Product Type: Dell laptops
Newest Review: ... is sturdy enough for a 33 pound (2 and a bit stone) 21 month old baby to stand on without it breaking, which was lucky for us as we didn'... more
Does what we need it to do!
Dell Vostro 1720
Member Name: Flukepiestalker
Dell Vostro 1720
Advantages: Reliable and fast enough to do what we want it to
Disadvantages: May be a bit out-of-date and won't fit into a standard laptop case
I am currently writing this review using this laptop, so if it dies halfway through my rev...
...just kidding. In fact, the battery life is one thing that I have noticed is pretty good about this laptop - I would estimate it's got about 3 hours before it needs a recharge, which is pretty good. We've had it now for about 3 years and (touching wood) we have not had any problems with the battery, or the machine as a whole. It uses the satnadard dell power cable/pack/connector so there shouldn't be a problem to replace it if, like us, your house rabbit chews through the original one.
It's slim and pretty light when shut and very easy to transport, but is sturdy enough for a 33 pound (2 and a bit stone) 21 month old baby to stand on without it breaking, which was lucky for us as we didn't intend to test it in this manner - more like 'found her standing on it'! The keys are also sturdy enough to withstand a battering from her too (give it 6 months and I'll have her writing her own reviews. she's seems that keen to use it!). That said it is a little bit bulky and won't easily fit into a standard laptop case.
I find the mouse pad is also good - in the past I've had to switch these off before as they tend to be too senstive and get activated whilst you are typing (meaning you look up and you are suddenly typing in a completely different place - very irritating). A double click is the same as left button mouse click and the two buttons are embedded rather than raised, so you don't catch these either. Having said that, my wife struggles with it as she tends to have limited control over the cursor, so she insists on using a separate mouse. Maybe it's a finger thickness thing?
The main keyboard is nice, with the keys not so small you require a cocktail stick, but no so big that your laptop is the size of a table top! Everything is laid out nicely, allowing easy typing and after three years, they show no signs of ware and tear. The 'lock' indicator lights are along the top (where you'd expect them to be) so you always know what you have switched on/off.
One of the best things about this is the hard disk space available - our daughter was the first grandchild to arrive on both sides of the family, so we have thousands of photos/videos We also like our music, bith have i-tunes accounts and hundreds of MP3s - all of which are stored quite easily. We are not PC gamers, so specifically chose it without that in mind, hence I cannot really comment on it's performance on that front.
Price wise - we paid around £300 about 3 years ago - so it's probably a little bit low spec these days, but was well worth the money. One final point (my wife reminds me) is that it comes in a choice of colours - with the red one we have being her favourite - why that would affect your choice is beyond me, but there we go - the more information the better!
Summary: In general pretty good, though there may be better on the market by now
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