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Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212PBL review: Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212PBL

Annual power consumption cost
Asus K50IJ-BBZ5
$4.48 
HP G62-225DX
$5.31 
Dell iM501R-1212PBL
$6.34 
The Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212PBL uses a standard six-cell battery and lasted a mere 2 hours, 28 minutes on CNET Labs' demanding video playback battery drain test. That's a poor showing; only the HP G62-225DX was worse among the current crop of budget laptops in our retail roundup. Considering the low-power CPU, we expected better.

Dell backs the Inspiron iM501R-1212PBL with an industry-standard, one-year, parts-and-labor warranty. Dell's Web site features many useful 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.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP G62-225DX
1,057 
Dell iM501R-1212PBL
1,679 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP G62-225DX
154 
HP Pavilion dv5-2035dx
169 
Dell iM501R-1212PBL
196 
Toshiba Satellite C655-S5049
269 
Compaq CQ62-215DX
338 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Compaq CQ62-215DX
151 
Dell iM501R-1212PBL
148 
HP G62-225DX
134 

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System configurations:

Dell iM501R-1212PBL
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.1GHz AMD Athlon II P320 Dual-Core; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 1333MHz; 384MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250; 320GB Toshiba 5400rpm

Asus K50IJ-BBZ5
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4500; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1696MB (Total) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Western Digital 5400rpm

Asus K50IJ-BNC5
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4500; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1696MB (Total) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Western Digital 5400rpm

Compaq Presario CQ62-215DX
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.19GHz AMD Sempron V120; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250; 250GB Western Digital 5400rpm

HP G62-225DX
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4500; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1696MB (Total) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Samsung 5400rpm

HP Pavilion dv5-2035dx
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.29GHz AMD Turion II P520 Dual-Core; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 320MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250; 320GB Seagate 5400rpm

Toshiba Satellite C655-S5049
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Celeron 900; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Dedicated)/829MB (Total) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 250GB Toshiba 5400rpm

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