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As already initially mentioned, the Dell Inspiron 1750's performance range covers office basics up to simple multimedia applications. The starter alternative with Intel Celeron CPU and GMA 4500M HD is only recommendable for undemanding users, as the single core architecture of the CPU comes quickly to its performance limits at multitasking.
The alternately obtainable Intel Core 2 Duo processors up to the T9600 CPU, available as currently the strongest option in the online shop, do have significantly more resources. With a surcharge of, believe it or not, 530.00 Euros!! (13. 08. 09) Apparently Dell has made a mistake on the P8600. The current Intel prices at a purchase of 1k/piece is, in contrast to this, $209 for the P8600 CPU and $316 for the T9600 chip. The prices have been corrected after our publication, and the T9600 CPU can now be purchased for a surcharge of 230.00 Euros, which we find as equally unattractive in view of Intel prices.
Be that as it may, the chip should only be interesting for exceptional users who are dependent on especially high processor performance, anyway.  For "Joe Public", the P8600 CPU represents the upper limit of the interesting value for money ratio.

In view of graphics, most models are based on Intel's integrated GMA 4500M HD Graphic solution, which covers simple office and multimedia applications with the target group in mind. However, in order to be able to offer an according model for consumers who prefer a dedicated graphic card, Dell also has the ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 Graphic card with 256MB video memory in its range. This graphic solution is to be classified as starter multimedia hardware, which moves in about the performance field of the Geforce 9400M G of its competitor Nvidia. Big leaps of performance shouldn't be expected with this, but older 3D games can be managed at low to medium details. Computer game fans will fare considerably better with the XPS line from Dell in any case, or should even fall back onto the newly integrated Alienware brand.

Current games like Sims 3, however, already run in the configuration tested by us at minimum graphic requirements. Even World of Warcraft or the shooter classic Counterstrike might run on the notebook, however with only unattractive graphics at most. A graphic card and CPU update might be wise here in order to keep the refresh rate in a smooth field for somewhat more worthwhile graphics. Details can be found in our gaming list of mobile graphic cards.

The office orientated audience is well served with the combination of an Intel Dual Core T4200 CPU with 2.0 GHz (800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 Cache) and the integrated Intel GMA 4500M HD as in our test sample. Simple office task such as word processing, spreadsheets and internet aren't a problem and even simple image editing programs run without difficulties on the device.
The 3GB of RAM already integrated by Dell in most devices would suffice for this, although our test sample was configured with 4 GB. A DDR2 memory is used exclusively here, whereby the Inspiron 1750 can theoretically be upgraded to 8 GB (2x4GB). Dell also has this offer in their online shop, whereas the surcharge of about 334.00 Euros is equally imposing.

A gut feeling will probably be decisive in regards to the apprehended memory need, as there are two available hard disks with either a capacity of 320 GB or 500 GB (+50.00 Euros surcharge), both with a velocity of 5400 rpm. The built-in 320 GB hard disk from Seagate (ST9320325AS) of our test sample was within an average field in the HDTune benchmark results without inconsistencies. Basically, it would of course be possible to build in other hard disks into the Inspiron 1750, which shouldn't prove to be too difficult, even for laymen, due to the case's maintenance flap on the left side. Naturally, the same applies to the RAM, which is also very easily accessible via an own cover on the bottom side of the notebook.

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Dell may be late to the 10-inch netbook party, but its Inspiron Mini 10 ($449 as configured) stands out in a few key ways. The system is one of the thinnest and lightest in its class, with several color options, and the company has nearly caught up to the competition with its roomy keyboard. Plus, Dell promises to make this netbook even better with future upgrade options like integrated mobile broadband, GPS, and a built-in TV tuner. However, the touchpad and touchpad button design are awkward. And while the bundled three-cell battery provides adequate runtime for its capacity, we'd wait for the six-cell option.


The Mini 10 shares the same design genes as theMini 9 and Mini 12; the rounded lid sports the same glossy black coating (also available in white, green, pink, blue, and red, for an extra $30) which is prone to fingerprints. Underneath the hood, the black keyboard is offset with a smooth silver palm rest and gritty trackpad.

The Mini 10 is one of the most compact 10-inch netbooks on the market. Measuring 10.3 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches, it's both thinner and shorter than the Samsung NC10 and the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE. It isn't as thin or light as the 1-inch, 2.4-pound HP Mini 1000, but the 2.6-pound Mini 10 fit into our purse and left plenty of room. Its single cord, 0.4-pound AC adapter is also more compact than most of its ilk.

