£329 Dell Inspiron 15, 15.6" Display,Dual Core T4200, 3GB RAM, 250GB HDD, DVD+/-RW, Vista Premium
327°Expired

£329 Dell Inspiron 15, 15.6" Display,Dual Core T4200, 3GB RAM, 250GB HDD, DVD+/-RW, Vista Premium

30
Found 12th Mar 2009Made hot 12th Mar 2009
Inspiron 15 Ecode N0354502 (Price drop today from £349 to £329 !)

Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor T4200 (2.0GHz, 800MHz, 1MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1
Black Colour with Matte Finish
15.6" Widescreen WXGA CCFL (1366 x 768) TFT Display with TrueLife
3072MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x2048 + 1x1024]
250GB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
Intel Integrated GMA 4500MHD
DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
4-cell 24WHr Li-Ion primary battery
Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g)
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB 1 year
65W AC Adaptor
1Yr Limited Warranty - Collect & Return

This has been posted before but with the price of £349 and I think it deserved a new post !

Also I thought I'd mention that you can upgrade this deal to include the 1.3MP Webcam for a total price of £359 which is cheaper than Dell's advertised 'Deal Of The Day' for the Inspiron 15 of the same specification !

30 Comments

Banned

good price, add £50 for core 2 duo

Original Poster

You can also select the Pacific blue color with custom high-gloss finish for £0.00

I bought the same laptop in pink with the integrated webcam for £339.99 in currys. They are selling it at £349.99 with the integrated laptop, but when i said i could get it cheaper online elsewhere using discount codes with free delivery too the manager offered to take £10 off the price if I bought it that day.

Its worth chancing it in big shops like that, They try to tell you that these places take forever to deliver, but i said i wasnt in a rush for it anyway

bargainsgalore;4618044

good price, add £50 for core 2 duo



can u please explain in detail difference between dual cre and core to duo,it always confuse me.thans

Hot

Bought one this morning

Core 2 Duo is the more recent and faster CPU [Central Processing Unit]

Dual Core also has 2 cores but will not be quite as quick, usually it is only a few more pounds for the CORE 2 DUO

- always look for the '2' in the description and you know you have the faster chip.

However, if you are only using the Laptop to surf the internet and play a few Movies or CD's or indeed do office or course work then either chip will accomplish the task with ease.

My seven year old dell manages to stream the football down from the internet and play it on an LCD TV with no problems at all so anything modern will be suffice, if you want to play the latest games then this laptop is not going to cut the mustard.

I would not pay big money, say and extra £50 for the Core 2 Duo option unless I needed the laptop to be a lot quicker.

Hope that this helps a bit...

its coming up at £348.99, is there an option you are supposed to tick to reduce the cost?

rahat78;4619076

can u please explain in detail difference between dual cre and core to … can u please explain in detail difference between dual cre and core to duo,it always confuse me.thans



If you remember the difference between budget, performance & cutting edge processors.

Think 2000-2005 (All single core)
Budget: Celeron, Turion
Performance: Athlon 64, Pentium 4,
Cutting Edge: The performance derivatives (with + and FXs)

2005-Present (All Multi-core processors)
Budget: Pentium, Dual Core, Turion, Athlon 64 X2
Performance: Core 2 Duo, Phenom, Quad Duo
Cutting Edge: Core i7, Phenom (High end)

Buying a laptop PC can be a confusing experience - no matter how much you know about computers. Changing technology and complicated specifications often make finding the right laptop PC difficult. Our laptop computer guide helps you understand what to look for.

A laptop is a small portable computer that can run on batteries for short periods. Laptops used to be the reserve of businessmen and professionals, but as technology has developed and prices have come down, they are now a serious consideration over a desktop PC. Our laptop guide helps you understand the different types of laptop and what to look for in a new computer.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Why choose a laptop?
The main advantage of a laptop computer is that you can use it anywhere - depending on the weight of your chosen laptop of course. Most laptops are now capable of running for several hours on battery power and the very best can now run for 5-6 hours.

Perhaps the main disadvantage is that, aside from adding more memory, laptops are hard to upgrade, which makes it more important to choose the right model to begin with.

Buy a laptop from Tesco.com

Back to top


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Laptop terminology explained
One of the most difficult things to understand when buying a laptop computer is the terminology. Here is our guide to some of the key terms you'll encounter:

Processors
The processor (or CPU) is the brain of the machine, controlling all aspects of the laptop computer. Processors are made up of millions of tiny transistors that can process huge numbers of instructions per second. The speed of a processor is measured in Gigahertz (GHz).

