Friday, May 1, 2009

Buying a laptop

I'm currently on the lookout for a laptop to serve my needs at my B-School. Oh, haven't I written about this? The B-School part I mean... I got into XLRI, Jamshedpur. That's that. Moving on, so here I am, researching online for laptops. I start with a base configuration of about 2 Gigs of RAM, and a decent processor, say of 2 GHz, and a 160 GB HDD, and that's it. However, after a few sessions of browsing the Dell website(which is EXCELLENT, by the way) I hiked up my requirements to a 320GB HDD, a colored body, a backlit keyboard, 3 GB of RAM, and a 2.4 GHz processor, not to forget a 512MB Graphics card.
So the question here is: do I really need all this stuff? And the answer would be a healthy mix of both: yes, and no. yes, because I wouldn't want my laptop to seem inadequate if I decided to play some new game on it, or run a heavy application. And no, because I'd only just be "keeping up with the Joneses".

p.s. I've narrowed down to the Studio 15 Laptop with the following configuration:



Dell Studio 15 Laptop (S540506IN8)
Base System, Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium SP1 64 bit (English)

Base System Base System
Processor Options Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P8600 (2.40GHz/ 1066 FSB/ 3MB Cache)
Memory 3GB (1X1GB + 1X2GB) DDR2 SDRAM
Keyboard Dell(TM) Keyboard with Touchpad (English)
Video Card 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
Hard Drive 320GB SATA Hard Drive
Operating System Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium SP1 64 bit (English)
Optical Drive Slot Load 8X DVD+/-RW Drive with DVD+R double layer write capability
Audio Solution Integrated Stereo Sound with Subwoofer
Software Microsoft(R) Works 9.0 (English)
Warranty & Service 1 Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
Palmrest Option Silver Palmrest
Wireless Network Card Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 (802.11a/g/n) Half Mini-card
Bluetooth Module Dell(TM) Wireless 370 Bluetooth Module
Dell Service: Remark Dell's Terms and Conditions apply
Laptop Batteries Carry One Year Warranty Only From Invoice Date
Batteries 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Carrying Cases No Case
Item Included in the System Integrated Fast Ethernet 10/100/1000
34mm ExpressCard Slot, (DOES NOT SUPPORT PC CARDS)
ICC Regulatory Label
Shipment Mod
India Country Info Mod
System Driver DVD Kit
System Driver Mod
Dell(TM) PC-Restore Included
Dell(TM) Chat
Discount is only valid if the corresponding upgraded item is selected above.
Limited time promotional offer only. No further discounts apply.
Windows Live Software
Noise Isolation Ear Buds
Power Cord
Security Software McAfee(R) Security Center(TM) 30 days trial
Color Options Jet Black Colour with Black U-Trim
Label Options Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2 Label
Display 15.6” 720p WLED (1366x768) Display with TrueLife™ and Built-in 2.0MP Web Cam
Freight Charges Studio-NB Handling & Insurance Charges /Express Premium
Delivery Charges Inspiron(TM) Delivery Charges (India)

Sub Total(s): Rs.50,649.16


Abhimanyu said...

Abhishek I am not able to see the dell config as the site is having some problem but it looks to be good enough for a B school guy :) congrats for getting into XLRI

feel free to ask questions about studio as I owns one. What is the total cost coming to you ?


Abhishek Joshi said...

I guess they change the address from time to time. Just go to and find out the Studio 15 model. There are two of them, I'm taking the one @ 48.9k...
How's the Studio 15 though buddy? I mean, any quirks or anything especially nice u noticed while using it?