Portable performance: Dell Inspiron 700m

Dell's first 12.1in widescreen notebook, the Inspiron 700m, is a little performance powerhouse with a striking white and silver design.

The 700m is targeted at professionals and students who need computing power without lugging a desktop replacement around. It is available in configurations starting at $1898, although our test unit was priced at $2898 (including delivery).

It featured a 1.8GHz Intel Pentium M (745) processor, 1GB of DDR memory (of a maximum 2GB), 80GB hard disk and integrated Intel graphics.

Although the bundled four-cell battery's lifespan tested to be a poor 45 minutes in our worst case scenario tests, and 3D performance was also lacking (2465 in 3DMark 2001), application performance was outstanding. Benchmark results included 284 in SYSMark 2001 and 80 in PC WorldBench 5. Not bad at all for a notebook weighing just 1.8kg - the lightest offering in the Inspiron series.

Our test unit also featured an 8x DVD+RW drive, a built-in SD (Secure Digital) card reader and support for one Type I or II PCMCIA card. The notebook also includes two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire connection and S-Video output. A one-year, next business day, on-site service warranty is standard, but various warranty upgrade options are available also.

Price: $2898 (including delivery) Vendor: Dell Phone: 13 33 55 URL: www.dell.com.au

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