There are two types of processor - Intel and AMD. Each manufacturer has different models for laptops:

Intel Celeron M - for basic tasks and performance
AMD Sempron Mobile - for basic tasks and performance
Intel Centrino Solo - General / high-end performance
AMD Athlon 64 Mobile - General / high-end performance
Intel Centrino Duo - High-end performance
AMD Turion 64 - High-end performance
Memory
Memory is temporary storage used by programs and files currently running on your computer. Memory is known as RAM, or Random Access Memory, and needs power to be able to store information. So, when your computer is switched off, the information is forgotten about. Memory or RAM is not to be confused with your hard drive; that's permanent storage for programs and files. Memory is measured in Megabytes (MB) and Gigabytes (GB).

Hard drive
Desktop computers generally offer more hard drive space than laptops. The size of your hard drive is important if you want to save lots of music and videos.

Optical drives
Optical drives are the tray drives in the front or side of a computer, similar to those found on your stereo or DVD player. Drives allow you to load and install software and write (or "burn") data to a disc. New computers usually have at least a CD-RW drive. Optical drives come in many formats:

CD-ROM - only reads CDs
CD-RW - Record and play CDs
DVD-ROM - reads CDs and DVDs
DVD RW - Record and play CDs and DVDs
DVD Dual Layer - Loads double DVD
Operating systems
An operating system is what allows you to use applications and generally access all of the information you have on your computer. By far the most popular operating system in the world is Microsoft Windows, the most recent of which is Microsoft Windows XP. All the laptops and desktop computers Tesco sell will have a windows operating system pre-installed.

Graphics cards
Graphics cards enable the laptop to display graphic information. They can either be integrated, or dedicated. Integrated graphics cards share memory with your laptop, as they do not have their own. Dedicated graphics cards on the other hand do have their own memory and operate faster and at higher quality. If you are looking for gameplay and video playback, make sure you get a laptop with a dedicated graphics card.

Connectivity
Laptops can link up with all of the same types of accessories that a desktop can. They have USB ports for easy connectivity to peripherals such as printers and webcams. Both laptops and desktops also include Ethernet ports for connecting to a wired network, and are likely to have a built-in modem for connecting to the Internet. You can also find PC cards that slot into the side of your laptop to provide wireless access, while some laptops have built in wireless antennae.

Buy a laptop from Tesco.com

Back to top


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

What will you use your laptop for?
Laptops differ in price and performance depending on what they're used for. For example, there is no point spending thousands on a state-of-the-art gaming computer if you only use it for occasional Internet browsing and word-processing. Laptops can be separated into three categories:

Budget laptops
Ultra portable / ultra thin and light laptops
Desktop replacement - Media and gaming laptops
Budget / home laptop computer
A budget laptop can still deliver surprisingly fast performance with a range of extra features. A good choice if you expect to only use your laptop for word-processing and simple applications, and don't have to carry it around too much.

You should look for:

A Celeron M or Sempron Mobile processor
128MB RAM
20GB hard drive
Integrated Graphics card
CD-RW Drive
14 inch display
Microsoft XP Home Edition
Ultra portable / ultra thin and light laptops
These compact laptops are ideal for the business traveller or for someone who is regularly on the move. Some of the smallest weigh less than two kilos; yet still offer good performance and memory.

You should look for:

Centrino Solo processor or Athlon 64 Mobile
256 MB RAM
Over 20GB hard drive
Windows XP Home or Professional
12-inch display
Wireless networking ready - also known as 802.11g
Desktop replacement / gaming / power use laptop
These are laptops for the most demanding users - but users that don't mind a larger size of computer. Desktop replacements are not designed for commuting or regular travel. Instead they can offer everything from digital TV recording and online gaming to video editing and MP3 storage. You can even buy widescreen laptops for playing DVDs. You'll need a larger hard drive to store all of your information.

You should look for:

Turion 64 or Centrino Duo
512MB - 1GB RAM
60GB - 120GB hard drive
Graphics card with 64 MB memory
15-inch display or larger
DVD-RW drive
Multimedia connections, including USB, FireWire and S-Video
Windows XP Professional

That links takes you to the laptop, but it's £349

coming up at £348.99 for me too.
Is this expired ?

