now (Y)


If you ordered for home use you have your right to cancel - 7days DSR and all that crap.


I will definitely be cancelling and ordering again then! Thanks for pointing this out :)
#7
The only disappointing thing is the 1080p screen upgrade is £170 quid, which I personally would want, but not at 25% of the system cost!

Voted hot though, nice find.
#8
oldmortality
The only disappointing thing is the 1080p screen upgrade is £170 quid, which I personally would want, but not at 25% of the system cost!

Voted hot though, nice find.


The Dell site states that it is a RGB LED screen which does tend to cost more on laptops. It would be nice to see a cheaper alternative offered though.

It does look like a nice laptop. I'm highly tempted to buy one based on the spec alone. Good price. Voted hot :)
#9
What would this be like for gaming? A quick google search indicates that its more of a budget card?
#10
I bet the batteries don't last long!
#11
I'd worry about having an Nvidia 435M and an i7-740QM in a 15.6" laptop. The TDP for the 435M is 32-35 Watts and the i7-740QM can consume upto 45 Watts. Together that's an awful lot of heat to dissipate from a relatively small laptop. Dell have got form when it comes to making 'hot' laptops. The Studio 17 runs hot and I've read of cooling fans continually running flat out.
#12
The GFX on this are mid range - and would allow roughly medium settings on at least most games.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-435M.35836.0.html

I'll add that the default screen helps in such cases, because you'd def have issues trying to drive a 1920x1080 makes it much harder on the GFX card.

The spec looks ok for the £700 ballpark IMHO. But not the £900 mark.
#13
Joe90_guy
I'd worry about having an Nvidia 435M and an i7-740QM in a 15.6" laptop. The TDP for the 435M is 32-35 Watts and the i7-740QM can consume upto 45 Watts. Together that's an awful lot of heat to dissipate from a relatively small laptop. Dell have got form when it comes to making 'hot' laptops. The Studio 17 runs hot and I've read of cooling fans continually running flat out.


Yeah, an i5 is a more sensible choice on a laptop unless you *really* need that bit of extra processor power.

If this year was anything to go by, there should be some good Dell deals coming up to xmas (remember the Studio 15 with i7-720QM last November?) and even better deals just before the end of the financial year in March (remember the Vostro desktop?)
#14
My Sony SZ71VN (core2duo 2.5) laptop just gave up the ghost - the 8400GM nvdia card overheated and burned out. There's a place called creativeit in London which offered to repair it for £165!! but that's way too much to reinvest into that old machine so I'm looking to get a new one...

definitely going to look at heat issues though. Seriously guys - watch out for it! and i7QM chip and a high powered gfx card sounds great at first but extended warranty might be a good idea!

Edited By: brokenarrow on Oct 25, 2010 17:30: grammatical mistake
#15
Joe90_guy
I'd worry about having an Nvidia 435M and an i7-740QM in a 15.6" laptop. The TDP for the 435M is 32-35 Watts and the i7-740QM can consume upto 45 Watts. Together that's an awful lot of heat to dissipate from a relatively small laptop. Dell have got form when it comes to making 'hot' laptops. The Studio 17 runs hot and I've read of cooling fans continually running flat out.

It would worry me also to have those high power consuming components in a chassis of that size. It will no doubt need to be noisy if it’s going to cool them effectively.
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brokenarrow
My Sony SZ71VN (core2duo 2.5) laptop just gave up the ghost - the 8400GM nvdia card overheated and burned out. There's a place called creativeit in London which offered to repair it for £165!! but that's way too much to reinvest into that old machine so I'm looking to get a new one...definitely going to look at heat issues though. Seriously guys - watch out for it! and i7QM chip and a high powered gfx card sounds great at first but extended warranty might be a good idea!


That is an inherent fault in your laptop, beware of this type of repair, sue the vendor IMHO, I am :-)Click Here
#17
brokenarrow
....sounds great at first but extended warranty might be a good idea!



Extending the warranty is essential on any laptop, unless you don't mind paying loads of dosh on possible repairs.

