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Dell I15-157BThe I15-157B is a textbook mainstream budget computer, but it lacks some of the extras you'll find in other comparably priced laptops.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here with the Dell I15-157B. Now that kind of a mouthful of a name means that this is one of those retail systems. They are fixed configuration. You go to a big store, you just buy it in the box, off the shelf, ready to go -- that's a very popular choice for a lot of people now. Dell's basic 15-inch laptops have always been great. You can always go online, configure them however you want. This particular model is very stripped down. It's about 650 bucks, comes with a very basic design, that's glossy black here, matte black on the back of the lid. Now Dell's even very inexpensive systems used to have some cool extras like touch-media controls, like an HDMI output. This particular model has none of that stuff. It is about as stripped down as you can get, just literally just a power button and nothing else. We are however, pleased to see a decent Core 2 Duo CPU, a nice sized 320-gig hard drive and Dell is finally embracing this 16 by 9 aspect ratio on the screen that's the slightly wider display that you're seeing on a lot of laptops now that's the same as the big HD TV over in your living room. You get all the basics you need like USB ports and SD card slot, a DVD burner, but for about 50 bucks more, you can probably trade up to a machine with a lot more option. I'm Dan Ackerman and that's the Dell I15-157B. ^M00:01:20 [ Music ]