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Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition Laptop $699 Delivered (Save $400) @ Microsoft Store

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Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition Laptop $699 Delivered (Save $400)

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Specs

  • 15.6" HD LED-backlit touchscreen with TrueLife (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch
  • Intel i5-5200U 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.70 GHz
  • 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
  • 1TB 5400 RPM SATA
  • Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
  • Waves MaxxAudio
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000 with shared graphics memory
  • 4-cell lithium-ion, 40WHr
  • Integrated widescreen HD (720p) webcam
  • Bluetooth 4.0

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    I read some reviews, it says 15.6 in LED-backlit with Truelife (1366 x 768). Is this really 1920x1080?

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    Bought one, thanks OP.

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    yea. this 1.6GHz processor aint so hot in my experience

  • +3 votes

    This is the 3rd time it's been on sale for 699. Looks like an awesome laptop for the price. If it wasn't so heavy I'd definitely have grabbed one by now.

  • +3 votes

    Looks like its weight is negative point. If we remove DVD player and replace hdd with ssd, will the weight of laptop come down?

  • +3 votes

    3rd time deal offered by microsoft in 4 weeks. This indeed is good price for specs. I bought one last time and loving it. The picture is not accurate as this model comes with dvd drive. Its 1920x1080 with touch screen.

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      Are you going to install a SSD?

      I want a SSD but can't decide if I should upgrade this or just buy something with a SSD to start with…

      • +1 vote

        Yes i am going to upgrade myself. Sata is real bottle neck for me. I think it will be cheaper to buy SSD yourself instead of looking for a laptop with SSD because those are normally expensive. I bought SSD from previous shopping express deal ($99 240GB).

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          Excellent, thanks! I think I will get one :)

        • +1 vote

          @nuchalis: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/224161 this free deal will help for data migration :)

        • +2 votes

          I have bought quite a few Laptops and PCs with SSD over the last couple years
          and the biggest problem is the lack of honest transparency in the marketing system.

          HDD was clear 5400rpm 7200pm speed differentiation however SSD is just SSD and they are not equal.

          The Dell Laptops came with great Samsung 840s
          The lenovos Intel SSDs
          The HPs HP branded SSDs.

          But they performed with wild differences in performance.

          The 840 stood out but that represents another problem.

          The Samsung SSDs you buy retail come with Optimisation software and Firmware upgrades. The Samsung OEM ones are not valid products to use Samsung Magician, Migrator or Firmware upgrades.

          The OEM SSD market is Like a Soup, if you wanna know what your really getting get a basic laptop and put your own SSD ingredients in it

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          @b4rgainhunter: Thanks for that, got it!

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          @carlb: Thanks! Do you have a recommendation as to what SSD to buy? (maybe one that I might find on sale here?)

          I see them on sale on Ozbargain a lot, they all look the same to me!

        • +1 vote

          @nuchalis: samsung 850 evo is good value and market leader
          250gb is the best value
          500gb is recommended.
          the extra cost of 850 evo pro is for 5yrs extra warranty and software (samsung migrator) to copy windows to new disk without reinsatlling windows.

          the most important consideration about ssd is to configure windows correctly
          a misconfigured windows is the difference between a great investment in ssd and a waste of money.

          samsung seems to be the only vendor that offers a windows configuration tool (samsung magician) to make the setup easy

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    I remember this was $599 during the MS shop opening in Sydney. Plus additional 5% off with their coupon.

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    Not bad but would definitely look at swapping out that HDD for an SSD

  • +3 votes

    I got one the first round for 680 as they stuffed the order up so gave me a discount.

    Weight isnt a factor for me (dont think it feels that heavy anyway) but it is quite large in general, perhaps not ideal if you'll be lugging it around, but manageable.

    The screen is good, 1920 X 1080 is hard to find in this price range with these specs, but it does have quite a bit of edge bleed. I've only been able to notice on dark screens, I.e; boot screen, but might be an issue if you are going to be watching movies etc.

    Definitely needs and SSD, the 5400 drive is a massive bottleneck as is to be expected. The upside is you can chuck the 1tb in a caddy and you've got a portable drive.

    Overall I would recommend it, its a no frills laptop with decent specs at a good price.

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      you can chuck the 1tb in a caddy

      Do you need to change any settings to do this? I had a PC case that had a HD dock built into the top, but I never used it as I needed to change something in the Bios (?), I can't remember now but there was a reason I didn't!

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    You should also be able to get 1% cash back from Cash Rewards, so another $7 or so.

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    4K output?

  • +2 votes

    Thanks op my Daughter will be happy on Xmas day.

