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Dell B130 Pentium M 735A 1.7GHz


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kidnova

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I just purchased a Dell Inspiron B130 Pentium M 735A 1.7GHz for my girlfriend for $460US. It includes XP home, 512 DDR2 RAM, 60 GB 5400RPM HD, and a 8X DVD +-RW.

My question is: does anybody have any experience with these machines and was this a reasonable price to pay? I've been using PCs since I got my first Commodore 64 in 1985, but I have absolutely zero experience with laptops. She will be using it primarily for school and burning CDs and DVDs.

I did quite a bit of research before making the purchase, so I'm fairly confident I made a good choice, but I'd appreciate any input you guys might have.

Edited by kidnova, 17 October 2006 - 09:17 PM.

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Well it all depends on what she wants to do with it. It is a laptop that will be good for going around on the internet, checking email, and word documents. It does a have a good amount of HD space, 60GB, and it is a widescreen, however with integrated graphics don't expect to be blown over by the graphics. Over all it is a good "work" laptop, the only upgrade would be additional memory, which would help the integrated graphics with sharing the memory. Upgrading memory on a laptop is pretty easy, a tip is not to buy it from Dell. Try to find it on Newegg on sale or with a rebate, it will less then buying it from Dell. It can hold a max on 1GB of memory, keep that in mind for future upgrades. My friend has a year 2001 Dell laptop that can hold a max of 512MB memory. When I got my laptop 3 years ago it came with 512MB and it was fine for then, however, as time went on it took longer and longer to load programs and just plain slower. A simple fix was bumping up the memory to 1 GB, and WOW what a difference. Like I said it all depends on what she wants to do with it, but for less then $500, it is a pretty good deal.
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Alright, change of plans. I cancelled the original order and purchased an E1405 with a 1.6GHz T1300 core solo processor. It only cost me $40 more and it comes with the better processor, a higher speed FSB, and most importantly it is smaller and lighter. It is also more aesthetically pleasing, which is important to her.

Actually, I think it was worth the additional $40 just for the fact that it comes with a 1yr warranty as opposed to the B130's 90-day warranty.
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