A compromise in a Core 2 Duo system, but its still a Dell
William Smith, Amazon
25 September 2014
Summary: I support several of these E5400s at work and must say they are a great work machine, provided that you (1) upgrade the RAM to 4GB or more, (2) have a decent SATA II HDD or SSD, and (3) look for the models with Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz or better. That said, these machines are 6-7 years old as of Fall 2014 so you will most likely get a Lease Refurb and will be buying these used. If you are sticking with Dell for uniformity or support reasons, these are great Windows 7 machines.
Summary: I was using the laptop only 3 days when the screen was damaged. I couldn't pay a lot of money to change the new one, so I threw the laptop away. Finally, I just bought the new laptop some days ago, also on Ebay, but I didn't receive it yet. I felt sad.
Good value, rugged. Best with Windows 7. (Avoid VISTA)
21 April 2014
Summary: This is a solid, well constructed notebook. I drive truck sometimes coast-to-coast so for me, the advantages are: 1.)It is rugged. The cab of a truck is no place for fragile.(I used to have a Dell E4300 13.3" that I took on the road but it proved to be "fragile".) 2.)It has a modem for dial-up to my Juno account. (Yes, it may be hard to believe but, there are still LOTS of places where there is ONLY dial-up.) 3.)It has 2 well placed USB ports on both sides. 4.