Which Dell to buy?

  Shamrock Holmes 11:40 08 Jun 2010

A friend of mine is looking to buy a new laptop for general home use - not gaming or major media creation - to replace an aging laptop and favours Dell due to their warranty service and bundled packages. Personally I have my doubts but he's insistent on that.

So, I decided to get him some advice on which model to go for:

Studio 17: Core i3-350 or i5-430, Intel HD, 4GB DDR3, 500GB 7200RPM HDD, 17.3" 1600x900 display (his initial choice)

Studio 15: Core i3-350 or i5-430, HD 5470, 4GB DDR3, 500GB 7200RPM HDD, 15.6" 1920x1080 display (my initial counter)


Inspiron 13z: SU4100, Nvidia G105M, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HDD, 13" 1366x768 display.

For comparison, it is replacing another Dell, specs are: Intel Merom T5500, 2GB DDR2, 160GB HDD, GeForce Go 7400, 12" 1280x800 display.

Thanks for you input,


  Shamrock Holmes 15:37 08 Jun 2010

My friend is in Australia so I'll have to give the prices in AUS$ (also, some of the components are different)

Studio 15: £1,269 (£721)

Studio 17: $1,275/£725 (Intel HD Graphics) or $1,417/£805 (HD5650 [only option available in UK].

I think the more expensive Studio 17 is overkill for someone who doesn't game (well, only FFXI, and I reckon most netbooks could handle that, and isn't likely to watch Blu-Rays. Thoughts?


  Shamrock Holmes 15:38 08 Jun 2010

Studio 15: $1,269 (£721)

  961 15:47 08 Jun 2010

If buying for general home use may I seriously suggest buying from the business range that uses Windows 7 32 bit

64 bit, as featured in the consumer range, introduces difficulties regarding drivers and third party applications that can be avoided with the 32 bit version

It really is only for those that need intensive performance such as gaming or high def video processing (which is unlikely to be done on a laptop) that 64 bit may be the way to go

And, incidentally, 3 gb ram is usually more than enough

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