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    Hi i am thinking of buying a laptop from dell but was after a bit of advice.
    Should i go for the dual core processor or the core 2 duo?
    memory wise shall i get 1024mb 1536mb or 2048mb? bearing in mind i want this as cheap as possible but obviously i dont want it to be slow by any means so dont mind spending a bit extra if its really gonna benefit.
    Next question is Hard Drive capacity what would you recommend??

    as you can prob tell im not too good with all the tehnical jargon lol

    Also does anyone know of any Dell discount codes around at the min?

    Thanks in advance!

    Stacey

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    Banned

    2gb ram
    250 hard drive min

    Banned

    Inspiron TM 1525 (N0352510

    Components
    BASE Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7250 (2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 cache) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English edit
    HARDWARE SUPPORT 1 Year Base Warranty edit
    WEBCAM 2.0 Mega pixel web camera edit
    COLOUR CHOICE Jet Black Colour with Matte Finish edit
    LCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display with TrueLife™ edit
    MEMORY 3072MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x2048+1x1024] edit
    HARD DRIVE 250GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive edit
    GRAPHICS CARD Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator X3100 edit
    OPTICAL DRIVE 8x DVD+/-RW Optical drive, including SW edit
    PRIMARY BATTERY 6-cell 56WHr Li-Ion primary battery edit
    Accessories
    CARRY CASES No Carry Case edit
    MEDIA CENTRE ENHANCEMENTS Dell™ Travel Remote Control edit
    BLUETOOTH Dell™ Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3Mbps) with Enhanced Data rate - Eur edit
    WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini-Card - Europe - Core 2 Duo Processors edit
    MICROSOFT SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 9.0 - English edit
    Services & Software
    ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE SUPPORT No Accidental Damage Support edit
    SECURITY SOFTWARE No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English edit
    Also included with your system
    Gedis Bundle Reference N0352510
    Order Information Inspiron Order - UK
    Shipping Documents English EMEA 1 Documentation with Euro Power Cord
    Dell System Media Kit Resource DVD Inspiron 1525 - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
    Power Supply 65W AC Adapter
    Cables Power Cord UK 1meter
    Modem 56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK
    Keyboard Internal Keyboard Uk/Irish (QWERTY)
    Standard Warranty 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
    Online Promotion Option for GEDIS Configs Dell Internet Order.


    £529 delivered

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    InspironTM 1720(N0372009)

    Components
    BASE Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7250 (2.00 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English edit
    HARDWARE SUPPORT 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return edit
    COLOUR CHOICE Jet Black Colour with Matte Finish & 2.0mp camera edit
    LCD 17.0" Widescreen WXGA+ (1440x900) TFT Display with TrueLife™ edit
    MEMORY 3072MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x2048+1x1024] edit
    HARD DRIVE 320GB (5400RPM) SATA Dual Hard Drives (2X160GB) edit
    GRAPHICS CARD nVidia® GeForce™ Go 8600M GT with 256MB DDR2 dedicated graphic memory edit
    OPTICAL DRIVE Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software edit
    PRIMARY BATTERY Primary 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (56 WHr) edit
    Accessories
    CARRY CASES No Carry Case edit
    BLUETOOTH Dell™ Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3Mbps) with Enhanced Data rate - Eur edit
    WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card - Europe - Core 2 Duo Processors edit
    MICROSOFT SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 9.0 - English edit
    Services & Software
    ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE SUPPORT No Accidental Damage Support edit
    SECURITY SOFTWARE No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English edit
    Also included with your system
    Gedis Bundle Reference N0372009
    Order Information Inspiron Order - UK
    Shipping Documents English Documentation with English/Irish Power Cord
    Dell System Media Kit Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
    Power Supply 90W AC Adapter
    Modem 56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK
    Keyboard Internal Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
    Standard Warranty 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
    TV Tuner and Remote Control Dell™ Travel Remote Control
    Online Promotion Option for GEDIS Configs Dell Internet Order.

    £679

    Original Poster

    does anybody know if you get a usb port on the laptop as standard or do ou need to add that somewhere further down the line?
    Just i have the 3 mobile broadband and need a usb for that.

    STACEY141;1761135

    does anybody know if you get a usb port on the laptop as standard or do … does anybody know if you get a usb port on the laptop as standard or do ou need to add that somewhere further down the line?Just i have the 3 mobile broadband and need a usb for that.



    These days you get them as standard. My Dell Inspiron 1520 has 4.

    Original Poster

    Did you get your dell from dell direct?
    I spoke to the woman on the phone but she wanted me to buy there and then and wasnt very heplful at all.
    Said they are normally £5 each but she would give me them for free hich makes me think??
    I would much prefer to do it all online but want to be sure that il get at least 1 usb post.

    thanks

    STACEY141;1761164

    Did you get your dell from dell direct?I spoke to the woman on the phone … Did you get your dell from dell direct?I spoke to the woman on the phone but she wanted me to buy there and then and wasnt very heplful at all. Said they are normally £5 each but she would give me them for free hich makes me think??I would much prefer to do it all online but want to be sure that il get at least 1 usb post.



