Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

  1. #1
    ALT0153™ Rob_B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    5,876
    Thanks
    301
    Thanked
    645 times in 439 posts

    Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    I've got the chance to get the below laptop + a Wireless N USB adapter (that I don't need) for £60, reckon it's worth it? (You can probably guess what I want to do with it! )

    Dell Inspiron 1200
    1.3Ghz Celeron M
    256mb RAM
    25GB HDD

    Reckon that CPU with a bit more RAM will run iPlayer ok? Celeron M's look quite poor chips (compared to a Duron 1.2Ghz?)

    EDIT Hmmm, answered my own question I think! http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel,406-4.html

    I can't check eBay (at work) & it might go quickly so would appreciate your views

    Cheers folks!

    Rob
    Last edited by Rob_B; 23-02-2010 at 03:31 PM.

  2. #2
    jim
    jim is offline
    HEXUS.clueless jim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Location: Location:
    Posts
    11,344
    Thanks
    605
    Thanked
    1,586 times in 1,262 posts
    • jim's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
      • CPU:
      • i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz
      • Memory:
      • 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Sandisk SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ASUS GTX 970
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX650
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT03
      • Operating System:
      • 8.1 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell S2716DG
      • Internet:
      • 10 Mbps ADSL

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_B View Post
    (You can probably guess what I want to do with it! )
    Drop it in LN2 and smash it to pieces?

  3. #3
    ALT0153™ Rob_B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    5,876
    Thanks
    301
    Thanked
    645 times in 439 posts

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Drop it in LN2 and smash it to pieces?
    Hmmmm...tempting, but damn, I'm all out of LN2!

  4. #4
    Pork & Beans Powerup Phage's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    6,100
    Thanks
    1,523
    Thanked
    578 times in 494 posts
    • Phage's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Crosshair VI
      • CPU:
      • 1700x @ 3.9
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb Corsair LPX
      • Storage:
      • Samsung 960 512Gb + 2Tb Seagate SSHD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA 1080ti
      • PSU:
      • BeQuiet 850w
      • Case:
      • Fractal R4
      • Operating System:
      • W10 64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Agon Gsync

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    Couldn't find any on ebay - lots of parts, but npot a whole machine.
    Society's to blame,
    Or possibly Atari.

  5. #5
    Bows out! CAT-THE-FIFTH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Hopefully somewhere less backstabby
    Posts
    28,789
    Thanks
    3,203
    Thanked
    4,456 times in 3,442 posts
    • CAT-THE-FIFTH's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Less E-PEEN
      • CPU:
      • Massive E-PEEN
      • Memory:
      • RGB E-PEEN
      • Storage:
      • Not in any order
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVEN BIGGER E-PEEN
      • PSU:
      • OVERSIZED
      • Case:
      • UNDERSIZED
      • Operating System:
      • DOS 6.22
      • Monitor(s):
      • NOT USUALLY ON....WHEN I POST
      • Internet:
      • FUNCTIONAL

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_B View Post
    I've got the chance to get the below laptop + a Wireless N USB adapter (that I don't need) for £60, reckon it's worth it? (You can probably guess what I want to do with it! )

    Dell Inspiron 1200
    1.3Ghz Celeron M
    256mb RAM
    25GB HDD

    Reckon that CPU with a bit more RAM will run iPlayer ok? Celeron M's look quite poor chips (compared to a Duron 1.2Ghz?)

    I can't check eBay (at work) & it might go quickly so would appreciate your views

    Cheers folks!

    Rob
    You could probably upgrade the processor to a Pentium M and add some more RAM for around £20 to £30.

    I upgraded my Medion SIM2000 notebook from a Celeron M to a Pentium M for not much money and there was a big performance increase coupled with better battery life and the fact that it ran cooler when not stressed.


    Those despicable Elk,stealing the pond weed!

  6. #6
    Lovely chap dangel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Cambridge, UK
    Posts
    8,385
    Thanks
    407
    Thanked
    449 times in 331 posts
    • dangel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • See My Sig
      • CPU:
      • See My Sig
      • Memory:
      • See My Sig
      • Storage:
      • See My Sig
      • Graphics card(s):
      • See My Sig
      • PSU:
      • See My Sig
      • Case:
      • See My Sig
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • See My Sig
      • Internet:
      • 60mbit Sky LLU

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    Well you say celery Ms aren't good but my laptop runs windows 7 really well, albeit with a good radeon chipset and plenty of memory. EDIT: actually i think it was a Pentium-M so that's me shut up
    System 001: Maximus VII Formula, 4790k i7, RTX 2080ti FE (incoming), 16GIG Corsair Vengence DDR3 RAM CL9, Corsair HX1000, ROG SWIFT PG278Q , SSDs, Antec 1200 case, All watercooled. [main]
    System 002: A8 3850 APU, ASUS uATX FM1A75 MB, 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3, Corsair psu, OCZ Agility 3, 1TB F3, Dell 2001FP 20" LCD, £7's worth of 5.1 speakers (they rock) Windows 7 x64[wife/server]
    System 003: AsRock MB, APU, 8 GIG Corsair, Silverstone HTPC case, stock cooler, GT220 1gbDDR3, WD Green 3TB, Kingston 40gb SSD, MCE Remote, Panasonic 50" LCD (87BDX) via HDMI Windows 8.1.1 (32) [media centre]
    System 004: Asus UL50AT Intel Core 2 Duo,4GB, Intel Gen 2 80GB SSD, Win 8.1.1 x64 [no justification]
    System 005: HP Proliant N40L Microserver, 4x2TB drives, fan mod, Pico PSU mod, Win7 x86 [file server]
    System 006: Dell Optiplex 9010, i7, 8gb, 128gb Samsung 830 x 2 (boot and VM drive), 1TB WD HDD, ATI something, Windows 8.1.1 x64 RTM [work]


