Dell Vostro 3460, 14”, i3-3110M 2.4GHz, 4GB, 320GB (7,200), DVD, Backlit Kybd, Win8 Pro, 2 year on-site warranty, £310.80 @ Dell (~£295 with Quidco)
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Dell Vostro 3460, 14”, i3-3110M 2.4GHz, 4GB, 320GB (7,200), DVD, Backlit Kybd, Win8 Pro, 2 year on-site warranty, £310.80 @ Dell (~£295 with Quidco)

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Posted 25th Apr 2013
From the link select the first option which is £259 ex VAT.

A medium size and weight laptop with medium features. The standouts at this price are these:
Warranty, backlit keyboard, Win8 Pro (eligible for a free downgrade to Win7 Pro), 7,200 rpm HDD.

Quidco are offering 6% ex VAT for Vostro systems right now but check with TCB as they both change offers weekly.
Quidco = £15.54 for hopefully a net price of £295.26.
If you go via a cashback site search for the Dell part number SBNS4630

Vostro 3460
Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
4GB (1 Dimm, 1x4096) 1600MHz DDR3
3nd generation Intel Core i3-3110M (2.40GHz), 3MB
Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated
320GB (7200 Rpm) SATA Hard Drive
Dell Wireless 1704 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE
2Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
6-cell 48W/HR LI-ION battery
Silver Cover
14.0 inch LED Display (1366 x 768) with anti-glare
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Edited by: "PeacePipe" 25th Apr 2013
Dell are one of the most reliable makes of laptops, unlike HP
How heavy is it?
ro888

How heavy is it?



2.2kg
Verrry tempted... Are those made in Ireland or Poland?
Great price & good specs.
R. Daneel Olivav

Verrry tempted... Are those made in Ireland or Poland?



China
does this have USB 3.0 and HDMI output?
nnj10

does this have USB 3.0 and HDMI output?



Both a VGA out and HDMI port are on the Vostro 3460's left. Moreover, you'll find two USB 3.0 ports and two audio jacks (headphone, microphone). The laptop's right provides a third and fourth USB 3.0 port.
nnj10

does this have USB 3.0 and HDMI output?


To get the full tech specs click on the main deal link, scroll down below the various configurations and then click on the Tech Specs tab which is in blue:

VGA, HDMI, LAN RJ-45, Power, headphone/ headset /speaker out
USB 3.0 X 3 , USB 3.0 with Power Share x 1 (4 total)
8-in-1 Card Reader

Dimensions (HxWxL) (z(f/b)/X/Y)
14” mm/inches: 28(f)/30.1(b)x345.5x244; 1.10”(f)/1.19”(b)x13.6”x9.61”

Starting weight: 2.232 kg/4.92lb with 6-cell battery and optical drive
Was very tempted especially because of the backlit keyboard.However, after reading a few reviews this machine has two weak points: the bad dark screen (unsuitable in bright sunlight, which is why I want a matt screen) and the loud noise it generates (which I'm allergic to). Unfortunately this rules out this laptop for me. But if you don't mind those two areas it might be the right laptop for you. I will give heat for the price and find.
14" lol. my private parts are bigger
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knowitall5

14" lol. my private parts are bigger


This comes with one DIMM as well.
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knowitall5

14" lol. my private parts are bigger

prove it
I had this laptop a few months back , got it from the Dell Outlet site , maybe it was a duff one not sure but the fan noise was driving me nuts, it was on every few mins with just surfing the net , not under any load or anything so ended up sending it back as I just hate noisy laptops and this one was the worst one I ever had, maybe it was a duff one but would be interested to hear if anyone who get's one of these has similar fan noise problem ?

Chasingthelight

I had this laptop a few months back , got it from the Dell Outlet site , … I had this laptop a few months back , got it from the Dell Outlet site , maybe it was a duff one not sure but the fan noise was driving me nuts, it was on every few mins with just surfing the net , not under any load or anything so ended up sending it back as I just hate noisy laptops and this one was the worst one I ever had, maybe it was a duff one but would be interested to hear if anyone who get's one of these has similar fan noise problem ?



