Found 15th Apr 2009
Hey everyone, I've been trying to find a new laptop, i have been scouring the internet with a sieve trying to find a laptop suitable for my needs/wants. I dont know why but i am after a fairly high spec machine - C2D, 4GB Ram, Wireless N (bluetooth poss) a fairly big HDD. I have littled my list down to 2 possibles.

The first is a Samsung which seems to be very high spec n ticks all the boxes, however the company selling it seem to have awful reputation for after service and also there isnt any definitive reviews for it. The second is a Sony, i dont know why but I must be sonys ideal target because ive fallen for their products but they are so expensive for the little spec you actually pay for.

I would be ever so grateful for any views, comments or suggestions on what you think would be a good £/spec ratio... Budget should be around 600 but can go higher if its worth the extra pennies! I would tell you what it would be used for but it wouldnt justify the reasoning for the high spec, i dont game but id like to know i could if i wanted to (i play sims looool - i know im sad n its hardly gfx intensive), however i do use Adobe's products regularly photoshop, dreamweaver, flash etc

Links to both in next post. - sorry for the essay post lol, all help will be repped as always
Thanks in advance!!!

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I use a dell xps m1330 and it is the nicest laptop ive had, and light and small 13.3" screen and packs nice power.

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need to up your budget to around £4000 for the perfect laptop mate


altough i got a sony vaio ar61s and it does me fine cost me £550

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casparwhite;4934042

need to up your budget to around £4000 for the perfect laptop matealtough … need to up your budget to around £4000 for the perfect laptop matealtough i got a sony vaio ar61s and it does me fine cost me £550



Yeah judging from what ive seen i dont doubt you for a second lol... The perfect laptop was a bit optimistic tbf but i believe i should be able to get something above the basic toshibas etc...

how about a dell Studio 15? £549

Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.40 GHz
Vista Home Premium
15.4" Wide Screen WXGA WLED (1280 x 800) TFT with TrueLife
4096MB
320GB
256MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3450
8x DVD+/-RW

]Link

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noodles1631;4934115

how about a dell Studio 15? £549Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.40 GHz … how about a dell Studio 15? £549Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.40 GHz Vista Home Premium 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA WLED (1280 x 800) TFT with TrueLife 4096MB 320GB 256MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3450 8x DVD+/-RW]Link



Now that i like, whats the CPU like dont think ive stumbled across that model before... Also what are dells delivery schedules like at the minute? Thanks have some Rep, forgot all about Dell tbh. Although I used to steer clear because there were so many options and i wanted all of them lol

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ukbill69;4934014

I use a dell xps m1330 and it is the nicest laptop ive had, and light and … I use a dell xps m1330 and it is the nicest laptop ive had, and light and small 13.3" screen and packs nice power.



Dont they cost an absolute fortune tho :w00t:

I know you are looking at £600 but check this out for £419 brilliant spec i think you might be surprised , its a hp laptop


ebuyer.com/pro…887

You could try this :- configure.euro.dell.com/del…505

Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz / 4GB / 320GB / HD 4330 / Wireless N / Blu Ray ROM for £540 Delivered using this code: 6DP117PJ45KTWD

4yr Warranty is only £50 more as well.

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hutchir9;4934238

I know you are looking at £600 but check this out for £419 brilliant spec … I know you are looking at £600 but check this out for £419 brilliant spec i think you might be surprised , its a hp laptophttp://www.ebuyer.com/product/158887



As much as I agree it is indeed a brilliant spec for the money its certainly made me look twice - the GFX card lets it down but not to the extent that its a party pooper.

Youve really thrown a spanner in the works lol

djstrobe4real;4934177

Now that i like, whats the CPU like dont think ive stumbled across that … Now that i like, whats the CPU like dont think ive stumbled across that model before... Also what are dells delivery schedules like at the minute? Thanks have some Rep, forgot all about Dell tbh. Although I used to steer clear because there were so many options and i wanted all of them lol



hey thanks, hmm i'm not sure about the CPU but at 2.4 it sounds pretty fast or the delivery schedules i'm afraid sorry.

oops almost forgot, use the code that emasu said 6DP117PJ45KTWD

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emasu;4934315

You could try this :- … You could try this :- http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b&c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&kc=nrs15451&l=en&oc=n0454505Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz / 4GB / 320GB / HD 4330 / Wireless N / Blu Ray ROM for £540 Delivered using this code: 6DP117PJ45KTWD4yr Warranty is only £50 more as well.