Spacious Keyboard

Surprisingly, the Mini 10 has a larger keyboard than the Mini 12. While both are 10 inches wide, the Mini 10's keyboard, at 4 inches, is about 0.3 inches deeper than the Mini 12; this is mainly the result of the bottom row of keys being larger. While the touch and feel of the black matte keys are the same as on previous Minis, Dell expanded the keyboard panel all the way to the outer peripheries of the deck. Gone are the spacing issues and missing row of function keys from the Mini 9; the full-size right Shift key is full size and directly below the Enter key.

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Typing on the Mini 10's flat keyboard was relatively comfortable, and the keys themselves offered good, springy feedback. Still, we prefer the layouts on the Eee PC 1000HE (a nicely spaced island-style keyboard), HP Mini 2140 (which has a finish to prevent wear and tear), and Samsung NC10 (whose raised keys feel more comfortable and well-spaced).

Awkward Touchpad

To save space, Dell integrated the right and left mouse buttons into the touchpad itself. Unfortunately, the buttons are quite small and not as usable as a traditional setup; we had to cramp our fingers to use our thumb on the left button. The cursor would move before we clicked down, which was annoying.

Since the touchpad features Elantech's multitouch gestures (including rotating, two-finger scrolling and pinching to zoom), it has a bit of a learning curve. When we tried to left-click on the pad while inadvertently dragging another finger on it, we unintentionally zoomed in on a window. Disabling the pinch-and-zoom gesture in the settings helped solve the problem; it was then easier to scroll using two fingers. Nevertheless, we would prefer to have both a large touchpad and discrete touchpad buttons, which is what you'll find on theASUS Eee PC 1000HE.

Ports and Slots

The left side of the Mini 10 has (from back to front) a Kensington lock slot,one USB port, and a 3-in-1 memory card reader. The right side houses an Ethernet jack, two more USB ports, an HDMI port, and mic and headphone jacks.

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Although some may like having an HDMI port for outputting audio and video via a single cable to newer monitors and TVs--and this design move was likely made to keep the Mini 10 thin--we would have preferred having a VGA port, too. (The ASUS N10J-A2 has both connectors.) VGA works with a much wider range of displays and especially projectors.

Glossy Display

Click to enlargeSimilar to the HP Mini 2140, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 has a flush 10.1-inch,1024 x 576-pixel resolution, glass screen--a bit lower resolution than what you'll find on most 10-inch netbooks, which sport 1024 x 600-pixel resolution displays. The 16:9 aspect ratio let us watch a DVD using an external optical drive without the black bars along the top and bottom of the screen.

On the other hand, this subtraction of 24 vertical pixels limits the amount of space you have vertically on the screen. In a side-by-side comparison with 1024 x 600-pixel resolution netbooks, the Mini 10 consistently showed one to two less lines of text on Web pages, resulting in more scrolling. Dell will offer a higher-definition 1366 x 768 display option in the future.

Despite its glossiness, the Mini 10's screen didn't exhibit too much glare; both vertical and horizontal viewing angles were good.

Webcam and Audio

Click to enlargeAbove the display is a 1.3-megapixel webcam, which provided clear images in a Skype video chat.A caller in Germany saw little motion blur when we waved and said he could even make out our eye makeup.

The built-in stereo speakers, hidden below the front edge of the Mini 10, were not as loud or full as we would have liked. Nevertheless, we were able to hear Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire" from across a small room.

Performance and Graphics

While most netbooks to date have used the 1.6-GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, Dell opted for the same 1.6-GHz IntelAtom Z530 Silverthorne-class processor it put in its Mini 12, which was designed for devices with smaller form factors. That, coupled with 1GB of RAM and Windows XP, provided the typical netbook performance.

We couldn't run our usual PCMark05 test on the system, but on Geekbench (which measures CPU and RAM performance) the Mini 10 notched a score of 813. That's one point lower than the similarly equipped Mini 12, and 36 points higher than the 1.6-GHz Intel Atom N270-equipped Samsung NC10. Transcoding a 2-minute-and-17-second MPEG-4 clip was just as sluggish as with N270 netbooks; it took 11 minutes and 8 seconds to convert the file. (By comparison, the Gateway UC7807u, with an IntelCore 2 Duoprocessor, took just 3:07 to complete the same task.)

