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The Dell Inspiron 17 is a mainstream notebook computer released in July 2009.

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Pros

HD LED display is very bright - sufficiently lights screen at less than 50% brightness for maximal energy conservation

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i5 processor is markedly faster than i3/dual-core counterparts - especially noticeable during boot-up

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Good battery life considering screen size and processing power - 10+ hours available on a single charge

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Large screen is great for use as a primary computer - provides a suitable alternative for users without a home desktop PC

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Cons

Seemingly prone to software compatibility issues - security/office software, primer drivers and other basic programs may cause freezing and crashing

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"Fn" key layout may frustrate longtime "Alt" users - adds an extra step to accessing the function commands and is not compatible with all applications

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Fairly heavy - not recommended for primarily mobile environments as it may cause joint and muscle pain over time

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The Dell Inspiron 17 is a mainstream notebook computer released in July 2009. The mid 2009 refresh of this notebook reduces the overall thickness, includes a more efficient LED-backlit widescreen display at a higher resolution (1600 x 900) and increases the processor speed with dual core CPUs. The base model is kept to a competitively low $499 by featuring a 2GHz Pentium Dual Core, 2GB of memory, 150GB of hard drive space, integrated graphics and Windows Home Basic. Users with a higher budget can upgrade their Dell Inspiron 17 to a faster 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 4GB of memory, up to 500GB of storage, a Blu-ray drive and faster ATI HD 4330 graphics. Users can choose between 4, 6 or 9 cell battery options as well.

Features
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core (2GHz) / Intel Core 2 Duo (2.4GHz)
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Home Basic x64 / Windows Vista Ultimate x64
  • Chipset & graphics: Intel GM 45, Intel GMA X4500HD or 256MB ATI HD 4330 video
  • Display: Glossy 17.3" High Definition (900p) WLED display
  • Audio: 2 x 2w integrated stereo speakers, audio in/out
  • Storage: up to 500GB 5400RPM hard drive
  • Battery: 4, 6 or 9-cell
  • Blu-ray Disc drive or combo DVD writer
  • Network: WLAN 802.11g, 10/100 LAN (RJ45), 802.11g /n (optional), 3G card, Bluetooth (optional)
  • Optional 1.3MP Integrated Webcam
  • 3 x USB ports
  • VGA Port
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