Summary: - For many users, gaming is a casual pastime. If you're looking for a laptop that can handle video editing, light gaming, and office work, the Dell Inspiron 17R is a good value at under $900. With a dedicated graphics card, Blu-ray reader, and a high resolution 17-inch display, this machine is able to go from work to play instantly. The abundance of memory and 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor add value as well.
Summary: Powered by AMD. The top version of the Inspiron 17R is equipped with the rare Radeon HD 8870M. How well does the DirectX 11 chip harmonize with a ULV processor and is the performance high-end or average? Our review gives the answers.
Pros: Matte and high-contrast Full HD display, Not susceptible to dirt, Moderate energy consumption, Aluminum surfaces, Good input devices, Long battery runtimes, Nice design, Fair price, The design of the Inspiron 17R is nice and the long battery runtimes will inspire many users.
Cons: High temperatures and system noise during 3D applications, No Turbo Boost with simultaneous GPU load, CPU & GPU throttling under maximum load, Pretty meager port variety, Poor maintainability, Only one hard drive bay, Pretty high weight, No Gigabit Ethernet, A ULV processor without Turbo during 3D applications? Very annoying.
Summary: Low-voltage gaming machine?. A 17-inch ultrabook? No, a thick 17-inch device with an ultrabook processor and mainstream graphics. Why does Dell not integrate a standard voltage CPU? Does the gaming performance suffer? Our review with an extensive gaming check gives the answers.
Pros: Good all-round performance, Cover color can be chosen, Moderate emissions, Good keyboard feedback, Good battery runtimes, Full CPU Turbo, even under load. Good battery runtimes. Low emissions.
Cons: Glossy screen with bad measurement results, Suboptimal port layout, A display without glare and with good contrast.
Summary: The Dell Inspiron 17R is a budget desktop replacement laptop, which sounds like it might be an oxymoron. After all, how can a laptop that's meant to replace a desktop be, well, a cheap laptop (listed at £559, to be exact)?
Summary: Special Edition! Apart from the name, our test device no longer has much in common with the older generation models that we have reviewed. The newest hardware technology is packed in a new outfit. The add-on SE standing for “Special Edition” refers to the extra performance reserves as well as the high quality components in contrast to the standard Inspiron 17R.
Pros: Robust, elegant case, 2.1 sound system from Skullcandy, Pleasant input devices, Solid multimedia performance, Optional backlit keyboard, The stable case made of anodized aluminum with the cool design ensures good looks and the Skullcandy 2.1 sound system for demanding listeners.
Cons: Weight, Battery Life, No SSD in the configurator, More transparency when ordering online.
Summary: For $899, the Dell Inspiron 17R offers a great display and audio with plenty of performance for multimedia mavens and even gamers. Its impressive battery life, while not necessary on a desktop replacement, is a bonus. Our only major complaint is the 17R's slow boot time. Those looking for even better sound and style should check out the Dell XPS 17, which, for the same price, gets you a more elegant design, the same processor, an Nvidia GT550M GPU, 4GB of RAM, but no...
Summary: Inspiron 17R(eloaded). Dell's Inspiron 17 has already been available for a while and probably belongs to the American manufacturer's top sellers. Now there is a refresh available, called Inspiron 17R, which can be individually configured as typical for Dell - starting with the color up to hardware configuration.
Pros: Display brightness, Workmanship & stability, Sound system with sub-woofer, Value for money ratio, We quite liked the Inspiron 17R's looks, especially with the different colors optionally available.
Cons: Fan control, Poor black value/contrast, A display with a higher resolution, preferably FullHD, in combination with a BluRay drive would more than just complement the Inspiron 17R.