Two months ago, Dell was reportedly release new desktop replacement in Inspiron I17RV line up that designed for entry level users. Now, we just get information if Dell just expand the I17RV 17.3 inch budget friendly laptop line up with Dell Inspiron I17RV-2273BLK. Like the previous model, this machine is designed for those that need a new budget friendly laptop for daily computing tasks, but needed something much bigger than 15.6 inch laptop.
Unlike the previous Dell Inspiron I17RV model that only shipped with Intel Pentium 2117U dual core processor, the newest model brings higher specifications. Powered by 3rd generation of Intel Core i3-3227U dual core processor with a 3 MB L3-Cache and clocked at 1.9GHZ, the Inspiron I17RV-2273BLK laptop offers slightly better performance than its sibling. The 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM and the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8 as the operating system also ensures user will gets enough performance to handle the most demanding office applications, along with light multimedia and entertainment use.
Dell Inspiron I17RV-2273BLK laptop integrated with Intel HD graphics as graphics engine and boasts a 17.3 inch High Definition widescreen display with LED backlit technology. Sadly, the display only can produces maximum resolution at 1366 x 768 pixels, slower than other 17.3 inch budget laptop from other brand that commonly support a 1600 x 900 native resolution, so don’t expect to play modern high resolution games on this machine. But, for streaming movies or video from internet or watch 720p video playback, user still get crisp and bright images.
Inside, this machine brings a 500GB of Serial ATA disk drive which has read/write speed of 5400 rpm, provides spacious of storage capacity for all files. If you needed, you can also burn video, music or games into CDs or DVDs formats, thanks to 8X DVD+/-RW optical drive that located on the right side. Of course, there is also a web camera built into bezel with internal microphone for video chats and a pair of standard stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio 4.0 for optimized audio quality.
The I17RV-2273BLK 17.3 inch laptop comes with a high quality “Black Matte” plastic for construction and Textured Finish design, just like other Dell Inspiron laptop on its series. Speaking of size, the Inspiron I17RV laptop has dimension in 10.6 x 16.2 x 1.2 inches and weighs only at 5.8 pounds, slightly lighter and thinner than other 17.3 inch laptop from other brand. For detailed viewing and share multimedia content, user can use HDMI 1.4 port to connect into external HDTV. There is no information about battery life, but we think the 4-Cell Lithium Ion bundled battery can produces at least 4 hours of battery life on light usage.
Yeah, new Dell Inspiron I17RV laptop is an entry level machine, but it also equipped with a wide range of connectivity and port features, includes a pair of USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm audio jack, 8-in-1 Media Card Reader slot, 10/100 Ethernet LAN with RJ 45 for wired connection, Bluetooth and high-speed 802.11n wireless LAN for rich internet browsing.
Yeah, Dell Inspiron I17RV-2273BLK laptop is not a multimedia and gaming machine. It’s not capable to play modern games in high resolutions or run editing video applications, but with a starting price around at $478.99 with 1 year warranty, the 17.3 inch laptop is still a great machine, especially for the price. If you preferred with AMD’s performance and looking for cheaper desktop replacement, we suggest you to take a look at HP Pavilion g7-2341dx 17.3 inch laptop that comes with AMD A8-4500M Quad Core as the heart and has a starting price around at $399.99.