Product Type: Dell laptops
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The best value laptop in this price range I could find
Dell Inspiron 15R
Member Name: oligraham
Dell Inspiron 15R
Advantages: Fast processor, fast graphics card, good screen, good build quality
I recently bought this laptop with the following specifications:
Intel Core i3-2330M processor
4GB DDR3 Ram
640GB Hard Drive
1 GB nVidia GeForce GT 525M
I paid £499 although it is currently available for £489
As you can see it is not the most basic version of the 15R but the mid range one with dedicated graphics card.
The performance of the laptop is fantastic, the i3 processor significantly faster than the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200 that was in my old desktop. It is the latest Sandybridge so you are getting the best, most up to date laptop. The processor nips through any task and is great at multi-tasking as I often have 15+ tabs open in separate browser windows as well as google earth and itunes running and there is almost no lag when running all these programs. This is also helped by the 4GB of RAM which helps massively with multi-tasking and is more than enough for what you will need unless you are doing heavy duty video editing.
The main thing that makes this laptop such good value for money is the graphics card which is a 1GB Nvidia Geforce 525M and handles every game I've thrown at it (Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2 etc) with fluid framerates even at medium-high settings. This has always been my big problem with laptops, that they don't come with good graphics cards unless your paying £700+ but here is a laptop with a very good graphics card for just £489.
There is a 640GB hard drive in this laptop which is relatively large so you can store large amounts of music and pictures etc, I would have preferred a 1TB+ hard drive as I keep a lot of video on it but you can always buy an external hard drive.
The screen is full HD and is very vivid and clear when playing HD videos on youtube etc. I haven't had a laptop for some years having switched to desktops, so this was a big improvement for me and since I bought this laptop to play games it means that games are displayed in high quality.
The laptop is relatively heavy at 2.6kg so not really built for massive portability, but if you aren't moving it around a lot it is a good choice, I bought it because I may be moving abroad so cannot take a desktop on the plane.
The build quality is very good, the laptop feels solid and not at all flimsy like some cheaper models. The back of the screen is removable and you can replace it with expensive lids bought from Dells website.
Overall this is a fantastic laptop for the price, with these specs I would have expected to pay at least £700 so to get it for less than £500 is a great price.
Summary: Probably the best value for money laptop on the market.if you need a graphics card
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