In our hands-on experience, the Mini 10 was pretty snappy. Firefox and Windows Media Player opened quickly, and we saw no performance hit when we conducted video calls over Skype, surfed the Web, and wrote this review in Microsoft Works simultaneously.

We also could not get our standard graphics benchmarks to run on the Mini 10. However, while the Intel GMA 500 chipset managed to handle streaming clips from without a problem, playing back a 720p WMV video gave the Mini 10 some trouble. A clip of swimming dolphins stuttered a bit; outputting the video via HDMI to a 32-inch Samsung HDTV rendered it unplayable. We saw much smoother playback on the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE and Samsung NC10, both on the screen and when output over VGA to a larger display.

Hard Drive Performance

The Mini 10's spacious 160GB, 5,400-rpm hard drive booted Windows XP in a standard 50 seconds, which is 5 seconds quicker than the netbook average. The LAPTOP Transfer Test (copying a 4.97GB folder of mixed media) took 6 minutes and 50 seconds, or a rate of 12.4 MBps, which is 1.4 MBps slower than the netbook average. Application open times were decent, with Firefox and Microsoft Works Processor launching within 8 seconds.

Ambient Heat

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The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 stayed quite cool during testing. The keyboard and touchpad were not noticeably warm, measuring about 87 degrees. Similarly, the underside stayed at about 89 degrees.

Battery Life

Click to enlargeWhile Dell tells us that a six-cell battery will be available in the coming months, as of this writing, all the configurations available feature three-cell batteries. On the LAPTOP Battery Test (continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi), the battery lasted 2 hours and 43 minutes. That runtime is better than the three-cell battery on the Lenovo IdeaPad S10, which lasted 2 hours and 38 minutes, but not as long as the HP Mini 1000 (2 hours and 56 minutes) or the three-cell netbook average of 2:52.

If battery life is important, hold out for a Mini 10 with a six-cell battery, which should provide around 5 hours of endurance, considering that the MSI Wind U120 and Samsung NC10, both of which feature six-cell batteries, lasted 4:28 and 6:34, respectively. We will update this review once we've had a chance to test the six-cell battery.

Wi-Fi Performance

The 802.11b/g Wi-Fi card provided a rock-solid connection for working in the cloud. Delivering a strong 20.4 Mbps and 16.1 Mbps from 15 and 50 feet, respectively--both slightly above average--we were able to maintain a strong signal far from our access point. Streaming video clips on YouTube and music over were void of any pauses. Dell plans to offer the Mini 10 with built-in mobile broadband in the coming months.

Software and Warranty

Click to enlargeDell bundles the Mini 10 with Microsoft Works Suite and Dell's Video Chat powered by Sightspeed. The system also came with a 90-day trial of McAfee Anti-Virus. Dell backs this netbook with a standard warranty of one-year parts and labor with 24/7, toll-free phone service. To see howDell fared in our annual tech support showdown, click here.


The Inspiron Mini 10 puts Dell into the 10-inch netbook race, but other netbooks provide better bang for your buck. While its compact form, nearly full-size keyboard, and glossy screen all create a nice-looking package, its finicky touchpad holds it back. Plus, at $449, the Mini 10 is the same price as the Samsung NC10, which is bulkier but offers a longer-lasting six-cell battery (and more than 6 hours of runtime). And the Mini 10 is $50 more expensive than the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE, whose six-cell battery lasts more than 7 hours on a charge. Once Dell begins to offer the Mini 10 with a six-cell battery, built-in mobile broadband, integrated GPS, and TV tuner capability, it will become more compelling.


Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Specs

BluetoothBluetooth 2.1+EDR
Card Slots3-1 card reader
Display Size10.1
Graphics CardIntel GMA 500/64MB
Hard Drive Size160GB
Hard Drive Speed5,400rpm
Hard Drive TypeSATA Hard Drive
Native Resolution1024x576
Operating SystemMS Windows XP Home
Ports (excluding USB)Microphone, Headphone, HDMI, Ethernet
RAM Upgradable to1 GB
Size10.3 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches
USB Ports3
Video Memory64MB
Warranty/SupportOne-year / toll-free phone
Weight2.6 pounds



Dell Inspiron 15 Review

by Kevin O’Brien

The Inspiron 15 is the back-to-basics mainstream 15″ notebook from Dell, offering good performance at a value price. Consumers can configure this notebook with basic lid configurations, or go all out with the customized lids from the Dell Design Studio for an additional cost. If you are just looking for a basic system to meet your needs at school or home, read our full review of the Dell Inspiron 15.

