Dell Refurbished Inspiron 1520 Notebook

I bought this laptop November of 2007. I hit refresh on the refurbished Dell website about 562,226,529,526 times and there was ONE laptop that met all the requirements I had. As soon as it popped up I called Ben and tried to act like my brain was not in the process of exploding RIGHT THEN AND THERE because OH MY GOD I WANT THIS LAPTOP and he ordered it for me right away. *swoon*

First things first! Lets get the specifications out there:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/4MB cache)
  • 160 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
  • 15.4 inch WSXGA+ Notebook Screen with TrueLife (1680 x 1050)
  • 8X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability
  • 9 Cell Primary Battery
  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
  • 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM 677MHz (2 DIMMs)
  • Intel 4965 802.11a/g/n Dual-Band Mini Card

I seriously love this laptop. So far there hasn’t been a single program I’ve thrown at it that it hasn’t been able to handle. Graphic intensive games like World of Warcraft, Sims2 and City of Heroes play with no problem at all. PhotpshopCS3 loads quickly and even with 3-5 rather large RAW images open at the same time, there are little to no hangups. The only program I’ve run into that causes a bit of lag has been DxO Optics Pro but that is a REALLY memory and processing intensive program.

I wasn’t too sure about the glossy screen at first but for game play and photo manipulation, it’s absolutely perfect and even in outside sunny environments it’s brightness has been enough to allowe me to browse and watch movies.

Of course, this decreases battery life but I opted for the larger 9-cell battery for that reason. I sat at an America’s Tire for THREE HOURS while they worked on my car and played games with Cassidy and surfed the internet at full brightness before I started to get low. The batter does stick out a bit in the back but I’ve not had a problem getting it to fit into a standard 14 inch bag or backpack.

With the 160GB hard drive, DVD read/writer and built in wireless it’s been everything I wanted and MORE. As a matter of fact, it’s been so awesome, that we bought Ben one in black. His and hers. 😉

The best part was that because I got a refurbished laptop, I save over $600 when compared to the same machine built on Dell’s main website. Several people have been surprised to learn that its a refurb because there’s not a scratch or mark on it anywhere. It looks like a brand new unit.

So if you are in the market for a new laptop (or monitor, or desktop, or printer for that matter) anytime soon, I HIGHLY recommend checking out the refurbished Dell website before you make your final purchase.