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Dell Inspiron 7348
I bought this tiny laptop from Costco, hoping it would be useful for presentations "on the road". It has 8 gigabytes of RAM. I found it "so-so", out of the box. To make it useful, you have to add quite a bit to it.
Good things about the Dell Inspiron Laptop.
- Its small and very light.
- It runs Windows, not Mac-OS. While I have nothing against Mac's, I mainly use PC's, and I find it annoying to have to learn another operating system.
- The screen is fine.
- There are enough USB ports
Bad things about the Dell Inspiron 7348 Laptop -- basically it is so small and light that Dell left out the main reasons that you buy a laptop.
- There is no VGA port. You have to buy a dongle that converts one of the other ports. This costs about $30).
- It uses a slow processor (I5) compared to alternatives out there. I don't need to be wondering why this thing is so slow -- is it the hard-drive ? Is it the processor ?
- There is no Internet port -- no space for it-- you have to buy another dongle to convert a USB port. These cost about $30 (or $70 if you buy from Dell).
- The hard disk drive (500 meg), is slow. Unlike the Ipad, which uses an SSD, you have to buy an SSD and replace the hard-drive with the SSD. Furthermore, the hard-drive in this PC is unusually thin -- it is thinner than most SSD's. This means that once you replace the hard-drive, the case may not fit. Certainly the screws that hold the drive down will not work.
- Even after you replace the hard-drive with an SSD, the battery drains rapidly. In other words, this is not an Ipad, even with an SSD.
So all in all -- if you take a Dell Inspiron 7348, spend about 4 hours replacing the hard-drive, spend about $400 in parts, you end up with a usable and fast
Would I do it again ? Well only if this was my only option. I would look harder for a product that had this all "baked in". Especially the SSD.
October 4, 2015
, Timothy C. Hain, M.D.
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