Dell Inspiron 17R-5000 17.3 inch Laptop Review

Dell Inspiron 17R-5000 17.3 inch Laptop Review

Dell Inspiron 17R-5000 17.3 inch Laptop
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Dell Inspiron 17R-5000 is a modern and powerful 17.3 inch laptop computer with a HD+ display, backlit spill-resistant keyboard, a 4th generation Intel i7 processor, large amounts of memory and hard drive, a DVD optical drive and more importantly the Windows 7 operating system that most PC users still prefer. It is more of a desktop replacement with great multimedia capabilities than a very portable device due to its size.

Dell Inspiron 17R-5000 comes with the dual core Intel i7-4510U processor at 2.0GHz speed that goes up to 3.1GHz with turbo feature when tasks require it and hyper threading for dual cores to handle four threads in parallel- which means better usage of the CPU, generous 8GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz, 1TB Serial ATA hard drive as spacious storage for any of your files and 64-bit Windows 7 Professional OS. The ultra low voltage i7 processor is powerful enough to handle day-to-day tasks very smoothly as well as more complex and demanding multimedia and other software.

17.3 inch Truelife HD+ LED backlit display with 1600 x 900 pixel resolution means sharp picture with vibrant colours and fine detail and the integrated Intel HD 4400 is up to 30% faster than the Intel HD 4000 and can be compared to the dedicated Radeon HD 7550M in terms of overall performance but you do need a higher level dedicated graphics card to be able to play the current game titles fluently- you need to lower the settings but will be fine with the older games at higher settings. Waves MaxxAudio and 2 tuned stereo speakers offer brilliant crisp and clear sound- many customers are happy with the great audio. HD (720p) webcam with built-in dual digital microphones for nice live chats on Skype that already comes pre-loaded.

Dell Inspiron 17R-5000 17.3 inch Laptop Review
Brushed aluminium black and silver elegant Dell Inspiron weighs 6.6 pounds with measurements of 16.20 x 10.20 x 1.10 inches- large but still slimmer and lighter than previous models. It offers 5.5 hours of average battery life on one charge from its 4-cell 40WHr Battery (58WHr), has a Dell backlit keyboard with a 10 key numpad for easy data entry and touchpad that supports multi-touch gestures with integrated scrolling. Connectivity options include Intel Wireless-N 1705 802.11bgn, Bluetooth 4.0, Multiformat DVD-RW that writes to CDs and DVDs, a full-size HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, a Media Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC), Security slot, 90W A/C Adapter (3-pin). As perhaps a small design problem, the front edge where your hands reach the laptop keyboard is a little sharp but not round and it was a little uncomfortable to use for one of the customers but not others- they say it is quite ergonomic and the keyboard is easy to type on.

Conclusion: Dell Inspiron 17R-5000 is a great overall desktop replacement laptop and looking through some reviews online, a couple of bad reviews that we’ve come across seemed a bit unfair and due to very high expectations: One customer criticised it for being large and heavy when in fact it is lighter and thinner than most other 17 inch laptops on the market and another for not being an advanced gaming machine- well it is simply not priced to include an expensive discrete graphics card, having said that you can play many of the latest games at lower settings and older or online games fluently at high resolutions. It comes with 30 day trial versions of Microsoft Office 2013 and McAfee LiveSafe which you may want to replace with the free version of AVG. Sound quality is just awesome for when watching movies, listening to songs or playing games. The fact that it comes with a spill-resistant backlit keyboard (easier to use in the dark or dim light and internal components being protected from spillage accidents) adds to the fun. If you’re not looking for a very light and portable small screen machine, but more of a large screen powerful laptop with great multimedia features with great sound and image quality, this would be a great one to consider.

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