High-spec laptop: C2D T5600@1.83GHz, 1024MB RAM, 120GB, ATi X1600, 17", £699.99 - HotUKDeals
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For those who missed the Acer 5685WLMi from Comet this makes a very tempting alternative.

A quick processor, good graphics, decent hard drive, and a very nice screen. As with all laptops in this price range you're paying for the graphics.

Screen 17" X-Brite 1440 x 900 Widescreen
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz
Memory 1024MB DDR2 667Mhz RAM
Hard Drive 120gb SATA
Optical Drive 16x Dual Format +/- DVD Burner
Chipset Intel 945GM Chipset
Graphics Chipset ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 256MB PCI Express Graphics
Modem 56K Modem
FireWire 1 x 1394 Firewire Port
Sound 7.1 Azalia High Definition Audio
Networking 54A/B/G Wireless LAN & Gigabit LAN
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#2
If you're willing to spend that bit extra. Then this might be a good alternative as well.

I'm not pasting in the link because it seems whenever I post messages with hyperlinks or pictures in, they take like three hours to be moderated and appear.

It's the Dell Inspiron XPS M1210 Evalue code: N04X26

It has these specs:

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7200 (2.0 GHz, 4 MB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium - English
Premium XPS Service, 2 Year (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)
12.1" WXGA (1280x800) TFT Display with TrueLife™ and integrated 1.3 mega pixel web cam
2048MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x1024)
120GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory
8X DVD+/-RW with Software, including software
6 Cell, 53Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery


Plus the standard free printer Dell are offering. It's £949 (I upgraded the RAM to faster speed to make it £960) but if you use this voucher code L23XRVXCNDPWCW, it comes down to £860 including delivery.

However, I called up to see what I could negotiate on it and I managed to get them to do free delivery which brought it down to £800 and then knock off another £50 to bring it down to £750. Quote SKY PERKS when you call to receive the voucher discount from above.

I didn't agree to the offer over the phone simply because I didn't want to spend £750 on a laptop (I'm looking at spending £600 =/) but still a damn good offer if you're willing to pay that bit extra. I didn't really haggle with them all that much so it might be possible to get some more knocked off. I was never going to get it down to £650 or below though so I didn't bother trying.
#3
Scriptor...the Dell has pretty basic shared graphics whereas the Op's has a dedicated 256 mb Radeon X1600 that will play most games at max settings..yes the Dell has a better CPU, 2gb of Ram but appears rather expensive IMO...still it's horses for courses and the Dell may well be the preferred buy for some.
#4
The Dell is also a sub-notebook though which is why that price is so good. If it wasn't then yes I would have to agree with you.
#5
Sorry for the double post, the edit button is being fussy with me for some reason.

To add on that last point. It would cost an extra £94 to give the Dell the equivalent graphics card. That creates a difference of £144 between the two.

I'd be very surprised if you could upgrade the initial Acer to 2048mb Ram and the Processor to the same as the Dell for less than £144. Let alone find a sub-notebook equivalent that does that for the same price.
#6
Both are good laptops - for different markets.

One is a desktop replacment the other is an ultra portable.
#7
Scriptor
Sorry for the double post, the edit button is being fussy with me for some reason.

To add on that last point. It would cost an extra £94 to give the Dell the equivalent graphics card. That creates a difference of £144 between the two.

I'd be very surprised if you could upgrade the initial Acer to 2048mb Ram and the Processor to the same as the Dell for less than £144. Let alone find a sub-notebook equivalent that does that for the same price.


sorry to intervene again...but the graphics upgrade on the Dell is the Gforce 7400...which is not in the same league as the Radeon X1600..you'd need a gforce 7600 to compete.

Anyway as you say it's portability that will sell the Dell and it will appeal if that's want you require.
#8
Before you buy anything from Novatech, rather phone them first to check whether they have all the items in stock. Their website isn't very transparent in this regard. I have ordered an PC and eight days after the order was place and my credit card charged, they still missed some components according to their online tracking service.

Don't buy from them if your purchase is urgent.

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