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Dell Inspiron 7500
Member Name: PeteSutton
Dell Inspiron 7500
Date: 30/07/00, updated on 30/07/00 (833 review reads)
Advantages: Powerful and Portable
Disadvantages: Heavy for just a poratble
Desktop or Laptop... If that's the conundrum you face, then I think you'll find the answer in Dell's powerful yet portable Inspiron 7500.
The specification is pretty amazing when you think about what a laptop used to be like. My spec is Pentium III 650MHz, 128MB ram, 18GB hard drive, 15.4" screen, running comfortably at 1280 * 1024.
It's not the lightest of laptops by any means, and there's the compromise. If you want a portable machine only, you'll want something a little less weighty, but if you want a desktop machine that's portable, then it's certainly a credible desktop that you can take anywhere.
The keyboard is very responsive, and the glide pad is a dream (although I've added an Intelimouse explorer for even better mouse control).
The screen is sharp and clear, and easily a match for a 17" CRT monitor. I run my laptop at 1280 * 1024, which I couldn't do on my 17" monitor. The screen is easily big enough for the family to watch DVDs on say on a camping trip, when real TV and video aren't available.
I can't imagine how to fill the 18GB hard drive... but I'm working on it. The machine is fast and responsive, and even turns a few heads despite it being far from top of the sexy laptop list.
The battery life is advertised at 3- 3.5 hours, although I've had longer. I have two batteries, and can comfortably work all day without mains power.
The DVD drive is a real boon. Watch DVD movies anywhere... expensive way to do it, but a bonus when you need the machine anyway
Dell are constantly rated for customer support (although I miss technical support availability at the weekend), and I've found them helpful and friendly.
Problems... sometimes in suspend mode, it won't wake up... but that's all. I had some initial configuration problems setting the machine up, but with some help from DELL, that was all sorted
The DVD software supplied didn't work for all DVDs, but that's a simple upgrade to another software solution.
Happy with it?... Yup!