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Dell Inspiron 8600

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews of Dell Inspiron 8600. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the battery and screen are generally positive. The price and design are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive comments about the size and portability.

performance, design, price, screen, battery

portability, size

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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Carla Thornton (

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.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: abaxter (

Dell Inspiron 8600 Review

Jul, 2004

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (

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...

Jul, 2004

Expert review by: Carla Thornton (

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.

Nov, 2003

Expert review by: Carla Thornton (

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...

Nov, 2003

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Expert review by: Stephanie Bruzzese (

Dell Inspiron 8600 2007 review: Dell Inspiron 8600 2007


Fast; comes with cutting-edge components, including the GeForce FX Go5650 GPU; has DVD+RW drive and built-in 802.11a or b/g antenna.


The Inspiron 8600 desktop replacement is one of the best and fastest notebooks on the block; it's great for business or personal use.

Oct, 2003

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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.

Expert review by: Andy Sim (

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.

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Harald Thon (

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...

Apr, 2004

Expert review by: HardwareCentral (

Dell Inspiron 8600 Review


Outstanding performance, particularly graphics performance, with reasonable battery life, Stupendous wide-aspect-ratio screen great for DVD viewing as well as video editing and DVD recording

Not obscenely heavy, but awfully big and bulky for briefcase travel, Ultra-high-resolution display is overkill for office applications and eyestrain for small text and icons

Serious image editors or computer-aided designers will also love the 1,920 by 1,200-pixel display, as we did for DVD viewing. That said, the titanic screen struck us as really too much for everyday office applications, unless you arrange two...

Aug, 2003

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