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I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 1520 at a bargain price of £40, with the intent of reselling it. However, as I use it this very moment to type out this review, I fear that, like an over-attached farmer when the slaughterhouse comes calling, I shall have to be coerced into parting with it. The Inspiron 1520 is a solid general-use laptop that, while nothing special, far outperforms my humble iBook G4, and, while I wouldn't try to calculate pi or play anything very graphics-heavy on it, writes, explores the internet, and plays music - if not exactly "gracefully", then well enough for me to harbour an affection for it.
My Dell Inspiron 1520 - I must get used to it not being "mine" - has a black lid, though many other colours are available. It has a silver screen bezel and keyboard surround, holding a 15.4" glossy screen. It isn't perhaps the most portable thing, weighing in at over 3kg, so I find myself using it almost exclusively while sitting at a desk. Some 1520s apparently include webcams, but mine - ahem, the one currently in my possession - is, sadly, the non-webcam model.
The laptop comes with 2GB RAM, nVidia 8600M-GT graphics, a 160GB SATA HDD, an optical drive, Wi-Fi capability, Bluetooth connectivity, and - inexplicably, for such an un-portable beast - HSDPA. There are also USB 2.0 ports, a wired Internet connection port, and extra buttons outside the keyboard to control audio features. This is a rather odd choice, as this clearly isn't intended as a media laptop; when I tried to play a normal-definition DVD, it stuttered and froze on frames, and, when I tried a 720p video file, it froze completely.
The Inspiron 1520 I own comes preloaded with several programs, including McAfee SecurityCenter, AOL(!), and Google Desktop; yours may vary, depending on where the laptop was originally purchased.
SecurityCenter is something of a trigger-happy antivirus and firewall suite, and I eventually found the internet lag from its proxy service and its overzealous blocking of harmless connections so irritating that I uninstalled it and ran home to Windows Firewall and Defender. As I have an avid interest in computer security, I took the chance to test the thing out by installing some samples of known spyware, but, even after updating definitions, its scanner didn't catch any of them.
In addition to these programs, the 1520 comes with a recovery partition that can be used to restore the disk to factory conditions. Very handy in case of getting tied up in errors, or, in my case, in justifying mucking about with the thing before selling it; a few keystrokes on boot, and you've got a tabula rasa. Admittedly, that's a tabula rasa with AOL, but it can't be denied that it's factory condition.
The Inspiron 1520 which I own runs Windows Vista Home Basic. Not perhaps the best of OSes - it lacks many of the executive features of its bigger Vista brothers, and Vista isn't perhaps known for being an intuitive, pretty, fast, or convenient OS - but it runs quickly on this laptop and feels less clunky than its XP predecessors sometimes could.
The Dell Inspiron 1520 is far from the perfect laptop. It's heavy, not very powerful for its demographic, stumbles over media playing, and comes, in the case of this one, with some truly silly software. (Whose idea was AOL?) But, in everyday use, it is efficient, pleasant to use, and reliable. In short, it is a typical Dell, with the emphasis being on stability and simple tasks - and, as a typical Dell, I can't fault the 1520 at all.
I bought my dell inspiron 1520 about 4 years ago. It was aroung £400 which was very reasonable at the time. Four years on, it is not in the best condition but is still going.
The design of the laptop is good, it's all silver but the top of the lid is black. You can get the same laptop with a variety of different coloured lids.
The screen is very bright and has great resolutions and the sound is also brilliant on this laptop.
Vista is very good and I haven't had any problems with it. The laptop is brilliant for word, presentations, excel, windows media play
The laptop was very reasonably price and is good value for money.
The DVD writer is brilliant and has never caused me any problems. I have used it to watch dvds and also to write cds and it is very quick.
The laptop is quite heavy, weghing at about six and a half pounds. I have took this laptop abroad before and despite being manageable it was heavy to carry around and not the most portable.
I have had a few problems with the keyboard and am missing a few keys but they have been easy to replace.
Since purchasing this laptop 4 years ago, I have had about 3 problems with the charger and have had to replace it. These were easy to purchase on ebay and cost me about £15.
The laptop can be a bit slow but I think this is more to do with how old the laptop is.
