Dell E6410 14.1" Intel i5 2.4GHz Laptop
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This isn’t the worst deal to ever pass through these hallowed halls, but there are some things to be aware of…
The 160GB HDD is going to cause this system to be exceptionally sluggish, not to mention its age and life expectancy.
If you’re going to buy this, it’s highly recommended that you also plan on getting an SSD and additional 4 or 8GB of RAM. That’ll take this system to just over $300, but the difference will be night and day. It will run nearly as fast or faster than a current/new laptop with a conventional HDD.
That being said, if you are going to go that route, then possibly you’ll want to look for the e6420 series (compared to this e6410) that come with a 128GB SSD already installed.
The e6420 also has a newer/faster CPU and better screen resolution (1600x900). The mothership doesn’t currently have it, but other eggy online stores do. You’ll find it for $299 & free shipping.
Regardless of what system you choose, allowing a little more budget for an SSD is going to be an exceptionally wise plan.
I just checked the mothership’s page and there is a Crucial BX100 120GB for $68 (Prime) or the Samsung 850 EVO 256GB for $98 (Prime).
($30 more for the Samsung makes it more attractive in the bang-for-your-buck category.)
As far as RAM upgrades go, the system will accept the newer PC3-12800 SODIMM, so there’s no need to spend more money on the older, slower PC3-10800 memory.
I bought one of these last time and ended up returning it. Whoever did the refurbishing did a laughably bad job. In addition to subtle problems like a loose screen, there were some super obvious defects like a completely missing mouse nub. Personally I’m going to stick to the “factory refurbished” tags from now on.
Woot was super cool about the return though.
I picked up an E6420 recently and it was in great shape. Better than expected. I agree with Evolution’s comments about putting in an SSD. It will make a world of difference and works wonderfully in mine after I swapped it in. $100 at the mothership. This laptop at $209 isn’t a bad deal but just note that it has lower resolution video, no webcam, no Gig Enet than deals only $40-50 more. My friend picked up an HP with the better specs AND 128GB SSD (no webcam) for $269 this week.
Been running this exact same model at work for the past five years with WinXP installed.
Yes my company is cheap.
Yes the company-installed XP OS is older than the moon.
BUT, the hardware is solid, works well, hasn’t broken, the screen is clear, fairly snappy, and overall a good machine. For $200 you can go chromebook or this, I’d rather go this.
A refurbed chromebook can be had for $150 or less.
This machine was the previous-generation laptop at my work. It’s a solid performer, but battery life just sucked. I mean sucked. It really sucked. Did I say sucked? Sucked. Anyway, aside from that, they’re great - durable, unassuming, capable, Linux-friendly. The company was running Windows 7 on them with no complaints, and of course they’re even faster with Linux, although I would definitely take the advice above and pop an SSD into it for a quick performance boost.
You could do worse. My two cents plain.
These are $175ish everyday, shipped, with a 250g drive at a certain river site.
Does it have 1 or 2 RAM slots? Does it come with 1 stick of 4gb RAM, or 2 2gb RAM sticks?
Atlanta Electronics LLC. via Newegg offers the refurbished 5-lb. HP EliteBook 8440p Intel Core i5 2.4GHz 14" Laptop for $224 with free shipping. that’s tied with out mention from last week, $23 under the lowest total price we could find for a similar build today, and a very low price for a laptop with a Core i5 processor. Features include an Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz dual-core processor, 14" 1366x768 LCD, 4GB RAM, 250GB hard drive, DVD/CD-RW combo drive, 802.11n wireless, Gigabit Ethernet, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.