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Dell Inspiron e1505 Review (pics, specs) Discussion

Discussion in 'Notebook News and Reviews' started by fsacj, Mar 17, 2006.

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  1. fsacj

    fsacj Notebook Consultant

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    The <A href="http://www.bargainspots.com/scripts/redirect.asp?siteName=+Coupon+Tool&merchantID=275087&productID=13862&merchantPricingID=1628262&couponID=9679" target=_blank><STRONG>Inspiron e1505</STRONG></A> is Dells 15.4" widescreen notebook featuring the impressive new Intel Core Duo CPU. A virtually identical <A href="/price/default.asp?productID=15300&productFamilyID=740&brandID=4&display=priceDetail" target=_blank><STRONG>Inspiron 6400</STRONG></A> is available through their business site. Outside it looks just like the Inspiron 6000 it replaces, but the new hardware inside makes for impressive performance. In traditional Dell style, the E1505 is well rounded, quite customizable and available at a competitive price, but doesn't offer anything radical.<br /><br />Read the full content of this Article: <strong><a href='http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=2827'>Dell Inspiron e1505 Review (pics, specs)</a></strong><br /><br />
     
  2. Jason

    Jason Overclocker

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    Great review! Very well done! :)
     
  3. jetstar

    jetstar Notebook Deity

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    Excellent review! Nice pictures! Was there a discrete graphics card option while configuring?
     
  4. Gargantua

    Gargantua Notebook Enthusiast

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    Very good review, thank you.

    I am very dissapointed with the screen according to the review, and since I owned 9300 before I know what it means in practice to have sparkles etc.
    I can only imagine how bad XGA is.

    I was about to buy E1505, but now...not sure..
     
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    willigriam Notebook Enthusiast

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    Andrew, nice review ! Thank you.

    Have you seen the WXGA and WSXGA+ matte finish lcd panels (such as on the 6000)? I was hoping you could give us a subjective comparison to the panel in your review.

    I'm one of those folks who can't seem to get used to the "sparkles" and I was wondering if the non-glossy WXGA+ on the 6000 might not suffer from the same malady.

    Also, how glossy was the screen? such as compared to an HP or Toshiba - which are very reflective to me.
     
  6. Brian

    Brian Working at 486 Speed

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    No, they still don't have a dedicated GPU for this unit.
     
  7. fsacj

    fsacj Notebook Consultant

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    Unfortunately, I haven't seen the matte 15.4" screen for comparison. A friend has a B130 but I haven't looked at it yet. I'll try to soon, and come back with a comparison.

    The screen is "very" reflective, just like all the others I've seen. It is not a terrible screen, just has more than one minor problem that add up to make it stand out slightly. It's probably why Dell can have such low prices, although I would like to see beter options. I suppose it would hurt them to have a $100 option for better build quality, and a $50 option for "screen that doesn't sparkle".

    My personal Dell 9300 is non-glossy. You might say it has 25% of the "sparkles" the glossy screen has. But so does my HP 23" flat panel at work, and also the cheap samsung 17" panel. I only notice when I try.
     
  8. fsacj

    fsacj Notebook Consultant

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    Come to think of it, I'm not sure they will offer a dedicated GPU. There's only one air vent and fan. It would require some internal reworking to accomidate a separate heat-generating GPU. Perhaps an updated XPS line will be the only option for Dell Core Duo with hot graphics.
     
  9. iDrinkSteveJobsKoolAid

    iDrinkSteveJobsKoolAid Notebook Enthusiast

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    Nice review, not to mention the nice photos. I've only had bad experiences with Dells, but their price points are shockingly low. They can offer a Core-Duo laptop for almost half of what Apple charges. If one doesn't care about looks, build quality, or customer service Dell is the way to go.
     
  10. fsacj

    fsacj Notebook Consultant

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    Sadly, this category seems to include most people. Personally, I'm most concerned about build quality. I'm forceful and resourceful enough to get good/fast customer service, and looks aren't so important to me.
     
