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    I need a laptop and was looking at this...

    What do you guys think of this system? I am going with Dell because I have credit with them and I need a computer at home.

    Dell Inspiron 17R

    Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, 64-Bit, English
    Microsoft® Office Home and Business 2010
    6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
    500GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
    Intel® HD Graphics 3000 with up to 1.6GB Dynamic Video Memory
    McAfee SecurityCenter, 36-Months A
    Switch by Design Studio - Diamond BlackRegional Base Components
    DAO English Regional Base Components
    2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2410M processor 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
    17.3" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Display with TrueLife™
    HD Audio 2.0 Support SRS™ Premium Sound
    8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
    Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030, 1x2 bgn + Bluetooth
    Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card
    Adobe ReaderAdobe Acrobat X Reader
    FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE - Integrated 1.0 mega pixel widescreen HD (1280

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    First off how much is this and what is your budget? If it comes with Office 2010 is there a markup cause you may be able to get it free from your company or a cheaper student discount. The SATA hard drive is slow at 5400RPM's, I'd decrease the space needed as I don't think you'll ever fill up that much and get a small Solid State Drive or at least a 7200RPM HDD. The McAfee Security stuff is useless...one of the first things I'd uninstall then install either Avast Home free or MSE but to be honest the first thing I'd do if I purchased a laptop would be a instant format and start from scratch without all that free trial junk. Same thing with Adobe Reader stuff..all that is free and they add it there thinking your getting something special.

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    Depends on the price....you around 8 fitty to 9?
    I know you're just a web cruiser...so a 5,400rpm drive would be OK for you.
    I don't see which warranty option you have, the Inspirons default to a 1 year.
    On this "R" model you're paying a bit more for those "switch tops"...the customizable interchangeable covers.

    Office....what are your needs there? Can save a little money if you don't need outlook and get the student edition.

    Another option...check out the Asus Bamboo series at your local BestBuy. I've setup about 6 of those over the past few months for people...sweet rigs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    I know you're just a web cruiser...so a 5,400rpm drive would be OK for you.
    I figured she only surfs online for the most part, maybe a little music but that's about all... sounds like she can upgrade the drive but decrease the space and still cost the same but benefit in the long run. Doesn't sound normal for Dell to put such a slow drive on a custom option anyway unless this was copied from a special she found or was offered.

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    Thanks guys. You know me. I know jack about hardware. I was looking at Dell because I have a account with them and was willing to get the thing on credit. I don't use outlook for personal email. I use hotmail. So, yes, the student edition is fine. I do need Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

    I really appreciate your input. I will look at other models. Thanks guys!

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    Hey Sava, I noticed the XPS series have faster hard drives. I'll check them out. Thanks again.

    http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-l502x/pd.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie View Post
    Hey Sava, I noticed the XPS series have faster hard drives. I'll check them out. Thanks again.

    http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-l502x/pd.aspx
    Yeah, but you should be able to customize the drives in the Inspirons too..if you can't do this online call them and have a CSR do it. They want your sale so they will bend over backwards to get you what you want...plus you may be able to talk them down a little more and maybe get more out of the system.

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    Cool.

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    Yup they'll upgrade drives for you...a custom order that involves a rep. Just yesterday I had to get prices on a Latitude 4200...online it came with 64 gig SSD, upgrade available for a 128 gig SSD and that was it. Asked to have some done with a 256 gig SSD. Awesome little laptops, fast and light as a potato chip. But in the mid 2K range.
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