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      29.07.2010 14:20
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      Good mid-range laptop.

      I've now had 2 of these laptops (the older models) for about 4 years so I can give a long term usage view. I originally decided to order from Dell because I could specify the build of the laptop from the start (unlike other laptops you buy from PC World et al), and hence had the longer lasting 9 cell battery installed, as well as more ram and the better resolution screens on each, all coming in for about £650 each 4 years ago (if I remember rightly).

      What do you get for your money? Well, the laptop is solidly built with a multitude of USB and various card ports, CD/DVD drive etc - all the usual features of a laptop. And performance wise, they have always worked when required and are pretty much faultless in performance. And the longer life battery has easily lasted long enough for me to watch 2 complete films on the laptop during a flight.

      Problems? Well, giving the long term view, there have been a few. After about 3 years on one of the laptops, 2 of the keyboard keys fell off. Tried to repair to no avail, and finally bought a new keyboard off of eBay (surprisingly cheaply) which wasn't too hard to fit myself. The left mouse button has also failed on this laptop, which means we now resort to an external mouse. The other laptop also really slowed down as my daughter was using it at school. But when I cleaned up and deleted all of the internet files and cookies that get downloaded through normal usage, it suddenly speeded up again like new.

      A further interesting fact that I discovered on the web regarding Dell laptops (which hasn't happened to me yet) is that Dell batteries have a limited number of times that they can be charged. Whereas other laptop batteries tend to gradually fade off in charge performance over time, the Dell batteries have a charge limit of something like 500 charges, after which they stop working and you need to buy a new one. So I would recommend that if you are near a power socket, plug in the charger to ensure that your battery lasts.

      In summary, I would by an Inspiron again because both of my laptops are used regularly and have lasted well, even given the problems detailed.

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      26.07.2010 17:39

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      An excellent mid price range laptop that has lasted over 4 years

      I have had this laptop for over 4 years now and I have been very pleased with it. This is the second computer I have bought from Dell I will use them again, my laptop arrived quickly and I liked the fact that I could upgrade it while going through the buying process. I choose to get a better screen which I have been really pleased with although in direct sunlight it can be difficult to see it. The laptop is very sturdy and having accidentally dropped it several times I has been absolutely fine. My only problem is that I am coming to the end of the available space having only 30% left out of 70GB. When I bought my laptop 70GB seemed to be the norm but now of course they are much bigger. Overall I am very happy with this laptop and the only reason I will be getting a new one is when I run out of space.

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      26.05.2010 15:10

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      No not buy!!!

      I have had my Dell Inspiron 6400 for almost three years now, and while it was simple to use and fault free for the first year, I noticed it gradually slowing down. Although I did not have many programmes, photos, music, videos etc, I decided to delete some of which to attempt to speed it up again! This however did not work. A few months later one of the keys fell of due to the plastic casing holding it on becoming weak. I phoned up Dell customer service to try and get this repaired but they wouldnt as they said it was cosmetic damage. Other people I know who also own this laptop said the same has happened to them, as well as a range of other faults after only owning it for less then one year!! More recently the battery has died, and replacing it cost me £60. Soon after this, the rubber casing on the power lead has come loose and the wire have obviously been damaged as it would not charge up. I had to replace this which cost me £35. Overall, this laptop is a good choice if you are looking for a fairly low range laptop.....but dont expect it to last!! If you are looking to buy a laptop as an investment that will last you, I reccomend a Sony. More expensive but many of my friends have these and have experienced no faults after at least 4 years!

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      17.05.2010 21:44
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      Good laptop for most uses.

      I have had my laptop for nearly over 4 years now. Whilst, it is the earlier model of the description here (could not find the original)
      I think what I have to say is still valid.

      Specifications:
      Processor: Genuine Intell(R) CPU T2300 @ 1.66GHz 1.67Ghz
      System type: 32bit
      Customer service: I purchased the three years warranty from dell, unlike most warranty that you just get and don't use the dell one comes in useful. Dell customer service, is really friendly and willing to help with any problem. Another good thing about them is their willingness to replace things. If you have used laptops before, you can be aware that the keys fall off. Dell, sent me replacement keyboards in the past, which have came under the warranty. Another problem with laptops is the battery life and the battery dying. Dell, have sent me replacement batteries for this.
      Software: Whilst I am not running the original operating system: I have run Windows XP, Vista and currently Windows 7. I have no came across any problems running any of these operating systems and my current system loads up really fast.
      Hardware: The laptop is quite durably on many occasions I have dropped it and it has not broke. However like I have mentioned earlier the keys may fall off sometimes, however this has not happened to me in ages so it could be down to the way you use it. Another good feature is the mouse pad, unlike other laptops moving the mouse cursor round on the screen is not an effort with the smooth pad. There is no scroll down ball like on some laptops but there is little bars on the side of the mouse pad that allow you too, however this is quite difficult to use. The best feature I have found to be are the buttons on the front. From the front you can skip songs, turn the volume up, mute and stop a song. The laptop includes a compact disc rewriter but not a DvD writer like most modern laptops now. It includes 4 usb ports which I find to be more than enough. Other great feature is the card reader for SD cards making it easy to transfer photos from a camera.

