They are like most laptop speakers, terrible. It plays YouTube videos without hesitations. The battery is a 4-cell unit and lasts a bit under 2 hours. Performance As more software got added to the computer, I noticed a noticeable slowing down particularly during booting and screen refreshes and in the page file activity disk activity during boot and slow screen-refreshes as the virtual memory got used actively. Transfer rates overall were quite decent.
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When using the B for simple web browsing and typing this review and with screen brightness set to half the battery ran out after 2hours and 20 minutes.
Prior to having the B, I belonged to the anti Dell crowd and only bought it because the price was so low. I got a Dell Internal Wireless So far so good, I suppose!
Battery When using the B for simple web browsing and typing this review and with screen brightness set to half the battery ran out after 2hours and 20 minutes. Left side view of Dell B view larger image. It has a full size backspace and the Fn key is placed in between the Ctrl and Windows key.
The plastic latches on top of the screen seemed a little flimsy, but when it is shut, they hold the base firmly and only a very strong force could break it open. The exterior design, although not beautiful, could definitely be much worse. The average boot time is about 24 seconds, from the time I press the power button until the logon screen shows up.
The Inspiron B offered by Dell is precisely the same as the B except with a inch widescreen.
Dell Inspiron B and B Review (pics, specs)
The touchpad which replaces a mouse is a joy to use, in my experience, and it is interesting how I reach for it at work, where I have a conventional keyboard and mouse! Left side view of Dell B view larger image Front side view view larger image Close up of light indicators view larger image Right side view of Inspiron B view larger image Back side view of B view larger image Only having an ExpressCard slot is somewhat deell a downer.
This worked dsll nicely even though it was more expensive than buying from other sources. The screen is a The battery is a 4-cell unit and lasts a bit under 2 hours. There was no OS installation CD included, instead there is a 3 GB hidden partition on the hard drive that holds the restoration files. This is a budget notebook and as such is constructed in a manner to keep costs down.
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Dell Inspiron B view larger image. This may seem like a waste of 3 GB space to some, on an already smallish harddisk, until you stand in my shoes and have had to restore the system a few times read the review! Close up of light indicators view larger image. The B actually shipped on November 30 and it arrived on December 1, Screen latches view del, image.
Watching an entire DVD at full brightness on this laptop delk only work if the movie is 1-hour 30 minutes or less. Screen latches view large image The screen is a It is no poor cousin when comes time to perform.
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This card works fine with Netstumbler. I can pull the plastic covering away from the LCD with ease.
This is a very iron horse type of laptop. Oh well, one less sticker on the notebook to peel off! With any modern computer, heat is always a problem.
So esentially Dell put together a machine in which the chipset is the weakest link, and since components work together as a team, the system can only be as fast as that weakest link is willing to work MHz.
A heavier 6-cell unit is available for those who need more mobile power.
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I use Xchat daily with the linuxmint people in the chat rooms and clicking on links with Firefox is flawless. Work is in progress, from what I hear!
Everything but the sound card and wireless card are properly detected and installed when I boot from a Knoppix LiveCD.