expired [UNiDAYS] Dell Inspiron XPS 20% off RRP | New Inspiron 14 5485 2in1 (14"FHD IPS-TOUCH+Pen/Ryzen 3500U/8GB/256GB) $1279.20 @ Dell
1) Dell 20% off full list price for XPS and Inspiron range, via UNiDAYS discount code (i.e. have to be a member)
2) Access the UNiDAYS Dell page (https://www.myunidays.com/AU/en-AU/partners/dell/view/online) and generate code.
3) NEW Inspiron 14 5485 2-in-1, https://www.dell.com/en-au/shop/cty/pdp/spd/inspiron-14-5485...
14" FHD IPS Touchscreen, Dell Active Pen INCLUDED, New Ryzen 3500U (Zen+), Integrated Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 (1 free SODIMM slot), 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD,
$1279.20 after discount code
UNiDAYS is having an increased discount rate of 20% (off full list price) until 25/04/2019 (from usual 10%), for the XPS and Inspiron range.
This may be slightly niche, as existing/older gen models may be found to have higher discounts elsewhere (e.g. eBay 20% off deals), but works well for the newer devices that usually don't go on sale (or at least no better than 10-15% discount). Likely won't work with cashback sites due to code is from UNiDAYS, but can still try and have it tracked to see.
To generate the discount coupon code, a UNiDAYS membership (either yours or someone you know) is needed (free to join for any students 16 y.o. and above, studying in Australia or New Zealand). UNiDAYS membership can be obtained even if you aren't a current student, but as long as you still have access to a .edu email address (which often is free/ongoing for university alumni). If you just can't seem to get one, OzBargain does have many generous members, so if you ask politely in the Classifieds, it shouldn't be hard to obtain a coupon code.
New Inspiron 14 5485, 2-in-1 form factor, again slightly more niche, for those wanting a touchscreen 2-in-1. (If you don't need a 2-in-1 touchscreen & pen device, there are and will be better value devices.)
Its Ryzen competitor for category and price range will be the HP Envy x360 with Ryzen (but still only on 2000 series).
Brief Spec (see official product page linked above, and possibly manual for customisation and hardware details):
- AMD Ryzen™ 5 3500U Quad-Core Mobile Processor (15W configuration, 4 Cores 8 Threads, Base 2.1 GHz Turbo 3.7 GHz)
- Integrated AMD Radeon™ Vega 8 Graphics
- 14.0-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LED-Backlit Touch Display
- 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz (runs at 2400MHz)
- 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
- Windows 10 Home (64 bit) English
- Dell DW1810 (Qualcomm QCA9377) 802.11ac 1x1 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2
- 2 x USB 3.1, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (DP/PowerDelivery), 1x HDMI 1.4b, SD Slot, 3.5mm universal audio jack
- Internal 2.5-inch SATA AHCI 6 Gbps hard drive (not occupied), M.2 2230/2280 NVMe only (occupied), M.2 for WiFi/Bluetooth combo card (occupied)
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 328 x 232.8 x 19.74-19.95 mm
- Starting at 1.85kg
- 42WHr, 3-Cell Battery (Integrated)
The Ryzen Mobile 3000 series (Zen+ architecture) won't bring too much performance uplift compare to the 2000 series, of which already has good performance. What the 3000 series is expected to bring, however, is better efficiency overall, addressing the 2000 series' comparatively higher power draw at idle (vs Intel processors).
Also, as the device occupies only 1 SODIMM slot for the memory, to maximise Ryzen's performance, you really need dual channel memory, that is, in brief, get another same spec DDR4 8GB RAM to fill the empty slot (Newegg is probably the cheapest: https://www.newegg.com/global/au-en/Product/ProductList.aspx... ).
Caveat: this is a pretty new device, so I can't find any reviews out yet. Again, this is more of a niche for those interested. Dell does have a change of mind returns and refunds policy (https://www.dell.com/learn/au/en/aucorp1/policies-returns) within 15 days of Dell's invoice date (very short lol), at a restocking fee of up to 15% of purchase price, if you do decide to brave ahead but then find out it isn't the right product for you.