Recommend me a Dell Inspiron m700 replacement

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  1. smiley_lauf

    smiley_lauf Notebook Consultant

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    Hi there, i got my wife, who is a school professor, a Dell Inspiron m700 12", 2.1Ghz, 2GB RAM in 2005 (I paid USD1600). She refuses to part with it because it just works. I only had to change to new battery 2 years ago. Rest is still runing like a charm.

    She will be using notebook for mainly office related work, statistical data analyses, and web-browsing. I am thinking of getting her a replacement for her birthday coming up soon (End of April). She wants something that will match or even better than her current Dell. She travels a lot so size does matter. She hardly watches any DVD movies on her machine, but does run some graphics apps (like arcview GPS, and does some video editing.

    I have been out of touch with Dell since 2005. Could someone please recommend me a replacement for this machine.

    Kind regards,
    SL
     
  2. Ferretwulf

    Ferretwulf Notebook Consultant

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    You'll get the best responses in the "What Notebook should I buy" section:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=16

    Check out the form first:
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  3. codester

    codester Notebook Consultant

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    Since you posted here, I'm assuming you want a Dell. Why not use the the 'Narrow Your Laptop Selection' found on the left-hand side of the screen (http://www.dell.com/home/laptops). You can select things that are important to you, such as a screen screen size, weight, cost, etc. There's also Dell's Product Advisor...
     
  4. booboo12

    booboo12 Notebook Prophet

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    Dell Vostro 1220 or 3300 would do nicely.
     
  5. smiley_lauf

    smiley_lauf Notebook Consultant

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    I decided to post here because I am looking at a Dell--the form factor is important (light but powerful)-Let me look at the Vostro's in the mean time.
     
  6. Joel

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    I agree with Ferretwulf, post in the WNSIB section.

    Anyway, why not get her a Latitude E4300 perhaps. Unsure of the price though.
     
  7. boomhower

    boomhower Notebook Evangelist

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    E4300 would be my pick as well, much higher quality than the rest of the Dell line-up. They aren't cheap though. The Vostro would be next in line.
     
  8. Robin24k

    Robin24k Notebook Deity

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    Check the Dell Outlet for an E4300...I was able to get one with a SP9600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 7 Ultimate, and 3-year NBD warranty for $1400. :D
     
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    smiley_lauf Notebook Consultant

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    the vostro 3300 looks attractive. Let me also check out the E4300.
     
  10. Ferretwulf

    Ferretwulf Notebook Consultant

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    I was all set to pick up an outlet E4300, but ended up getting an E6400 due to a big coupon code right at the time I was going to order. That said, the E4300 is a very nice portable. Grab a 15% or 20% off outlet coupon and grab one from the outlet for cheap. I've done 2 outlet purchases and been very happy with the laptops. Both looked and ran 'new' to me.
     
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