It can be difficult to make a decision when you are contemplating a large electronics purchase, especially when it is something with as many variable components as a laptop. For instance, our recent Acer Aspire v5-571-6647 review detailed all of the great features about that computer, and it is just one of many other options in the same price range as the Dell Inspiron i15N-2728BK 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black). But, while the Acer is a great machine in its’ own right, the Dell does beat it in several important areas. Primarily, it has 6 GB of RAM, a sturdier build quality and a better keyboard.
Note that this laptop also comes in two different colors, although the red option is currently much more expensive than the black option.
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- 2nd generation Intel i3 processor
- 6 GB of RAM
- 500 GB hard drive
- HDMI port
- 3 USB ports
- Excellent build quality
- No numeric keypad (although some people prefer not to have one)
- No USB ports on the back (all are on the sides)
- No Blu-Ray player
- Not a good laptop for gaming
College students and budget-minded small businesses are really going to appreciate the combination of features that you get for this price. A quality processor, higher-than-average amount of RAM and good build structure are very important elements for any laptop, let along one that is priced under $500. When you combine all of these hardware components with the stability of Windows 7 Home Premium and Microsoft Office Starter 2010, this computer truly is a great value. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 is an ad-supported version of Microsoft Word and excel that is included with the computer for free, which means that you will not need to spend any additional money later on to purchase these programs. Note, however, that it does not include Powerpoint or Outlook. If you need those programs, then you will need to buy Microsoft Home and Business (view on Amazon).
If you are upgrading from a very old laptop or desktop and are looking for an affordable option that will get you up to speed with current computer technologies and connections, then this laptop is the right choice for you. Dell is very skilled at building quality laptop computers, and they have done an outstanding job with this budget model. Its’ Bluetooth and 802.11 bgn WiFi connections will make it easy to connect to your wireless network and devices, and the HDMI out port will allow you to enjoy the content on your computer screen on a high-definition television. Anyone in the market for an affordable, capable laptop that they can count on at home or on the road would do well to purchase this machine.
See more about this laptop by visiting the product page at Amazon.
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