Looking to buy a laptop

    Is this spec any good for the money, its one of dells vostro and costing £340.00

    Base AMD® Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL58
    Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows® XP Professional - English
    Memory 2048 MB 667MHz Dual-Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x 1024 MB)
    Keyboard Internal Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
    Video Card ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 HyperMemory (integrated)
    Hard Drive 160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
    Modem 56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK
    Optical Devices Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
    Wireless Networking Dell Wireless 1395 Mini-Card (802.11 b/g)
    Shipping Documents English Documentation with English/Irish Power Cord
    Gedis Bundle Reference N0410008
    Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 9.0 - English
    Standard Warranty 1Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
    Enhanced Service Packs 1Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day Included - No Upgrade Selected
    CompleteCare Declined CompleteCare
    Protect your new PC No Security/Anti-Virus Protection
    Power Supply 65W AC Adapter
    Bluetooth No Bluetooth Card included
    Order Information Vostro Laptop Order - UK
    Primary Battery 4 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (29 Whr)
    Carrying Cases No Carry Case
    Dell System Media Kit Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
    Online Promotion Option for GEDIS Configs Dell Internet Order
    LCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display with TrueLife


    IMO thats one good spec for the price apart from

    integreted VGA card (not aproblem if youre not a display-intensive game players)
    blutooth-less (can be useful for file transferring or bluetooth speaker/earphone)

    Original Poster

    not worried about playing games, it will only be used for the web and downloading music, cant seem to find anywhere on the del website to add bluetooth!!


    check these people out....I've not used them but they have started advertising in computeractive magazine, and some random bloke in PC world said they were good…php

    You might want to consider a bigger battery if you're going to use it on the move, on the other hand if it's going to be plugged in most of the time, then it won't really matter.

    Personally though, I prefer this ]Vostro 1400 which I would consider to be better vfm at the moment, I guess it depends if you want a bigger screen. If you configure it with 2GB and a truelife screen it will come in at £364.25 but with a superior processor, better graphics, better battery, and in my opinion the advantage of being smaller.

    Original Poster

    id prefer the biger screen

    I'll echo Mike73's admiration of the vostro 1400... shame about the backlog.

    I think you've got yourself a good deal there:

    the Ati onboard isn't the best in the world, with the intel X3100 dell use in their intel models being slightly better. If the battery upgrade to a 6-cell is reasonably priced, doesn't stick out and you might be using the laptop on the move, I'd consider that.
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