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post #1 of 11
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Hi all,

I'm interested in some thoughts as to the value of my workhorse M4400 mobile workstation. Most specs are in my sig, but as an overview:
  • 2.4ghz P8600 C2D
  • 2x2gb 800mhz DDR2
  • 160gb 7200RPM HDD
  • Nvidia Quadro FX770 (roughly comparable to a GeForce 9600)
  • 15" 1280x800 LCD
  • Slimline SATA DVD-ROM drive, hot-swappable a second HDD caddy
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Next Business Day workstation support through 7/8/2012
  • 1 OEM 6-cell battery that holds around an hour of charge
  • 1 3rd party 9-cell battery that is about a month old and holds a 4 hour charge

Physically, the laptop is in overall good condition. There is a cosmetic crack in the magnesium LCD lid that is about 3/4" of an inch long, but does not effect use in any way. The LCD is clean and has no dead/stuck pixels.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention, this unit was purchased factory refurbished from Dell.

What would you estimate as to worth?
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post #2 of 11
You could probably get around $1000-1200 for it.

Ebay would be a better place to sell as they can generally go higher there. I've seen some 3Ghz models going for $1800
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post #3 of 11
There is one in the Dell Outlet Store with a faster CPU but otherwise identical that is priced at 700. There are a few with the same specs that go up to 900 bucks...so the price has a pretty wide range. I'd say try to go for 700 at first.
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post #4 of 11
Post it at 850 and leave room for negotiation
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tator Tot View Post
You could probably get around $1000-1200 for it.

Ebay would be a better place to sell as they can generally go higher there. I've seen some 3Ghz models going for $1800
That is definitely a no, that is way too high of a appraisal.
You can get M6500's with i7 quad cores for $1800 and a little less
$1000-$1200 is still too high, given the specs. You can get a nice M4500 for around this, with way better specs.

Dell outlet has very similar or better m4400 for around $700-$900. That is with 3 years Next Business day warranty.

My appraisal is around $600~ on a good day. maybe $750@ ebay.
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post #6 of 11
It's not all about the specs, you have to consider it comes with the two batteries and a longer warranty than the Dell Outlet models (~1 year vs 60 days)
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tator Tot View Post
It's not all about the specs, you have to consider it comes with the two batteries and a longer warranty than the Dell Outlet models (~1 year vs 60 days)
All of Dell outlet models come with their standard warranties. Standard warranty for the M4400 is 3 years, Next business day, I mentioned this on the post. Take one to the cart and see for your self.
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post #8 of 11
Well that's changed recently. They used to be 60-90 days.
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post #9 of 11
yup... no one is going to pay $1000+ for something used while they can get an macbook pro similar spec'ed for a little more NEW with awesome battery life. This laptop is worth $750 max IMO if it goes on ebay and expect much less on Craigs
    
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tator Tot View Post
Well that's changed recently. They used to be 60-90 days.
Yeah. They been doing this though for more then a few months already, last I recall.

It's kinda cool, because it gives good prices but bad for users who bought the units new and paid a whole lot more when it comes to reselling.
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