Dell Inspiron 6400

The Good Affordable. Impressive general performance. Great battery life for a desktop replacement. Bright, high-resolution screen. Instant-on DVD payback feature. 5-in-1 card reader.

The Bad Hefty weight and dimensions. Poor gaming performance. Some minor design quirks.

The Bottom Line The Inspiron 6400 is a mid-range notebook with an entry-level price tag. It’ll handle most applications nicely, but it’s a little on the heavy side and isn’t suitable for extensive gaming.

Editors' Rating
8.0 Overall

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Dell Inspiron 6400

Design
The Inspiron 6400 is a desktop replacement notebook, offering up the familiar silver and white-accented design that's common to the Inspiron line. It's not exactly a stunner, but you certainly won't be ashamed to tote it around whilst in the public eye.

Being a cheaper notebook, the 6400's chassis is constructed mostly from a soft plastic, so scratching and denting may be an issue for those that use their notebooks haphazardly.

Regardless, the 6400 will likely stay on your desk for most of its existence. Its 2.8kg heft is far from feather-weight, and you'll definitely start grumbling after walking with it for 20 minutes or more. It's fine for shorter distances, but true mobility can only be found in a sub-2kg offering such as the Sony VAIO VGN-TX27GP.

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