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Old 07-17-2007, 02:29 PM   #1
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Would you consider buying a Dell laptop? Please state why or why not. I have $1400 to spend right now and I'm getting ready to order sometime this week, pending decisions.

Check out this configuration. All this for only $1,147:

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7300 (2.00GHz) 4M L2 Cache, 800MHz Dual Core

OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista™ Business, with media

LCD PANEL 14.1 inch Wide Screen WXGA LCD Panel

MEMORY 1.0GB, DDR2-667 SDRAM, 2 DIMMS

HARD DRIVE 80GB Hard Drive, 9.5MM, 7200RPM

OPTICAL DRIVE 8X DVD+/-RW w/Roxio and Cyberlink Power DVD™

VIDEO CARD Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

WI-FI WIRELESS CARD Dell Wireless™ 1390 802.11g Mini Card

BATTERY 9 Cell Primary Battery
PRIMARY POWER OPTIONS 90W A/C Adapter
WARRANTY & SERVICE 3 Year Limited Warranty plus 3 Year Mail-in Service
HARD DRIVE PARTITION Custom Hard Drive Partition, 40GB Primary, Remainder Secondary
Ship Group US - System Documentation, Power Cord
OS Labels Vista Premium Label
Miscellaneous Latitude D630
BACKUP OS DRIVERS AND SYSTEM DOCUMENTATION No System Documentation

I have to say, it's pretty impressive for all this to be at that cost. Usually in stores, you find this config to be around $1500+ easily.
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Old 07-17-2007, 04:59 PM   #2
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Go for it . Our school had some dell laptops and they survived a real good beating and worked pretty well for general office tasks . Also they looked pretty good at the same time .
The only thing i see wrong with that is the graphics but if you dont game no biggie and maybe an other gig of ram for vista
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Yes, go and buy a dell laptop....
the laptop I plan on buying is Dell XPS M1300.
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Old 07-17-2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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i just bought the 1520 and with the 2.0ghz core 2 and the 256mb 8600 it gets much higher 3d marks then the xps
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:55 PM   #5
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The only thing that config doesn't have is a media card reader which I really need. Looks like the Latitude models don't carry those because I guess Dell think "they're too high and mighty and perhaps too busy" to be sharing media with an SD card. Or they probably think most people uses USB flash drives, but still, how the hell do they expect people with digital camera to upload their pictures?

I may have to look at the Inspiron or the XPS model like Zaki God. But so far so good for Dell laptop ratings. I can see their desktop models aren't getting any favors from anyone here, lol.
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:59 PM   #6
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you can always buy an external card reader...i still think the 1520 is a better deal. the xps can only go up to a 128mg vid card
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:04 AM   #7
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How does that external card reader work? You plug it in to the USB port on the laptop? I've actually never seen those.

The main reason why I chose the Latitude line is because they're thin and lightweight. I don't do gaming on laptops which is why I don't really need top of the line video controllers or CPU. I could get away with 1GB and a smaller hard drive since it won't be used for multimedia stuff too much. I'll just dump everything on my external drive. But let me look up the 1520. What model is it? Inspiron?

Holy sh**, almost had an error message posting this!!!!
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:42 AM   #8
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Even better for about the same price:

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7200 (2.00GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB)

OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium

MEMORY 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms)

HARD DRIVE Speed: 80GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)

OPTICAL DRIVE 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability

VIDEO CARD 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7400 TurboCache™

WARRANTY AND SERVICE 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor - Next Business Day

ACCIDENT AND THEFT PROTECTION 1Yr LoJack for Laptops Theft Protection (CD Shipped Separately)

ENVIRONMENTAL OPTIONS Free Recycling Kit

BATTERY OPTIONS 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

WIRELESS CARDS Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/g

PRODUCTIVITY Microsoft Works 8. DOES NOT INCLUDE MS WORD

ANTI-VIRUS & SECURITY McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 15-months

Network Card Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem

Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 7.0

Labels Windows Vista™ Premium

Processor Branding Intel Centrino Core Duo Processor

Total Price for this Dell XPS M1210 laptop: $1,174!!!!!!

Wow, great deal!!!!!!!! It's super small too.
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Can I make a suggestion? Have you considered HP. I have one a DV6100 and like it alot. Have a look at www.hp.com
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:21 AM   #10
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I'm coming from a Compaq. Well, it's Compaq/HP so I'm assuming they're both the same quality. I haven't had any luck with my laptop since it broke down awhile ago. Power related issue and motherboard problems. I took it in to the shop about three different times for hardware related problems. Not looking good from my point of view.

I could probably get the price lower on the M1210 if I bump down the CPU speed, which I might do. The graphics card is pretty good, but I think it's too much for me. I can't control that one because it comes with the XPS M1210 as a standard package. So Im lookng at about $1,000 for everything. The screen size is 12.1" and comes with a 9 cell batter which I love. It also has a 5-in-1 memory card reader too which is a must have for me.

I was also reading the reviews for this laptop. The only complaint about it is how thick it is compared to the other thinner laptops, but that's hardly anything to complain about. It's the fastest ultra small laptop and it's dirt cheap at Dell right now. I may bump up the RAM just for the hell of it. It even has a one year free lowjack system, lol, for laptops?!?! Never seen that before but I'll give it a try. Not like anyone's going to take it.