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    segadc Notebook Consultant

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    Too bad Dell screens still have "sparkles."

    I would have own a Dell if they didn't...
     
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    nathanhuth Notebook Evangelist

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    Wow, wonder if other components or the GMA 950 itself is enough to outscore the 200M. 569 v 504.
     
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    notebookn00b Notebook Geek

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    Very nice pictures and review...awesome read!
     
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    kiwiboyus Notebook Enthusiast

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    I was pretty much sold on the E1505 untill I read the comments about the screen... I've also been looking at an HP dv5030us for $999.00 and I think I may just go with that now.
     
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    Yair Notebook Consultant

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    To be honest I'm not sure what you all mean about the bad screen, as I've never seen it, but it seems to bug a lot of people in here, has anyone ever confronted Dell about it ?
     
  16. Metamorphical

    Metamorphical The Random Mod Super Moderator

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    IMO, the WSXGA+ matte screen on the e1505's forerunner is fairly good for a matte. The sparkle can get annoying. But its not that big of a deal to me. I've asked friends around me before and they often don't notice the sparkles. I only notice them when I'm looking for them. I notice the light leakage on the bottom of the screen more. It needs a particular color, like a cool blue (as pictured in review) or purple to be so noticable you want to punch the screen. On this forum. The very pale blue and gray of the posts isn't real sparkly on my panel and and neither is white. Maybe it would be worse though with the glossy. Since you have the reflection ontop of the sparkle effect. I can't say for sure. Hopefully a few more weeks and the e1505 will be at my local Dell Direct kiosk and I can check this for myself.

    Nice job Fsacj, I enjoyed reading this review. The pictures were great! It seems Dell improved the port layout in the back. It's a pitty the 9cell wasn't available for the review, I would of liked to of seen just how much of an improvement they made on battery.The 6cells performance, suprisingly given the Core Duo is supposed to have improved battery life over the pentium m, doesn't seem like a big improvement to me.

    Lol. Hotspots in Alaska, love reviewers with a since of humors.

    Here's your five stars. * * * * *=D!

    I get pretty good customer service. Probably because I'm a nightmere to deal with on the phone and if I get on the phone with someone who doesn't speak english well. My raised voice has to be very scary. =/

    Usually if you google it, you'll get the customer service number that will get you into an actual dell office in America. Google will run the world someday unfortunately. I promise myself everytime I google something it will be the last time. Why can't Yahoo catch up and decent give me an alternative? -.-;

    <3 Niki
     
  17. fsacj

    fsacj Notebook Consultant

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    I’ve actually been able to get some higher run times since I wrote the review. I got an hour with 75% remaining at full brightness and wifi on (but not connected). The 9 cell battery has exactly 50% more cells, and almost exactly 50% more capacity, so I would expect pretty darn close to 50% more run time. Thanks for the nice comments and insight on the screens.

    Andrew
     
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    21st Hermit Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks Andrew,

    Nice review.

    I got my E1505 yesterday, so far I'm very pleased. I configured my Core Duo as a base unit, only adding the gloss screen. If there are sparkles? I haven't seen them. I'm still a bit at a loss to understand the phenomenon.

    I suspect that when you review lappies you have a much better basis for comparison. My reference is my old Inspiron 1100, which I was very pleased with . . . until now. :)

    One minor nit pick on the review, no bottom photo. Like that view to see the vents and doors.

    Hermit
     
  19. Gargantua

    Gargantua Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hermit,

    Could you try the following: get Dead Pixel Buddy program http://www.laptopshowcase.co.uk/downloads.php?id=1

    and look at the screen at different colors, see if you notice sparkles. For my eyes the green color was simply impossible to look at..
     
  20. Radical Conformist

    Radical Conformist Notebook Enthusiast

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    Great review! Your pictures actually make the e1505 look good... and that's no small accomplishment, in my opinion. :)
     
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