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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Well I do really like the XPS series, but unless I am willing to spend nearer £2000, they do not offer me enough storage!

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    you said 160GB+ in the OP. How much do you need then?

    Alternatively Dell's are easily upgraded so you could simply buy the hard drive you want from elsewhere and spec the dell with the lowest one. Then you can use the one you want and have a spare just in case. It doesn't void the warranty on dells if that is a concern

    The biggest you will get is 320GB I think unless you venture into 2 hard drive territory and the only laptops that offer that are generally very expensive and it can often take away your optical drive as that is the space it uses.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    I was thinking more along the lines of 320GB for a HDD.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Paulm, that laptop doesn't have all the requested features, neither does it have a fast enough processor or large enough hard drive (at the price it should).

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    You can get western digital scorpio 320gb hard disks for about £115. So i would just factor that into the purchase. That way you have the spare and the hard drive can be the limiting factor of the laptop you do buy.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    I looked on Dabs and Ebuyer and could not find 320GB 2.5 HDDs, where could I find a WD HDD?

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Thanks, I now have more options.

    Although the Dell website has been down since yesterday.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    For that money it's the xps everytime for me.

    You can get a 2.4GHz, 4 years warranty and buy the extra hard drive (as well as having the 250gb that comes with it) for over £100 less. No brainer.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Apart from the processor, you cannot get a deal anywhere near as good from the XPS series as you can with the Toshiba at that price. It has all the features I need, I tried to get a similar package put together using the Dell website, and the price was closer to £1,700.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    I specced this
    The Dell Online Store: Build Your System

    With,

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    + 115 for the WD Scorpio

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Dell XPS M1530

    Price &#163;1,450.63
    You Save &#163;79.99
    Total &#163;1,370.64
    Includes VAT & Shipping
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    &#163;115 for the WD Scorpio = &#163;1,485

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    VS

    TOSHIBA G40-10S
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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Oh I see your speccing 4GB of RAM to get that price. Like the hard drive don't bother with buying 4gb of RAM from dell. Buy it from crucial (or another) as it will be a lot cheaper.
    4GB kit (2GBx2), 200-pin SODIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 upgrades for Dell XPS M1530 Laptop/Notebook, CT756078 from Crucial.com

    But if you're using a 32bit OS then just stick with 2GB and then upgrade later if you really feel the need.

    I'm not seeing the attraction of the Toshiba. It's lower spec except for the screen and seemingly more expensive.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    For what it's worth, there's a 10&#37; discount code available on Dell Special Offers, Cheapest Deals, E-Value Codes and Discount Coupons | dmXdimension for Dell notebooks, makes the M1330 very affordable. I'm somewhat considering getting one...but I'd have to figure out what I could sell my current Inspiron 630m for first.

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