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305-N01X5304 Home site - Best price £649.00 Delivered.
XPS M1530 (N01X5304)

Intel® Core 2 Duo T6400 (2.0GHz,2MB,800MHz FSB) (select this)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1- English (or 64bit at no charge)
4096MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x2048]
500GB Serial ATA (5400RPM) Hard Drive
NVIDIA® GeForce Go 8600M GT with 256MB dedicated graphic memory
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB
Dell Travel Remote Control
Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card - Europe - Core 2 Duo Processors
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3Mbps) with Enhanced Data rate - Eur
Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
Primary 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (56 WHr)
Fixed 8x DVD+/-RW Slim Slot Load Drive, including SW
Biometric Fingerprint Reader with BLACK accent (other colours free)
15.4" Widescreen WXGA (1280x800) TFT Display (220nits) with TrueLife
1Yr XPS Premium Warranty Support - Priority Call In and Onsite Support
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[mod]#1
#2
Doesn't work for me.
#3
64 bit vista :|
#4
What's wrong with 64 bit Vista?
[mod]#5
Link in first post should be ok now
#6
would this be good for cad, adobe and 3d work? im an architect and have been looking for a long while for a good laptop?

was looking for a cheaper one? any suggestions?
#7
I bought the exact same machine but with a 250 gig hard drive 12 months ago from Dell for £549.00 so how exactly this is a good deal I dont know.
banned#8
If you're really an architect you should be able to afford a decent laptop :\

And in one word, no. Stick with a desktop and a nice big screen. Or if you must have a laptop, look at a studio 17.

This is a good deal though - havent seen one on a Dell in ages, but this spec is pretty much exactly what I'd go for if I were buying one
#9
Is this Laptop can be downgraded to Xp?
#10
Schmaino
64 bit vista :|


vista 64 bits is well supported by most third parties hardware.... and you can run 32 bits software on it.. I just installed 64 bit vista on my dell laptop (m1330)

cheekywelshguy
would this be good for cad, adobe and 3d work? im an architect and have been looking for a long while for a good laptop?

was looking for a cheaper one? any suggestions?


You may want to stick with desktop with a large monitor 24", may be 30" if you needed it.

furthermore, most laptop uses TN panel, so the colour accuracy is not as good as PVA and IPS panel monitor.
#11
morefun
Is this Laptop can be downgraded to Xp?


why is a large number of people dislike vista? it is now a very stable OS

the only reason I can think of running xp is the hardware is not capable of running vista or may be running some stone age software

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P.S. Mike, excellent deal .... probability Dell is trying to clear old stock before they release XPS studio (13" and 16" version)
#12
cheekywelshguy
would this be good for cad, adobe and 3d work? im an architect and have been looking for a long while for a good laptop?

Not really - you'll need a larger and higher-resolution screen for the work that you describe,

Take a look at the Studio 17 with DELL code N0173503 for £549 :

Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2.0 GHz
Vista Home Premium
17" Widescreen WXGA+ CCFL (1440x900) TFT
3072MB
320GB
256MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3650

Add the following two options on the build page :

17.0" Widescreen WUXGA+ CCFL (1920x1200) TFT Display with TrueLife™ [add £110.00 or £3/month1]
250GB (7200RPM) Serial ATA Hard Drive add £0.00[/QUOTE]

And you end up with a 17" monster, complete with faster-than-usual Hard Drive and a 1920x1200 display for a total of just £659. It'll handle anything that you throw at it.
cheekywelshguy
was looking for a cheaper one? any suggestions?

A cheaper one ? If it can't do what you want it to do, then I fail to see how a lesser-specced cheaper machine would offer value for money :?
#13
morefun
Is this Laptop can be downgraded to Xp?

What on earth for ? It's more than capable of handling Vista.
#14
isn't this one of the NVidia GPU cards with failure issue?
#15
gobofraggle
isn't this one of the NVidia GPU cards with failure issue?

Don't worry about it - it's covered under warranty, and only a small fraction of cards are affected.

In short : It's a none-thing :thumbsup:
#16
The nvidia GPU in these machines is prone to overheating and will fail after a while - mine lasted 11 months of daily use. This isn't a dell only problem.

