View Full Version : Just ordered a new Dell E1705 laptop

02-20-06, 09:31 AM
Inspiron E1705 Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2400 (1.83GHz/667MHz FSB)
Operating System (Office software not included) Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
LCD Panel 17 inch Wide Screen XGA+ Display
Memory FREE!1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz
Video Card 256MB NVIDA® GeForce™ Go 7800
Hard Drive 60GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
Network Card Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0
Combo/DVD+RW Drives 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
Wireless Networking Cards Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps)
Office Software (not included in Windows XP) No productivity suite- Corel WordPerfect word processor only
Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) I chose McAfee included with the Starter, Silver, Gold or Platinum Package.
Primary Battery 53 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Hardware Warranty 4Yr LtdWarr, At-Home,CompleteCare,30Day DOC,PC Training, 2Yr AntivirusSuite
Dial-Up Internet Access 6 Months of America Online Membership Included
Operating System Backup & Recovery PC Restore recovery system by Symantec
Dell Digital Entertainment Starter Entertainment Pack - Basic digital Music, Photo and Game experience

Qty: 1 Unit Price: $2,583.00

after coupons = $1591 + $150 mail in rebate = $1441

Not a bad deal, cant wait to get this delivered going to replace my Inspiron 600m

02-20-06, 01:07 PM
Hey I just got this a few weeks back... although its called the Inspiron 9400... same thing i'm just in a different region.

I got it with the 2.16GHz Core Duo and 1GB of 667Mhz memory (which was a free upgrade), and the thing is very good. You get the feeling they crippled it by putting in a Go7800 instead of a Go7800GTX, just because they didnt want it to spank their XPS laptop in gaming. The 7800 is severely underclocked too... starts off and 250/698, and I have got it running easily in 3D apps at 360/900. Very cool! (well not that cool but still reasonable :D)

The only things I don't like are:
1) that resolution of the screen (1900x1200) is way too high for a 17". I know this is probably common with laptops nowadays, but everything on the screen is so small! I have increased the icon size and some text size, but web pages will never work well.
2) there is plenty of room on either side of the keyboard to have a full keypad, but there is none. Just seems a waste. Also, it doesnt have keys for opening your web browser and e-mail apps. Seems like a very common and basic thing for anyone who has had these before. My 6 year old gateway 800Mhz has them for goodness sake.
3) the touchpad is not all that big. I don't even think its the same aspect ratio as the screen, which I think from a design p.o.v. is a major flaw. Its bigger and wider than my old laptop, but not big enough.
4) that 60GB HDD (I got 80GB) has about 4-5GB wasted when you first get it with the backup XP files ona seperate hidden partition. I formatted everything and just started from scratch.

For you, I'd say you probably should have paid the little extra (here its only ~£10) for the 9-cell battery. I don't know how much you will use it on battery, but the 6-cell primary battery's life is frighteningly short.

02-20-06, 07:43 PM
yeah i got the regualr WXGA screen which is 1440x900 or something like that..i seen the 1900x1200 in a store..and my eyes just cant take it..though it looks superb if you got the eyes

I should have got the better battery...but wasnt thinking..oh well..

cant wait it in testing mode now

02-20-06, 08:14 PM
Nice :thumbsup:

Consider getting the battery when you get your rebate or something :)

The 9400 is what it's called on the business/corporate side. The consumer side its called the E-1705.

Enjoy it :) Post some benchies of that card.

02-21-06, 05:48 AM
Nice :thumbsup:
The 9400 is what it's called on the business/corporate side. The consumer side its called the E-1705.

Yeah I think that is true in the US. But I live in the UK and just got the regular laptop from the Home use section of the dell.co.uk website and its called Inspiron 9400... There isn't any E1705 anywhere.

05-06-06, 11:53 AM
What's the response rate on either the XGA+ and the UXGA panel on the E1705? The only gaming I do nowadays is MAME. And does the panel render in 6 or 8-bit color?

05-06-06, 01:34 PM
I have a dell and I love her. She has been pretty good to me. I hope you got the extended warranty, thats a must.