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A Good Place to Start but Nothing Special
Dell Inspiron 1300
Member Name: will_he_wont_he
Dell Inspiron 1300
Advantages: Durable, simple to use, cheap
Disadvantages: Slow, poor battery life.
This was the first laptop I ever owned, so to some extent, I have a sentimental attachment to it. Nonetheless, from what I've experienced from it, it's a fairly good laptop for people to start off with, and I'd like to outline a few of the reasons why, and perhaps why it's less good.
Even when I bought the laptop a number of years ago, it was relatively cheap at a few hundred pounds. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a high level laptop, but for someone who simply wanted to browse the internet, write Word docs and listen to music, it provided all I needed. Some more technically minded might point out that the specs aren't hugely exciting - 1GB of RAM isn't the greatest thing in the world, but for someone who's not putting it through its paces, it works just fine. Given that I believe it's been discontinued, anyone buying this laptop second hand would be able to get it cheap, so it would be a pretty good deal for someone else's first laptop.
I bought this laptop in 2005 and used it through until early 2011, with minimal hassle with it. There are some weaknesses with the casing and the way that the screen attaches to the keyboard, which I suppose are to be somewhat expected for such a cheap laptop, but they were only an annoyance rather than a problem - the screen had a slight wobble, but it wasn't noticeable unless moving the screen around. The other issue I had was with the battery life - the original battery life of 2 hours or so wasn't great - it did mean that you had to take the rather hefty charger about with you. The battery life also fairly rapidly declined, so for much of the time I owned it, I had to keep it plugged into the mains, which was annoying, especially when I wanted to print or go somewhere. After deciding to splash out on a new battery, which was far from cheap, it was able to run for another 6 months or so before the battery declined again. This is annoying, especially when you just want to pop downstairs to run something off the printer and you have to shut it down, unplug it, restart it - it takes time.
== Speed ==
Instead of boring you with facts about the CPU and the RAM, I'll simply tell you how it works in real time. This laptop is for simple tasks; writing, powerpoint, music (although this is slow) etc. For a kid who has homework and wants to surf the net, this is a good laptop; for someone who wants to take photos and edit them, watch films or the like, then it's less good.
For a starting level computer, for a kid's first laptop, it's a no frills but useful device. It's relatively well built, although not hugely portable. It's not going to do complex tasks, but I'd recommend it as a place to start.
Summary: Not bad; if all your doing is typing and browsing, it's all you need.
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