Dell 14.1" Dual-Core i5 Laptop

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Dell 14.1" Dual-Core i5 Laptop
Price: $259.99 - 269.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days (Thursday, Mar 27 to Tuesday, Apr 01) + transit
Condition: Refurbished


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Previous Similar Sales (May not be exact model)
2/18/2014 - $249.99 (Woot-off) - 15 comment(s)
2/14/2014 - $249.99 - 259.9 - 34 comment(s)
1/25/2014 - $259.99 - 53 comment(s)

11/15/2013 - $329.99 (Woot Plus)
10/25/2013 - $329.99 (Woot Plus)
9/25/2013 - $339.99 (Woot Plus)

From a previous sale:

Review from NoteBookCheck

Check out this review over at and solid reviews (4 out of 5 stars) over at The O

and named this an “editor’s choice”

and lets see how this model stacks up to the E4310

This is one of those computers that you hate to surrender when the IT guys bring it’s replacement. It’s hard to believe these are three years old. Replace the disk with a solid state drive and you will love this rock solid laptop.

This is a really wimpy and outdated laptop. Some current i3 CPUs can beat this i5’s Passmark of around 2600. And it doesn’t have USB 3.0 or HDMI (although it does have eSATA, which beats USB 2.0 for external drive transfers). Furthermore, the hard drive is puny at 160 or 250 gb.

HOWEVER, I JUST BOUGHT 3 OF THEM AS GIFTS! Despite the underwhelming specs, this a perfect starter computer for kids. And a great computer for grandparents whose needs are email, Skyping and websurfing. The fact that it uses Win 7 is great because Win 8 will confuse the heck out of them. I know my mom is royally annoyed by things popping up whenever her cursor moves to a corner or side. Not so with Win 7. It also takes up minimal space and sounds very sturdy. The only issue for older folks is that the 14" screen is small. On the hand, it’s light enough to move around by younger and older hands.

The biggest issue I have is that it lacks a webcam. That limits skyping to voice only. But USB webcams can be found for <$15 so it’s not a huge issue. Likewise fr the hard drive. If you need more room, and external 500gb drive can be found for about $50. All in all, the price makes it a great gift for those with basic computing needs. Or those who have a desktop computer but want something for portability.

I’m surprised that it’s only 3 years old. The lack of a built-in webcam makes me think that it’s around 5 years old with a CPU upgrade. Weren’t webcams already a default feature in laptops 3 year ago?

The 6000 series is a business line. It’s geared toward professional use so it lacks some features common in consumer lines. They make up for it with better build quality and whatever they call their version of the thinkpad’s trackpoint pointer.

The Dell Latitude laptops are beasts. You don’t buy them for bells and whistles so much as relentless durability and standardization of build. I had a D series at work and I work in mechanical rooms and the laptops do not have it easy. They are heavy for their size due to actual metal in the frame and part of the case. They are easier to service and the how to guides are all over the internet, and the parts are easy to come by as well. I kind of like that, but if you want state of the art and sexy this is not your laptop. It is a sturdy no nonsense machine at a small price.

We have a ton of these at work.

1 - replace the heat paste and heat pad with real heat paste (arctic silver) over the CPU and chipset chip (don’t touch the video’s heat pad, it doesn’t even make good enough contact with the heatsink to use heat paste, booo).
I can almost guarantee this was not taken care of when it was “refurbished”. Take care to do this, these particular models tend to overheat badly if you don’t put quality heat paste on it (the stock stuff melts right off).

2 - The keyboard is terrible on these compared to the older D series, and newer E series Latitudes. They are kind of squishy feeling, and unpleasant to type on.

3 - The screen hinges are a TERRIBLE design. If yours get loose you have to take the screen off, then work the little post that holds the upper and lower hinges pieces together back out a little so it has something to grip. Hopefully this was taken care of while being “refurbished”.

Also they are very plasticity in their build quality compared to the older D and newer E series latitudes. They just don’t feel very solid at all. Many have cracked trim pieces.

I have stacks of them at work I am “refurbishing” to get back out to the users that need an upgrade but aren’t getting a brand new one. We’re replacing all the HDD’s with SSDs, and these things fly. We’re replacing all the heat paste on the main cpu and chipset chip and then dusting the entire thing out.

So, do yourself a favor if you do get one, spend an extra $8 on Arctic Silver heat paste (it takes less than 5 mins to clean the old stuff off and apply new stuff). And put an SSD in it (another $70-90 for a 120-250GB cheap model SSD). Other than the keyboard feeling squishy to type on, these should be pretty solid after replacing the above items.

I have one of these, have used it for around three years. It’s a tank. Rock solid. I agree, it’s getting a little long in the tooth, consider an SSD, and the machine will fly.

I have a few 4310’s and a ton of 6410’s at work, side by side. I would pick the 4310 over the 6410 any day of the week. The 4310 has the same external design at the 6410, but much lighter weight and seems to be built more solidly IMO. It’s also quite a bit smaller.

How did you manage that when the listing says 1 per customer? (I need two for my children).

Not necessarily. Companies will often choose to leave off the webcam to save a few $$ on computers.

Not sure, but one possibility is using different email addresses.

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From a previous sale:

Fixed the links. Guess I got in too big of a hurry last night…

We had these when I worked at the school district. They held up pretty darn well considering that tough environment.

I worked at a company that deployed these and very intentionally down-spec’d them in two ways:

  1. No web cam for security reasons since many of them were to be deployed in R&D areas. But some companies also chose to eliminate web cams early on (clearly a loosing battle with mobile devices) for HR reasons.

  2. Smaller hard drive than even the Dell site advertised. We paid more for less. For e-Discovery purposes (Legal protection). The company wanted only currently active documents on the laptop - all other documents were to be stored on the network where they could be collected for Discovery and automatically deleted per the document retention policy.

BTW, while the old D-series Dell’s were tanks, in spite of a few compromises, we liked this new at that time E-series even more. We did not experience the overheating issue.

@sensibull, Woot staff has in the past condoned setting up another account with a different credit card to grab another Woot.

Presumably the hassle of doing so reduces the risk of major abuse of the quantity limits.