Dell XPS M1530 or something else?
So the wife and I have been thinking about a new notebook to replace our HP n5400 (800Mhz PIII w/128MB Ram) for much too long. She wants something that does not need replacing for at least 5 years for general internet, email, photo browsing and office apps. I want something that will run games at a decent frame rate with some eye candy and can double as a production machine (Adobe CS3) if I need to take it on the road.
We do not plan on hauling this notebook around much, we just want it for the downstairs living room/kitchen/dining room area. A desktop just doesn't make sense here unless it was an HTPC but that means taking up the TV with a computer. We don't want a 17" monster notebook and a 13" is too small.
So we seem to have gravitated towards the Dell XPS m1530. Any thoughts on this notebook? I have read reviews and they seem pretty positive. Anyone know of anything else that may fit our needs for a better price or have experience with this notebook? Here's what we have picked out for $1648 +tax.
Honestly, look at the Inspiron 1520. ITs the same unit, has the same video card, and you get the identical support (XPS staff get more training, but you shouldn't need them since you're a computer geek). Saves you a few bucks and you get the same unit.
Thanks Cheator. We've looked at the 1520 before. I have nothing against it, nice machine with same specs as you say, except currently the same configuration as the M1530 above costs ~$165 more at $1813 +tax. o.O
Ok this Asus G1S has my attention at $1670 +tax
* 15.4" widescreen display with a 1680x1050 resolution
* Intel Core 2 Duo processor at 2.4GHz (models G1S-B1 & B2)
* GeForce 8600M GT video card with 256MB of RAM
* 3GB DDR2 RAM
* 200GB, 7200RPM SATA hard drive
* 4 x USB 2.0 ports
* 1 x 4 in 1 Card Reader
* 802.11a/g/n Wireless
* 1.3M Pixels video camera
* Windows Vista Home Premium
* 2 year warranty (1 year on battery)
Bang for buck it kills the M1530 (IMHO). It also comes with a re-branded Logitech MX518 mouse (from what I can see in the pic) and a back pack. What do you guys think? Asus laptop's any good? Very little as far as reviews on the net go.
I did it!! Dell's deal was changing every few hours it seems so I struck while the iron was hot. I did a config online that included 2GB Ram and was $1599, but I only wanted 1GB since I have 3GB here to put in it. So I called Dell and the CSR let me downgrade my config to 1GB and knocked $70 off the price. WOOT!
$1529 +tax :punk:
XPS M1530 (RED)
T7500 2.2GHz 4MB L2
1GB 667 (3GB already bought)
8x Slot DVD+/-RW
Vista Ult. (RED)
9-11 days for delivery
what about an Acer Aspire
Acer Aspire 7520-5168
- Turion 64 X2 TL-60 / 2 GHz
- RAM 2 GB
- HDD 250 GB (2 slot for HDD 1 used 1 free)
- DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
- GF 8400M G
- Gigabit Ethernet
- WLAN : 802.11b/g,
- Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
- Vista Home Premium
- 17" Widescreen TFT 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ ) CrystalBrite (LX.AN30X.088), webcam built-in screen
I'm curious about all of these laptops being advertised with 3G memory.... does that mean that they are using 1X2G + 1X1G?
What does that do to running dual channel (I know there was a stink last year over some models which had dual channel disabled on them)?
Or..... are they loaded up with 4G, and the 3G advertised spec is because they are running a 32 bit OS?
Anybody have insight on this?
Vista Home Prem. (although I could have handled this I suppose)
You know for a less than a couple hundred more you can get an Aspire that will WAY out perform that one. NCIX had the 5920 on for $1100 with a T8300 and 8600GT.
My buddy's got a Mac Book with 1x3GB stick. Maybe we can play around with all the Ram and see what the differences really are?
Yes you lose dual channel of a matched pair with 3GB. But I think the benefit of Vista having more Ram at it's disposal out weighs the consequences of losing dual channel timings. I could put 4GB in (2x2GB) but with 32bit Vista it won't get all used.
BTW anyone want to buy 2x512MB Corsair Value Select 667 200 Pin SODIMM? Never will be used. ;)
you have to set in bios the "amount" of share memory you want you r video card to have
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