15-inch display. Resolution of 1,400 by 1,050 pixels. 25GB hard disk,
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A year ago I needed to purchase a laptop. With my previous job I had been provided with one, but was entering a job where I needed one. I began to scout around for a reliable, but 'able to cope with anything' laptop. Dell have a good reputation and I have had dealings with them in the past, so I looked at their products. They also offer a very good financial service, and as I knew this wasn't going to be cheap I took full advantage of this. My 7500 is PIII 600mhz processor, 128mb, 13gb hard drive, internal modem, DVD/CDrom drive and floppy. Everything is inbuilt, no extra attachments are needed. You are provided with a nifty little cable that means you can link your Dell to your TV, turning it into a DVD player!! A year on and I have had no problems with any of the hardware. I use software that makes the system work hard (Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc) and the Dell Inspiron 7500 takes it all in it's stride. I have now been provided with a laptop for work use, but I regularly seem to end up using my own. With some many new moves forward in IT and the new Ghtz processors I thought that I might find myself becoming envious of these new funky machines, but no. The Dell Inspiron 7500 will last me until it, or I die!
I am using a Dell Inspiron 7500 Laptop. As far as I am concerned this is the best laptop money can buy. It has a massive 15.4” screen with very good graphics resolution, this screen is just like using a desktop computer, a long way from the old laptops where you have a tiny screen with a large rim on plastic to make up the size. It comes with a DVD and Floppy disk built in so there are no bits and pieces to be plugged into the back I also use a Xircom combo card to give me 56K modem and 10/100 network connectivity. I use this laptop mostly for my work as I sometimes have to travel around, but I do play games on it in my own time and it can cope exceptionally well with anything I throw at it. It is not the cheapest or lightest laptop around, but its features well outweigh the disadvantages. I have never had any hardware problems with this laptop, I have been using Dell equipment for some time now and have always found their customer support to be top notch, you are not held in queues for a long time and they will diagnose the fault over the phone, I have never had a fault where I needed to return the equipment, they can usually just send me the part I need. I would not swap this laptop for anything.
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!
Some notebooks are better left on your desk. Case in point: the nearly ten-pound Dell Inspiron 7500 G650VT, which might dislocate your shoulder if you try to travel often with it. But left aside, the Inspiron 7500 offers greater speed and battery life and more advanced specs than nearly any other notebook. Superior Speed and Battery Life The $4,238 Inspiron 7500 G650VT showcases the new mobile Pentium III's SpeedStep technology, which allows the user to conserve battery life by lowering the processor's speed. On CNET Labs' business applications tests, the Inspiron (outfitted with 128MB of RAM and an 8MB ATI Rage Mobility graphics chip, and running full bore at 650 MHz) dusted all of its similarly configured competitors. Even when our Labs clocked its processor down to 500 MHz, the Inspiron still outpaced the competition. The Inspiron's battery life is just as impressive as its performance. Running at 500 MHz, the Dell achieved nearly three hours on the tests. Stepping up its processor to maximum speed, however, reduced that life by a short 6 minutes. Tasks that are more processor-intensive than those run by our Labs, however, will likely whittle away additional minutes. Fully Loaded The Inspiron's full complement of first-rate components leaves no room for complaints. Our configuration ships with an almost comically large 25GB hard drive; an integrated 56k modem; a spacious, comfortable keyboard; a 15-inch, TFT display that supports true (32-bit) color at a high, 1,400-by-1,050-pixel resolution; and a combination 6X DVD-ROM/floppy drive in the system's modular bay. Opt for a combo 32X CD-ROM/floppy drive to fill the bay, and the price drops by $130. The bay also supports a combo CD-RW/floppy drive (a $181 upgrade), a combo 6X DVD-ROM/LS-120 drive (a $160 upgrade), a 25GB second hard drive ($795), a Zip drive ($139), and a second battery. One perk that we missed was a full software suit
e. Rather, Dell includes the abbreviated Microsoft Works. If you can overlook the slight software flaw, you'll end up with an exceptional package overall, made even more so by Dell's solid, three-year warranty and unlimited, 24/7, toll-free tech support term.
This beautifully crafted Laptop is a real workhorse. Looking like an early laptop in size and dimention, it has been observed that it could well be off a Blake 7 filmset! (but for good reason . . ) Without doubt one of the best features of this product is the screen. At a whopping 15.7 inches, running up to a 1600x1200 resolution, what it lacks in beauty it makes up for in grace. The P3 processor makes the system very nippy and with 128 megs of ram there is very little that troubles this beast. The keyboard is well designed and nicely sprung, the case robust and the array of cards and ports excellent. With video out straight into the TV, the DVD player comes into its own with perfect quality. For those with a love of performance this is a must, for those with a penchant for 'sexiness' this is not for you.