Laptop Features

  1. I am about to place an order for a laptop and I have decided to go with a dell. Can anyone (who knows about features) take a look at this and tell me what you think for the price? I am ONLY using this for school. I will not be playing games or downloading massive amounts of pictures. My desktop is my main computer. Anyway, I will just be writing papers and researching that way I will not be glued to my desktop and I will also be taking this to school if I need to. I will also be using the web came if that matters. The total without tax and shipping is $641 and this includes my student discount.

    PROCESSORS NEW 2010 Intel® Core™ i3-350M 2.26GHz (3M cache

    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English

    MEMORY 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1066MHz

    HARD DRIVE 500GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM

    WARRANTY AND SERVICE 1 Year Basic Service Plan

    VIDEO CARD Intel® HD Graphics

    HD DISPLAY 15.6” High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife™ and Camera

    WIRELESS CARDSDell 1501 Wireless-N

    KEYBOARDBack-lit Keyboard

    8X Slot Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive

    SOUND OPTIONS High Definition Audio 2.2

    OFFICE SOFTWAREMicrosoft® Office Starter 2010

    SECURITY SOFTWAREMcAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months

    PROCESSORStudio 15 Laptop

    BATTERY OPTIONS85 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (9 cell

    INTEGRATED WEBCAMNo Touch Software

    Adobe ReaderAdobe® Acrobat® Reader 9, Multiple Languages
    Last edit by my4helpers on Jun 21, '10
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  3. by   cmw6v8
    Sounds like a good deal to me--although I would shop around before purchasing. Have you checked out They offer laptops frequently, and while some are refurbished, many of them are under $600.
  4. by   outrunningzombies
    You might want to look at netbooks. They'll do everything you need for less. They don't have CD/DVD drives but you can get a cheap one for less than $50.
  5. by   my4helpers
    Quote from trailerparkmedic
    You might want to look at netbooks. They'll do everything you need for less. They don't have CD/DVD drives but you can get a cheap one for less than $50.
    Do the drives just plug into the netbooks?
  6. by   Assailants
    I'd say $529-599 for the specs...pretty sick laptop if you're just using it for school. I wouldn't get any that didn't have at least an i3 processor and 4 gigs on ram since its running 64 bit windows 7. I wouldn't go for a net-book unless you're using it solely for web browsing, checking email, etc. Typing a paper on one of those is probably doable but would be a pain. But since you have a desktop as well, a net book would be a pretty good idea. And I think external cd drives just hook up to one of your usb ports.
  7. by   outrunningzombies
    Yup, most drives you just plug in and go.
    Netbooks are smaller than regular laptops. This could be a plus or a minus--more portable, smaller screen, more compact keyboard. Play around with them at Best Buy to get a feel for them. You do get used to the smaller size. My work laptop is close to a netbook size and it works very well for me.

    I do want to say that I dislike Dell brand stuff because I've had bad luck with them. That's just my opinion.

    Also, don't rely on McAfee for the antivirus. You certainly shouldn't pay for it. Get some free programs, like AVG and Malware Bites.
  8. by   That Guy
    Other than the i3 processor, but I think that for your needs, you are good to go
  9. by   my4helpers
    Quote from That Guy
    Other than the i3 processor, but I think that for your needs, you are good to go
    Would the i5 be better?
  10. by   That Guy
    I think for your needs you really dont need to up it to that if all you are gonna do is the basics. I always always bump up my processor though as I keep my computers for a long time and I know I will want that extra horsepower a few years out.
  11. by   Bob_N_VA
    Are you going to be carting this thing to class or just using it at home? If you are taking it in, I would opt for a netbook, much less to carry along with all the books which get pretty heavy.

    Seems like a good machine but I can't say the price kills me. Dell has their outlet store and they routinely run 15% off sales with free shipping to boot. The refurbs look and run like brand new and come with a full warranty. The last laptop I got for my wife was a refurb Inspiron 1545 which is there entry model but still quite well endowed for about 350 out the door. It also came with a 250gig HD, 3 gigs of ram, camera, etc. Woot had one with similar specs not too long ago for about the same price. So no, unless you have other plans for it, I think you can do better.
  12. by   Trigirl.m
    I would agree with most of the other posters here that a netbook is more suited to carrying to class and toting to the library than a 15.6" screen laptop. Many netbooks weigh about 1-3 lbs, have an 8-14 hr battery life, webcams, bluetooth and 100gb+ hard drives and are available new for about $300. The keyboards are usually around 90% of full-size, so should work for most people, and the smaller footprint makes it easier to use on those little fold-down desks in lecture halls. Dell even sells one

    Dell used to be widely known for their customer support, but then they began to focus their market on selling to large corporations in bulk, and their customer service model has changed to reflect this, however I haven't worked with Dell in 5 years, so perhaps it is different now. My preferred manufacturers for the netbook are Acer, Asus and MSI Wind. For the laptop, my preference would be a Toshiba or HP-just because HP looks sexy.
  13. by   my4helpers
    Thanks for all of your replies! I realize that the net book would probably be more efficient (for my needs) and economical, but I am not sure I could get use to that small of a screen. When I am at home and need to use a computer for schoolwork, I will primarily be using the laptop and not my desktop. At this point, I have no need to take this to school with me, but then again I am only doing my prereqs. Maybe I should go take a look at them in person before I decide. I do not need a huge amount of memory since I will not be downloading that much to it. I would actually prefer the studio 14 so I am going to see if I can get the price down a little more.
  14. by   stillwating
    That is a huge laptop, way more than you would need for just researching and doing word processing. The price is great though. Dells are awesome. If I were you I would purchase the computer and use it for whatever you want but I would by a flash-drive to store my nursing stuff. A computer this large should be utilized to its full potential; but if you want a computer solely for nursing then I would go with a Dell netbook it is much cheaper and you can always by storage in the form of external hard drives, flash drives etc.

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