What can I say about this laptop? This is by far the best laptop I have ever owned, and probably one of the best out there today for the value. The case is very well built, much more sound than the plastic D600 that I also own. Sound is amazing, the sub actually gives enough bass to make movies sound great, and music sound like it should.Specifications
Intel® Pentium® M Processor (1.73GHz, 2MB Cache, 533MHz FSB)
Intel® 915PM Chipset with PCI Express
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
512MB DDR2 533MHZ MEMORY (2 x 256MB Modules) I will upgrade this to 1GB once its paid off.
IEEE 1394 integrated port
6-USB 2.0 (Universal Serial Bus) compliant 4-pin connectors
Video: 15-pin monitor connector
Digital Video Interface (DVI)
S-Video: 7-pin mini-DIN connector
Audio jacks: Stereo headphones/speakers miniconnector (same as line-out), microphone miniconnector
17-inch Wide-Aspect WUXGA display with TrueLifeTM Glossy (1920x1200)
Height: 1.6-inches (41.5 mm)
Width: 15.5-inches (394 mm)
Depth: 11.3-inches (287 mm)
Weight: 7.85 lbs. (3.56 kg).
6 Cell 53 WHr Lithium Ion Primary battery. Approximate operating time: Up to 3.4 hours
AC Adapter: Output power: 90W standard, Input voltage: 90 to 264 VAC
Connectors: (1) Type I or Type II card
3.3 and 5 V cards supported
PCI ExpressTM x16
256MB DDR NVIDIA® GeForceTM Go 6800
24x CD-RW/8x DVD player
60gb 7200 RPM Hitachi M (Came with a 60gb 4200RPM Toshiba Drive)
Integrated stereo sound
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet (Broadcom 440x)
Dell 1350 internal wireless solution (802.11b/g)
The graphics are amazing, they can take just about anything my desktop could. HL2 runs at 1920 x 1600, max graphics, so does Doom 3. The only thing holding anything back is my memory, 512 isnt enough and I will be upgrading to 1gb when I can afford it. Battery life seems to be about 2 hours with the LCD brightness half-way down, with wi-fi on. I really havent played with the settings yet.
The video card has TONS of headroom for overclocking. I went from a 290 core/ 590 mem to a 370 core / 775 mem using coolbit's auto-detect feature. Completely stable, I will push higher some other time. 3dMark05 score was 4815.
The display is one of the things I love and hate. I love the glossy look and the way colors are and how sharp the text is. Blacks are BLACK like they should be, not a dark grey. What I hate is the backlight leakage. When I watch DVDs I can see leakage come from the top and bottom. This isnt noticable from basic web surfing but is slightly noticable in games. More so in Doom 3. Dell is already sending out a replacement LCD and was real nice about it too. They even offered to send me out a brand new laptop, but I told them I am quite capable of repairing it myself with just the LCD part.
-Only cost $1256
-Great desktop replacement, great for today's games.
-Upgradeable graphics and can support dual-core processors when they come out.
-Best sound from a laptop, thanks to the "subwoofer"
-WiFi picked up over 10 access points, not even my desktop could do that.
-Front media buttons work well with winamp
-6 usb ports!
-Came loaded with so much shit that I had to reformat, didnt come with a restore cd
-LCD has bleeding problems, hopefully will get fixed with the replacement.
-Large laptop, not as portable as others
-Dell could have fit a standard size keyboard on this thing, but decided not to.
-Wifi seems to cut out, may be a driver issue.
Compared to my D600