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Dell Inspiron 1501 or 1520 - AMD vs. Intel?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by confusedmacuser, Jan 28, 2008.

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  1. confusedmacuser

    confusedmacuser Newbie

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    I need a windows-based notebook to use for my small business. I plan to run simple applications like my older version of MS Office and a Tax Prep. program, as well as some occasional web surfing. I don't expect to do anything fancy, but want the option to occasionally download and watch a movie from Netflix. I plan to use the notebook outside in bright sunlight so it needs the anti-glare screen, and I strongly prefer to run Windows XP.

    I copied and pasted the two I have narrowed it down to below. I'd like any guidance with specs. and any advice on the difference between the two systems (it seems to be in the processors - AMD vs. Intel - any advice on the value of going for the Intel Core 2 Duo instead of the AMD Turion?)

    Areas I was less-than-confident in how to customize include -

    - I want the newest wireless card if it's likely to pick up more friendly networks when I'm not at home - Is that accurate thinking? Is it worth the money at this stage, or is it only useful when people have that type of wireless card?

    - Am I likely to regret not getting the fastest processor 2.2 (GHZ) at some point in the next 3 years?

    - Do I need more than 1 GB of RAM for Windows XP? Any reason to buy more?

    - Is it likely to be helpful to me to have XP Professional if my business expands next year? I may want 2 desktops to be networked with the notebook.

    - If I'm not a gamer, is there any reason to get a fancy media card?

    - Are the prices below fair compared to what else is out on the market? I wouldn't mind another suggestion if there's a really solid computer out there that fits my needs. I just didn't know anything about the brands other than Dell. I didn't really want an Inspiron, but the anti-glare screen made me cancel my order for the vostro...

    Thanks in advance for all your help!!!! :D

    #1 - Inspiron 1501 -
    PROCESSOR AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60 (2.0GHz/1MB) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® XP Professional edit
    LCD PANEL Anti-glare, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800) edit
    MEMORY 1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz, 2 Dimm edit
    HARD DRIVE Size: 120GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) edit
    INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE 24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive edit
    VIDEO CARD ATI RADEON® Xpress1150 256MB HyperMemory™ (Integrated) edit
    SOUND OPTIONS Integrated Audio edit
    BATTERY OPTIONS 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery edit
    WIRELESS CARDS Dell 1505 Wireless-N edit
    My Software & Accessories
    OFFICE SOFTWARE No Productivity software pre-installed edit
    My Service
    WARRANTY AND SERVICE DellCare Premium edit
    DATASAFE ONLINE BACKUP DataSafe included with DellCare Service bundle edit
    DIAL-UP INTERNET ACCESS No ISP requested edit
    ALSO INCLUDED WITH YOUR SYSTEM
    Network Card and Modem Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
    Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
    Labels Windows XP™
    ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE I chose Security with Value, Plus,or Premium Warranty Bundle
    PHOTO AND MUSIC SOFTWARE No Entertainment software pre-installed

    Save $400 on all Inspiron notebook purchases over $1299 (before tax, fees,
    Expires Thursday, January 31, 2008 View Details Remove Coupon
    -$400.00
    Save 10% off your total system order on Inspiron DellCare Premium bundle!
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    -$117.40
    No interest for 6 months on Inspiron systems with DellCare protection plan!
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    Sub Total $1,056.60 ***Is this a good deal? Is it worth it?

