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Which Laptop?

Discussion in 'Laptops & Tablets' started by Robinho_Skills, 18 Oct 2009.

  1. Robinho_Skills

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    Hi,
    I have recently purchased a new laptop (macbook) and i just couldnt get used to it. So i have given to my mum :) now i need one for myself.
    I have been looking around on dell and i think these two are the best options for my budget. Which would you choose

    Dell Studio 15=£699
    Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Mobile Processor (1.6GHz, turbo up to 2.8GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
    Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, 64bit, English
    15.6in Widescreen High Definition (1366x768) WLED with TrueLife
    512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HP 4570
    4096MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
    320GB (7,200rpm) Hard Drive
    Fixed Internal DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive
    6 Cell Battery
    or
    Dell Vostro=£539
    Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.5GHZ,1066fsb, 3mb cache
    Windows Vista Business
    Premium WXGA+ 1440 x 900 with truelife
    FingerPrint Reader
    4gb ddr2
    320gb 7200rpm Free Fall Sensor
    256mb 9300M GS
    6 Cell Battery
    Fixed Internal DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive

    Which would you choose...
    Can you reccomend me another laptop which is max £700
    Thanks
     
  2. no_1_dave

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    Dell Studio 15

    It's much better!
     
  3. sketch145

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    seconded, especially with that proccessor :eek:
     
  4. Robinho_Skills

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    Ok what about the graphics though, This is going to be my main pc so i want it to be decent for graphics, Is the 9300m better than 4570 or vice versa.
     
  5. no_1_dave

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    4570 is almost twice as good.
    Still not great though. You'd be better off with the Acer at the top of this screen
     
  6. Robinho_Skills

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    Well I will just be playing Cod 4 and football manager 2010, and maybe MW 2 if I can. But i am however willing to sacrifice graphics for cpu power as I have a ps3
     
  7. broona

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    I just ordered the i7 Studio 15, I'm also willing to sacrifice GPU power for CPU power! :D
     
  8. iaind

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    I was torn between the S15 with an i7 or an XPS 16 with a C2D - went for the XPS in the end, the features, GPU and build quality were all much better. Plus I should be able to upgrade it to an i7 later down the line... I think :)
     
  9. broona

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    The i7 is socket PGA998, the C2D is 'probably' socket BGA956, so that'll be a no. ;)

    PS, which GPU does your XPS come with? And how much if you don't mind me asking?
     
  10. iaind

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    It was a 3570 512mb as standard but I paid £30 to get a 1gb 4670

    I paid £872 for it, 2.12Ghz with 4gb RAM, 500gb 7200RPM sata, said graphics card, WLED display, DTV tuner, 11n wifi/bluetooth, 3g card built in, slotload DVDRW, backlit keyboard, Win7 Home Premium and a bluetooth mouse
     
  11. broona

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    Nice, I just ordered mine as standard, £630 delivered with employee discount, not quite as nice a spec as yours, but then I only set out to pay £500 anyway! :p
     
  12. iaind

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    It took me ages to find the right combination of vouchers and things. I looked at the EPP but I wanted to get the cashback through Quidco (which will be about 50 quid!) and had a 5% off voucher code anyway. This was it:

    Studio XPS 16(N00X6002)
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P7450 (2.13Ghz, 3MB, 1066MHz), Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit- English
    £ 725.30
    1
    £ 725.30
    Item
    Description
    Base
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P7450 (2.13Ghz, 3MB, 1066MHz)
    Memory
    4096MB 1067MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
    Keyboard
    Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard
    Video Card
    1GB ATI® Radeon™ HD 4670 graphics card
    Hard Drive
    500GB (7,200rpm) Free Fall Sensor Hard Drive
    Microsoft Operating System
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit- English
    Optical Devices
    Internal DVD+/-RW (DVD & CD read and write) Slot Load Drive(Software install, no media)
    Wireless Networking
    Intel WiFi Link 5100 (802.11 a/b/g/n 1X2) 1/2 MiniCard
    Cables
    1 Meter Power Cord (3 Wire) - UK
    Shipping Documents
    English - Documentation Studio XPS 16
    Gedis Bundle Reference
    N10X6002
    Standard Warranty
    1 Year Premium Warranty Support
    Enhanced Service Packs
    1Yr Premium Warranty Support
    Bluetooth
    Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Module
    Order Information
    Studio XPS 16 Order - UK
    Primary Battery
    Primary 6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery
    Carrying Cases
    No Carry Case
    Dell System Media Kit
    Studio XPS 16 Resource DVD (Diagnostic & Drivers)
    Camera
    Integrated Camera with Facial Recognition Software
    Accidental Damage Support
    No Accidental Damage Support
    Online Backup
    DataSafe Online Backup 2GB 1 year
    Theft Protection Solution
    FailSafe® Theft Protection - track and protect lost or stolen laptops - 30 days free trial
    TV Tuner and Remote Control
    Integrated DVB-T TV Tuner and Antenna (MLK base)
    Labels
    Wireless Label (Intel Wireless Cards) - Core 2 Duo
    LCD
    Red Leather back cover : 15.6" (inch) Truelife 1080p Full HD WLED Edge to Edge Display
    DataSafe
    Datasafe Local 2.0 Basic
    Microsoft Application Software
    Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
    Protect your new PC
    McAfee® Security Centre - 15 Month Protection - English
    Power Supply
    90W AC Adaptor
    Dell Bluetooth Black Travel Mouse (Bluetooth Card required)
    £ 15.64
    1
    £ 15.64
    Total excl. VAT VAT Rate VAT Total incl. VAT
    Sub-total(s): £ 740.94 15.00% £ 111.14 £ 852.08
    Delivery Charge: £ 17.39 15.00% £ 2.61 £ 20.00
    Total Price: £ 758.33 £ 113.75 £ 872.08
     
