After a long wait it finally arrived. My first laptop. I couldn’t pass up the $500 discount at Dell. That was the current deal of the day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve configured a machine and added to my wish list.
I ordered this one with just about NO accessories. Not only to keep the price down, but because the accessories at Dell seem to be marked up a bit much.
Lets start with the specs:
- Inspiron 6oo0
- Intel Pentium M 1.73GHz/2MB Cache/533MHz FSB
- 15.4″ Ultrasharp WUXGA LCD
- 1GB Shared DDR2 SDRAM(2 – 512’s)
- 128MB DDR Radeon PCI Express
- 60GB 7200rpm HD
- XP Professional With backup media
- 8x CD/DVD+/-RW
- Intel Pro 2915 AND Bluetooth Internal Wireless NIC
Off the start, I like the look, weight and feel. I really dig the pocket mouse. It has a compartment to hold the usb connector. The batteries set under the hood, much like a Volkswagon Beetle. The laptop itself has some spiffy looking buttons on the front of it for controlling media. Volume, play pause etc.
It’s got all kinds of connection options.
Now here’s where some of the cons come in. Look ma, bundled junk from the startup…
Immediately I tried to use the nifty integrated wireless card, but no such luck…
Later in the evening I was able to pick up a nearby signal, but not strong enough. Now and then a network will show up, but it’s encrypted. I installed a 108mbps G wirless router that screams. Next I tried a DVD. The screen, though WUXGA, is not as smooth as I like for viewing movies. But I can’t see myself using that too often. The 128MB vid card, and the 1GB of RAM helped it along quite nicely. I could resize and move the screen while the movie was playing and it didn’t even hiccup.
I was able to log on to my current favorite online game Project Entropia, and the system not only handled the connection well, but the graphics ability are quite ample.
In General I am quite pleased with the system. It has most all the ability of my desktop, yet nice and portable.