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Dell Inspiron E1405

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Dell's Inspiron E1405 is very much a smaller version of the E1505 notebook computer, but Dell continues to make the mistake of the XPS M140 by not offering dedicated graphics processor.
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Pros

  • Large Hard Drive
  • Full Gigabyte Memory

Cons

  • Fairly Heavy for 14.1" Screen Notebook
  • Integrated Graphics

Description

  • Intel Core Duo T2300 (1.66GHz) Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
  • 100GB Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 14.1" WXGA+ (1440x900) LCD
  • Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics with 128MB Shared Memory
  • v.90 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g Wireless
  • Four USB 2.0, One FireWire, 5-in-1 Reader, ExpressCard/54
  • 14" x 9.6" x 1.5" @ 5.4 lbs.
  • Windows XP Home, MS Works, McAfee Anti-Virus

Guide Review - Dell Inspiron E1405

5/22/06 – Dell's new Inspiron E1405 could be considered a smaller clone of the Inspiron E1505. Many of the base specifications for the two notebooks are very similar. Both use the new Intel Core Duo processors that help improve multitasking performance and reduce power usage. The E1405 also comes with 1GB of PC2-4200 DDR memory that should allow it to run applications smoothly.

Graphics wise, the E1405 uses a 14.1” wide screen LCD panel over the 15.4” used in the E1505. This makes the system smaller and more portable than the larger screen system. Unfortunately, Dell continues to only offer the system with the Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics. This severely limits the capability of the notebook to function well in 3D applications or with the upcoming Aero interface for Windows Vista.

Storage is quite good for the E1405. A large 100GB hard drive is available that will store plenty of files and programs on the notebook. A 8x DVD+/-RW dual layer burner is included for creating music, movie or data CDs and DVDs.

Software is also a good step up for the Dell systems. Previously Dell was only including Corel's Word Perfect word processing program. Dell has decided to start making available the MS Works package with the E1405.

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Cannot run Vista/WiFi incompatible with Ubuntu, Member rstinejr

With the abundant RAM and fast, twin-core processors, I was expecting to have a high performance laptop. What I ended up with was a machine so slow that it cannot run Outlook; the editor lags behind by seconds and tens of seconds as I type. Apparently, the graphics card is not up to the requirements of Vista, and this is after stripping and shutting down all non-essential OS features. After months of suffering, I loaded Ubuntu on my E1405, only to find that there is no driver available for the WiFi card. I am now using an external D-Link for WiFi, but this is quite a bother. Do not buy this laptop; it is a complete waste of money.

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