  13. broona

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    Strange that yours comes with Windows 7 Home Premium as standard, and mine comes with Professional, sure they've got their reasons!

    I know someone who works for Dell, and got a 10% discount code off them instead of doing the EPP, so hopefully my Quidco will pay out too, fingers crossed!
     
  14. iaind

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    Professional was another 30 quid. They very depending on which bundle code you start off with...
     
  15. Andybtsn

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    Location: North Yorkshire

    I get my Dell Studio 15 tomorrow morning. Will give a review of it if you wish. Paid £759 with various discounts/offers at the time. Has taken nearly three weeks to arrive. Dell put the estimated delivery back three times, pretty frustrating! They put the date back to 27th of this month then when I looked again it was in delivery, must of been my snotty email :D

    Anyway here is what I ordered just copied off my confirmation email so messy.

    Order QTY Item Description Item #
    1 N1053511 200-61454
    1 Studio 1557 : Intel i7-720QM(1.6GHz) Mobile CPU 210-29597
    1 Palmrest : Silver Chainlink with Black Chainlink Cover only 214-10166
    1 Display : 15.6 Widescreen Full High Definition (1920X1080) WLED with TrueLife 230-11022
    1 Camera : Integrated 2.0 Mega Pixel Camera 319-10317
    1 LCD Back Cover : Black Chainlink 320-10979
    1 Resource DVD : Studio 1557 Diagnostics and Drivers 340-19558
    1 Ship Accessory : English Docs 340-19598
    1 Memory : 4096MB (2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel 370-15860
    1 Hard Drive : 500GB Serial ATA (7200RPM) 400-18179
    1 Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software 429-14342
    1 Power Cord : UK 1M 450-12188
    1 Power Supply : Inspiron 90W AC Adapter 450-13775
    1 Battery : Primary 6 cell 56W/HR LI-ION 451-10559
    1 Carry Case : Not Included 460-10282
    1 Graphics : 512 MB ATI Mobility Radeon HP 4570 490-11657
    1 Wireless : Dell Wireless 1397 (802.11 b/g) Mini Card European 555-11434
    1 Wireless : Wireless Label CI7 555-12548
    1 Keyboard : Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard 583-12488
    1 Operating System : English Genuine Windows Vista SP1 Home Premium (64 BIT) including Media 619-15814
    1 Software : English Microsoft Works 9.0 with Home and Student Trial 630-12198
    1 Dell Dock 1.0 640-10785
    1 Dell Video Chat 640-10787
    1 Software : Datasafe Local 2.0 Basic 640-11632
    1 Software : Dell Download Store (UK, France, Germany) 640-11714
    1 English McAfee Security Centre 10 - 30 Day Trial Version 650-12371
    1 1Yr Limited Warranty - Collect & Return 754-10017
    1 No Warranty Upgrade 754-10046
    1 No Accidental Damage Support 755-10239
    1 Studio 1557 Order - UK 799-12999
    1 Studio NB - System Only 990-15147
     
  16. Robinho_Skills

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    Please do mate as i am looking at gettting one if i cant get my current cpus heat down.
    Please if you can take a few temp readings while it is on your lap e.t.c not on a cooling pad
    Thanks