Thanks Emasu i like that one too! - god theres soooo many options, screw you laptopsdirect

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Damn it just found out that voucher expires tonight :-( - Dont get paid till Friday lol - just my luck :x

I think ive repped everybody!

You could look at a ]vostro from the small business site - there is a ]10% off code that expires on the 29th when you spend over £449 exc. VAT.

There's new vostros due out any time now from dell, which could push the current ones down to get a bargain.

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Are small businesses ok for a non business user? Or do i have to provide false compnay info to be eligible?

Edit: Thanks Emasu - You da man lol

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mate have a look at refurbs on play and amazon as thats what mine was and it was brand new just slightly damaged box

even came with full warranty from sony as well as the sellers ltd warranty

vaio with 400gb and blu ray burner ta muchly

djstrobe4real;4934791

Are small businesses ok for a non business user? Or do i have to provide … Are small businesses ok for a non business user? Or do i have to provide false compnay info to be eligible?Edit: Thanks Emasu - You da man lol



It's fine, when you're ordering just put in that you're a home user.

dells delivery is 10 working days atm
missus ordered the studio 15 (2nd from left) with 10% off voucher 449 quid
with dell it seems to be you should upgrade as little as possible - just choose the next model up and start again
eg upgrading processor may be 90quid but next model up only 50quid more
xps seems to be more about style and compactness at your budget than function

tbh seem to be some decent acer around that price

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casparwhite;4934793

mate have a look at refurbs on play and amazon as thats what mine was and … mate have a look at refurbs on play and amazon as thats what mine was and it was brand new just slightly damaged boxeven came with full warranty from sony as well as the sellers ltd warrantyvaio with 400gb and blu ray burner ta muchly



Nah i just reckon you got real lucky, i had 2 sony recons from DSG and both broke, one was DOA and the other the Q,W,A and S keys didnt work, and when i tried to get it repaired i just got given a refund - had to fight them to repair it because it was the laptop i really wanted at the time.

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brilly;4934879

dells delivery is 10 working days atm missus ordered the studio 15 (2nd … dells delivery is 10 working days atm missus ordered the studio 15 (2nd from left) with 10% off voucher 449 quidwith dell it seems to be you should upgrade as little as possible - just choose the next model up and start againeg upgrading processor may be 90quid but next model up only 50quid more



*Goes and cries in the corner... Payday not till friday - 10% off expires in 2.5 Hours :x:x:x

If they go and extend the SB deals for another week, a 1.8Ghz C2D, 3GB, 250GB, 256mb Nvidia Card and 3yr onsite warranty for £469 delivered is very reasonable.

djstrobe4real;4934903

*Goes and cries in the corner... Payday not till friday - 10% off expires … *Goes and cries in the corner... Payday not till friday - 10% off expires in 2.5 Hours :x:x:x


thats what credit cards are for

i wouldn't worry about a code, new one be up tomorrow most likely.
hotukdeals.com/all…=28
seems to be a new one each week with slight variations

hutchir9;4934238

I know you are looking at £600 but check this out for £419 brilliant spec … I know you are looking at £600 but check this out for £419 brilliant spec i think you might be surprised , its a hp laptophttp://www.ebuyer.com/product/158887



I second this. Excellent deal. Even better when it was £399 2 days ago

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brilly;4934973

thats what credit cards are for i wouldn't worry about a code, new one … thats what credit cards are for i wouldn't worry about a code, new one be up tomorrow most likely.http://www.hotukdeals.com/all/vouchers/discussed?merchant_search=dell&mf=28 seems to be a new one each week with slight variations



Im crossing my fingers, toes n everything else!