It's quite slow when starting up and has a habit of freezing at times which is very frustrating.
Battery life isn't brilliant and only lasts a couple of hours.
I bought this laptop around 2-3 years ago and it has been a good all rounder.
Let me explain the advantages and disadvantages:
It is great for word processing, you can do website designing and editing on it, and multitasking is pretty easy and simple. The price of mine at the time was £300, and for £100 a year this is an incredible bargain. Also it isn't very power consuming, and it comes with different settings to change the consumption.
Now for some disadvantages, first the graphics card is integrated - this means that it can only play outdated games or less intensive games which don't need as much power. To combat this you can change the power setting to high performance instead of power saver and also if needed, buy an external graphics card.
Another problem which has been occurring lately is over heating! Please don't use this laptop on a duvet and make sure the bottom has plenty of ventilation. It will just turn itself off without warning if you don't make sure it's fully ventilated! Finally my battery life is limited to around 1-2hours tops, so you may as well buy a desktop!
I hope this helps you!
I first bought this laptop a couple of years ago, and to be perfectly frank, it's main appeal was the selection of colours that I could choose. What other colour would you choose but green?
I paid £583 for this laptop - the gren customisation was a little extra, but not anything remarkable.
THe set up of the laptop was quite simple, I've owned several Dell Laptops but this was the first to have Vista. I had it up and running in a matter of minutes.
The laptop is actually quite large and heavy, it is one of the most basic of Dell's laptop range bar one.
It has an inbuilt webcam, which one can use for video messaging etc. The quality is really quite good, as I was told that the picture wasn't grainy during video chats. There is also an inbuilt microphone, although the quality of the sound isn't too great.
There are buttons which can only be used with programs such as Media player - i've never gotten them to work with iTunes, but Dell is made by Microsoft, so no surprises there.
The keyboard makes a very clicky noise whilst typing. Mine also needed replacing relatively quickly as I had worn out the "a" key. The complaint was handled quickly though - I was sent a new keyboard, although I had to replace it myself in order to save time. I've not had any problems with it since.
Now onto how it runs.
Start up is quite quick, I am presented with the log in screen in around a minute. After logging in, it is (predictably) sluggish for a few moments. It also freezes up when you have small several programs running, although with the ram available and Intel Core 2 Duo I don't see why this happens.
Vista itself is quite buggy, or it was at the time as it was newly released, but I have heard many complaints about it from other vista users. I cannot blame the laptop for the software though.
WHat I can blame the laptop on is its constant crashing though. At random times a blue screen will come up, and shut down the laptop. I've had this happen several times, which can be most inconvenient when you're working on something.
I would have called this laptop a good all rounder, if not for the pointless crashing. I've tried to have it fixed several times, to no avail.
Sadly for this reason, I cannot reccomend this laptop to anyone.
I bought DELL Inspiron 1520 two years ago. I was very excited after buying this as it was my first laptop. After 2 years of usage, I have mixed experience with it which I am going to share with you as a review.
Let's start from the starting......
The ordering of the DELL product is very simple. Go to www.dell.com and select the model you want to buy. Once the model is chosen, you will be guided by a number of links from where you can purchase additional options for your system. You can go through a number of alternative options for your system unless you get your desired specification, provided it must be compatible with the system you are going to buy. Once you have chosen, DELL representative will contact you to tell them all the additional features or the upgrading options which you are going to buy. DELL representative will guide you properly. Once done, you will have to send them the Draft of the amount and within 15 working days, you will get your system through shipping.
I had done 1 upgradation in the system that of upgrading Nvidia Graphics card from 128 MB to 256 MB.
After discussing the desired specification with the representative, I ordered the system and I got it within 15 days after sending the Demand Draft through shipping. The laptop was shipped from Malaysia.
