Dell Dell: Quad Core AMD Vostro 15.6" Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HD, Radeon 6620G Graphics $479 Quad Core AMD Vostro 15.6" Laptop $479

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March 30 Update

: The discount has been extended until April 2 at 6AM ET.

Originally posted March 29: It wasn't too long ago that finding a decent laptop for under $500 was pretty rare. These days, you can get a lot for your money at that price point -- like a $479 Dell Vostro 3555 15.6" laptop with an AMD Quad Core A8-3500M processor and Radeon 6620 graphics for instance. Let's take a closer look:

  • AMD Quad-Core A8-3520M Processor (1.6GHz to 2.5Ghz, with Radeon HD 6620G Graphics)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
  • 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHZ, 2 DIMM
  • 500GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Fingerprint Reader with DigitalPersona software
  • 15.6 inch High Definition LED Display (1366 x 768) with anti-glare
  • Integrated 2.0 MP FHD Webcam and Digital Array Mic with Dell? Webcam Central
  • Dell Wireless 1701 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 3.0 HS
  • 8X DVD+/-RW with double-layer DVD+/-R write capability
  • 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
  • Backlit Keyboard with Gesture Touchpa (manually selected
  • 1 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 1 Year NBD Onsite Service

That's a very good setup for the money. The AMD A8-3520M processor, while not a powerhouse by today's standards, will be more than sufficient for everyday tasks and things like HD movie playback. The Radeon 6620G graphics can even pull off gaming pretty well for the money -- demonstrably better than the Intel HD Graphics 3000 you see on many Intel laptops (see Notebookcheck.net). At the same time, you get some neat perks like a fingerprint reader, free backlit keyboard (make sure you select it), and more. The offer ends at 6AM ET on Friday, so act fast!

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    • Matte screen, English keyboard, bluetooth, Finger print and a quad on top of free shipping. Thats a nice unit, was just looking at the NCIX Lenovo for 499 but I am pretty sure this kicks its ass. And a backlit keyboard! Now to track down a coupon...
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    • This is a terrific deal! One of the best equipped laptops under $500 I can ever remember actually.

      I need a 14" otherwise I would have bought this before posting. Great post, thanks on the way!
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    • This is an awesome deal. Dell has been really coming up with great deals lately. You can't get a laptop with this kind of serious power at this price anywhere.
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    • don't forget $20 to make 500gb >> 750gb
      thank you
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    • my friend is considering getting this, are there any coupons at all?
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    • don't forget $20 to make 500gb >> 750gb
      thank you
      The 500GB is 5400RPM whereas the 750GB is 7200RPM. For only $20, it's a must upgrade option!
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    • my friend is considering getting this, are there any coupons at all?
      There were some last week, not sure if there are any this week. Last week, for $479, you could have grabbed the A8-3520m with 6GB ram and 750GB HDD (better deal than the current one).
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    • don't forget $20 to make 500gb >> 750gb
      thank you
      +1 to myself LOL

      The 500GB is 5400RPM whereas the 750GB is 7200RPM. For only $20, it's a must upgrade option!
      where did you see 7200rpm for the 750GB???? ......HOT HOT for $20
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    • GARD DANG IT, only 768p screen. no upgrade option either, DANG!
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    • and why is a 1.6ghz processor hot? Why is amd's Quad cores so slow? And when I select the 750GB HD, it does not say anywhere what speed it is, nor does it say the speed of the 500GB. If it does, I couldn't find it.
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    • I'm pretty sure 7200rpm is standard for both. I bought this laptop six month ago and it had a 7200rpm 500GB default hard drive. I don't think that Dell would put a slow 5400rpm hard drive on their advanced Vostro business line laptops.

      As for the processor, no it might not be hot but try to find something similar in terms of CPU+GPU power under 500$.
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    • You may want to consider this alternative that I posted about a week or so ago, but apparently is still available:

      http://forums.redflagdeals.com/hp-pa...475-a-1155069/

      http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...C-C8junctionCA

      The above unit is an Hp and is refurbished, not new. It has good reviews on Newegg from the users who bought it. Other differences between it and this Dell are that it has an A8 3500M vs the A83520M, but The HP unit comes with 8 GB of ram vs 4 for the Dell, a 640GB hard drive vs the 500GB offered on the Dell. The HP unit also has 2 x 3.0 USB ports and Beats Audio. The Dell offers the backlit keyboard - the HP has an illuminated touchpad only.

      The video processor is the exact same for both units.

      Both units are the same price. The Dell warranty, for what that is worth given what I have heard about warranty claims, is better since the HP I believe is 90 days.

      The difference between the two processors is miniscule, one is ranked #150 and the other ranked #154 on the mobile processor benchmark at this time. The A8 may be a "quad core" processor, but it is 2-3 generations behind the intel i7, and many i5s, in processing horsepower/ability. Its saving grace is the video integration, which is superior to the Intel HD 3000.