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djstrobe4real;4934892

Nah i just reckon you got real lucky, i had 2 sony recons from DSG and … Nah i just reckon you got real lucky, i had 2 sony recons from DSG and both broke, one was DOA and the other the Q,W,A and S keys didnt work, and when i tried to get it repaired i just got given a refund - had to fight them to repair it because it was the laptop i really wanted at the time.



ive bought a few more since for family as it go's and all have been excellent

fw11m and fw11e

not just lucky.........just not from dsg

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casparwhite;4935132

ive bought a few more since for family as it go's and all have been … ive bought a few more since for family as it go's and all have been excellentfw11m and fw11enot just lucky.........just not from dsg



Now you say Refurb is that from Amazon marketplace and Play trade or is it from the official sellers?

BTW i hate DSG just as much as the next person BUT they had the right laptop at the time lol

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djstrobe4real;4935238

Now you say Refurb is that from Amazon marketplace and Play trade or is … Now you say Refurb is that from Amazon marketplace and Play trade or is it from the official sellers?BTW i hate DSG just as much as the next person BUT they had the right laptop at the time lol



sounds like the wrong laptop at the right price lol

ive used both mate

telephones online @ amazon and

factory refurbs direct @ play

stock changes regulary but worth keeping an eye out

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Oh right thanks for the tip. Didnt know play did refurbs... ill keep an eye out, cant see any at the minute

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Been reading up on Dells and it seems the studios have a few issues that are very common, such as the CD drive ejecting randomly... Hmmm dont think im ever gonna find a laptop unless i comprimise on something. Appreciate all the help, and if ive not repped you tell me and ill amend it!

Thank you!!!

]This would satisfy your needs bar wireless N for around £550 delivered with a 3yr onsite warranty. (Move down to the 250GB FFS Drive).

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emasu;4946185

]This would satisfy your needs bar wireless N for around £550 delivered … ]This would satisfy your needs bar wireless N for around £550 delivered with a 3yr onsite warranty. (Move down to the 250GB FFS Drive).



Tried to Re-Rep but i cant yet, that seems a cracking deal for me, just out of interest what is a free fall sensor hard drive, is that one of those IBM "brace for impact" hdds?

As always Emasu your help has been invaluable to me, maybe someday i will be able to return the favour!

Thanks again!

djstrobe4real;4946498

Tried to Re-Rep but i cant yet, that seems a cracking deal for me, just … Tried to Re-Rep but i cant yet, that seems a cracking deal for me, just out of interest what is a free fall sensor hard drive, is that one of those IBM "brace for impact" hdds?As always Emasu your help has been invaluable to me, maybe someday i will be able to return the favour!Thanks again!



From what I understand the laptop/HDD will detect if the laptop is about to smash into the floor or you have just dropped it and takes action to prevent your hard drive from corrupting. It's also a faster drive @ 7200rpm.

You would get £21.36 cashback through quidco if you went for it. You would need to go through ]small/medium business.

Remember also, you can have XP Pro as well as Vista Biz for only £10 more.

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Does Quidco track okay with Dell, it says on Quidco reliability is low

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Not sure if Emasu will see this but i tried to buy that dell you suggested but its like £625.60 when you include VAT so maybe not such a great deal as i thought.

If ive missed something please let me know. Thanks!!!

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Just saw that the Dell 10% off code is back!!! So i shall probably try the studio or maybe the XPS dunno which one to go for yet...

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Sorry to double post, but has are people still having problems with the Dell Studio laptops... such as buggy bios, random ejecting and corrupting touch keys???

djstrobe4real;4954495

Not sure if Emasu will see this but i tried to buy that dell you … Not sure if Emasu will see this but i tried to buy that dell you suggested but its like £625.60 when you include VAT so maybe not such a great deal as i thought. If ive missed something please let me know. Thanks!!!



Did you register for your 10% off code ]here for the vostros?

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emasu;4955165

Did you register for your 10% off code ]here for the vostros?



I did not...:oops:
Just registered didnt know about it to be honest, so again thank you Emasu!!!

Truly a brilliant Northamptonian haha

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Decided not to go with Dell in the end purely due to the long delivery times they have at the moment, ill hold off for now, but thank you so much for everybodys effort in trying to assist me, im a fussy person lol!!!
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