IN THE BOX
In the box, I got the laptop, laptop casing bag, main charger, DELL Media Direct remote, Ear-phones with 2 extra buds, user manual and a pack of DVDs. DVD pack consists of:
1. Windows Vista Home Premium Genuine DVD
2. Microsoft Works 9 (just like Microsoft Office)
3. Roxio Creator DE 10.1 (to burn the DVDs)
4. Drivers and Utilities DVD (containing all the drivers)
5. Webcam Manager Driver
6. DELL Media Direct driver
The laptop comes in many varieties of colors like pink, red, green, yellow, white, blue and brown and all are available in metallic. So you have many choices to select one for yourself. But it would cost you extra £40-50 for selecting different color. I had chosen standard black one which looks smart with silver lining in its interior. It measures 36cm wide, 27cm deep and 4cm thick. It weighs 3.2 kg which is very bulky size.
Starting from the left side of the laptop, it contains heating vents which blows hot air out and isn't noisy as well. Also, there is Wi-Fi + Bluetooth sliding switch which has three functions on its sliding path, on-off and search. It has a Wi-Fi catcher for easy access to networks. Coming towards the front end, it has microphone and earphone socket.
On its right side, there lie two USB ports, D-sub, one Ethernet port, four pin 'firewire' port, 8-in-1 card reader and a DVD writer.
On the back side, there is a 7-pin S-video, a modem port, charging point and two USB ports. Battery inlet is also present on the back left.
Now, coming on its front side, the last part where speaker lies and some 'Multimedia' buttons. There is also 'infrared' sensor on the lower side and a 2 mega pixel integrated camera that lies on top of the screen but in small size compared to other laptop's webcam.
The keyboard is silver in color with On-OFF button and Media Direct button above it and touchpad below it. The touchpad also has Scroll bar containing Horizontal and Vertical scroll bars.
The LCD screen is very awesome. It has 15.4" widescreen WXGA (1280 X 800) TFT display with Truelife.
The standard specification which DELL provides with this model is as follows:
Processor: Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology - Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo Processor T5750 (2.0 GHz/ 667MHz FSB/ 2MB Cache)Memory: 3 GB 667 MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive: 250 GB SATA Hard Drive
Graphics Card: 128MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
Optical Device: Internal 8X DVD+/- RW Combination Drive with dual layer write capabilities.
Monitor: 15.4" widescreen WXGA (1280x800) TFT display with Truelife.
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
1 year Limited Warranty (Next Business Day Service- parts and labour)
Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity
6-cell 53 WHr Lithium Ion primary Battery
MY OPINIONS ON ITS FEATURES
As this was my first laptop, I was pretty much excited when I got it. I used to work on it everyday. Its keyboard is very soft. The keys are very good to use. But it does attract fingerprints and dust. However, it's nothing that a simple wipe with a cloth after every use can't fix. Lot of space is present in between the keys from which the dust can enter very easily. The lettering on the keypad hasn't faded at all, the keys are all exactly where they should be and it looks all glossy and shiny.
I don't have any issue with its delivery and servicing. I got my laptop delivered well on time and as on specified date. After using it for 2 months, the mother board stopped working. So, I had to call DELL to repair it or change it. And soon the DELL representative came to my house to repair it and my laptop again got life and started working. Luckily Dell provided me very good servicing.
The speakers are amazing for the laptop which is very high point for this model. You don't require any extra hardware (External speaker) for its sound. It has awesome sound quality.
The boot up process is very quick and I was very impressed. Everything is brilliant in speed wise like logging on and off, dealing with the internet, switching from page to page with very little delay. Now, I am connected to the Internet within fifteen seconds. Applications functions quite well too and I have no issues with its speed.
The DVD rewriter is excellent. It reads your CDs, DVDs, and writes them quickly too. I have used it many times till now and still whenever I use it, it works with fast same speed as it was having when I bought it. It simply provides you a drag and drop utility that lets you burn images, video and data at the click of a button with 8x speed.
The laptop comes with Microsoft office 8 that is very helpful for making spreadsheets, presentations, projects, picture editor like stuff. It also include basic things like calculator, notepads, address book and games. You can customize the setting of different applications available in it. If you want to display clock, weather, date, calendar on your desktop, the laptop avails you with these functions too.
It has a number of options for connectivity the most obvious of which is WLAN (wireless card). This is easily switched on and off. It picks up networks very quickly and is easy to configure using Microsoft's connection manager. If you prefer to be 'hard-wired' to the internet there is also an Ethernet connection available.
