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Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook. 1.86Ghz, 2gig, 160Gb, dvdrw, wifi, £411 delivered or less.
Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook.  1.86Ghz, 2gig, 160Gb, dvdrw, wifi, £411 delivered or less.

Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook. 1.86Ghz, 2gig, 160Gb, dvdrw, wifi, £411 delivered or less.

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This is still a good deal so relisted for month 9

Also available with XP Pro, see post 26 for the clickable link to the deal

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305-N09643 Home site - Best price £411.32 Delivered or *less.
InspironTM 6400(N09643)

Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2130 Processor (1.86GHz,533MHz,1MB L2 cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Business - English
2048MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
160GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
Intel Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
Microsoft Works 8.0 - English
15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
6 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (53 Whr)
56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK
Dell Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini-PCI Card (for Dual-Core Processors)

153 Comments

Good price, decent Laptop.

I'm after one with the same specs + dedicated graphics card.

Original Poster

Totoriko

I'm after one with the same specs + dedicated graphics card.



Better go look at the Vostro or other Inspiron ranges then as the 6400 is near end of life and has no graphics upgrade available any more.

Ta, MikeT

MikeT

Better go look at the Vostro or other Inspiron ranges then as the 6400 is … Better go look at the Vostro or other Inspiron ranges then as the 6400 is near end of life and has no graphics upgrade available any more.



if you phone up you can still get a graphics card installed. i was offered one on my 6400.

Original Poster

shanecr

if you phone up you can still get a graphics card installed. i was … if you phone up you can still get a graphics card installed. i was offered one on my 6400.



I wouldnt hold out too much hope on this as the card is integral to the mobo and dell have already said there are no graphics motherboards now, may be a case of the Indians not knowing what the score is.

MikeT

I wouldnt hold out too much hope on this as the card is integral to the … I wouldnt hold out too much hope on this as the card is integral to the mobo and dell have already said there are no graphics motherboards now, may be a case of the Indians not knowing what the score is.



weird. i was offered a card at £46. i had to say no because i was on a fixed budget with no room to move over £400.
Ah well. if someone phones up for a 6400, ask about one, get specs. im curious now lol

I have just tried to order this by phone as I wanted vista home premium and was told by a very shirty Indian lady the order would be cancelled if I proceeded!!!! Any ideas???? ........... Maybe she wants them all for herself???

I just ordered one and for my basic needs it seems like a good deal...

MikeT - Thanks again for all your help. I am sure many people out there are getting great deals thanks to you!

Is there a big difference between True Life and the standard screen?

I'll let you know when mine comes... i got mine with TrueLife based on some recommendations received from users in the forum...

bankofmumndad

I have just tried to order this by phone as I wanted vista home premium … I have just tried to order this by phone as I wanted vista home premium and was told by a very shirty Indian lady the order would be cancelled if I proceeded!!!! Any ideas???? ........... Maybe she wants them all for herself???



phone back, speak to someone else and ask again. you should get it np

for those interested in truelife....

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y194/shanecr/DSC02014.jpg

Please can someone tell me the difference between buying from Dell Business and Dell Home.

I have priced up the Inspiron 6400 (N09643XP) on both Business and Home and got quite a different price. I have changed the spec to be as close as possible to the same. The choice of options on the business one is not as great so I have changed the options on the home one to match.

Processor : Intel Pent 1.86GHz
XP Professional
1 Year base warranty
2048 MB Memory
160 GHz (business) 120 GHz (Home) Hard Drive
6 Cell (53 WHr)

The only difference between the two is the business one has 160 GHz Hard Drive and the Home one is 120 GHz

Price Business 299 Ex VAT and Shipping = £421 Inc VAT and Shipping
Price Home 637.49 Inc VAT and Shipping

Why are they £216 different ??

stewart100

Please can someone tell me the difference between buying from Dell … Please can someone tell me the difference between buying from Dell Business and Dell Home. I have priced up the Inspiron 6400 (N09643XP) on both Business and Home and got quite a different price. I have changed the spec to be as close as possible to the same. The choice of options on the business one is not as great so I have changed the options on the home one to match.Processor : Intel Pent 1.86GHzXP Professional1 Year base warranty2048 MB Memory160 GHz (business) 120 GHz (Home) Hard Drive6 Cell (53 WHr)The only difference between the two is the business one has 160 GHz Hard Drive and the Home one is 120 GHzPrice Business 299 Ex VAT and Shipping = £421 Inc VAT and ShippingPrice Home 637.49 Inc VAT and ShippingWhy are they £216 different ??



