The mouse buttons are just plain clunky and make a lot of noise. There are some white trimmings on this notebook so it has a clean look and does borrow a bit from the styling of Apple s PowerBook. The screen brightness is truly amazing and the angle at which you can view the screen from is great. I don t have a problem just focusing on the content of the screen and ignoring reflections. Not putting any ports on the back ensures that all of the ports are easily accessible. Right-side view of the Inspiron m and a look at its layout view larger image. All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community.
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The buttons work fine of course, they just don t feel all that nice. As a comparison, you can see vvd how other notebooks performed with this program and check out the thread in our forums where others have posted their notebook speeds: The soundcard does provide stereo sound, as you would expect given the fact there are two speakers! All Inspiron m machines rell now ship will have this though. Travel with this on a plane ride that lasts more than 2 hours and you ll be calling it a lot of words, but not a traveler when the battery dies at precisely 2 hours of usage.
Left-side view of Dell Inspiron m view larger image. If you have a Digital Video Recorder the FireWire port will allow fast transfer of files from such a device. If I try to scroll a page just a little with the touchpad it always imspiron out to scroll more than I want.
I got the same 2 minute and 10 second mark whether the m was plugged in or running on batteries. There are some white trimmings on this notebook so it has a clean look and does borrow a bit from the styling of Apple s PowerBook.
The m never slowed down once.
Dell Inspiron 700m Review (pics, specs)
The screen is where the m shines. The review unit Inspiron m has the following specs: Why do you need my Dell service tag? The left mouse button on my Inspiron m for some reason depresses much further than the button on the right. This notebook is also a good size for business people that need to travel or just want a smallish notebook that can easily be transported between work and home.
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Automatically find compatible parts using your Dell service tag. I wish Sony would learn to do this with their notebooks, every VAIO I ve used has a fixed drive which means if you want to upgrade the dve drive later then it s just too bad, you can t. I don t have a problem just focusing on the content of the screen and ignoring reflections.
The mouse buttons below the touchpad are just plain clunky. Battery life is poor with the included 4-cell battery, it ll die on you at around 2 hours if you have the screen set to full brightness. The Dell Inspiron m sits on the borderline of being an ultraportable usually determined as a notebook weighing 3 4 lbs notebook and a thin-and-light style notebook defined as a notebook weighing 4 6 lbs.
If your intention is to have this notebook sit on a desk the entire time, then you re buying the wrong one. Dell DC Jack Repair.
Weighing in at 4. Viewing 1 through 1. Overall the keyboard can be described as cramped and not revolutionary, inxpiron IBM X40 is of the same size as the m but manages to provide a much better and much more usable keyboard. Here s a list of included software:. The lid hinge feels solid and is still easy to open, the CD tray is not overly wobbly and there are not buttons or ports that look like they re begging to fall off or cause problems after a few months of use.
The Inspiron m has two speakers that are actually built into the screen and project sound forward towards the user.
I separate the build from the design as it is entirely possible for the design of a notebook to look nice, but the build to feel a little cheap. This means you get a mirror effect from the screen so you have to train your eyes not to focus on the inevitable reflection that will occur. I found the learning curve highest for keys I have to reach down to. Front-side view of inspiroon Inspiron m and a look at its layout view larger image Left-side view of the Inspiron m and a look at its deol view larger image Right-side view of the Inspiron m and a look at its layout view larger image Bottom-side view of vell Inspiron m and a look at its layout view larger image As you can see, an ample number of ports are provided insppiron such a small notebook.
A friend of mine called the m cute. Everything was pretty good up to this point, but there s no beating around the bush, battery life is below mediocre for a laptop that claims to be a traveler.