Banned

I bought the 1525 2gb ram, 120gb hdd, core 2 duo 2.0ghz, vista premium, int webcam etc for £429 from Currys last November, not the best price in the world but i needed it quick.

this is the 1545 not the 1525 better laptop, although it dosent get good reviews

rahat78;4619076

can u please explain in detail difference between dual cre and core to … can u please explain in detail difference between dual cre and core to duo,it always confuse me.thans



In this laptop the Pentium Dual Core IS a Core 2 Duo, just with less cache (so a little slower).

Not worth the upgrade unless your doing lots of intensive stuff on the laptop imo.

I think that the other poster is getting the new Pentium Dual Core confused with the ****** old Pentium 4.

Clocks in at £348.99.

Appears that they are ramping the price up to it's RRP before they take off the £30 discount...

Want to buy one of these but tempted to go for the slightly higher spec'd one for just under £400 - would probably be worth it in the long run!

rahat78;4619076

can u please explain in detail difference between dual cre and core to … can u please explain in detail difference between dual cre and core to duo,it always confuse me.thans



A Core 2 Duo *is* a dual core processor.

Intel, confusingly, has several names for its processors. All of Intels' current processors are derived from the "core" architecture.

You have:
Celeron Dual Core
Pentium Dual Core
Core 2 Duo

All the current models on those lines are based on the same architecture, and simply move along and perform at different rates. A Pentium Dual Core processor can be a newer model than a Core 2 Duo, it depends on exactly what you are comparing.

All of them are dual core processors, what differentiates them is the processor speed (e.g. 1.5Ghz, 2Ghz, 2.2Ghz) and the cache size (built in memory on the processor - 512k, 1MB, 2MB etc...). Getting more technical, Intel also revises the microarchitecture and process for making the CPU, e.g. a 45nm chip vs a 65nm chip, which will generally run cooler temperature wise than a 65nm chip. There are also internal changes to try and get more performance out of it.

In most "value" laptops at the moment, you will see Intel chips based on the "Merom" core, built at 65nm. At the budget end, you have the "Merom-1M" (1MB cache), and is used in processors such as the Intel Pentium Dual Core T3200 (2Ghz, 667mhz FSB) and Pentium Dual Core T3400 (2.2Ghz, 667mhz FSB). You also have the "Merom-2m" (2MB cache... seeing the pattern? :)) which was used in the Core 2 Duo T5 and T7 series, e.g. Core 2 Duo T5250 (1.5Ghz, 667mhz FSB), Core 2 Duo T5750 (2Ghz, 667 FSB), Core 2 Duo T7250 (2Ghz, 800mhz FSB).
So, looking at that, the main difference between a Core 2 Duo T5750 and a Pentium Dual Core T3200 is that the Pentium Dual Core has 1MB of cache and the Core 2 Duo has 2MB. Both are based on exactly the same microarchitecture in the chip, performance will be very similar - nearly identical - in day to day tasks as they have the same speed (2Ghz) and FSB (667).

Moving forward, Intel released the Penryn core (a new microarchitecture) which you will see in laptops more and more - this an evolution of the Core architecture, and the chips are now smaller, built at 45nm rather than 65nm (so they are cheaper to build, can increase the speed, or lower temperatures, and they'll generally use less energy = longer battery life). The processors in this series are again very similar. You have the "Penryn-1M", which is used in the Pentium Dual Core T4200 (2Ghz, 800mhz FSB, and a 1MB cache). The next step up is "Penryn-2M", which i used in the Core 2 Duo T6400 (2Ghz, 800mhz FSB, 2MB cache) and Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2Ghz, 800mhz FSB, 2mb cache). Up from that is "Penryn-3M", used in the Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 (2.1Ghz, 800mhz FSB, 3MB cache) and Core 2 Duo T8300 (2.4Ghz, 800mhz, 3mb cache). Penryn then also gets more confusing with the "P" series of processors, the P7xxx and P8xxx - which are lower-voltage processors used in Centrino 2 laptops.

In terms of the Celeron Dual Cores, just like a Pentium Dual Core is the same as a Core 2 Duo with less cache, the Celeron Dual Core has less cache again (typical 512k, or, half a MB).

As I've just shown, Intel's naming scheme is a complete mess. The ONLY way to find out what processor is better is to initially look at the speed, front side bus (FSB) and cache size. After that, you need to find out what microarchitecture its built on (Penryn or Merom). As a quick summary, you will generally find the T3xxx, T5xxx, T6xxx and T7xxx in laptops at the lower end (£800) - take a look at the Dell XPS range for an example - it shows you "balanced" specifications which indicate the kind of progression you're likely to see.

