Dell Inspiron E1505

Dell Inspiron E1505

Dell Inspiron E1505

When we looked at the Dell Inspiron 6000 last March (and again last November), we were pleased, though not blown away: the laptop offered a very solid combination of performance, features, and design at a competitive price. Today, Dell announced an upgrade to that model, the Inspiron E1505, that places it more clearly in the company's line of entertainment-focused laptops (including the E1705).

Upside: The new model weighs 0.4 pound less than its predecessor and contains a raft of upgraded components, including Intel Core Solo or Core Duo processors in speeds up to 2GHz; up to 2GB of swift 533MHz RAM; and a screaming 7,200rpm, 100GB hard drive. In keeping with its multimedia bent, the E1505's 15.4-inch wide-screen display comes in WXGA or WSXGA+ native resolutions. Like its larger sibling, the E1705, the Inspiron E1505 includes Dell's MediaDirect feature, which plays CDs and DVDs and lets you access photos and other media files stored on your hard drive without booting up Windows first. There's also a full suite of ports and connectors, including FireWire, VGA, S-Video, and four USB 2.0 ports, plus both PC Card and ExpressCard slots.

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