Review of "Dell Inspiron 6400"

published 01/01/2007 | CVT1
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Excellent
Pro Excellent trackpad and screen.
Cons A little heavy.
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"A solid peformer."

Spec:
Intel Core Duo T7200, 2 Gb 533Mhz Ram, 120 Gb HDD (5400rpm), ATI 256 Mb X1400 Graphics card.


I bought the Dell Inspiron 6400[E1505 laptop, as a replacement for my two year old one. I had not used a 15.4'' screen before and wasn't really looking forward to it. As 15'' screens were hard to find, I plumped for the 15.4'' as I still wish to retain portability and be able to actually work with the machine, on my lap.

My first impression of the Dell, once running, was the bright screen, with a fantastic viewing angle. My old machine required a direct sitting position, or there was a marked loss in viewability. The Dell screen is far more flexible in this respect. It is also extremely handy when opening up several documents, to have the 1680x1050 option.

The keyboard is fairly large and for those of us with large hands, it is far easier to type with. However, because of the amount of reach, towards the screen, it may not suit those with smaller hands I find that the keys, although fairly light, require quite a positive 'press' ; certainly more so than my previous machine.

The trackpad is the best one I have ever had. It isn't affected by hot or cold hands and does not tend to shoot across the screen annoyingly, as my previous laptops have done. Dell have obviously worked on this, as a few years ago, an old Dell was dreadful for this. The scrollers on the pad work well, too. The mouse buttons themselves, need a firm push, though,.

Accessing the DVD drive, USB ports etc is good and the four USB ports are split between the back and side of the machine. Also, the DVD is at the side, which is far preferable to a front loader, which is difficult to operate.

The battery has a manual capacity button, so that it is easy to read the amount of charge left. FIve hours during normal surfing and Office work is around five hours, with two and a half to three for DVD watching. My battery is the nine cell model.

The pro wireless card functions well and connection to a wireless network is easy and hassle free.

The fans, which have three speeds work quietly and the chassis does not get overly hot.

The build quality is excellent, although I am not entirely sure about the 'Ipod' white strips down the sides of the casing. However, this isn't enough to put me off the machine.

Overall, the Dual Core makes for a swift machine, which is able to carry out several instructions at a time. The Dell MediaDirect button under the screen is handy too, as it is not necessary to boot up into Windows to watch a DVD. The Media Centre edition of WIndows is great to use, too. Although, upgrading to VIsta, maybe on the minds of many.

This will never be the games machine of choice for the l'atest game' f an, but the machine is solid, fast and very capable of playing all but the very latest games, with ease. It is also a lot quicker than my old Centrino 755 core single, with 1Gb Ram!

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  • wellibelli published 01/01/2007
    sounds good. Good review! xx
  • grafter123 published 01/01/2007
    sounds ok-good review.......eiley
  • bluenosesquonk published 01/01/2007
    Seems like a decent machine
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Product Information : Dell Inspiron 6400

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Product Details

Product Description: Dell Inspiron 6400 - 15.4" - Pentium T2080 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 60 GB HDD

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Win XP Home - English, Vista Home Basic - English

Processor: Intel Pentium T2080 / 1.73 GHz / 1 MB Cache

Memory: 1 GB DDR2

Storage: 60 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Optical Drive: DVD-Writer

Display: 15.4" 1280 x 800 / WXGA

Graphics: Intel GMA 950

Networking: 802.11b/g , 10/100 Ethernet , fax / modem

Battery: 6-cell

Colour: Arctic silver, alpine white

Dimensions (WxDxH): 35.6 cm x 26.6 cm x 3.6 cm

Weight: 2.9 kg

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

Localisation: United Kingdom

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: N08645XP-UK, N08645-UK

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition - English, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic - English

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Pentium T2080 / 1.73 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Cache: L2 - 1 MB

Front Side Bus: 533 MHz

Chipset: Mobile Intel 945GM Express

Memory

RAM: 1 GB ( 2 x 512 MB )

Max RAM Supported: 2 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Speed: 533 MHz

Slots Qty: 2

Empty Slots:

Storage

Main Storage: 60 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Optical Drive: DVD±RW - fixed

Display

Type: 15.4"

Resolution: 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )

Widescreen: Yes

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 950

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Sound: Stereo speakers

Codec: STAC9200

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio

Input

Type: Keyboard, touchpad

Keyboard Layout: UK QWERTY

Communications

Wireless: 802.11b/g

Wireless Controller: Dell Wireless 1390

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet

Modem

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.92

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Battery

Technology: 6-cell Lithium Ion

Capacity: 53 Wh

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 2 x memory ( 0 free ) ¦ 1 x ExpressCard/54 ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 4 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x display / video - S-video output - 7 PIN mini-DIN ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 PIN FireWire ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone mono 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm

Memory Card Reader: 5 in 1 ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, CompactFlash, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card )

Software

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities, Microsoft Works 8.0

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

Miscellaneous

Colour: Arctic silver, alpine white

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Localization: United Kingdom

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 35.6 cm

Depth: 26.6 cm

Height: 3.6 cm

Weight: 2.9 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year - pick-up and return

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%

Shock Tolerance: 122 g @ 2ms half-sine pulse (operating) / 163 g @ 2ms half-sine pulse (non-operating)

Vibration Tolerance: 0.9 g @ RMS (random) (operating) / 1.3 g @ RMS (random) (non-operating)

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