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I have had a number of laptops including a Sony Vaio, and a Toshiba. Both the Sony & the Tosh were a much flashier package than the Dell, but for pure out and out day in, day out performance & reliability, the Dell takes some beating. I work for a software company, and spend my time working from home, or meeting clients to demonstrate our software. My Dell gets lugged the length and breadth of the country, and has managed to succeed where others have failed. Spec wise, it's getting on a little now - it is a 1999 model, Pentium III 750mhz, 128MB RAM, 6 GB disk, DVD-ROM. That aside, it still performs more than adequately for me, with Windows 2000 installed, and plenty of free disk yet. So, it performs as well as you expect, but there are not a lot in the way of frills and gizmos. There is a USB port, but no i-link adapter, and no infra-red. There is an inbuilt 56k modem, but no network port, and all the rear ports are exposed - no neat hidden flaps or anything remotely slick. The case is simple black plastic. No flashy LCD display, no fancy logos or neat design. The keyboard is functional, but has not the same nice tactile feel as some rivals. The screen is good in 1024x768 or 1280x1024 modes. The lower resolutions look a bit blurred, but with the fantastic 14.1" TFT screen, you don't need those lower modes. No, basically what the Dell Inspiron is, is a no-frills workhorse. The reason why I like it so much, is that it just keeps on going. Quite why they call it an "inspiron" is a little beyond me though, as, it is far from an "inspiring" peiece of kit! As I said, my laptops get lugged about all the time, and for me (probably like most laptop users) I need a bit of kit which can withstand being flung around the boot while I'm driving, being bashed on trains, and airplane cargo holds. This is where the Dell excels. The Sony died after about 15 months from the hinges break
ing, the Toshiba got dropped once, and the screen cracked, yet during 3 years of constant use, the Dell takes constant bashes, and drops and general abuse, and yet while the black-plastic case may show some war-wounds from it's constant use, everything still works, and its solid construction shows no sign of letting me down. The lack of flashy bits and bobs means that there are no fiddly catches and flaps to break off, and the basic look of the PC means that the money is spent on quality plastic which absorbs bashes, rather than shattering on impact. It's not the lightest of laptops, nor the thinnest, but by the same token, it is not the heaviest, nor the thickest! No, when all's said and done, the Dell may not look much, but it gets the job done, and provides just about everything I need to present the software. A great recomendation, from a laptop abuser!
I bought a Dell Inspiron 5000e 750 LT last week and it is truly amazing! I customized the statistics online, then ordered it. I got a Pentium 3 750Mhz processor, with Speedstep Technology. (Steepstep Technology is when it runs at 600MHz when you are using a battery so it doesn't use as much power, but you can put it back to 700MHz with the click of a button) I also got: -A 15' XGA (1024 x 768) TFT Colour screen -128 MB SDRAM Memory -A 20GB IDE Hard Drive. (It was 10GB but I paid £90 to get 20GB) -A 16MB ATI Mobility 3d Video Card (It was 8MB but I paid £20 more to get 16MB) -A Sony CD-RW (It had a DVD but I wanted a CD Writer instead so I paid £100 more) -Internal Floppy Drive -Internal 56k Modem -Microsoft Windows Millenium -Microsoft Works Suite 2000 -1 Year European Collect and Return Service For all of the above I paid £1529.00 exc VAT £1796.58 inc VAT This machine is quite heavy for a laptop. It is also quite big, but the screen is also big. It is 15 inches, which is about the same as a 17" monitor for a PC. (On a PC they include the the whole screen-the glass and the outside when they measure it) There is only one drive for the CD Witer, which isn't really a problem as it stores the CD in its hard drive then copies it onto a blank CD when you insert it. If you look around at oother laptops, you will find they are very expensive. I think this was a very goood buy for a laptop, but if you don't need a laptop, but you do need a new PC I suggest you buy the Fujitsu Siemens PC, which is £1100 inc. VAT and it has all the above plus a P3 1000MHz processor AND DVD!! Overall, buy this laptop if you are going to buy a laptop. It's the best buy around-I bought some PC magazines and looked on all the websites. I found a very good Tiny deal, but decided not to buy it because I know 2 people who have had a Tiny PC for less than 6 months and they have bo
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This is one of the newest notebooks Dell have decided to bring out, the Notebook comes with a 850MHz Intel Pentium III Processor, alongside the 128Mb SDRAM and 32Gb Hard Drive. It also comes with a Removable DVD-ROM and Floppy Drive, along with a 56K modem. This is one of the fastest computers I've ever seen and will last along time before it is outdated, so you will easily be able to run software in few years from now. The price of this Notebook is a bit expensive, for this price I would expect a few more features and with a bit more searching you could probably get more for your money, but overall a good, well built computer with a well known brand name. * 850MHz Intel Pentium III processor * 128Mb SDRAM (upgradeable to 512Mb) * 32Gb hard disk * 56Kb/s V90 modem * Removeable combo 2/8X DVD-ROM * Removeable Floppy Drive * 15" SXGA TFT Touchscreen * Plus - Microsoft Windows ME * Plus - Microsoft Worksuite 2000 Price: £2,149 +VAT & Del £2,582.65 inc. VAT & Del