Performance wise, this is the best as seen here:

http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/dell...-31899187.html

More review on it:

http://www.laptopmag.com/Review/Dell-XPS-M1210.htm
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,12...s/article.html
http://techreport.com/reviews/2007q1...0/index.x?pg=1

Woooooo, coming from these two websites (especially high praises from laptopmag.com and techreport.com), I feel this is going to be an excellent purchase!!!!!
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:35 AM   #11
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You should go for Alienware, even though they are owned by Dell they are better for gaming. But if you are not even going to use the laptop for a lot of things get a cheaper one, like an Insperation.
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yea it is in inspiron...it is nice i watched a review on the 1520 compared the the new hp and the only real difference with the hp is it is thinner and has a glossy cover. the xps m1210 is nice but it is very very small a 12 inch screen is very small you don't think so until you actually see it. and the inspiron comes with 2gigs of ram for free and a 160 gig hd standard
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and plus...you have 8 colors to choose from..just to make it harder...i went with brown
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:54 PM   #14
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Yes, I'd get it. Dells aren't all that bad. They're relatively cheap for prebuilt computers, and it's pretty hard to build a laptop yourself
As you've already done, just look for quality professional reviews. That's just to make sure whatever hardware Dell puts in it is good quality.
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You should go for Alienware, even though they are owned by Dell they are better for gaming. But if you are not even going to use the laptop for a lot of things get a cheaper one, like an Insperation.
alienware are worse for gaming. try gaming with a radiator on ur lap. i have always disliked dell but now they have made ridculously cheap prices for the inspiron series.
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Check this HP Pavilion out! http://www.ecost.com/detail.aspx?edp=37782253
I've ordered stuff off there website before I know this is a refurbed but found it the other day helping someone and its a freaking steal!

Features

* 2.00 GHz Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology featuring Intel® Core ™ 2 Duo processor T7200
* HD DVD ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Double Layer
* Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
* HP Imprint Finish & HP Pavilion WebCam with Integrated Microphone
* Genuine Windows® Vista Ultimate 64-bit

Specifications
Microprocessor 2.00 GHz Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology featuring Intel® Core ™ 2 Duo processor T7200
Microprocessor Cache 4MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB

Memory
2048MB DDR2 (2 Dimm)
Video Graphics NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
Video Memory Discrete 256MB
Hard Drive 240GB 5400RPM Hard Drive Dual HDD - 120GB x 2 (SATA)
Multimedia Drive HD DVD ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Double Layer
Display 17.0" WXGA+ High-Definition BrightView Widescreen Display (1440 x 900)
Fax/Modem High speed 56k modem
Network Card Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless Connectivity Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Multimedia Features HP Imprint Finish & HP Pavilion WebCam with Integrated Microphone
Sound Altec Lansing
Keyboard Notebook keyboard with scroll bar and integrated numeric keypad; 2 Quick Launch Buttons-HP Quick Play Music and DVD
Pointing Device Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical scroll Up/Down pad
PC Card Slots 1 ExpressCard/54 Slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
External Ports

* 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
* 4 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
* 1 Headphone out w/SPDIF Digital Audio
* 1 microphone-in
* 1 HDMI
* 1 VGA (15-pin)
* 1 TV-Out (S-video)
* 1 RJ-11 (modem)
* 1 RJ -45 (LAN)
* 1 Expansion Port 3, 1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin)
* 1 Consumer IR (Remote Receiver)

Dimensions 15.16 (L) x 11.65" (min W) x 1.57" (max H)
Weight 7.8lbs
Security

* Kensington® MicroSaver lock slot
* Power-on password
* Accepts 3rd party security lock devices

Power

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* 8-Cell Lithium-Ion battery

Operating System Genuine Windows® Vista Ultimate 64-bit
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:07 AM   #17
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OMFG, that thing is a steal!!!!! Excellent specs and looks better than that Dell configuration I displayed. The only thing about that HP is the size. It's 17" so it's got to be a huge laptop. I could use that to replace my desktop PC . If you look at that laptop compare to my regular PC specs, it's no contest.


D'oh, lolz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was going to get an exhaust system put on my car too with this money. It's either I get the laptop or I get the exhaust. Very tough decision.
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Old 07-22-2007, 05:19 PM   #18
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I went with the NEW Inspiron model instead of the XPS I had in mind. That XPS didn't look good and it has heat issues. Laptop was just too thick. The XPS M1330 would've been a better pick but I wasn't going to spend a lot for a laptop, plus, I don't plan on gaming on it.

So this is what I'm finally getting:

Inspiron 1420 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7300 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/4MB cache)
Operation System Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium Edition

2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
LCD Panel Anti-glare, widescreen 14.1 inch display (1280x800)
Video Card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Hard Drive Speed: 160GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
Integrated NIC and Modem Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem

Optical Drive CD / DVD writer (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Sound Card High Definition Audio 2.0
Wireless Networking Cards Intel® 3945 802.11a/g Mini-card

Battery Options 85Whr Lithium Ion Battery (9 cell)


TOTAL:$1,083.00

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Total Price
Sub-total $1,039.68


Whew, pretty good huh? A 2GHz Core 2 Duo laptop with 2GB DDR2 and a 160GB SATA Hard drive....man, all for nearly $1,000!!!! It has other goodies too like 8 in 1 media card reader, 4 USB ports, wi-fi indicator, advanced antenna, dual headphone port, tru-brite monitor, and what else? It's pretty loaded.
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