Our Dell Inspiron 15 Configuration:

  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200 2.00GHz Processor (1MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit)
  • 15.6″ 1366×768 16:9 Glossy Display
  • Intel X4500 Integrated Graphics
  • 3GB DDR2 800MHz RAM (2GB + 1GB)
  • 320GB 5400RPM HDD
  • 8X CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
  • Intel 5100AGN WiFi and 10/100 Ethernet
  • 6-Cell 48WHr Battery
  • Limited 1-year standard parts and labor warranty with in-home service
  • Dimensions: 14.7 x 9.6″ x 1.02″
  • Weight: 5.8lbs
  • Price as configured: $549

Dell Inspiron 15

Build and Design
The design of the of the Inspiron 15 is pretty good for a value notebook, offering a smooth rounded profile and clean lines. While our model doesn’t offer one of the most expensive custom lid designs, it gives you an idea of what you would get if you chose the current “FastTrack” shipping option on this model. The only design element of the notebook that doesn’t blend well with the stock matte lid finish is the fully glossy interior. The screen, screen bezel, keyboard trim, and palmrest are all glossy black inside the notebook, which doesn’t always play well with reflections or smudges. If you keep it clean it looks great, but at times it did get annoying if you were sitting with your back to bright windows where the entire notebook turned into a mirror. Overall, if you don’t mind the glossy surface the design of the Inspiron 15 is pretty nice compared to other budget models on the market.

Dell Inspiron 15

The Dell Inspiron 15 has average build quality compared to other value-oriented models we have reviewed. The plastics used held up well in our tests, but did show signs of flexing and creaking in spots. The screen lid and palmrest were the two main areas which exhibited flex, with the palmrest giving off creaking sounds if you squeezed it in the right spot. The screen lid on the Inspiron 15 uses a latch-less hinge design which keeps it held down using friction and gravity. You need two hands to open it up with it placed horizontally on your desk, but if you were carrying it around under your arm it did have a tendency to open up about a centimeter or so. In most latch-less designs we like to see a secondary holding method, such as a magnet or spring loaded hinge to keep it shut when held in any direction. The plastics used in the construction of the chassis feel pretty durable and should hold up well over time, but the glossy finish around the keyboard and palmrest did have a tendency to show fine scratches.

Dell gives you easy access to all internal components of the notebook. This includes the system memory, hard drive, and wireless card, as well as the processor if you are so inclined. Underneath the main access panel (which includes handy circlips around each screw so they don’t go flying) is the RAM, wireless card, and processor with heatsink. The hard drive and optical drive are removable through individual sections with their own retaining screws. Oddly enough Dell doesn’t have any “warranty void if removed” stickers anywhere, including the screws around the processor.

Dell Inspiron 15

Screen and Speakers
The glossy 1366×768 display on the Inspiron 15 is average compared to other panels we have seen. Colors and contrast are excellent thanks to the glossy surface, which tends to scatter less light than the equivalent matte surface. Backlight levels could be better on the high-end of the spectrum, but we found it adequate for most conditions, including a bright off setting, underneath shop lighting, and or just sitting on your couch enjoying a show. Viewing angles could have been better, with color distortion found in both the vertical and horizontal extremes. Colors started to shift when titling the screen 20 degrees forward or back. Horizontal viewing angles were better, only showing color shifting past 45 degrees.

The included speakers were good compared to other budget models, with clear high-range audio, but little low or midrange coming through. Peak volume levels were enough to fill a small room, but if you plan on sharing a movie inside a dorm room, it might be wise to connect the laptop to a set of external surround speakers. For enjoying music or movies by yourself, headphones are still a must-have accessory.