Just checked Dell's website and it costs a full £170 to extend the XPS 15 from 1 year to 3 years. That compares to around £50 to do the same on a Toshiba or Lenovo laptop! Dell have clearly made the price look attractive while recouping profit on the warranty. Crafty sods(_;)
#18
Brilliant! thanks for that - I'll get on to it :)

eastayrshire
brokenarrow
My Sony SZ71VN (core2duo 2.5) laptop just gave up the ghost - the 8400GM nvdia card overheated and burned out. There's a place called creativeit in London which offered to repair it for £165!! but that's way too much to reinvest into that old machine so I'm looking to get a new one...definitely going to look at heat issues though. Seriously guys - watch out for it! and i7QM chip and a high powered gfx card sounds great at first but extended warranty might be a good idea!



That is an inherent fault in your laptop, beware of this type of repair, sue the vendor IMHO, I am :-)Click Here
#19
david1274
brokenarrow
....sounds great at first but extended warranty might be a good idea!



Extending the warranty is essential on any laptop, unless you don't mind paying loads of dosh on possible repairs.

Just checked Dell's website and it costs a full £170 to extend the XPS 15 from 1 year to 3 years. That compares to around £50 to do the same on a Toshiba or Lenovo laptop! Dell have clearly made the price look attractive while recouping profit on the warranty. Crafty sods(_;)


Not really. Extended warranties are a waste of money since you are protected by the Sales of Goods Act.

However, I am not a lawyer etc...

Edited By: JazzyLOL on Oct 25, 2010 18:28: added extra info
#20
Is it worth paying the extra £80 to get a blu-ray drive do you think? I do prefer to watch blurays, but not sure if it's worth it. I've been waiting ages for a decent laptop deal, and I think this may be it.
#21
Regarding the Sony and the 8400 gfx. Almost all 8400 and 8600 class Nvidia gfx parts are faulty. They have a substrate material fault that means they will die early unless your vendor has made design mitigation changes. In most cases vendors added a fan option to try and cool these parts by running all the time. In most cases, if it works, it only works to the point of crawling past the warranty date.

If you have an 8400/8600 gfx part, sadly, its likely to fail.
#22
JazzyLOL
david1274
brokenarrow
....sounds great at first but extended warranty might be a good idea!



Extending the warranty is essential on any laptop, unless you don't mind paying loads of dosh on possible repairs.

Just checked Dell's website and it costs a full £170 to extend the XPS 15 from 1 year to 3 years. That compares to around £50 to do the same on a Toshiba or Lenovo laptop! Dell have clearly made the price look attractive while recouping profit on the warranty. Crafty sods(_;)


Not really. Extended warranties are a waste of money since you are protected by the Sales of Goods Act.

However, I am not a lawyer etc...


So what are you saying then?

Even if you are covered under the sales of goods act, if you need a bloody lawyer to make a claim, then it's really a moot point because it will be too impracticle and stressful to sort out. Yes, extended warranties are a waste of money on many electrical items but surely not on a laptop that you pay several hundred for and would cost a fortune to get repaired.
#23
david1274
JazzyLOL
david1274
brokenarrow
....sounds great at first but extended warranty might be a good idea!



Extending the warranty is essential on any laptop, unless you don't mind paying loads of dosh on possible repairs.

Just checked Dell's website and it costs a full £170 to extend the XPS 15 from 1 year to 3 years. That compares to around £50 to do the same on a Toshiba or Lenovo laptop! Dell have clearly made the price look attractive while recouping profit on the warranty. Crafty sods(_;)


Not really. Extended warranties are a waste of money since you are protected by the Sales of Goods Act.

However, I am not a lawyer etc...


So what are you saying then?

Even if you are covered under the sales of goods act, if you need a bloody lawyer to make a claim, then it's really a moot point because it will be too impracticle and stressful to sort out. Yes, extended warranties are a waste of money on many electrical items but surely not on a laptop that you pay several hundred for and would cost a fortune to get repaired.


