hi, I'm a final year interior design student. My laptop just broke and I need a replacemnt fast. I use graphical programs such as VectorWorks (mainly) + photoshop, indesign , autocad (rarely) and so on.. My budget is tight around £500. I know that for a bit extra I would get a very good laptop, but I'm really struggling with the money now. So I'we been looking around and came up with 2 best choices, I guess.
No1. Dell Inspiron 15R. Intel I3-380M, 2.53 Ghz, 3M cache 15.6 hd WLED (1366x7684) 4GB 1333mhz dual ch. DDR3 SDRAM 500GB serial ata Graphics : 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 With free 2days delivery, and 1 year collect and return service. Price £529
No2. Dell XPS 15 Intel I3-380M, 2.53 Ghz, 3M cashe , 4threads 15.6 hd WLED TL (1366x7684) 3GB 1333mhz dual ch. DDR3 SDRAM 500GB serial ata faster (7200rpm) Graphics : 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 420M Graphics Card Price £579 1 year collect and return service. Delivery 8-10 working days (not really fast enough..)
Ok, so do they both have 4threads ? same processors ? what doeas it do anyway ? Xps has a bit less ram but faster hard drive + slow delivery and a bit more expensive. Graphics cards: which is better ? But is XPS worth more, how is it special ? Would I feel any difference in performance?
I would really appreciate any advice! And if you have any other alternatives please feel free..
Do not forget if you buy a dell to compare specs and prices ( the same spec computer on the dell site can vary in price )and use the discount codes as shown below. Also I believe there is a new XPS coming out with the version 2 Intel processor . Being a student can you obtain any education discounts from Dell ?