Anyway, in conclusion and back to the original point, as you will see the processor in the default configuration of this laptop, the T4200, is based on the "Penryn-2M", it runs at 2Ghz, it has a 800mhz FSB, and it has 2MB cache. The upgrade option here, the T6400, is a "Penryn-3M", it runs at 2Ghz, it has a 800mhz FSB, and it has 3MB cache.

The ONLY difference between the two processors is the cache size. You are paying £50 for something you will not notice (the performance difference is negligble). The T4200 is not older than the T6400, they are both based on the same microarchitecture. I would therefore say it is a waste of time to upgrade the processor in this laptop.

[SIZE="1"]This is Copyright (C) 2009 Clipped Limited. Please do not reproduce without my permission![/SIZE]

Hot, heat and rep added.

ashmatuk;4619821

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/353160/dell-inspiron-1545-15-6-notebook-du/This is no different to this is it?



Same, this is just cheaper now

Same price when I click on it.

tubby20076;4619210

If you remember the difference between budget, performance & cutting edge … If you remember the difference between budget, performance & cutting edge processors.Think 2000-2005 (All single core)Budget: Celeron, TurionPerformance: Athlon 64, Pentium 4, Cutting Edge: The performance derivatives (with + and FXs)2005-Present (All Multi-core processors)Budget: Pentium, Dual Core, Turion, Athlon 64 X2Performance: Core 2 Duo, Phenom, Quad DuoCutting Edge: Core i7, Phenom (High end)



Nicely put, but I don't think I'd class the Phenom as high as Core i7. What I've seen of Core i7 so far walks all over the competition and previous generations.

So, ultimately, this has already been posted, never mind the B******S about ramping up the price as it was this price yesterday as well...

This deal appears to have changed. They listed it at £329 earlier but have now ramped it up by £30. So the £30 discount they've supposedly given is put on after raising the price by £30 from yesterdays price. I was seriously considering buying as well.

southwell65;4620010

So, ultimately, this has already been posted, never mind the B******S … So, ultimately, this has already been posted, never mind the B******S about ramping up the price as it was this price yesterday as well...




Southwell65 you utter chimp.... Wind your neck in. This was indeed 329 this morning as I bought 2. Hopefully I took the one you wanted. eeeejit:thumbsup:

jostopshot;4621879

Southwell65 you utter chimp.... Wind your neck in. This was indeed 329 … Southwell65 you utter chimp.... Wind your neck in. This was indeed 329 this morning as I bought 2. Hopefully I took the one you wanted. eeeejit:thumbsup:



Neck fully wound in... lol

tickedon;4619735

The ONLY difference between the two processors is the cache size. You are … The ONLY difference between the two processors is the cache size. You are paying £50 for something you will not notice (the performance difference is negligble). The T4200 is not older than the T6400, they are both based on the same microarchitecture. I would therefore say it is a waste of time to upgrade the processor in this laptop.[SIZE="1"]This is Copyright (C) 2009 Clipped Limited. Please do not reproduce without my permission![/SIZE]



Well there is another difference. The T4200 is M0 stepping and the T6400 is newer R0 stepping.

Also if you read the site rules anything you write on here is now hotukdeals!

Ps That also could be considered self promotion.:)

Thanks for deal

theres something dodgy about Dells pricing here if you go via a dell search on google and click inspiron 15 the price starts at £369 with a rrp £79.99 higher - this puts me off companies when i see this - i was tempted at £329 but ill hold off for now

GAVINLEWISHUKD;4623163

Well there is another difference. The T4200 is M0 stepping and the T6400 … Well there is another difference. The T4200 is M0 stepping and the T6400 is newer R0 stepping.



The Intel site seems to be devoid of any details on the T4200 (like many of their other new processors.. its beginning to annoy me!), are you sure it's the M0 stepping? The T3200 is M0 and 65nm, but, T4200 is one of the newer 45nm chips - so I'd expect R0 on it.

Also if you read the site rules anything you write on here is now … Also if you read the site rules anything you write on here is now hotukdeals!Ps That also could be considered self promotion.:)



There's nothing about them owning anyones posts in the rules when you register. And regardless, as I've posted that elsewhere before and simply updated it for this thread, they couldn't claim Copyright over it anyway.

Hi,

I have a friedn who ordered one of these, but due to a complication over the invoice / delivery address and the registered card address it did not get fulfilled.

The person still wants this offer, but explained it to the dell customer services, who admitted it was there fault, but could not honour the price.

Any ideas on how to still achieve the price?
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text