Dell XPS M1530 2.40 GHz (N01X5304) 1050.09 ( with £299 off + 10% voucher + 5% Quidco) - HotUKDeals
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First post - so apologise in advance if I offend anyone - Just bought one of these seemed like a good deal. Apparently £299 off (which is debateable expires 30/1/2008)10% code 6$3PDNQL4CD2VJ (earlier post off hotukdeals expires today 23/1/2008) and
5% Quidco if transaction is via internet only.

Configuration
XPSTM M1530 (N01X5304)
Item Description
Base
Intel® Core 2 Duo processor T7700 (2.40 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 4 MB L2-cache)
Memory
2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
Keyboard
Uk/Irish Internal Keyboard (QWERTY)
Video Card
NVIDIA® GeForce Go 8600M GT with 256MB dedicated graphic memory
Hard Drive
250GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
Microsoft Operating System
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
Modem
No Modem
Optical Devices
Fixed Blu Ray Slim Slot-Load Drive, including SW
Wireless Networking
Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card - Europe - Core 2 Duo Processors
Shipping Documents
English Documentation with English/Irish Power Cord
Gedis Bundle Reference
N01X5304
Microsoft Application Software
Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
Standard Warranty
Base Warranty - 1 Year XPS Premium Hardware Support (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)
Enhanced Service Packs
Base Warranty - 1 Year XPS Premium Hardware Support (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)
Protect your new PC
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
Power Supply
90W AC Adapter
Bluetooth
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3Mbps) with Enhanced Data rate - Eur
Order Information
Inspiron Order - UK
Primary Battery
Primary 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (85 WHr)
Carrying Cases
No Carry Case
Biometric Identification
Biometric Fingerprint Reader with BLACK accent
Dell System Media Kit
No Resource CD
Colour Choice
2.0 mega pixel Camera & Tuxedo Black for CCFL Display
Accidental Damage Support
No Accidental Damage Support
TV Tuner and Remote Control
Dell Travel Remote Control
Online Promotion Option for GEDIS Configs
Dell Internet Order.
LCD
15.4" UltraSharp Widescreen WSXGA+ (1680x1050) TFT Display with TrueLife

Price:
£ 880.08 (- 5% Quidco = £44.00) Delivery Charge: £ 51.06
VAT:
£ 162.95
Total Price:
£ 1,094.09 Before Quidco

£ 1,050.09 After Quidco

I hope its a good deal and you guys think so to...as I'm not an expert in computers just needed a decent spec laptop which will last a few years... thanks
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#1
thats a lot of money. Im sure you could of got a cheaper laptop which will still last you. Technology is moving so fast nowadays, I wouldnt be surprised if 500gigs plus is offered in laptop within the next year or so.

Its not just about the hardware as your spec is good anyway but also the software and how you look after Windows. If your not too careful, you can easily find your laptop running slowly.

Just make sure you have decent security software installed. I see you havent selected any, so Im assuming you know all about that.

Good luck with your purchase! :)
#2
I think that something similar might have been posted before, but it's worth highlighting that if someone is looking for a good quality stylish Dell XPS laptop with almost top of range specs then it's not that expensive at the moment. Would have no problem playing the latest games on this (Crysis at medium setting granted). It should perform well with just about all tasks you can throw at it and the blu ray writer should really come into it's own once the blank discs come down in price.

You can download free software for anti virus like AVG and anti spyware like spybot. OpenOffice.org will give you a nice and free office suite that is compatible with Micro$oft Office.

Two possible HW upgrades for the future if you're into peak performance, that you can quickly and easily do yourself.

(1) Find a good offer on decent quality compatible laptop RAM on here and upgrade from 2GB to 4GB (especially as MS Vista is such a resource hog - though with 32bit the processor will only see 3.5GB). It's better to do this than pay Dell's prices for extra memory upfront, I think they usually want around £200 for a 2GB to 4GB memory upgrade :?

(2) If you play a lot of games or use other disk intensive applications and are getting some delay/lag while read/writing the disc, you might want to consider upgrading from a 5400rpm to a 7200rpm hard disc (SATA 2.5"), see how it goes though might not be a problem for you, likely also that it would be a maximum 200GB 7200rpm disc if you did it in the near future so you would lose some capacity.

Here's a nice video that shows how to do the upgrades in detail

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7R5VYsdxIg

The Dell haters will probably fire their icicles at it, but all in all IHMO[/B] I think that you made an excellent choice, not the cheapest but it's a great laptop and top value spec for the money especially when compared to similar offerings from Sony, HP etc..., so voting hot hot hot, but also noting that the 10% discount expires today 23/01 (chances are there will be another equally good discount along soon though :p )
#3
It's cold from me, and title needs to include the final price. :)
#4
Not bad, I ordered the same but a 2.2 processor the other day, cancelled it yesturday to wait until the new tech settles down and hopefully will come down in price too.
#5
I think the Insppiron 1720 that Mike T found some weeks ago was a far better deal - £550 after quidco. OK, it only has a 2gig C2D and no blueray but upgrades are available and for a few hundred more these could have been added making it around £800.
Just my opinion ;-)
#6
*** HOT ***

Evilsatan
Not bad, I ordered the same but a 2.2 processor the other day, cancelled it yesturday to wait until the new tech settles down and hopefully will come down in price too.


New tech settles down ?

Now you know that is never going to happen with laptops. The given config. has top end tech in everything to be honest. No fear of any new tech left out .

Some things not highlighted:

1. BlueRay writeable player - latest tech
2. HDMI connection to go straight out to Plasma/LCD TV
3. Nvidia 8600m GT DX10 card with dedicated 256 RAM - Top card
4. TV Tuner + Remote
5. 9 Cell extra long lasting battery
6. UltraSharp Widescreen WSXGA+
7. Wireless A/B/G & the latest N
8. Bluetooth
9 Biometric Finger print security
10. Memory goes to 4G unlike many high street consumer laptops limited to only 2G
11. Onsite Warranty



Its still a lot of money for me personally but there is no doubting you are getting one hell of a Latest Tech power horse for it. Without a shadow of doubt its a bargain - you will not get same spec's at this price anywhere else.

I'm going to place order for the smaller & sleeker brother -m1330 (m1530 was based on the m1330 after its huge success).

I am going to get the £699 config. with upgraded 9 cell battery. Memory & HD i will upgrade myself later on down the line as prices tumble. It will cost about £650 delivered using the coupon.

A real bargain compared to what monkeys are paying on ebay for similar spec'd used/returned/refurbihed ones.

The m1330 has all the features of the m1530 but no bluray option & 128M graphics card.
I personally believe laptops should fit on laps & be portable enough to sling around.

http://www.notebookreview.com/assets/23904.jpg

Below is a YouTube review of the XPS M1330 :thumbsup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCeHxyGuED0

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