New Laptop

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  1. RonJeremey

    RonJeremey OT Supporter

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    Gotta replace the pressario 2700, after 3 years of faithful service it's finally dying.

    new system:

    Order detail - order placed 2004-10-06 16:15:21[​IMG]Inspiron 600m
    Pentium® M Processor 715(1.50GHz/400MHz FSB) 14.1-in SXGA+, 64MB Video, Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
    Qty: 1
    Unit Price: $1,930.00
    Inspiron 600mPentium® M Processor 715(1.50GHz/400MHz FSB) 14.1-in SXGA+, 64MB Video
    B15X6HK
    [221-6040]
    Memory512MB DDR SDRAM 2 Dimms
    512MB2D
    [311-1885]
    Hard Drive30GB Hard Drive
    30GB
    [340-8045]
    Operating SystemMicrosoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
    WHXP
    [313-1828]
    [412-0408]
    [313-2208]
    [412-0689]
    [420-4766]
    [463-2282]
    Integrated Modem and NICInternal 56K Modem and Integrated Network Card
    56MPC
    [313-1659]
    Document ManagementAdobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0
    ADOBER
    [430-1048]
    OpticalFREE 24XCD-RW/DVD Combo Upgrade (from DVD)
    24COMBP
    [462-5323]
    [430-1050]
    Wireless Networking CardsIntel® PRO/Wireless 2200 Internal Wireless (802.11 b/g, 54Mbps)
    IP2200I
    [430-0916]
    Bundled SoftwareProductivity Pack including WordPerfect®
    ICORELM
    [412-0556]
    [412-0714]
    Security SoftwareNo Security Subscription
    NS
    [412-0735]
    Digital MusicDell Jukebox - easy-to-use music player and CD burning software
    MMBASE
    [412-0691]
    Primary Battery6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery (53Whr)
    53WHR
    [310-5188]
    Limited Warranty, Services and Support3Yr Ltd Warranty, 3Yr Mail-In Service, and 3Yr Technical Support
    ST333RR
    [950-3339]
    [950-3830]
    [950-3832]
    [412-0361]
    [950-5442]
    [960-2780]
    Dial-Up Internet Access6 Months EarthLink Internet Access Included
    ERTHLNK
    [412-0584]
    [412-0625]
    [420-3224]
    [412-0687]
    Digital Imaging or Digital PhotographyPaint Shop™ Pro® Trial plus Photo Album™ Starter Edition
    DPS
    [412-0521]
    Additional Battery48WHr Additional Modular Battery for Dual Battery Support
    48WADD
    [312-0056]
    Personal Finance SoftwareMicrosoft® Money 2004 Standard
    MNY
    [412-0552]
    Wireless Wide Area Networking OptionsDell TrueMobile™ 5100 GPRS PC Card & T-Mobile
    TM5100T
    [430-0658]
    Dell Media ExperienceDell Media Experience™
    DMX
    [412-0706]



    Dell Home Customers: Save 25% on select Inspiron notebook purchases $1499 or more! (affiliate only online offer)
    Expires on 2004-10-07 05:59:59- $482.50


    ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS

    Dell Home Customers: FREE 2nd day shipping with purchase of ANY new Notebook! Limited time offer.
    Expires on 2004-10-07 06:00:00- $69.00
    Dell Home Customer: Save $30 off any purchase over $399!
    Expires on 2004-11-15 23:59:59- $30.00


    [​IMG]



    Sub-Total$1,371.15Shipping Discount-$69.00
    Shipping$0.00
    Tax$113.14Total$1,484.29


    Thoughts? Comments?
     
  2. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I haven't heard any complaints about Dell laptops, every who has one seems to love it. I'd upgrade to XP Pro though (actually, I'd buy it without OS and throw Linux on there, but you know what I mean).
     
  3. RonJeremey

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    I'll be reformatting and installing a fresh copy of XP pro simply because i have to have a windows variety due to applications needed for school. I don't want all the dell pre installed shit on there. I liked that discount, it brought the price to well under my friend's employee discount at IBM for a similar laptop, and the dell looks better.
     
  4. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    Dell has historically had poor hard disk performance. Reliability is very good on dells, tho. Are you just gonna use the system for school? If so it'll be fine.
     
  5. EvilSS

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    :werd: they love 4200rpm drives. I'd suggest getting the smallest drive then buying an aftermarket 7500rpm hitachi. Also get the cheapest memory option they offer, and use the savings to get aftermarket RAM. Just save the old parts for if you have to send it in for service.
     
  6. DAN513

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    I set up a bunch of them last week, except with xp pro and the bigger hard drives. Nice notebooks from what I saw, good battery life too. I was getting around 4 hours with regular stuff.
     
  7. RonJeremey

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    It was only 60$ to upgrade to 512 ram, and I get the smallest hard drive because I have about 700 gigs free on my file server at the house. I want the 4200 RPM because i want max battery life...
     
  8. EvilSS

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    If you are going for battery life, then Dell is a good choice. They are not at the top for battery life, but cost wise their batteries are usually much cheaper than other makers. Since a laptop battery will only last for so many discharge/recharge cycles, if you are a heavy battery user you will probably end up replacing them at least once over the 3 or 4 year life of the laptop.

    That's a good price for the RAM though. Ya gotta love their bizzare array of deals on their systems.
     
  9. RonJeremey

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    I am a heavy battery user! I got dual batteries to help with the longevity, and the warranty to cover replacements. My g/f's 8600 does great on a single battery, getting 5+ hours w/ the 15.4 inch widescreen... who's better? IBM?
     
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    ASUS beats Dell on both the performance and battery life front... But you don't get a student discount so cost may be an issue.
     
  11. EvilSS

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    Warranty only covers the batteries for a year, no matter what additional warranties you get (I had one replaced under warranty after 3 months and the support guy told me about this "detail"). Not bad since some laptop companies only cover them for 6 months!

    As for who is better, it's more of a specific model vs brand. You would have to hit the review sites. But you should get 5 hours+ on duel batteries on the dell. Mine will go for 4.5 on 2 with the 7200 RPM drive and heavy use.
     
  12. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    fixed.


    ...and :werd:

    did exactly that on my laptop. never even turned it on before i swapped the hard drives. :)
     
  13. EvilSS

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    What, you don't over-rev your drives?
     
  14. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    So what you're saying is, break your battery when you've had it for 11 months so you can get a new one before the warranty runs out :embd:
     
  15. EvilSS

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    Well, yea. Or call dell and say you did, but don't ship the old one back. The invoice for my 8200 battery was $20 less than the cost from their parts dept.
     

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