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Dell XPS 1530 at Curry's/PC World

philjohno Avatar
8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
I'm after a bit of advice before purchasing a Dell XPS 1530 from either the Dell website or Curry's/PC World.
I was about to purchase a Dell XPS 1530 from the official Dell website, but stumbled across, what looks like a far superior spec Dell XPS 1530 from Curry's/PC World, for not alot more dosh!
The specs on the Dell website are very comprehensive, whereas the specs on the Curry's/PC World site are basic to say the least!
Anyhow, the specs and prices for the two laptops are as follows:

Dell XPS M1530 from Dell (£649):
Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor T5800 (2.00GHz, 800Mhz FSB, 2MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1- English
15.4" Widescreen WXGA (1280x800) TFT Display (220nits) with TrueLife
NVIDIA® GeForce Go 8600M GT with 256MB dedicated graphic memory
3072MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x2048+1x1024]
250GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
Fixed 8x DVD+/-RW Slim Slot Load drive, including SW
1Yr XPS Premium Warranty Support - Priority Call In and Onsite Support

Dell XPS 1530 from Curry's (£699):
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7250
(2.0 GHz, 800 MHz, 2 MB Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium
4 GB Memory
250 GB Hard Drive
Blu-ray ReWriter drive
15.4" TrueLife Widescreen Display
nVidia GeForce 8600M GT Graphics Card
dedicated 256 MB Graphics Memory
Wireless Enabled

As you can see from the specs the Curry's/PC World one has a Blue Ray, better Processor and a Gb more RAM. The only advantage the Dell one has appears to be the 1Yr premiumwarranty.
I just find it hard to believe that Currys/PC World can offer so much more for £50, especially as if I were to upgrade the first specs to the Curry's specs the laptop on the Dell site would cost in excess of £900!
Any help would be really appreciated.
Thanks in advance
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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
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#1
you got it in one, the warrenty is supposed to be the killer value, only you can decide if it is or not
#2
maddogb
you got it in one, the warrenty is supposed to be the killer value, only you can decide if it is or not

Thanks madog. If thats the only difference then? In my opinion no 1 Yr Warranty is worth £200!
#3
philjohno
Thanks madog. If thats the only difference then? In my opinion no 1 Yr Warranty is worth £200!


The processor is slower in the second one (currys/dixons) but it is better in other areas..
#4
timothyw9
The processor is slower in the second one (currys/dixons) but it is better in other areas..

To upgrade the processor on the dell website to the curry's one costs an extra £69.99!
Are you sure it's slower/inferior?
#5
philjohno
To upgrade the processor on the dell website to the curry's one costs an extra £69.99!
Are you sure it's slower/inferior?


according to the published specs the bios is running the diff processors at the same speed so not convinced a faster processor underclocked is any value at all
#6
Hmmmm. bluray writer and more ram for £50? Get the Currys one! Although there are issues withe 8600 cards that may need an extended warranty, though i'm not sure if dell are now covering that with a part specific free warranty extension.. Either way its a nice price for this laptop (though this is due to the release of the new model xps due any day now) and personally i would go for the currys deal..
#7
actually i take it back, the pcworld/currys version of this laptop has an 8600 GS not an 8600 GT card.. the GS sucks! compared to the GT model ..if you intend a lot of gaming on this laptop go for the GT equipped model..
#8
Beefnoodlez
Hmmmm. bluray writer and more ram for £50? Get the Currys one! Although there are issues withe 8600 cards that may need an extended warranty, though i'm not sure if dell are now covering that with a part specific free warranty extension.. Either way its a nice price for this laptop (though this is due to the release of the new model xps due any day now) and personally i would go for the currys deal..

Thanks for the reply.
I wasn't aware that Dell were about to introduce a new model XPS.
I might wait for that one. Is there a release date for these new models?
#9
Beefnoodlez
actually i take it back, the pcworld/currys version of this laptop has an 8600 GS not an 8600 GT card.. the GSsucks! compared to the GT model

The one in-store has the GT version, so no dramas there.
#10
Before the end of the year, not sure exactly when, but thats why these are so cheap.. when i was looking at getting an xps a few months ago it would have cost you more than a grand for the currys spec one ..with the gt that is, i cant stress enough the difference between the gs and gt, especially in the dell models with the ddr3 gt..
#11
i'd check on the free extended warranty for the graphics card first though, as i'm pretty sure dell are offering that as standard now because of all the problems with the 8 series mobile gpu's. That makes the curry's model even more attractive as this extended warranty would apply to that too..
#12
Beefnoodlez
Before the end of the year, not sure exactly when, but thats why these are so cheap.. when i was looking at getting an xps a few months ago it would have cost you more than a grand for the currys spec one ..with the gt that is, i cant stress enough the difference between the gs and gt, especially in the dell models with the ddr3 gt..

Cheers Beefnoodlez, I'll confirm that the graphics card is the GT and not the GS before purchasing. The curry's website states it's the GS, however the one in store states GT?? And I'll give dell a call to check on the graphics card warranty. Once again thanks!
#13
No worries dude, enjoy your xps, they are very good laptops..

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