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Dell Inspiron 1720

Dell Inspiron 1720
alaScore 82

1096 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1096 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and keyboard. The performance and value for money are also appreciated, but many are critical about the touchpad and portability. Opinions about the reliability and sound are mixed.

screen, value for money, performance, keyboard, usability

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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Dell Inspiron 1720


alaTest has collected and analysed 1 user review 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 Laptop Computers on

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

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

Consumer review by: review summary for Dell Inspiron 1720


alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 1720 from The average user rating for this product is 2.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

value for money, screen, usability, build quality, design


28% 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 PremiuDELL 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, 3GB RAM, 160GB, CDRW/DVDRW+DL, Webcam, Bluetooth, Windows Vista Home Premi

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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


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Dell Inspiron 1720


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

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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...

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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.

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Dell Inspiron 1720


The 1720 retains its 17-inch widescreen, which is absolutely gorgeous. The optional 1,920-by-1,200 screen (which is what my review unit came with) is ideal for gamers and HD enthusiasts—but typical users may be better off going with the lower...

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)

An integrated cellular modem, cavernous hard drives, and very good performance numbers more than compensate for a couple of feature exclusions, making the Inspiron 1720 one of the best deals in the desktop-replacement market.

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Dell Vostro 1720 notebook


Dell's Vostro notebooks target small businesses and are available with 12in, 13.3in, 15.4in and 17in screens. The Dell Vostro 1720 is a 17in model; it...

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.

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Dell Inspiron 1720 (N0272001)


The 1720 is extravagantly styled and is available with a range of coloured screen surrounds

Powerful graphics card ; Complimentary earphones ; Robust build

Quite bulky

The Dell is a great all-round machine. Build quality is excellent and, if you're after a multimedia system, it's simply too good to ignore

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Dell Inspiron 1720 N0917206T


Dell's silver design scheme brings style to the chassis

Well built and portable, Impressive battery life, Great screen

Indifferent performance, Lacking in connectivity

Despite poor connectivity and lower performance than its rivals, the Dell Inspiron 1720 remains a good entry-level media centre. With a truly unique style, powerful graphics and impressive usability, this is a recommended choice for those gamers or...

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Dell Inspiron 1720 review


Strong all-round performance at a great price

p>Great price Outstanding usability Strong performance</p

p>No high-definition digital interface</p

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Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop review


Dell hasn't refreshed its consumer notebook line for close to two years, so the introduction of the 1720 is something of a welcome surprise. There are two models in the new line with this being the larger version with a 17-inch Super-TFT panel – the...

Great price, powerful, great build quality

Lid colour looks cheap, poor battery life

The build quality is great, the price even better and if you want to add a hint of colour you can do, making this a great option

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.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/3MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Environmental Standards

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


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

Input Device

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


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


Color:Alpine white/Jet black/Midnight blue


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


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
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

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


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.46GHz/1.73GHz/2.2GHz/2.4GHz/2GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:P8600/T2310/T2370/T5750/T6670/T7250
Type:Core 2 Duo/Pentium/Pentium Dual Core


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

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