Dell Inspiron 6000
- Impressive display, long battery life, easy user upgrades, excellent stereo sound, fast processor
- No external Wi-Fi controller, awkward and stiff keyboard
With its extra-high-resolution screen and terrific built-in speakers, the Inspiron 6000 would be ideal for getting work done or watching movies.
Price$ 1,768.80 (AUD)
You can see more on the Dell Inspiron 6000's wide screen than on most other 15.4" displays, thanks to its WUXGA resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. In fact, you can work with higher-resolution photographs, more spreadsheet columns, and more tiled documents simultaneously on the Inspiron 6000 than you can on some 17" wide LCD screens. (The Inspiron 6000 is also available with a 1280 x 800-pixel WXGA screen or a 1680 x 1050-pixel WSXGA+ screen, if you want to save a little money.)
This 6000 has a lot more going for it than just its extra-high-resolution screen. We tested the optional nine-cell battery, and it lasted an impressive five hours and seven minutes on one charge, making the 6000 an excellent candidate for the road--if you don't mind its 3.01kg weight (sans power adapter). An extra-fancy external power gauge helps you keep track of when you'll need to recharge.
The Inspiron 6000 is a smoothly designed, handsome laptop with a sloped front and cream-coloured trim. Our unit had a multiformat DVD burner, plus FireWire and TV-out ports and four USB 2.0 ports, all placed for easy use. The 6000 accepts user upgrades easily. Like many laptops, it has two memory slots located in a compartment on the bottom of the laptop. But instead of residing in dovetailed slots, the modules lie side by side--an unusual arrangement that makes them more accessible than most. The hard drive is a breeze to remove, too: just unscrew its bottom panel and tug the drive out through the right side of the case. Though the optical drive doesn't have a lever for popping it out, you can boost it out by its lower edge after removing a security screw on the bottom of the case.
The 6000 disappointed us in only a few areas. We missed having an external switch for controlling Wi-Fi scanning (you have to use a software utility instead). And the 6000's memory card reader accepts only Secure Digital cards for exchanging data with PDAs, cameras and other digital equipment, leaving Memory Sticks, CompactFlash cards and other media incompatible.
Our biggest reservation, however, relates to the Inspiron's keyboard. The layout is typical of a Dell portable--well designed and roomy--except that
The 2GHz Pentium M 760-equipped review unit did well in our speed tests.
An Acrobat manual on the hard drive covers the 6000 thoroughly, right down to coverage of how to install new screen hinges and a new keyboard.
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