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Choose the 160Gig hard drive upgrade to drop the price!!

Reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings too!

305-N11646 - £501.48 delivered
Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor T5500 (1.66 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 (incl Symantec PC Restore Recovery)
15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
512MB 533MHz Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM (1x512)
120GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW with Software
Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory
6 Cell, 56Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery
56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter
Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini PCI Wireless LAN Card for Core 2 Duo Processors
Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD Audio- Trial Version
Microsoft® Works 8.5 - English
Network Assist - 90 Day Trial
Resource CD - contains Diagnostics and Drivers
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#1
Hi Mike- are you sure it's a misprice? ;-)

I wouldn't want to be "too" cynical, but I sometimes wonder whether Dell do this sort of thing on purpose, to generate a few sales. £500 for a 15.4 inch laptop? Seems reasonable.

Tim
[mod]#2
Its a misprice to be sure, 160gig laptop hard drives are an upgrade not a £47 discount freebee ;)
#3
Yeah I noticed that as well MikeT, seems a good deal with the upgrade to vista as well pity it was 1gig of memory though.
[mod]#4
Just had to buy one ;-)

At least the memory is 1 strip of 512meg, easy upgrade from Crucial too.
#5
MikeT
Just had to buy one ;-)

At least the memory is 1 strip of 512meg, easy upgrade from Crucial too.


Just checked too - just short of £50 for the 512Mb - much cheaper than Dell. Probably worth upgrading the battery for the extra £11 though.
#6
Watch out for the shared graphics. Game performance will be terrible. Upgrading is only possible with specified dell parts so best to buy at start. I'm saying this from experience because I bought a 9300 in December with an 64MB ATI card (not even shared graphics) and the game performance was poor. Had to really search around to get a better card (GEForce 6800) and it was a real pain to install (remove screen, keyboard etc.)

Also, I might just be clumsy, but I have always used my warranty. With laptops they are pretty important.
#7
Clicked on link and price is £725 (-£47) unless I missed something
[mod]#8
Reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings too!


Then click the larger hard drive.
#9
gekkoa
Clicked on link and price is £725 (-£47) unless I missed something


You need to reduce the warranty.
#10
gekkoa
Clicked on link and price is £725 (-£47) unless I missed something


Reduce service to collect and return. Ooops too slow :)
#11
Anyone know what the 6400 screen is like for using outside?
[mod]#12
Like all laptops I have tried ok till the sun gets to it ;-)
#13
Your playing with fire reducing warranty on Dells! Had so many bad experiences with them through work, plus there is a known problem with their motherboards (if you ever speak to Dell Business support they'll ask you to check for raised capacitors on the motherboard). Put me off them for life!

Im an IT Engineer by the way.
[mod]#14
Everyone has an opinion, but I think your being just a bit broad spectrum and harsh, if they were that bad I think I would have had some feedback from the many I have sold and the ones I still use and I doubt Dell would still be No1 seller in the UK either.
if you ever speak to Dell support they'll ask you to check for raised capacitors on the motherboard

I very much doubt that dell support are going to ask a customer to strip their laptop down to even be able to see the motherboard ;-)

Its a bit like saying dont buy dell because their batteries catch fire, very few did and they recalled every one in the batch to be sure of halting the problem.
My personal opinion, great value for money as long as you pick the best deals each week.
[mod]#15
magicplastic
Well done MikeT, you have eagle eyes


I cant take the credit for spotting that one, a friend of mine pinpointed that for us today:thumbsup:
#16
If you don't get the 3 year warranty (i.e. you set it to 1 yr CAR) then will probably phone you a week or so later offering you the 3 yr warranty for half price - at least thats what they did for me.
[mod]#17
Or Dellcare phone you a week or two before its due to expire and offer it even cheaper ;-)
#18
MikeT

Its a bit like saying dont buy dell because their batteries catch fire,


And in fairness, they didn't even make the batteries.
#19
Even before the mis price this looked like a decent deal.
#20
mikeyp
Your playing with fire reducing warranty on Dells! Had so many bad experiences with them through work, plus there is a known problem with their motherboards (if you ever speak to Dell support they'll ask you to check for raised capacitors on the motherboard). Put me off them for life!

Im an IT Engineer by the way.


i agree with everything mikeT replied regarding your post, plus can i ask, how are you playing with fire reducing the warranty on this laptop?

Dell up the warranty on the the first screen to a 3 year one, all you are doing is reducing it back the standard 1 year collect and return. How is that playing with fire?

And sorry, but there is no way that Dell is going to ask a private individual to strip down their laptop to the motherboard and check for raised capacitors...
#21
Also, regarding Dell Laptops build quality, i can honestly say my last one felt bullet proof!

I left it on a number of times overnight and took it with me to Uni and it showed no sign of wear.
#22
MikeT
Everyone has an opinion, but I think your being just a bit broad spectrum and harsh, if they were that bad I think I would have had some feedback from the many I have sold and the ones I still use and I doubt Dell would still be No1 seller in the UK either.

I very much doubt that dell support are going to ask a customer to strip their laptop down to even be able to see the motherboard ;-)

Its a bit like saying dont buy dell because their batteries catch fire, very few did and they recalled every one in the batch to be sure of halting the problem.
My personal opinion, great value for money as long as you pick the best deals each week.


They do ask Business customers to check, I kno they've asked me to do it but that was for a desktop! In the case of laptops they just send an Engineer out to replace em. They wont ask home customers your right.