      The only problem really is the small hard drive (60gb) .

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        11.01.2009 00:53
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        Great for the casual laptop user

        I must say, I was skeptical about Dell before purchasing my Inspiron 6400 two or so years ago. I'd heard many bad things, and from what I'd read Dell was seen as being in league with the devil (or perhaps CEO Michael Dell IS the devil, who knows?). However, having recently moved on to a more powerful, modern laptop I now feel I am in a fair positon to say that this reputation is almost completely unfounded.

        My 6400 was never the most powerful thing, with a very basic graphics card, only 1Gb of RAM and generally average specs -- it couldn't handle most modern games too well for example. Despite this, it was generally very reliable. For word processing, Internet browsing, downloading, video watching etc, it simply could not be faulted and always performed very well.

        I believe that many of the complaints and insults thrown at Dell are done so not because of anything the company itself has done, but rather because of how poorly the users care for their laptops. If your Inspiron 6400 has 50 programs loading at start-up then yes, it will run incredibly slowly. If you download every file you come across, yes, it will certainly crash occasionally. This is not the fault of Dell! I kept mine clean, spyware free and relatively uncluttered, and for two years it ran like an absolute dream. PCs generally don't make errors; people do.

        However, I must stress the world 'GENERALLY', as my Dell did suffer a RAM failure for absolutely no reason close to the end of my usage of it. This was annoying, but only inconvenienced me for 24 hours as Dell sent a technician the VERY NEXT DAY and it was up and running again within an hour (the warranty pays, people). While I believe Dell's products are generally excellent, I must admit that my experience with their customer service team went beyond even this: I was extremely pleased.

        In summary, the Inspiron 6400 is perhaps becoming obsolete now as faster and more powerful machines are put together on a daily basis, but it still a perfectly reliable and solid choice for any casual laptop user.

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        05.11.2008 05:51
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        Over all its a good machine to buy.

        Dell Inspiron 6400 is best suited for people who use a laptop for say Study purposes, for Presentations, for Development and yes of course for playing games.
        The major essential factor in purchasing a Laptop is its Processor and the Cache associated with it. Inspiron6400 has 2MB L2Cache. This cache makes it possible for the machine to provide with tremendous speed even if you have a low Ghz processor associated with it.
        Apart from the other features what you get from other Branded Laptops all i would like to say is Dell get the best configurable deal to you as you can customize almost everything in a Dell Laptop.
        Also i would suggest when you purchase a Dell Inspiron 6400 make sure that you concentrate on the Processor and RAM part more than the fancy stuff that you can get along with it. I would suggest you that go for Inspiron 6400 for its performance and durability. I have been using it for quite a long time now and i really admire its speed .It has been consistent till today serving almost all my needs.
        I am sure if you are going to choose it then it will serve you too.

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          28.08.2008 16:18

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          Great budget laptop

          This laptop is a great budget laptop. Its ideal for beinners and students, the large full size keyboard makes it easy to type long essays and edit text documents.
          The 15.4" widescreen is perfect for viewing movies andlong videos.
          The laptop has 1GB of RAM making it easy to run multiple applications.
          It comes preinstalled with windows vista home edition, and also with a basic office package called microsoft works. The hardrive has a reasonable capacity of 60 GB which is more than enough to store all your documents, music and movies. Although heavy users may run out of storage, but the hard drive can be increased.
          It has several media buttons on the front of the laptop which makes changing tracks/ video or pausing it and changing the volume very very easy.
          The laptop comes with a co solo processor so its not as fast as a dual cure but still pretty speedy.
          Overall this laptop is avery good laptop. Ihighlyreccomnd it

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          15.01.2008 16:08
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          A great laptop with good performance

          I was very excited to get my hands on this laptop and I have enjoyed using it. As usual, by buying from Dell it means I have got a very good price for a decent enough machine. The styling isn't likely to win it any awards but it doesn't look bad either. It is quite slimline and nice and light for portable use. The keyboard is a nice size, nicely layed out and contains all the ports (such as 4 USBs and a firewire) you should need. The media direct button is an extra little feature enabling you to manage all your media with ease, without even having to boot up windows.

          However, I have encountered a few problems with it, ranging from a hard drive with errors on it and a DVD-RW drive which had to be replaced. Although both of these issues caused quite alot of problems I found Dell to be quite helpful in resolving my problems and (during it's time in warranty) I found it easy to get parts replaced. The battery life is something I have found to become a problem after a while. Shortly after my warranty ran out, I began receiving on-screen messages telling me that my battery was nearing the end of its usable life. Almost overnight it seems that the battery went from lasting about 2.5hours down to about 1hour now.

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          The Inspiron 6400 Series was designed with versatility in mind. It offers mobility without sacrificing excellent performance and entertainment capabilities. Thanks to the combination of Intel mobile chipsets and low power consumption Intel Core Processor, you don't need to compromise on battery life if you want to enjoy your multimedia or productivity applications away from home or in the office.