Dell released new BIOSes for the affected machines which just up the fan speed so it never switches off. Nvidia haven't fixed the problem at source as far as I know...

http://en.community.dell.com/blogs/direct2dell/archive/2008/07/25/nvidia-gpu-update-for-dell-laptop-owners.aspx
http://www.engadget.com/2008/07/31/figuring-out-which-nvidia-gpus-are-defective-its-a-lot/

Be cautious. The BIOS fix will help, but the real problem is the nvidia design issue.
#17
Nom
Don't worry about it - it's covered under warranty, and only a small fraction of cards are affected.

In short : It's a none-thing :thumbsup:


Only buy with a long warranty.

The "small fraction" of cards affected is all of them. They all have the potential problem, though you are correct that not all may fail.

Don't buy if you are actually going to use the card for games/cad etc. There is a very significant chance it will fail. There are many reports of the cards failing after around a year of use. The "fix" is to increase the cooling fan speed. This is noisy, and doesn't actually solve the problem, but merely delays it until after the warranty has expired.
#18
xargle
The nvidia GPU in these machines is prone to overheating and will fail after a while - mine lasted 11 months of daily use. This isn't a dell only problem.

Dell released new BIOSes for the affected machines which just up the fan speed so it never switches off. Nvidia haven't fixed the problem at source as far as I know...

http://en.community.dell.com/blogs/direct2dell/archive/2008/07/25/nvidia-gpu-update-for-dell-laptop-owners.aspx
http://www.engadget.com/2008/07/31/figuring-out-which-nvidia-gpus-are-defective-its-a-lot/

Be cautious. The BIOS fix will help, but the real problem is the nvidia design issue.



Wondered why my fan is always on after the bios upgrade ! been thinking something was constantly running in the background but couldnt find it. The GPU does get remarkably hot , feels like its at melting point a lot of the time, even after just watching a youtube .
#19
...and even a long warranty will lead only to Dell replacing the motherboard with an identical one, and so on, until the warranty has expired.

I think the moral of the story is, if you're spending £649 on a computer, buy one which uses a GPU which is not affected (i.e. not an N84 or N86) - I say this as an M1330 owner who wishes he didn't have to wonder how long it will last.

At the end of the day, even if all do not fail, any might - and the knowledge that you have to continually back things up and be ready to possibly make a warranty claim is not very relaxing.
#20
Click the link and end up with the right laptop but a price of £849 :-(
#21
For CAD or 3D Work - get a desktop PC, if you need a hand for a spec let me know :)

If you still need a laptop, you could always buy one with a 17" but that is still going to give you headaches. You really need a 24 inch at least ...
#22
First time on Hot Deal,this looks ok,but are there any good deals on Desktops around,just the base,about the £350-£400 mark. The Acer Tesco one is sold out.
#23
a very good laptop for a very good price
#24
Nom

Add the following two options on the build page :

17.0" Widescreen WUXGA+ CCFL (1920x1200) TFT Display with TrueLife™ [add £110.00 or £3/month1]
250GB (7200RPM) Serial ATA Hard Drive add £0.00


[/QUOTE]

This is what I will be doing! :w00t:
#25
Afraid I have to vote cold.

I don't want to buy a product where the graphics card might overheat in 2 years time
(and fan running all the time eats battery life)
#26
Anarchist
If you're really an architect you should be able to afford a decent laptop :\

And in one word, no. Stick with a desktop and a nice big screen. Or if you must have a laptop, look at a studio 17.

This is a good deal though - havent seen one on a Dell in ages, but this spec is pretty much exactly what I'd go for if I were buying one


hehe!! archtiects dont earn alot of money! I WISH!
#27
the fan's consume minimal power so thats not an issue...

however I can agree that unless I was getting the 3yr warantee I wouldnt be too tempted by this, I believe on this mobo the GPU is physically embedded in the mobo, so a failure would result in a entire mobo replacement (quite costly)
#28
Nom
Don't worry about it - it's covered under warranty, and only a small fraction of cards are affected.

