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Old 21-Feb-2012, 18:04   #1
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Laptop price check

Completely clueless about laptops at the moment but I need to buy one to replace my home computer. I would like it to run Diablo 3 but other than that I will mostly use it for music, movies, surfing. I want it to be lightweight so I can take it places.

Thinking of getting the Dell XPS14z and just wanted to check with the knowledgable folks here that I am not getting ripped off.

2nd generation Intel® Core™ I5-2450M processor (2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.10 GHz, 1GB)
Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
Dell P513W Printer - WiFi, Print, Copy, Scan
1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M Graphics Card with Optimus
500GB (7,200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
4096MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [1x4096]
8x DVD+/-RW Optical Drive
Wireless Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230 (2x2 b/g/n+ Bluetooth Combo Card) (Europe)
LCD 14.0" (36cm) HD WLED True-Life W/ETE & Slim Bezel (1366x76 with 1.3 Mega Pixel HD Camera

779 squids inclusive of VAT.

The printer is free if I order by tomorrow. Cant say Im bothered either way but if its free...
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Old 21-Feb-2012, 18:16   #2
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Having just seen that Ive also found this -

HP Pavilion dm4-3002ea Laptop
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£ 749
inc VAT

Featuring Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2450M processor
6GB memory for top system performance
750 GB Hard Drive for storing all your digital files
35,5 cm (14") HD LED-backlit BrightView Display
AMD Radeon HD 7470M Graphics
Finished Black, Metal Finish
1 year, pick-up and return, warranty. Optional upgrade to 3 years accidental damage cover for peace of mind
Featuring Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Integrated Webcam & Microphone

Not sure how lightweight it is compared.
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Old 21-Feb-2012, 18:41   #3
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You won't get much gaming out of the first one and only low detail on mid/low demand games on the second. Bit of a guess based on the current ingame collateral but I'd imagine Diablo 3 is going to be low settings across the board.
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Old 21-Feb-2012, 18:42   #4
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Second is 2KG btw.
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Old 21-Feb-2012, 18:45   #5
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Check out the Dell Oultet, both my desktop and laptop are from there and you can save a few hundred quid. You get all the same warranty stuff that you would from a regular store.

http://outlet.euro.dell.com/Online/I...did=7&fid=1221
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Your £750 odd would get you this:

http://outlet.euro.dell.com/Online/S...649189_&Flag=1

XPS L702x
Processor: Intel Core i7-2670QM (2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
6 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHZ (2 DIMMs)
750 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
8X DVD +/- RW DRIVE
17.3in FHD 3D WLED TL (1920X1080) 1080p with 2.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera
Graphics : 3GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Graphics Card - 3D Capable
TV tuner : Only Internal DVB-T TV Tuner, No External Antenna
English Genuine Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium (64Bit OS)
Back Up Media Not Included
Wireless: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 (1x2 b/g/n+ Bluetooth Combo Card)
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Old 21-Feb-2012, 18:51   #7
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There's plenty out there to match that but all leave the key "lightweight" requirement long behind. The 17 inch XPS weighs 3.6KG and is the size of a door. It's a DTS not a notebook.
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Have a look here as well:

http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusII-15/
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Old 21-Feb-2012, 19:05   #9
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There's plenty out there to match that but all leave the key "lightweight" requirement long behind. The 17 inch XPS weighs 3.6KG and is the size of a door. It's a DTS not a notebook.
Indeed, I ignored that requirement due to it's sheer femininity! 3-4kg isn't exactly heavy when in a backpack tbqfh.
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You're not going to get a lightweight laptop that'll be powerful enough to play games decently unfortunately.
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Indeed. with all the money in the world you can't get a sub 1.5kg that'll play games. And scant sub 2kg's unfortunately. Brockens recommendation is probably the best compromise.
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Thanks for the info fellas. That Dell outlet looks good - i found a slightly better version of the 14z - with 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, and an i7 processor - for 50 quid less.

Think I might just go for that. Its another 150 odd quid on top of that for a SSD drive - will that affect game performance much?
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One more question : why are the outlet laptops slightly different prices (less than 20 quid difference) for the same spec? Is it worth paying like an extra 2 quid for a slightly better refurb?
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Some have minor cosmetic damage. My laptop had a (barely noticeable) scratch on it. Some are returns that are unused, some may have been unpacked. They are basically new, and I can't recommend them highly enough.
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