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      13.02.2014 13:18
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      Great laptop that has served me very well. If functionality beats weight/portability - go for it!

      I purchased this laptop in March 2008 and it's still going to date, seeing me through the last year of VI form, 4 years at uni and my first 2 years in a job. Nowadays, however, it is probably time for me to consider purchasing a new one.

      When I first purchased it, it was brilliant. The battery life was approximately 3 hours and it was a very quick laptop. (It is worth noting I spec'd it out quite highly so not sure about some of the lower models) As you'd expect, over the years both these statistics have deteriorated and the battery life currently stands at around 30 minutes. To be honest though, that's not too bad for a battery that is approximately 6 years old.

      The screen size is great, I really feel the difference between the 15.4" screen and this 17" is huge. The bigger screen means when I can really enjoy watching films on my laptop as I feel the standard 15.4" screen is just a bit too small. With the bigger screen comes the possibility for a bigger keyboard which results in a number pad being added - a huge plus point for me. Talking of the keyboard, it is one of the best keyboards I've ever come across. The keys are well spread out, extremely light to press and the text on them is very clear. After 6 years, it is still going strong.

      In addition, there are a few media buttons on the front edge of the laptop, which allow you to easily increase the volume, pause videos, mute the laptop etc and I must say, when I'm on a computer without them I really miss them! The rotational joint connecting the screen to computer is great too. It shows only small signs of wear and tear after 6 years of intense use.

      One fairly major downside is the weight of this laptop. It is a very bulky laptop and comes in at 3.62kg (according to Dell's specification sheets). This does make it slightly less portable than some of today's tablets etc but for what you're getting for your money, it's worth it - so long as you won't be required to carry it around every day!

      Over the 6 years I've had it, I've had only one problem. The screen stopped working after 7 months, which I got covered with the warranty. I have no idea why it happen, just stopped working completely out of the blue! Since then, there have been no issues and for that I'm truly grateful do Dell.

      All in all, this is a great laptop with a very decent spec at a good price. While it may not be as light and portable as others, it more than makes up for it with a brilliant screen and a full size keyboard.

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      06.09.2012 22:23

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      Dont buy this laptop!

      I bought this laptop a few years ago and it has been nothing but trouble since then!

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      It's important to note that I bought this from the Dell Outlet store (which sells returned items) however was given assurances this was as good as new. Unfortunately this has proved not to be the case. The laptop continually crashes, has problems with software updates, freezes, randomly looses my profile settings. It has spent half of its time since I bought it with a friend who is an IT expert trying to resolve its current problems. I reported the problems to Dell within my warranty period and their technical support did "fixes" on numerous occassions, all of which proved unsuccessfull in the long term.

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      However, the laptop does actually work it has the following features:
      - Good quality screen colour and resolution
      - Sound quality is average
      - Average battery life
      - Comes with built in webcam software
      - Laptop itself is durable and in my opinion stylish.
      - Keys are quiet soft and keyboard is comfortable to use

      I have persevered with this laptop for a few years because personally for me it was too expensive to give up on (£400) but now I am saving for a new one - and I won't be a Dell laptop!

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      28.02.2012 18:57

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      For the standard user, a good bargain, but if you're looking for high quality buy something else

      As a computing scientist, my view on this laptop comes quite negative, as I am used to working with a variety of computers and components. However, my high standards of computing are nowhere near the average requirement of the general computer user, so don't be too put off by that!

      My most positive view is the longevity of use I have had, and that this laptop still remains usable. I have had the Inspiron laptop for around 4 years. I bought an upgraded battery which still gives me more than 4 hours life on a low-power setting - excellent for a laptop of this period! I also bought it with extra RAM and a good graphics card, which means that it can still handle most new games on low settings, although it overheats very fast (within around 30 minutes). If you are a gamer, I would recommend instead a desktop computer. For a regular user, perhaps just using it for desktop productivity and internet, this laptop would certainly be more than adequate.

      My main issue is that just after the warranty ran out, the laptop components started failing drastically - Dell are notorious for not piecing their components together reliably, which means that the boards inside are not connecting well anymore. On some days it takes several hours for the laptop to realise it still has a hard-drive and can actually switch on! This makes it impossible to use as a portable device, as turning it off does not guarantee it will turn back on. If I need to use it at a reliable time, I need to switch it on several hours before. Based on the timing of this, I would recommend that the user who wished to keep this as their main computer long-term should purchase an extended warranty, in order to cover this kind of problem. Dell are very good at replacing components when necessary, with no fuss!

