March 17th, 2008

Dell Renews $549.00 Laptop Deal

In January, we reported that Dell was offering an excellent laptop computer for under $600.00, the Dell Vostro 1500. Dell has extended that offer, and even sweetened the deal. Now for $549.00 you can get a well-configured unit with 2 Gigs of RAM, a 1.4 mhz Intel Dual-Core processor, built-in Wi-Fi, and a huge 250 gigabyte hard-drive. Previously, the $549.00 Vostro 1500 had a 160 Gig hard-drive. This is a limited-time offer from Dell. Dell even includes FREE shipping.

CLICK HERE for full Vostro 1500 Review.

Notably, unlike Acer, Sony, Toshiba, and most other bargain lap-top makers, Dell offers its Vostros with a choice of either Windows XP or Vista operating systems. For a variety of reasons, we still recommend XP over Vista. Tests have demonstrated that XP runs faster than Vista, it enjoys superior software compatibility, and it requires less RAM.

Overall, the Vostro 1500 is a very capable package for the price. This Editor acquired one (thanks to a donation from Joe. F in CA), and our 1000-yard Editor Jason Baney just ordered one. Dell laptop buyers also get special deals on printers, for example the Dell 1320c Color Laser, a PC World magazine “Best Buy”, is just $299.00. Consider that, a decade ago, a quality color laser printer could cost $1500.00 or more.

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