Keyboard and Touchpad
The Inspiron 15 keyboard is very comfortable to type on, offering excellent support and a very good layout. The keys are of normal size with a light matte finish for excellent traction. Spacing is spot on compared to my ThinkPad keyboard, so no adjusting was necessary. Support underneath the keyboard is excellent, with no flex anywhere, even under very strong pressure. Individual key action is smooth with a very quiet “click” emitted when a key is fully pressed. It might not be the quietest keyboard I have used, but it still ranks up there. The function key layout is interesting compared to other notebook models, with use of the function keys backwards. Normally to adjust the brightness or volume, or toggle the WiFi settings you press the FN-key, then the appropriate function key. Dell went with a setup where the secondary command is now primary. To put it another way, if you want to hit F5 to refresh a webpage, you now need to press FN+ the brightness up key. For normal uses this might be more intuitive, but for advanced users who love using commands like window close, page refresh, full screen, and other function key commands, it is more confusing and complex.

Dell Inspiron 15

The touchpad is a large Dell-specific model, with a nicely textured matte finish that gives excellent traction. Speed and accuracy were pretty good, with barely any lag noticed in our tests. We did encounter one situation where a quick tap and select movement wouldn’t release the selection box, but that situation didn’t come up frequently. The touchpad might not have been as nice to use as a Synaptics model, but for the notebook’s intended market it should be fine. The touchpad buttons were a big surprise to see on a budget model. They provide excellent feedback and have a deep throw, instead of standard “clicky” touchpad buttons.

Dell Inspiron 15

Ports and Features
Port selection on the Dell Inspiron 15 is lacking compared to notebooks of the same size, including only three USB ports, VGA, LAN, and an ExpressCard/34 slot. HDMI would have been greatly appreciated, since it would allow a user to hook the notebook up to a home theater to play movies, whereas now you would need to have a TV that supports VGA in, and still be limited to analog audio out. For quickly copying images off a memory card, there is a spring loaded SDHC-compatible memory slot on the front of the notebook. eSATA would have been another nice touch, but it is hard enough to find it on some high-end notebooks.

Dell Inspiron 15
Front: Audio jacks, SDHC-card slot

Dell Inspiron 15
Rear: Battery, CPU exhaust vent

Dell Inspiron 15
Left: Kensington lock slot, 2 USB, VGA, LAN

Dell Inspiron 15
Right: ExpressCard/34, optical drive, 1 USB

System performance was below average when compared to other consumer notebooks, but that was heaviliy dependant on the low-end T4200 Intel Dual-Core Pentium our configuration included. While it might not be able to play the latest games, users will not have any problems typing documents, watching HD movies, ripping music through iTunes, or editing photos. Boot times were still quick, only taking about 35 seconds to get to a ready desktop screen from a full shutdown. The included 320GB hard drive offered plenty of storage space for movies, music, and photos, and even though it is only 5400RPM, it is still quick for daily use. Overall this system falls toward the bottom of our list in terms of performance, but if you were to upgrade the processor, speeds across the board would get a nice boost.

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

Dell Studio 15 (1555) (Core 2 Duo P8600 @ 2.4GHz)32.995 seconds
Toshiba Satellite A355 (Core 2 Duo P7450 @ 2.16GHz)35.848 seconds
Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 (Core 2 Duo P7350 @ 2.0GHz)38.455 seconds
Lenovo G530 (Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400 @ 2.16GHz)38.470 seconds
Dell Inspiron 15 (Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200 @ 2.00GHz)38.768 seconds
HP Pavilion dv5z (Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 @ 2.1GHz)
39.745 seconds
Dell Studio 15 (1535) (Core 2 Duo T5750 @ 2.0GHz)41.246 seconds


PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

Toshiba Satellite A355 (2.16GHz Intel P7450, ATI Radeon HD 3650 512MB)5,842 PCMarks
Dell Studio 15 (1555) (2.4GHz Intel P8600, ATI Radeon HD 4570 256MB)5,731 PCMarks
Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 (2.0GHz Intel P7350, Nvidia 9300M 256MB)4,844 PCMarks
Lenovo G530 (2.16GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400, Intel Intel 4500MHD)4,110 PCMarks
Dell Inspiron 15 (2.00GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200, Intel X4500)4,068 PCMarks
Dell Studio 15 (1535) (2.0GHz Intel T5750, Intel X3100)3,998 PCMarks
HP Pavilion dv5z (2.1GHz Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80, ATI Radeon HD 3200)3,994 PCMarks


3DMark06 measures video and gaming performance (higher scores mean better performance):