  7. #7
    Not a good person scaryjim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    15,044
    Thanks
    1,194
    Thanked
    2,246 times in 1,847 posts
    • scaryjim's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Dell Inspiron
      • CPU:
      • Core i5 8250U
      • Memory:
      • 1x 8GB DDR4 2400
      • Storage:
      • 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Radeon R5 230
      • PSU:
      • Battery/Dell brick
      • Case:
      • Dell Inspiron 5570
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 15" 1080p laptop panel

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    OK, first up don't mistake the 90nm Celeron M 350 @ 1.3GHz for a 130nm desktop Celeron 1.3GHz. They're very different processors. The Celeron M you're looking at is a Dothan based processor, derived from a Pentium 3 core (and the direct precursor to Core / Core 2), and is very efficient in terms of work per clock cycle. It also has a much bigger L2 cache - 1MB. A 1.3GHz Dothan Celeron M will pound a 1.2GHz Mobile Duron to dust...

  8. #8
    ALT0153™ Rob_B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    5,876
    Thanks
    301
    Thanked
    645 times in 439 posts

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    OK, first up don't mistake the 90nm Celeron M 350 @ 1.3GHz for a 130nm desktop Celeron 1.3GHz. They're very different processors. The Celeron M you're looking at is a Dothan based processor, derived from a Pentium 3 core (and the direct precursor to Core / Core 2), and is very efficient in terms of work per clock cycle. It also has a much bigger L2 cache - 1MB. A 1.3GHz Dothan Celeron M will pound a 1.2GHz Mobile Duron to dust...
    Looks like you're right http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_look...eron+M+1.30GHz

    So...hmm..to buy or not to buy? Want to wait & see what Student computers come up with but if I wait too long this one will go!

  9. #9
    WEEEEEEEEEEEEE! MadduckUK's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lytham St. Annes
    Posts
    17,293
    Thanks
    649
    Thanked
    1,580 times in 1,006 posts
    • MadduckUK's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus A88XM-PLUS
      • CPU:
      • AMD 860K @4.45
      • Memory:
      • 16GB (4x4GB) PC3-12800
      • Storage:
      • 1x240GB Sandisk Extreme / 3x500GB RAID0 / 3GB Backup
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Radeon 7870XT
      • PSU:
      • Corsair TX750w
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master Galdiator 600
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • DELL S2409W
      • Internet:
      • 3 One Plan

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    i sold a PM1.5/1.25GB/80GB/Radeon9700m for £100 before Christmas, so this certainly isnt a deal really
    Quote Originally Posted by Ephesians
    Do not be drunk with wine, which will ruin you, but be filled with the Spirit
    Vodka

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    suffolk
    Posts
    113
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked
    9 times in 9 posts
    • richy19's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Dell e520
      • CPU:
      • intel e4300 OC 2.4ghz
      • Memory:
      • 2gb pc5200
      • Storage:
      • 550gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • sapphire hd 4650
      • PSU:
      • Dell
      • Case:
      • Dell e520
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7
      • Monitor(s):
      • 19" and 15"

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    it depends what you want it for
    if its just for internet you could intall googleOS and it would be fine
    but 60quid for that isnt anything special i think

  11. #11
    ALT0153™ Rob_B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    5,876
    Thanks
    301
    Thanked
    645 times in 439 posts

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    OK, first up don't mistake the 90nm Celeron M 350 @ 1.3GHz for a 130nm desktop Celeron 1.3GHz. They're very different processors. The Celeron M you're looking at is a Dothan based processor, derived from a Pentium 3 core (and the direct precursor to Core / Core 2), and is very efficient in terms of work per clock cycle. It also has a much bigger L2 cache - 1MB. A 1.3GHz Dothan Celeron M will pound a 1.2GHz Mobile Duron to dust...
    Are the Celeron M 1.5Ghzs the same core? ie not a bad processor?

  12. #12
    WEEEEEEEEEEEEE! MadduckUK's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lytham St. Annes
    Posts
    17,293
    Thanks
    649
    Thanked
    1,580 times in 1,006 posts
    • MadduckUK's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus A88XM-PLUS
      • CPU:
      • AMD 860K @4.45
      • Memory:
      • 16GB (4x4GB) PC3-12800
      • Storage:
      • 1x240GB Sandisk Extreme / 3x500GB RAID0 / 3GB Backup
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Radeon 7870XT
      • PSU:
      • Corsair TX750w
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master Galdiator 600
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • DELL S2409W
      • Internet:
      • 3 One Plan

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_B View Post
    Are the Celeron M 1.5Ghzs the same core? ie not a bad processor?
    yup just less cache and lacks power saving features, the lack of power saving was the stupid bit though because it ended up quite noticeable
    Quote Originally Posted by Ephesians
    Do not be drunk with wine, which will ruin you, but be filled with the Spirit
    Vodka

  13. #13
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    22
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    1 time in 1 post

    Re: Is this laptop a bargain for £60?

    Doesn't seem bad to me...the Celerons are pretty poor but you don't need much, and you definitely won't get much for what you're paying.

    If you can get the RAM up it will probably do most things, albeit at a reasonably slow speed A hard drive upgrade might also be warranted, depending on what you wanna do with it.

    Tim

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Bargain laptop?
    By CocoPops in forum Retail Therapy and Bargains
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-09-2003, 08:55 AM
  2. Bargain laptop
    By joshwa in forum Retail Therapy and Bargains
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 24-08-2003, 06:01 AM
  3. Bargain 17" TFT Laptop
    By joshwa in forum Retail Therapy and Bargains
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-08-2003, 08:32 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •