Originally posted by cocoagirl
I have finally decided on purchasing a Dell 1505 laptop with the following specs
Intel® Core 2 Duo T5200 (1.6GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB)
FREE Upgrade to Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with 1GB of memory
15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA Display with TrueLife(glossy)
2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHZ, 2 DIMM
120GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
128MB ATI MOBILITY RADEON® X1300 HyperMemory
So far this build is $998
But need to know if I should purchase the following to go with it:
1) It comes with the Dell Wireless 1390/b/g (54mbps) is the sufficient for browsing wireless while at a local Starbucks or do I need one of the other 3 choices:
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/g [add $29 or $1/month1]
Hi-Speed: Dell Wireless 1500 Wireless-N [add $49 or $2/month1]
Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N [add $59 or $2/month1]
2) Do I need Internal Bluetooth? What will it enable?
3) It comes with a 1 year Ltd Warranty and mail-in service, should I upgrade to:
3Yr Ltd Warranty and At-Home Service [add $250 or $8/month1]
2Yr Ltd Warranty and At-Home Service [add $170 or $6/month1]
4) Should I get Accident and Theft protections for $139?
Thanks all, I just don't want to pay for something that I might not use.
I would get the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/g. I have that on my laptop and it has gotten excellent reception for me plus it isn't that much of a price jump. As for "N" technology, I dont think it is useful enough to warrant the price.
As for the warranty, it all depends on your computer understanding and if you know anyone else in your area that would help you out with computer problems. If you don't, that 2-year option might be good for you... The 3-years probably isn't worth it.
As for Accident and Theft Protection... It depends on how careful you are with your equipment. If you are careless with it or have friends that might "borrow" it, it may be a good idea. Otherwise, I wouldn't personally get it.
The last 2 are really up to your preference and piece of mind. If you feel better about your purchase with those things then get it, if you feel you don't want to justify that amount then pass on them and hope nothing too major happens.