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Dell Inspiron 9300 Centrino (Intel 915PM)
By Justin Ong
Category : Notebooks/Laptops
Published by Vijay Anand on Monday, 25th April, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  

The Polygon Crusher

Where entertainment on a notebook is concerned, audio and video capabilities are two essential aspects for those pursuing such performance machines. "Multimedia Delivery" is the key point here and what best to bring this to life than a striking combination of inspiring industrial design, seamless integration of intuitive software and performance components. The class of notebooks in discussion here is none other than the absolute top of the line, seriously powerful desktop replacement notebooks. Performance wise, these expensive juggernauts are unquestionably the leader of the pack and it's easy to see why this is so. Desktop replacements have a larger build than all the other classes of notebooks, thereby allowing them to house bigger and more powerful cooling systems. In addition to that, they are designed with better ventilation properties and are well suited to cope with the thermal dissipation of cutting edge components.

Recently released and perched right at the upper end of the performance envelope is the Inspiron 9300 desktop replacement from Dell. It is a considerably mightier version of the recently reviewed Inspiron 6000, which from our tests was not quite the master juggler of multimedia as initially expected. For now and from the technical standpoint at least, the Inspiron 9300 is certainly well poised in filling the disappointing the voids left by its smaller sibling. We'll find out soon enough if the newer Inspiron 9300 delivers the mantle as it is positioned.

Dell Inspiron 9300

Design wise, the bigger and meaner Inspiron 9300 isn't very far off from that of the smaller and comparatively more humble Inspiron 6000. In fact, the two look so alike that the only sure and quick way to differentiate the two is a measure of their dimensions. Be it depth, height, width or mass, the Inspiron 9300 is a size larger (and heavier) in all areas. Build quality is identical as well and it goes right down to even the wobbly touchpad keys, multimedia and power buttons encountered on the Inspiron 6000. Looks like this particular notebook design from Dell is stuck with this blotch.

Front View – (Stereo speakers and multimedia controls)

Left Profile – (left to right: Kensington slot, 2 x USB 2.0 ports and DVD Rewriter drive)

Right Profile – (left to right: PCMCIA slot, earphone jack, MIC-in jack, SDIO memory reader and mini-DV FireWire 400 port)

Rear View – (left to right: S-Video out, RJ-45 Ethernet jack, RJ-11 modem phone jack, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, DVI connector, Analog RGB port and power jack)

Dell Inspiron 9300 Technical Specifications
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Pentium M processor 760 @ 2.0GHz with 2MB On-Die L2 cache (Dothan)
  • Mobile Intel 915PM Express chipset
Operation System
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
  • Phoenix Flash BIOS, supports CD-ROM and USB boot
System Memory
  • 1GB DDR2
  • Two DDR2 SO-DIMM Slots for 2GB maximum memory
  • 17-inch Wide-Aspect UltraSharp TFT Active-Matrix Display with TrueLife at 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Also available in WXGA+ (1440 x 900 pixels)
Video Expansion Ports
  • 1 x 15-pin D-sub Video Out
  • 1 x Digital Video Interface (DVI)
  • 1 x S-Video TV-out
  • NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
  • 256MB DDR
  • Hitachi Travelstar PATA 7K60 (HTS726060M9AT00)
  • 60GB
  • 7,200RPM
  • 8MB Buffer
Optical Drive
  • NEC ND-6500A DVD Rewriter
  • DVD-ROM Read: 8x
  • DVD±R Write: 8x
  • DVD±RW Write: 4x
  • DVD+R DL Write: 2.4x
  • CD-ROM Read: 24x
  • CD-R Write: 24x
  • CD-RW Write: 16x
  • Integrated v.92 56K1 capable modem
Network Connections
  • Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2200bg (802.11b/g) Wireless LAN
  • Optional wireless PAN: Dell wireless 350 Integrated Bluetooth
  • Full-duplex stereo speaker
  • Compatible with AC97 2.2
I/O Port
  • 6 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 X IEEE 1394 port
  • 1 x Mic-in
  • 1 x Headphone out
  • 1 x RJ11 modem jack
  • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet jack
Card Reader
  • 1 x SD/MMC/MS Card Reader
Dimension & Weight
  • 394 x 288 x 40.64 mm (W x D x H)
  • 3.49KG
  • Kensington Security Lock
  • BIOS (Password Security-Supervisor Password/User Password)

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