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    It's heavy and needs one ssd. I had one of this.

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    Any model number? Trying to check the same PC on the Dell site but can't find the exact thing.

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      insprion 15 5558, but you won't find same spec from dell.com.au, this is like a MS special edition.

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        Yep closest is the Y510450AU, that that has a lower res screen, and not touch screen. Dell has it for $999. So this one doesn't look bad for $699.

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          yes for 699. it's a good deal. if you do not mind the weight, lack of backlit keyboard, and spend extra for a ssd. i got one last time.

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    It comes with windows 10 home. Does anyone know where to find windows 7 driver?

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    What's the difference between this one, and http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Dell-Ins.... Looks to be pretty much the same specs for $549

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    How does the SSD work, does it work like a portable hard drive or is it something you install in the PC ?

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      Its something you install in the PC, and requires some technical know how to do it yourself. The laptop comes with a mechanical hard drive with a physical disk. this is the slowest component in the machine and has the greatest effect on speed if replaced with a much faster SSD hard drive which has no moving parts. The process involves opening the laptop, removing the hard drive, cloning the hard drive onto the SSD using special software, and then replacing the SSD.

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    What's the issue with the 1Gb SATA drive and why are people wanting to change it to SSD? Will it make a significant difference?
    Also can this be done on the store or do you have to do it yourself after purhcase?

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      easy DIY, you will youtube video for that. by the way thats 1TB sata performance difference between sata 5400rpm. So even process and RAM is high system perform slow. SSD will make it fast because of speed.

      [check this] (http://thebestlaptops.net/upgrade-your-5400rpm-hard-drive-la...)

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        Thanks for the info. I think I'll stick with the SATA, if I have issues with speed I will consider swapping it out for a SSD.

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          just for future reference sata to the connection
          ssd and the hdd are both sata

          regarding why ssd is a wise choice
          typical speed to a 5400 1tb 1000GB hdd is speed 60MBs or lower
          samsung ssd 250GB is speed 240MBs or higher minimum 4x faster

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          SSD will make everything feel much snappier. Well worth the upgrade.

  • +4 votes

    Dear god… why on earth did they cheap out by putting USB 2.0 and 10/100 Ethernet on this thing?! That's some deliberate product crippling right there!

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    Ok, something is wrong with these specs…

    Either
    A) the CPU is actually an Intel i5-5200U and only comes with Intel HD 5500 or
    B) the CPU is actually an Intel i5-5250U and therefore comes with Intel HD 6000 (I'm guessing it's meant to be this as the last ad was)

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    Good Deal, But I am after a 13.3 screen. Hard to find deals on these Ultrabooks.

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      Yep same, I have been shopping around for a 13" with these specs but haven't found any under $1000… So I just gave up and purchased this. Good specs, good brand, good price.

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      There are a couple of Inspiron 13 7000 series machines on the Dell Factory Outlet for ~$800, if you're interested.

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        Thanks… would prefer new rather than refurbished. Also when you compare them to this deal you get far better specs for the same price which is another reason I decided to go with this one.

  • -2 votes

    For people discussing SSDs. Guys Windows 10 has vastly improved boot up times than earlier windows. I have a Standard HDD (not a SSD) and my machine boots up in around 15-20 seconds with Windows 10. And once you are up and running there is hardly any speed difference.

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      There is a big different when you start up your notebook from standby mode, while you have many website opened. SSD will process it much faster than Standard HDD. The difference in started up would be a lot faster in win10 because most people has less software loaded compare to the older version of windows. I guess the reason most people move up to SSD. In fact, SSD consume less power and give user more battery life in return!

    • +3 votes

      As the owner of a fairly similar Dell laptop to this one (i7, 7000 series) running Windows 10, I can attest to the dramatic difference an SSD made to both boot times and general responsiveness. I used it for about 13 months with the factory mechanical drive before the upgrade, so I had plenty of time to get used to the "normal" performance. Upgrading to Windows 10 was a slight difference. Upgrading to an SSD was an immediate and dramatic difference.

      No, SSDs are not essential to have. But it makes a world of difference, for a relatively low cost. Totally worth it, especially since SSDs are now so affordable.

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    How is this model for playing games?

    • +2 votes

      It has integrated graphics, so not that good. You'd have to spend twice as much to get a laptop with a decent graphics card though.

    • +2 votes

      not good mainly because it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card/memory.

    • +1 vote

      This model has inyergrated graphics (hd6000).
      It will handle most games at low to medium quality, with a playable frame rate(~25-30fps).

      Good enough for the casual gamer.