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Dell Inspiron E1505
Loaded Dell Inspiron E1505 for $699?

Just a few weeks ago, Dell cut prices on its Inspiron E1705 and D620 models to below $1,000. Dell is at it again and has slashed prices on the popular dual-core Inspiron E1505. $1,234 used to get you a T2300 Core Duo processor (1.66GHz), 80GB 5400RPM hard drive, 1GB of memory and a DVD burner. Today, you can get all of that for $699.

Dell has also dropped prices on some of its desktop models as well. $349 will get you a Dimension B110 system with a Celeron processor, 19" monitor and a not even acceptable 256MB of memory -- thankfully you can get a 1GB memory upgrade from a number of online retailers for a reasonable amount of money.

Dell's sudden generosity is for today only, so if you're in the market for a new desktop or notebook, now could be your chance. ZDNET reports:

The price cuts in part stem from discounts on components. Excess inventories of processors and other parts are causing manufacturers and distributors to cut prices to get rid of inventories. Similar hot-spot deals will likely pop up at retailers and the Web sites of direct PC sellers over the next few weeks, if history is any guide.

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256MB is fine
By Xorp on 5/1/2006 4:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
256MB of RAM is fine if you are only checking emails, writing papers in Word, and visting basic websites. 19" computer for only $349 is a crazy deal! Most 19" monitors alone cost that much!

RE: 256MB is fine
By Araemo on 5/1/2006 4:51:34 PM , Rating: 2
I've said it before and I'll say it again: The main reason to buy a dell(other than tech support) is if you need a monitor.

It isn't a very good monitor, but it's Good Enough(tm).

256MB is not fine, in my opinion. A non-techie is going to have more than that in use merely by booting XP. Living in pagefile is not a nice way to compute.

RE: 256MB is fine
By user07 on 5/1/2006 6:32:10 PM , Rating: 2
I ordered one of these systems yesterday... and mine is shipping with 512MB of RAM and the 19" LCD... all for $349.

Im just using it for email and MP3s.

RE: 256MB is fine
By robert5c on 5/1/2006 11:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
are you sure about 512 ram and 19" lcd...i see the 512ram but it doesn't come with the same 19" LCD

RE: 256MB is fine
By user07 on 5/1/2006 11:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
Oops my bad. I ordered with the 17" LCD for $349 and 512megs. Still not a bad deal.

RE: 256MB is fine
By CheesePoofs on 5/1/2006 7:45:48 PM , Rating: 2
No, 256mb is not enough. Chances are they'll install norton or mcafee on those systems, and both are resource hogs. Because of them, 256 sadly isn't even enough memory to just check email, use word, or surf the web.

Upgrade costs suck
By TecHNooB on 5/1/2006 6:26:15 PM , Rating: 2
Really getting shafted on stuff like going from 1.66ghz to 1.83ghz cpu, getting the 9 cell battery instead of the 5 cell for $100, etc. The 1.83Ghz cpu upgrade used to be around $83 and the 9 cell battery upgrade was much cheaper. I guess that's why it's a deal. Can you easily upgrade the battery/video card on a dell laptop? I have never worked with laptops, only computers.

RE: Upgrade costs suck
By plinden on 5/1/2006 7:17:14 PM , Rating: 2
Battery, yes, video card, no.

RE: Upgrade costs suck
By Pneumothorax on 5/1/2006 7:47:40 PM , Rating: 2
Are there any other 15" laptops other than Apple that have a DVI port?

RE: Upgrade costs suck
By timmiser on 5/9/2006 2:38:38 AM , Rating: 2
You can easily upgrade the CPU on a laptop instead of purchasing it through the dell configuration utility but Dell doesn't usually kill you on the CPU upgrade like they do on the memory upgrade.

Holy Wow...
By ksherman on 5/1/2006 4:19:16 PM , Rating: 2
$1,234 used to get you a T2300 Core Duo processor (1.66GHz), 80GB 5400RPM hard drive, 1GB of memory and a DVD burner. Today, you can get all of that for $699.

Now I havent been following laptop prices as of late, but is that not an amazing deal?!

RE: Holy Wow...
By Omega215D on 5/1/2006 4:26:51 PM , Rating: 1
Throw in a mid range graphics solution and 100GB HD in that laptop for $100 and then I'll call it amazing. :D

RE: Holy Wow...
By ksherman on 5/1/2006 6:09:39 PM , Rating: 2
well, you can get a X1300 with 128MB of RAM for $100... thought the HD size cannot change :( I plan to just make my 400GB drive an External drive if I need the space

RE: Holy Wow...
By redbone75 on 5/1/2006 6:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
Get real. The offering as is is quite incredible. What you're asking for is Christmas in May :)

Holy Smokes!
By Megatomic on 5/1/2006 5:58:38 PM , Rating: 2
If only I had $700 laying around, I'd get myself that lappy in a heartbeat. That, my friends, is one of the best hot deals I've seen in years.

