Dell XPS M1330 Notebook - 13.3" LED screen, 2Ghz C2D, 4gig RAM, 128GB SSD, 128meg graphics, BT, Wifi-N, 9 cell battery, Vista - £679 delivered - HotUKDeals
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Main features of this laptop are the 13.3" LED screen and 128GB SSD (worth ~£250 on its own). This was posted yesterday on here for £796 delivered. Now down to £645 with voucher and quidco:

£674.79 at checkout, then 15% with voucher QHM3VV8CZTDCBD, then add delivery and VAT it comes to a total of £679, then quidco is at 5% so down to £645.

Full specs;
Intel® Core 2 Duo T6400 (2.0GHz,2MB,800MHz FSB) (select this cpu)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1- English (Free 64bit upgrade)
4096MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x2048]
128GB Solid State Drive Ultra Performance
128MB nVidia® GeForce®8400M GS
Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
AC Adapter 90W - 3 Pin
Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card - Europe - Core 2 Duo Processors
Dell TrueMobile 355 internal Bluetooth Module - European
Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
Primary 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (56 WHr) (9 cell battery at no extra charge)
Fixed 8x DVD+/-RW Slim Slot Load Drive, including SW
Biometric Fingerprint Reader (free lid colour upgrade)
13.3" UltraSharp WXGA (1280x800) White-LED Display (300 nits) with TrueLife
1Yr XPS Premium Warranty Support - Priority Call In and Onsite Support
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&l=en&oc=N01X3306&s=bsd

Select the T6400 CPU manually and check the optional free upgrades too (Vista 64 bit and 9-cell battery option).
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#1
http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&l=en&oc=N01X3306&s=bsd

Select the T6400 CPU manually and check the optional free upgrades too (Vista 64 bit and 9-cell battery option).
#2
In my eyes the Dell XPS and the sony vaio are always over priced for the spec,
#3
i think this is a great price for the xps m1330
banned#4
Yer, same. Amazing :)
Are people forgetting that this is still a VERY small laptop? yet fast.
#5
i own 1 of these and its beyond amazing and am looking to get another 1 as i am getting my refund on my xps i am currentley using as it has technical issues so i might aswell go for this 1 when they give me a refund
#6
so whats a ssd card??

ok googled the question sounds good the ssd drive more relisablethen hard drive
#7
I've got a M1330 as well and it is one of my better buys. Beautiful laptop, pity its not got an LED screen but its hot from me.
#8
Great price considering it includes 128GB SSD which should make the laptop more reliable (no hard disk failures)
#9
Scrap my last comment, it has an LED screen so its even more of a bargain.
#10
khalifazed
so whats a ssd card??


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_drive

Basically an alternative to a hard drive that's more reliable (no moving parts), faster seek times and usually lower power usage. The newer SSDs are much faster than typical laptop hard drives, although I have no idea which SSD drives Dell use, so can't say for sure on that.
#11
[QUOTE=cralittlewood]I've got a M1330 as well and it is one of my better buys. Beautiful laptop, pity its not got an LED screen but its hot from me.[/QUOT

damn no blue ray either
#12
my got STOP ME!!!

i was tempted yesterday!! aaarrhrhrh
#13
cheekywelshguy
my got STOP ME!!!

i was tempted yesterday!! aaarrhrhrh


aren't you the Architect? I wouldn't buy a laptop if you don't want to loose your sight in the next couple of years.

Buy a powerful desktop PC and THEN a laptop to play with but with a 17" screen.
#14
khalifazed
i own 1 of these and its beyond amazing and am looking to get another 1 as i am getting my refund on my xps i am currentley using as it has technical issues so i might aswell go for this 1 when they give me a refund

Can I ask you how long you have owned your xps that your being refunded on?
My daughters has had problems with the graphics, but she's had it a while now and I think she might of had it too long to get a refund.
She's also had it repaired once so I think they would refuse a refund because of that
.
#15
xSUEx
Can I ask you how long you have owned your xps that your being refunded on?
My daughters has had problems with the graphics, but she's had it a while now and I think she might of had it too long to get a refund.
She's also had it repaired once so I think they would refuse a refund because of that
.


i bought my xps same time last year(11/01/08 just looked up receipt) paid £674
first it occured the graphics card issue 4 months ago so they came out free of charge and replaced the graphics card (mind you i didnt take out no cover) then the bluetooth device started occuring problems so they replaced a new bluetooth device in the machine.

now my lappy was opned twice i asked them if they could ne a replacement which they had said no,instead they agreed if it occured another problem then without any promlems tey will replace it free of charge as its within 1 yr of purchase.