The battery life is not up to my expectation. Basically there are two power options: Balanced and Power Saver. They both gobble battery power up very quickly, so the charger always has to be plugged in otherwise it would cut out halfway if you are working for long. The battery works around one and a half hour if you are working without the charger. That much time is enough to check browse internet, but not enough if you writing an article or a report. So this is the low-point which I faced with this laptop but still I don't think that the battery life of other laptops is that spectacular. So protect your charger and try to keep it on charging.
The other negative point with this system is the weight. It is on very bulkier side. You can't intend to cart it around tucked under your armpit all day long. So avoid taking it out while you are traveling on trips. Otherwise it depends on your carrying capabilities!!
I believe the price was excellent, just right for what it was. It costed me around £800 because of some customizations that I wanted in my laptop. Though it is little bit more on expensive side, but that's fine if you are getting it with the good specifications. You can get this model on cheap price too but that would come with low spec that is for general usage, I think price wise it's not disappointing if you are paying for something good. The price of this model keeps on changing. Currently the price at which it is available in the market is £600.
Despite its flaws, I love my laptop because of its looks, speed, metallic body, graphics and everything apart from the battery life. It got delivered well on time as specified. It is perfect for browsing the web, viewing and editing photos, creating Cds and DVDs, and word-processing. The model is quiet well for average surfer and the gamer because of its great graphics. It never gets overheated or slowed down. All in all it's well worth the price.
I've had this laptop for about 2 years. We've had our ups and downs but we're stuck with each other now. It came with Vista which I think may be responsible for some of the problems I've had with it. I get Blue Screen Of Death on a regular basis. As a non-geek I am limited as to what I can do to improve its performance.
It does work 90% of the time, it has plenty of capacity for pictures, downloads etc The battery on mine lasts about 2 hrs unconnected to mains which I think is pretty good. Its so heavy I wouldn't think of taking it anywhere anyway. It looks nice and came in a range of colours. I had a few problems with keys sticking when it was new but its fine now. It did come with a Dell printer as part of a special offer, but the printer has just died and is not worth fixing so I've had to purchase a new one.
I bought my Dell two years ago and have been really disappointed with it. Three of the buttons have snapped off after just some simple typing and I've been informed that they don't sell individual buttons so I would have to buy a replacement keyboard. The battery life is absolutely terrible and I was only able to use it for about 1 or 2 hours unplugged without the battery completely wearing down. My power supply lead broke after a year and I had to spend £40 on a replacement and now the battery has completely died and the laptop will not turn on at all unless plugged into the wall - I would've exected a battery to last longer than that.
All in all I have been really disappointed with this laptop. It also doesn't help that everything is online as I prefer to go into a shop and speak to a human when things like this break down. The online aspect might appeal to some but it's only good as long as you don't encounter problems.
The only plus-side I can think of is that the screen is really big and clear, but other than that it's been pretty poor.
i am somewhat dissapointed with this laptop. Its extreamly heavy and Bulky. The bluetooth on mine rarely works and i have had to have a person sent out twice to come and fix it at one point almost all of the inside having to be replaced, i have to admitt though that Dell were good at dealing with his both times and seemed happy to help, thank goodnesss it was under warrenty still- i reccommend that you take out the longest one possible as it seems to go wrong a fair amount! it was also advertised as a cheep laptop but seemed far from it and was left feeling some what dissappointed at the final price i payed for it. i wouldnt reccommend getting this laptop as i have had quite a bit of trouble with it but am now reluctant to get a new one as i payed so much for this one.
While heavy and bulky, the laptop provides good usability. The first thing that I noticed was the high quality of the screen resolution, being very well detailed and varying degrees of brightness to serve those in bright light or darkness. The only fault I have found so far is the battery life: 2 to 3 hours is not quite enough for the average person to use away from home. I rarely take it from my desk unless I require it for work elsewhere, in which case finding a power outlet can be tedious. On a lighter note, the performance is very good, being able to run many RAM-intensive programs that other laptops can not. The outlet fan on the underside makes no noise at all and is quite efficient, and the keyboard is a reasonable size to facilitate use. Overall, the laptop is a worthwhile buy for anybody, from gamers to businesspeople.
