Summary: Budget 12.1″ Widescreen, Intel Pentium M
Product Name: Dell Inspiron 700m
Official Page: N/A
Available: Middle of 2004, refreshed middle of 2005
Price: Originally $1349 USD
Markets: Worldwide, Consumers/Students
Updates over previous models:
– Upgrade in CPU power
– Move to Widescreen (WXGA) from XGA (1280×800 vs 1024×768)
– DVD Writer options
– Upgraded Hard Drive capacities
The Inspiron 700m is Dellâ€™s thinnest and lightest InspironTM notebook, so it is perfect for students and people who travel frequently with their PCs. At 4.1 lbs and 1.5â€³ thick, you can slip this notebook into a briefcase or satchel with your other papers and hardly notice the difference. And youâ€™ll be thankful for that when youâ€™re running to catch your bus.
The Inspiron 700m uses the IntelÂ® PentiumÂ® M processor and can support up to 2 GB of shared3 DDR SDRAM so you donâ€™t have to compromise performance in favor of portability. This little slip of a notebook will surprise you with its muscle.
CPU: 2MB L2 Cache
– Intel Pentium M 765 (2.10GHz)
– Intel Pentium M 755 (2.0GHz)
– Intel Pentium M 745 (1.80GHz)
– Intel Pentium M 735 (1.70GHz)
– Intel Pentium M 725 (1.60GHz)
Chipset: Intel 855PM
Front-side Bus: 400MHz
Memory: DDR 333MHz SDRAM
Memory Capacity: Up to 2GB (2 SODIMM slots)
Display: 12.1″ TFT
Graphics Chipset: Intel 855GM
Graphics Memory: 64MB (Shared)
Other: VGA out, S-Video Out
Hard Drive Type: IDE/Ultra ATA
Hard Drive Capacity: 4200rpm: 40GB, 60GB, or 80GB
Optical: Optional Internal 24xCD-RW/DVD Combo or DVD+RW Dual Layer Combo
Wireless: IntelÂ® ProWireless 2200 (802.11b/g) Other Wireless options available.
Modem: 56K capable v.92 Fax modem
Audio I/O: Line-out (speakers/headphone), Microphone in
USB: 2x USB 2.0
Firewire: 1x IEEE 1394
PC Card: 1x Type I or Type II PC Card
Flash/Memory Card Reader: Secure Digital
Other: Notebook expansion dock available
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):
Software & Warranty:
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional or XP Home
Other Software: WordPerfectÂ®, Trial security software, Dell Jukebox, Dell Media Experience, Paint ShopTM StudioÂ® Trial, Photo AlbumTM Starter Edition, AdobeÂ® AcrobatÂ® Reader 6.0
Warranty: 1 Yr Limited, 1 Year Mail-in service, 1 Year Tech Support (more details)
Battery: Smart Lithium Ion
Options: 4-cell 32Whr or 8-cell 64Whr
Battery Life: 4-cell – Up to 2.45 hours. 8-cell – Up to 5.5
Width: 11.7 inches / 297mm
Depth: 8.5 inches / 216mm
Height: 1.5 inches / 38.1mm
Weight: 4.1 pounds / 1.86kg
Reviews and Articles:
– NotebookReview.com – October 2005 – I’d recommend the 700m to anyone who wants a very portable notebook without sacrificing power. It’s not as thin as other ultra-portables, but it includes an optical drive.
– NotebookReview.com – August 2005 – In my opinion, this is the best bang you could get for your buck. Not only that, it’s an excellent machine, in every sense of the word.
– PC Magazine (PCMag.com) – July 2005 – 3.5 out of 5 – The 700m nicely balances price and portability. If you plan on carrying your laptop to classes to take notes, the small size and good battery life will be welcome.
– AnandTech – December 2004 – At a mid-price, at least $200-$300 less than most of the starting prices for other comparable ultraportables, this is an awesome great buy with those on a budget, want a bit more power than what typical ultraportables offer, and those with more of a movie bug in them
– NotebookReview.com – September 2005 – I have no problem endorsing the 700m as a good notebook. I really like its looks and I really, really like the screen. It is priced very competitively …
– CNET Reviews – July 2004, Updated May, 2005 – 6.4/10.0 – This little laptop delivers enough performance and features to ably mix business with pleasure, but it’s not perfect….the Dell Inspiron 700m can run with the best of them and can do it for about $500 less than comparable laptops, making it one of our top thin-and-light choices.
– LAPTOP Magazine – 4/5 Stars – The Inspiron 700m is by no means the slimmest ultraportable. But it’s fast, easy on the eyes, comfortable to type on, and lasts a long time between charges.