Is this the best laptop for £500 - help please

  gwilliams 11:11 01 Sep 2008

Hi, I'm new here, buying a laptop today hopefully with the help here of someone who knows better.

I'm going back to uni, and need to update my 5yr old laptop.

This seems to be the best spec I can get, unless you know of better or have any suggestions. Thanks

Dell Studio 15 N0593503 – Online Price for spec £529.01 - £500 for staff discount with work.

• BASE Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5750 (2.0 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 Cache)
• OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1- English
• ARTIST DESIGNS Jet Black Colour with Matte Finish
• LCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display with TrueLife™
• WEBCAM 2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera - CCFL
• MEMORY 4096MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x2048
• HARD DRIVE 250GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
• OPTICAL DRIVE Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive including Software
• PRIMARY BATTERY Primary 9-cell 85 WHr Lithium Ion battery
• KEYBOARD Internal UK English Qwerty Keyboard
• BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION No Biometric Fingerprint Reader
• Accessories CARRY CASES No Carrying Case
• WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g)
• MICROSOFT APPLICATION SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
• Services & Software ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE SUPPORT No Accidental Damage Support
• PROTECT YOUR NEW PC No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English

  spuds 11:39 01 Sep 2008

Seems a good price but I haven't noticed if there is the additional delivery charge, which can be free as a special offer discount or usually £60.00 if no offer code is available.

Being used in a student capacity, I would seriously think about accidental insurance cover, either as an addition to Dell or a home insurance policy.

  version8 11:50 01 Sep 2008

Whats the warranty?

  oldbeefer2 11:50 01 Sep 2008

4mb sounds a bit over the top for what you intend to use it for. I would have thought the 2mb Inspiron would fill the bill at £350ish from Tesco.

  gwilliams 12:58 01 Sep 2008

4gb's ram is just for running speed/performance - my old laptop is so slow now, being 4 years old, with just 1gb - it cant run 2 things at once any more with all the windows updates etc...

warranty is 1 year basic - i wont need more, looked after my last laptop, this should be fine too.

Delivery is free - so total price i will pay is still £500

  oldbeefer2 13:14 01 Sep 2008

Your 4 yr old could well be slow not because of RAM (1GB should be plenty for XP - sorry, put mb in previous post when I meant GB - muppet!), but because the hard drive needs clearing out of all the left-over dross that accumulates over the years. If you've used ccleaner, defragmented etc regularly, then ignore this comment! Even Vispa is fine on 2GB.

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