Dell Inspiron 8600c

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Dell Inspiron 8600c

A strong combination of mobility, power and performance for making the most of your digital world. Ideal for people on the move with Intel Centrino M...

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Review of "Dell Inspiron 8600c"

published 01/03/2005 | speeddevil
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Pro Wide screen, Stunning graphics, Nice look and feel. Very fast
Cons No PS/2 Slots, more USB ports needed
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"Ideal laptop for any use"

I bought this laptop for use in my PhD study. I was looking for a Desktop replacement verging on a mobile notebook. After spending a number of hours in shops and on the internet viewing different computers from different companies, this one really caught my eye. The specifications were exactly what i was looking for, and Dell lets you customize many of the hardware components which was a plus.

Also when i bought this one, there was an offer for free delivery and double memory. Even without that for the same specification there wasnt another company that could match the price of this laptop.

As soon as i got the laptop (7 days earlier than i was told) i ran a number of bench mark tests on it. One of them in particular amazed me. Using 3d Mark 2001 I was completely taken by shock with the quality of the graphics. This laptop far outperforms my old computer let alone any laptop I have ever seen.

Though this may not be the most powerful laptop on the market, I cant see why you would want anything more than this! I have played Doom 3 with high graphics settings and it runs with no problem at all. Any game that i have played on it runs fine. The widescreen makes watching DVD's far more enjoyeable as well as TV using a USB DVB receiver. Also having the TV out port on the back means i can connect my laptop to the TV to watch DVD films on the big screen.

Though it has a wireless network card, i do not have any other wireless hardware to connect to, so can not comment on that aspect as of yet.

I would strongly recomend this laptop to anyone who is looking for an all around Desktop replacement or a Mobile notebook computer. It may weigh more than some laptops, but who really cares about weight anyway (not me)!

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  • shotgun_norman published 09/06/2005
    Could do witha little more insight on how you have gotten on with theis laptop, but still a good start to your ciao account!
  • waynehorrigan published 02/03/2005
    Welcome to Ciao - a good start, congratulations.
  • angelic83 published 01/03/2005
    Hi and welcome to ciao! Enjoy!
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Product Information : Dell Inspiron 8600c

Manufacturer's product description

A strong combination of mobility, power and performance for making the most of your digital world. Ideal for people on the move with Intel Centrino Mobile Technology offering built-in wireless connectivity and longer battery life. Dell Inspiron 8600c features UltraSharp 15.4-Inch Widescreen LCD displays and dedicated graphics cards with up to 128MB of video memory for a superior viewing and multimedia experience

Product Details

Product Description: Dell Inspiron 8600c - 15.4" - Pentium M 725 - Win XP Home - 256 MB RAM - 40 GB HDD, Dell Inspiron 8600c - Pentium M 725 1.6 GHz - 15.4" TFT

System Type: Notebook

Operating System: Win XP Home, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Processor: Intel Pentium M 725 / 1.6 GHz / 2 MB Cache, Intel Pentium M 725 1.6 GHz

Memory: 256 MB DDR

Storage: 40 GB HDD

Optical Drive: CD-RW / DVD

Display: 15.4" 1280 x 800 / WXGA, 15.4" TFT active matrix WXGA (1280 x 800)

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 - 32 MB DDR

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

Battery: Up to 3.5 hours, Lithium Ion

Dimensions (WxDxH): 35.9 cm x 27.4 cm x 3.8 cm

Weight: 3.3 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Mobile Technology: Intel Centrino

Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial

Cache Memory: 2 MB - L2 Cache

RAM: 256 MB (installed) / 2 GB (max) - DDR SDRAM - PC2100 - 266 MHz

Hard Drive: 40 GB

Optical Storage: CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo - plug-in module

Graphics Controller: NVidia GeForce FX Go5200 - 32 MB

Audio Output: Sound card

Telecom: Fax / modem - 56 Kbps

Wireless NIC: Intel PRO/Wireless 2100

Input Device: Keyboard, touchpad

Power: AC 110/230 V

Average Run Time: 3.5 hour(s)

General

MPN: N0717

System Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Mobile Technology: Intel Centrino

Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial

Width: 35.9 cm

Depth: 27.4 cm

Height: 3.8 cm

Weight: 3.3 kg

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Pentium M 725 / 1.6 GHz

Cache: L2 - 2 MB

Front Side Bus: 400 MHz

Chipset: Intel 855PM

Platform Technology: Intel Centrino

Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology, power-optimized processor system bus

Memory

RAM: 256 MB

Max RAM Supported: 2 GB

Technology: DDR SDRAM

Speed: 266 MHz / PC2100

Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin

Slots Qty: 2

Storage

Main Storage: 40 GB HDD

Optical Drive: CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo - removable

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Storage Controller: IDE

Hard Drive: 40 GB

Display

Type: 15.4"

Resolution: 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )

Widescreen: Yes

Display Type: 15.4" TFT active matrix

Max Resolution: 1280 x 800

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 - 32 MB DDR SDRAM

Sound: Stereo speakers

Compliant Standards: AC '97

Input

Type: Keyboard, touchpad

Communications

Wireless: 802.11b

Wireless Controller: Intel PRO/Wireless 2100

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet

Modem

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.92

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Battery

Technology: Lithium Ion

Installed Qty: 1, 1 / 2 (max)

Max Supported Qty: 2

Capacity: 72 Wh

Run Time: Up to 3.5 hours

Average Run Time: 3.5 hour(s)

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V

Output: 65 Watt

Connections & Expansion

Expansion Bays: 1 x front accessible

Slots: 2 x memory ¦ 1 x PC Card ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) ¦ 2 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x display / video - S-video output - 7 PIN mini-DIN ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 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

Software

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities, Microsoft Works 7.0, Dell Media Experience

Miscellaneous

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), Locking device keyhole (cable lock)

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 35.9 cm

Depth: 27.4 cm

Height: 3.8 cm

Weight: 3.3 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

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

Operating System / Software

OS Provided: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Microsoft Works 7.0, Dell Media Experience

Power

Power Device: External

Voltage Required: AC 110/230 V

Power Provided: 65 Watt

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Bays: 1 x front accessible

Expansion Slots Total (Free): 2 memory ¦ 1 ( 1 ) x PC Card - type I/II

Interfaces: 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) ¦ 2 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x display / video - S-video output - 7 PIN mini-DIN ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 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

Networking

Networking: Network adapter

Wireless NIC: Intel PRO/Wireless 2100

Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b

Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.11b

Telecom

Modem: Fax / Modem

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.92

Input Device(s)

Type: Keyboard, touchpad

Audio

Audio Output: Sound card

Compliant Standards: AC '97

Video

Graphics Processor / Vendor: NVidia GeForce FX Go5200

Video Memory: DDR SDRAM - 32 MB

Optical Storage

Type: CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo - plug-in module

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

RAM

Installed Size: 256 MB / 2 GB (max)

Technology: DDR SDRAM - 266 MHz

Memory Specification Compliance: PC2100

Cache Memory

Type: L2 Cache

Installed Size: 2 MB

Processor

Processor: Intel Pentium M 725 1.6 GHz

Data Bus Speed: 400 MHz

Chipset Type: Intel 855PM

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