This laptop (funnily enough the one I am typing on this very second) Is without a second thought, the centre of my universe, I am barely ever away from is because I use it so much, that said, says something about how versatile this machine is, it gives flawless performance as far as a laptop is concerned, however it is currently running on what I like to call 'life support' as after about 10 months of usage the battery 'conked' out on me and the second the power cable is removed, the laptop instantly dies, as a result it rarely leaves my room unless I intend to use it at college. However since I am on my summer break, that is never at the moment however come september, that will change.
Ther cmputers processing power is very impressive for the laptop, I can pretty much run whatever I want on the computer all at once without much ill effect on speed and performance and I will say however that whilst my battery was of some use to me, the battery life was quite good, about 3 hours with the brightness turned down a notch or three.
The brightness on the laptop is fnatastic, doesnt matter how glaring the sun is, I have never had to complain about not being able to see the screen in bright light.
Windows Vista Home Premium is fantasic I could not have asked for more in my operating system although I confess when I turned it on for the first time to find it had the 'dreaded' Vista installed I scorned my father for allowing it on the computer, but I have to say that once I started to use it, I learned to love it, much like I learned to love XP when I upgraded from 2000.
Is it smart and professional looking and I am always asked questions about it because it never fails to draw attention.
All in all this laptop is perfect for what I use it for; watching movies, playing games, listening to music and doing/storing all of my college work. With its 4 USB slots and its SD/MMC card slot, I am never at a loss for a way of saving my work or files to another destination. This laptop is amazing. Just too bad about the battery life considering I would never pay DELL for a new one, I would rather get a 2rd party after market one for a third of the price
I bought my Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop shortly after it became available. When I first went to purchase it, I built it as a brand new one, and by the time I had built it, with it not even having a few of the accessories that i had wanted it to have, the cost of it was going to exceed $2,500.00. Adding the other accessories would have made it at about $2,800.00, with tax it would have been more. So I backed out of it and almost gave up on getting this one, although I wanted it badly. But just before I closed out Dell's website, I saw a Dell Outlet page offered. I clicked on that page, unchecked the scratch and dent option, and just looked for a 1520 on that page, not really thinking I would find any good deals. Well I saw one, and I read the specs of it, and would you believe that it had everything that I was wanting in my 1520? Even the other few accessories. The only exception was that it came with only a 1280x800 scree resolution. This was no big deal at all to me. The biggest deal to me then was making sure it had a dedicated graphics card, and it did. It came with the Nvidia 8600M 256 MB dedicated graphics. At the time, and really it still is, but this graphics card was the top-notch one. And it came wth the WI-FI 3945 wireless card inside, but I knew I could upgrade that card right away because I have a wireless n card for it at home here.
Anyway, looking at all the specs of it, I was afraid that it, too, even though it was in the Outlet Section of Dell, with all the high quality and top-of-the-line parts it had in it, was going to run me in the $2,000.00 range. So you can imagine the shock I felt when I looked at the price and the price was only $1150.00. I felt like there was something very wrong her, because it listed no scratches or dents or dings or malfunctions. So I called the Outlet Store and gave the rep the item number, and he patched me through to another rep. I told him my concerns, and which he said I had no worries. he told me that the customer had the laptop specifically built, but right after it was buit and ready to be shipped out, the customer had changed his mind and stated that the reaso0n was he decided on another laptop that he saw at another store and had bought that one because there was no waiting and he had grown tired of waiting for Dell. With that said, the rep said that the laptop I was considering wasn't even a refurbished one nor had it even been shipped out yet. And he said that for a pre-built one like this, Dell couldn't afford to mark the price of it up to what it's worth, and so they marked it right around half of its original price. The guy said that Dell really lost money on this laptop, because it was built with much higher-quality parts and components at the customer's request.
Anyway, I was extremely happy that, except for that one little minor formality I was basically getting my brand new $2800.00 laptop for not even half that. Now comes the good part!!
