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    Vostro vs Inspiron

    OK... buying a laptop in the morning (after checking my bank account). I've heard good things about the Inspiron 6400. Very good battary life, good sound, etc. On the downside it doesnt look very good and is quite chunky. The Vostro is just the opposite my friend says it looks very nice... but I hear the battary life isnt very gd, and then the intel vs AMD war starts... heres the spec of the Vostro firstly:

    COMPONENTS

    Base AMD® Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL60
    Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows® XP Professional - English
    Enhanced Service Packs Base Warranty - 1 Year Business Hardware Support
    LCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
    Memory 2048 MB 667MHz Dual-Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x 1024 MB)
    Hard Drive 120GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
    Video Card ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 HyperMemory (integrated)
    Optical Devices Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
    Primary Battery 6 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (53 Whr)

    OTHER OPTIONS


    Accessories Not included
    Auto Air Adapter Not included
    Modem 56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK
    Mouse Not included
    Transfer my PC Not included
    Anti Theft Device & Asset Tagging Not included

    SOFTWARE & SERVICES


    Business Software Services Not included
    Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Support
    Services Solutions Not included
    Online Backup Not included
    Protect your new PC No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English

    ACCESSORIES


    Integrated Mobile Broadband Not included
    Dell Printers Not included
    Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
    Carrying Cases No Carry Case
    Accessories Not included
    External Keyboard Not included
    Wireless Networking Dell Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini-Card - Europe
    Wireless Access Point and Base Routers Not included
    USB Memory Keys Not included
    Digital Photography Not included
    Internet Access Services - Broadband / 3G Mobile Not included

    Total price - £363.08

    And then theres the 6400...

    Base Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T2080 (1.73 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2-cache)
    Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows® XP Professional - English
    Memory 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
    Keyboard Internal Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
    Video Card Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory
    Hard Drive 120GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
    Floppy Drives No Floppy Drive
    Modem 56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK
    CD/DVD Drives Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
    Sound Cards Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD Audio- Full Version
    Wireless Local Area Networking Dell Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini-PCI Card (for Dual-Core Processors)
    Shipping Documents English Documentation with UK Power Cord
    Gedis Bundle Reference N1264053
    Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
    Standard Warranty 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
    Hardware Support 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
    AntiVirus & Security Software No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
    Power Supply 65W AC Adapter
    Bluetooth No Bluetooth Upgrade
    Order Information Inspiron Order - UK
    Primary Battery 6 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (53 Whr)
    Carrying Cases No Carry Case
    Dell System Media Kit Resource CD - contains Diagnostics and Drivers
    Colour Choice No QuickSnap® LCD Back Cover
    Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Support
    Dell Internet Order Dell Internet Order.
    LCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
    Miscellaneous - For Global Premier only HSB Order

    Total Price - :£363.84

    Obviously I'll be using quidco.. but I just wanted a second opinion... I wont be travelling much with it so lead the way guys....

    11 Comments

    Original Poster

    I blame you Mike.. lol :P

    imo you want to forget all the bs Dell give you and just look at the specs.

    You haven't really stated what you want it for. But I'd get the Second option, only because I prefer Intel.

    Original Poster

    Well, Im a student.. so im buying a laptop to take abroad, and keep up with my studies... music, watching videos, perhaps a bit of gaming here and there (so at the moment I'm edging towards Intel) . and cheers for the feedback james.

    my deal at comet for the HP 399 one is good, search the deals mate

    Original Poster

    If im on a 7 hour plane journey.. I'd rather that the intel does 5 hours than the amd which does 45 mins (as stated in some reviews) but I dunno... the graphics wins it for me.

    Does the AMD gobble the juice? hmm i didnt know that, wonder why that is?

    I had the same dilema yesterday and went for the Vostro for the following reasons....

    1. More durable (spill proof keyboard).
    2. Faster chip and 64bit.
    3. Slightly better graphics
    4. I like the black, non-fussy look. I have seen both in the flesh and IMHO the Vostro looks classier.
    5. Business warranty is better (I think)

    OTOH
    Inspiron has firewire.
    Intel chips have a better name.
    Sound card is better in Inspiron.

    Oh and BTW, the AMD has a TDP of either 31 or 35w depending on the chip revision which is hardly gobbling the juice.

    woo..just found this thread.
    In the same boat.
    A better CPU in vostro, black, newer design..but not as good speakers and less interfaces

    Original Poster

    Just thought i'd let you guys know... I went for the vostro. The design did it for me lol..

    what kind of Vostro did you go for? 1000?

    In reality, this will be used by the gf.
    The 6400 has a multimedia style layout...so you can skip tracks etc, and is better for sound too. And is silver.
    But the vostro is a better machine (but it wont be stretched by surfing and word anyway :S)
    Still cant pick
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