Saturday, March 25, 2006

Dell Inspiron E1705

With blazing dual-core performance and a bright 17-inch display, the Dell Inspriron E1705 is a Media Center powerhouse.

Those looking for a big-screen screamer need look no further than the Dell E1705, which sports a 17-inch TrueLife display that’s ideal for playing games and watching DVDs. Under the hood is Intel’s blazing 2-GHz Core Duo processor, plus Nvidia’s GeForce Go 7800 graphics for serious graphics horsepower.

Dell satisfies multimedia fans in other ways by integrating both its Dell Media Direct technology and the Windows Media Center operating system. The former allows users to enjoy movies, photos, and music without booting up. It recognizes files stored on the hard drive, optical drive, 5-in-1 memory card reader, or even a USB key. Keep in mind that you can’t play licensed content in this mode, such as music purchased from Napster.

When it comes to performance, the Inspiron E1705 more than satisfies. It turned in a remarkable MobileMark 2005 score of 251 and blazing 3DMark03 score of 9,298. It’s not as fast as the XPS M170, but you should be able to play any demanding title like F.E.A.R. at the highest resolution without a problem on this system. The battery runtime of 2 hours and 33 minutes isn’t bad considering the speed and size of this notebook.

Other than the lack of a numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard (even though there’s room for one) and the fact that the underside of this notebook runs a bit hot, the E1705 is an ideal desktop replacement.

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