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(as ever with Dell, remember to reduce the warranty to minimum for this price and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings)

AMD® Turion 64 X2 Mobile Processor
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 + Vista Prem u/g
15.4 Widescreen TFT (1280x800)
1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512] Memory
60GB (5400rpm) Hard Drive
8x DVD +/- RW Drive
256MB ATI® Radeon® Xpress Graphics
Dual band Wifi card
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I would appreciate anyone's thought on this - I think its a good deal/spec for the money but maybe I've missed something better??

This includes a £70 off saving...

Trying to find the value code which seems to escape my failing eye-sight at this moment
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#1
its ok but where is the code? it's not really a hot deal without it!
#2
Hi, This is a good buy.
Voted hot.
#3
ReflexReact
its ok but where is the code? it's not really a hot deal without it!


i know! trying to find it but f-fox hung on me :viking:
#4
I think this is the Dell code for it 305-N01157 ?
[mod] 1 Like #5
Its this deal.

Remember to reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings.

Go to Deal

305-N01157 - £439 delivered
AMD® Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL50
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition, SP2 (incl Operating System Re-Installation CD) - English
15.4" Wide Screen XGA TFT Display: 1280x800
1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x512)
60GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory™
6 Cell, 56Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery
56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter
Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless Mini Card
Microsoft® Works 8.5 - English
#6
MikeT
Its this deal.

Remember to reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings.

Go to deal

305-N01157 - £439 delivered
AMD® Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL50
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition, SP2 (incl Operating System Re-Installation CD) - English
15.4" Wide Screen XGA TFT Display: 1280x800
1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x512)
60GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory™
6 Cell, 56Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery
56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter
Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless Mini Card
Microsoft® Works 8.5 - English


I've been unable to get that price!

**update** just used the dell search with 305-N01157 to get to the priced notebook but link given to deal is wrong system.
#7
You need to use the eValue code 305 [first box] n01157 [second box] when searching Dell if the direct link Mike's provided doesn't work :)
#8
Also select this option: Collect & Return, 90 Day Service only [Included in Price]
#9
cheers for mopping up my deal carnage mike / ray ;-)
#10
This is a good deal, gaming capable laptop for under 500 quid
#11
You're welcome ;-) It wasn't that bad and Mike had the eValue code right as ever :)
#12
hmsq82
I've been unable to get that price!

**update** just used the dell search with 305-N01157 to get to the priced notebook but link given to deal is wrong system.
You need to split the eValue code into two parts, then enter it in their eValue Code search boxes :)
#13
I'd recommend upgrading the screen to have TrueLife, costs almost £40 (maybe more... is that inc VAT) extra but I've just bought 2 Toshiba laptops, one with TruBrite (probably exactly the same thing) and another without, and the difference is huge - the TruBrite/TrueLife screen is so much better.
Also, if you want to use this as a laptop (rather than a desktop replacement) I'd also recommend getting the 9-Cell battery (unless these are cheaper elsewhere on the net...) if you plan to use this as a laptop (as opposed to as a Desktop Replacement).

Great deal btw :)
#14
Thewyzewun
I'd recommend upgrading the screen to have TrueLife, costs almost £40 (maybe more... is that inc VAT) extra but I've just bought 2 Toshiba laptops, one with TruBrite (probably exactly the same thing) and another without, and the difference is huge - the TruBrite/TrueLife screen is so much better.
Also, if you want to use this as a laptop (rather than a desktop replacement) I'd also recommend getting the 9-Cell battery (unless these are cheaper elsewhere on the net...) if you plan to use this as a laptop (as opposed to as a Desktop Replacement).

Great deal btw :)


cheers! good tips for cheap but worthwhile u/grades too :-D
[mod]#15
Right, sorry for the mix up guys and girls, I was trying to set the link to product page up quickly before leaving for work and got it wrong.
I have now fixed it so both the go to deal on the original offer goes to the deal as well as the listing I posted half way down the thread.
Sorry for the flaffing about!
#16
MikeT
Right, sorry for the mix up guys and girls, I was trying to set the link to product page up quickly before leaving for work and got it wrong.
I have now fixed it so both the go to deal on the original offer goes to the deal as well as the listing I posted half way down the thread.
Sorry for the flaffing about!


