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The Inspiron M501R is one of few Dell notebooks with AMD processors.

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graphics processor can handle casual gaming and general multimedia

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larger than usual RAM ensures less file swapping with the hard drive, cuts down on wear and tear

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relatively light design, easy to carry

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multitasking between processing-intensive applications works with barely any hesitation

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can generate a fair amount of heat when running graphics-intensive applications

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glossy finish on everything needs frequent cleaning

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battery life is relatively short, needs to be recharged often

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unsuitable for serious gaming, can't run anything at settings higher than "medium"

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The Inspiron M501R is one of few Dell notebooks with AMD processors. It is available with AMD Phenom II processors which were release to compete with Intel's Core i7 Quad core processors. It is also available with Integrated (ATI HD4250) and dedicated (ATI HD550v) graphics card options but with no switchable graphics unlike other more expensive notebooks. The M501R offers a wide range of connectivity options including 3 USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA/USB combo port, wireless-N, 10/100 ethernet and  Bluetooth. It comes with a 720p HD screen and Blu-Ray drive options along with HDMI out. The M501R is designed to be a low price portable media center with powerful components. Encoding HD videos and media stream over home WiFi network should be no problem for this notebook. At 5.83lbs it is lighter than many of it's competitions, and with 9 cell high capacity battery options, it can well be used as a budget student notebook. 

Features / Specifications
  • Up to AMD Phenom II X4 processors
  • Windows 7 Home basic / Home Premium / Professional options (all 64-bit)
  • Up to 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • AMD M880G Chipset
  •  ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250, optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v 1GB
  • 15.6" High Definition (720p) WLED Display with TrueLife Panel
  • Up to 640GB configured with a 5400RPM SATA hard drive
  • Tray-load DVD+/-RW, optional Blu-ray DiscTM Combo (Read BD, Burn CD/DVD) Drive
  • 6 cell 48 WHr Li-Ion Battery, optional 9 cell 90 WHr Li-Ion Battery 
  • 1.3MP Integrated Webcam and Microphone
  • Dell Wireless 1501 802.11 g/n, 10/100 LAN
  • Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Internal (2.1+EDR) mini-card (optional)
  • 3X USB2.0, eSATA/USB Combo, HDMI out, VGA out, 7 in 1 media card reader
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