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Dell Inspiron 1720

alaTest has collected and analyzed 547 reviews of Dell Inspiron 1720. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The usability and screen are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the sound and battery. The touchpad and portability get critical reviews.

performance, screen, usability, price, size

portability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron 1720 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Dell Inspiron 1720


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 1720 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviews about the usability and reliability are overall positive.

keyboard, reliability, usability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Inspiron 1720 Laptop @ ndc 3248 - T5550,2GB,2x100GB,DVDRW,nVidia 8400M,Webcam,17.0" WXGA+ TrueLifeDell Inspiron 1720 Laptop @ ndc 3248 - T5550,2GB,2x100GB,DVDRW,nVidia 8400M,Webcam,17.0" WXGA+ TrueLife

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Dell Inspiron 1720


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 1720 from The average user rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviews about the keyboard and design are on the whole positive. The screen and durability also get good comments. There are some mixed opinions about the performance. Many are negative about the image quality and price.

usability, durability, screen, design, keyboard

reliability, price, image quality

38% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: DELL Inspiron 1720 17" Widescreen Notebook, 2.0GHz INTEL CORE 2 DUO, WiFi, 4GB RAM, 320GB, CDRW/DVDRW+DL, Webcam, Bluetooth, Windows Vista Home PremiDELL Inspiron 1720 17" Widescreen Notebook, 2.0GHz INTEL CORE 2 DUO, WiFi, 4GB RAM, 320GB, CDRW/DVDRW+DL, Webcam, Bluetooth, Windows Vista Home Premi

May, 2018

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Review Dell Inspiron 1720 Notebook


Silent cry for performance... Finally, it's available! After supp

Good looking case ; Very stable and flexural rigid case ; Comfortable keyboard with numerical pad ; WUXGA display also available ; Passable performance ; Very low noise emissions ; Low surface temperatures ; Very good battery runtime

Possible see-saw after adapting the display's position ; Digital picture/sound outs not available ; Touchpad sometimes intractable ; Reflecting display, moderate measured values

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (

Dell Inspiron 1720 Review


Striking a good balance between style, performance, and battery life, the Dell Inspiron 1720 is an impressive desktop replacement.

Modern design with multiple color options, Useful DataSafe backup utility, Long battery life, Huge hard drive

No HDMI port for optional Blu-ray drive, Heavy

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Kevin O'Brien (

Dell Inspiron 1720 Review


Gone are the white bumpers of old, replaced with a solid shimmering silver paint, giving the body of the Dell 1720 a much cleaner and refined look. The body still allows some user configuration with its custom top cover paint options, including jet...

Very tough structure and underbody ; Strong gaming performance with the 8600M GT ; Excellent battery life for a 17" notebook ; Bright and Vivid LCD with excellent viewing angles

Paint defects out of the box ; HD Bay cover has some play, making loud clacking noises ; No plaid paint option ... they offer every other color after all

Under normal web browsing use the 9-cell battery performed quite well, pushing out 3 hours and 12 minutes of life before going into hibernation mode at two percent. Screen brightness was two notches below max, or about 80 percent, and other items were...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (

Dell Inspiron 1720


Get an unwired and supercharged desktop-replacement laptop with the Dell Inspiron 1720.

Very good performance scores. 1,920-by-1,200 resolution option. Dual hard drive option for capacities up to 500GB. Mobile broadband from either Cingular, Sprint, or Verizon. Choice of eight colors.

Blu-ray drive option without an HDMI or DVI-D port. Heavier than the Dell Inspiron E1705 (Vista).

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Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Carla Thornton (

Dell Inspiron 1720 Notebook - Customizable


A powerful laptop does not have to be a boring laptop. Take Dell's Inspiron 1720, a robust system that also happens to be available in seven colors besides black. The 1720 is a heavyish 17-inch notebook, but its multimedia design is outstanding.

Dual hard drives option ; Fast 3D gaming


Perfect for gadget lovers, this splashily designed unit offers excellent entertainment options and rich-sounding speakers.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by : Laptop Views (

Expert Review


The Dell Inspiron 1720 Laptop is powered by 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5250 and it features 2MB Cache, 667 MHz FSB, Intel 965GM Chipset motherboard, 1024-MB DDR2 SDRAM (upgrdable to 2-GB maximum in 2 slots), 120-GB SATA 5400rpm hard drive and...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : (

Dell Inspiron 1720 Review


With the Inspiron 1720, Dell ups the ante in the super-performance notebook category. A 17-incher, the Inspiron 1720 is quite bulky, but the good design hides this. The 17-inch glossy widescreen (1920 x 1200) panel is beautiful; colour reproduction is...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Dell Vostro 1720 notebook


A well-built, 17in Dell notebook with a high-definition screen

High-definition screen, hard drive encryption, comfortable keyboard

Poor graphics performance, no digital video output, no eSATA

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Dell Vostro 1720 notebook


A well-built, 17in Dell notebook with a high-definition screen

High-definition screen, hard drive encryption, comfortable keyboard

Poor graphics performance, no digital video output, no eSATA

The Dell Vostro 1720 is a well-rounded machine and should suit any business user who wants large notebook with a high resolution display instead of a space-hogging PC and monitor setup. Don't bank on it for good 3D graphics performance though.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : TechRadar (