Then i notticed a piece of screw in my laptop was ratling which the engerneers didnt put it back in its position so i called them up and told them that i wasant happy they sid they will come and sort it out, i complained and insisited i wasant happy that my machine was being opned for the 3rd time now
nowthey turned around and said they will just put a new motherboard in to make everything easy.
I demanded a replacement with compensation which i got with ease abit of nagging but not alot.

so was sent a replacement instead of 2gb ram was sent 4gb ram(compensation) when this lappy arived i noticed static shock ignored it the 1st time and i got the static again a good few times so got on to the phone to them and straight away they offered me a replacemnet i said i wasant happy as i was loosing out without a laptop i demanded a refund and i got it without hassle

now am fighting the case if i could have a replacement instaed as recentley the prices are much more then i had paid for an xps as i would like another xps and think they are brilliant

now that recentley mike t has this posted makes me think i should take the refund and maybe buy 1 of these

the graphics card on these are common problems

how long has ur daughter had the m1330 ?
#16
Thanks for replying.
I bought it for her last March. She's had a new motherboard fitted just before Christmas, but she's started getting the same error message again that she got before the graphics failed last time. Funnily enough after the repair was done she's noticed that she's getting little static shocks that she did'nt get before. The engineer did'nt fit the top bit of the case above the keyboard back properly either. Although that's easy to put right. He also noticed the fan was running a bit slow but did'nt do anything about it, so it's getting quite hot. I'm just worried about her being stuck with a faulty laptop after March when the warranty runs out as I could'nt afford to replace it for her. I could extend the warranty, but I don't want to have to keep getting it repaired.
You had less time left on your warranty than me, so that's given me the confidence to try for a replacement or refund now. I'll contact them later and see how I get on.
Thanks
#17
Gabriel959
aren't you the Architect? I wouldn't buy a laptop if you don't want to loose your sight in the next couple of years.

Buy a powerful desktop PC and THEN a laptop to play with but with a 17" screen.


I am indeed, but I want the portability? 17in is a pain to lug round

Could I not just plug this into a large monitor at home?

Also would it be ok for cad, adobe, sketchup?

:)
#18
cheekywelshguy
I am indeed, but I want the portability? 17in is a pain to lug round

Could I not just plug this into a large monitor at home?

Also would it be ok for cad, adobe, sketchup?

:)


think im max size would be 15.2 but ultra sharp screen, any suggestions welsome?
#19
cheekywelshguy
think im max size would be 15.2 but ultra sharp screen, any suggestions welsome?


You are going to struggle but I can see from where you are coming from. I would avoid anything with a 8400 or a 8600. It might seem like a bargain now, but it won't be when the graphics card has melted who knows when! It is a like a ticking bomb and laptop repairs dont come cheap.

I used to work doing 3D work a few years back and had a 14" laptop and that was a bloody struggle. Depends on how much work you plan to do, but I can guarantee you that if you do 8 hour days on that you will get headaches and you will be heading to the doctor in no-time (that changed when I bough a top of the range Dell 24" Monitor). Is portability really that necessary or more like a gimmick? Have a double think.

Does the software you work with need 3D Acceleration? if so, how important is time? My laptop used to take an average of 8 hour rendering time for a complex image, my dektop equivalent halved that. The graphics acceleration you are going to get in a laptop is going to be limited unless you go for a professional solution (or a top of the range graphics card).
#20
Don't know much about this company but although refurbished this looks good

http://www.ndc.co.uk/Dell_Latitude_D630_Laptop_Intel-4528.html


There are some better models there, some with White Led screens and better Quadro for a couple of hundred quid more.
#21
xSUEx
Thanks for replying.
I bought it for her last March. She's had a new motherboard fitted just before Christmas, but she's started getting the same error message again that she got before the graphics failed last time. Funnily enough after the repair was done she's noticed that she's getting little static shocks that she did'nt get before. The engineer did'nt fit the top bit of the case above the keyboard back properly either. Although that's easy to put right. He also noticed the fan was running a bit slow but did'nt do anything about it, so it's getting quite hot. I'm just worried about her being stuck with a faulty laptop after March when the warranty runs out as I could'nt afford to replace it for her. I could extend the warranty, but I don't want to have to keep getting it repaired.
You had less time left on your warranty than me, so that's given me the confidence to try for a replacement or refund now. I'll contact them later and see how I get on.
Thanks


am pretty sure u wilol get a replacement or your money back as i started to get static when i was given a replcement and it was only a few days old.

if you state the fan is going slow uve got even better chance.

dell are quite good and they look after there customers if you had to buy from sony,hp or whoever i think u would hardley get a response from them.

if i can get a replacement then a refund (well waiting which they have agreed to) then am sure you could too.

hope itall works out for you
#22
sorry but am lil confused should i stick with a 250gb hard drive or get a 128 ssd?
#23
khalifazed
sorry but am lil confused should i stick with a 250gb hard drive or get a 128 ssd?


