Dell Inspiron desktop now $300

Dell Inspiron desktop now $300

Summary: Dell has cut the price of its budget Inspiron 530 by $140. The $300 configuration includes a 2.

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Dell has cut the price of its budget Inspiron 530 by $140. The $300 configuration includes a 2.0GHz Pentium E2180 dual-core processor, 1GB of memory, a 320GB hard drive, Intel GMA 3100 graphics, and Windows XP.

The deal is part of a Dell tax rebate marketing gambit that also includes an Inspiron 1525 15.4-inch laptop starting at $600 and a XPS M1530 15.4-inch notebook starting at $1,200. The rebates are good for two weeks.

How good are these deals?

For comparison, the HP a6400z desktop also starts at $300 with a 1.8GHz AMD Sempron dual-core, 1GB of memory, a 250GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE graphics, and Windows Vista Home Basic SP1. Gateway lowest-price desktop, the DX442B, is $450 after a $100 rebate. But it has better specs including a 2.20Gz Pentium E2200 dual-core processor, 2GB of memory, a 320GB hard drive, Intel GMA 3100 graphics, and Windows Vista Home Premium.

In retail, Best Buy offers an eMachines T3646 for $300 with a 2.2GHz AMD Sempron dual-core, 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce 6100 graphics, and Windows Vista Home Basic with SP1.

Topics: Dell, Hardware, Laptops, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Processors, Software, Windows

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  • Those lower-end dual-core Intel Core 2 based machines run around 50 watts

    Those lower-end dual-core Intel Core 2 based machines run around 50 watts idle http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=934. A Sempron single-core machine idles at around 70 watts and performs much slower.
    georgeou
  • Two weeks only?

    So, they are offering this price for only two weeks. I don't get my rebate until after the first of June. Thanks for nothing, since I will be in the market for a new computer. Guess it won't be a Dell.

    Paul
    pfyearwood
    • You get yours the FIRST of June? I don't get mine til the LAST of June!

      I get mine LAST of June! And I want this Dell because I want XP - NOT the "V" word....!
      jvb123@...
  • It's all pretty amazing

    considering where we were just 10 years ago, let alone before that. Adding Intel Core 2 to such a cheap mix is simply icing on the top.
    klumper
  • RE: Dell Inspiron desktop now $300

    Sounds good for those looking for a computer on a budget. I think I would go for the Gateway, although I haven't any experience with that company.
    Orignlrose@...
    • RE: Dell Inspiron desktop now $300

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  • RE: Dell Inspiron desktop now $300

    You guys are pretty lucky over there... In Europe, this very same system goes for around 450 Euro, which is around 700 USD at the exchange rate of today. Furthermore, no way of getting it with XP.

    I would love to buy one of those, even with the shipping costs it should be half the price over here, but the offer is apparently limited to US and Canada resident citizens.

    Raymond/Belgium
    ravaca@...
  • RE: Dell Inspiron desktop now $300

    I haven't seen anything on Dell's website that comes close to $300 for the configuration in the article. Am I missing something?

    Thanks
    btonesr
  • RE: Dell Inspiron desktop now $300

    I acn't find that product at that price on Dell's web site. What gives?
    pdenton@...
    • Dell

      A year ago I was unemployed. Yet my contacts recommended me http://mijob.org. Believe it or not, I went here and found what I hunted. This moment I awe what can it be. This was similar to fantastic. Who has the exact same?
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  • RE: Dell Inspiron desktop now $300

    I hope they're tested better than the XPS 420 that cost above $2000. I just bought one that didn't work when delivered and took many hours, days with support to get it a replacement system that worked the way the first one should have when delivered.
    Maybe in the future they will take time in their busy schedule to actually check out the systems prior to shipment.
    johnblount@...
  • E machine

    The information in this post is incorrect...the emachine listed is not a dual-core. That model is a single core processor.
    The price has been about the same on this model (or comparable) for a couple of years now.
    GenAbrams@...
  • RE: Dell Inspiron desktop now $300

    Misleading and the Dell link does not take you to the proper page. You must visit the Dell home page and wait for the changing add to display the Tax Rebate sale, then click on that.

    The "$300" (actually $299) system is a downgraded Inspiron 530 with half the memory and no video card. While the article mentions 1Gb of memory and "Intel GMA 3100 graphics," the link provided takes you to the $500+ Inspiron 530 with 2Gb, a video card and Microsoft Vista. When you finally find the correct page at Dell and configure/upgrade to 2Gb of memory and the standard video card, you end up with a $400+ system, even though you stick with Windows XP (my choice anyway).

    Bottom line? The article fails to make clear that what is being offered is NOT a "basic Inspiron 530" but one that is considerably downgraded.
    rick.TheGunGuy@...
  • RE: Dell Inspiron desktop now $300

    Here's a link directly to the $300 Inspiron. Note that the XP version has an upgrade to XP Pro for only $20.00, instead of the usual $99.00 upgrade cost.

    http://www.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/tax_rebate_deals_300?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs
    webb80829@...
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