      There is also a little issue with a button on the keyboard which has a little picture of a house. Don't press it when the computer is off - it loads a dvd playing suite which in older versions can wipe your computer, and in newer versions can bluescreen it. Not a great design feature.

      Having said these many negative things, I do think that for a user looking for an affordable laptop which will run their general programs, this is a great bargain. It saw me through university, despite the bad times!

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      30.11.2011 23:54

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      Based on my personal experience, I would recommend this for any average computer user

      I have had my trusty Dell Inspiron 1720 since the summer of 2007. In this time it has suitably assisted me through 3 years of university education and more recently has helped me to start and run a small business. I am in fact writing this review on it now.
      My user experience has been positive over all. Initially, as with most of the Dell laptops, I was able to pick and choose the suitable components for me, thus building the ideal personal computer for my specific requirements. For the image conscious there was even the option of picking colours. Since then it has turned in to a season campaigner with no more faults and bugs than the average windows run cpu. I did find that the battery life became extremely limited after approximately 24 months, however I thought this fair given the excessive usage I had put it through. Purchasing a new battery was simple via Dell. Furthermore, the battery charger pack needed replacing some 6 months later. Again this was easily purchased. The number one test of the user friendly was passed with flying colours as my gran was able to use it!

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      26.01.2011 17:03

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      A great value laptop with lots of extras.

      I purchased this laptop to replace a cheap notebook I had previously. The best thing about Dell computers is you can chose the specification. The most amazing thing about this laptop is the 17.3 inch screen. If like myself you play games it enhances the gaming performance. The only downside to having a large screen is that the laptop is bulkier than most, and it is also difficult to find a laptop case/cover as they only tend to sell them for up to 15". The sound quality is also very good as the speakers are on the front of the laptop there are also controls for the volume next to the speakers which make it easy to turn the volume up or down. The laptop also has an SD memory card slot which is useful for uploading photos from your digital camera. I only use a laptop for gaming and surfing the web mainly so I am not the most technically minded person. I do feel that this laptop is a bargain looking at others with a similar sized screen on the market. I would definitely buy this laptop again, in fact I was so pleased with it my Mum also ordered one.

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      02.10.2010 19:43
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      Great laptop

      This is a great little laptop, I bought it to replace my dell desktop, I thought I would go with another dell product and I choose this laptop. It is very easy to set up, when I received the laptop, I was advised to fully charge it before using it, which I did. When you are first setting the laptop up you will be asked a few basic questions, and then you are ready to go.

      The 17 inch screen on the laptop is great, it is perfect for watching videos and movies on. It is crisp and displays pictures very well. The laptop does not only look great but is also strong. If you set the laptop on hibernate mode, the laptop will start up again once you lift the screen, instead of having to start it up again manually. The brightness of the screen can be adjusted in the power settings.

      There are a good range of features with this laptop and you can personalise it to your style. The sound on the laptop is also good, I listen to music on it quite a lot and watch videos and it is nice to be able to have it at just the right sound. I have not known the laptop to over heat, however if the charger is plugged in for a long time, this can become quite hot.

      There are games on the computer when you receive it, and it is also able to run games at a fast speed. I usually have a few applications open and it does not slow down. The keyboard on the laptop is sleek and the touch pad is easy to use, some pads can be annoying, but this one is perfect. There is a built in modem to the laptop, so if you have access to wireless internet, this is a bonus.

      The only negative thing I would have to say is that the battery on this laptop isn't great, it usually lasts about two hours max. Apart from that I would recommend this laptop.

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      03.11.2009 10:24
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      A sensible choice for non-techy people

      I have just bought one of these to replace my rather dead, and always quite unreliable Acer laptop. I have been using my new Dell for around 3 weeks now and can only say its great!

      To start with the screen - it's a very crisp and stunning picture at all times, which I have noticed both when watching films and looking at pictures, but in particular when working on documents or webpages with quite a lot of writing - I no longer have to squint because everything is so much sharper.

      The sound is also very nice - although little of my laptop usage needs sound, those occasions that I do want to watch a dvd or listen to a cd it is nice to have not only a good quality sound, but also a decent volume capability. My Acer on maximum volume just wasn't quite enough!

      The keyboard and general layout seems to be very sensible and nothing gets in my way - for example my last laptop the keys on the left were just a little close to the edge and my hand wouldn't rest on the machine - no such problem with the dell!