The laptop arrived in just a few days as the Outlet ones are already prebuilt, boxed, and ready to be purchased, or so I was told. I got this laptop in roughly July, 2007, and have had it ever since. When I got it, it came with a 160 Gb 5400 rpm hard drive, that wireless g card, ethernet, dvd burner, no mobile broadband card as was originally stated, Vista Home Premo, and 2 Gb DDR2 533 MHZ RAM. ohh, and the dedicated excellent nvidia graphics card. When I first got it, I took out the wireless a/b/g network card and installed my wireless n network card. I also ripped out the hard drive and installed a brand new 200 GB 7200 RPM hard drive that I had already got for a Xmas president. I also called Dell and complained that it didn't come with the Cingular/ Now AT&T internal wireless mobile broadband card nor was the Creative X-FI 5.1 expresscard sound card included with it. Dell had said that they didn't see those things on the packing list, but that they were more likely promotional included items, and those items are never listed on the purchase slip. They said no problem, and within the next 2 days I got both of them in the mail.
Now, almost two years later, here I am with this wonderful laptop. My incredible Dell Inspiron 1520 still looks as thought it is brand new, like it just came out of the box. And it works wonderfully, just the same if not even better, which it does, than it didn when i first got it. This laptop hasn't gotten old in the least, or over the hill. To me it's just broken in vey good. Ohh, I also replaced the RAM with brand new DDR2 667MHZ RAM, and that being 4 GB. My 1520 is just an excitement to even use. Everything, and I mean Everything, works extremely smooth on this laptop. But to me the main thing on this beauty is the display screen/ graphics card. I have never in my life seen or used a display as crisp, clear, and bright as this one. I don't know where the negative reviews about this laptop model are/ have ever come from, but its definitely not from me. Besides, in some of those negative reviews on this laptop, like I had read that this one guy had problems from day 1; his review said that the keys on keyboard started coming off. and also the displat screen just suddenly cracked. Well I am sure that any laptop would get ruined if you ran over yours with a car or banged yours with a hammer like he apparently did. I am just stating that I find it extremely impossible that this laptop brand is and has been such a negative and non-working version to some people. Bottom line, I love my Dell Inspiron 1520, and if you still can and find one somewhere or listed somewhere, I would highly recommend you make a smart buy, your smartest one, and buy yourself a Dell Inspiron 1520. You will not regret it if you do. I highly recommend this laptop to any and all persons, both business and home users. Ohh, one thing; because the laptop is not built with cheap parts and accessories, it might weigh a lttle bit more than others, but thats how I have always told that something was built solid and sturdy. Yeap, I definitely recommend this weighty sturdy, excellent and expressly built laptop. Thanks for reading, and I truly hope you get something out of this.--------------------------------------Brian
I bought my Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop back in the middle of 2007, just after itwas released for sale. The one that I built on the Dell site was going to cost way too much money for me, about $2500.00. So I waited for a few days, and then I went to the Dell Outlet store, which I didn't know about and accidentally found. Surprisingly, they had one listed with the exact same features and bells and whistles that I had wanted, and they had it listed for $1150.00. The Only thing that was different was the display, that being the one listed was the basic 1280 by 800. I had no problem at all with that, as my main concern was getting one with a Core 2 Duo processor of at least 1.8ghz and also getting one with NVIDIA dedicated 256 mb graphics card. I got all of that and so much more. Now onto the review:
My 1520 works flawlessly, and the connection is endless; it stays connected for as long as i am on the internet and until i shut it down. This laptop is built with quality. You can tell that the moment you first handle it. It has a sleek design, and the keyboard is just fun to use. it is solid. When I got my 1520, I switched out the supplied 5400 rpm hard drive with a 200gb 7200rpm hard drive and also upgraded the RAM from 2gb to 4gb; all of this upgrading gve me a very power multimedia and gaming laptop as well. It also came with an awesome built-in webcam and mic, which I just adore to no end. This laptop is solid, and has a very high-end performance, and I didn't have to take out a home mortgage to afford it. Simply put, it is just one awesome laptop. I highly recommend this laptop, even today. My 1520 still looks and works as though it was brand new. One thing that I might mention is that before I purchased it, I called the Dell Outlet Store rep and asked him about it. he said that I was lucky, because this laptop was just built for a customer, but the customer had changed his mind before it was even shipped out. He said that is the Only reason that it was in their outlet store and was going for the cheap price. He said that with all that came with this laptop, if I had it custom built the same way, it would have costed me around $2300.00. So I saved myself a bundle and got an outstanding laptop to boot. As I stated, I highly recommend this laptop, even now. Thanks for reading!!
