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Dell Inspiron B130

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The Bottom Line

Dell's Inspiron B130 notebook is a fairly sturdy and reliable system that will meet the needs for those looking for a basic productivity portable.
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Pros

  • Excellent performance Hard Drive
  • Sturdy Case Design

Cons

  • Screen Very Dim When Running On Batteries
  • Limited Software Package
  • No FireWire Ports

Description

  • Intel Pentium M 735 (1.7GHz) Processor
  • 512MB DDR2 Memory
  • 60GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • 24x CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
  • 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Wide Screen LCD
  • Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics with 128MB Shared Memory
  • v.90 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b/g Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0 Ports and Express Card/54 Slot
  • 14" x 10.5" x 1.4" @ 6.7 lbs.
  • Windows XP Home, Word Prefect 12 Word Processor

Guide Review - Dell Inspiron B130

4/17/06 – Dell's new basic notebook computer, the Inspiron B130, is power by a strong Intel Pentium M 735 (1.7GHz) processor. This processor is actually held back partly because the chipset on the motherboard restricts the memory bus to 400MHz. This might make the lower grade Celeron processor a better choice to match up with the 512MB of DDR2 memory.

One of the big surprises with the Inspiron B130 is the hard drive. The system comes with a very high performance 60GB 5400rpm model that is faster than many found on competing notebook computers. On the down side, the system comes standard with a 24x CD-RW/DVD combo. This lets users create music or data CDs or playback DVD movies.

The screen for the Inspiron B130 is a bit of a disappointment. The 15.4” wide screen LCD is nice while the system is plugged in, but when running on batteries it dims the screen to the point where it can be hard to operate. It is driven by the Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics that share 128MB of system memory. Don't expect any significant 3D graphics performance from this solution.

Many budget notebook computers tend to skimp on case materials, but the Dell Inspiron B130 is surprisingly sturdy. Even though the case is made of plastic, the hinge and LCD panel show little flex or gaps when closed.

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