Dell 17.3" Quad-Core Laptop (7 Colors)

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Dell 17.3" Quad-Core Laptop (7 Colors)
Price: $429.99
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Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days (Wednesday, Apr 09 to Monday, Apr 14) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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I do not have anything against AMD or Dell. AMD is fine when it meets your needs.

But check the speed of this 5545M processor on this page:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

And on the same page, check the speed of any other processor you are familiar with or have.

“Quad Core” does not necessarily mean superfast - that goes for Intel too.

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Can you please explain to me “10/100 Fast Ethernet” in this day and age? It would cost pennies to provide gigabit ethernet. Come on Dell!

No kidding. Makes my Google Fiber connection worthless to have if I didn’t have a gigabit port on my computer.

In what universe is 1600x900 considered HD PLUS?

HD is 1920x1080.

HD+ would be a minimum of 1920x1200.

1600x900 is HD MINUS.

Also, “Inspirion”? Is that like aluminium?

Sorry but anything over 720 is considered HD. So yeah 900 is HD+. As much as I might not like the fact it is still a fact.

It is just like high speed internet access is anything over 56K.

Odd, if I had 1Gbit and could get half of that over Wireless N and I only had this laptop it would work for me.

This is a general work laptop not a high end gaming rig.

Does anyone know if this is linux compatible?

YAY! You didn’t blame us!

That 5400 RPM drive is gonna CRAWL, especially while booting. Replacing it with a solid state drive will make this laptop SO MUCH faster.

This is exactly what I needed. Thanks for sharing!

Yes you are correct unfortunately. The sad thing is that the pixel density is almost the same between a 15.6" 1366x768 and a 17.3" 1600x900. So basically you just have a bigger crappy screen.

To the people pounding on what this DOESN’T have - do you know where we can get all those missing features for this price range?

We all know there are faster processors out there, better blah blah etc - it’s features vs. price.

When I went shopping for a Hyundai Sante Fe I didn’t compare it to an Escalade, I compared it to similarly priced vehicles.

I saw on Dell’s website that their laptops they currently offer with Windows 8 can be downgraded to Windows 7, anyone know if this one can?

Well yea… but you have to compare this used Hyundai to the new Kia down the street. For $450, you can go to a local retailer or elsewhere on the interwebs and get a similarly poorly performing laptop brand new. Not refurb. With warranty.

Oh, and don’t get a 17" laptop as a portable computer. It’s no more portable than that Santa Fe is an off-road vehicle.

As a total non-tech type, this looks like a pretty nice PC. Am I wrong? I need a good home PC that’s used mainly for surfing the web; storing and manipulating photo files; running iTunes and storing music files, watching a DVD now and then, and running programs like Photo Shop and Family Tree Maker. One of these should be fine for all that, shouldn’t it?