There are people who pay several thousands of pounds on "audiophile" quality hi-fi components without once contemplating any warranty extension.They do that because they're buying quality, or a perception of quality anyway.

As this is a complex piece of electronics, but also mass-manufactured by a VERY cost concious company, the extended warranty might be a sound investment.

That said, I've yet to meet anyone who can genuinely substantiate the need for an i7 chip in a laptop, especially one with a smallish screen like this one, which can't really qualify as a desktop replacement.

That's probably why this machine is discounted - it's a slightly awkward mix of components.
#24
ok, so are we saying this is not a laptop worth purchasing because it is "too high spec"?
#25
There is a website for people that have these faulty gfx cards nvideadefect might be worth a look?
#26
pretty good machine - graphics are high end for a mainstream laptop
for a true 'gaming' laptop its perhaps lower end but should handle anything current and for a while yet even if have to turn stuff down eventually
#27
I may be wrong but i was thinking if you get quidco 10%
and NUS (national union of students 8% along with this its a massive 18% discount on this price = 574.90
#28
Are dell reliable machines? I have been looking at the website, and it says if you have to return it they charge you £20+vat. I think thats pretty disgusting. There's nothing on there that says, if it's faulty, return it free of charge.

I ask, as the last BluRay laptop I bought, it wouldn't play properly and I had to return it. Turns out all Corel software playing blurays isn't compatible (made them all very dark and low sound). I am concerned that I have similar problems, but then have to pay £20odd quid to return it... and have to fight to do so.

Do many people buy from Dell?

Edited By: daviebroon on Oct 25, 2010 21:11: spelling
#29
david1274
JazzyLOL
david1274
brokenarrow
....sounds great at first but extended warranty might be a good idea!



Extending the warranty is essential on any laptop, unless you don't mind paying loads of dosh on possible repairs.

Just checked Dell's website and it costs a full £170 to extend the XPS 15 from 1 year to 3 years. That compares to around £50 to do the same on a Toshiba or Lenovo laptop! Dell have clearly made the price look attractive while recouping profit on the warranty. Crafty sods(_;)


Not really. Extended warranties are a waste of money since you are protected by the Sales of Goods Act.

However, I am not a lawyer etc...


So what are you saying then?

Even if you are covered under the sales of goods act, if you need a bloody lawyer to make a claim, then it's really a moot point because it will be too impracticle and stressful to sort out. Yes, extended warranties are a waste of money on many electrical items but surely not on a laptop that you pay several hundred for and would cost a fortune to get repaired.


You generally wouldn't need a lawyer for the small claims court, if it even came to that, assuming the laptop even went wrong. Even having an extended warranty is no guarantee that they will fix it with no arguments or disputes.

But if people want to waste money because they refuse to enforce their rights, that's up to them.

The "I am not a lawyer" comment is that I am not a lawyer and that the post wasn't legal advice! :p
#30
daviebroon
Are dell reliable machines? I have been looking at the website, and it says if you have to return it they charge you £20+vat. I think thats pretty disgusting. There's nothing on there that says, if it's faulty, return it free of charge.

I ask, as the last BluRay laptop I bought, it wouldn't play properly and I had to return it. Turns out all Corel software playing blurays isn't compatible (made them all very dark and low sound). I am concerned that I have similar problems, but then have to pay £20odd quid to return it... and have to fight to do so.

Do many people buy from Dell?


Im sitting using a 6 year old dell which has been used almost daily for the whole of its life span. I upgraded the battery when i bought it and will still get 3/4 hours out a charge. Its running Windows 7 very smoothly and im very reluctant to change it as its still working perfectly!


FYI regarding warranties, RBS Royalties customers get extended warrenty on anything they buy with their debit card... it extends it 2/3 years!! And i bet half the people with one of those accounts dont even realise. I bet Natwest, HBOS etc all have the same, yet people are buying warranties for no reason
#31
not buying because its not a macbook.
#32
Has anyone here had their order confirmation email? I placed my order on Sunday 23rd Oct and haven't received confirmation. Just spoke to Dell chat (monkeys!) and apparently they have some internal compatibility issues with the laptop and are not confirming any orders for 48 hours??
#33
I admit the design looks somewhat bad compare to the other XPS but then who cares about the design on laptops these day when they are being offered a pretty good i7 and dedicated graphics card for £701.10. I don't know the exact battery life for i7 dedicated graphics card laptop but i took my chance and ordered a 9 cell battery. I'll get back 6% of it back from quidco anyway so it isn't much of a problem anyway.

