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A lightweight, "not too big", about a $1000 laptop for my dad.

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I request your suggestions for a laptop that is around $1000 (USD), needs to be light, but not the lightest, needs to be small, but not the smallest. Preferably with good battery life. My dad also likes the Dell's. Is this the best brand?

The laptop will be used mostly for work type stuff. Word processing, Spreadsheet, Internet Browsing (wireless G), this is not a gaming laptop.

Thank you very much in advanced.

What do you think about this:

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Description
E1505 Dual Core
Date & Time: April 13,2006 2:27 PM CST

SYSTEM COMPONENTS

E1505 Dual Core Qty 1
Intel® Core™ Duo processor T2300 (2MB Cache/1.66GHz/667MHz FSB), Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005Unit Price $1,048.00
Dell Home Customers: Save $200 off Dell Inspiron E1505!

Limited Time Offer!
- $200.00

Catalog Number: 29
Module Description Show Details
Inspiron E1505Intel® Core™ Duo processor T2300 (2MB Cache/1.66GHz/667MHz FSB)
Operating System (Office software not included)Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
LCD Panel15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA Display
MemoryFREE 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz, 2 Dimm
Video CardIntel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Hard Drive40GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
Network Card and ModemIntegrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
Adobe SoftwareAdobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0
Combo/DVD+RW Drives24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive
Wireless Networking CardsDell Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini Card (54Mbps)
Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed)No productivity suite- Corel WordPerfect word processor only
Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed)No Security Subscription
Primary Battery85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Hardware Warranty1Yr Ltd Warranty, 1Yr Mail-In Service, and 1Yr HW Warranty Support
Dial-Up Internet Access6 Months America Online Internet Access Included
Mobile BroadbandNo Broadband Expresscard technology is available in the market now
Operating System Re-Installation CDPC Restore recovery system by Symantec
Dell Digital EntertainmentStarter Entertainment Pack - Basic digital Music, Photo and Game experience
TOTAL:$848.00
I have Office 2003 PRO on disk.
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post #2 of 6
Inspiron E1505, theyve currently got a deal on it

Yep, same wavelength methinks, yeh you should go for it, and you could upgrade the video card seeing as its within your budget if you deem it necassary, or even the hard drive
    
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Inspiron E1505, theyve currently got a deal on it

Yep, same wavelength methinks, yeh you should go for it, and you could upgrade the video card seeing as its within your budget if you deem it necassary, or even the hard drive
Would it really be necessary to upgrade the video card? It is for my father, who does not game. The at most it would play a DVD, maybe solitare.

I will advise him to purchase the E1505 Base, here are the options:

1) Duo 1.66GHz
2) 1GB Ram
3) Cheapest version of XP they have.
4) Integrated video
5)*Regular 15.4 display but with 'True Life' (It will run lower resolutions because he likes bigger icons and text) +$29
6)*9 Cell battery instead of 6 cell +$99
7) No other options that cost money (stupid software packages)

Questions:
* (see #5, #6) Is it worth it?

What about an extra $60 for a DVD burner?

Is Dell's wireless b/g card ok? They have their card, then they recommend the Intel one for fifteen dollars more!

What about the AC/DC adaptor thing, can anyone decipher from that page whether it comes with one already, or the one they are trying to sell for a $100 is an extra?

Anyone know where I can find A) How much it weighs, and B) What type of battery life it gets? They hide it from me.

Also, as far as the HD goes, how much more power will the 700RPM HD take? Is it worth it?
Thanks a bunch.
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post #4 of 6
Solitaire is very demanding...
Height: 1.44" (36 mm)

Width: 14" (356 mm)

Depth: 10.45" (265.5 mm)

Regarding DVD writer it depends on how much he would really use it, it is nice to know its there though incase in the future

Dont know about the wireless card, I assume its ok, it is on my dads dell anyway. Dont know about the AC/DC adapter either, due to living in the UK

Question 5: If he likes bigger texts then yeh, go for it, make him happy.

Question 6. Regarding battery, I got this from a review:

With the smaller option 6 cell battery and a powerful new processor, I didn't have very high hopes for battery life. However, the Dell lasted longer than expected. At maximum brightness, it played a DVD for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Under normal light tasks, with WiFi on and almost maximum brightness, the battery lasted almost three hours. Dimming the screen all the way and shutting wireless off squeezed almost 4 hours of total battery life. I could burn the battery in about 90 minutes or less if I really tried. Gaming would likely burn it this fast.

The optional 9-cell battery, which is the same physical size as the 6-cell, should give about 50% more run time.

The battery charges fast for the first 80%. At nearly 1% per minute, you could get a significant boost on a one hour layover at the airport.

A bigger battery might be a better choice than two batteries. Lithium-Ion cells wear out even if you don't use them.
    
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post #5 of 6
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I think we are just getting the base model with the 'True Life' screen. Doesn't really need the better battery.

Thanks everyone.
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E4400 P35 DS3R 8800GTS 2GB Crucial Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1x SATA 80GB, 160GB Hitachi - 1x 120GB Samsung IDE DVDRW Fedora 7 and Windows XP ViewSonic VX922 2ms 19in 
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basic 520W Corsair Thermaltake VB1000WWS Logitech G5 
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E4400 P35 DS3R 8800GTS 2GB Crucial Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1x SATA 80GB, 160GB Hitachi - 1x 120GB Samsung IDE DVDRW Fedora 7 and Windows XP ViewSonic VX922 2ms 19in 
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basic 520W Corsair Thermaltake VB1000WWS Logitech G5 
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post #6 of 6
No problem, glad I could be of use for once
    
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung F3 1TB Hard Drive Crucial CT128M4SSD2 128GB SSD Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Professional  
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster BX2431 1080p PCBank PB2700 1440p IPS Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 550W PSU  Xigmatek Giggas 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung F3 1TB Hard Drive Crucial CT128M4SSD2 128GB SSD Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Professional  
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