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Dell 15.4" Inspiron 1525 Laptop PC

Dell Inspiron 1525 Review

Dell 15.4" Inspiron 1525 Laptop PC with Intel Celeron 550 Processor with 4GB USB Flash Drive, HP F2210 Multi-Function Printer & Microsoft Laptop Backpack Bundle

The old days of bulky, overweight Dell notebooks may be coming to a close in 2008. Today Dell announced their latest addition to the Inspiron family of notebooks, the 15.4-inch Inspiron 1525. We are happy to have a pre-production unit to review, and this sleek successor to the Inspiron 1520 might just surprise you.

Our pre-production Inspiron 1525 is equipped with the following specs:
15.4-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) CCFL TrueLife (glossy) screen
8x Dual-layer DVD±RW drive
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo T7250 processor
2GB DDR2-667 SDRAM (up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM available)
Video: Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Wireless: Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Mini Card
Colors: Multiple colors and finishes available
Media Card: 8-in-1 flash memory reader
Mobile Broadband: Dell Wireless integrated mobile broadband mini-cards Sprint and Verizon serice
Input and Output Ports: 4 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, IEEE 1394a, RJ11, RJ45, 1 ExpressCard 54mm slot, 2 headphone, 1 microphone, 3 mini-card slots, consumer IR, S-Video
Dimensions: 1.00" - 1.48" (height) x 14.05" (width) x 10.08" (depth)
Weight: 5.9lbs with 6-cell battery
No webcam (optional Integrated 2.0 megapixel webcam available)
Windows Vista Home Premium
Base configuration price: $499
Price as tested: $1,024 ($874 after instant savings)

Dell Inspiron 1525 Review

Although I wasn't a huge fan of the glossy inlaid "Commotion Pattern" design on our pre-production Inspiron 1525, I must say it looks flawless. I was highly critical of the paint application on the Inspiron 1420, 1520, and 1720 because the paint has questionable durability. The new glossy lid designs might be a magnet for fingerprints, but it certainly looks more durable than the old Inspiron paint jobs.

Dell Inspiron 1525 Review
Display options for the Inspiron 1525 include a matte finish 15.4" Widescreen XGA (1280 x 800), a 15.4" Widescreen XGA (1280 x 800) with TruleLife (glossy finish), or a 15.4" "high resolution" (1440 x 900) glossy widescreen display. On the surface the lack of higher resolutions is a serious flaw in the design of the 1525. In truth, the overwhelming majority of "average" notebook users will think the WXGA resolution looks stunning.

The screen on our pre-production unit looks flawless from straight on and the horizontal viewing angles are great. Upper vertical viewing angles are good, but colors did begin to invert at lower viewing angles when the screen is tilted back.


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