Dell Inspiron 1720 review


Dell shows its rivals how it's done with this powerful multimedia laptop

Powerful graphics card ; Complimentary earphones ; Robust build

Quite bulky

The ideal home entertainment centre with impressive multimedia abilities

Feb, 2008

Product Specifications

Mobile home office or portable entertainment center? Now you don't have to choose. The Inspiron 1720 notebook packs the power you need for work or play, with a large widescreen display for high-definition digital experience, media, photo or video editing, and more. Your Inspiron notebook is all about you. Whether you want to do your banking from a cafe or connect to the world from your favorite city park, this 17" Inspiron allows you to get online virtually anytime and anywhere. Use your notebook to explore, create and play with a fully loaded selection of media features including options such as high-definition UltraSharp displays, or an integrated 2-megapixel webcam.


Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Number of battery cells:6
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/3MB


Front Camera:N


Certification:EC CE mark, EN 55022:1994 + A1:1995 + A2:1997, EN 61000-3-2:2000, EN 61000-3-3:1995 + A1:2001, EN 55024:1998 + A1:2001 + A2:2003, EN 60950- 1:2001, EN 60825-1, IEC 60950-1 (ITE), IEC 60825-1).
Energy Star certified: Yes


Color of product:Black
Stand-by LED: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:17
Display Resolution:1440 x 900

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1440 x 900
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:90
Power consumption (PowerSave):9
Power consumption (standby):10

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Bronze


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 9600M / NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS / NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128 / 0.256 / 0.5


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Inspiron/Dell Vostro

Input Capacity

Maximum input capacity:250

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard


Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/533MHz/667MHz/800MHz


Internal memory:16 / 2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:144
Maximum memory:144
Memory clock speed:667
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2


Color:Alpine white/Jet black/Midnight blue


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem/None


3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Network ready:Optional
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/802.11b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):8 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:8 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):15 - 32
Operating temperature range (T-T):15 - 32
Storage relative humidity (H-H):8 - 80
Storage relative humidity range:8 - 80
Storage temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Storage temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW

Optical Storage

Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Home Premium
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows VistaTM, Vista x64, XP, XP SP1/SP2, XP 64-bit, NT 4.0 SP6a, 2000 SP2/SP3/SP4, Windows Server 2003, Server 2003 SP1, 2003 x64, Mac OS 9 v9.2, Mac OS 10.2/10.3/10.4, UNIX, Linux, Citrix, Novell Netware-based Open enterprise Server, Netware 5.1, 6.0 & 6.5, SAP
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Mac compatibility: Yes
Media weights by paper path:60 - 160 gsm
Minimum RAM:3072
Model availability:DK
Modem Speed:56.6
Modem Type:V.92
Power consumption (active):400
Power Requirements:220-240V AC, 47-63 Hz
Standard media sizes:C5, DL
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11a/g/n / 802.11b/g / 802.11n

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:150

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Standard tray media types:Envelopes, Labels, Plain paper, Transparencies


Built-in processor:ARM9
Processor frequency:366
Processor model:ARM9

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type II / Type III
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:2
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N / Y
TV out port:No / S-Video
TV-out:N / Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:5 / 6
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:90
Power consumption (PowerSave):9
Power consumption (standby):10

Print Technology

Color: No
Economical printing: Yes
Maximum duty cycle:25000
Maximum Resolution:1200 x 1200


Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):28
Time to first page (black, normal):7.5
Warm-up time:20


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Clock Speed:1.46GHz/1.73GHz/2.2GHz/2.4GHz/2GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10.5 / 11 / 12 / 12.5 / 13
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291 / 410
Processing die size:107 / 143
Processor:T2370 / T5550 / T6670 / T8100 / T8300 / T9300
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3 / 6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom / Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.062 - 1.150
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.73 / 1.83 / 2.1 / 2.2 / 2.4 / 2.56
Processor front side bus:533 / 667 / 800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor model:T2370 / T5550 / T6670 / T8100 / T8300 / T9300
Processor Number:P8600/T2310/T2370/T5750/T6670/T7250
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T8000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series / Intel Pentium T2000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket P
Processor system type:Up
Processor threads:2
Stepping:C0 / M0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:100 / 105
Type:Core 2 Duo/Pentium/Pentium Dual Core

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:32427 / 33099 / 33916 / 33917 / 34445 / 42109
Processor code:SLA4J / SLAPR / SLAVJ / SLAYY
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Installed Size:1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB/8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:Microsoft Works 9.0 - Danish
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional / Windows Vista Home Premium

Sound Emission

Print noise level:51
Printing noise level:51
Standby acoustic emission:25


Card reader integrated: Yes
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:2
Total Storage Capacity:250 / 320

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA/Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/160GB/250GB/320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 4500MHD/Intel GMA X3100/Intel GMA X4500MHD/NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.3 / 11.5
Dimensions (WxDxH):15.6 x 13.6 x 10
Height (front):1.14 / 1.54
Height (rear):1.59 / 1.73
Package dimensions (WxDxH):16.9 x 18.5 x 15.2
Package weight:493.8
Weight:402.1 / 6.81 / 7.61