    #2 - Inspiron 1520 -
    SYSTEM COLOR Jet Black edit
    PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® XP Professional edit
    DISPLAY Anti-glare, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800) edit
    VIDEO CARD Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 edit
    MEMORY 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz edit
    HARD DRIVE 80GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) edit
    INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE CD writer / DVD player (Combo Drive) edit
    WIRELESS NETWORK CARDS Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card edit
    INTEGRATED WEBCAM Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam edit
    BATTERY OPTIONS 85Whr Lithium Ion Battery (9 cell) edit
    SOUND OPTIONS High Definition Audio 2.0 edit
    My Software & Accessories
    ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE I chose Security with Value, Plus,or Premium Warranty Bundle edit
    OFFICE SOFTWARE No Productivity software pre-installed edit
    ENTERTAINMENT & EDITING SOFTWARE Yahoo! Music Jukebox - Music Player edit
    My Service
    WARRANTY AND SERVICE DellCare Premium edit
    DATASAFE ONLINE BACKUP DataSafe included with DellCare Service bundle edit
    DIAL-UP INTERNET ACCESS No ISP requested edit
    ALSO INCLUDED WITH YOUR SYSTEM
    Network Card and Modem Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
    Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
    Doms Camera Module Jet Black color w/ 2.0M pixel Camera
    Labels Windows XP™
    Processor Branding Intel Centrino Core Duo Processor

    Save $400 on all Inspiron notebook purchases over $1299 (before tax, fees,
    Expires Thursday, January 31, 2008 View Details Remove Coupon
    -$400.00
    Save 10% off your total system order on Inspiron DellCare Premium bundle!
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    -$127.00
    No interest for 6 months on Inspiron systems with DellCare protection plan!
    Limited Time Offer! View Details
    Sub Total $1,143.00
     
  2. confusedmacuser

    confusedmacuser Newbie

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    BTW - I'm from the US. Somehow the flag didn't post...
     
  3. skywalker

    skywalker Business Notebook FTW!!

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    Forget the 1501, get newer Inspiron with C2D, so the 1520 is a welcome :)
     
  4. sccpu3d

    sccpu3d Notebook Enthusiast

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    or even better, grab a M1530 :). It really isn't that much more.... if at all more
     
  5. booboo12

    booboo12 Notebook Prophet

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    Since your a business, have you considered a Dell Vostro? I made a similarly configured Vostro 1500 (a black Inspiron 1520) whose subtotal price comes to $947.
     
  6. Han Bao Quan

    Han Bao Quan The Assassin

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    I would pick the Vostro, you can get the T7500 and 2 Gb ram for future proof, since you may very well be using Visa later on. And within 3 years you probably will want to buy another notebook.
     
  7. confusedmacuser

    confusedmacuser Newbie

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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    The only problem with those other models is the glossy screen. I canceled my order for a Vostro when I realized it had a glossy screen. It's not an aesthetic preference, but a necessity, as I conduct most of my business outside in bright sunlight. Plus, I really hate Windows Vista. Any suggestions?
     
  8. TrickD630

    TrickD630 Newbie

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    Latitude series have non glossy screen. Best part is that it won't get too warm or even hot than most of the cheap laptops.
    I'm quite happy with my D630, Nice design, reliable.
    Not for gaming that for sure, but for everything else it is quite good.
    Even with 6cell battery I get everything done 4h+

    My conf:
    T7100
    2gb ram
    Intel GMA X3100

    Ask for more information if needed.
     
  9. confusedmacuser

    confusedmacuser Newbie

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    What makes a Latitude or an XPS better than an Inspiron because when I compare specs. it seems that the Inspiron gives you the most bang for the buck?
     
  10. Fr3netico

    Fr3netico Notebook Consultant

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    If you are not looking to play games or hardcore graphing stuff there is no need to go with the M1530 like someone above mentioned. I would def recommend you the 1520 since it has a better processor.
     
  11. TrickD630

    TrickD630 Newbie

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    For latitude D630, the biggest advantage over those Inspirion models you selected is weight. It has smaller screen, and weights less.It has 3 years standard warranty. And really, as much as I know D630 series laptop users, they visit warranty services quite rarely and even if they do they much likely spend max 2h in there, so Dell's warranty service is really good.
    If you use laptop much outside, then I think that weight and battery time is quite important for you.
     
  12. Han Bao Quan

    Han Bao Quan The Assassin

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    HP 8510p/w or Thinkpad T61 is your alternatives. Best built notebooks you can find.
     
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