As for it not being their fault, well it is really cos they are goin for the cheapest manufacturers for their parts e.g. batteries!!! One of the reason they can offer ridiculously cheap laptops. All I'm saying is cheapest is not always the best. Dont NOT buy it because what I have said tho if you want it ;)

Good find in any case.

p.s. as for the motherboard thing thats just one thing I have noticed that only happens with Dells and I have not experienced this with other brands.
My conclusion is they are using really cheap motherboards on their products.
#23
pgilc1
i agree with everything mikeT replied regarding your post, plus can i ask, how are you playing with fire reducing the warranty on this laptop?

Dell up the warranty on the the first screen to a 3 year one, all you are doing is reducing it back the standard 1 year collect and return. How is that playing with fire?

And sorry, but there is no way that Dell is going to ask a private individual to strip down their laptop to the motherboard and check for raised capacitors...


I will back Mikeyp on this, like he stated he is an IT engineer...hence why they asked him to check (wether they will ask the generall public todo it, i dont know, but i wouldnt put it past the tech support). like him we have had a number of laptops/desktops from Dell with all very simular issues IE raised capacitors on the mobo. As for the Warranty issue, 1 year is not along time and not to have carepack/warranty after 12 months is playing with fire..investing any amount of money in a product i would want it to last longer than 12 months!!

But like Mike said...its an opinion!!:thumbsup:
#24
had to get one at that price :)

everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the fact remains a good 99% of people will rather reduce the overpriced warranty to 1 year than pay out a daft amount for a warranty that really isnt the best in the first place. id rather claim on my house insurance if something went wrong with it :roll:
#25
They may well ask IT Engineers to do these checks thats fine, however the poster did say 'if you ever speak to Dell support they'll ask you to check for raised capacitors on the motherboard' and that is simply not the case for private individuals and that needed to be clarified.

Also buying a laptop with a one year collect and return warranty is not 'playing with fire' and is better than quite a few of the warranties you get on the high street with laptops.

As some of the more experienced Dell purchasers know and have posted, its does work out cheaper to wait until dell contact you with an extended warranty offer.
#26
If I upgrade tis laptop to a 256 x1400 grapics card will it run world of warcraft and sims 2 ?
#27
pgilc1
They may well ask IT Engineers to do these checks thats fine, however the poster did say 'if you ever speak to Dell support they'll ask you to check for raised capacitors on the motherboard' and that is simply not the case for private individuals and that needed to be clarified.

Also buying a laptop with a one year collect and return warranty is not 'playing with fire' and is better than quite a few of the warranties you get on the high street with laptops.

As some of the more experienced Dell purchasers know and have posted, its does work out cheaper to wait until dell contact you with an extended warranty offer.


Edited original post ;)
I wouldnt pay for the extra warranty either!!!
#28
What is the battery life on this?
Is it pretty thin?
Is this the new technology?
[mod]#29
Welcome to the forums pinkpanther200.

I have the 256meg option on my 6400 which is a 2Ghz core2duo and I only have one game I play (sad I know) Far cry runs at high quality on that at 1280x768x32bit and I am very pleased with it. I also have an Inspiron 6000 with 128meg graphics and that runs far cry very nicely too.
Your games I cant personally comment on as I dont have them. HTH.
#30
pinkpanther200
If I upgrade tis laptop to a 256 x1400 grapics card will it run world of warcraft and sims 2 ?


W00t w00t Alliance For The Win:thumbsup: !!!!
[mod]#31
c00li0
What is the battery life on this?
Is it pretty thin?
Is this the new technology?


Full product details here

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspn_6400?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

My standard battery gives around 3hrs general use, you should get up to 5hrs from the 9 cell extra capacity one, it all depends on what you are doing.
#32
Fonz ??what do you mean.

Another question, will the proccessor size affect the ability of the laptop to run these games?

Price is 612 with graphics card upgrade, is this a good deal?
[mod]#33
pinkpanther200, yes its still a good deal with the upgraded graphics, the cpu will not be very stressed at all with far cry and I'm guessing sims 2 will stress it even less, the other game I dont know about but I will stick my neck out and say it will be fine as these latest cpu's are pretty powerful all round.
#34
thanks mike T I think I will just go for it

World of warcraft is an online RPG which has been about for a year I dont know too much about it
#35
how does it work, i cliked on the link and the price is £725??
#36
pinkpanther200
If I upgrade tis laptop to a 256 x1400 grapics card will it run world of warcraft and sims 2 ?


I run a 1.66 Dual Core with a 256mb X1600. Absolutely no problem running the following:
Half-Life 2, Doom 3, GTR2 - High Settings
Company of Heroes, F.E.A.R, Dark Messiah, BF2142 - Medium Settings
(based on 1280x800 resolution).

Admittedly I have 1gig of RAM and didn't really benchmark things before I upgraded. Don't foresee any problem with you running Sims 2 and WOW on an X1400 though - Though WOW will certainly benefit from 1gig RAM based on computers I have run it on in the past.
#37
will it be upgradeable to 1gig ram at a later time if needed?
#38
sarbjeet_
how does it work, i cliked on the link and the price is £725??


You could always read the OP and find out for ya self... but as you cant be bothered...

Drop the warranty to 1 year and Up the HDD to 160GB.

MikeT
Choose the 160Gig hard drive upgrade to drop the price!!

Reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings too
[mod]#39
sarbjeet_
how does it work, i cliked on the link and the price is £725??

Choose the 160Gig hard drive upgrade to drop the price!!

Reduce the warranty to minimum and buy via Quidco for further cashback savings too!


You must read all of the deal post before clicking :thumbsup:
#40
pinkpanther200
will it be upgradeable to 1gig ram at a later time if needed?


Absolutely...a 5 minute job.

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