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Dell Inspiron 15(1545) Laptop

If you’re in the market for a low-end laptop for a commensurate low price than the Dell Inspiron 15 (1545) laptop might be for you.  Like most Dell computers this laptop has plenty of options for expansion, but I will just cover the default options for this review.Dell Inspiron 15(1545) Laptop

First, the laptop comes with a 15.6″ WLED display with a standard resolution of 1366×768.  The screen is very bright and has a glossy finish.  The display is driving by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD.  The Intel GMA X4500HD is a Direct X compatible chipset for Intel’s mobile platform.  It does not feature any onboard memory, but shares memory with the main system.  The video is not made for high-powered gaming.

The CPU in this laptop is the Intel Celeron 900 which has 1MB L2 cache, runs at 2.20GHz and operates on a 800Mhz FSB (front side bus).  This is a 64-bit processor built on a 45 nm die.  This processor will have no problem running email, spreadsheet or word processing programs.

The system comes standard with 2GB shared Dual Channel DDR2 running at 800MHz.  Since the memory is shared, much of it could be used by the video memory which could result in less than optimal performance.

For operating system the laptop comes with Windows 7 Vista Home Basic Edition SP1.  Not the latest and greatest, but it is Windows.   Other software includes a 30-day trial McAfee SecurityCenter. The software resides on a 5400RPM 160 GB Serial-ATA (SATA) hard drive.

For connectivity, you get a Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Half Mini-Card, an RJ-45 10/100 Ethernet port, 3 USB ports for connecting your iPod, an external VGA port for adding an external monitor, 1 headphone and 1 mic port, and a 7-in-1 card reader (Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card, Hi-Capacity Secure Digital (SDHC), Hi-Density Secure Digital (SDHD), Multi Media Card (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xD Picture Card (xD).

For installing software and playing DVDs the system comes with a 8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive).  This system does not come with a webcam and no option for upgrading, so only an external webcam connected to a USB port can be used for video chat and Skype.

A 4-cell 2.0AHr Battery powers the computer.  The system weight is 5.8 lbs. You can get it in any color as long as it’s black.

You can find the system for around $379.

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