      The software all seems good and reliable - well worth taking the time to remove things you don't want to use when you first get it though. There were only a couple of things but it did make it a little slower - but at least it didn't have dozens of useless programmes pre-installed like the last one!

      It seems to have a very decent built in wireless modem that has a very stable connection. The boot up and shut down is very quick and quiet. And a nice little touch if you put it to sleep, it automatically kicks back to life when you open the screen,

      Overall this so far seems to be a very nicely made laptop!

      Oh, the extra colour options are cool too, mine is red and it looks lovely!

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      31.08.2009 22:52

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      I would still recommend one, even with a hiccup

      I have had my 1720 for about 18 months and love it. I can't say its been entirely trouble free; just out of the 12 month warranty, the hard-drive died, a little annoying at 13 months after delivery! I did manage to source and fit a replacement but don't expect this to be trouble free, re-installing was a bit of a headache. The Dell website and telephony support was a little disappointing, I found searching forums far more usefull and informative. One good feature I discovered during the refit, was a spare HDD slot, could prove very usefull in the future but it was something I didn't know I had. Bear in mind that there are special Dell fittings on the hard drive, if you do need to replace or feel the need to upgrade, make sure you keep all the bits! The hard drive failure aside, I still love it and would recommend one. Its a cool tool and looks great, works well.

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      24.08.2009 00:34

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      a good laptop for home or office use

      I have owned this laptop just over 18 months now, and would not be without it. However it can be temperamental sometimes, it has once totally crashed and i had to re-load my operating system and programs to get it to work again, as well as this the web cam will only work about 20% of the time. As well as this the disk drive is excessively noisy, it is loud enough to interrupt the TV for everyone else in the house if reading or writing, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!. On the other hand the laptop is amazingly quick and handles most applications including my image and video editing suites in its stride. The laptop is very heavy and bulky, weighing in at around 4kg, it is not practical to many users who need something to take with them wherever they go, however if like me you want a laptop to just use around the home then it makes little difference.

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      13.08.2009 17:20

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      A very good laptop.

      This laptop is one of the best I have seen. I have now owned it for 2 years and cannot fault any of it.

      I use the laptop for both work and gaming so I got extra battery added to it. Which does stick out the back. However with this the laptop lasts many hours even when performance is high.

      The laptop does not seem to break easily, even after dropping it a few times accidentally.

      The extra number pad on the side is immensely useful, but it does make it a little bulky for the average user.

      Disk drive is still very good and can write both CDs and DVDs at a resonble speed.

      Basic hard drive space is a little small compared to most new PCs but can put most of the stuff you want on it without running into too much space. Can always upgrade to a larger drive if need be.

      All in all a very good laptop.

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      25.05.2009 22:01
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      Great laptop, great for home use, fast and reliable.

      I purchased this laptop as part of a promotion at PC World, they were selling the laptop at £399. I work for an IT department, and know how good Dell machines are, so decided to treat myself to a new laptop! The laptop has a large screen, with good graphics. This is great for watching DVD's on! I love the fact that it has a separate number pad to the right of the main keypad, just like a normal qwerty keyboard. I hate having to use function keys on other laptops to get the number pad working! This laptop provides you with a SD card slot, so you can upload photos from a camera, or any other SD card device. The wireless card in the laptop has a brilliant range, and I can take my laptop to any part of the house to use the internet. Fast, reliable, stylish laptop. Would recommend to anyone who needs a laptop for home, may be slightly heavy for mobile use and a bit too big to carry around all of the time.

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        17.05.2009 22:43

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        Absolutely amazing. I really can't fault it!

        I bought my laptop around a year ago and I have to say that it is absolutely fantastic.

        The screen is big and bright, making everything easy to see, including text and video.

        Battery life is pretty good at around 2 and a half to 3 hours on one charge. However it is relatively heavy for a laptop - although this doesn't affect me too much as it doesn't leave the house, but I wouldn't really want to be carrying it to and from work every day.

        The major plus-point in my eyes is the keyboard. Having a 17-inch display means that there's enough room for a full-size keyboard, including a numerical keypad. The keyboard and keypad are both very easy to type on as well.

        This is the 2nd laptop I've owned (the previous one was bought from Rock Direct) and one thing that's impressed me is how much cooler the Dell is than my previous machine was. I used to have to sit with a cushion on my knee and the laptop on the cushion due to the that that it gave off - happily this isn't the case with my Dell as it doesn't seem to get as warm.

