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Old 05-17-2006, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Buying Dell Inspiron 6400 . Is it a good choice ?

Just as the topic suggests i have finally decided that i am getting the dell inspiron 6400. Now before i really do order it i would like to verify with you people as you guys/gals have been very very helpful in my previous one month research and postings on this forum. I am hoping to get a lot of response on this post as well. Here is a link to the laptop i am getting
http://configure.dell.com/dellstore/...SP6402_FEAT_E2
I will use a coupon to get $100 off or mayb talk to dell customer service directly to get a better price, what do you guys think ? Also i would like to know is the following.

1)Is this laptop a good bang for the buck? I mean i am spending over $1300 i just want to make sure i am getting what i want. Here are requirements once again, please let me know if i have made a good choice or a bad one.

"In a nutshell i will be using my laptop to watch movies,listen to music,planning on playing high graphics/quality previous,current and future games, run appz like photoshop,frontpage, burn dvds and cds at high fast/speed without leeching all of my system ram and cpu usage, want to connect my laptop to my tv to watch movies (with good quality/speed) from my notebook"

2) I would like to know from people who have used or using this laptop as to whats their opinion about this product and for how much did they get their machine for ?

3)I would like to know if there is a way to get a little more discount on the laptop if possible.

4) It uses "256MB ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X1400 HyperMemory" is this an integrated card ? And is this good enouph card for playing moderate games?

Thx in advance i really appreciate your help
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Old 05-17-2006, 10:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you can get the Geforce 7900 go instead.
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Old 05-18-2006, 12:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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1) Laptop seems pretty good. Will be able to play games, but probably not on high settings if you play newer games. Since you have a dual core processor, you will be able to do different things at once without lag. I don't know if you will be able to connect to your TV unless it has a VGA/DVI pluggin. If it is a good LCD tv then it'll most likely have the plug. If it isn't I would check and make sure. If it doesn't have that plug you may be out of luck unless that laptop comes with an S-Video out.

2) Sorry, never used it myself. I believe my friend just bought that same laptop only with almost everything maxed out.

3) I have heard from some that ordering through Dell Small Business rather than Home/Home Office you can get things cheaper there. Only downside is you have to own/know someone who owns a small business and is willing to order that laptop through their company.

[EDIT] Found this link in Small Business: http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...e=ss&c=US&l=EN

4) I think the HyperMemory means it uses part of your RAM as the video RAM, but it has its own GPU. It'll get you by probably on medium settings. Nothing too extreme about it, sorry.
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I believe that Hypermemory splits the memory between the gpu and your system. Since it's a 256mb card, 128mb will be dedicated and the other 128 shared. You should be able to run games just fine on at least medium settings. Seems like a good buy to me.
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Thx for the replies guys. Anymore replies or suggestions appreciated
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Old 05-25-2006, 10:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi guys, i am back again because of all thr aswesome help and advise i have gotten here. I finally decided to take the Dell Inspiron 6400 which on their website with default specifications would have costed me $1500 + Tax = $1725 and free shipping offcource. This was a little over my price range, and i had a day of from work today so I picked up the phone and spoken to a few bunch of reps regarding the cost and a few extra goodies i wanted them to add in the package. I finally spoken to a nice rep. who met agreed to meet what my requirements were. I wanted the laptop with a free "Nylon Backpack Carrying Case" which was $50 and also i wanted to get a better sound quality for my $1600 machine so i requested to get a free "Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD Audio" card which costs $30. So if we add up everything this would be the normal cost

$1500(for lap) + $50(for case) + $30(audio card) =
$1817 inc tax

So i asked the rep if he can offer me a better cost and after arguing with him for a few minutes we agreed apon common grounds. A cost of $1600 inc tax for everything.
Now my question to you guys is that is this a sweet deal ? A good bang for the buck ? Also i would like to know is this that should i hold up/wait a few days/months so that Dell reduces the costs for their laptops ? What i mean to ask is does anyone have any idea if Dell will be introducing some kind of huge discount or laptop deals in near future ?
Or is this the best it gets for me?
Thx alot in advance
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Ummm... do you know what this weekend is? Memorial Day weekend. BIG sales. BIG BIG BIG. Not 100% sure if Dell will have some. I'm 110% sure they will. Dell always has sales. Always, all the time.

Sweet talk a rep during the Memorial Day weekend, maybe get that laptop for $800. (Overexageration, I know.)
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That always and only happens for Dell USA customers, i am pretty sure. What i want to order is from Dell CANADA. Now one question i would to raise is that, can anyone suggest a better laptop than what i choose for $1600 Canadian dollars including shipping and taxes. Thx in advance
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