dell 5160 for $850?

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i'm looking for a laptop to keep on a kitchen desk for normal kinds of
email, surfing, some Word/Excel (sometimes some large files), editing pics,
opening lots of pdf's etc etc...

basically, nothing too fancy...but since my kids will be banging away on it
alot, something sturdy enough. battery life is not much of an issue. the
5160 is hefty (about 9 pounds), but it's not much of an issue to me as it
may move some, but only to another room or outside.

i can configure a 5160 (P4 2.8), 15" XGA, 32mb video card, 40gb HD, combo
dvd/cd-rw,. 12 cell lithium battery, firewire, 2 USB 2.0 - no printer, no
wireless card (i have an extra) for $850.

<it can also be done for $950 with a wireless card, a 30GB HD and a 'free'
printer>

this seems like a damn nice price. the inspiron 1000 & 1150's seem to offer
less for more money (unless u use a celeron and then they're comparable) and
seem less sturdy and prone to scratches etc etc.
most of my needs can be handled by the celeron, but i prefer the P4 and i
prefer a dedicated video card (even tho i'm choosing the cheaper of the two
32mb cards offered).

the only upgrade i'd consider is the SXGA screen.

i've never seen a 5160. am i missing something in this analysis? to me it
looks like a nobrainer...an $850 machine which meets all my needs that seems
priced to sell relative to its sister lines. thanks
 
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If you don't mind its bulk, the 5160 can be a serviceable machine. That
said, these systems (the 11xx and 51xx) have been problematic -
suffering from overheating and other issues - so don't buy one without a
3-year warranty. The other issue is that the lower-line models come
with XGI Volari video - certainly better than Intel integrated, but
don't look for good 3D performance with games.




David Rothman wrote:
> i'm looking for a laptop to keep on a kitchen desk for normal kinds of
> email, surfing, some Word/Excel (sometimes some large files), editing pics,
> opening lots of pdf's etc etc...
>
> basically, nothing too fancy...but since my kids will be banging away on it
> alot, something sturdy enough. battery life is not much of an issue. the
> 5160 is hefty (about 9 pounds), but it's not much of an issue to me as it
> may move some, but only to another room or outside.
>
> i can configure a 5160 (P4 2.8), 15" XGA, 32mb video card, 40gb HD, combo
> dvd/cd-rw,. 12 cell lithium battery, firewire, 2 USB 2.0 - no printer, no
> wireless card (i have an extra) for $850.
>
> <it can also be done for $950 with a wireless card, a 30GB HD and a 'free'
> printer>
>
> this seems like a damn nice price. the inspiron 1000 & 1150's seem to offer
> less for more money (unless u use a celeron and then they're comparable) and
> seem less sturdy and prone to scratches etc etc.
> most of my needs can be handled by the celeron, but i prefer the P4 and i
> prefer a dedicated video card (even tho i'm choosing the cheaper of the two
> 32mb cards offered).
>
> the only upgrade i'd consider is the SXGA screen.
>
> i've never seen a 5160. am i missing something in this analysis? to me it
> looks like a nobrainer...an $850 machine which meets all my needs that seems
> priced to sell relative to its sister lines. thanks
>
>
>
>
 

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thanks. i don't see any other machines in this price range that offers what
the 5160 offers. the only downside seems to be the weight/size.


"Edward J. Neth" <ejn63@netscape.net> wrote in message
news:329djtF3cefp7U1@individual.net...
> If you don't mind its bulk, the 5160 can be a serviceable machine. That
> said, these systems (the 11xx and 51xx) have been problematic -
> suffering from overheating and other issues - so don't buy one without a
> 3-year warranty. The other issue is that the lower-line models come
> with XGI Volari video - certainly better than Intel integrated, but
> don't look for good 3D performance with games.
>
>
>
>
> David Rothman wrote:
> > i'm looking for a laptop to keep on a kitchen desk for normal kinds of
> > email, surfing, some Word/Excel (sometimes some large files), editing
pics,
> > opening lots of pdf's etc etc...
> >
> > basically, nothing too fancy...but since my kids will be banging away on
it
> > alot, something sturdy enough. battery life is not much of an issue.
the
> > 5160 is hefty (about 9 pounds), but it's not much of an issue to me as
it
> > may move some, but only to another room or outside.
> >
> > i can configure a 5160 (P4 2.8), 15" XGA, 32mb video card, 40gb HD,
combo
> > dvd/cd-rw,. 12 cell lithium battery, firewire, 2 USB 2.0 - no printer,
no
> > wireless card (i have an extra) for $850.
> >
> > <it can also be done for $950 with a wireless card, a 30GB HD and a
'free'
> > printer>
> >
> > this seems like a damn nice price. the inspiron 1000 & 1150's seem to
offer
> > less for more money (unless u use a celeron and then they're comparable)
and
> > seem less sturdy and prone to scratches etc etc.
> > most of my needs can be handled by the celeron, but i prefer the P4 and
i
> > prefer a dedicated video card (even tho i'm choosing the cheaper of the
two
> > 32mb cards offered).
> >
> > the only upgrade i'd consider is the SXGA screen.
> >
> > i've never seen a 5160. am i missing something in this analysis? to me
it
> > looks like a nobrainer...an $850 machine which meets all my needs that
seems
> > priced to sell relative to its sister lines. thanks
> >
> >
> >
> >