If speed and durability are important to you, go for the SSD.
If storage capacity is more important to you, stick with the HDD.
#24
thanks naxos2k9 to behonest am not fused i just surf the net i hardley download or stream videos

i get told why i have an expensive lappy just for surfing but te fact is i like the m1330 its quite cool

i know i could get a decent lappy for surfing under £300 but i enjoy the m1330

by the way nice find
#25
Anybody any idea what the battery life is on this??
#26
Dell.bhoy
Anybody any idea what the battery life is on this??


Nobody can really answer that unless they happen to have this exact laptop deal since the battery life depends heavily on the specification of the components. (it also depends on usage as well, obviously).

Typical dell laptops would be around 2-3 hours light usage with a standard 6-cell battery. However, with the SSD and slightly smaller than average screen, you should get a bit more - perhaps 3-4 hours light usage on a 6-cell battery.

With this laptop though is the free option to upgrade to a 9-cell battery which would provide much longer battery life - perhaps 5-6 hours. The downside is that the 9-cell battery is heavier and protudes slightly out the laptop - more than the 6-cell version.

These numbers are just guestimates to give you an idea.
#27
Hi Naxos2k9,

Thanks for the reply, I appreciate that only an approximate time can be supplied due to different factors.

Thanks:thumbsup:
#28
just couple of days ago i bought new for £490....not bad.....
#29
this is a very well priced m1330 ... got one myself...

128GB SSD and LED screen is really attractive .... wondering which SSD drive they use, cant be the intel one....

all the other specs is fine except the CPU, some people may find this a bit slow
#30
I got this laptop when it first come out for £500 from dell outlet, the laptop hadn't even been opened, sold to a customer and they cancelled. Quad core 2ghz, 3gb ram, 500gb hard drive, 6 cell, 3 years pro xps support. Well worth getting a 9 cell extra for long haul flights. The 9 cell sticks out a bit and adds a lot of weight, so general use use the 6 cell.
#31
I got the same thing as posted with a 2.4GHZ processor for £550 from Dell outlet! They are giving £100 off at the moment (think I got free delivery aswell) so I would recommend everyone to check that out before giving this a go. Its cheaper than this, exactly the same and has 1 year Dell warranty.
#32
xSUEx
Thanks for replying.
I bought it for her last March. She's had a new motherboard fitted just before Christmas, but she's started getting the same error message again that she got before the graphics failed last time. Funnily enough after the repair was done she's noticed that she's getting little static shocks that she did'nt get before. The engineer did'nt fit the top bit of the case above the keyboard back properly either. Although that's easy to put right. He also noticed the fan was running a bit slow but did'nt do anything about it, so it's getting quite hot. I'm just worried about her being stuck with a faulty laptop after March when the warranty runs out as I could'nt afford to replace it for her. I could extend the warranty, but I don't want to have to keep getting it repaired.
You had less time left on your warranty than me, so that's given me the confidence to try for a replacement or refund now. I'll contact them later and see how I get on.
Thanks


Dell are offering an extra 12 months warranty for 8400GS graphic specific problems ONLY, AFTER the original warranty has expired.

http://en.community.dell.com/blogs/direct2dell/archive/2008/09/12/nvidia-gpu-update-limited-warranty-enhancement-details.aspx
#33
skgwho
I got the same thing as posted with a 2.4GHZ processor for £550 from Dell outlet! They are giving £100 off at the moment (think I got free delivery aswell) so I would recommend everyone to check that out before giving this a go. Its cheaper than this, exactly the same and has 1 year Dell warranty.


With the 128Gb SSD? If so, you got a very good deal.

Update: Just checked Dell Outlet myself, and I very much doubt that you got a 128Gb SSD in your deal. The reason this is such a bargain is because of the SSD - without counting the SSD, this would just be an average deal. £550 is a good price for same spec with a normal hard drive. For example there is currently a system on there with a 2.4Ghz CPU as yours, 300Gb HDD but it is on at £629 inc delivery (inc £100 discount), so yes you got a good deal, but don't confuse it with this one :)
#34
anthonylei
this is a very well priced m1330 ... got one myself...

128GB SSD and LED screen is really attractive .... wondering which SSD drive they use, cant be the intel one....

all the other specs is fine except the CPU, some people may find this a bit slow


Previously when Dell offered the 64Gb SSDs, and described as 'Ultra performance' (as here), they were the Samsung SLC drives. However, I don't think the new 128Gb Samsung SSDs are SLC, so either they've changed manufacturer or perhaps it's the 128Gb Samsung MLC version. Can't say for sure though.
#35
Naxos2k9
Previously when Dell offered the 64Gb SSDs, and described as 'Ultra performance' (as here), they were the Samsung SLC drives. However, I don't think the new 128Gb Samsung SSDs are SLC, so either they've changed manufacturer or perhaps it's the 128Gb Samsung MLC version. Can't say for sure though.


ultra performance means nothing to me and people with a bit of hardware knowledge....

