What’s with the black Dell tab – the real dirt

August 10, 2010 | Posted By: Laura Pagles
What motivates FatWallet.com shoppers? Deals – the lowest price on a quality product. Dell has experienced this first-hand with the popularity on FatWallet of products like the Inspiron Mini 10v, Nickelodeon Edition. So when Dell had technology they needed to move, they knew where to come.

Dell approached us about offering three of their best laptop deals exclusively to FatWallet shoppers. Our advice to them: It has to be the best deal, THE BEST DEAL. We worked with Dell for the lowest price on quality machines. We’re proud of the close relationship FatWallet has built with Dell and Dell’s enthusiasm for FatWallet shoppers. That’s why you're seeing Dell deals featured front and center for twelve hours ONLY, starting at 7:00 a.m. CST, August 10.

Now, the skinny on these deals via resident expert David Varble

Dell Studio XPS 16 Laptop w/ Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2GHz) $999 w/ Free Shipping at DellHome
  • Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2GHz, 800MHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 15.6" (1080 x 900) LED Display
  • 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670
  • 5 GB DDR3 1067 RAM (2 Dimms)
  • 500GB 7,200RPM Hard Drive
  • 9 Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Features gigabit ethernet, full 1080p HD display, 2 year basic service plan ($199 addition), wireless N, HDMI, 8X slot loading DVD burner, 2MP webcam, and backlit keys. Comes in obsidian black high gloss finish. Great little portable multimedia laptop with its full HD 16" screen and almost 4-hour battery life due to its 9-cell battery.

This is a savings of $319.19 on this configuration:
Base model $949.99
5GB Ram upgrade ($60)
500GB hard drive upgrade ($40)
9 Cell battery upgrade ($45)
2-Year Basic Service Plan Upgrade ($199)
Soundblaster X-Fi Audio Upgrade ($25)
Total: $1,318.99
Exclusive price: $999 w/ Free Shipping

Dell Inspiron Mini 10v Nickelodeon Edition 10.1" Netbook w/ Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz) $199.99 at DellHome
  • Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz, 533MHz, 512KB Cache)
  • 10.1" (1024 x 600) LCD Display
  • Intel GMA 950 Graphics
  • 1GB DDR2 667 RAM
  • 160GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
  • 3 Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Windows XP Home

Features a 1.3MP webcam, Nickelodeon desktop theme, and 1-year limited hardware warranty. Weighing only 2.5 pounds, this netbook is the perfect size for kids. This current configuration is being sold for $299.99 but has been as low as $249.99 in the past, so this is a savings of $50 or more.

This laptop is basically your standard Dell 10v Mini with a Nick theme. The only parental controls for this netbook are done through the 15-month trial of McAfee's Family Center, unlike the Disney Netpal by Asus, which offers native parental controls that do not expire. For the price however, you cannot beat it.

Dell Studio 17 Laptop w/ Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2GHz) $649.99 w/ Free Shipping Code at DellHome.com
  • Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2GHz, 800MHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 17.0" (1440 x 900) LCD Display
  • 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 Graphics
  • 4GB DDR2 800 RAM
  • 500GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
  • 9 Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Windows 7 home Premium 64-Bit

Features 2MP webcam, 1-year limited warranty, 8X DVD burner, 500GB hard drive upgrade , 9 cell battery instead of the standard 6 cell and 1-year limited hardware warranty.

What do you think?

FatWallet and Dell want to do more exclusive sales. Needless to say, we all stand to benefit. So if you're not biting, why? Are you not in the market? Are you holding out for any particular size, processor or upgrade?
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August 9, 2010 | Posted By: egs
I would really like to see some higher-end deals on an i7 based laptop. Think high-end graphics, i7, USB 3 & eSATA. Can they deliver on that?
August 10, 2010 | Posted By: bogalusa
And let's have some desktop deals, too!
August 10, 2010 | Posted By: Logician1313
@ bogalusa - Have you seen our Best Deals Expert Picks for desktops? You can find it here.
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