thanks for stepping in mike ;-)
#17
One more recommendation with this deal guys. Make sure you click the upgrade for Windows XP media edition at £23.50. And then on the next page the free update to Windows Vista Home Premium edition. If you don't upgrade to the XP Media edition you can only later upgrade to the Vista Basic edition and even then it costs you £25. So it actually costs you £1.50 less to get an upgrade to the Vista Premium compared to upgrading to the Vista Basic. You just have to make sure that you've got the first two pages right.
#18
rayman
Also select this option: Collect & Return, 90 Day Service only [Included in Price]


Hi Ray, Sorry for asking what is probably a daft question but how exactly does the 90 Day Service only warranty work. Does this mean that for the first 90 days Dell offer a collect and return warranty and the remainder of a 12 month warranty is Return to Base at the customers expense or that there is literally a 90 day only warranty provided?. Don't like the sound of that :(. Would be just my luck for the product to fail once the 90 days are up :(.

Thank you.
#19
Only problem is that Vista Premium requires 2048mb of RAM! it states it on the site!
1 Like #20
karpy
Only problem is that Vista Premium requires 2048mb of RAM! it states it on the site!


What the hell can it need 2GB of RAM for??
1 Like #21
No Idea but i have been doing some quotes in work on Dell Site and Vista Premium Requires that or so it says on the Site! If Premium needs this i'm worried what Ultimate needs! lol! I know it does a lot of Audio / Video Calculations! I suppose this could be the reasoning!
#22
karpy
No Idea but i have been doing some quotes in work on Dell Site and Vista Premium Requires that or so it says on the Site! If Premium needs this i'm worried what Ultimate needs! lol! I know it does a lot of Audio / Video Calculations! I suppose this could be the reasoning!


I don't buy it, an operating system doesn't need excessive amounts of RAM per se, it's the applications you run that use the RAM

If you ask me, i think this is a stunt to increase the image of Vista as a high tech operating system, when in all probability it will be the same old crap from Microsoft with a new skin and a few gimmicky programs ;-)

Windows XP Media Center Edition - what did it amount to?

Windows XP Home Edition with the inclusion of a bog standard media program that's been cloned by every Tom, Dick and Harry
[mod]#23
MacNewbieInTraining
Hi Ray, Sorry for asking what is probably a daft question but how exactly does the 90 Day Service only warranty work. Does this mean that for the first 90 days Dell offer a collect and return warranty and the remainder of a 12 month warranty is Return to Base at the customers expense
Thank you.


That is correct :santa:
suspended#24
it dosent NEED 2gb of ram, but its highly recommended. with 1gb ram vista x64 uses 400mb+ in idle with 2gb of ram it uses approx 600mb ram as it knows its got more to play with.

buy ram seperately off ebay. i just bought 2gb ddr2 667 for my laptop for £105 delivered. will sell my 1gb for about £60.
#25
Jazon
I don't buy it, an operating system doesn't need excessive amounts of RAM per se, it's the applications you run that use the RAM

If you ask me, i think this is a stunt to increase the image of Vista as a high tech operating system, when in all probability it will be the same old crap from Microsoft with a new skin and a few gimmicky programs ;-)

Windows XP Media Center Edition - what did it amount to?

Windows XP Home Edition with the inclusion of a bog standard media program that's been cloned by every Tom, Dick and Harry


i would suggest you try it before slating it ;-)

and as perople have already said, 2Gb is a recommended amount not mandated. the biggest ask of the system for Vista is the video card and even then Vista effectively 'throttles' how much eye candy you get if you dont have a beast of a video card...
#26
I have been running RC1 and RC2 of Vista in my office for a while it is kinda beefy! My own PC has 4GB of RAM so can not tell you if 2GB is going to make a difference! I will be able to tell people more about the final release as I am due all copies within the next 2 weeks! I am still gunning for Ultimate! As stated its the Video Card thats the big deal with Vista! as Dell are giving incompatibility turn ups with 1gb with a required upgrade to 2gb and i know dell have been running Vista testing for around 3-4 months they must have an inclanation of whats good and whats not maybe they think performance levels suffer with just 1gb of RAM and this is their way of sorting this out!
#27
dt_matthews
i would suggest you try it before slating it ;-)

and as perople have already said, 2Gb is a recommended amount not mandated. the biggest ask of the system for Vista is the video card and even then Vista effectively 'throttles' how much eye candy you get if you dont have a beast of a video card...