Dell Studio 15 (1555) (2.4GHz Intel P8600, ATI Radeon HD 4570 256MB)4,189 3DMarks
Toshiba Satellite A355 (2.16GHz Intel P7450, ATI Radeon HD 3650 512MB)4,084 3DMarks
Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 (2.0GHz Intel P7350, Nvidia 9300M 256MB)1,833 3DMarks
HP Pavilion dv5z (2.1GHz Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80, ATI Radeon HD 3200)1,599 3DMarks
Dell Inspiron 15 (2.00GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200, Intel X4500)784 3DMarks
Lenovo G530 (2.16GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400, Intel Intel 4500MHD)
730 3DMarks
Dell Studio 15 (1535) (2.0GHz Intel T5750, Intel X3100)493 3DMarks

All of the 3DMark06 scores for all of the systems listed above were run at 1280 x 800 (for screens with a 16:10 ratio) or 1280 x 768 resolution (for screens with 16:9).

HDTune storage drive performance results:
Dell Inspiron 15


Heat and Noise
System temperatures stayed well within our “lap-friendly” range, with only one hot spot being the touchpad. On battery power with nothing significant running in the background the system barely climbed above room temp. Noise levels remained low during our tests, with only a few blips of higher fan speeds, before the fan resumed its silent/off fan state. After the notebook had been running for the good part of a day plugged in and being stressed moments earlier, the system still showed no signs of running abnormally hot in our temperature readings shown below in degrees Fahrenheit.

Battery life was below average compared to other notebooks, and we had expected slightly better results from the 48Wh battery Dell included with it. In our tests with screen brightness set to 70%, wireless active, and Vista set to the Balanced profile the Inspiron stayed on for 2 hours and 38 minutes. Power consumption varied between 12 and 16 watts during our battery test. A more efficient processor and power management system could have yielded much better results. To put this in perspective, the ThinkPad T400 with an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 processor and X4500 graphics consumed as little as 8.5 watts of power.

The Dell Inspiron 15 is a decent mid-size budget notebook with good looks and average build quality. The keyboard is very comfortable to type on with excellent support, but has a weird function key layout that may annoy more advanced users. The touchpad offers an excellent surface texture with buttons that have great feedback and throw distance. Basic configurations start as low as $379, making it a reasonable choice if you are working on a budget. Overall it might not be the best notebook on the market, but it still offers great value and a reasonably attractive design.


  • Good looks
  • Easy to upgrade all components
  • Good cooling system
  • Great touchpad buttons


  • Screen lid doesn’t stay closed with the notebook held vertically
  • Battery life could be better

Laptops 2009 dell

Top 10 most popular laptops of 2009 (photos)

The good: New aluminum construction looks good, feels solid; giant touch pad; attractive edge-to-edge glass on display; improved integrated graphics; backlit keyboard on some models; thinner than previous version.

The bad: Still no ExpressCard or SD-card slot; loses FireWire port; all-clicking touch pad is a bit awkward, at least initially; $1,299 now gets you a slower CPU than it did before; no matte-screen option.

The bottom line: Apple's redesigned 13-inch MacBook is essentially a shrunken version of the more expensive 15-inch Pro line. With its new aluminum body, new trackpad, and Nvidia graphics, it's an even more attractive choice for mainstream laptop buyers than was the plastic model it replaces.

Read the full review here.

Note: this is a version of the MacBook from earlier in 2009. Please see our reviews of the current 13-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook.

Dell Inspiron 15R Unboxing, Setup, \u0026 Review

Dell Inspiron 1525

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The Inspiron 1525 is a laptop designed and distributed by Dell as part of their Inspiron range. There is also an AMD variant known as the Inspiron 1526. The laptop is the successor to the Inspiron 1520, and was released in January 4, 2008.[1] This computer was available to purchase on the Dell website,[2] where it could be customized to the user's specification.

On June 26, 2008, this laptop was followed with the release of the Inspiron 1535, otherwise known as the Dell Studio laptop. On January 6, 2009, the Inspiron 1525 was superseded by the Inspiron 1545, which gives mostly higher-end configuration options at a lower starting price, but lacks features such as the HDMI port, LED indicator lights and two headphone jacks. The laptop was discontinued on February 26, 2009, which left the Inspiron 1545 as Dell's 15-inch budget laptop.