I agree had similar experience as well, never buy a Vostro, keys started falling, no proper lock when shut down etc. the list just goes on.
My advice again Never buy a Vostro, you will regret it, its a cheap quality build.

What you pay is what you get, Beware!!!
knowitall5

14" lol. my private parts are bigger


Brilliant that... In fact, say it again and I'll be only too pleased to give you a couple of acres!?!
I own this model (paid extra for an i5 one though with Windows 7) - I should add that it'll likely not come with a backlit keyboard as according to Dell "this is not available in your region" (they mean UK of course, although you can have one if you live in Germany for example, no idea why?), it won't come with a mSATA port unless you buy one with an optional mSATA SSD in which case they'll solder a port in place (again not sure why as I didn't want the SSD option but still paid enough for the laptop!). I have noticed on mine that despite the majority of reviews, the display was a lot brighter than expected and can see it just fine in sunny weather. It is a Twisted Nematic screen however which means the quality and may not be up to many people's expectations although I was pleasantly surprised.

Overall though, despite the 2 bad points above, I still like this one a lot and think its worth the money. As for the fan noise, maybe its me but I really don't notice it much.
Edited by: "cjshielder" 25th Apr 2013
Not good on the knowledge of Intel's integrated graphics. What are they like?

I see it includes 'Intel HD Graphics 4000' how would performance go for this? The laptop will mainly be used for my university studies but I have the tendency to play the odd game.

Additionally, is there anyway to configure to have physical re-installation media? I.e OS Disk?

Thanks.
Edited by: "M0nk3h" 26th Apr 2013
2+ year old games will run ok, it's not meant for more.
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Normally you have to pay more for installation CD (non OEM), unsure if it's even an option.
I'm running on a 5yr old vostro. On the third motherboard tho, courtesy of Dell's post warranty chat,"yes it still working" warranty option, twice. Alternative was £150 downgrade part (-discreet NVidia graphics) from China. I have overclocked it since, which runs fine until it throttles at 105degrees :-) Flimsy build, but generally running great apart from that. Few upgrades over the years to 64bit Win7/Win8, 4GBram, N300 nano usb dongle, SSD, and CD HD Caddy. Would have possibly preferred the matt screen, but use mostly indoors anyhow. 1400x900 on the 14" was a great upgrade. Not bad for the £350 with MX3000 wireless laser kit, although the warranties cost £180, so ~£450 TCO over 5 years before upgrades, and the original battery has only just failed. Also have a latitude at work, which is functional but not pretty, and the 1366 x 768 annoys me on the move as I have 3840x1080 at the office - the extra few hundred pixels height makes a lot of difference.
pet2000

Was very tempted especially because of the backlit keyboard.However, … Was very tempted especially because of the backlit keyboard.However, after reading a few reviews this machine has two weak points: the bad dark screen (unsuitable in bright sunlight, which is why I want a matt screen) and the loud noise it generates (which I'm allergic to). Unfortunately this rules out this laptop for me. But if you don't mind those two areas it might be the right laptop for you. I will give heat for the price and find.



queef
itsduke

never buy a Vostro, keys started falling, no proper lock when shut down … never buy a Vostro, keys started falling, no proper lock when shut down etc. the list just goes on.My advice again Never buy a Vostro, you will regret it, its a cheap quality build.What you pay is what you get, Beware!!!



Typical sweepng statement. I bought a new Vostro 3555 a year ago for under £200 in a Dell misprice sale, use it every day and it has been absolutely fine The Vostro isn't the most stylish of laptops around but they are solidly built. The base chassis does not flex under pressure at all unlike my work's Lenova Thinkpad chassis. You could pick up a Vostro by a corner with one hand no problem. The fingerprint reader on the Vostro works well and the chiclet keyboard is spill resistant though I have never had to test that theory thankfully. The Vostro hard drives are also 7200 rpm unlike the majority of 5400 rpm drives supplied in the Inspiron range and have a free-fall sensor to help protect your drive if dropped..

