Dell Inspiron 1525 review: Dell Inspiron 1525

The Inspiron 1525 ran for 3 hours and 10 minutes on our video playback battery drain test using the included six-cell battery, which is a nice improvement over the more expensive 1525, which lasted only 2 hours and 15 minutes on the same test--perhaps because of its more powerful CPU. There's a pretty obvious trade off to consider--slower performance and longer battery life versus faster performance and shorter battery life.

Dell includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, and the Dell Web site has a robust collection of support tools, including online chat, a Flash-based question widget, and 24-7 toll-free telephone support. Retail stores offer a variety of extended warranty plans with your laptop purchase, but they're generally expensive and hard to use, so we do not recommend them.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VGN-NR430 E/L
1,204 
Dell Inspiron 1525-121B
1,239 
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
1,287 
Compaq CQ50-115NR
1,355 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
1,561 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron 1525-121B
238 
Sony Vaio VGN-NR430 E/L
266 
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
275 
Compaq CQ50-115NR
302 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
316 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
229 
Dell Inspiron 1525-121B
231 
Sony Vaio VGN-NR430 E/L
236 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
242 
Compaq CQ50-115NR
243 

Video Playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VGN-NR430 E/L
194 
Dell Inspiron 1525-121B
190 
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
148 
Compaq CQ50-115NR
111 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
104 

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System configurations:

Compaq CQ50-115NR
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.0GHz AMD Turion X2 Mobile RM-70; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G; 200GB Seagate 5,400rpm.

Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T2390; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 200GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm.

Dell Inspiron 1525-121B
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.86GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2390; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 160GB Western Digital 5,400rpm.

Sony Vaio VGN-NR430 E/L
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.86GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2390; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 160GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm.

Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.86GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2390; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 200GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm.

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    Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop Computer (Intel Core 2 Duo T6400, 320GB HDD, 3GB)

    Part Number: DNPCPS3 Released: Jun. 29, 2008
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    • Release date Jun. 29, 2008
    • Installed Size 3 GB