After selling in high numbers, the Dell Inspiron 1520 received widespread praise regarding its size, and small screen.[3][4] The Inspiron 1525 was intended to address some of the issues with the Inspiron 1520. The 1525 has been described by reviewers as weighing approximately six pounds – half a pound lighter than the 1520.[5] This laptop can be considered as a mid-range Dell computer, between the small 1420 model and the expensive XPS M1530 model. The laptop also fixed a perceived flaw that had plagued Inspiron laptops for a decade; they were bulky and boxy, but the Inspiron 1525's chassis used a new edge design that appears on all of Dell's current laptops.

System specifications[edit]

Since the user is able to customize the unit, included hardware varies from laptop to laptop. However, there are several components which are generally fitted as standard in each unit:

  • Processors: Intel Celeron 540, 550 or 560, Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2370, T2390, T2330, T4200, T4500 and the Intel Pentium/Intel Core 2 Duo T5250, T5450, T5550, T5750, T7250, T8100, T8300, T9300 or T9500.
  • Memory: 512 MB, or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 GB of shared dual channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 667 MHz
  • Chipset: Intel GM965 Express Chipset
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel GMA X3100 graphics
  • Display: 15.4" widescreen with a 1280 × 800 resolution, 15.4" widescreen with a 1280 × 800 resolution and TrueLife, or a 15.4" widescreen with a 1440 × 900 high resolution and TrueLife
  • Storage: 80, 120, 160, 250 or 320 GB SATA at 5400 RPM HDD
    • Optical drive: 8× tray-load dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive, 2× tray-load Blu-ray disc combo drive or 2x Blu-ray disc burner
  • Battery: 4-cell (28 Whr), 6-cell (56 Whr), or 9-cell (85 Whr) lithium-ion
  • Wi-Fi: Broadcom 4312 based, Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g half mini-card (Previously changed to 1395 802.11b/g full mini-card), or 1490 802.11a/g/n full mini-card (Broadcom 4311 based), or Intel Next-Gen 4965AGN 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi
  • I/O ports: 1× Fast Ethernet port, 1× 56 kbit/s modem, 1× S-Video output, 4× USB 2.0 ports, 1× Express Card slot, 1× VGA port, 1× HDMI output, 1× FireWire port (optional), 2x headphone jacks, 1x microphone port (optional), and 1× power adapter connector
  • Camera (optional): Integrated 2.0 MP camera

The most notable difference between this laptop and its predecessor, is that the 1520 model was fitted with a dedicated graphics card whereas the 1525 is not. It has been speculated that this is an attempt by Dell to appeal to a wider market of computer consumers. In a 2008 processor speed test, the Inspiron 1525 placed 14 out of the 18 tested computers.[6] The touchpad has been upgraded from that of the 1520, with one which is designed to allow faster scrolling through web pages. Strangely this model contains a SIM card slot underneath the battery compartment. However reading data, or using Internet from SIM cards is not possible without a separate wireless modem-card.


The Inspiron 1525 typically comes with a version of the Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Ubuntu 9.04[7] Operating System pre-installed. Both 32-bit and 64-bit can work. Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Debian Wheezy are known to be working out-of-the-box on this model. If it comes with Windows Vista/7, it contains a copy of Office 2007.

Compatible Machines[edit]

Compatible OS(s):Windows Vista and newer, Ubuntu 9.04 and newer, but also supports legacy operating systems like Windows XP and Windows 2000 and Beta Whistler, but struggles running them. It has seen running android x86 4.1 but can run it at residential mode. Compatible Server OS(s)Windows Server 2008 and newer, Ubuntu 7.10 Server and newer

Compatible CPU(s):Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad/Pentium/Celeron

BIOS Dell BIOS A13 - A17 [8]


The Inspiron 1525 can be upgraded to Windows 10 32-bit or 64-bit but has no compatibility with Windows 11 due to lack of TPM 2.0 support.[9]

A fresh installation of Windows 10 64-bit already provides all required drivers for this laptop, including the webcam, SD card reader, WiFi adapter, DVD/CDRW Combo drive, Intel GM965 chipset, on-board Intel graphics and multimedia keys. There are however onboard devices that require addition drivers :