        I couldn't be happier with my laptop - I love it to bits!

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        27.02.2009 20:43
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        Nice, but don't cross the picket line.

        I'll have to be careful here. I'm sure my laptop knows what I'm up to. As soon as I'm finished typing this it'll crash. Never the less, here we go. Overall, this is a nice bit of kit. Looks good, fast, nice and heavy and doesn't feel too plasticy. I've had it now for just over a year and up until very recently it's behaved like a schoolboy on the promise of a visit to the Cadbury Factory. However: be aware of the problem that I am know experiencing. SMART status failure. Apparently this means that at some point in the very near future my hard drive is going to flick me the v and depart for parts unknown. I've done a little squaffling around in forums and am led to believe that the Samsung HDD installed by Dell is a bit stinky and prone to cock ups like this. This is hard cheese indeed as I am one month outside the warranty. I've backed everything up and am now waiting for the inevitable. The goood news is that a replacement drive of around 300G can now be picked up for under £100. So, whilst I would love to sing the praises of the 1720, unfortunately for me its turned out to be a bounder.

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          03.11.2008 23:15
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          Once again, Dell developed an amazing laptop!

          I bought my own Dell inspiron 1720 7-8 months ago and I must say, I LOVE it. My brother also has a Dell Inspiron 9400. Our whole family loves Dell. It has an elegant and fast look, despite the large housing. It is very strong, since it is made from high quality aluminium. I must admit that Dell is probably one of the best companies in making laptops.

          The first big advantage of the inspiron 1720 is that it has an extra numeric keypad. This was also one of the points which made me choose a dell, cause a lot of other laptops doesn't have such an onboard keypad. The Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 / 1.8 Ghz processor in combination with the 2 GB Ram, runs really fast. It is even capable for playing heavy games like Farcry, . It also has an enormous 17 inch screen, which is cool for watching video's, playing games.

          There are only a few minor problems. First of all there is the slow Vista installed on it. Dell has recently started to sell their computers with linux distributions (free), which I think is again a bonus for Dell. I love it when such an international company promotes free software. The size of the 17 inch screen, makes the laptop a bit heavy, 8.70 pounds. The biggest disadvantage for me is the touchpad. The touchpad often not reacted properly.

          All in all, I can say it is again another job well done from Dell!

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            31.10.2008 23:12
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            good looking laptop

            The dell inspiron looks great, performs great and best of all it's a dell.
            Dell are no doubt the best when it comes to laptops and computers, the only bad thing I can think of about dell, is that you can only buy online. This can be a bit frustrating because when you want to get a laptop you want to see it before and try it before you buy. Also you don't want to wait a week or longer before it arrives so you can go on it.

            However it being a dell, you get great customer support, and you know its built to last.
            This inspiron 1720 looks fantastic. Basically it looks like any other dell inspiron, but a lot of design work went into these and it really shows and you most defiantly wouldn't be embarrassed to get this out on the plane or at work to show everyone in sight.
            This features a Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 / 1.8 Ghz processor, which runs the huge 2 gb of ram, really fast. Most laptops seem to have 1 gb of ram so to see this with 2 gbs, you just know it's a step up in class.

            Also this 2gb of ram can even be upgraded to a maximum of 4gbs, this can be easily bought through the dell website, however this is quite dear to do, so if you do need more than 2gb of ram, which most of you wont, then look for a laptop with more ram already built in.
            This laptop also has a big 160 gb of hard drive, this is about the most ill ever need in my life, and I could try filling this with everything iv ever done in my life and it probably still wouldn't fill it all.

            Forget the 5 in 1 card reader, this has an 8 in 1 card reader, iv never actually seen an 8 in 1 card reader on a laptop before so this is fantastic.
            Its so good to see a dell inspiron have a 17 inch screen, most have had 15.4 inch screens, which is great if you want something more portable, but this dell inspiron 1720, has a great 17 inch screen which is so good for watching movies and playing games on.
            Another great feature of this screen is that it has Ultra Sharp and True-Life technology built in. you can probably guess what these are, basically they just make the screen so much brighter and sharper, and altogether makes your computing experience like true-life.

            This laptop is a little heavy than most laptops, weighing 3.6 kg, however this shows you just how stable and well built this laptop is.
            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 go buy this laptop.

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