Ivor O’Connor

November 28, 2008

Dell Refubished Laptops

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 12:13 am

Dell Outlet has a form allowing you to get a filtered view of the laptops they have. It’s interesting because:

  • They don’t have an option to filter on the screen’s native resolution.
  • No way of specifying your wireless network card. To work with Linux you need the one supplied by Intel. Not the standard “Dell” one.
  • Not much price granularity. You’d think they’d let you put your own price in the field. However it’s a pick list with a very blunt $500 granularity!
  • No ability to specify the class of CPU. For example a way to specify you want multiple CPUs as opposed to just one. Or that you want a 64bit CPU. Instead they give you only model numbers of CPUs or show everything.
  • It looks like they don’t make laptops with more than 4GBs of RAM.

Since I can’t specify 8GBs or more for under $800 with a 64bit multi-core system and an intel wireless card I’m going for price and RAM only. Something under $500 with 4GBs of RAM. Then I’ll examine the system for a wireless Intel card. I guess it’s something I should do every day.


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