Summary: Jan 25 2012 - Dell has come to the realization that many consumers don't necessarily need lots of computing power or fancy graphics but would rather have a system with a large screen and long running times.
Conclusion: The Dell Inspiron 17R (I17RN-3530DBK) is a capable desktop replacement laptop powered by an Intel Core i7 CPU. It offers a nice wireless feature set, but its big display doesn't do 1080p, and it lacks a Blu-ray drive.
Pros: Robust wireless feature set includes WiDi 2.0, WiMAX 4G, and Bluetooth. Large hard drive. Core i7 processing power.
Cons: Low-res display. No Blu-ray drive. Integrated graphics.
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.
Conclusion: The Dell Inspiron 17R-1695MRB shows that chic doesn't necessary mean that it needs to be made of metal. This desktop replacement laptop also has a slew of creature comforts, all for a reasonable price.
Pros: Intel Wireless Display (WiDi). Big 640GB hard drive. Great navigating experience. Nice design. No bloatware.
Cons: No 1080p resolution. Battery life was less than desirable.
Summary: The Dell Inspiron 17R is too big and heavy to carry down to your local coffee shop at lunchtime. However, it’s a good, affordable choice if you’re looking for a desktop replacement machine that has the power to handle productivity software at work, and a spot of gaming at home.
Summary: Dell's Inspiron 17R is a big unit that's suitable as a desktop replacement-style notebook. It could use better Wi-Fi and faster storage, but, overall, you get a solid computer that's good for a wide range of tasks and, most importantly, a computer that's comfortable to use.
Pros: Decent screen, Comfortable to use, Very good battery life