My review of Dell Inspiron 8600

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  1. abep

    abep Newbie

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    Hi I'm new here, but I used to own a i5150 before I returned it within 30 days.
    The i5100/5150 series are infamous for having overheating issues.

    My i5150 overheated very quickly especially when watching DVDs or video files.
    It overheated quickly, and when it did, the performance became very unstable.
    Seriously, it got really annoying. The other solution the Dell forums proposed was to get compressed air and blow the dust out every week, but that would be a hassle too.

    I would advice against it.
    The new Dothan processor should come out this Summer so personally, I'd go for that instead of a i5150.
     
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    srdhkl Notebook Evangelist NBR Reviewer

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    Good point about the heat issues, I totally forgot about that. Thanks for pointing that out to us.

    I never had heat issues with my 5150, but apparently other users have. Apparently, it's a poor heat flow design in that system.
     
  3. zylamorph

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    man... just when i thought it was safe to order the 5150..
    I'm holding out for the new Dothan processor, or opting for an 8600.

    >>Hi I'm new here, but I used to own a i5150 before I returned it >>within 30 days. The i5100/5150 series are infamous for having >>overheating issues.

    >>Apparently, it's a poor heat flow design in that system.

    whew... that was close.
    almost purchased the 5150 today [:0]
    THANKS!!!!!
     
  4. srdhkl

    srdhkl Notebook Evangelist NBR Reviewer

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    I do think you will be happier with the 8600, especially with the new processors. Dell is now offering the 8600 with the Dothan chips, but shipments might take a little longer!!

    And as always, whenever you do purchase your system, try it out with the programs you use, since you have 30 days to return.

    I don't want to make it sound like the 5150 is horrible, but I really do believe the 8600 is a better machine. Especially with a 1.8 ghz processor and 2MB of L2 cache, plus 10% reduction in power...that will be a great machine!
     
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    mathlete2001 Notebook Deity

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    <blockquote id='quote'>quote:<hr height='1' noshade id='quote'>Originally posted by Run1track

     
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    for dothans, multiply by 1.65
     
  7. tolgan

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    I plan to buy an 8600 and am trying to understand the merits of the different screen options

    Here in the UK the Dell site currently lists separately

    15.4 inch WXGA
    15.4 inch WSXGA+
    15.4 inch WUXGA

    15.4" WXGA LCD Screen
    15.4" WUXGA LCD Screen
    15.4" WSXGA LCD Screen

    The USA site seems to have about as many options but phrased differently

    Any advice or links to useful sites much appreciated thanks!

    Chris



     
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    mathlete2001 Notebook Deity

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    <blockquote id='quote'>quote:<hr height='1' noshade id='quote'>Originally posted by tolgan

     
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    Excellent posts from everyone in this thread by the way.

    OK, after checking Dell's page last night I discovered a slew of 9100s on the refub rack. The prices were excellent, but they don't seem to be pushing them on the main notebook pages, which makes me think that the 8600 is a better machine to be looking at. I know the weight is less in the 8600 but has anyone else considered the 8600 vs 9100?

    Sorry, not in radiology ([:D]) but instead architecture, using AutoCAD, 3ds max 5.1, Photoshop, and the Macromedia Dreamweaver/Fireworks suite, so my 3D needs are heavy (looking at the 9600/9700 Radeons obviously). Any general suggestions/recommendations? 7200RPM drive vs. 5400RPM (for paging file speed)?

    And yes, it's my first post here.
     
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    <blockquote id='quote'>quote:<hr height='1' noshade id='quote'>Originally posted by brithyms

     
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