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Buying Dell Inspiron 6400 . Is It A Good Choice ?


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#1 vxdesigns

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 09:13 PM

Just as the topic suggests i have finally decided that i am getting the dell inspiron 6400. Now before i really do order it i would like to verify with you people as you guys/gals have been very very helpful in my previous one month research and postings on this forum. I am hoping to get a lot of response on this post as well. Here is a link to the laptop i am getting
http://configure.dell.com/dellstore/config...NSP6402_FEAT_E2
I will use a coupon to get $100 off or mayb talk to dell customer service directly to get a better price, what do you guys think ? Also i would like to know is the following.

1)Is this laptop a good bang for the buck? I mean i am spending over $1300 i just want to make sure i am getting what i want. Here are requirements once again, please let me know if i have made a good choice or a bad one.

"In a nutshell i will be using my laptop to watch movies,listen to music,planning on playing high graphics/quality previous,current and future games, run appz like photoshop,frontpage, burn dvds and cds at high fast/speed without leeching all of my system ram and cpu usage, want to connect my laptop to my tv to watch movies (with good quality/speed) from my notebook"

2) I would like to know from people who have used or using this laptop as to whats their opinion about this product and for how much did they get their machine for ?

3)I would like to know if there is a way to get a little more discount on the laptop if possible.

4) It uses "256MB ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X1400 HyperMemory" is this an integrated card ? And is this good enouph card for playing moderate games?

Thx in advance i really appreciate your help

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 11:08 AM

No

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 02:44 PM

If your trying to make a point that i shouldnt buy dell because of those negative feedbacks, then think again because i also read some very positive feedbacks as well. I am not asking if Dell is reliable or not, i am asking if the laptop i selected is equiped for me. Thx for you replies in advance

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 02:52 PM

1) Yes, I'd say that this is a good laptop. However, if you can afford to cough out another $90 for XP Professional, I would definately recommend that, as it is much better than Home edition.
2) I don't personally have it, but a good friend of mine has one, and as far as I know- he's perfectly happy with it.
3) Well, the only thing would be to buy it second-hand, from somewhere like ebay. However, I would not go for this option, as you do not know what you are getting until it's too late. Another option would be to shop around for it. Visit different PC suppliers, and compare their prices, you may find that one is cheaper.
4) For playing moderate games, yes, it should cope fine. But, if you plan to play newer and future releases, you may consider buying another.

I'm sure others will disagree with my opinions, but I'm just offering what I personally think.
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Posted 18 May 2006 - 06:54 PM

This does look like a decent laptop. Be forewarned that Dell Customer Service and Technical Service has taken a steep nosedive recently. Unfortunately, I can't recommend a company that has better service.

XP Pro has *NO* features over Home that you will likely ever use. It is not more stabile and does not run any faster or better than Home. Certainly don't pay more money for it. (I use both)

Whatever model/make you get, make sure that you get either XP on a disc or a recovery disc. You may have to call and ask for it or actually have to demand it. Discs should be available for a $10 or so fee. If they do not provide discs then look elsewhere.

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 08:53 PM

You can normally get the disk in the configuration page.

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 10:09 PM

However, this model has no configuration page and also does not have the option to get restore or XP discs. Bummer. All the desktop models, most of which are less expensive, offer XP discs for only $10 extra.

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 09:05 AM

also does not have the option to get restore or XP discs

Sure it does.
Click the "Click below to view Backup & Recovery options" bar.:thumbsup:

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 02:41 PM

This does look like a decent laptop. Be forewarned that Dell Customer Service and Technical Service has taken a steep nosedive recently. Unfortunately, I can't recommend a company that has better service.

XP Pro has *NO* features over Home that you will likely ever use. It is not more stabile and does not run any faster or better than Home. Certainly don't pay more money for it. (I use both)

Whatever model/make you get, make sure that you get either XP on a disc or a recovery disc. You may have to call and ask for it or actually have to demand it. Discs should be available for a $10 or so fee. If they do not provide discs then look elsewhere.


XP Pro has five more years of support from Microsoft than Home will have and much more in the way of security features.
Personally, I think 5 more years of Critical Updates and Microsoft Support is well worth the difference in price even if the additional security and control you get with Pro doesn't matter to you.

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/

As far as the XP or Restore disk, I wouldn't buy a computer that didn't come with one.
Their Restore partition is fine unless and until your hard drive fails, then you are screwed. Spend the $10 and get the CD with the computer.

Edited by Enthusiast, 20 May 2006 - 02:53 PM.


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Posted 21 May 2006 - 08:53 AM

Thx alot for all your help and advise. [Thread Solved]

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 12:14 PM

Hope you like your new machine :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 10:00 PM

Hi guys, i am back again because of all thr aswesome help and advise i have gotten here. I finally decided to take the Dell Inspiron 6400 which on their website with default specifications would have costed me $1500 + Tax = $1725 and free shipping offcource. This was a little over my price range, and i had a day of from work today so I picked up the phone and spoken to a few bunch of reps regarding the cost and a few extra goodies i wanted them to add in the package. I finally spoken to a nice rep. who met agreed to meet what my requirements were. I wanted the laptop with a free "Nylon Backpack Carrying Case" which was $50 and also i wanted to get a better sound quality for my $1600 machine so i requested to get a free "Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD Audio" card which costs $30. So if we add up everything this would be the normal cost

$1500(for lap) + $50(for case) + $30(audio card) =
$1817 inc tax

So i asked the rep if he can offer me a better cost and after arguing with him for a few minutes we agreed apon common grounds. A cost of $1600 inc tax for everything.
Now my question to you guys is that is this a sweet deal ? A good bang for the buck ? Also i would like to know is this that should i hold up/wait a few days/months so that Dell reduces the costs for their laptops ? What i mean to ask is does anyone have any idea if Dell will be introducing some kind of huge discount or laptop deals in near future ?
Or is this the best it gets for me?
Thx alot in advance

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 10:36 PM

Check this site out for Dell computer coupon and discount sale prices.There is a Dell Inspiron 6400 on there. Don't know if it is what you want. I bought my Dell Dimension E510 from here. It takes you to Dell site. Make note of coupon code. Check expiration dates also.

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Posted 26 May 2006 - 09:04 PM

That site and the coupons on it are all for Dell USA customers only. What i want to order is from Dell CANADA. Now one question i would to raise is that, can anyone suggest a better laptop than what i choose for $1600 Canadian dollars including shipping and taxes. Thx in advance




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