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My girlfriend is looking for a laptop that is under $500 that she can use for school and personal use. She is looking at the Dell Inspiron 14'. Here are the specs:


Processor BrandIntel®

ProcessorIntel® Core™ i3

Processor Speed2.53GHz

Battery Type6-cell lithium-ion

Display TypeHigh-definition WLED (1366 x 768)

Screen Size (Measured Diagonally)14"

Cache Memory3MB

System Memory (RAM)4GB

System Memory (RAM) Expandable To8GB

Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3 SDRAM

Hard Drive Type5400 rpm

Computer Hard Drive Size500GB

Optical DriveDVD±RW/CD-RW

Optical Drive SpeedsDrive speeds not specified

Direct-Disc LabelingNo

Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader

GraphicsIntel® HD

TV TunerNo


Built-in WebcamYes

NetworkingBuilt-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)

Wireless NetworkingWireless-B+G+N


S-Video OutputsNone



PCMCIA Slots1 half mini card

USB 2.0 Ports3

IEEE 1394 FireWire PortsNone

Parallel PortsNone

Game PortsNone

Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)

Battery LifeUp to 5 hours and 15 minutes

Pointing DeviceTouchpad

HDMI OutputYes

Blu-ray PlayerNo

Operating System PlatformWindows

Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium

System Version64-bit

ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes

Best Buy PC AppYes

Graphics ChipIntel

Wireless Capability4G WiMAX

Drive Capacity500GB

Graphics CardIntel® HD

Wireless DisplayYes


What do you guys think? Would this work? Is it a good deal for the money or would you suggest something different?

The only thing I'm a little worried about is that she wants to be able to run Sims 3 and I don't know about that intel graphics thing... Let me know what you think.






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Guest andoldspar
http://www.intel.com/technology/graphics/intelhd.htm Thats for your graphics. I myself wouldnt count on it to play sims3 very well. All graphics are processed by the cpu so anything that uses graphics is going to slow that cpu down. Other than that id spring for a 9 cell battery cause those 6 cell dale's dont last near long enough. For a good 4 to 6 hours you need a 9 cell.
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*Right now Windows PC's are having a sell VIA Best-Buy, if you buy a $700 laptop you also get a Xbox 360.... Thats a good deal to me.


*With Valid student ID or Email.

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