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Intel Core Duo and Dell Inspiron E1505

The Intel Core Duo notebooks are so tempting that I got myself a twin to Hirilonde on eBay. It's a Dell Inspiron E1505, which is the same model as the 6400.

Anyone have any experience with these? If so, how do you like yours?

Does anyone want to take a crack at making a Hurley "Dude, you're getting a Dell" icon? If I don't get any takers within a couple of weeks, I'll do it myself.



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May. 21st, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
The laptop I raved about here is a Dual Core Inspiron 6400. I love it. The Dual Core rocks my world. It is motherscratching fast. I didn't buy the best version, but waited until Dell Small Business had a decent sale and bought a budget model: T2300 @ 2mb cache/1.66 ghz, 980 mhz, .99 gig ram. Went with basics on vid and sound cards, and went budget on the dvd drive, burn cd only, and only 40gig of memory (I'm planning on replacing the desktop model in 2 years, so I'm not in the market to turn this into a desktop replacement).

I regret going basic on the vid card because that's the only thing that has given me trouble; I've been working the card hard because I like to have the best video option working on my games. On several occasions while doing very intensive tasks, the video card has had an error that caused it to stop working and thrown the computer into something akin to safe mode. I haven't lost any data because of this, but it's something to consider.
It hasn't happened during any other task (like movie watching), so I wonder if it's something wacky about the game or something I downloaded for the game.

I did go for the TruLife screen, which I heart deeply. It's 15.4 inches, and beautiful.
May. 21st, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Dell Inspiron 6400: thanks for the specs
Yep, that's almost exactly the model I got. Mine had 512Mb RAM, but I had two spare 512Mb DIMMs lying around from Hirilonde's upgrade (I paid $170 and got two 1Gb DIMMs to max it out). Hirilonde had 1Gb and a 40Gb HD (for $1500), but I put in another $320 and upgraded it to 2Gb and a 100Gb HD.1

The video card is a little bit low-end, but it seems to have fair performance under WinXP Pro SP2. Have you been using it for playing DVDs much?

I don't expect to be playing a whole lot of games on this one; the "ubercomputer" I've been wibbling about, a desktop PC that I'm building in August (budget $4000, $6000 including dual 19" LCD monitors and peripherals), will be more than adequate for any gaming I might possibly have time for.

Is there anything to TruLife besides the anti-glare feature? My screen is just a regular WXGA 15.4" one - I have it on 1280 x 800 at the moment, which feels a little low to me, but then, Hirilonde is WUXGA and I have it at 1920x1200. People always warn me about going blind from the tiny fonts. I do appreciate Firefox's nice font scaling, though; when I first got Hirilonde, Dell had everything factory-set to stretch fonts and images, and most rendering (especially JPEG) was blocky.

1 Sorry to be pedantic, but I should mention that we generally say "storage", "disk" or "(hard) drive space" rather than "memory" when referring to disk. "Memory" almost always means primary memory, i.e., RAM.

May. 21st, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Dell Inspiron 6400: thanks for the specs
I have used it somewhat for DVDs, but more for games (at home, I just watch on the DVD player in my bedroom... the DVDs are for the road, and I haven't had an excuse to travel much in the past month, though it performed well on the trip I did take, and in the testing I initially did).

I'm not sure what TruLife does except for the glare feature. However, my screen is exceptionally sharp in comparison to the flat panel I use at work (also a Dell, but doesn't seem to have TruLife), and kicks the heck out of the CRT on my home desktop.

I'm sorry you're pedantic, too. :P

I guess that "we" means computer science PhDs. As a JD, I'm considered a technofile because I don't write my briefs with a pencil on a legal pad.

May. 21st, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
"We say" == "On dit"
DVDs are good. That's the primary intended function other than as a web client and a hypermedia editor (esp. HTML using Dreamweaver and images using Photoshop).

Re: TruLife - I was just wondering whether you sprang for a resolution upgrade. What's the highest res you can get, please? My E1505 is advertised as being capable of 1920x1200, but it only goes up to 1280 x 800 here. I'm assuming that it was listed at a higher res than it can really get, based on looking up WXGA in Wikipedia before buying and comparing that against WUXGA.

I had meant to say "we in IT" but forgot to put that in. Consider it to mean "on dit", though; no exclusivity intended. :-D

As for technophilia in a technophobic line of work - you don't say? I have to remember that the room of notebook computers is a figment of Legally Blonde (well, maybe the real Harvard classroom, too; I don't know).

May. 22nd, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
Re: "We say" == "On dit"
1280x800 is the best my computer offers me; at least, as far as I can tell (I'm no expert, I just adjust the settings through normal channels... there may be some IT Jedi way of doing it, but I wouldn't know).

And if it's in Legally Blonde, it's definitely an accurate portrayal of the legal profession. ... Seriously, several students had laptops when I went to school, and most of us can use legal databases now. But the profession was one of the last to turn around on these things, and there are diehard old timers who still use their secretaries as typists because they refuse to go electronic for writing. Now that we have electronic filing and you can do a lot of things in minutes on a computer that use to take hours in a law library, I can't see any reason to hold off, but the law is sloooooooow to change, and the law loves it's traditions. Confusing something old with something venerable, I suppose.

And seriously, have you ever looked at computer-related legislation? Clearly not crafted by techheads. Nortiously, in fact.
May. 22nd, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
Re: "We say" == "On dit"
Hello, Banazir. I've been eying the E1505 for a while now, and that's mostly because of the WUXGA screen. My current machine allows just 1024x768, and it's driving me up the wall.

When you were configuring your E1505 purchase (on the Dell site), are you sure you picked the WUXGA screen? I think it defaults to a 1280x800 screen if nothing is picked.
May. 22nd, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
OOoo oooo, that's what I want to hear; my emachines laptop got declared a lemon and the store is letting me replace it with anything so long s I pony up whatever's more than the equivalent laptop - and I was thinking of going with a Toshiba that has the T2400 processor (basically the same as the T2300 as far as I can tell, just a teensy bit faster at 1.83GHz instead of 1.66GHz).

I haven't used any of the Centrinos (let alone their dual core ones) and was a little nervous that going from the AMD64 4000+ that's in my soon to be former laptop would be a significant drop in speed...
May. 22nd, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
Quad Core Duo 2's should be out for PMG5s around August.

Fuck PCs. :P

You seem to have a masochistic slant, what with all your Vista tinkering. ;)

May. 22nd, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
PowerMac G5s
It took me a quick Google to understand that acronym, but cool.

You seem to have a masochistic slant, what with all your Vista tinkering. ;)
A slant? I do believe I am the archetype of the phrase hardcore kernel sub. zengeneral once advised me, after I told him about my OS troubles, to find an attractive young woman who owns a whip.

May. 22nd, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
I met Jorge Garcia in New Orleans about a month ago. He said he was there to be on celebrity poker showdown (or something to that effect)

lemme try my hand at it
May. 22nd, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
I just got the E1505 in April ... here are some thoughts on it


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