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I think the £319 is Ex VAT and Shipping - is that right?

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This one looks the same as your spec EXCEPT for the 6-cell battery instead of 9-Cell
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DELL-INSPIRON-640 ... dZViewItem[/url]

£300 plus VAT + £23.50 shipping at the moment, so pretty comparable EXCEPT also comes with 3 years on-site service ,which is handy

His feedback looks pretty good too

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hi hoove. cant get on that link :scratch:


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that is odd - didn't work for me either - and is now over anyway

Laptop sold for £350 + VAT so more then your dell price, so if you can get them to speed it up, that would be good

I did a search for "inspiron 6400" and there are lots on ebay from dealers but none are actually as cheap as your order, so you seemed to really have a deal there!

these are the details of the system in that link FYI

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DESCRIPTION: WHAT YOU GET
MODEL Manufacturer/Model: Dell INSPIRON 6400
SPECIAL FEATURES VERY SLEEK LOOKING MACHINE, CORPORATE WORKHORSE

BRAND NEW IN BOX

LIMITED STOCK VERY HIGH SPEC WITH AWARD WINNING 3 YEARS NEXT BUSINESS DAY WARRANTY ALONE WORTH £99

On-Site Service is designed to deliver convenient and timely warranty repair service at your location, and can help minimize downtime and save you time, worry and hassle. level of On-Site Service available:

Next Business Day On-Site Service can place a Dell-certified technician at your location the following business day, if necessary, following phone-based troubleshooting. It is included with select service plans in all model lines.




Versatile business mobility

The Inspiron 6400 is a 15.4" wide screen productivity system that provides ample configurability with a perfect balance of features and price. It offers mobility without sacrificing excellent performance and entertainment capabilities. Thanks to the combination of Intel 945® mobile chipsets and low power consumption Intel® Pentium® CoreTM Processor, you don't need to compromise on battery life if you want to enjoy your multimedia or productivity applications away from home or the office. It is equipped with an internal wireless LAN module that offers you the flexibility to work from practically anywhere.

The eye-catching, stylish Artic Silver and Alpine White design incorporates a 5-1 card reader as well as front-access multimedia buttons for conveniently controlling Audio CDs or DVDs. Even connecting all your digital multimedia devices is easy with the Inspiron 6400. It comes with a standard S-Video (TV-Out) port, IEEE 1394 (Firewire), and four built-in USB 2.0 interfaces.

Mobile computing has never been easier!

Weight: Starting from 2.8 kg (6.18 lbs) with ROM drive and 6-Cell Battery and integrated graphics


PROCESSOR Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core T2130 Processor (1.86GHz,533MHz,1MB L2 cache)

MEDIA BAY 8 X DVDRW
FLOPPY DRIVE none
HARD DISK 160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
RAM 2GB (2x 1024) 667 MHZ DDR2 SDRAM

MULTIMEDIA SOUND Sound Card
SoundBlaster® compatible voice and music sound card
Audio controller: Sigmatel STAC9750 AC'97
24-bit stereo digital-to-analogue
14-bit stereo analogue-to-digital

Speakers
Two 4-ohm stereo speakers mounted on the front of notebook
Volume controls keyboard shortcuts, program menus, or multimedia buttons
Intel® AC97 integrated audio controller

MOUSE TYPE TOUCHPAD
PORTS
I / O Ports
4x USB 2.0 4-pin connectors (non-powered); 2 at rear, 2 on right-hand side of notebook system
TV-Out (S-video-Out): 7-pin mini-DIN connector (optional S-video to composite video adapter cable)
IEEE 1394 (Firewire): 4-pin serial connector, non-powered
Integrated 5-1 Card Reader
Video: 15-pin monitor connector
10/100 Ethernet LAN: RJ-45 connector
56k V.92 Modem: RJ-11 connector
Audio ports: Stereo Line-out (external speakers/headphone) and external microphone-in connector (mono)
Kensington Lock slot
Slots
Express card slot
This system uses an ExpressCard Slot which does not support any cards available for PC Card.





