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Old August 11, 2008, 08:19 AM
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Default Dell M1330

I am going to be ordering this very soon, although it is more exp than the HP 14.1" at $800.

I like the dell's chassis more.

I have heard there are coupons or something that offer % discount.

I have tried searching but whatever i type in it says invalid. So i come here for help.

If someone has exp with that and how good is dell's warranty? if there is a problem is the laptop shipped away?

Iv heard they are going to be changing this laptop this month? A refresh of some sort?

here are the specs.

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8100 (2.1GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache), English

Genuine Windows® Vista Home Premium Edition SP1

Tuxedo Black

Slim and Light LED Display with VGA Webcam

4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz

320G 5400RPM SATA HDD

128MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8400M GS

8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability

Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini-card

6 Cell Battery

Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy HD Software Edition

total is $1,449 + tax
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Old August 11, 2008, 09:25 AM
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Yeah I'm going to be getting a m1330 too myself for school this fall but I'm waiting until Dell refreshes it with Centrino 2. It'll have faster and lower power consuming processors along with the possibility of hybrid graphics (onboard + dedicated).

If you must buy it now, DO NOT get the 8400M GS. It has a known manufacturing defect making it run hotter than it should and thus prematurely dying. The work-around is increasing the fan speeds thus your battery life will suffer (might be noisy too). I really don't understand why Dell is still offering it but I guess they need to move all the old stock.
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When is the refresh going to be done?

I am also right now at bestbuy looking at the Toshiba U400. It is $899 with a T5750 3gb 250gb 13.3".

I actually might purchase this one.
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no idea?
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I'd hold off on the M1330 right now. We've had a few of our clients order one and they've all had problems of one sort or another (one had to be completely replaced and the others all have had to have parts replaced). I'd at least wait for the next revision so they can iron out all the issues.
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I would recommend waiting as well. There is a refresh coming I believe, which will eliminate the defects with the GPUs and upgrade to Centrino 2 most likely.
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when is that coming out? Uni does start on Sep 8!
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No idea. Stay tuned at Engadget, they usually have updates about these things regularly.
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what about the Vostro 1310 for $979

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8100 (2.1GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)

Genuine Windows Vista® Business,SP1, with media, 32 Edition

13.3 inch UltraSharp™ Wide Screen XGA LCD Display w/TrueLife™

1 Year Basic Limited Warranty plus 1 Year Mail-in Service

Integrated 1.3MP Web Camera and Digital Microphone

3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 DIMM

250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive

8X DVD+/-RW with double-layer DVD+/-R write capability & Roxio

IntelJ Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Wi-Fi Mini Card

High Definition Audio 2.0
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Still not Centrino 2 but it looks alright.
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