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Vostro 1710

December 9th, 2008 by admin

Dell Vostro 1710

As promised here is my review of my new Dell Vostro 1710 Laptop. I have used laptops a few times, usually at the various work sites, however I have never owned my own laptop. It seems I was the only one in my family not to, as every single member of my family has always owned a laptop at one point in their lives. At last count we now have 4 laptops at home, with one outdated and headed for the scrap heap. I was planning on building myself a rocket ship of a PC, with 8 cores, 12 gig or more ram, massive hard drive array, and a video card more powerful than my last PC, but the chance to have a laptop and to be able to have a machine fast enough to process images off-site swayed my choice to portability. So far I am happy with my decision. The 1710 is fast enough and the screen is perfect. Sure the size of the fonts take a little getting used to at 1920×1200 resolution, (I’m glad I didn’t go for a 15″ laptop with that res) but having all of that desktop space makes everything easier, and photos really pop on the glossy screen.

Screen
As good as the screen is, it still struggles a little outside. Sure this is a Sydney summer so the amount of light outside is massive, but to use if effectively outside does require a hood of sorts.

Keyboard
I do like the keyboard overall, the buttons are large enough, there are enough of them, and the separate keypad is something I do use. I do find myself sometimes skimming the touch pad when typing, but that is something I will soon overcome and not a fault of the machine itself.

hot keys
The power button and media buttons are located at the top, about the only button I really use there is eject for the slot loading DVD/CD drive, but they do add a little class to an otherwise business-like design to the laptop.

right side
The right side features the slot loading drive, two USB ports, an IEEE1394 port and the wireless/Bluetooth switch. I like having a dedicated switch like this as it makes turning the radio functionality on or off quick and easy.

Left side
The left side has 4 more USB ports, power adapter, cooling vent, and Express Card slot. I will soon use card slot for either an e-SATA port, or Firewire800 or CF card reader. Depending on which will be the fastest way to get my CF cards onto the laptop.

top
Closed the laptop is quite sleek, featuring a gloss black design, that does have a couple of scratches. These scratches are very slight and are the reason why I paid around $1100 for it, and not $2800.

Overall I’m happy with the laptop, I can get 133fps in CS:S, store just about anything I need to on its two 320gig HDDs and with the 4gig ram, dual 2.5GHz CPUs, powering through selecting, editing and processing any images I need. Once the 5D mark II arrives (I can dream), I will put this machine through its paces with some video editing.

Pros: Awesome screen, quality and res.
Power, enough for what I need.
Conservative design, won’t attract too much attention.
Expandability, 6 USB, VGA, wireless n, gigabit ethernet, 2 HDDs, etc etc.

Cons: touch pad isn’t perfect
inbuilt speakers are pretty bad
it’s not the lightest thing at 3.1 kg

2 Responses to “Vostro 1710”

  1. brasher Says:

    Fixed

    Pros: Awesome screen, quality and res.
    Power, enough for what I need.
    Conservative design, won’t attract too much attention.
    Expandability, 6 USB, VGA, wireless n, gigabit ethernet, 2 HDDs, etc etc.
    It’s not a mac

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