Monday, November 24, 2008

Dell Inspiron 1525 for exactly $500 (Celeron though)

Attention shoppers! We have a "Dell Light Special" for you! The Inspiron 1525 laptop is only $499 after $125 of instant savings. This is a limited time offer, so don't sleep on it if you are interested!

As with other Dells, you can configure it to your liking, and of course that will adjust the price. Obviously don't expect to put an eight-core processor in this laptop :-)

Here are the specs of the configuration featured in this post, and at the link above:
  • Intel Celeron 550 (2.0GHz, 533Mhz, 1M L2 Cache)
  • Upgrade to a dual-core processor an extra $225: Core2 Duo T8100 (2.1GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
  • Widescreen 15.4" display (1280x800)
  • 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
  • 120GB SATA disk spinning at 5400RPM
  • dvd burner
  • Intel GMA X3100 as expected
  • wireless, but no option for webcam
  • Vista Basic SP1 (woohoo, no Aero crapola ;-)
  • one year limited hardware warranty
  • ...with in-home service after remote diagnosis

So the big question is, do you go with a single-core Celeron in an era of dual-core galore? Well, the answer is up to you. If the applications you are planning to use this laptop for are not heavy-duty in terms of processing power, then you could be fine with Celeron considering that you do get 2gb of memory. Andthere is no Aero to hog up your resources.

Obviously you can get laptops with better specifications at this price point, but they will likely be from a less popular manufacturer than Dell. There are plenty of choices these days, which makes decisions even harder!

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