Dell Inspiron 5748 17.3" Laptop - 4th gen i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, Windows 8.1 - £314.10 using VIP code
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Dell Inspiron 5748 17.3" Laptop - 4th gen i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, Windows 8.1 - £314.10 using VIP code

£314.10Dell Deals
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Found 31st Aug 2014
Been looking around for a cheapish 17" laptop and thought this was a good price.

Sign up to Dell VIP here and they'll send you a 10% voucher code: dell.com/lea…ge/

4th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-4030U processor (3M Cache, 1.9 GHz)

Windows 8.1 (64Bit) English

4GB Single Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (4GBx1)

500GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive

McAfee Live Safe 12 month subscription

Intel® HD Graphics 4400

Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)

17.3 inch LED Backlit Display with Truelife and HD+ resolution (1600 x 900)

HD (720p) capable webcam, dual digital microphones and pre-loaded Skype™

External Chassis Connections
HDMI™ 1.4a, USB 3.0 (1), USB 2.0 (2), Security slot, Media Card (SD, SDHC, SDXC)

4-Cell (40WHr) Battery

94 Comments

Great price for such a large machine.

i3 isn't for gaming but will keep the battery nice and long! Perfect for a media lappy/general surfing etc

Good machine for the price IMHO.

Swap out the HDD for an SSD and Bobs your aunty...

Good price!

Odd none of my 10% codes are working...........

Original Poster

Worked fine for me Twinkle. May be worth asking on the live chat.

Can anyone recommend a 15 inch cheap and cheerful dell with an Ethernet port. Many thanks in advance.

Looks like a good deal for price. VIP code worked fine for 10% reduction. Free delivery at moment too. Ordered. Many thanks for posting Raybeans.

Bulky, slow, heavy, and with a low-res screen.

Who would want to buy a 17" with these sort of specs??

When does the code expire? Can anybody sign up to Dell VIP or is it exclusively for certain fields of employment?
Edited by: "Resis" 31st Aug 2014

Resis

When does the code expire? Can anybody sign up to Dell VIP or is it … When does the code expire? Can anybody sign up to Dell VIP or is it exclusively for certain fields of employment?


Just sign up as an employee, worked forme.

I got one and don't recommend it. The touchpad is the main reason, it is shockingly bad.

I recommend you look for the Inspiron 3721 which pops up on dell outlet quite frequently. The price is almost the same as this (I think i got it for £324), except it has a proper touchpad, i5 (3rd gen but faster than the 4th gen i3), 1TB disk, 8GB RAM, and a much better battery. Also it is very easy to format and install WIndows 8.1 onto.

17" is massive, not portable at all. Also get rid of mcafee rubbish, antivirus is included in windows 8.1.

If you want 17.3" then it a good deal but I think its way too big I have a 15.6" and I think i'd rather prefer a 13.3" at 1080p, bigger screen size doesn't mean you can fit more on your screen its the resolution.

haggismn

I got one and don't recommend it. The touchpad is the main reason, it is … I got one and don't recommend it. The touchpad is the main reason, it is shockingly bad.I recommend you look for the Inspiron 3721 which pops up on dell outlet quite frequently. The price is almost the same as this (I think i got it for £324), except it has a proper touchpad, i5 (3rd gen but faster than the 4th gen i3), 1TB disk, 8GB RAM, and a much better battery. Also it is very easy to format and install WIndows 8.1 onto.


True, thanks for the warning, I did not realise this. I've also tried the "non-button" touch pad in a shop and it's truly awful. If you plan to use the touch pad, I'd stay away from the new models (5000 series). This also goes for the 15.6" models.

Still the 10% coupon applies to any laptop from the Dell site, so choose a ebtter model.
Edited by: "pet2000" 31st Aug 2014

I bought one of these as a gift for a Windows user in the family a few months ago. I ended up returning it. The trackpad is just broken, in that it's fundamental design is so bad that the laptop is unusable without plugging in a mouse. It's difficult to describe but the trackpad is a noisy clunky unresponsive horrible thing with a mind of its own. I wonder why no Windows laptop has as good a trackpad as my Macbook Air? Like what is it that is so hard to copy?

Dell build quality has taken a dip in recent years I think. I've actually had to dust off my mum's old 2005 Dell Laptop (60GB HDD...) for my dad to use in the meantime (slow as hell, but hasn't skipped a beat), as his 2010 Dell laptop has basically come apart at the side, where the power button was also stupidly placed, which has also completely broken away .

My own 2011 Inspiron 17R has:
- various keys from the keyboard coming off. Hasn't even been treated that badly.
- the actual keyboard unit became faulty and had to disconnect it completely
- the palm area is basically unusable on the left because of how hot the graphics card gets under there (use an external keyboard anyway now, but still)
- The USB3 ports effectively stopped working properly after a reformat and no amount of driver updates fixes it, as it's a known issue with the board (case in point, films I rip from my external Blu-ray burner using the USB3 ports become corrupted and crash my media players, whereas doing it on my usb2 ports is fine).
- The screen (suspicious similar sounding to the one in this deal, 1600x900 17.3"), is pants, horrible for movies, poor blacks
- Power cord doesn't securely click into the laptop like it's supposed to (Really should have sent it back when I noticed...)


