The Bottom Line
Dell has produced a good all around ultraportable system that doesn't have any truly glaring flaws or outstanding attributes.
- Good Battery Life
- Well Priced
- Optical Drive Requires Media Base
- Keyboard is Slightly Smaller
- Intel Pentium M 1.2GHz Low Voltage Processor
- 384 MB PC2100 DDR Memory
- 30 Gigabyte Hard Drive
- 24x CD-RW Combo Drive in Media Base Unit
- 12.1" XGA TFT LCD Display and Intel Extreme 2 Graphics using 64MB shared memory.
- Integrated AC'97 Audio
- v.92 Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b or Optional 802.11b/g Wireless
- Two USB 2.0 and 1 FireWire Ports
- 10.8" x 9.2" x 1" @ 3 lbs. (without Media Base)
- Windows XP Home Operating System
Guide Review - Dell Inspiron 300m
9/7/03 - Dell's Inrpiron 300m is their consumer ultraportable notebook featuring the low voltage Intel Pentium M processor. The system overall has a good set of features. It's size and weight make it a very portable system as long as you do not require an optical drive. If you need an optical drive, the external media base must be attached to the bottom of the unit which doubles the height of the laptop. Some users with larger fingers may find the keyboard a bit awkward as Dell reduced the key size slightly to conserve space. Battery life is very good with the standard battery pack and subperb with the optional battery pack. It makes for a good all around ultraportable for the traveller.