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Dell Vostro 1700NB, £429 excluding VAT and Delivery

The Dell Vostro 1700 is a 17-inch machine and being a business machine, the first thing you’ll notice about this notebook is the build quality. Dell hasn’t cut any corners, offering a body made from magnesium alloy instead of plastic, which is used on the Inspiron 1700 with which it shares the same body design.

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The Delll Vostro 1700NB is available here (opens in new tab) for £429.

Components

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T8100 (2.10 GHz, 3 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)

Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium - English

17.0" Widescreen WXGA+ (1440x900) TFT Display

Matte Jet Black with 2.0 mega pixel camera

2048MB (2x1024) 667MHz DDR2 Dual Channel

250GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive

128MB nVidia® GeForce® 8400M GS

Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software

Primary 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (56 WHr)

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