Dell XPS M1530 core2duo T5550 1.83GHz laptop, vista premium, 1GB Ram,128mb 8400M GS, 120GB, 8X DVDRW, wifi, 2.0mp camera, 15.4 widescreen (1280x800) display with truelife and travel remote £421.94 (£405.06 after quidco) - HotUKDeals
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Superb deal. Remember put the warranty down to a minimum. Also you have The attached voucher to get this price (?BW8DBGJGDBHB4). Dont forget quidco at 4% (another £16.78 off). If you upgrade the ram to 2gb and HDD to 160GB and the Graphics to the 8600M GT its only £478.20 before quidco

XPSTM M1530 (N0615351)

Base - Intel? Core 2 Duo Processor T5550 (1.83 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 cache)

Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English

Memory - 1024MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x512]

Video Card - NVIDIA® GeForce Go 8400M GS with 128MB dedicated graphic memory

Hard Drive - 120GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive

Optical Devices - Fixed 8x DVD+/-RW Slim Slot Load drive, including SW

Wireless Networking - Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini-Card - Europe - Core 2 Duo Processors

Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)

Standard Warranty -1Yr XPS Premium Warranty Support - Priority Call In and Onsite Support

Enhanced Service Packs - 1 Year Base Warranty

Primary Battery Primary 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (56 WHr)

Biometric Identification Biometric Fingerprint Reader with BLACK accent

Colour Choice 2.0 mega pixel Camera & Tuxedo Black for CCFL Display

Dell Travel Remote Control

LCD 15.4" Widescreen WXGA (1280x800) TFT Display (220nits) with TrueLife

the cheapest an xps has ever been i think, Some recommended upgrages -
Upgrade TO
2GB Ram from 1GB for an additional £12.15
160GB from 120GB for an additional £8.10
T5750 (2.00 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 cache) processor from T5550 for an additional £18
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#1
limited RAM for a premium system imo
#2
Karim786
limited RAM for a premium system imo


thats why i've listed the optional upgrades £12.15 for 2GB and i think its £30 for 3gb, still a good deal IMO (£434.09 with 2gb and £453.43 for 3gb)

personally i upgraded to 3gb and upgraded the HDD to 160GB and the GPX to the 8600m GT for £497.54 which is a Superb price for what you get
#3
Pretty poor of Dell that they now have US style keyboards on their laptops instead of UK style. The difference is the \ key is next to the (small) left shift key on the UK style keyboard and on the US style keyboard it is above the return key (that is reduced in size) as well as having a large left shift key. Makes quite a bit of difference if you are a programmer and use the \ key a lot!
#4
Just ordered an XPS from the dell outlet last week. Much better deals than buying direct. I got over £400 off the equivalent new machine. The machine arrived in as new condition and I have no complaints thus far.

Regards the keyboard, I am typing on it just now and the keyboard is a UK layout (backslash key is above the small shift key on left hand side of keyboard)
#5
ycsb
Just ordered an XPS from the dell outlet last week. Much better deals than buying direct. I got over £400 off the equivalent new machine. The machine arrived in as new condition and I have no complaints thus far.

Regards the keyboard, I am typing on it just now and the keyboard is a UK layout (backslash key is above the small shift key on left hand side of keyboard)


I did the same with a XPS 420, usually a grand but i got it for a half of that.
#6
Zub
Pretty poor of Dell that they now have US style keyboards on their laptops instead of UK style. The difference is the \ key is next to the (small) left shift key on the UK style keyboard and on the US style keyboard it is above the return key (that is reduced in size) as well as having a large left shift key. Makes quite a bit of difference if you are a programmer and use the \ key a lot!


Be thankful that you didn't buy an early 1310 and end up with a keyboard like this...

http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/01/dells-vostro-keyboads-putting-the-hurt-on-uk-touch-typists/

:thumbsup:
#8
How much difference does a t5750 have compared to a t7300? I've been looking at an Acer Aspire 5920G for a while, but waited until I could have a Dell deal to compare it to, and finally this seems to be the closest at an almost equivalent price, after I upgrade the wireless card to N, ram to 2gb, hd to 250gb, gfx to 8600m GT. Seems amazing that the 15.4" screen on the Dell can also be upgraded to a 1920x1200 display though your desktop icons would look a bit tiny.
#9
DavidDickinson
How much difference does a t5750 have compared to a t7300? I've been looking at an Acer Aspire 5920G for a while, but waited until I could have a Dell deal to compare it to, and finally this seems to be the closest at an almost equivalent price, after I upgrade the wireless card to N, ram to 2gb, hd to 250gb, gfx to 8600m GT. Seems amazing that the 15.4" screen on the Dell can also be upgraded to a 1920x1200 display though your desktop icons would look a bit tiny.


