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Dell comp question

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
hate to ask, but I want to make sure.

I'm looking for my first laptop for school use. saw deal from the dell small business site. A Dell Vostro 1500 Core 2 Duo. has MS Works 8.5-Eng: Basic Spreadsheet, Word Processing & Calendar Program

Now probably the easiest question for you guys.
Does this dell come with Microsoft word, Powerpoint, and excel?
do all dells come with these programs- standard

specs, (if your curious)
* Intel Core 2 Duo T5470 (1.6GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
* Genuine Windows XP Home Edition, or Windows Vista Home Basic
* 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Display
* 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 DIMM
* 120G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
* 8X CD/DVD Burner w/ double-layer DVD+R write capability
* 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
* Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Wi-Fi Mini Card
* High Definition Audio 2.0
* 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
* MS Works 8.5-Eng: Basic Spreadsheet, Word Processing & Calendar Program
* Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.08
* 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Mail-in Service
* 10GB for 1yr Online Backup by Dell Datasafe
* 1 Year Dell Automated PC Tuneup
* Starts at 6.33 lbs


thanks!
post #2 of 10
No. If they're advertising it as having the cheapo Works suite, it doesn't have the proper Office one.
post #3 of 10
i bought that with a 2yr on site warranty for ~$700 last month.

no software... but i selected it that way. i have my own software =P

its pretty heavy, but if not toted everywhere, its not bad.
post #4 of 10
No, it doesn't come with Word, Excel or Powerpoint.

You'll save money by going with the basic office package (Outlook, Word, and Excel), if you're buying it along with the notebook. They'll give you the option when you start building the order. Powerpoint and Access will cost you extra since they're considered "business" applications.

Another good way to get these programs legally is by purchasing them with an educational discount: you can often get steep price breaks if you can show a store (e.g. campus computer store) your student ID to buy the educational version. Generally, the educational versions are virtually identical to the full retail packages in functionality.
post #5 of 10
No it doesn't ship with MS Office products. You could always investigate using Open Office. It can produce work compatible documents.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by fordgtlover View Post
No it doesn't ship with MS Office products. You could always investigate using Open Office. It can produce work compatible documents.
Exactly. Open Office is what i was going to suggest until i read your post.
I own a Dell laptop and am very satisfied with it. Couldn't be happier ...
post #7 of 10
Then theres the cheap route. Buy the machine with the least amount of software to save $$$. Go download openoffice off the net, its completely free and almost identical in functionality to MS Office. Spec wise the machine looks good, especially if being used for school.

~Zip

Edit: You guys beat me to it!
post #8 of 10
I would highly recommend win xp over win vista, especially if the machine only has 1 gb of ram.
post #9 of 10
If by "school" you mean college, you can typically check your school's software store. Generally students get massive discounts on software, especially the office suite. That's probably your best bet if you don't want to use open office.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks for the help guys! I guess I know now what to look in a package
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