      I think on balance, noting the 8 gb of ram, larger stock HD and 2 x 3.0 USB in the HP unit, that it is the better buy. I have bought several hp refurbs recently for friends, and all have been excellent, in fact I think most were actually new units on end of stock.

      I would also suggest that if you do not have to buy today, wait, as better deals are in the pipeline. The next gen of computers is about to be released, and in the next 30 - 60 days we should see more, and even better deals.

      If you have to buy today, then the unit (I would buy the HP vs the Dell) is a good contender.
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    • and why is a 1.6ghz processor hot? Why is amd's Quad cores so slow? And when I select the 750GB HD, it does not say anywhere what speed it is, nor does it say the speed of the 500GB. If it does, I couldn't find it.
      1.5ghz is the idle speed to save power... it can reach max 2.5ghz.
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    • where did you see 7200rpm for the 750GB???? ......HOT HOT for $20
      I contacted Dell Support a week ago regarding the Vostro 3555 and they told me that the 500GB is 5400RPM and the 750GB is 7200RPM. Even though it's not written in the Customize Wizard, Dell told me that the 750GB HDD will be 7200RPM. I can't guarantee that it'll be the same for this deal, so someone might want to confirm with Dell Support (live chat) once again.

      I can however confirm that the Vostro 3555 I have is 7200RPM (Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB). It's quite fast too. Hits around 100MB/s sequential read and write in CrystalDiskMark on the first 150GB partition.

      http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/1361/seagatemomentusst975042.gif

      http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/1361/seagatemomentusst975042.gif
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    • and why is a 1.6ghz processor hot? Why is amd's Quad cores so slow? And when I select the 750GB HD, it does not say anywhere what speed it is, nor does it say the speed of the 500GB. If it does, I couldn't find it.
      I HIGHLY recommend anyone that buys an AMD Llano APU to overclock it. Like you mentioned, 1.6 Ghz is very underwhelming. Furthermore, 2.5 Ghz is only for 1 core (probably for an intense single thread program). Overclocking and undervolting the APU is easy with k10stat. I currently have the four cores of my A8-3500m to 2.4 Ghz undervolted.

      http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/6759/k10statamda83500mvostro.gif

      I didn't try playing games at stock speeds, but at 4 cores @ 2.4 Ghz, I get > 30 FPS in SC2 (med quality at native resolution) even in late game (2v2 game)
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    • I HIGHLY recommend anyone that buys an AMD Llano APU to overclock it. Like you mentioned, 1.6 Ghz is very underwhelming. Furthermore, 2.5 Ghz is only for 1 core (probably for an intense single thread program). Overclocking and undervolting the APU is easy with k10stat. I currently have the four cores of my A8-3500m to 2.4 Ghz undervolted.

      http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/6759/k10statamda83500mvostro.gif

      I didn't try playing games at stock speeds, but at 4 cores @ 2.4 Ghz, I get > 30 FPS in SC2 (med quality at native resolution) even in late game (2v2 game)
      That's a pretty high undervolt you got there :P
      My 800mhz is at 0.6875V
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    • I'm not playing games but running a lot applications at the same time. Usually I have these software running at the same time:

      Photoshop CS5
      Illustrator CS5
      Dreamweaver CS5
      Outlook 2010
      Word 2010
      Foxit Reader
      Chrome
      Firefox
      Safari
      IE
      Filezilla
      Total Commander
      Winamp
      MindJet MindMapping

      Would this laptop still able to run all those without lagging or slowing ...

      Thanks,
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    • That's a pretty high undervolt you got there :P
      My 800mhz is at 0.6875V
      I'll have to check again if I could go lower. IIRC it was unstable with Prime95.
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    • Could you guys tell me when you get access to these deals ? Whenever I access the dell.ca website, I never get the same exact access then with links posted here. For example, using dell website, I don't get the choice of processors like on your link.

      The reason I ask is that I need the French version of this laptop, but I want to get all the custimizable options.

      Thanks !

      EDIT : Found it.... but there are tons of options not available when you order in french... No backlit keyboard, no choice of processors and most of all, no hard drive upgrade option.
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    • Could you guys tell me when you get access to these deals ? Whenever I access the dell.ca website, I never get the same exact access then with links posted here. For example, using dell website, I don't get the choice of processors like on your link.

      The reason I ask is that I need the French version of this laptop, but I want to get all the custimizable options.

      Thanks !

      EDIT : Found it.... but there are tons of options not available when you order in french... No backlit keyboard, no choice of processors and most of all, no hard drive upgrade option.
      Youre right. Going through the french website doesnt have those options. But i guess you can always call dell and order it in french.
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