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No regrets over buying this notebook
Dell Inspiron 8000
Member Name: satellite360
Dell Inspiron 8000
Date: 05/07/01, updated on 25/04/05 (1861 review reads)
Advantages: Competitive price for such a high spec machine, Fast for a notebook, Able to pick and choose different specs when ordering from Dell
Disadvantages: Gets hot when battery is fitted, Heavy
First the spec:
128MB 100 Mhz SDRAM
20GB Hard Drive
ATI 16MB Video Card
For £1624 + VAT + Freight when I bought it in May 2001. Decided to go for this particular machine as I had read (justifiably) good things about it and was unable to find any other machine that had the specs I wanted. Amongst other things, I was looking for a machine with Win2000 and a CD-RW, the Inspiron 8000 by default has neither of these but it was simple to change the spec when I ordered the computer online.
Unlike others who have commented on this notebook I have had no problems with my machine. I bought the computer shortly before I was due to travel overseas so I was somewhat anxious about delivery. As it turned out I needn't have been as Dell delivered soon after I ordered it and on the day they said they would. I had no problems setting up and have so far not had to contact customer support (aside from going to the Dell Support website to download the odd update for applications on my computer - which is a pretty useful service in itself).
I work as a Web Developer and often run several power hungry programs on the notebook at one time but have experienced no major slowing down or crashing. I was used to running Win98 and think some of the crash problems I have experienced in the past are due to this operating system, so I am pleased with the upgrade to Win2000.
The build quality is excellent - good screen with a nice resolution. Very comfortable keyboard and both a track stick and a touch pad depending on your taste.
The only concern I have had with the Inspiron8000 is that it did get worryingly hot when used for prolonged periods. This has improved no end now that I have removed the battery. As I rarely use my notebook away from the desk this is not a problem, but I can see that it would be for someone who uses the machine when travelling a lot. If y
ou are considering buying the I8000 as a notebook to use on the move then be warned that aside from getting hot it is also pretty hefty. If, however, you are looking for a desktop replacement (to use on a desktop) then I have no hesitation in recommending this quality notebook.
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