Until the 28th of December, Dell is offering some great bargains that almost halve the price of its high end XPS 15, its nearest rival to Apple's MacBook Pro range.
The US-based manufacturer is selling a system with a Core i7-2860Q processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 8GB RAM, a 750GB hard disk drive, next business day service, a 15.6-inch full HD LCD display, an optical drive, a metalloid aluminium chassis, a nine-cell 90Whr battery, a 2GB Nvidia Geforce GT540M graphics card, Wi-Fi, Windows 7, McAfee SecurityCenter 3-year subscription, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements (worth nearly £100 on their own) for a mere £1158.13.
That's less than half the price of a similarly configured Apple MacBook Pro which reaches£2319 on our system configurator. The MacBook Pro though does come with some major differences. Its screen is an antiglare one, it has Thunderbolt, Bluetooth and Firewire, it uses OS X Lion and its keyboard is backlit.
On paper, the hardware powering the XPS15 is on par with the MacBook Pro and yet undercuts it by a vast amount.
Should you choose to settle for less (HD ready monitor, 6GB RAM, a 2.2GHz Core i7, a six cell battery), the difference is even more staggering as the price of the XPS15 drops to £580.13, while that of a roughly equivalent MacBook Pro reaches £1669, almost triple the price.