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Certainly a budget laptop
Dell Inspiron 15
Member Name: vegitto
Dell Inspiron 15
Date: 23/12/11, updated on 23/12/11 (31 review reads)
Advantages: Bright Display; Extremely Customizable; Confortable Keyboard and Touchpad
Disadvantages: Needs upgrades, even for day-today use; Lacks Extra Connectivity Options and Ports
I'll start off by saying that I bought this laptop for my office needs, so it probably isn't that much for gaming. If you're looking for casual-mid range gaming, read on. If not, look elsewhere.
I'll point out one point before going further: For somebody who doesn't want to have much to do with the technical stuff of the laptop, buying this can be a bad idea. Even for regular usage, you'd have to upgrade some stuff from the default specs - unless you want to use it as a netbook - to get decent performance. If you're more of a "Read Made Things Are Good" guy, then maybe try more pre-configured laptops.
The laptop's made of matte, black plastic on the outside and glossy, black plastic on the inside. I wouldn't call it unattractive, its just not attractive. I went online to fine that a variety of colors and designs are available for around $40. I got myself a grey one, since my previous laptop was grey and I developed a liking towards that color.
The interior is very simple: There's a power button right above the keyboard. Below the keyboard is black plastic trackpad, works fine for me. The keys of the keyboard are decently spaced, so I feel pretty comfortable typing on it.
The 15.6" screen is glossy and LED with a native resolution of 1366x768. Like other things of the laptop, this one is upgradable as well to 1600x900. Personally, I think that would be a waste of money as the native resolution is just enough for me to work on without squinting.
The speakers are nice and clear. I'm into Rock and Hip-Hop, so I need good speakers and the laptop's in-built one live upto the job. But I wanted more audio performance, so I got a Logitech X-210 speaker.
The laptop comes with 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA out and Ethernet jack. There's also an ExpressCard slot that I use for a WiFi. Bluetooth is also an option.
In other things, the webcam is pretty clear, although I would read suggest buying a new, better one. The DVD drive is pretty fast, for my needs at the very least.
Overall, I find the Dell Inspiron extremely nice to use. I don't play games a lot, just music and movies in entertainment. I find the performance extremely satisfying after spending around a $100 in upgrades. Absolutely recommended for techies like me.
Summary: Its a highly customizable budget-range laptop, but needs upgrades which may get pricey.
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