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Default Dell recomendation - 01-20-2009, 01:44 PM

I've used this forum as a great reference for my wife's newly purchased Mini 9. I now need to upgrade my work laptop and, although slightly off topic from the mini 9, I though I'd ask you expert people what you thought the best Dell laptop money can buy was right now?

I've been using a Dell inspiron 9300 since 2005 and can't say I've had any issues.

Main work involved
- Some web development
- Some graphic editing
- Technical Documentation
- Presentation (with and without projecctor)

Over the next 12 months, I'm going to be leading the development of a new version of our enterprise web application.

Considerations for staying large:
- Vostro 1710
- Precision M6300
- XPS M1730

Consideration for going ulrta protable:
- Vostro 1310
- Precision M2400
- XPS M1330
- Mini 9 or 10

Other recomendations welcomed... I have to stay with Dell though.
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Default Re: Dell recomendation - 01-20-2009, 02:53 PM

If you'll be giving presentations without a projector, you'll need a large screen. Also, it seems like you'll be doing quite a bit of typing, so I would say ultraportable options are out of the question.
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Default Re: Dell recomendation - 01-20-2009, 02:54 PM

The one consideration that might play into using (or not) the Mini 9 is the screen size. Not tat the 8.9" screen is too small, but the resolution of 1024 x 600 might be an issue.

Otherwise - Good question. Depends on your like of the aesthetics of the different units I really do think.


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Default Re: Dell recomendation - 01-20-2009, 02:55 PM

I'll also say this about presenting - If you are using a projector you want to have a minimum output of 1024x768 and ensure that you either have a VGA out or a VGA output adapter for whatever the laptop comes with.


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Default Re: Dell recomendation - 01-21-2009, 08:25 PM

If it's one thing Dell offers, it's lots of choices.

If you need portability, I agree with the others that the smallest systems may not be a good fit given their screen sizes and the need for projection. I have a 13" Latitude desktop and I'd recommend you go no smaller than 13".
So, you might want to look at the new Inspiron 13 and Inspiron 15. If you are looking for good video performance, take a look at the Studio 15. PC Mag recommended it as a "best" few months ago. They have since given that rating to the new Studio xps 16. 17 inchers are pretty large and not very easy to lug around. Happy hunting!
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Default Re: Dell recomendation - 01-28-2009, 01:18 AM

Decided to go with the Precision M6400. Just waiting for approval and I'll place my order...
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Default Re: Dell recomendation - 02-03-2009, 03:16 AM

Let me know how you've optioned it. I was playing around and my preferred config of that unit was right at 5,000 and I still wanted more RAM. (Of course I went with dual high performance 64gb SSDs in RAID 0, because, well I'm insane.)

I have to admit I'm playing around with getting a pair of those nice little intel slc jobbers...

Also this is the big question on my mind: What screen did you opt for? (If you want just post your service tag and it'll shut me up.)


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Default Re: Dell recomendation - 02-05-2009, 03:05 AM

Here's the basics:

M6400,T9400,(2.53GHZ),6M,CORE 2 DUO
4.0GB DDR3-1066MHZ,4 DIMM,MPWS
INT VGA WEBCAM,W/MIC,MPWS M6400
8X DVD+/-RW SLOT LOAD, MPWS
INT VGA WEBCAM,W/MIC,MPWS M6400
17IN WIDE WUXGA LCD,MPWS M6400
NVIDIA QUADRO FX2700M,FX2700M,MPWS M6400
250GB FFS HD,9.5MM,7200RPM,MPWS MX300
WXP PRO SP3,W/VISTA BUS LICENSE,ENG,MPWS
DELL 1510 802.11A/G/N MC ROW,LAT E/MPWS,
DELL WIRELESS 370 BLUETOOTH,LAT E/MPWS
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Default Re: Dell recomendation - 02-05-2009, 03:46 AM

Yes!

That's a very good mid-high config. I'm very pleased to see you went with the 1200p screen.


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