Type_R, I just ordered my an hour ago from this post and i haven't received a email about order confirmation (only the receipt) but i will post if they have.
#34
Thanks Kaishou! I have the internet receipt too, still waiting for confirmation lol. The agent online did say that the price would be honoured even if it wasnt confirmed before the 'sale' and discounts ended. 10% code on hotukdeals, 8% quidco and a fairly well specced laptop (I went for 1080p screen) :-)
#35
GJB1984
What would this be like for gaming? A quick google search indicates that its more of a budget card?


Notebookcheck don't have performance tests on it yet (I guess it's too new) but have it pegged as a fast middle-class card. Should easily play the most demanding games on low-middle settings.

But really - 2gb DDR3 ?! that sounds like a crazy stunt - there does seem to be a lot of discussion on this it's certainly not a super fast card.

If I was buying this laptop I'd definitely buy the 9cell battery - I imagine you'll be needing it with no graphics switching (current generation i7s don't have integrated graphics like the i3 / i5). My XPS 16 only lasts an hour or so off the mains :(




Edited By: wombat6025 on Oct 26, 2010 00:57: cos we can ;)
#36
Is it worth paying the extra £80 to get a blu-ray drive do you think?
Not much point getting a Bluray drive if you only have the default screen rather than the 1080p one.
#37
biglugs1
Is it worth paying the extra £80 to get a blu-ray drive do you think?

Not much point getting a Bluray drive if you only have the default screen rather than the 1080p one.


So add battery, 1080p and Blu-ray (read only :() - that'll only be an extra £320 before discounts ;)
#38
david1274
Joe90_guy
I'd worry about having an Nvidia 435M and an i7-740QM in a 15.6" laptop. The TDP for the 435M is 32-35 Watts and the i7-740QM can consume upto 45 Watts. Together that's an awful lot of heat to dissipate from a relatively small laptop. Dell have got form when it comes to making 'hot' laptops. The Studio 17 runs hot and I've read of cooling fans continually running flat out.


Yeah, an i5 is a more sensible choice on a laptop unless you *really* need that bit of extra processor power.

If this year was anything to go by, there should be some good Dell deals coming up to xmas (remember the Studio 15 with i7-720QM last November?) and even better deals just before the end of the financial year in March (remember the Vostro desktop?)


My 'old' XPS 16 has an i5-540 and it's 'plenty' for my needs - but I suspect it would normally take no less power than an i7-740 (as the i7 would have three cores parked in most circumstances). The lack of graphics switching is more of an issue; but then I don't think Dell implement that on their i3 / i5 systems even though it's possible.

As you say it's perhaps worth waiting for a pre-Christmas bonanza. I was wondering whether XPS 16s will be appearing on Dell outlet now? Certainly once these filter through to Dell outlet you might pick up a bargain.

This still seems a hot price for though :)
#39
Don't think the this generation of i5/i3 has any intergrated graphics card. Neither does the current generation of i7. Maybe the next generation of mobile CPU but don't see the point in dell or any company advertising something that we can't take advantage of. The graphics card XPS15 offer has Optimus but it's deem useless due to the i7 it uses.
#40
Wombat6025 - There have been some good deals in the Dell Outlet recently. I picked up a Studio XPS 16 with i5-520, 4gb, 9 cell battery, 1gb 4670 and 500gb hard drive for £550 delivered last week. It is basically a new machine. The 9 cell battery does make the xps more bulky but does help air circulate around the machine better.

I am intrigued about how the build quality of the xps 15 compares to the studio xps 16 as the xps 15 is a lot cheaper but with slightly better specs.

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