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Dell: Inspiron 1501 vs. Inspiron 6400

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Found 26th Mar 2007
Hi, I'm interested in buying a laptop but I'm torn between the following two:

Inspiron 1501 for £328:
AMD® Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL50
Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic - English
90 Day Collect & Return Service
15.4" Wide Screen XGA TFT Display: 1280x800
1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x512)
120GB (5,400 rpm) Hard Drive
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory
4Cell 29WHr Primary battery

or

Inspiron 6400 for £387:
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T2060(1.6GHz/533MHz/1MB)
Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Basic - English
Collect & Return, 1 Year Service only
15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x512)
120GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
6 Cell, 56Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery
No Floppy Drive Option

What do you think is the best in regards to components and price?

Also, I have a few more questions. Firstly, does anyone know if Dell supplies a Windows Vista CD with the laptops? I'd prefer to use XP for a while and upgrade to Vista later on. If I bought XP bundled with the laptop, will that give me the right to upgrade for free?

Secondly, I've read alot about Vista needing a good graphics card. Can the graphics cards of these two laptops handle Vista comfortably?

Thanks very much. Regards.

1 Comment

If a sub £400 lappy is your budget then these are the best deals at present....there's not much between them..the 6400 has a longer life battery so that may sway you...it also has some multimedia buttons whereas the 1501 is basic...also on the latter you'll have only a 90 day collect and return service.

You do not get a Vista CDand if you opt for XP you'll not get any vista upgrade...and yes the spec will run vista...it is sold with home basic but will also manage the home premium version but am not sure if it's available on these deals.
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