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Dell Inspiron 700m

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The Dell Inspiron 700m is just a little too big for being considered an ultraportable, but is a very small thin and light system as long as users don't mind some of the lower features.
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Pros

  • Small Dimensions
  • Windows XP Professional OS

Cons

  • Older 802.11b Wireless
  • Smaller Hard Drive
  • No DVD Burner Standard

Description

  • Intel Pentium M 725 (1.6GHz)
  • 512MB PC2700 DDR Memory
  • 40GB 4,200rpm Hard Drive
  • 24x CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
  • 12.1" WXGA (1280x800) LCD and Intel Extreme 2 Graphics with 64MB Shared Memory
  • AC'97 Audio
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b Wireless
  • Two USB 2.0, One FireWire, SD Card and One Type II PC Card Slot
  • 11.7" x 8.5" x 1.5" @ 4.1 lbs.
  • Windows XP Professional and Word Perfect 12

Guide Review - Dell Inspiron 700m

5/24/05 - There has been a trend in computers recently where portable computers keep growing in size. This means that many systems that used to be geared towards the ultraportable segment are now too big. One such computer is the Dell Inspiron 700m.

Powering the Inspiron 700m is the Intel Pentium M 725 (1.6GHz) processor. This is a decently powerful processor that allows it to run many applications while still conserving battery life. It is matched up with 512MB of PC2700 DDR memory that is a standard amount in notebooks now.

Storage on the 700m is a bit below average. It only comes with a 40GB 4,200rpm hard drive. This is below average in both storage capacity and speed for the market segment. The 24x CD-RW/DVD combo drive used to be standard for most notebook computers, but the decreasing costs have made DVD burners pretty much a standard. In addition, multiple format flash card readers are being included, but the 700m only comes with a SD card slot.

The LCD display on the 700m is an unusual 12.1” wide screen. This is the primary reason that the system no longer qualifies as an ultraportable, as the extra width has added to the systems total weight. This makes it very portable, but the screen is significantly smaller than the average for thin and light notebooks.

Overall, the 700m is really geared more towards the corporate customer that needs a high level of portability. This is also reflected by the inclusion of the Windows XP Professional OS with the system.

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