i got the Dell Inspiron 1520 free when i signed up to broadband internet with AOL, and i think its available with several other internet providers as well. When i first took it out of the box my first impression was, it looks huge, however i find it stylish, lightweight and the screen is fairly big (widescreen) so the good points instantly out weight the bad. As for the actual workings of the machine, I used Windows Vista Basic and find that it is very quick and responsive. I mainly use this laptop for internet browsing and typing word documents, with the occasional playing of games. Like i said before i got this laptop for free but if i had paid for it i would be just as pleased as for what i use it for its perfect. If you want and all singing all dancing top of the range laptop then you may need to look elsewhere as the memory etc isnt the best, however for general use you cant go wrong.
I bought one of these in May this year, and it was extremely unreliable at first. It crashed frequently, and it let a virus walk in and (then croaked for good at the end of August). I managed to wipe it at the expense of all of my files, installations not to mention and extensive library of music, photos and some work. Since then I have been careful about keeping it free of drivers and downloads that could lead to the same disastrous end as the last time, and it's now holding up quite well.
On the plus side, when you watch what you feed it it is a very capable machine. If I make sure to shut it off at least once a day, it performs quite well. It's not really a fashion or media statement, but since August it has been a reliable workhorse of a laptop. The few issues I've had were resolved very quickly and easily. The screen is a thing of beauty, and the keyboard and touchpad are just the right size and design for easy use. Also, it's really durable physically--it's survived a few ugly mishaps.
As far as strange little practical quirks, the biggest issue I can find is that the power plug falls out really easily, and it's on the back where it's difficult to find the hole when you plug it in again. Also, since you can't see it, you don't realize it's fallen out until you happen to glance at the battery meter.
Dell are the best of the best when it comes to computing, when you buy a dell, you know you will be satisfied with it, and although they are sometimes a bit more pricey than others of the same spec, but of different brands, they are well worth the extra money because of there high build quality.
However with dell you can only buy online, this is a bit annoying because you cant see what your getting up close before you buy it, however, a good thing is that you can see what you want, then change the specs, and personalise the laptop to suit your needs.
Deliveries from dell usually take about a week to come, with some coming before and some coming after. And dell have really good customer service too.
This dell inspiron 1720 looks really good, it looks like any other dell inspiron, however there have been so much different products made of the inspiron that you know dell have got an amazingly designed laptop.
It features a Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 / 1.66 Ghz processor that runs the 1gb of installed ram inside, also this 1 gb of ram can be upgraded to a maximum of 4gb. This is great for those users who want something a little quicker, and I find that after a while your laptop becomes slower, then you may want to add an extra gb of ram I=to increase the speed and it really does work too.
It was great to see this laptop has a 160 gb hard drive, because most laptops with 1gb of ram only have 80 gb or 120 gb or hard drive.
160 gb of hard drive is more than enough for anyone really and even if you do need more storage, you could always buy an external hard drive and plug it into any 1 of the 4 hi-speed usb ports.
Forget about the 5 in 1 card readers, now you have a fantastic 8 in one card reader, built into this dell laptop. This is great for installing things like pictures off your digital camera and means you don't have to use wires and you can just plug your cards straight in and its so much easier.
This dell has a 15.4 inch tft screen, this is quite compact, but its good if you want something more portable and are really not bothered about watching movies and playing games on you laptop.
Another thing this laptop has that a lot of others don't, is a webcam built in.
On most acers the webcam at the top of the screen is big and just looks horrible, however on this dell the webcam is small and looks cool, and is nearly unnoticeable.
This is a 2 mega pixel camera, which is really good.
This laptop falls into the average weight, which is 3kg, this isn't too heavy although iv seen a lot lighter.
Basically this laptops well built, looks great, runs very fast, and wont ever let you down.
Id advise this to anyone who wants a decent laptop, which is really anyone!!
So if your interested just visit the dell website and see what offers you can get, thanks.