I am using the Dell Inspiron 6400 as I write this review! I have used it for some time now, well approximately 5 years, and have encountered no problems with the actual hardware or the software.
I originally bought the Dell laptop in replacement of a desktop that I used to own, which was also a Dell. I say replacement because the desktop simply took up too much space in my small home. I use mainly for browsing the internet, social networking, writing letters, watching 'catch up' television and listening to music. I have also used it when I was studying and also selling my business and home and buying my new home. And it has given me no trouble at all.
I use a Windows Vista operating system on it, it has just the right sized memory and works at more than a perfect speed no matter what I am doing or how many thing I am doing!
The downside? I have only one which is that the battery no longer charges so I have to run it on mains power, but that is to be expected after so long! Highly recommended!!
When Dual Core processors were relatively new (this one has two cores working on one die), this laptop was one of the best mid-range laptops on the Market; now however, it is out dated and time has shown some serious flaws.
On my Laptop, as on many others I have read about, after 4 years of use (so after a good run) the connection for the charger bit became loose inside, which (I was told) required a new motherboard to fix. I have read certain articles stating that an electricl repair man could resolder the connection to the motherboard, but this doesn't seem like a 100% certain solution.
This apart, the laptop is quite good; the processing power is relatively weak, however this is made up for by the dual-core nature of the processor which means that multi-tasking is simple and runs smoothly; new games however will struggle of this computer, because of the processor and also the relatively underpowered graphics card - indicitive of laptops.
Minor points - the screen is clear, and good for movie watching and simple browsing, and the wireless card is faultless; the battery life is poor however, quickly runs down, and eventually corrodes to the point where the Laptop must be continously plugged in.
I am currently writing this review on a Dell Inspiron 6400 I have been using over the last few weeks as a test laptop for a clients new network I have been setting up. To ensure the configuration of their VPN etc.
They have a number of these laptops onsite that I have been supporting. My review here is going to be of how it arrives out of the box, with nothing different added.
First of all it is an impressive specification 2Gb of Ram, a Dual Core processor, a large screen, Network Card, Wifi, etc.
This computer is quick to boot up and use, and does everythign a computer should do.
The one beautiful thing about Dell computers is the drivers/specification, etc is all online fully personalised to your specific computer based upon the Assett tag. Also to ensure rebuilding is done easily there is the typical hidden partition containing the factory settings install that you can re-install upon pressing Shift+F11 upon boot up (be aware this deletes all data)
The battery life is pretty impressive as I have been using this to browese on line and write these reviews tonight and at 50% it said 1h50mins and I had been using it already for over an hour prior to that, so battery life is 3hours+
Typically there are a number of Dell applications installed including ones that expire after a year, and thus need uninstalling after the computer is rebuilt which takes time and is a hassel, as well as the fact that if you don;t rebuild after a year, once the initial year has gone you have to uninstall them.
These computers have been used in a business environment for a number of years and have been used in a conservation industry which means they are subjected to large amounts of dirt, dust, and possible droppages. These comptuers have handled themselves very well. I have had very few problems, which are more software based than any hardware based. The only issue there was, was a hard drive issue which was covered under warranty by Dell, with 1 of these within the first 3 months of having it. Dell quickly collected replaced and returned the laptop.
Overall these laptops are pretty hardy, quick, easy to use, easy to recover and well worth the money. If you need a good quality laptop that can handle itself well then this is one for you.
As an additional bonus for personal users of this laptop it has an inbuilt media centre which allows for offline usage as a CD player, music player, etc.
I bought this as a laptop to take away to uni for my studies. It is very bulky, but that doesn't really bother me as it sits on a desk 90% of the time anyway. The dual core processor gives it plenty of oomph, and the 100GB hard drive is sufficient, provided you have an external storage unit (and let's face it, who doesn't nowadays?)
Two areas let this laptop down for me. Firstly is reliability. This comes from the software, not the hardware. I turn it on every morning, fully expecting to see a blue screen, possibly accompanied by a small explosion. Fortunately I always have my data backed up, so I've not lost any serious amount of work. But really, is it that hard to make something that 'just works'? To be fair on Dell, it's hard to tell how much of this is Microsoft's fault. I'll soon find out when I upgrade to Ubuntu (yes, I said 'upgrade').