i dont know, but you can buy the 'business' one no problem using the e-code via home

Original Poster

stewart100

Please can someone tell me the difference between buying from Dell … Please can someone tell me the difference between buying from Dell Business and Dell Home. I have priced up the Inspiron 6400 (N09643XP) on both Business and Home and got quite a different price. I have changed the spec to be as close as possible to the same. The choice of options on the business one is not as great so I have changed the options on the home one to match.Processor : Intel Pent 1.86GHzXP Professional1 Year base warranty2048 MB Memory160 GHz (business) 120 GHz (Home) Hard Drive6 Cell (53 WHr)The only difference between the two is the business one has 160 GHz Hard Drive and the Home one is 120 GHzPrice Business 299 Ex VAT and Shipping = £421 Inc VAT and ShippingPrice Home 637.49 Inc VAT and ShippingWhy are they £216 different ??



I dont quite know what your doing wrong but the ecode N09643XP is exactly the same spec and price on both home and small business sites.
I suggest you buy from the home site as the business site will leave you short on DSR options should you wish to return the kit once delivered.

now less than 2 weeks till mines delivered

anyone know where you can get the snap-on lid covers (apart from Dell as there prices are rip off). Im after a black one ideally.......

This is an excellent price on a very good laptop (I'm typing this on my Inspiron 6400, which cost £650 at the end of last year !)

If you are planning to use this a lot, then I'd strongly recommend upgrading the screen to the 1440x900 version if possible. You will appreciate that extra bit of screen space.

The only problem is that the wi-fi card that comes with these models is dodgy. Mine is, and looking at the Dell forum, I'm far from being the only person with this problem.

Still an absolutely brilliant price though, highly recommended.

This laptop looks a pretty good deal.
Can anybody tell me how heavy it is? I travel a lot so its quite important that it isnt too heavy.
I have been looking at the Vostro range but the specs of this laptop seems better for the price.

Also can anybody tell me the difference between the 6 cell and 9m cell battery life in hours/mins.

Thanks

My previous question was comparing N09643XP on business Vs Home. However I have since spotted that the one on home was N09645XP.

I am not clear what the difference on the Dell website is. It seems the spec of the machines are the same but the prices are very different. Are the Dell reference numbers just different ways to build the same machine. The N09643XP gives limited choices but is quite high spec. But if you build another using N09645XP of the same spec (using lots of choices) then the laptop is £200 dearer.

Am I making the correct assumption ?

Thanks Stewart

does anyone know if this can be down graded to windows XP as I have heard so many horror stories about Vista?

From what everyone else has said, the answer is likely to be yes. Just call Dell and ask. Although rang them about changing to home Premium and she said I couldn't downgrade the support package from 3 years to 1, which how you get this price! However I have since been online and ordered it with vista Ultima...... fingers crossed it works fine

Original Poster

stewart100

My previous question was comparing N09643XP on business Vs Home. However … My previous question was comparing N09643XP on business Vs Home. However I have since spotted that the one on home was N09645XP.I am not clear what the difference on the Dell website is. It seems the spec of the machines are the same but the prices are very different. Are the Dell reference numbers just different ways to build the same machine. The N09643XP gives limited choices but is quite high spec. But if you build another using N09645XP of the same spec (using lots of choices) then the laptop is £200 dearer. Am I making the correct assumption ?Thanks Stewart



Thats why people like me spend hours over on the dell sites picking out the best deals for our members, the 6400 has today got 14 different ecodes, each is the same model of laptop but with various different configurations of cpu, ram etc. The trick is to pick out the best value for money, which we also do. Starting with the basic and upgrading to a nice spec isnt the way. Its as you found cheaper to get what you need from choosing the right ecode to start with.

stewart100

My previous question was comparing N09643XP on business Vs Home. However … My previous question was comparing N09643XP on business Vs Home. However I have since spotted that the one on home was N09645XP.I am not clear what the difference on the Dell website is. It seems the spec of the machines are the same but the prices are very different. Are the Dell reference numbers just different ways to build the same machine. The N09643XP gives limited choices but is quite high spec. But if you build another using N09645XP of the same spec (using lots of choices) then the laptop is £200 dearer. Am I making the correct assumption ?Thanks Stewart



I too had this problem, but it may be we are not getting how to do this??? I have now ordered mine anyway.

