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The Dell Inspiron 17R can be considered as the premium version of the Inspiron 17.

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Pros

display is clear and bright, shows HD video with great clarity

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USB ports are placed on the left, right and back - always find one that's out of the way

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audio quality is above average, great clarity and can get pretty loud if you want it to

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good set of features for the price paid

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good ports for external displays, will support older monitors and newer HDTVs

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fairly sturdy, not overly flexible and doesn't creak when you open it

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function keys require awkward key combinations

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ventilation gets pretty loud, fan cycles up frequently

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The Dell Inspiron 17R can be considered as  the premium version of the Inspiron 17. With more options in the form of graphics cards, memory and wifi card. In addition to the extra options, an eSATA/USB combo port have to added in place of an USB 2.0 port (now 3X USB2.0). With these small revisions the Inpsiron 17R is thicker and the weight of the Inspiron 17R has increased by 0.3lbs over the Inspiron 17. Windows 7 Home basic and Windows 7 Ultimate (both 64-bit) have been added to the list along side the existing Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional. Many features remains the same with the 900p HD WLED display, Blu-Ray drive option and two 2 W speakers. The Inspiron 17R offers more flexibility than the Inspiron 17 in terms of configurations. None the less, this 17.3'' desktop replacement notebook is still aimed at the budget segment.

Features / Specifications
  • Intel Core i3 / i5 processors
  • Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Ultimate (all 64-bit)
  • Up to 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Mobile Intel Series Express Chipset (HM57)
  •  Intel HD Graphics, optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 1GB
  • 17.3" High Definition + (900p) glossy WLED Display with TrueLife panel
  • 4-Watt (2 x 2W) High Definition Audio 2.0 Stereo Speakers with SRS Premium Sound
  • Up to 500GB 5400RPM hard drive
  • Internal tray-load DVD+/-RW or Blu-ray Disc Combo (Read BD, Burn CD/DVD) Drive
  • WiFi connectivity options from Dell and Intel
  • 3X USB2.0, eSATA/USB Combo, VGA out, HDMI out 7in 1 media card reader
  • 1.3MP Integrated Webcam with Integrated Microphone
  • 6 cell 49 WHr Li-Ion Battery and optional 9 cell 85 WHr Li-Ion Battery 
     
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