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Dell Inspiron M501R

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the keyboard and connectivity are on the whole positive. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the touchpad. There are some less positive views about the battery.

value for money, performance, design, connectivity, keyboard


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron M501R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 64 reviews)

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Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212PBL


Editors' note: This review is part of our 2010 retail laptop and desktop back-to-school roundup, covering specific fixed configurations of popular systems that can be found in retail stores.

Good looks; above-average audio output; multitouch touch pad; HDMI and eSATA ports

Squeaky space bar on the keyboard; poor battery life; performance lags behind similarly priced Intel-based laptops

We'd like the attractive and affordable Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212PBL more if it wasn't so slow and squeaky.

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Dell Inspiron iM501R-1655MRB


Whether it's a $1,000 or a $600 Inspiron, there's no variation in the 15.6-inch widescreen. Brightness levels are similar to those of the Sony EB33FM/BJ and Acer AS5745, and they all carry a maximum 1,366-by-768 resolution. A budget laptop, like the...

Well thought-out design. Excellent keyboard. Soft mouse buttons. Large 500GB hard drive. HDMI and eSATA

Overpriced compared to its peers. Paltry battery scores. Bottom of the barrel performance scores

The Dell Inspiron iM501R-1655MRB is the most sluggish and battery-inefficient laptop in its group, yet it costs more.

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Dell Inspiron M501R-1748MRB


The M501R-1748MRB's 15.6-inch display has a 1,366-by-768 resolution and as such can display high definition content at 720p. The screen's glossy coating is somewhat reflective, but it delivers vibrant colors and good off-angle viewing, making it a nice...

Blu-ray drive. Big hard drive. Nice display

Integrated graphics. Sluggish performance. Relatively short battery life

The Dell Inspiron M501R-1748MRB is an affordable desktop replacement laptop based on AMD's Vision Premium technology. Its performance and battery life are subpar, but the addition of a Blu-ray drive lets you view HD movies on its bright LED backlit...


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Dell Inspiron iM501R-13230BK


With a sub-$600 price tag, the Dell Inspiron iM501R-13230BK ($599.99 list) would be a winning entry-level 15.6-inch laptop if it weren't for its lackluster performance. The iM501R-13230BK, available at Staples, has all the essentials that you should...

Inexpensive. Great-sounding audio. eSATA port. No pre-installed bloatware

Poor performance. Heavy

The Dell Inspiron iM501R-13230BK is a budget-minded mainstream laptop that offers more than just the essentials, but its performance is decidedly back of the pack for it class.

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i love this computer, fast and easy to use.


audio output is phenominal and screen size

keyboard size & battery life

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Worth the price. Overall meets expectation.


There is no keyboard squeak. This is a great laptop for students to carry to school for taking notes. Overall this laptop serves well as a internet-surfing to word processing usage. CNET reviewer here is way too harsh.

Attractive design. Good portability. Small but not delicate. Firm but not bulky feeling

Might take a while to get use to the condensed keyboard keys. Touchpad interface could be better

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Good Value; No Keyboard Squeak


Got this for my daughter for school and she is very happy. Windows 7 and I aren't the "best of friends" yet, though. When navigating on the trackpad, a strange icon keeps coming up (like either vertical or horizontal track bar) not sure if this is Win...

Price; Look and Feel; Performance

Battery Life; Dell "Bloatware" Weird Touchpad and keys

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Low Price laptop. Decent for school use.


Cheaper, lower-end 15.6" laptop by Dell when compared to Inspiron 15R

Low Price ; Good looks ; HDMI port ; Multi-touch

Processor not as powerful as Intel one in the comparable Dell 15R

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Amazing Deal Before


We actually got this for 479 at Best Buy, now the price has gone up, anyways it has everything you need for almost everybody, and I think students will be happy. The editors review was pretty bad here, don't listen to them. I highly recommend getting...

Fast, Dedicated Graphic Card, Low Price

Only 3 hours of battery, but the battery is removable

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Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212PBL


Cheaper, lower-end 15.6" laptop by Dell when compared to Inspiron 15R

Low Price

Processor not as powerful as Intel one in the comparable Dell 15R

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:5 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No


Brand of Graphic Chip:ATI
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Mobility Radeon HD 4250 / RADEON MOBILITY HD550V


Chipset Brand:AMD / Unknown
Chipset Type:M880G / RS880M / Unknown
Processor:ATHLON II / Phenom II X3 / Turion II
Processor Brand:AMD
Processor Number:N870 / P320 / P360 / P520