I was previously looking at a Latitude E5410 or Vostro 3400 at Dell's outlet store. I just found the Latitude today.
But then, hum de dum, I look around at different sites, see what they have to offer. So I look at Newegg recertified lappys. OK, cool, they have the same Latitude E5410. Compare to Dell Outlet.
WHAT THE... Newegg has an i5 520M, Dell Outlet is just selling a i3 350M! At the same price range.
OK, OK *breathe* the price difference.
Dell Outlet $459 plus the 15% off coupon, around 390, and free shipping
Newegg $449.99 (was 599.99), free shipping.
Now, Newegg's has Vista on it, but WTH, I can just strip that and put 7 and/or Ubuntu on that.
IMO, I'd pay a little more for extra performance. Especially when under my $500 budget. You?
If I buy this on Newegg, I can put this on my preferred account, and pay it off gradually. I think over $400, you have 6 months to pay off.
Edit: According to benchmark charts, these two processors are 12 points apart.