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The Dell Inspiron 1720 series consists of two models. The Inspiron 1720 is built around an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and (in the case of higher-end models) the new Centrino Duo platform, while the Inspiron 1721 trades Intel for an AMD Turion 64 X2 processor and chipset. Aside from processor choices, Dell is also offering color choices with the Inspiron 1720 series: if buyers don't like the traditional white or black case, they can opt for red, blue, green, yellow, brown, or pink. We've seen colorful laptops before--most recently in the Sony VAIO CR series--but we've never seen a colored laptop with as many configuration options as the Dell Inspiron 1720 series offers. While many of the upgrade options--such as integrated WWAN or a Blu-ray drive--will surely push the price well above the $899 baseline, we think the Inspiron 1720 series will nevertheless appeal to home users who want a solid all-around laptop with a high degree of customization.
|Processor||AMD Turion 64 X2 up to 2.2GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo up to 2.2GHz|
|Memory||Up to 4GB of 667MHz|
|Hard drive||Up to 500GB (two 250GB) at 5,400rpm|
|Graphics||Integrated: ATI Radeon Xpress X1270 or Mobile Intel GMA X3100|
Discrete: Nvidia GeForce Go 8400M GS (128MB) or Nvidia GeForce Go 8600M GT (256MB)
|Chipset||ATI 690T/600SB or Mobile Intel Express 965PM/GM|
|Operating system||Vista Home Basic or Vista Home Premium|
|Dimensions (WDH)||15.5x11.5x1.5-1.7 inches|
|Screen size (diagonal)||17 inches|
|System weight||7.8 pounds|
Dell has also borrowed a few handy design features from its other laptop lines and incorporated them into the Inspiron 1720 series. First, media controls along the front edge, similar to those found on the XPS line of laptops, let you easily control disc playback. From the Latitude line, the Inspiron 1720 has adopted a built-in Wi-Fi Catcher, which lets you detect wireless networks even when the laptop's lid is closed or the computer is powered off.
|Dell Inspiron 1720 series||Average for desktop replacement category|
|Video||VGA-out, S-Video||VGA-out, S-Video, DVI|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks||Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks|
|Data||Four USB 2.0 ports, a mini-FireWire, and a multiformat memory card reader||Four USB 2.0 ports, a mini-FireWire, and a multiformat memory card reader|
|Expansion||PC Card slot||PC Card slot, ExpressCard slot|
|Networking||Modem, Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth, optional WWAN||Modem, Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth|
|Optical drive||CD-RW/DVD-ROM or DVD burner, Blu-ray drive optional on Intel-based models||DVD burner|