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Anyone need a new Dell laptop?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckeyeInTheBoro, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. BuckeyeInTheBoro

    BuckeyeInTheBoro This space left intentionally blank

    Dell has a great coupon right now for $750 off a laptop of $1500 or more. I don't really need one, but at this price (plus the fact that I can use pre-tax dollars through my business) it was too good to pass up.

    Use coupon code ZD5$P0NS954P16 It is set to expire at 6am tomorrow, but it could die at any time.

    For more details see this website: http://www.slickdeals.net/#p5335

    I just got a $1500 laptop for $800 shipped (they'll reimburse you $49 for shipping too). Just wanted to pass this on to any fellow Buckeye bargain shoppers.
     
  2. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    Wow. I mean, I should be able to say more than that, but I'm blown away.


     
  3. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!

    Yes, if my wife would not place lead projectile between my eyes I would definitely go there.
     
  4. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it! Staff Member

    Man, what a sweet deal. I've been looking at laptops for the past several months, but I finally got a loaner from work. It's an older laptop, but it looks as though it will have to do for now. I priced out the laptop that I'd like to buy, but even with the discount applied, the price is still $1,463.

    Helluva deal though.
     
  5. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    what's the difference between a Celeron® M or a Pentium® M chip? (I'm on the website now... just might bite on this one (you can also get an extra auto 10-15% off plus free memory upgrades as well)... anybody that knows anything about computers please advise.

    Thanks,

    -gbear
     
  6. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!

    The celeron chip has half the internal L2 cache. Gerally not as good for heavy graphic applications and hardcore computing, not quite as big a deal for the regular user.
     
  7. DA-Bucks

    DA-Bucks Trick shot artist Former FF The Deuce Champ

    The pentium M chip is also easier on battery life. It uses less power.

    Easy answer, take the Pentium M...
     
  8. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    There's also the option on some models of a normal Pentium 4 chip, rather than the Celeron or Pentium M.

    After talking to a representative, my understanding is that the Pentium 4 has desktop-level performance and power, at the expense of weight, heat and battery life.

    The Pentium M is a slower processor, but as it's designed to be mobile, it's lighter, cooler, and extends battery life.

    So it comes down to a pretty simple power vs. convenience issue, and I can see good reasons to go either way, depending on your needs.

    Sounds like there's no point in a Celeron though.

    I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this. No telling when I'd get my laptop back, I can sell that when I do, apply this coupon, and get a much nicer box nearly for free.

    FWIW, I'm eyeballing the Inspiron XPS. Wonder how many new laptops the Planet will have after Boro's heads up? Lol.
     
  9. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand. Staff Member

    Damn... I may have to really consider this. I have a personal laptop I use for work and I've thought about getting a new one to use at work and at home. I just have to get it past the wife first! I just bought a new DVR/DVD Writer so I'm sure if it will fly.
     
  10. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    Thanks, I also asked around the office and to a person everybody said to go with the Pentium M because it allows for a longer battery life.

    What speed chip should one be looking at? Are there min. levels for certain programs?

    Also I don't have wireless at home, is this something I should consider? And what products do you suggest for it?

    If I do pull the trigger, I def. want to use this for digital photo's (log in digital pictures from the digital camera)... I am buying my wife a digital camera for X-mas, so I will need this stuff anyway... what suggestions do you all have...??

    Also, what how big of a hard drive would one need? I would thingk 60GB would be enough... any thoughts...?

    Oh, and memory... 512 enough or 1GB (a lot more $$ though)...??

    As most of you know, I'm clueless when it comes to this stuff... I have some friends that are in the biz, and they advise me when it is time for this stuff... unfortunately they cannot be reached at this time...

    Please help... Thanks...
     
  11. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    It's too bad this thing expires tomorrow morning. I'd have to move money around to toss this on a card (which would take a few days), and it looks as though while they don't charge your card until the unit ships (Nov.5 in my case), they do obtain immediate authorization. As I'd be using a Visa tied to my checking account in this case (swore off of true plastic years ago), that presents a problem.

    So looks like I'm out of the running, but I'll have to watch for future deals like this. Now to call the place that has my current laptop, and scream about it being gone for 6 weeks, and no progress whatsoever towards a repair, or replacement funds from USAA.

    I'm definitely going with the Pentium 4 processor when I'm able to buy, but that's only because 99% of the time I'm using the laptop, it will be plugged in. So battery life and weight just aren't all that serious a concern, I'd rather have the extra power. 3.4 GHz with HT, vs. 1.5-2.0GHz without. Were I going to be a mobile user at all, I would almost certainly go with the Pentium M myself. I can't speak to the speed of the M line however.

    I highly recommend NetGear wireless products. Specifically their 108 Mbps wireless line. I think (had to check this for my mom yesterday) the PC card for your laptop is $34.99, and the router itself is $49.99 (after rebate, $99.99 before) from CircuitCity.com. I've had huge problems with Dell wireless networking products in the past, and would avoid those like the plague. Linksys isn't bad, but from my personal experience, NetGear blows the rest away in the common price range. I think the PC card is the WG511T, and the router is the WGT634, or something similar.

    60GB HDD is fine, upgrading to the 7200rpm model might be worth it.

    Personally, I wouldn't go under 1GB in RAM, but I use things like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, which can be memory hogs. I spec'd out 2GB for the box I was going to buy, but this (like much else) is a matter of how you're going to use it. I recommend 1GB (I think there's a free upgrade on some models), but you're going to be able to run just about anything with a reasonable degree of happiness at 512MB. This too comes down to whether it's worth it to you to spend the $ to upgrade, and it may very well not be.

    If you do get 512MB, it would be nice if it's a single chip, as opposed to (2) 256MB chips. This would allow you to just pop in a like 512MB chip later to upgrade to 1GB.
     
  12. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    It's probably a good idea to keep one around just in case eh

    :2004:
     
  13. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    Lol, we do, and it's the only reason I have A/C right now. :wink:
     
  14. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    Do you want me to ship down some of the 40 and rainy that we have been having in Ohio? :p
     
  15. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    No thank you. It's cold at night for Florida down here right now, but it's still Florida. Now back up a month when we're getting pounded non-stop from hurricanes, all the while I have a hole in my roof from the lightning strike, and I'd be all over trading weather. :wink:
     

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