The other issue is the battery life. Having bought the extended battery, I would have expected it to give me good few hours mobility. Unfortunately, two years down the line, I can only manage about 10 minutes away from a socket before it goes into "PANIC PANIC PANIC DIE" mode. I appreciate that the life-time of batteries is limited, but I really don't think it's unreasonable to expect a little more.
I've had mine for a year now and bought it directly from dell. I had windows xp loaded instead of vista and there was a charge of about £25 for that which I thought odd since xp is older than vista. The laptop is slim and looks good in silver. The screen is clear and bright although it needs to be dimmed whilst on battery otherwise it only lasts about an hour. And battery life is an issue. Over the year it has got increasingly shorter and I am now being warned with a pop up to buy a new battery since mine is almost gone. This will be ab extra expense. The wireless feature works well and I never have a problem connecting. It's not the fastest operator and, although I regularly de frag and disk clean up, sometimes it can be painfully slow. In all however, for domestic purposes this laptop has been great and I've had no technical problems that have needed repair. I paid around £350 for this computer and think it has been worth the money.
Bought this item directly from Dell.co.uk, with some customatization from the original specification but very easy to change with some helpful hints on each item you would like to change.
Delivered very quickly and also very easy to use straight away from the box, the quick start guide was very good and plain English.
Great features like the media direct button give instant access for the media facilities. The volume and cd/dvd button placed on the front external area of laptop is very helpful.
So far after 1 year and 3 months of use I had few issues from the processing time side ( I am heavy user of large Excel Spreadsheets ) but nothing to be worried for a budget laptop.
Internet connectivity great - I never ever had any problems from home, work or public wi-fi places. Also works very well wired.
The big negative as I noted on several reviews are the battery issue. There is a chronicle problem with the batteries for this model and brand. After exactly one year I started to receive an msg saying my battery life is gone and ask for a replacement. I found this a considerable point to be taking on account if you are looking for a 3 years laptop life as the cost of this battery is around £120 (from Dell web site info).
I complaint with Dell but they said this can't be exchanged anyway as this item is not covered from standard warranty anyway.
Last point on the battery issue is I start to receive an on-screen msg highlighting the battery life problem and showing a direct link to dell on-line store to ask for a replacement. I found this not very nice and I will try other brand next time as the battery replacement costs are 1/3 of the product cost.
This is the second Dell laptop I have owned and it is much better than the first. It is comparitively light and portable. The screen is a perfectly comfortable for watching films or internet TV. It is quite hard to see the screen in bright sunshine. I enjoy listening to music and I must say that I find the inbuilt speakers very poor. They cannot handle too much volume and certainly no base. The battery life seems very good and is not reducing over time as my last Dell laptop did. The processing speed is good for a laptop and the storage is perfectly adequate. The pre-programmed software from Dell is a bit intrusive and quite hard to get rid of. Once this is all removed and replaced by software specific to your needs I am sure most people will find this laptop perfectly adequate for most tasks, rivalling most standard desktop PC's.
so there i was just before christmas 07 and i thought to myself, im fed up of arguing with my sister over the computer and im fed up sitting out the kitchen to use it, so i decided to hunt around for a laptop.
i went on many sites and just couldnt find anything. then i thought to check out dell and here we go
the dell inspiron 6400 was my origonal choice laptop from the site and i ended up buying it.
the screen is supurb, graffics good, memory big enough, very fast with 2gb of ram. dont think i need to say much more. i got mine with windows vista not XP and it works just as good.
it also came with 15 month anti virus sofware from mcaffee.
also had built in virus so as long as u already have a router, no need to do anything else. :)
i would 100% reccomend buying this laptop as its done wonders for me. imagine what it can do for you
After always using a Desktop PC I decided to hunt around for a laptop a year ago. After lots of searching I finally decided on this Dell Inspiron 6400.
A year later I am still over the moon with it, and can't find anything majorly wrong with it, and has not let me down once so far (touch wood!). At the time I bnought the laptop Dell had an offer on to upgrade the memory to 2Gb and expect this to be standard now! With Vista Premium also part of the package you need at least 2Gb of memory as the latest Windows is memory hungry and can slow your PC down if it hasn't got enough! The laptop is a nice design and comes in a silver finish with neat "play/pause" buttons on the front which light up blue for when you use the laptop to play DVD's etc.
