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Dell Inspiron E1705

alaTest has collected and analyzed 103 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and design. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the battery, and there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron E1705 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Dell Inspiron E1705

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Dell Inspiron E1705 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

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64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Inspiron E1705 LaptopDELL INSPIRON E1705 NOTEBOOK PC, Intel CoreTM Duo T2300 1.66 GHZ, 80 GB HD, 24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive, 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 17 inch Wide Screen XGA+ DELL INSPIRON E1705 (9400) NOTEBOOK PC, Intel Core 2 Duo T5300 1.73 GHZ, 120 GB HD, 8X DVD Burner, 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 17 inch Wide Screen XGA+ Display,

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Dell Inspiron E1705

 

If you're limited to a notebook PC, you've no doubt been wrought with envy as your desktop buddies brag about their dual-core processors. Well, suffer no more! You aren't stuck with single-core anymore!

CoreDuo smokes Pentium M; really good speakers

Poor battery life and slow gaming performance

For entertainment junkies, or folks who need a notebook for content creation, the E1705 is hard to beat. But for gamers, or anyone wanting long-lasting battery life, the E1705 can be passed on.

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Dell Studio 14z

 

Editor's note: This laptop is a special fixed-configuration model offered only at the Best Buy retail chain.

Crisp, vivid screen ; Discrete nVidia GPU squeezed inside

No built-in flash media slots ; Pricy external optical drive

The sleek, slim 14z all-purpose laptop delivers a great package overall--so long as you don't crave an optical drive.

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Dell Studio 14z Review

 

The notebook chassis is constructed from a combination of plastics and magnesium alloy for a balance of light weight and durability, and I have no doubt the Studio 14z can survive several years of use and abuse by college students, although I'd feel...

Attractive design ; Good overall performance for the price ; Great screen and speakers

No optical drive ; No standard VGA port ; No standard SD card slot

Noise levels are fairly quiet when running on battery as the fan produces a constant weak "hum" as hot air is pushed out. The fan gets louder when the laptop is set to the "high performance" power profile under Microsoft Vista and was plugged into the...

Editor's Choice!

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Dell Studio 14z

 

This slim 14-inch notebook offers strong performance and long battery life, but you'll sacrifice an optical drive.

If you can live without an optical drive (and we suspect many of you can) and a dedicated memory card reader, the Dell Studio 14z has lots to offer: an attractive design, powerful speakers, good endurance, and strong performance, including Nvidia 9400M...

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Dell Inspiron e1705 with Core 2 Duo Review (pics, specs)

 

The Dell Inspiron E1705 has been around for awhile now. There are many configuration options available, and prices are often very affordable once Dell coupons are applied (for US customers at least). A top of the line E1705 can offer performance almost...

The T7200 combined with the Geforce 7900GS offers fantastic performance in just about any situation, and is close to about as futureproof as a laptop can get Virtually silent under normal use Solid construction Fabulous WUXGA LCD screen Lack of...

Runs very hot with Dell's default fan settings Lack of 2 internal hard drives (which DV8000t has) Lack of numberpad on keyboard Lack of legacy support for PCMCIA (which DV8000t has) Short battery life on default 6-cell Lots of bloatware Lack of...

Having owned a popular desktop replacement, the HP dv8000t for awhile, my expectations of the E1705 were high. I'm satisfied to report that the E1705 has met my expectations, offering fantastic performance at a great price. It doesn't have the keyboard...

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Dell Inspiron E1705

 

This 17-inch dual-core notebook includes a TV tuner and delivers outstanding mobile gaming performance.

Excellent graphics performance

Big and heavy

This solid-performing multimedia entertainment notebook turned in some of the best mobile graphics results we've seen.

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Dell Inspiron e1705 with ATI X1400 Graphics Review

 

Fantastic performance-to-price and component-to-price ratios, Great performance, in absolute terms, even while running multiple applications, Solidly built, Built-in DVI, Nice, comfortable keyboard, Good screen, Lots of USB ports, Runs quiet,  Decent...

The screen options are very limited ; WSXGA should be an option, Lots of junk software pre-installed, Runs a little hot, Battery life is not great, Big and unwieldy for people who need portability

The e1705 is better than expected and quite a bargain for a powerful desktop replacement notebook.

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Dell Inspiron e1705 with ATI X1400 Graphics Review (pics, specs)

 

The Inspiron e1705, Dell's e for entertainment desktop replacement notebook computer featuring Intel's Yonah dual core processor, has been available for several months, and is essentially identical to another Dell model, the Inspiron 9400, which is...

Fantastic performance-to-price and component-to-price ratios Great performance, in absolute terms, even while running multiple applications Solidly built Built-in DVI Nice, comfortable keyboard Good screen Lots of USB ports Runs quiet Decent sound from...

The screen options are very limited; WSXGA should be an option Lots of junk software pre-installed Runs a little hot Battery life is not great Big and unwieldy for people who need portability

The e1705 is better than expected and quite a bargain for a powerful desktop replacement notebook. After two weeks of regular use and testing, I'm comfortable with this notebook as my primary computer. The e1705 is the best performing computer I've...

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Dell Inspiron E1705

 

With blazing dual-core performance and a bright 17-inch display, the Dell Inspriron E1705 is a Media Center powerhouse.

Very fast performance Gorgeous 17-inch widescreen • Instant access to music, photos, and videos • Superb graphics

No numeric keypad Base runs warm

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Dell Inspiron e1705 Review (pics, specs)

 

The Dell Inspiron e1705 is a 17 widescreen notebook and the first Inspiron to be released with the new Intel Core Duo processor. The e in e1705 stands for Entertainment, with various media features available, fast Core Duo processor, a generous amount...

Great 17" TrueLife WUXGA screen provides vivid colors, lighting is even across the screen Fantastic selection of ports available, 6 USB 2.0 ports is tops for any notebook Good solid build, no flexing of the body and magnesium alloy material for lid and...

No PCMCIA slot, if you have old accessory cards that use this expansion slot you're out of luck Being a desktop replacement notebook, this is a heavy machine, just over 8lbs with a 9-cell battery Battery life is short unless you take measures to...

The e1705 does a great job of carrying on everything that was good about the Inspiron 9300 and adding some serious performance enhancements to the Inspiron 17-inch line of notebooks. The speed boost from the Core Duo processor is proving rather...

Product Specifications

As one of the first of the mainstream computer manufacturers to develop a laptop around the new Intel Core Duo processor, Dell has much riding on the success of the new Inspiron 9400. The 1.66GHz Core Duo processor will either sink or swim in Dells mainstream portables depending upon its reception here. Matched with 1GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 that promises to run even the thirstiest applications with aplomb, the major yardstick is not whether Core Duo can keep pace with the Pentium M (Dothan), but whether it can perform without reducing battery life to minutes rather than hours. Yet having said that, it is easy to think that the Inspirons sole point of interest is the aforementioned CPU. You see, this is Dells attempt at an all-in-one laptop: a workhorse that sits as comfortably in office attire as it does in casuals. With fast-access email buttons, ample memory and a weight of 7lb, its a suitable office-based and on-the-go machine. Yet with Media Center bundled in, to give the control buttons at the foot of the casing something to do, and a 17in widescreen display, the Inspiron seems built for handling movies as comfortably as Excel spreadsheets. Visually, the arctic silver and white casing is an interesting reworking from Dell. The colour scheme and layout of the keyboard and tracker pad hint at a classiness that some might dismiss as tacky trend-chasing. But it actually works rather well, giving the screen a comfortable border in gentle silver rather than harsh black.
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