Having said that, for £300ish, this doesnt look too bad at all, and I've got no real complaints about the performance of my laptop, still quite fast, but just don't expect it to last in a good state for years, even if you do look after it somewhat. Heat added, as I still think it's worth spending a bit more (i.e. £300 rather than £200) on a laptop, made that mistake when I bought my mum an Asus netbook for £180, and it is slow as hell, even with all sorts of tweaks, never again..
Edited by: "scp83" 31st Aug 2014

Polyphonic

I wonder why no Windows laptop has as good a trackpad as my Macbook Air? … I wonder why no Windows laptop has as good a trackpad as my Macbook Air? Like what is it that is so hard to copy?



Apple is expensive but you get what you pay for! Never second guess my MBP even over my gaming laptop!

PERFECT if you after 17laptop and usual word/excel or other office work used most of time.
17- is NO GOOD at all on the go.
Specs/price - no the best, but hey 17inch for little over £300!!!
If planed to be used for photo/video edition expect to pay £700£

Picard123

Bulky, slow, heavy, and with a low-res screen.Who would want to buy a 17" … Bulky, slow, heavy, and with a low-res screen.Who would want to buy a 17" with these sort of specs??

Seems quite a few people from the heat of this deal. Not everyone wants small screen gaming power-house laptops.

Geat deal.

Nice

Always worth keeping an eye on the Dell Outlet at the budget end - a few months back I picked up two Inspiron 17s (3737 model, with i3-4010U CPUs but otherwise the same specs) for under £250 each delivered. I'm very happy with them, surprisingly good battery life and the one I upgraded with an SSD absolutely flies along. 17.3" screen size is not for everyone but a laptop this size certainly has its uses (spacious keyboard being one of them).

Raybeans

Worked fine for me Twinkle. May be worth asking on the live chat.


Indeed, they show as being applied..wonder if I'm defaulting to home site?

Here we again, another confusing laptop thread..
Is this a good laptop to have or not?

yeahbutitsnotfree

Here we again, another confusing laptop thread.. Is this a good laptop to … Here we again, another confusing laptop thread.. Is this a good laptop to have or not?



very good

yeahbutitsnotfree

Here we again, another confusing laptop thread.. Is this a good laptop to … Here we again, another confusing laptop thread.. Is this a good laptop to have or not?


No it's awful, read my post above. I ended up sending mine back the trackpad was so bad.

I thought I would ignore the reviews on the Dell website itself which also talks about the rubbish trackpad. What a mistake, don't make the same one!

Any other cheap ones with 1080p res and not dell?

What are Dell like for returns? Our Inspiron 15" laptop has just stopped working after 4 weeks. It won't even turn on. I have to ring them tomorrow. We want a refund really as we have lost confidence in it now. We had problems from day one with disk usage reaching 100%.

Infrasonic

Swap out the HDD for an SSD and Bobs your aunty...



Agreed.

Got a 17 inch i5 Dell laptop for my wife this year at £350. Changed system to Win 7. Was really slow and takes mins to load.

Then changed her laptop and my PC to SSD at the same time. Afterwards, her laptop loads in 10 seconds which is even faster than my pc.

Edited by: "huangxq2" 1st Sep 2014

I have a 17" laptop from work and I find it is just too big and heavy to be practical. If you want to use this as a machine for round the house this is a good deal (although the i3 might be a bit slow for some people) but I wouldn't recommend a 17" screen if you want to use this as a portable machine (say for taking to college every day).

17 is very useful as the most ergonomic size to use for hours.
If you really need very portable get an ultrapad. Its 15 thats the bad size, nearly as bulky as 17 but much more cramped.

£314 for dual core processor is not a bargain

Good for hackintosh I think...

pet2000

True, thanks for the warning, I did not realise this. I've also tried the … True, thanks for the warning, I did not realise this. I've also tried the "non-button" touch pad in a shop and it's truly awful. If you plan to use the touch pad, I'd stay away from the new models (5000 series). This also goes for the 15.6" models.Still the 10% coupon applies to any laptop from the Dell site, so choose a ebtter model.



I don't think it's anything to do with using a touchpad or a mouse, it's just windows 8*!
It's designed to work with fingers a touchscreen and the awful blobby icons.
If you remove the metro interface, using one of the many free utilities, it becomes quite usable

Dell overpriced & overrated.

porridge

Dell overpriced & overrated.


show us a cheaper one then with the same spec or better

its cheap because its ****. simple.

Polyphonic

I wonder why no Windows laptop has as good a trackpad as my Macbook Air? … I wonder why no Windows laptop has as good a trackpad as my Macbook Air? Like what is it that is so hard to copy?


Well if you paid for same price for a Dell laptop as you pay for a 17" MacBook air I suspect you would get a better trackpad....better screen, better processor, better memory, better battery, more compatible, better sound, better OS, in fact better everything. It's like posting on a Hyundai deal that a Mercedes has better headlights.
Edited by: "Muffy" 1st Sep 2014

pantaiema

£314 for dual core processor is not a bargain

£314 is a bargain for a 17" screen with 1600 x 900 which is what some people prefer because of the visual benefit as a human factor productivity feature. 17" is what I use and sometimes in dual screen mode with another 22" external monitor.
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