Dell Inspiron 17 5000 (i7-8550U, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1TB HD, 17.3" Full HD screen) £799 - £699 after cashback @ Dell
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Dell Inspiron 17 5000 (i7-8550U, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1TB HD, 17.3" Full HD screen) £799 - £699 after cashback @ Dell

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Edited by:"Genki"Found 7th Nov
A meaty computer if you're not a gamer...
- 8th gen i7-8550U processor (that's a 4-core chip, unlike the 7th gen i7-7500U, and much faster)
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB SSD
- 1TB HDD
- 17.3" Full HD IPS screen
- AMD Radeon 530 graphics (4GB GDDR5 memory)
- DVD writer

The price of the system is £799, but there's a cashback offer running until 22 November that lets you claim £100 back. More info on the cashback offer...
dell.com/lea…=mn

THIS DEAL IS NOT OVER £799, SO DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR THE CASHBACK
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I'm a big fan of dell and have purchased 8 in the last decade. I have also experienced them as business machines. The only Dell I would not recommend was a previous 17" inspiron. The build quality was lacking, battery life feeble, lacked gigabit Ethernet and had a poor keyboard. Reading reviews on this version, nothing much has changed. Although it appears good value, it has been built to a price. I would look elsewhere.

Unless you really need a laptop now, it's a bad time to buy with Black Friday being only a few weeks away.

I got the "slow" i7 7500u version from THIS! Thread last year from John Lewis for £449 with 3 year warranty, so at £250 more albeit with a small capacity SSD it doesn't look like great value.

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Uncommon.Sense17 m ago

Unless you really need a laptop now, it's a bad time to buy with Black …Unless you really need a laptop now, it's a bad time to buy with Black Friday being only a few weeks away.I got the "slow" i7 7500u version from THIS! Thread last year from John Lewis for £449 with 3 year warranty, so at £250 more albeit with a small capacity SSD it doesn't look like great value.



I don't think you can really compare a laptop without an SSD and a 40% slower processor. They're effectively not in the same category speed-wise.

As for your point about Black Friday, you may well be right... but I wonder how many vendors will be falling over themselves to discount laptops with a brand new chip that still seems to be in limited supply at the moment?

On the other hand, I would expect it to be raining i5-7200U/i7-7500U offers on B.F.
Edited by: "Genki" 7th Nov

Genki10 m ago

I don't think you can really compare a laptop without an SSD and a 40% …I don't think you can really compare a laptop without an SSD and a 40% slower processor. They're effectively not in the same category speed-wise.


It's the same laptop, with the 8th gen CPU installed, just like that one was with the new 7th gen last year. The component cost is the same, so yes I'd expect much better offers on this around Black Friday. So for the extra £250 I'd want a 1TB SSD not 128GB.

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Uncommon.Sense7 m ago

It's the same laptop, with the 8th gen CPU installed, just like that one …It's the same laptop, with the 8th gen CPU installed, just like that one was with the new 7th gen last year. The component cost is the same, so yes I'd expect much better offers on this around Black Friday. So for the extra £250 I'd want a 1TB SSD not 128GB.



Cheapest SSD at the moment seems to be the Crucial MX300 1TB SATAIII, £250.04 at eBuyer, so that doesn't appear to be very realistic.

(I know SSDs were MUCH cheaper a year or so ago, but that's a "fun historic fact" which doesn't help anyone wanting to buy today)
Edited by: "Genki" 7th Nov

Uncommon.Sense6 m ago

It's the same laptop, with the 8th gen CPU installed, just like that one …It's the same laptop, with the 8th gen CPU installed, just like that one was with the new 7th gen last year. The component cost is the same, so yes I'd expect much better offers on this around Black Friday. So for the extra £250 I'd want a 1TB SSD not 128GB.

Good luck with that! Even with volume discounts, I reckon it must cost Dell more than £550 to build this spec.

Genki9 m ago

Cheapest SSD at the moment seems to be the Crucial MX300 1TB SATAIII, …Cheapest SSD at the moment seems to be the Crucial MX300 1TB SATAIII, £250.04 at eBuyer, so that doesn't appear to be very realistic.(I know SSDs were MUCH cheaper a year or so ago, but that's a "fun historic fact" which doesn't help anyone wanting to buy today)


Thanks for pointing something out that I've been telling people on here for the past 9 months or so.

However, the point still stands, this very same model with the latest CPU at the time was £250 less, so therefore there is decent chance there will be a much better price than this soon. Also the first thing I said in my original comment was, "unless you really need one now"

Apart from the fact the model has been uplifted to the newest gen CPU, it's pretty much the same. Obvioulsy to keep the same 15w rating this is limited to 1.8GHz when running all 4 cores, which is a shame.

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Uncommon.Sense8 m ago

Obvioulsy to keep the same 15w rating this is limited to 1.8GHz when …Obvioulsy to keep the same 15w rating this is limited to 1.8GHz when running all 4 cores, which is a shame.


That's not the case. With the right cooling, the chip will hit 3.7Ghz with all 4 cores running.
techspot.com/rev…ks/

Genki12 m ago

That's not the case. With the right cooling, the chip will hit 3.7Ghz with …That's not the case. With the right cooling, the chip will hit 3.7Ghz with all 4 cores running.https://www.techspot.com/review/1500-intel-8th-gen-core-quad-core-ultrabooks/


Yes, this laptop does not provide that cooling. The 7500U in the one we have can't keep the 2 core 3.5GHz for longer than a couple of minutes, then it sound like a jet and throttles back to 2.7GHz, rinse and repeat.