In short : It's a none-thing :thumbsup:


Worth mentioning, my laptop although different model Medion MD96630 had overheating issues due to faulty batch of nvidia graphic chipsets. Warranty cover proving difficult to replace as the repair engineers cannot reproduce overheating problem with their basic graphic tests. :?
#29
Voted Cold, this XPS model has been available for over a year now, new replacements already released the Inspiron XPS 15.6" (16:9) and the Studio 16 CPS (16:9) the old XPS has previous gen CPU C2Duo @ 2.0 Ghz and very average Nvidia GPU, bit of a brick too. So not for me I'm waitin for good deals on Studio 16 XPS.
#30
Nom
Don't worry about it - it's covered under warranty, and only a small fraction of cards are affected.

In short : It's a none-thing :thumbsup:


Wrong - this is a crippled laptop like all with N84 or N86 graphics.

If you want to throw your money away then buy it!
banned#31
Xelon
Voted Cold, this XPS model has been available for over a year now, new replacements already released the Inspiron XPS 15.6" (16:9) and the Studio 16 CPS (16:9) the old XPS has previous gen CPU C2Duo @ 2.0 Ghz and very average Nvidia GPU, bit of a brick too. So not for me I'm waitin for good deals on Studio 16 XPS.


Not really a comparison when the Studio 16 XPS is a lot more expensive (starts at £800 for a much lower spec, excluding the display and arguably the graphics card, which in reality probably isn't much different)

And Inspiron XPS 15.6"? What are you sniffing?
#32
cold can build one cheaper :whistling:
#33
Anarchist
Not really a comparison when the Studio 16 XPS is a lot more expensive (starts at £800 for a much lower spec, excluding the display and arguably the graphics card, which in reality probably isn't much different)

And Inspiron XPS 15.6"? What are you sniffing?


You really should google before making such comments, http://laptoping.com/dell-inspiron-15-156-inch.html

As for a much lower spec? Faster CPU, Faster RAM (DDR3), slightly faster GPU, faster Chipset, LED RGB Backlit Display, could go on, just my opinion, still think COLD.
#34
Nom
What on earth for ? It's more than capable of handling Vista.


some people just don't like vista. including intel apparently
#35
sparkyIreland
cold can build one cheaper :whistling:


Sweet, can you post the links to components etc?

I built my own standard PC but have been thinking about doing it with a laptop, is it easy to do?
banned#36
Xelon
You really should google before making such comments, http://laptoping.com/dell-inspiron-15-156-inch.html

As for a much lower spec? Faster CPU, Faster RAM (DDR3), slightly faster GPU, faster Chipset, LED RGB Backlit Display, could go on, just my opinion, still think COLD.


And you should really think before replying, as you are still wrong.

That is the new standard inspiron laptop, NOT a new Inspiron "XPS" (please point out anywhere in that, or any article, where it mentions XPS). The Basic inspirons and the XPS's are COMPLETELY different machines and are in no way whatsoever comparable. Some sensible people actually care about build quality, reliabiity, support, looks, and aren't just blindly getting excited over seeing something that has 1gb more ram. Oh, and the 1425 isn't actually even available to buy yet, either.

Not quite sure what the second part of your post is about as you just seem to just be typing random things now, but if its about the inspiron, see above comment, they aren't even available to buy yet. Or if you're on about the studio 16 - its still hundreds of pounds more expensive.
banned#37
sparkyIreland
cold can build one cheaper :whistling:


rofl :P
banned#38
blammo
some people just don't like vista. including intel apparently


That has nothing to do with 'don't like'. Replacing an OS globally when you already have XP deployed costs a lot of money and needs to be compared with the benefits.

So nothing to do then with a laptop that ALREADY has Vista installed.

I bought one of these from Dell Outlet with a very similar spec, but a much faster CPU for a similar price. It's a top quality machine - as an example, pressed aluminium type cover instead of the usual sprayed plastic.

I am running Vista 64 bit and everything works fine including the fngerprint reader. Although you have to allow for the fact the the Dell Website doesnt display 32 bit applications that work on 64 bit or applications / drivers that are both 32 / 64 bit when you select Vista 64 bit as your OS

You can run MAC OS / Linux quite happily in VMs (with CPU hardware virtualization) if you need legacy OS support.
#39
Wow, the Studio XPS 16 looks amazing. But pricey. Especially when you add the upgraded screen.

I would say that this deal isn't that hot. It's not been that far off this price for over 6 months. I have a better spec one that I luckily got for £450 when Dell had a misprice back in April time.
#40
Not really a bad deal, but not great either. I would much rather go for this

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?quicklinx=5795

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