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New Dell Inspiron 9300 Laptop - Any Good?

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  1. dealmaker

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    Guys,

    Considering the purchase of the just released new Dell Inspiron 9300 -

    I'd go for the 1920 X 1200 screen and with 1 Gig of memory.

    Am I right in thinking that this PC has the "new" centrino "Sonoma?" chipset which runs at 533mhz FSB and uses DDR2 memory as well as PCI-express graphic cards?

    If so - it should be quite a machine - but will it be better than alternatives on the market? - I'd also considered a Sony (Love their X-Black LCD screens) - but they don't seem to have an equivalent specification machine available?

    Thoughts from anyone please??

    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/client/en/inspn_9300?c=uk&l=en&s=gen


    Many thanks
     
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    Anyone ?
     
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    Yes it has the new Sonomo (Centrino 2) Chipset, but more importantly its available with the Nvidia Go 6800 PCI-X Video Card, which is faster than most high end Desktop solutions. As soon as the Double RAM deal is on I'm having one.

    BTW. It is also available with MCE 2005.
     
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the info.

    I'm just going to bite the bullet and get it now with 1 gig.

    I will mainly be using the laptop for wireless surfing around the house, and doing some work (Word & Powerpoint) - do you think it's worth me getting the better video card - a £60 option?

    also do you think the £50 option of a built-in DVD writer is worthwhile for "future-proofing" ??

    I've specced :

    1920 X 1200 screen
    1 Gig Memory
    60 Gb - 7200 rpm hard drive (in preference to the larger but slower drives)
    Bluetooth module

    and I'm not sure about:

    the Nvidea 6800 PCI-e video card (£60)
    DVD writer (£50)
    Intel ProWireless 2915 802.11a/b/g Mini PCI Wireless LAN Card ( £25) - any better than the standard built-in unit?

    I also don't understand whether the standard battery has the built-in subwoofer - OR you need to buy a bigger second battery to get this?

    Thanks for any advice!
     
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    Personally i'd rather go for one of the new Apple Powerbooks as it offers most of the same features and would mean a problem free OS and no virus/spyware problems thrown in.
     
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    OK, but all my other work/home units,as well as my home network, are PC based so I'm afraid, from an interoperability and data sharing perspective it doesnt make sense for me to change to a Mac system.
     
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    Got the price too £1376, first choose the Dell recommends button which gives you better screen, double HDD, DVD Writer etc. for £129 more, then try customise button, I chose the Go 6800 Video Card for £70 extra (was £152 yesterday!) and upped the RAM to 1 gig and also upped the HDD spin speed to 5400rpm (£11). Remember the Dell Warranty is automatically added on £341 I believe which I always change. The Go 6800 would only suit if High End gaming is youre thing, Good Luck!
     

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