Lowtrawler1 h, 16 m ago

I'm a big fan of dell and have purchased 8 in the last decade. I have also …I'm a big fan of dell and have purchased 8 in the last decade. I have also experienced them as business machines. The only Dell I would not recommend was a previous 17" inspiron. The build quality was lacking, battery life feeble, lacked gigabit Ethernet and had a poor keyboard. Reading reviews on this version, nothing much has changed. Although it appears good value, it has been built to a price. I would look elsewhere.



hotukdeals.com/dea…573
Been using this all day, every day, for last 8 years. Never missed a beat, and it does exactly what I need it to do. Basic everyday web browsing, email and everything else that most people do with a laptop other than gaming and other intensive stuff. I have no idea what the obsession with the latest all singing, all dancing CPU and graphics is for people who just use a laptop for day to day stuff. I have ben looking for years for a newer one, but never found anything that would be better than what I already have. The build quality is outstanding, and it still looks new.
Edited by: "tintowellfan" 7th Nov

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tintowellfan12 m ago

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/dell-inspiron-17-pentium-dual-core-2gb-ram-250gb-hdd-vista-premium-windows-7-329-carphone-warehouse-486573#commentsBeen using this all day, every day, for last 8 years. Never missed a beat, and a it does exactly what I need it to do. Basic everyday web browsing, email and everything else that most people do with a laptop other than gaming and other intensive stuff. I have no idea what the obsession with the latest all singing, all dancing CPU and graphics is for people who just use a laptop for day to day stuff. I have ben looking for years for a newer one, but never found anything that would be better than what I already have. The build quality is outstanding, and it still looks new.



I know the feeling. Bought this 5 years ago and it still does the job (upgraded the RAM and stuck a small SSD in it, and it whizzes through day to day stuff (browsing, Word, Excel, watching videos etc.)
toshiba.co.uk/dis…0x/

However, if people are going to spend their money now, they might as well buy something decent as not with it. Manufacturers and vendors make the process as opaque as possible with countless similar model numbers and newer stuff that's faster/slower than older stuff. It's very easy to spend the same money on some junky low-spec machine as on a fast, updated one when you don't dig into the specs deeply.

[For techy people, comparing everything down to the minutest detail comes as naturally as breathing. For the average customer wandering into Currys etc. they probably see "i5" and think "that means "fast" if they're even that aware. Or they read the sticker where a shop assistant has written "A huge 4GB of RAM" or whatever, and take it at its word. And that's fine. Because the other 364 days a year it doesn't matter.]
Edited by: "Genki" 7th Nov

tintowellfan3 h, 41 m ago

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/dell-inspiron-17-pentium-dual-core-2gb-ram-250gb-hdd-vista-premium-windows-7-329-carphone-warehouse-486573#commentsBeen using this all day, every day, for last 8 years. Never missed a beat, and it does exactly what I need it to do. Basic everyday web browsing, email and everything else that most people do with a laptop other than gaming and other intensive stuff. I have no idea what the obsession with the latest all singing, all dancing CPU and graphics is for people who just use a laptop for day to day stuff. I have ben looking for years for a newer one, but never found anything that would be better than what I already have. The build quality is outstanding, and it still looks new.


I agree, I still have a 2005 15" Inspiron going strong. The issue appears to arise from around 6 years ago when Dell started to cut corners and reduce quality, particularly with the Inspiron range. Vostro, Latitude and XPS machines are still quality products. Even some Inspiron's are well built, just not this one.

Laptops 'OVER' £799 get £100 cashback, so as this laptop is NOT 'OVER' £799 there is no cashback?

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It says on the product comparison screen: “This product qualifies for £100 cashback. Buy now and claim cashback at www.delldirectoffers.com”

If in doubt, why not ask the Dell sales team on chat? From experience, they’re helpful.

I bought one of these, said delivery Monday, arrived Wednesday. Lasted 10minutes then crashed with a high pitched whine and a backlit blank screen. Couldn't power it on again, just a caps lock light which would go out again a few seconds later. It is in the process of being returned so I can get a refund. Maybe a one off but the build quality didn't look the best.

Johncouk5 h, 34 m ago

Laptops 'OVER' £799 get £100 cashback, so as this laptop is NOT 'OVER' £ …Laptops 'OVER' £799 get £100 cashback, so as this laptop is NOT 'OVER' £799 there is no cashback?


32389881-aDOzU.jpgHighlighted text reads as per OP above
"This product qualifies for £100 cashback.
Buy now and claim cashback at delldirectoffers.com
Free delivery (was £19.99) on Inspiron and XPS laptops and desktops."
Suggest you check with Sales Team as advised by OP above.

Every thread has somebody in it suggesting that we all go into hibernation until black friday.

Cyber Monday?

not noticed anyone say this but if you look at the top spec one next to it you get £100 off with code and £100 cashback making it £799 for a 256gb SSD, 2TB HDD, and 16GB ram. this seems a better deal for a £100 increase. and yes I did confirm via online chat you can get both discounts.

dell.com/en-…004
Edited by: "cypher007" 15th Nov

but yes I'm waiting until Black Friday. its too much of a coincidence that this deal ends on 23rd.

Using the code SAVE15 this now costs £679.15
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