  • The default Microsoft touchpad driver works well, but lacks support of advanced touchpad features and customizations; A Dell touchpad driver can be forced-installed[10] to get access to all touchpad settings (Alps_Touchpad_W8_X02_A01_Setup-W71Y8_ZPE).
  • A few of the keyboard Fn keys don't work (F1,F3 and F8) but full support can be added by installing the Dell QuickSet 64-bit software package (Dell_QuickSet_A07_R272666.exe).
  • The driver for the Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card that comes with the Windows 10 64-bit installation is a Microsoft driver (v5.100.245.200, dated 212-03-14). This drivers works but is not very stable and suffers from frequent disconnects. This wifi adapter uses a Broadcom BCM43xx chip. Broadcom released newer driver versions for that chip in 2016, such as the BCM43xx_7.35.317.3 driver released in 2016. This newer Broadcom driver can be force-installed and provides better stability than the 2012 Microsoft driver.
  • The "Display Adapter" driver (for the 965 Express Chipset) that automatically comes with the Windows 10 64-bit installation (directly from Microsoft) is version (initially released for Windows 8.1 64-bit). This driver seems to have compatibility problems causing sporadic (but minor) graphics corruptions in the desktop UI elements, especially after coming out of sleep. Reverting to the latest driver available from the Intel website, i.e. v8.15.10.1930[11] (initially released for Windows 7 64-bit) seems to reduce the occurrence. But there's no proof yet the Video Driver is the source of this corruption problem. We would need more data to come with an official conclusion on this.

This computer has two DDR2 SODIMM slots and can be upgraded to 6GB of RAM, with a set of 2GB and 4GB modules. Both 667Mhz and 800Mhz modules are supported (PC2-5300 or PC2-6400).

Graphics cannot be upgraded due to being integration to the mainboard.

Processors can be upgraded to any Socket P Intel Core2 Duo mobile processor in the T8x00 series, and to certain T9x00 series processors whose FSB speed is limited to 800 MT/Sec.

Other software[edit]

Other software provided with the laptop includes:

On February 18, 2008, it was announced that Ubuntu 7.10 would be available as an optional operating system for the laptop[12] this since was shipped with Ubuntu 9.04[13] until support ended.


The user is able to decide which components they wish to be included, during the ordering process, by selecting from a range of hardware on the website.[2] These possible components include a range of processors, operating systems, graphics cards, a webcam and various other peripherals. In addition, Bluetooth and an integrated mobile broadband card can also be installed upon request, and the default battery can be replaced with an alternative.


The Inspiron 1525 has received a great deal of positive attention. General computer users welcomed the relatively low price, as well as the easily accessible volume control keys, and hardware reviewers have praised the customizability of the laptop, as well as its system specifications and light frame.[14] In general, users have made positive reference to the screen, with some describing the display as "flawless",[6] as well as the inclusion of a webcam and dual headphone jacks. Some reviewers claim that the battery life is a good point of the system.[15]

Despite being a high-selling model, and receiving a large amount of positive feedback, the Inspiron 1525 has also attracted some level of criticism. Some critics feel that the sound quality is unfit for a recently produced laptop, claiming "raspy-sounding speakers take some of the shine off the 1525's entertainment appeal",[15] whereas others have criticized the system's performance and battery life.[16] The wireless switch is located on the right side of the bottom half, close to the front and is easily overlooked. Prominent placement near the volume and media controls would be much easier for users to find. The positioning of the cooling fans render the laptop incapable of supporting high-end graphics cards.[17] Some users have encountered technical problems, many of which center around the webcam and built-in microphone.[18] A common complaint is that the supplied fan is irritatingly loud, and many users have tried to rectify it on their own. The placement of the headphone jacks on the front of the unit leads to inconvenient trailing wires when external speakers are connected. A touchpad design flaw causes the button to stick, requiring the replacement of the entire palmrest assembly. Users have also reported numerous hard drive problems, many related to overheating.

Noteworthy hardware issues[edit]

The Inspiron 1525 utilizes a single heat sink to dissipate heat away from the CPU & GPU. The Inspiron 1525 is not the only model that uses a single copper alloy conduit, it is one of the more common. The Inspiron 1525, models affected will combine the Intel Core 2 or Intel Dual Core CPU's.

CPU/GPU degradation (over time) due, primarily to extended overheating. While fan failure & vent blockages will exacerbate these issues, these issues, in addition to general component failures from extended periods of overheating beyond components tested safety margins. Generally causing product component failure, in some cases even fire hazard. It is recommended that you read & understand the DELL INC., *technical article, should you experience these issue. Dell Support Article.

For both the 1525 and 1526, a low CMOS battery can prevent the computer from operating properly. [19][20] Replacement requires removal of the main board, as it is located on its underside.

See also[edit]



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