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Bought an Inspiron. Good choice? (And battery question)

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Just picked up a

for my mother [basic use laptop - browsing, Skype and streaming]. I was considering a netbook at first but she wanted a bigger screen. I ended up pulling the trigger on this since an i3 laptop for the price I got it ($350) seems like a great deal. Good choice or...?

One pretty big negative I have is the battery life (6-cell). I was expecting maybe 2 1/2+ hours but if I'm actually using the laptop, I'm usually getting under 2 hours (around 1 1/2 hours). Using the Power Saving plan with lowest screen brightness. Is that normal life or should I try to get the battery replaced?
post #2 of 6
I'd give the battery a bit more time. Make sure you leave it to charge for 24 hours or something crazy like that. If it still barely holds charge, then get Dell to replace.

Nothing wrong with the Inspirons - I think Dell make brilliant laptops and have rarely had any issues with them.
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That's a very decent laptop for $350, but I'd imagine it's supposed to get at least over two hours, and even more at your Power Saver settings. My GF's laptop gets another hour of battery life at a reasonable screen brightness, and with pretty heavy browser and YouTube usage.
 
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I didn't go for a 24 hour charge as I thought it wouldn't really do much if the laptop/battery was already used (the laptop is a refurb).

I will try that when I get home though, full discharge then a long charge.

As for the laptop itself, I'm not as familiar with mobile processors so just wanted to make sure how this stacks up against the others with similar price (saw an N660 for same price today).
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Well the i3 330M is at the lower end of the mobile i3 scale, but its based on the 32nm Arrandale core and should be more than enough for the every day user. Probably around the same performance as a mid-range mobile Core2Duo.
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Just found out a bit more about the performance. According to the benchmarks, it sits around the following CPUs:

Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 - 2.5Ghz
AMD Phenom II X4 X940 BE - 2.4Ghz
Intel Core 2 Duo SP9400 - 2.4Ghz
Intel Core i7 2617M - 1.5Ghz/2.5Ghz Turbo
Intel Core i7 680UM - 1.4Ghz/2.6Ghz Turbo

Not too shabby at all. Outperforms a C2D at approx 2.4Ghz and the i3 only runs at 2.1Ghz!
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