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Need Dell Laptop Purchase Help!

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#1 Woody


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Posted 19 February 2005 - 12:55 PM

My sister's husband is in need of a laptop for school purposes. They are set on a Dell so that is what I am trying to help them find. They want to stay under $1,300 if possible. Some of the specs that the school said they need are as follows:

Windows XP Pro
Office XP Pro (I call BS on that, Office 2003 should be fine I would think)
1.8GHz Processor (though I bet a 1.5 or 1.6 would work just fine also)
20GB or more Hard Drive
128MB or more RAM
3.5" Floppy
Wired or Wireless Network Card
Dial-up modem optional

My sister's husband is not going to school for a degree in anything super-technical like engineering where advanced CAD applications will be running on his laptop. Honestly, I think he can get away with a processor much less than 1.8GHz.

Anyway, on the Dell home & home office web site I priced up two options, an Inspiron 600m and an Inspiron 6000. Each has the following:

Windows XP Pro
2 sticks of 256MB shared DDR2 SDRAM
60GB Hard Drive
24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive
Intel PRO/Wireless 2915 Internal Wireless (802.11 a/b/g, 54Mbps)
Norton Internet Security 2005
3.5" Floppy Drive

Now for the differences:

Inspiron 6000
- 1.5GHz Celeron M Processor 370 (1.5GHz/1MB Cache/400MHz FSB)
- 15.4" UltraSharp WUXGA LCD panel display
- Integrated Intel Media Accelerator 900 Graphics
- Total Price = $1,156

Inspiron 600m
- 1.6 GHz Pentium M Processor 725 (1.6GHz/400MHz FSB)
- 14.1" XGA display
- 32MB video
- Total Price = $1,276

So... here's where I need your help. With the 6000, I get a bigger & better display but a Celeron processor and integrated graphics. With the 600m, I get a smaller display but a Pentium processor and probably better graphics.

Which would you choose for school purposes and why?



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#2 JEservices


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Posted 19 February 2005 - 01:16 PM

I would go with the Celeron M one. The larger display and lesser price are the main reasons.
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#3 Herk


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Posted 20 February 2005 - 09:55 PM

I went and played with their self-configure software and here's what I came up with:

Inspiron 6000
Pentium M 730 (1.6 553mhz FSB)

MS Windows XP Pro

15.4" Ultrasharp WSXGA+ display

Limited Warranty, 1 year

512 MB RAM (2 - 256)

60 gig HD

24X CD-RW/DVD combo drive

Intel Media Accelerator graphics

6-cell battery (There's a bigger one)

Integrated 10/100 & modem

1350 internal wireless b/g

no security subscription - use AVG antivirus and free spyware programs and
give up on the Norton Internet Security

I wouldn't go less than 512 on the RAM, myself.
I don't know if anybody's using wireless a yet - b & g should be sufficient.
Might want better burning software, but that can always be gotten later - for
instance, Nero's free version.

I didn't include a floppy, and an external might be OK. It's $32 more.

$1043 so far, without the floppy.

Might want to add a nylon case if he doesn't have one - better than carting it around without protection.

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Posted 20 February 2005 - 10:00 PM

I've really nothing to add, except a THANK YOU for some excellent information about laptops, guys. :thumbsup:
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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Posted 20 February 2005 - 10:04 PM

For most purposes, the additional RAM will more than offset the lower Mhz.
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