The screen is a suitable size for everyday home use, and colours bright and vibrant enough. This is quite a bulky and heavy laptop so not really suitable to use as a PC to take all over. I like the bulkyness to be honest as means it has a certain robustness to it and can't be easily damaged. The sound from the speakers is very good and have watched many films using the laptop and found no problems. Battery life is also reasonable, although as this is used just for home use I normally have it hooked upto the mains!
The Wi Fi is also excellent and was one of the main reasons I wanted rid of the Desktop PC so I could go online anywhere in the house.
If you are after a cheap laptop to replace your Desktop PC then I can't fault this at all. A perfect family laptop that does the job you need.
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Well, DELL INSPIRON 6400 is the notebook which satisfied me the most. It has nice design, with cool stereo sound system (louder and better than any other notebook), long battery life, a card reader, blue tooth, etc etc... everything. It has got everything you need in a notebook. In gaming, its one of the best. i didnt find any problem in it except it gets warm. Although it has nice heat exhaust system but it just gets warm. Display is no doubt, GREAT (Widescreen 15.1''). With Media Direct button you can access to your music, movies and yes, ur office too. You can open your presentations as well on powerpoint. No need to open windows first, just press Media Direct button and you will get whatever you need. Its an entertainment PC and at the same time its packed with POWER. Whether you are a gamer, a student or a professional, you will be happy to buy it. Really cool machine. Thank you DELL.com for this wonderful thing.
I have to start by saying that I am not well into the world of computers but I will describe my experiences of this model of notebook as I found them.
First of all, I am impressed with the widescreen and the screen display type. It is an excellent notebook when it comes to playing DVD's. The picture and sound are of high quality. I would rate sound quality 4/5 as it is the best I have experienced with a notebook however I do feel it could be improved.
I am also impressed with the speed of power-up on the notebook which is usually approximately 15seconds (i.e from pressing the power button until desktop is displayed and menu's accessible).
I am not very impressed with Vista updates on this machine. They seem to be incompatible with Dell machines. I say this because I have to continuously uninstall certain Microsoft Vista updates for the wireless connection to remain connected. Uninstalling the updates is the only solution I have found to solve this problem. I know that the problem is not caused by the wireless device itself as it runs perfectly for my housemates.
I really like the media shortcut buttons at the front of the notebook which include mute, volume control, pause, back and forward. These allow quick and easy access to functions of media player.
I tend to only use the notebook around the home so I feel that with my lifestyle, the weight of the notebook is not a problem however people who use it in transit may disagree.
I should also mention that the notebook came installed with a lot of programs which I felt irrelevant to my lifestyle such as Roxy DVD and numerous internet connection software, amongst others. These programs took up a quite lot of memory which resulted in my removing them which proved quite time consuming.
I like the touchpad feature of this model as it has added benefit that it can be locked when a mouse device is in use, something which I had found annoying on other notebooks while using Microsoft Word (The cursor was jumping all over the place and I seemed to be spending ages fixing writing which was in the wrong place).
I have noticed with this particular notebook that the screen flashes randomly. I am not yet sure of the cause of this and should say that this may be a flaw in my notebook and other people may not have experienced this.
Features which I found useful and relevant to me were: DVD rewriter, SD card slot, 4 USB ports, good battery life, 4 in-built speakers.
Overall, I feel that the Dell Inspiron 6400 was a good buy because it is fast with a good sized hard drive yet still reasonably priced.
Optimal laptop for student and possibly gamer. this laptop is really value for money. i didn't have any problems with my dell inspiron since i bought it (half a year ago), even if you are sceptical because of vista, the operating system is not as bad as people think.
I played games such as Crysis, Unreal tournament 3, Doom3, Need For Speed Carbon, The Witcher and Fifa 08 on this laptop without performance failure.
The design is also very nice and simple and the laptop's weight is alright. (carrying around my laptop to uni - no back problems yet ^^).
Furthermore the laptop does not over-heat and the fan is not too laud, these are two main annoying me features which are not present with this system.
Customer support as not differently expected is wonderful - you can simply go on dell's website and use their chat feature which is definitly more convinient and cheaper than phoning them up.
As a student I didn't have much budget but soon i realised that the low price didn't mean that the performance would be poor as well - more than satisfied and I would recommend this laptop!
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.