Yeah just like i tried all the Windows operating systems ;-)

And if you have a 'beast' of a video card, it's likely to have an extra 512Mb of RAM onboard so tell me why it needs 2.5GB of DDR2 Dual Channel RAM? What are doing here 'Project Home Supercomputer'?
#28
i have this laptop but with
AMD Turion Mk-36 (2.00Ghz)
80GD hard drive
9 cell battery

only upgrades from the core version cost me £420 about 2 months ago but looks a very good deal had no problems with it so far
#29
I'm planning on buying a laptop around the 8th (student loan time), my budget was £500 and this has the exact specs as I was looking for.

Trouble is, the free delivery deal runs out on the 3rd...which has left me wondering; how does the 0% finance stuff work as advertised in some papers? Basically I was wondering whether I could take advantage of this deal now and pay it all off on the 8th (ish) without it costing anymore...
[mod]#30
If you have a credit card order on that as they dont actually take the money until you have taken delivery, it also takes Dell around 5-7 days from order to delivery so you should just be in time.
#31
If I hadn't maxed my credit card out I would have taken that sensible option. :(
#32
Jazon
Yeah just like i tried all the Windows operating systems ;-)

And if you have a 'beast' of a video card, it's likely to have an extra 512Mb of RAM onboard so tell me why it needs 2.5GB of DDR2 Dual Channel RAM? What are doing here 'Project Home Supercomputer'?

Actually the average middle of the Road PC now comes with 2GB of RAM as standard! Thats fact i do mountains of orders for the company i work for! Maybe it will just utilise this! As everyone knows top spec laptops are always a generation and a half behind the top spec PC's it takes time to shrink the components down while holding cost effectiveness this goes for every single component making a £500 laptop less of a comodity than a £500 pc bought on the very same day from the same dealer!
#33
dean_brfc ring them up on the 8th and say you want free delivery thats what i did and they did it shows they are desperate :D
#34
Under the choose accessories for this laptop, you can choose one of 2 wifi cards for no difference in price.. Can someone explain the difference with them please, or which one would be best.

Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless Mini Card18 [Included in Price]

Dell Wireless 1490 Dual Band 802.11a/b/g 54Mbps Mini-PCI Wireless Card33 add £0.00

(This is a great forum thanks everyone, I've lurked for ages but I really am tempted to buy this laptop just not sure about which of these cards)
#35
The 1490 can connect to 802.11a networks as well but they are not too common, best to get it anyway since it's free :P
#36
The graphics card may look good on the surface at 256mb, but on benchmark tests it looks pretty poor! It comes second bottom in the list of cards tested here.

:pirate: CJ :pirate:
#37
Those benchmarks aren't in order it seems, looks like the 1150 wipes the floor with the usual laptop offering of the intel )GMA) 900 and 950 :)
1 Like #38
Robotochan
Those benchmarks aren't in order it seems, looks like the 1150 wipes the floor with the usual laptop offering of the intel )GMA) 900 and 950 :)

And so it should! I would hardly use the phrase wipe the floor though!

:pirate: CJ :pirate:

EDIT: ATI Radeon Xpress 1150....Performance class 5

These graphic processors can show only older games fluently. Current games can only be presented with substantially reduced details.

It's in the same performance class as my 5 year old 32MB Ge Force 4!
#39
Can you please any one tell ? what will exact price after using all ocde/promot
#40
Comparitively (don't know if that's a word...) wipe the floor :P
3DMarks 2001 | 2003 | 2005 Benchmarks are:
ATI Xpress 1150 | [COLOR="Lime"]5500[/COLOR] | [COLOR="Lime"]1500[/COLOR] | [COLOR="Lime"]720[/COLOR]
Intel (GMA) 900 | [COLOR="Orange"]4000[/COLOR] | [COLOR="Red"]0900[/COLOR] | [COLOR="Red"]200[/COLOR]
Intel (GMA) 950 | [COLOR="Red"]1300[/COLOR] | [COLOR="Orange"]1300[/COLOR] | [COLOR="Orange"]450[/COLOR]

It's like back in the days when the newest graphics card came out and it was a thousand points more than the latest voodoo :D

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