It all started when I checked back with the Dell site to see if those wicked deals were still happening and sure enough luck was with me. Today was the last day. After some browsing and choosing between a couple of models I settled on something which had a slightly less gutsy processor and 20G less of a hdd (who needs a 100G laptop hdd anyway) resulting in something more my budget. Added some extras of my own and I still wound up paying about what I originally expected
Details for the more technically inclined:
CPU: Inspiron 630M Intel(R) Pentium (R) Processor at 725 – 1.60GHz, 2MB cache, 400MHz FSB
RAM: 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Disk: 80GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive
Optical Drive: Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Combo drive with dual layer write capabilities
Screen: 14.1″ WideScreen XGA TFT with TrueLife (1280×800 res)
Graphics: Intel(R) Media Accelerator 900 Graphics up to 128MB shared system memory
Battery: 6-cell 53Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Adapter: 65W AC Adapter
Wireless: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200 (802.11b/g) 54Mbps Mini-PCI Wireless Card
Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Module (internal)
Modem: Internal 56k Modem
Carry Case: Deluxe Leather Case
Extras: Spare battery and power adapter.
I spoke to somebody at Dell about not including the Windows stuff as I plan to run Linux on it and they said no as apparently Windows is supposed to be a freebie anyway. They did however offer me a free case.
Delivery is in approx 5-8 working days.