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Dell Inspiron 5160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 229 reviews of Dell Inspiron 5160. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the portability and design are on the whole positive. The performance and usability also get good feedback. The energy efficiency and battery get critical views, and there are mixed opinions on the image quality and reliability.

price, usability, performance, design, portability

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron 5160 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Stephanie Bruzzese (

Dell Inspiron 5160 review


Dell Inspiron 5160 The Inspiron 5160, Dell's follow-up to its Editors' Choice award-winning Inspiron 5150 , has some distinct differences from its predecessor, both good and bad. The Inspiron 5160 still weighs about 8 pounds--average for a desktop...

Sturdy, attractive design; decent price; includes a multiformat dual-layer DVD burner; exceptionally comfortable keyboard; integrated 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi.

Mediocre productivity performance; poor gaming performance; only two USB 2.0 ports.

Slower but less expensive than the competition, the Inspiron 5160 makes a decent system for nondemanding home or small-office use.

Dec, 2004

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Dell Inspiron 5160


A reasonably powerful notebook with great software and a drab design.

Good performance Nice price• Great multimedia software bundle

Uninspired design Heavy

Feb, 2004

Expert review by : Ron LaFon (

First Look Review: Dell Precision 490 Workstation


Highly recommended workhorse is fast, compact, quiet ? and good-looking too.

The Dell Precision 490 workstation is ISV-certified by an extensive array of hardware and software vendors to ensure optimized performance in demanding workstation environments. There's much here to like here: Excellent performance, compact size and...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Stephanie Bruzzese (

Dell Inspiron 5160


Slower but less expensive than the competition, the Inspiron 5160 makes a decent system for nondemanding home or small-office use.

Sturdy ; Attractive design ; Decent price ; Includes a multiformat dual-layer DVD burner ; Exceptionally comfortable keyboard ; Integrated 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi

Mediocre productivity performance ; Poor gaming performance ; Only two USB 2.0 ports

Dec, 2004

Consumer review (

Great poduct


Product is very good. Does not jam in the printer.

Good Value

Peels Easily

Jan, 2012

Consumer review (

Affordable workhorse


Template via Internet makes for easy project

Good Value

Jan, 2012

Consumer review (

Great for the price


They perform as well as any labels I've ever used.

Easy To Change,Good Value,Strong Adhesive

Jan, 2012

Consumer review (

cheeper that the clear labels



Good Value

Peels Easily

Jan, 2012

Consumer review (

I will buy and use these lables again


I use them often

Bright Colors,Easy To Change,Strong Adhesive,Tough

Dec, 2011

Consumer review (

No jams/no smudges love them


Never fails me. Feeds into printer perfectly, no jams, no smudging. Love the easy peel especially with arthiritis.

Doesn\'t Fade,Strong Adhesive

Dec, 2011

Product Specifications

The Inspiron 5160 notebook is designed for home and small business usage and for medium-sized businesses focused on high performance at a very appealing price. The Inspiron 5160 offers excellent value for money and allows you to get all the benefits of a mobile performance solution at even lower prices. The system offers a versatile usage model and is the ideal solution for the home user and the small & medium-sized business that needs a performance notebook.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15in
Diagonal Size (metric):38.1cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768/1400 x 1050
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Inspiron

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/8x
Rewrite Speed:10x
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition


Clock Speed:2.8GHz/3.2GHz
Processor Number:518/538
Type:Mobile Pentium 4


Installed Size:256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:30GB/40GB/60GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Memory

Installed Size:32MB/64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200/XGI Volari XP5