Dell Inspiron 1720 Review

The Dell Inspiron 1720 is a 17" desktop replacement targeted towards younger consumers, most of whom are in school. This notebook competes against such notebooks as the HP dv9500t and Toshiba P200/P205. The 1720 offers a wide range of hardware configurations, as well as 8 different color options to be customized exactly as you want it. Processors range from the T5250 all the way up to the T7700, RAM from 1GB to 4GB, HD from 120GB to 500GB (250GB x 2), display resolutions starting at WXGA+ up to WUXGA, and color ranging from jet black to sunshine yellow.

Our review model came with the following options, bringing the price up to $2,438 as configured from a base of $899.

  • Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.20GHz, 4MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
  • Mobile Intel P965 Express Chipset
  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n)
  • 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (maximum capacity 4GB)
  • 320GB Total Space (160GB x 2, option no longer offered at the time of this writing)
  • 8x DVD (+/-R double layer) drive
  • 17.0" diagonal widescreen TrueLife TFT LCD display at 1920x1200 (WUXGA, Glossy)
  • 256MB nVidia GeForce Go 8600M GT
  • 2.0 megapixel webcam
  • Bluetooth version 2.0 plus Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
  • ExpressCard slot (ExpressCard/34 and Express Card/54)
  • 5-in-1 media card reader
  • VGA out
  • Mic/Headphone connectors
  • IEEE-1394 (FireWire)
  • Five USB 2.0 ports
  • Dimensions (WxDxH Front/H Rear): 15.5" x 11.5" x 1.7"
  • Weight: 7.62 Advertised, 8lbs 13.2oz actual w/ 9-cell battery
  • 90W (19V x 4.62A) 100-240V AC adapter (1lb 1.4oz)
  • 9-cell (85Wh) Lithium Ion battery (1lb 1oz)
  • 1-Year Standard Limited Warranty

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