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Dell Inspiron 1545- Great Price For What You Get
Dell Inspiron 1545
Member Name: morall
Dell Inspiron 1545
Advantages: Price, solid build, stable hardware
Disadvantages: Vista (although 7 upgrade available), touchpad, battery life
I've had this laptop for close to three years now, and during that time it has taken some abuse (both physical, by being carried in not the best ways, and software by only ever giving it a good clear out once). Apart from the battery it's still in complete working order, which I think for a laptop going through what it has is nothing short of a miracle.
The tiny 4 cell battery that comes with it was almost pointless. Even if you crag its use out you will only get around two hours out of it. I spent the bit extra once I'd got it to upgrade the battery to the largest it could handle (a 9 cell) and that extended the normal use battery life to around 7 and a half hours, which has been more than enough. However, thanks to me not taking the best care of it the battery has now died, but it did last two years of constant draining and recharging, which is more than the average time for a li-ion battery in my experience.
Even though it's nearly three years old it still does everything I need it to. When I bought it it did have Vista on, but since then I took the free upgrade option for Windows 7 and that was, of course, a massive improvement.
The laptop itself looks fine, the design is pleasant to look at and ergonomically the keyboard and touchpad are nicely placed and comfortable to use. Before upgrading to Windows 7 the touchpad was very hit and miss, until I had to customise it to remove half of it's functions for it to work. Windows 7 fixed all that though. To my surprise as well, considering this is a relatively cheap laptop, the keyboard is still completely fine. I'd expect at least one or two keys to be going at this point, but none at all.
If you don't want to spend a fortune, and just want a working laptop for normal use, you cannot go wrong with this one.
Summary: For everyday use, a great laptop at a great price.
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