Dell Inspiron 8000

The Inspiron 8000 is the first notebook we've tested to base itself on the new Intel 815E chipset, supporting AGP 4X graphics and the first 32MB video card we've seen in a notebook, as well as ATA-100 for faster hard drive access. These improvements have boosted performance so much that the Inspiron 8000 is capable of humiliating many current desktops in both 2D and 3D applications. The PC WorldBench 2000 score of 161 is the highest ever attained by a notebook, while the 3DMark 2000 score of 1761 is more commonly achieved by a desktop system.

The Inspiron 8000 is available in a variety of configurations, and processors range from a 600MHz Celeron up to an 850MHz Mobile Pentium III, with RAM starting at 64MB. New multimedia features include intgrated IEEE 1394 (FireWire), Integrated Dolby Headphone DVD feature that produces surround sound-like effects through a set of headphones, integrated CD/DVD control buttons, S-video, composite video and S/PDIF digital audio out ports.

All up, this is an exciting new high-performance multimedia system. The Inspiron 8000 ships with a three-year next business day warranty, and prices will vary with configuration. Our review system is based on an Intel 850MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 20GB hard drive, 4X AGP 32MB ATI M4 graphics chipset, 15in SXGA+ screen (1400x1050), 1.44MB floppy drive, 8x DVD drive, and, loaded with Windows 2000, will cost $6949 including GST.

Dell Inspiron 8000

Price: $6949

Phone: 1800 812 393

URL: www.dell.com.au

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