RE: Holy Smokes!
By RMSistight on 5/1/2006 6:20:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'd rather save my money for an Athlon 64 or dual core Athlon 64 X2 laptop....but that's just me.

RE: Holy Smokes!
By timmiser on 5/9/2006 2:36:27 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, Dell has these kinds of deals all the time. Just go to one of those deal websites like or and they post similar deals about every week.

I picked up a $3500 XPS M170 gaming laptop for $1325 a couple weeks ago. Now that was a killer deal!

Intel prices down, Dell prices down - simple!
By peternelson on 5/2/2006 10:01:39 AM , Rating: 2

Hardly surprising. Dell make outrageous margins on memory upgrades etc.

As Dell only sell Intel based systems this relates to Intel. Intel have been reducing their processor prices because Conroe and Merom are out soon. The NEED for Dell to wind down production (ie dump stock cheaply) of the old-style systems is obvious. Conroe is almost upon us so although not available YET, Dell is positioning ready for it, knowing what the price/performance will be.

Yes, Conroe/Merom will be faster but will the demographic who buy Dell know that? Only from a price differential and marketing. Also it could be argued that the Dell consumer running word and email will not be USING that extra power.

Also now is not one of the peak buying seasons like holidays or back to school. By reducing their prices they cause sales. Those in the know will wait for the REAL 64 bitness of Merom rather than buy Core Solo/Duo/Pentium M. However as that's not available, Dell need to use pricing as a carrot to incentivise people to buy now into the inferior technology. Sensible people will be waiting for the next gen stuff but Dell is trying to maintain sales now.

They could pretty much give systems away if they continue to profiteer through high priced shipping, memory and HD upgrades. The shipping can't be avoided, but for those who can be bothered, doing your own upgrades makes much more sense.

RE: Intel prices down, Dell prices down - simple!
By HeavyB on 5/2/2006 11:23:39 AM , Rating: 2
Sensible people will buy when they can get what they need at a price they consider good IMHO. I don't consider it sensible to wait and pay through the nose for cutting/bleeding edge when you don't need it, but then I don't have a money tree in the back yard like some.

By Fnoob on 5/3/2006 9:24:40 PM , Rating: 2
I disagree; if you are informed enough to be waiting, you are probably among those who do use their computers, and have convinced themselves (lol) they need more/faster/better.

Personally, I'm kinda pissed that I have to upgrade now (motherboard death) - given the pending release of a new architecture that should be with us for a few years. Does anyone know for certain about Conroe motherboard compatibility with available boards? Any LGA775? Anyone, Bueller? If so, building a barebones system built around a solid Conroe compatible motherboard makes sense...

Correction needed.
By Krazy4Real on 5/1/2006 4:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
$349 will get you a Dimension B110 system with a Celeron processor, 19" memory and a not even acceptable 256MB of memory

19" monitor. I don't know of any motherboard that takes 19" memory modules. ;)

RE: Correction needed.
By KristopherKubicki on 5/1/2006 4:08:06 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks, corrected.

Its shipping with 512 MB Ram
By lexmark on 5/1/2006 8:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
the desktop for 349 is shipping with 512 MB Ram, I just ordered one today. The deal is even sweeter because there is no rebates, and no Shipping & handling! (at least when I ordered today).

I also used a $35 off $300 Dell coupon I bought for .99 (no s&h, emailed), and that took care of the tax, so my grand total was exactly 339.43. I jumped on it dogonit.

sweet deal conscidering the free lcd to go with the package.
At that price, I could care less if Dell's tech help sucks.

RE: Its shipping with 512 MB Ram
By lexmark on 5/1/2006 8:10:47 PM , Rating: 2
weneed the edit function!

the coupon was a Buy-it-now from ebay if anyone wanted to know. I tried the coupon codes posted on the net, but the ones i found didnt work. the email was sent in a couple of hours.

$1100k for a nicely decked-out lappy
By HeavyB on 5/1/2006 9:56:25 PM , Rating: 2
Sprung for the battery upgrade, the X1400 vid card upgrade to allow for moderate gaming fun, the OS CD, and the upgraded wireless for just over $1100 including tax and free shipping. Just saved myself $1k over the MacBook Pro I was drooling over but didn't need. My first laptop purchase!!

By ksherman on 5/2/2006 12:20:53 AM , Rating: 2
I too have been salivating over one of them MacBook Pros... but I want to wait till Merom comes 'round... but this laptop has me second guessing... it is VERY well priced and featured... though it is a dell, and i dont particually like the design/size/weight of this lappy... but the price!

E1505 has no DVI
By shuttleboi on 5/1/06, Rating: 0
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