Unless you use programs that stress the CPU to 100%, you wouldnt notice the difference between them. In everyday use they are all very similar.
#10
#11
1gb ram will hardly boot with vista
#12
montgomery19
1gb ram will hardly boot with vista

Nonsense.
#13
the price you quoted is EX VAT?
#14
golo83
the price you quoted is EX VAT?


If you work it through £478.20 is the including VAT & Delivery after applying the 10% off code - ?BW8DBGJGDBHB4
That's the price including an upgrade to 2 GB RAM AND 8600m GT
Then there is Quidco cashback - 5% of the ex-vat price (not including delivery)
1 Like #15
mine came to £452.92 after upgrading to the following:
+ 4% quidco (£18.12 tracked) makes total = £434.80 :-D

2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
Processor T7250 (2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2-cache)
160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
Dell™ Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3Mbps) with Enhanced Data rate - Eur
15.4" Widescreen WXGA+ (1440x900) TFT Display with TrueLife™
#16
Zub
Pretty poor of Dell that they now have US style keyboards on their laptops instead of UK style. The difference is the \ key is next to the (small) left shift key on the UK style keyboard and on the US style keyboard it is above the return key (that is reduced in size) as well as having a large left shift key. Makes quite a bit of difference if you are a programmer and use the \ key a lot!


This isn't true. UK laptop on my XPS laptop received last week. \ next to small left shift key.
#17
the porter
what utter rubbish!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Perhaps a slight exaggeration but I'd certainly recommend 2GB of RAM for any system these days.
#18
Doesn't seem to be a very hot deal as most of the stuff you are paying for seems to be 'extras' such as the fingerprint reader. Looks overpriced for what you get in my opinion. Not voted either way.
#19
golo83
mine came to £452.92 after upgrading to the following:
+ 4% quidco (£18.12 tracked) makes total = £434.80 :-D

2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
Processor T7250 (2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2-cache)
160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
Dell™ Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3Mbps) with Enhanced Data rate - Eur
15.4" Widescreen WXGA+ (1440x900) TFT Display with TrueLife™


How did you get this price? Comes to £505 delivered before Quidco for me....
#20
golo83;2370731
mine came to £452.92 after upgrading to the following:
+ 4% quidco (£18.12 tracked) makes total = £434.80 :-D

2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
Processor T7250 (2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2-cache)
160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
Dell™ Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3Mbps) with Enhanced Data rate - Eur
15.4" Widescreen WXGA+ (1440x900) TFT Display with TrueLife™


Wow, you're right. All those extras for £30 make it better than the original spec posted. Rep for you. This is even better than the outlet deals now.
#21
shayr1992
Wow, you're right. All those extras for £30 make it better than the original spec posted. Rep for you. This is even better than the outlet deals now.


Can you tell me how you're getting this price? I've done it twice now and can't reproduce it.... :oops:

EDIT: Never mind - I was using the lower spec 2ghz processor! Doh
#22
403 Forbidden;2371604
Can you tell me how you're getting this price? I've done it twice now and can't reproduce it.... :oops:

EDIT: Never mind - I was using the lower spec 2ghz processor! Doh


No wait, I think I'm wrong, it coes to 450 exc. VAT
#23
shayr1992
No wait, I think I'm wrong, it coes to 450 exc. VAT


It does come to the price he says, just make sure you select the 2Ghz CPU with the faster bus speed....
#24
Vista Premium AND 1 GB RAM.....lol

Voted cold! Useless IMHO. Ok it might boot, but try loading some decent apps after that and you will start using your hd as virtual RAM.
#25
I'm trying to do it, but it doesn't come to that price. Subtotal (exc vat) 452.92, total inc. vat 532.18
#26
mystik
Vista Premium AND 1 GB RAM.....lol

Voted cold! Useless IMHO. Ok it might boot, but try loading some decent apps after that and you will start using your hd as virtual RAM.


Again, utter cobblers. I have the XPS M1530 with 1Gb of RAM and it runs "decent apps" (e.g. Adobe CS3) without any problems. And it has the UK keyboard.

