Just this minute bought myself a ‘new’ Dell D630 laptop from the UK Dell Outlet.  Dell Outlet ships laptops that get returned to Dell for whatever reason… the good news is that I saved myself about £300-£400 over the Dell store price

The specifications are very impressive: 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo (T9300), 4GB RAM, 14.1" display (1440x900), internal modem, DVD/RW drive, Bluetooth and wireless.  It’s not my ‘perfect’ laptop though… the internal SATA disk is 120GB 5400RPM and it has an Intel GMA X3100 graphics chipset – I’d go for a 160GB 7200RPM disk or a 500GB 5400RPM disk, along with an Nvidia graphics chipset.  I’d also quite have liked a laptop with a built-in webcam, after I today discovered that my trusty Creative WebCam NX Pro is not supported under Vista

So why not an M4300 with stunning 1920x1200 display?  Simple really… finding them with the right spec is difficult, they’re 15.4" (too big to carry) and they cost a minimum of £100 extra (more likely to be £200 once you factor RAM into the deal)

Hopefully this time next week I’ll be a very happy chappy :)