Dell Inspiron 1545 Dell Inspiron 1545 review

We've seen the Inspiron 1545 before, when it had an older processor; otherwise, the specifications are virtually identical.

The two laptops have very different power consumption levels, however. The newer model is much more efficient, lasting for three hours and 48 minutes in our tests, as opposed to the previous battery life of under two hours.

The new 1545 scored 53 overall in our benchmarks. This isn't bad for a budget laptop, and is around three times quicker than the average netbook. We liked the simple design, with its glossy black case and rounded edges. Build quality isn't as good as we'd expect, with a worrying amount of flex in the lid and a slight bounce in the keyboard when typing.

Keys are large and well laid out, with a moulded shape that helps orient your fingertips on each one, and enough feedback to make for accurate touch-typing. Our only niggle is the way Dell has swapped the top row of function keys with hardware shortcuts, such as wireless and volume control, and media playback controls; however, this can be changed in the Windows-style BIOS. The touchpad is a subtle indentation on the case's surface. It's smooth and responsive, and the buttons are large, with a light action and plenty of travel.

The screen is a little dark, but colours are accurate and the backlight is nice and even. The 1,366x768 resolution is the same as many HD TVs, making the Inspiron ideal for watching television programmes. It also reduces the size of black bars in movies. Apart from an ExpressCard/34 slot and a memory card reader, the 1545 is on par with most netbooks when it comes to expansion ports: three USB ports, network and VGA ports, and audio ports.

It may lack frills such as a webcam, but Dell's 1545 is great value at £350. This is a special offer, but Dell always has a base model at this price, changing the processor, RAM and hard disk capacity from time to time. Due to the ever-changing specifications, we can't give the 1545 an award, but if you find it with these - or better - specifications, it's a superb buy, and a better choice than PC Nextday's Versa.

Basic Specifications

Rating

***

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo T4200

Processor clock speed

2GHz

Memory

3.00GB

Memory slots

2

Memory slots free

0

Maximum memory

4GB

Size

43x372x243mm

Weight

2.6kg

Sound

IDT HD Audio

Pointing device

touchpad

Power consumption standby

1W

Power consumption idle

15W

Power consumption active

35W

Display

Viewable size

15.6 in

Native resolution

1,366x768

Graphics Processor

Intel GMA 4500M HD

Graphics/video ports

VGA

Graphics Memory

32MB

Storage

Total storage capacity

160GB

Optical drive model

Optiarc AD-7580S

Optical drive type

DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports

3

Bluetooth

no

Wired network ports

1x 10/100

Wireless networking support

802.11b/g

PC Card slots

1x ExpressCard/34

Modem

No

Supported memory cards

SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro

Other ports

minijack audio output, minijack microphone input

Miscellaneous

Carrying case

No

Operating system

Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Operating system restore option

restore partition

Software included

Roxio Creator DE 10.2, Microsoft Works 9, Cyberlink PowerDVD DX 8.1

Buying Information

Warranty

one year collect and return

Price

£349

Details

www.dell.co.uk

Supplier

http://www.dell.co.uk

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Display

Storage

Ports and Expansion

Miscellaneous

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Author

November 24,2021

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