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Dell Inspiron CoreDuo 6400 Laptop 1.6Ghz 512meg 80Gig dvdrw WiFi £498.75 or less delivered
Dell Inspiron CoreDuo 6400 Laptop 1.6Ghz 512meg 80Gig dvdrw WiFi £498.75 or less delivered

Dell Inspiron CoreDuo 6400 Laptop 1.6Ghz 512meg 80Gig dvdrw WiFi £498.75 or less delivered

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Some further price reductions this weekend at Dell.

305-N10645 - £498.75 or less deliverd

Intel® Core Duo Processor T2050 (1.60 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB) | Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition, SP2 (Does not include Operating System Re-Installation CD) | 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display | 512MB 533MHz Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM (1x512) | 80GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive | Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW with Software | Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory | 6 Cell, 56Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery | 56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter | Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini PCI Wireless LAN Card for Duo Processors | Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD Audio- Trial Version | Microsoft® Works 8.5 - English

As usual reduce the warranty to minimum for the above price and buy Via Quidco for 4.5% cashback

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Original Poster

9 Cell, 80Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery add £23.50 Ouch! I'm sure they were £11.75 extra last week.

Great post! I'm considering getting one of these to replace a defunct laptop. From what I've seen it's had great reviews. Only thing is 512Mb of RAM is a bit insufficient these days. Does anyone know if such a machine would take DDR as opposed to DDR2 memory as I have two spare 512Mb cards I could replace it with if it'd accept them.

Only other thing, can anyone recommend whether to upgrade to TrueLife for 30 odd quid? I don't really need the higher resolution that costs a lot but am wondering whether this halfway house may be worth the extra £££...

Cheers for any advice,
Steve

The Truelife option totally comes down to personal opinion. Read a few reviews, check out notebookreview.com forums as there is a Dell section there with plenty of opinions.

For what it's worth, my Dell 640m has the Truelife 1440x900 screen and I love it. You do notice reflection now and again under certain light conditions, but as a plus, the colours seem very vibrant and seem to give it extra depth. I got the mother-in-law a Dell 6400 from the outlet with a standard matte 1280x800 screen and to be honest I find the resolution poor for a 15" screen, not very crisp. Colours seem washed out but the matte obviously has no reflection problems. Overall, I love the Truelife option, but I'd be careful of that standard 1280x800 resolution on a 15" screen, I think the WSXGA would be worth it.

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stec00, you need DDR2 memory, like this DDR2 PC2-4200 • CL=4 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR2-533 • 1.8V • 64Meg x 64 from crucial at around £54 for a 512meg strip.
Notice the offer machine has just one 512Meg strip instead of the usual 2x 256meg so its a bonus being able to upgrade with non dell ram using just one more strip instead of having to go with 2 as is more usual.
I would try it with what comes before ordering more as you may find that 512meg is good enough for your needs, but if you do need more then remember Quidco and a voucher code from HUKD to get extra discounts from Crucial.
As pud77 says the screen is a personal thing and a problem when buying Dell as you cant see it till you have bought.

Thanks for the advice guys. Think I'm gonna go for this with the Truelife but not higher res screen + 9 cell battery for a total of £557 minus Quidco cashback. Seems like a good starter - as you say can always add more RAM, bluetooth etc. later if needed. Assume it comes with some kind of multi-card reader as there was only the option to add a floppy drive. The only other thing I'm wondering is whether it would be possible/easy to swap the 160gig hard drive in from my old machine? Do laptop parts tend to be easily swappable like their desktop equivalents are?

Cheers again for the advice.

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Last day before Dell updates for this one
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