Edited by: "Robbo11" 26th Apr 2013
NL1234

Dell are one of the most reliable makes of laptops, unlike HP


According to reliability surveys neither rank highly. But it all depends which model you go for. I found HP and Dells business lines far more reliable than their consumer counterparts
dreaded w8..yuk
vmistery

I found HP and Dells business lines far more reliable than their … I found HP and Dells business lines far more reliable than their consumer counterparts



And the Vostro range are business laptops -We have 4 in use, from a V131 to a 3750 - all great solid laptops.

wewontgetfooleda

dreaded w8..yuk



Why dread Windows 8? - please justify this unsupported comment
I try to steer people away from the Vostro range, lots of problems.
Especially with the desktops, and the support you get is pants.
Buy a Latitude/Optiplex if you can, the support is much better
stopout

I try to steer people away from the Vostro range, lots of … I try to steer people away from the Vostro range, lots of problems.Especially with the desktops, and the support you get is pants.Buy a Latitude/Optiplex if you can, the support is much better



Don't have any experience of Dell desktops - we build our own desktops to meet our particular requirements.

However, we have sourced all our Vostro laptops from the Dell Business Outlet, where they come with 3 year next business day onsite included in the price - and this includes on-site pretty much anywhere in the world Dell can organise service.

We haven't had any need to use the service on the Vostros, but when we have on a couple of Inspirons, it has been great. A quick online chat with support, and either the necessary part has been dispatched promptly, or an engineer has been out the next working day. But as they used to say in US car adverts, YMMV (your mileage may vary).
kennethsross

Don't have any experience of Dell desktops - we build our own desktops to … Don't have any experience of Dell desktops - we build our own desktops to meet our particular requirements.However, we have sourced all our Vostro laptops from the Dell Business Outlet, where they come with 3 year next business day onsite included in the price - and this includes on-site pretty much anywhere in the world Dell can organise service.We haven't had any need to use the service on the Vostros, but when we have on a couple of Inspirons, it has been great. A quick online chat with support, and either the necessary part has been dispatched promptly, or an engineer has been out the next working day. But as they used to say in US car adverts, YMMV (your mileage may vary).



What I was saying was you end up in a different area of the support chain with a Vostro as opposed to a Lattitude/Optiplex or Precision range.
We have had a number of Vostro (desktops) and they have all had problems with them and the support I spoke to on one occcasion had to keep escalating to his boss as he had no idea what to do
Never really have a problem with Dell Support on the other products I have mentioned or the servers for that matter.

wewontgetfooleda

dreaded w8..yuk


free downgrade to W7 included!
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stopout

I try to steer people away from the Vostro range, lots of … I try to steer people away from the Vostro range, lots of problems.Especially with the desktops, and the support you get is pants. Buy a Latitude/Optiplex if you can, the support is much better



stopout

What I was saying was you end up in a different area of the support chain … What I was saying was you end up in a different area of the support chain with a Vostro as opposed to a Lattitude/Optiplex or Precision range.We have had a number of Vostro (desktops) and they have all had problems with them and the support I spoke to on one occcasion had to keep escalating to his boss as he had no idea what to do :(Never really have a problem with Dell Support on the other products I have mentioned or the servers for that matter.


I think the level of phone support depends on whether you pay extra for the Premium Support which means you get a more highly trained tech support on the phone. This is independent of the model range so nothing to do with Vostro per se.
I dealt with Dell a lot in my previous business using the plain support package and generally the phone support was very good. This is from the perspective of an IT guy so can’t say how it would be for a regular civilian.
Very occasionally you can get someone who is new or not very good as you experienced one time but don’t think that is particularly related to a model range.
The onsite engineers are generally good but I’ve had a few that weren’t so hot so best to have a close look at what’s they’ve done.
stopout

I try to steer people away from the Vostro range, lots of … I try to steer people away from the Vostro range, lots of problems.Especially with the desktops, and the support you get is pants. Buy a Latitude/Optiplex if you can, the support is much better

stopout

What I was saying was you end up in a different area of the support … What I was saying was you end up in a different area of the support chain with a Vostro as opposed to a Lattitude/Optiplex or Precision range.We have had a number of Vostro (desktops) and they have all had problems with them and the support I spoke to on one occcasion had to keep escalating to his boss as he had no idea what to do :(Never really have a problem with Dell Support on the other products I have mentioned or the servers for that matter.