    I got mine online through their website.

    When you look at the Dell site, when you click on the link to say the Inspiron laptops, it should come up with a page that says something like "Choose Your Inspiron Category". When you click the type of Inspiron you want, on the next page should be 4 or more laptops to choose from called "featured computers". There should be a tab above them that says "Tech Specs". If you click on that, it will tell you how many ports it has. (The same will be true of all models, not just the Inspirons)


    ETA: To answer your processor question. The 'core 2 duo' processor is better than the 'core duo', so get that one if you can.

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    think woman on the phone was meaning usb external hub

    Definitely get a Core2Duo or AMD 64x2 processor, 1.6ghz or higher.
    160gb hdd
    2gb ram

    Also good to check for,
    Ethernet
    WiFi
    Bluetooth

    USB ports are usually standard, try to get a laptop with at least 2 on though.

    logyon;1761107

    Inspiron TM 1525 (N0352510Components BASE Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7 … Inspiron TM 1525 (N0352510Components BASE Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7250 (2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 cache) edit OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English edit HARDWARE SUPPORT 1 Year Base Warranty edit WEBCAM 2.0 Mega pixel web camera edit COLOUR CHOICE Jet Black Colour with Matte Finish edit LCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display with TrueLife™ edit MEMORY 3072MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x2048+1x1024] edit HARD DRIVE 250GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive edit GRAPHICS CARD Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator X3100 edit OPTICAL DRIVE 8x DVD+/-RW Optical drive, including SW edit PRIMARY BATTERY 6-cell 56WHr Li-Ion primary battery edit Accessories CARRY CASES No Carry Case edit MEDIA CENTRE ENHANCEMENTS Dell™ Travel Remote Control edit BLUETOOTH Dell™ Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3Mbps) with Enhanced Data rate - Eur edit WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini-Card - Europe - Core 2 Duo Processors edit MICROSOFT SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 9.0 - English edit Services & Software ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE SUPPORT No Accidental Damage Support edit SECURITY SOFTWARE No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English edit Also included with your system Gedis Bundle Reference N0352510 Order Information Inspiron Order - UK Shipping Documents English EMEA 1 Documentation with Euro Power Cord Dell System Media Kit Resource DVD Inspiron 1525 - (Diagnostics & Drivers) Power Supply 65W AC Adapter Cables Power Cord UK 1meter Modem 56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK Keyboard Internal Keyboard Uk/Irish (QWERTY) Standard Warranty 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return Online Promotion Option for GEDIS Configs Dell Internet Order. £529 delivered



    Hi been looking at this laptop only thing I'm not sure of is the truelife screen do you know how reflective it is.Would I be better with the standard screen?

    Defo get a core 2 duo and the best wifi available, i have a dual core from Dell and the stock wifi, and to be honest its a bit slow loading pages and at multitasking. If you wanna download tv shows etc, you'll want a really good wifi. Hope this helps!

    and to remind everyone again - 5% dicount if you buy through Quidco - also reduce warranty - search for MikeT threads for good build deals at dell. specs above are good - maybe too good for what you want - if you don't already know the jargon, suggest you want a cheaper build - should be able to get decent spec laptop for

    STACEY141;1761164

    Did you get your dell from dell direct?I spoke to the woman on the phone … Did you get your dell from dell direct?I spoke to the woman on the phone but she wanted me to buy there and then and wasnt very heplful at all. Said they are normally £5 each but she would give me them for free hich makes me think??I would much prefer to do it all online but want to be sure that il get at least 1 usb post.thanks



    The woman at dell sales told you USB ports were £5 extra? Wow, that's terrible. I'd definitely consider buying from someone else if dell tells lies like that.

    Multiple USB ports are standard on pretty much every laptop.

    The Core 2 Duo is a dual-core processor (that's the duo bit of the name). so by 'dual-core' I guess you mean the pentium 4 dual-core.

    Without knowing what you're going to use the laptop for then it's impossible for anyone to recommend which one is better for you.

    If you want to run Windows Vista Premium though I'd definitely go for a good processor and 2GB of ram.

    Hard drive size has no significant effect on performance so hard drive size only depends on how much you need to keep on it. Words don't take up much space but pictures, audio do. Movies take up lots and lots of space if they're on the hard drive. Although DVD movies played from the drive don't need any.

    I assume the default wifi on dell laptops right now is the g varient. At 54mbps top speed this should easily handle the normal 2-8mbps internet connection. Perhaps you have the old 11mbps b varient Familia?
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