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Notebooks For the money, is there anything that can beat the Dell Studio 15?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mother-Goose, 10 Jul 2008.

  1. Mother-Goose

    Mother-Goose 5 o'clock somewhere

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    Ok, here's the deal, £479 of your hard earned gets you the following specs, delivered, with a years collect and return warranty:

    • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5750 (2.0 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 Cache)
    • Genuine Windows Vista SP1™ Home Premium - English
    • 1 Year Base Warranty
    • 2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera - CCFL
    • Jet Black Colour with Matte Finish
    • 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display with TrueLife™
    • 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
    • 250GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
    • 256MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3450
    • Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive including Software
    • Primary 6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery

    For an extra £85 you can get the T8100 2.1GHz 800FSB 3 MB L2 Cache CPU & Bluetooth (that has gone up in the past week actually, was £70 for the two). Add an extra £20 for another 1GB of Ram if desired.

    But back to the real question, for the Price of £479, at the base spec listed above, does anyone know of anything that can beat this? I've had a good look and I can't find anything, but i'm not really up on Laptops so I may not be looking in the best places. I hope this will benefit other people other than just myself, especially if this turns out to be incredible value for money!
     
  2. klutch4891

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    HP has a dv6700t laptop that you can spec up with the following:

    • Core 2 Duo T5750
    • 3GB of RAM (free upgrade)
    • 256MB 8400M GS
    • Microphone and webcam
    • 250GB 5400RPM drive
    • Vista Home Premium
    and then all the other usual bits for the price of (what google tells me is) £450. The link if you want it.
    Im not sure if the 8400M is comparable to the 3450 but if it is then theres a deal I suppose.
     
  3. Mother-Goose

    Mother-Goose 5 o'clock somewhere

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    Good find! The graphics is semi important to me as I will use it for the odd game of CS:S (medium settings) or Generals when I go round to a mates, my understand is that the 3450 is equal to the 8600M? This one definitely is food for thought though, cheers dude!

    Anyone else?
     
  4. Gravemind123

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    I may be wrong, but I thought HD 3450 is designed to compete with the 8400M, not the 8600M, since it is a low-end part, and the HD 3650 would be the mid-range. As far as an 8400M GS, I can run CS:S at 1280x800 with 2xAA and 2xAF and get an average of 45FPS.

    Edit: I should also mention, I have the 128MB version of the 8400M GS.
     
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  5. Mother-Goose

    Mother-Goose 5 o'clock somewhere

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    Ah yes I think you are right Gravemind, I got that wrong. It seems like that the Studio 15 is pretty much bang on for the money then, excellent!
     
  6. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    For what it's worth, right now I'd think twice about buying a notebook with an nVidia 8000-series graphics chip. Apparently, they're dying left and right. The Inquirer (like'em or not) has had some stories about it. One's right here (with Charlie's usual colourful language). And here's one from Dailytech. More to read here and probably a lot of other places.

    Caveat emptor!

    /az
     
  7. Mother-Goose

    Mother-Goose 5 o'clock somewhere

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    Yup, heard that too, the Studio 15 runs a 3450 so I'm going with that :)
     
  8. Farmboy UK

    Farmboy UK Hungry for knowledge

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    Does anybody know whether it would be cheaper to buy the 9cell battery upgrade offered by Dell or to buy my own aftermarket one and install myself. Im just confusing myself trying to find compatible batteries.
     

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