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Dell Inspiron 8600

Dell Inspiron 8600
alaScore 79

146 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 146 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the keyboard and screen are overall positive. The performance and design also get good views. Reviews about the size and portability are mixed.

value for money, design, performance, screen, keyboard

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron 8600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 146 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Dell Inspiron 8600

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 8600 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

performance, battery

screen

65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Laptop Motherboard for Inspiron 5150 Dell Part W0938DELL Inspiron 8600 AC AdapterDELL LATITUDE D505 LAPTOP NOTEBOOK WINDOWS XP DVD WIFI 60GB CELERON M

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Dell Inspiron 8600

 

The chunky Dell Inspiron 8600 has some nice extras.

If you've got the money, the Dell Inspiron 8600 has solid sound, superior battery life, and thoughtful design touches.

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Dell Inspiron 8600 Review

 
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Dell Latitude X300

 

The Dell Latitude X300 packs quite a punch in a 3-pound system. It is the only ultraportable here to include 640MB of RAM, a 5,400-rpm hard drive, and a dual-band 802.11a/g wireless solution. Unfortunately, it lacks a full-size keyboard—a must-have for...

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Dell Latitude X300

 

Ultraportable has a great design that accepts a number of expansion options.

The Latitude X300 offers great flexibility and portability in an easy-to-carry package. If you've got the money to spare, you should get both the D-Bay for travel and the Media Base for the desktop.

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Dell Latitude X300 Notebook Computer (Dell-X300SB)

 

What's Hot: Artwork: Rick Rizner, John GoddardTake a 3-pound notebook and give it speed, a good keyboard, and lots of expansion choices, and you have Dell's Latitude X300, an ultraportable that's more tempting than most. The X300 pushes thin-and-light...

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Dell Inspiron 5150

 

If you've been shopping for a desktop replacement notebook lately, chances are that the processors in the machines you've compared were never intended for a portable PC. Even with the myriad mobile chips available from AMD and Intel, desktop...

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Dell Inspiron 8600

 

If you're looking for a powerhouse notebook, the Dell Inspiron 8600 offers amazing performance. But it doesn't have as large a hard drive or as many USB ports as its competitiors, hurting its overall rating.

Great battery life. Good price

Bulky. Better screens out there

Dell offers solid performance and a great battery life. But the 8600 is a little fat around the edges and falls behind in looks.

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First Looks - LG X300 Netbook

 

Your guess is as good as mine if computing tablets would see out netbooks this year. Anyhow, we took the very thin and very premium LG X300 out for a spin to see how it fares before they turn into an artifact forever lost in the sands of time.

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Review: Dell Inspiron 5150 Laptop

 

Many people are starting to look for replacements for their desktop computers. Do you buy a laptop, or another desktop? It is hard to decide because you want the power and flexibility of a desktop, but you also want the portability and small footprint...

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Graphics Boost: Dell Inspiron 8600 Gets ATI MR 9600 Turbo

 

What more can Dell add to its fast and furious Dell Inspiron 8600 notebook with a 15.4" wide screen display, 7200 rpm hard drive and Pentium-M 1.7 GHz CPU? The answer is ATI's MR 9600 Pro Turbo graphics processor. So does this notebook's 3D graphics...

To call ATI's Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro Turbo a 3D graphics booster for the Dell Inspiron 8600 is in my opinion an exaggeration. Although the configuration of the machine with this DirectX9 capable graphics processor achieved better 3D benchmarks than...

Product Specifications

As one of the world's leading notebook brands, Dell Latitude products are known for their reliability, high performance, low cost of ownership, platform compatibility and excellent service and support. Starting at 2.9 Lbs, Dell Latitude X300 is the smallest and lightest notebook in its class. This notebook includes CompleteCare service.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):3hour(s)/4.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.8in/10.9in/8.7in
Height:1.1in/1.5in/1.9in
Weight:2.9lbs/6.6lbs/7.3lbs/7.9lbs
Width:13.2in/14.1in/14.2in/9.2in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:12.1in/15.4in/15in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm/38.1cm/39.1cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768/1280 x 800/1400 x 1050/1680 x 1050/1920 x 1200
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display:No/Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Dell
Model:5150/8600/X300
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Inspiron/Dell Latitude

Input Device

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

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:400MHz/533MHz

Modem

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

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/8x
Rewrite Speed:10x
Type:CD-ROM/CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD+RW/DVD-ROM
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor

Clock Speed:1.2GHz/1.4GHz/1.7GHz/3.06GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Number:710
Type:Mobile Pentium 4/Pentium M

RAM

Installed Size:256MB/384MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:1.125GB/2GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Storage Controller

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:30GB/40GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino
Recommended Use:Home use

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/32MB/64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel Extreme Graphics 2/NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200/NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5650/NVIDIA GeForce4 4200 Go