Excerpt: Bought this computer as a freshman in college. Decent for music, word processing, light internet surfing, etc. Not much else. I never tried photoshop or DVDs with it, so I don't know about that stuff. I use my iBook for the more hefty stuff. This is a good computer to take with you to class and stuff, though.
Excerpt: I bought the Dell Inspirion 1721very excited about transitioning to a laptop from a desktop, and the size of this one (17") makes that transition very easy. I'm not a huge fan of Vista, but I can deal. It runs pretty fast and doesn't give me too many problems or hangups. The problem is really with Dell's shoddy workmanship. In the first 6 months, Dell had to replace my hard drive three times.
Excerpt: The Dell Inspiron 1721 is a great computer for the average home user who does not demand a lot from their laptop. Checking email, fiddling with photos and watching movies are some of the features that have no effect on the perfrmance of this computer. It is a great size (17 inches) - big enough to have multiple windows open at once. The computer has a full keyboard (including number pad) which makes the transition from a desktop computer to a laptop much easier.
Summary: I recieved computer in the time they said it would come but when it arrived there were some issueswith the hard drive. When we looked into it (had to call a computer guy who came to the house) he found the hard drive was not screwed in to the computer and it could not find a hard drive. Why were the screws missing? After a $40 fee for computer guy the computer has been working well since( just 5 days). Hopefully no other issues will arise.
Summary: I bought this laptop last August, so exactly one year ago. Big mistake. My husband loves Dells and will not buy any other make. I had problems with it from day one. The wlan driver stops working every few hours. The display driver stops working and the screen goes blank. Dell take it away every few weeks and promise they have fixed it but the minute it is back, I am back to square one.