As far as I know, the first generation of SSD doesnt really out performance HDD in many aspects, except the low power consumption (some say it is much more reliable, but the RMA data doesnt really support that), this always happen with first generation technology

The intel SSD drives just bought out are really a new generation of hard drive, extremely quick read and write speed... but the down side is these drives cost like an arm or leg (£400 for 100GB last time I checked)
#36
xSUEx
Can I ask you how long you have owned your xps that your being refunded on?
My daughters has had problems with the graphics, but she's had it a while now and I think she might of had it too long to get a refund.
She's also had it repaired once so I think they would refuse a refund because of that
.


Hi Sue - don't know where you stand regards a refund but the graphics chip issue has been in the public domain since Nvidia had to declare it in a quarterly report in July 2008 and I've read somewhere that dell knew about the problem before that - you might be able to argue you wouldn't have bought the laptop if you'd known about the design fault, but as they are still including the same graphics chip in the m1330s the are currently selling it seems they are going down the risk management appoach ie it's cheaper to wait for failures and bill Nvidia for the related costs than do a recall. It looks like our m1330s will be phased out by the new studio model so I'm just going to get the three year extended warranty and expect to get the motherboard replaced every 10 months or so - 'll ask for a replacement three motherboards in. Here are some links about the graphics chip fault:

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/703/1028703/nvidia-g84-g86-bad

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/378/1004378/why-nvidia-chips-defective

http://en.community.dell.com/blogs/direct2dell/archive/2008/09/12/nvidia-gpu-update-limited-warranty-enhancement-details.aspx

http://icolor2.blogspot.com/2008/08/death-of-laptop-dell-m1330.html

I must say I do like the m1330 but wouldn't buy one with the 8400m chip - save your money and get one with the intel x3100 chip or go for one of the studio styled m1330s that have a different Nvidia chip although from what I've been reading I'd prefer to stay well clear of any Nvidia cards.

As an aside my m1330 laptop crashed twice while writing this - anyone looking at buying a new m1330 with the nvidia chip be prepared for your laptop to end up like this:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pO-ItTP6DX8
#37
Naxos2k9
With the 128Gb SSD? If so, you got a very good deal.

Update: Just checked Dell Outlet myself, and I very much doubt that you got a 128Gb SSD in your deal. The reason this is such a bargain is because of the SSD - without counting the SSD, this would just be an average deal. £550 is a good price for same spec with a normal hard drive. For example there is currently a system on there with a 2.4Ghz CPU as yours, 300Gb HDD but it is on at £629 inc delivery (inc £100 discount), so yes you got a good deal, but don't confuse it with this one :)


Hard Drive 160GB FFS (7200rpm). That is a solid state drive :D and yes it was a good deal indeed. Didn't go for the 400GB HDD
#38
anthonylei
ultra performance means nothing to me and people with a bit of hardware knowledge....

As far as I know, the first generation of SSD doesnt really out performance HDD in many aspects, except the low power consumption (some say it is much more reliable, but the RMA data doesnt really support that), this always happen with first generation technology

The intel SSD drives just bought out are really a new generation of hard drive, extremely quick read and write speed... but the down side is these drives cost like an arm or leg (£400 for 100GB last time I checked)


Well that depends on what you're comparing. Most laptop hard drives run at only 5400RPM, and yes even the first generation SSDs would easily beat them - seek times are particularly where SSDs shine - everything seems 'snappier' (almost like you're not running a Windows OS ;))

As for the reliability, that's up for debate. They are more durable - i.e. you could give it a good whack and it would probably be OK (due to the SSD having no moving parts) whereas a hard drive probably wouldn't be OK. As for _reliability_ well, yes, first generation hardware does usually have issues, although I remember an article for Dell in particular that strongly denied having a higher RMA rate on SSDs.

Intel were first to the scene with the faster 'second generation' SSDs, but now most have caught up... including OCZ, G Skill etc. The Intels are far overpriced for being the first to offer much improved speeds - and last I heard they only offered 80Gb drives. Since we don't know the make and model of SSD used in this model, we can only really guess at the moment.
#39
skgwho
Hard Drive 160GB FFS (7200rpm). That is a solid state drive :D and yes it was a good deal indeed. Didn't go for the 400GB HDD


Nope - that's not a Solid State Drive, but a good hard drive. Still a good deal though.
#40
ukbill69
I got this laptop when it first come out for £500 from dell outlet, the laptop hadn't even been opened, sold to a customer and they cancelled. Quad core 2ghz, 3gb ram, 500gb hard drive, 6 cell, 3 years pro xps support. Well worth getting a 9 cell extra for long haul flights. The 9 cell sticks out a bit and adds a lot of weight, so general use use the 6 cell.


You cannot get a quad core in this laptop!

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