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Dell Inspiron 6400 (Dual Core/1GB/120GB/DVD-RW/WiFi) $699


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Dell Inspiron 6400 for $699

  • Intel® Core™ Duo T2050 (1.60GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB)
  • Genuine Windows® XP Home
  • 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA Display
  • 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz, 2 Dimm
  • 120GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
  • 128MB ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X1300 HyperMemory™
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 Internal Wireless
  • 53 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
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Hope you will help me with this. My DH is getting me a laptop for my b'day(will be shared with 13yr for games, school projects-MS, powerpoint, etc.). I just bought the 1505 for 18yr. old. I saw the 6400 ad this a.m. in paper for $749, along with the 640m for $649. I also looked at the 1501? What do you think please?

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I guess my question is what is the best bang for the buck? Thank you for responding.

Forgive me if my answer is overly simplistic and lacking a few details, but of the 15.4" screen models you listed (the 1501, 1505, & 6400), the 6400 that is shown in this thread will beat any of the others at the current $699 price point.


I would consider the 640m a different beast altogether. It has a smaller 14.1" screen and claims to be "sleek & stylish". For the style points, you do lose some power & features compared to the 6400 (the DVD burner, a better video card, 40GB of hard drive space, & 512MB of RAM immediately jump out at me). However, unless you plan to use these features they wouldn't be important to you, anyway.


If I were you, I'd decide between the 6400 and 640m. Or you could wait for the always inevitable better deal to come along. :tongue1:


Good luck,



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We can only help you if you help us. We can't read minds.


Please provide the full specs for the 6400 for $749 and 640m for $649 that you saw.

I agree, my above answer assumes that she just went to the Dell.com site and saw the default models at those prices. I'm sure it's possible that there are plenty of times during the year that the 1505 may be a better deal using coupons/other modifiers, but right now does not seem like one of them if my above assumption is correct.



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Is the 6400 different from the 1505? I read somewhere that it's the same system but without Windows XP Media. The WXM is intended for home use hence why the business 6400 runs on regular Windows XP.

I've never done a feature-by-feature comparison, but I'm sure they are quite similar. Many of Dell's laptops share the same customization options. It just pays to know the exact specifications you want and be able to configure each model number to see which is cheapest (as assigned by what I swear must be Dell's random number/free upgrade generator).


For a fictional but possible example, an Inspiron 1501 upgraded on Dell's site might be cheaper than a downgraded 1505 when they perform identically. This makes answering questions that reference only the model number difficult. Not all 1505 or 6400 models are created equal.



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