It's a great machine.
#27
shayr1992
I'm trying to do it, but it doesn't come to that price. Subtotal (exc vat) 452.92, total inc. vat 532.18


You're right - looks like they've changed it :x
#28
what do you think of this laptop MikeT?
#29
403 Forbidden
You're right - looks like they've changed it :x


No; it still comes out at £421.94.
#30
Sweetchuck
No; it still comes out at £421.94.


We're talking about the upgrades a few posts above...
#31
ycsb
Just ordered an XPS from the dell outlet last week. Much better deals than buying direct. I got over £400 off the equivalent new machine. The machine arrived in as new condition and I have no complaints thus far.

Regards the keyboard, I am typing on it just now and the keyboard is a UK layout (backslash key is above the small shift key on left hand side of keyboard)


hi, i'm also thinking of buying from the dell outlet, but do they offer any warranty?
#32
sput2001
Again, utter cobblers. I have the XPS M1530 with 1Gb of RAM and it runs "decent apps" (e.g. Adobe CS3) without any problems. And it has the UK keyboard.

It's a great machine.


Wow then you guys seem to defy the general consensus that Vista is VERY memory hungry!

I have an XPS m1330, and this moment I only have IE7 with 4 tabs open, Windows Explorer and the usual background tasks (antivirus,spyware, etc...). Memory in use = 1.2Gb.
#33
mystik
Wow then you guys seem to defy the general consensus that Vista is VERY memory hungry!

I have an XPS m1330, and this moment I only have IE7 with 4 tabs open, Windows Explorer and the usual background tasks (antivirus,spyware, etc...). Memory in use = 1.2Gb.


What have you got running in the background?

I'm running IE7, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Avast, Skype (and several other things) and Vista Home Premium. RAM usage is just under 800Mb.
#34
noodles1631
hi, i'm also thinking of buying from the dell outlet, but do they offer any warranty?


Yes, you get the same standard warranty as you would with the normal dell shop (i think the XPS has its own dedicated support team separate from standard support). From memory i think you also get the option of upgrading the warranty if required.

To give you an idea of the saving from the outlet I went for the XPS 1530 with the following options :
[LIST]
[*]2.5Ghz T9300 Dual Core Processor
[*]4GB Memory
[*]9 Cell extended life battery
[*]320GB Hard Drive
[*]Windows Vista Ultimate
[*]1920x1200 truelife display
[*]256MB NVidia GeForce 8600M GT
[/LIST]

To build yourself it was coming in at approx £1150 but from the outlet £695 inc vat & delivery.
#35
sput2001
What have you got running in the background?

I'm running IE7, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Avast, Skype (and several other things) and Vista Home Premium. RAM usage is just under 800Mb.


Just the basic DELL apps (I did a fresh install as soon as I got my Dell to get rid of the ****), plus antivirus and antispyware.

Vista loads a number of progz in RAM depending on free space, apparently so they load up instantly should you decide to use them. So actually I am NOT using the whole 1.2Gb quoted. However I wouldn't be so happy to work with only 200Mb RAM free. If you load an 8Mp photo in CS3 and start to do some fancy editing you'll run into virtual ram in no time.
#36
I went for the DELL OUTLET laptop which also has:

250GB Hard Drive
9 Cell Battery
2GB Memory
T7500 2.2GHZ

Even though it's £60 more expensive then last week, it's seems to be well worth it

What do you guys think?
#37
mystik
Just the basic DELL apps (I did a fresh install as soon as I got my Dell to get rid of the ****), plus antivirus and antispyware.



I'm waiting for my xps1530 from Dell - do they come with Vista DVD (I want to do a fresh install when it comes)?
#38
Nozzawolf
I'm waiting for my xps1530 from Dell - do they come with Vista DVD (I want to do a fresh install when it comes)?


yes, they do

EDIT: Plus, do a fresh install if you want to, but I think there's an overwhelming bias towards doing so on this forum - running PC-Decrapifier does a good job and is another option to consider if you want to save yourself half a day of reinstalling drivers etc. along with the OS. Plus, you'd have to make sure to install the stripped-down-XP Dell Media software if you want to have that option of playing media files without having to boot up Windows.
#39
montgomery19
1gb ram will hardly boot with vista


Rubbish. It'll work, just not as smooth as a lot of the performance gains come from superfetch which makes use of redundant memory.
banned#40
it's better to have at least 3gb of ram for vista

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