Re: What Do You Think Of This Laptop
PROCESSOR:Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM:Genuine Windows® XP Home
Good. (XP Professional or Vista Business might be better in a business environment).
LCD PANEL:15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Display with TrueLife™
Good. You might want to consider WSXGA or at least a WXGA+ for a finer resolution. But that all depends on personal preference. I have a WXGA screen and I sort of wish I had a bit more. Also, TrueLife (glossy) might not be appropriate in an office or outdoor environment where there's a lot of light, as it can reflect and be distracting. The benefit is darker darks and crisper colors, which might not be so important as an accountant.
MEMORY:2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 DIMM
Good. But dell charges $150 for this. You can find 2GB of RAM at half that cost after-market.
HARD DRIVE:120G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
OPTICAL DRIVE:8X CD/DVD Burner w/ double-layer DVD+R write capability, w/ Roxio Creator
VIDEO CARD:256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8600M GT
Excellent, but does an accountant need dedicated graphics? Or 8600M GT at that? You should also remember battery life will be lower with a dedicated card. You might want to consider X3100 Intel integrated graphics instead.
WI-FI WIRELESS CARD:Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Wi-Fi Mini Card
Good, but you might want to consider n and bluetooth as well, depending on his requirements.
BATTERIES:56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Good. Might want to consider a second, 9 cell, depending on how mobile he is.
SOUND OPTION:High Definition Audio 2.0
Fair. Vostros have average laptop speakers, nothing special.
A couple other suggestions. If he's always on the go, he might want to consider getting a 14" model. I own a 15.4" and I find it just a tad bit on the bulky side for daily mobility. I also have a 14.1", and I find this the perfect size.
Vostros are a bit bulky and heavy, so I would err on the conservative side and opt for a smaller model. You should be able to find the same basic options (minus 256MB 8600M GT, but they do have 128MB 8400M GS).
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