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Dell Inspiron 8600

Dell Inspiron 8600
alaScore 79

151 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 151 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the keyboard and screen. The performance and design also get good feedback. There are mixed reviews on the size and portability.

price, 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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 8600 from 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

performance, battery


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

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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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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 Inspiron 8600 series


'Successeur de l\x92Inspiron 8500, le 8600 lui ressemble comme un fr\xe8re. Si ce n\x92est que les composants sont de tr\xe8s grande qualit\xe9. Le Processeur \xe0 1,7 GHz et les 2 Go de m\xe9moire vive en font un portable capable de remplacer...

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'Le successeur du Latitude X200 est un portable dot\xe9 de la technologie Centrino. Tr\xe8s bien \xe9quip\xe9 et rapide, il manque toutefois un peu d\x92autonomie et sa m\xe9moire vive gagnerait \xe0 s\x92enrichir de quelques m\xe9gaoctets.'

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Dell Inspiron 5150


'Anim\xe9 par un processeur Mobile Pentium 4 cadenc\xe9 \xe0 3,06 GHz \xe9paul\xe9 par des composants haut de gamme, l\x92Inspiron 5150 est l\x92un des ordinateurs portables les plus performants du moment. C\x92est par ailleurs l\x92un des plus...

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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.

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


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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight


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


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Inspiron/Dell Latitude

Input Device

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


Data Bus Speed:400MHz/533MHz


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


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
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

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


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


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


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


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