Dell i1545-012B review: Dell i1545-012B

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.

Note: While this machine comes with Windows Vista, many retailers, including Best Buy, and some hardware manufacturers are offering a free upgrade to Windows 7 for systems purchased after the end of June.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus K50IJ-RX05
1,035 
Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
1,120 
Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
2,741 
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
2,814 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
223 
Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
251 
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
269 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
225 
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
225 
Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
236 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
157 
Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
147 
Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
131 

Annual power consumption costs
Asus K50IJ-RX05
$5.22 
Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
$5.75 
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
$5.86 
Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
$6.59 
Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965
$7.14 

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Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
Windows Vista Home Basic SP1; 2.2GHz Intel Celeron 900; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 160GB Toshiba 5,400rpm.

Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.2GHz Intel Celeron 900; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 160GB Samsung 5,400rpm.

Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.1GHz AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core QL-65; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon 3100; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm.

Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.0GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 160GB Western Digital 5,400rpm.

Asus K50IJ-RX05
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Seagate 5,400rpm.

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