When you phone dell support they ask you what your machine tag is, from that you get routed to the relevant team.
It has nothing to do with what "level" of support you buy 3yrs onsite is 3yrs onsite.
The more business ranged you end up in the EU mainly dealing with highly skilled people (especially Precision)
I found that when it was a Vostro I ended up in a much more consumer based support team somewhere in Asia.
Its fine if its a cut and dried issue (HDD mobo or screen) but if its something else they say "reinstall" which is a fail in my book
I am also an "IT guy" as you put it and have hundreds of Dell machines out there as well a large number of Dell servers.
As I said I have had what could only be called "inferior" service when I phoned about the aforementioned Vostros!
That is all i am trying to say.
IMO people would be better off getting a lattitude if they wanted to buy a Dell laptop thats all
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stopout

I try to steer people away from the Vostro range, lots of … I try to steer people away from the Vostro range, lots of problems.Especially with the desktops, and the support you get is pants. Buy a Latitude/Optiplex if you can, the support is much better

stopout

What I was saying was you end up in a different area of the support … What I was saying was you end up in a different area of the support chain with a Vostro as opposed to a Lattitude/Optiplex or Precision range.We have had a number of Vostro (desktops) and they have all had problems with them and the support I spoke to on one occcasion had to keep escalating to his boss as he had no idea what to do :(Never really have a problem with Dell Support on the other products I have mentioned or the servers for that matter.

stopout

IMO people would be better off getting a lattitude if they wanted to buy … IMO people would be better off getting a lattitude if they wanted to buy a Dell laptop thats all


Dell does have a Pro Support package so when you give them a Service Tag it will automatically show if you have that and you will be routed to that department. This has nothing to do with being on-site but relates to the phone side of things amongst others. It’s an option for this model as well but costs more of course.

“Dell ProSupport is 24x7x365
Single point of accountability and case management with highly-trained experts.”

dell.com/Lea…ces?c=uk&l=en&s=bsd&cs=ukbsdt1&ref=CFG&delphi:gr=true

They do have different support departments for different ranges and I wouldn’t be surprised if the premium priced business ranges get the cream of the crop outside of the Pro Support department. You mentioned having a problem on one occasion when phoning about a Vostro so it’s hard to say whether that singular event has any significance.
I’ve dealt with them regularly over a 5 year period for Inspirons, XPS, Alienware, Latitudes, Optiplexes and Precisions and can’t say I noticed much difference. As you say if you have a complex scenario then hopefully you have someone that is good as I’ve had the odd person that couldn’t go beyond the script and needed to pass it up the chain. If you get a duffer best to call off and ring back.


Hardly in the same price range if buying new and consumers can be averse to the styling as they are rather staid. Personally I like them but buy the refurbs but a good one is usually at least £500.


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@ Agharta
Well that may well explain a few things then!!
Im guessing that our lovely Vostro desktops that all died at some point were also bought with the basic warranty as well.
Hence my experiences (there were many, not one)
They all did still fail spectacularly which is not the norm with any other range of Dell hardware I have seen.
Like I said I have always thought the support was great until then.
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@ AghartaWell that may well explain a few things then!!Im guessing that … @ AghartaWell that may well explain a few things then!!Im guessing that our lovely Vostro desktops that all died at some point were also bought with the basic warranty as well.Hence my experiences (there were many, not one) They all did still fail spectacularly which is not the norm with any other range of Dell hardware I have seen.Like I said I have always thought the support was great until then.


I noted that multiple units had failed but my understanding from what you said was that only one time you actually had issues with tech support.
Which Vostro models did you have issues with?
My parents have been using them for many years with only 1 issue and that was faulty on delivery and fixed the next day.
Does this deal definitely include back lit key board, it says optional on tech specs
Sorry found it in specs on the very last page and it does say this includes UK/Ireland keyboard with back illumination
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