Original Poster

fern

does anyone know if this can be down graded to windows XP as I have heard … does anyone know if this can be down graded to windows XP as I have heard so many horror stories about Vista?



The same spec is available with XP Pro Here

Original Poster

All 6400 specs in the user manual Here

MikeT

Thats why people like me spend hours over on the dell sites picking out … Thats why people like me spend hours over on the dell sites picking out the best deals for our members, the 6400 has today got 14 different ecodes, each is the same model of laptop but with various different configurations of cpu, ram etc. The trick is to pick out the best value for money, which we also do. Starting with the basic and upgrading to a nice spec isnt the way. Its as you found cheaper to get what you need from choosing the right ecode to start with.



Thanks Mike ... Excellent Advice !!

stewart100

Thanks Mike ... Excellent Advice !!



same here:thumbsup: just got one

UncleMike

If you are planning to use this a lot, then I'd strongly recommend … If you are planning to use this a lot, then I'd strongly recommend upgrading the screen to the 1440x900 version if possible. You will appreciate that extra bit of screen space.



I looked at the screen upgrade options, but stangely, selecting the truelife screen as an upgrade for about £11 only offers the same 1280x800 resolution as the standard one.

I plan on getting a laptop for graphic and website design work for occasional trips out of my base to work directly with clients, is anyone in a position to advise which screen type is the better to go for? Shiny or non shiny?

Original Poster

chapmania

I looked at the screen upgrade options, but stangely, selecting the … I looked at the screen upgrade options, but stangely, selecting the truelife screen as an upgrade for about £11 only offers the same 1280x800 resolution as the standard one.I plan on getting a laptop for graphic and website design work for occasional trips out of my base to work directly with clients, is anyone in a position to advise which screen type is the better to go for? Shiny or non shiny?



For great images in difficult lighting conditions, Dell recommends anti-glare screens for Inspiron notebooks. An anti-glare coating helps prevent reflections from strong light sources that can be distracting with a glossy TrueLife screen.
Dell TrueLife technology brightens your world. With up to a 10% increase in contrast ratios, blacks are darker and colors pop for vivid graphics and life-like video. TrueLife is available standard on most Inspiron notebooks.



There is the word from dell, personally I perfer Truelife but reflections can be a problem, especially if more than one of you is viewing the screen. Try to find a mate who has one to see before buying if your thinking of truelife.

is this the ecode ? N09643XP if it is where do you split it to put it into the dell ecode box that is split into 2 sections on their website? I tried putting it in but couldnt find any results.

how do you find out the deals

is it in their 'advertised deals' section ?

Banned

I am using a 6400, it is decent~
Worth to buy I think~

Original Poster

jg213

is this the ecode ? N09643XP if it is where do you split it to put it … is this the ecode ? N09643XP if it is where do you split it to put it into the dell ecode box that is split into 2 sections on their website? I tried putting it in but couldnt find any results.how do you find out the dealsis it in their 'advertised deals' section ?



I put the ecodes in the very first post, like this: 305-N09643

The split is 305 first box, the rest in the second.

Does anyone know if this spec would be ok to run a few games? Nothing too demanding, just stuff like The Sims 2, Zoo Tycoon etc.
Other than that, I would only really use it for internet browsing.

Thanks to Mike T for all his hard work.

Thanks Mr T. New laptop now ordered on Friday but delivery isn't for another 2 and a half weeks apparently. Boooo

Original Poster

PeterUK

Thanks Mr T. New laptop now ordered on Friday but delivery isn't for … Thanks Mr T. New laptop now ordered on Friday but delivery isn't for another 2 and a half weeks apparently. Boooo



It will come quicker than that, tell you what, I will put a word in for you :whistling:

MikeT

It will come quicker than that, tell you what, I will put a word in for … It will come quicker than that, tell you what, I will put a word in for you :whistling:



Dell used to always beat their estimated delivery dates but my 6400 which was estiamted to arrive 28 August has only just left Ireland

stephenashforth

Dell used to always beat their estimated delivery dates but my 6400 which … Dell used to always beat their estimated delivery dates but my 6400 which was estiamted to arrive 28 August has only just left Ireland


Is that where they are made?:?

BIG thanks Mike T.
Just purchased this....my first personal laptop....(tired of using works)...and I'm sure I have a better spec than I would have found on my own.
DC

DMUK4 N09643 brings up the same price. Is this the same spec?

Also, are any of the upgrades worth having?
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