Dell Vostro 1720 – Laptop Review

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Designated as a business laptop, the Dell Vostro 1720 has enough features to make people think that it is a desktop that is amazingly mobile. Buyers are afforded the flexibility of being able to customize the features of the 1720 to suit their budget or their specific needs and usage for the notebook. Both the businessman and the ordinary computer user can benefit from the notebook’s features, and to some extent even the gamer can find good use for the 1720.

Specifications:

CPU:

  • Intel Celeron 900
  • IIntel Core 2 Duo T6600, P7550, P8600, P8700, or T9550

Display: 17″ WXGA+ Anti-Glare LED, UltraSharp WUXGA w/TrueLife

RAM:

  • 2 GB Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800 MHz
  • 2 to 8 GB of Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800 MHz

Video Card:

  • Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS

Hard Drive:

  • 160 GB SATA at 5400 RPM
  • 250 or 320 GB at 7200 RPM w/Freefall Sensor
  • 250GB Encrypted Hard Drive at 7200RPM w/ Free Fall Sensor & Wave software
  • 128 GB Solid State Drive

Wireless Connection: Dell Wireless 1397 or 1510 mini card, Intel WiFi Link 5100 or 5300 mini card

Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0

Battery: 6-cell or 8-cell Lithium Ion battery

Pros:

Perhaps the strongest point for the Dell Vostro 1720 is its total flexibility. As mentioned earlier, you can select the features you want the 1720 to have. The configurations you can choose from are numerous, so your needs will be matched perfectly. However, basic configuration includes an Intel Celeron 900 processor and a 160-gigabyte SATA hard disk drive. There is also an option to upgrade to a unit with a Core 2 Duo T9550 processor running on 2.66 GHz. This configuration has a 128 Gigabyte Solid State Drive, among others.

Graphics wise, you get to choose from the standard built-in Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500 MHD or the gaming-friendly NVidia GeForce 9600M GS. This allows you to play some games on the 1720. You can, however, do video editing, photo editing and some heavy processing with this configuration.

The 1720 also comes from an extra large 17-inch screen. This screen outputs a maximum resolution of 1920×1000. This resolution allows users to put up several windows together for easy reference and multi-tasking.

The 1720 also comes with a very sensitive set of keyboards and touch pad. Users will be delighted at how easy it is to use and work with the Dell Vostro 1720.

Cons:

One thing that the users will probably gripe about the 1720 is its weight. It is remarkably heavier than most of the other Dell Vostro models even at budget configuration. At basic setup, the 1720 can weight up to 6.8 pounds. Clearly buyers will find it very uncomfortable to carry around, but this weight is justified due to its configurations and components.

The 1720 also lacks the capability for connecting to an external display device, like a television. This is due to the absence of a digital video output. For those that plan to use external hard drives, they would be disappointed to find that the 1720 lacks an eSATA port as well.

Conclusion:

Despite its weaknesses in weight and the lack of certain ports, the 1720 still has enough features to satisfy the average computer user. Its processing power makes it very ideal for industrial and office use, which more than makes up for its weight as the 1720 would certainly be continuously plugged to a power outlet.

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