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Dell Laptop Advice

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banned8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Hi. I'm looking to buy a Dell Laptop and i'm waiting for a voucher to be release so i can get a discount.

However, i'm not entirely sure which of the Laptop options would be best to suit my needs and i was hoping someone here could give some advice.

I'll being doing a lot of typing and moving around so a 15" screen is the best option. One concern i have about the screen is that i do a lot of photo editing (Photoshop, lightroom) so i think that getting a screen upgrade is probably a sensible idea - one up from the 1200 x 800 screen.

I'm not a big gamer but still play the occaisional game so a dedicated gfx card is a must. And i'd like 3Gb of RAM - to help keep the laptop speedy.

My budget is ~£650-700

Any ideas?

Thanks!
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banned8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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banned#1
What makes you think I will sell you my laptop lol

why dont you look into the 3GB sony options PC pro has actually rated them pretty high or do you like my brand ?
#2
It seems like you've got a good idea of what you need, I definitely agree with your choice of going for a higher resolution screen for photo editing as I find it very useful to show the original picture in more detail as well as more space for the various toolbars. 3GB ram is also reasonable as photo editing applications can chew through ram especially when you're working on one for a few hours although I'd bear in mind that ram is normally very easy to upgrade so I wouldn't pay over the odds for it with Dell. If you find a good deal on a package with low ram don't disregard it as you can buy the ram you need it and fit it to the machine.

The Inspiron 1525 has no dedicated graphics card option which knocks it out, the XPS M1530 is almost within budget - it comes with the 3GB ram and 8400, it's 20 pounds to go up to 1440x900 and 40 pounds or so for the 8600 graphics card. You can go all the way up to 1920x1200, personally I found this resolution fantastic for a 15.4 inch one but many people find it too much for the size of the screen.

There are deals on the XPS M1530 so it's worth keeping an eye out for them, I'd also check over the Outlet as there are often great deals to be had there but patience is required.

John
#3
Are you used to typing on a laptop? Their keyboards generally aren't as good as desktop ones so if you've never used one before it might be worth making sure you get a good one. I've not had any experience of the dell laptops though so I'm not sure what they're like keyboard-wise.
banned#4
Yes, i like *your* brand......:roll:

I've typed on my gf's laptop quite a bit and i havn't had too much trouble. I'll be typing my thesis so the laptop is likely to spend a lot of time at a desk and i'm hanging onto my TFT monitor and keyboard if i find it too difficult. (I should have said, i'm replacing my desktop with a laptop as space has become a premium.)

Looking at the Dell website i can get an XPS 1510 for just over my budget. Unfortunatley there arnt any codes at the moment, is it worth trying to get someone at Dell Cust. Services to give me a deal/diso****? (is this possible?).

One other thing, the XPS line has a long delay on the 6 cell battery and i can get the 9 cell for no additional cost. How does the 9-cell look in this laptop tho?

Cheers again
#5
I've heard you can barter over the phone with Dell :)
#6
EndlessWaves
Are you used to typing on a laptop? Their keyboards generally aren't as good as desktop ones so if you've never used one before it might be worth making sure you get a good one. I've not had any experience of the dell laptops though so I'm not sure what they're like keyboard-wise.


Depends on your preference, I prefer laptop keyboards due to their flat layout and short key travel.

John
#7
Check out DmxDimension - they also list available coupons and discount vouchers, as well as all the e-value codes.
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wezard
Yes, i like *your* brand......:roll:

I've typed on my gf's laptop quite a bit and i havn't had too much trouble. I'll be typing my thesis so the laptop is likely to spend a lot of time at a desk and i'm hanging onto my TFT monitor and keyboard if i find it too difficult. (I should have said, i'm replacing my desktop with a laptop as space has become a premium.)

Looking at the Dell website i can get an XPS 1510 for just over my budget. Unfortunatley there arnt any codes at the moment, is it worth trying to get someone at Dell Cust. Services to give me a deal/diso****? (is this possible?).

One other thing, the XPS line has a long delay on the 6 cell battery and i can get the 9 cell for no additional cost. How does the 9-cell look in this laptop tho?

Cheers again


Yes, it definitely is worth trying since your close to your budget, you can often squeeze small upgrades in that price range.

John
banned#9
**UPDATE**

Did a little haggling/bartering and i've ended up with a deal i pretty happy with.

I've got an XPS 1530 on its way for £689 with:

T8100 C2D CPU (2.1GHz 3Mb L2 cache)
1440x900 screen
3Gb RAM
320Gb HDD
8600 356Mb GT Gfx card
9 cell battery (i've heard this sticks out a bit but i'm not concerned)

Overall i'm happy, disappointed i couldn't wangle a free bag as well. The saleswoman on the phone began to get a little annoyed with my persistance and DID offer a plastic (supermarket) carrier bag if i wanted.

Good deal? I reckon so. :whistling:

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