Inspiron 13 5378 (certified refurb by dell) - £301.41 with 10% new customer discount / £322.90 full price @ Dell Outlet
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Inspiron 13 5378 (certified refurb by dell) - £301.41 with 10% new customer discount / £322.90 full price @ Dell Outlet

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Found 5th Jan
Looking for a cheap reliable laptop for Microsoft office and web access mainly. With the 10% discount for new customers this comes out at £301 with:

Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4415U (Dual Core, 2.30 GHz, 2MB Cache, 15W)

Windows 10 Home (64bit)

4GB (1x4GB) 2400MHz SDRAM DDR4 Non-ECC

128 GB SATA Solid State Drive

Intel HD Graphics

Software

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 802.11ac, 1x1, 2.4 & 5GHz + Bluetooth 4.2

LCD Back Cover for FHD Touch Screen - EraGray

Palmrest (EraGray)

Primary 3-cell 42W/HR Battery

13.3-inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS Truelife LED-Backlit Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angles-IR Camera

Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Backlit Keyboard

Good deal?
Can get same model with i3 processor for about £55 more.

Either that or I might opt for one of the Lenova ideapad 320s from Currys. Any thoughts appreciated.

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...and the code would be?
I have an i3 version of this, good laptop although needed to upgrade to 8GB and the fan is noisy
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twinkle35 m ago

...and the code would be?


Annoyingly you have to email dell with your name and address and ask for one ... they send you a unique code that can only be used once. The email address is:
delluki_outlet_support@dell.com
Looks like a good deal, only one in stock though? Be quick!
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Whitedot5 m ago

Looks like a good deal, only one in stock though? Be quick!


Thanks, I'm still trying to decide and there's 10 of the i3 spec one so could go for that. There are some pretty good lenovo deals around at mo too so hard to decide!
I'm having the same thoughts between this or the Lenovo deal. Or, wait until the Intel issue provides more info on how much their chips will take a hit.

Thoughts?
It's pretty good laptop. I have an older i5 and i3 versions. Used to be plagued by ghost touch issues. So worth checking if the latest iterations have been updated to fix that problem.
Also remember dells cs is dire
I honestly have had a torrid time with my i5 version of this laptop the 5368. Returned 4 times in first year and had to pay full price for 1 year warranty extension. First motherboard and ram died, replaced that and broke keyboard, returned and they didn't fix keyboard, returned and they fixed keyboard, broke webcam, screen and back plate in process. Finally the battery and power delivery system died and they had to replace that as well. Ended up without my laptop for nearly 3 months in first year. Basically nothing is original now. This series has QC issues. Newer versions don't have same issues.
JustinBeleeber13 h, 53 m ago

I'm having the same thoughts between this or the Lenovo deal. Or, wait …I'm having the same thoughts between this or the Lenovo deal. Or, wait until the Intel issue provides more info on how much their chips will take a hit.Thoughts?


The performance hit is minimal unless you do lots of very small file reads e.g. database transactions. Does not seem to affect day to day usage or gaming.
JustinBeleeber14 h, 58 m ago

I'm having the same thoughts between this or the Lenovo deal. Or, wait …I'm having the same thoughts between this or the Lenovo deal. Or, wait until the Intel issue provides more info on how much their chips will take a hit.Thoughts?


I'm interested in getting something like this, Whats the Lenovo deal? Is it tjhis with the inflated looking RRP: amazon.co.uk/Len…h=1
Edited by: "thedon" 6th Jan
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thedon14 m ago

I'm interested in getting something like this, Whats the Lenovo deal? Is …I'm interested in getting something like this, Whats the Lenovo deal? Is it tjhis with the inflated looking RRP: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-510-12ISK-30-48-Convertible-Tablet/dp/B06X9RBGSL/ref=sr_1_3?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1515235484&sr=1-3&keywords=lenovo&th=1


I've been looking at this one but can't decide if there's something better out there in the up to £350 ish price range?

hotukdeals.com/dea…934
Worth noting that Dell refurbs often still have the issue they were returned because of but, if you keep complaining/ sending it back, they eventually replace it with a new one. You might even get a better machine in the process, if the particular model is no longer current.
SClub9 h, 20 m ago

The performance hit is minimal unless you do lots of very small file reads …The performance hit is minimal unless you do lots of very small file reads e.g. database transactions. Does not seem to affect day to day usage or gaming.


Really, is that confirmed? Has a firmware fix been issued?
ilikewoodenfloors4 h, 26 m ago

Really, is that confirmed? Has a firmware fix been issued?


It's a Microsoft patch which is already rolling to Windows 10 devices...
ilikewoodenfloors6th Jan

Really, is that confirmed? Has a firmware fix been issued?


It's still early days,and there's the possibility that more flaws and fixes will be announced in future (source: SANS albeit speculation) - obviously no one can predict what effect they will have if they materialise.

However it's widely thought that only intensive processor tasks such as SQL server will be noticably affected. You'll probably find if you look at task manager on your pc (no idea what it is on Apple devices) you aren't even using a third of your processor capability, so there's plenty of headroom for slight performance decrease.

See these articles for more:

howtogeek.com/338269/a-huge-intel-security-hole-could-slow-down-your-pc-soon/ (update section just over halfway down)

techspot.com/article/1556-meltdown-and-spectre-cpu-performance-windows/ (benchmark assessments towards bottom of page)
Edited by: "thedon" 8th Jan
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