GRAPHICS
INTEL MEDIA ACCELERATOR 950 UPTO 256MB



SCREEN SIZE 15.4 UltraSharp WXGA (1280x800)



CONDITION BRAND NEW SEALED BOXED
BATTERY
Primary 6 Cell 53 WHr battery


KEYBOARD UK
MODEM/LAN Integrated:



Internal 56KV.92 Modem (Integrated modem daughter card)
Internal AC'97 bus









Internal Broadcom 10/100 Ethernet (Integrated on motherboard as standard), 10/100 Mbps.





Intel® Pro WLAN 3945 Internal Wireless (802.11a/b/g 54 Mbps) for Duo Processors





AC ADAPTOR YES
Input voltage: 90 to 264 VAC
Input current (maximum): 1.5A
Input frequency: 47-63 Hz
Output current 4.34 A maximum
Output power 65 Watts
Rated output voltage 19.5 VDC
Height 28.2 mm (1.11 inches) x Width 57.9 mm (2.28 inches) x Depth 137.2 mm (5.4 inches)
Weight (with cables): 0.4 kg (0.9 lb)


OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® Vista Basic



ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE INCLUDED:

Dvd Software for vista only
Software drivers
English microsoft works 8.0 (wordprocessor, database) with recovery Cd
Dell support 3.2.2 - Vista only
English Adobe reader 7.0.8
Uk internet service provider (orange & tiscali)
McAfee® Security Centre™ 8.0 - 30 days trial version


MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY LIMITED STOCK VERY HIGH SPEC WITH AWARD WINNING 3 YEARS NEXT BUSINESS DAY WARRANTY ALONE WORTH £119

On-Site Service is designed to deliver convenient and timely warranty repair service at your location, and can help minimize downtime and save you time, worry and hassle. Two levels of On-Site Service are available:

Next Business Day On-Site Service can place a Dell-certified technician at your location the following business day, if necessary, following phone-based troubleshooting. It is included with select service plans in all model lines.

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cheers hoove anyway.
thing that concerns me is that they didnt contact me. so they have now given me a new date. they will know it is a p*ss take date and i wont be happy so they could have put a date next week just to make me feel happier, then strung me along.
but to go for 4 more weeks when i have been waiting since the 8th sept is just ridiculous.


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jason123 wrote:
What course is she doing Panlid, starting the OU???


sorry jason just saw this as i reread the thread looking for another laptop.
she is doing french at Liverpool John Moores.


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The graduation is good at JM....missus did it 18mnths ago


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its a nice little place in a lovely part of liverpool. i know, a contradiction :lol:


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absolutley bilge.
managed to get through to some ignorant bint that says the customer department is closed over the weekend even though the site says it is open 11 til 5 on a sunday.
couldnt even understand her accent as there was so much static between continents.
not impressed at all and it is getting cancelled tomorrow :angryfire:


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your first taste of Dell India customer support :sad:

When Dell first started, the customer service was the thing that made its reputation but that has all gone to hell now (glad I'm out of there :roll: )

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The OU is great and you'd have tea on the table still, John Moores is a decent commute too.

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ok, not got to precious and just wanted it sorting. got her this one...
http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/c ... oid=-27405

just loaded panda onto it and had a play as vista is a bit new. a little bit slower than my HP but she is on it now and seems happy.
well pleaseed actually as i thought i would be sat here all night setting up, security, email, wireless etc but sorted it out really quickly. i think vista has helped with that.
one last thing, cheers allan loaded office on it and it couldnt have been easier.
many thanks to all that helped. i knew there was a reason i put up with you turds :thumbright: :lol:


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jason she is happy so lets leave it be ay! :lol:

JM is about 35 minutes away. she is fine with that and it gets her in a seat of learning. she wants to do teaching so she needed to get back in the classroom.
we did look at OU but as i say, with teaching she needs to get in there.


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That looks like a nice machine at a fair price :thumbright:

With only 1GB RAM, you *may* end up wanting to get more RAM at some time - if so, check www.offtek.co.uk for it. I always get my RAM from them - good prices, lifetime warranty with no hassles and they send special delivery FOC

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i noticed in the paper they are offering the same machine for the same price but with only 1gb. they didnt try to talk me out of cancelling the order at all on the phone.
now, considering they moved a 2 week order to 7 makes me think they balls up on the on;pine price and upped the date to get people to cancel it.
cynical ay?


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