Product: Dell Inspiron 1525 15.4" Hi-Def Widescreen Laptop
Manufacturer: Dell
MSRP: $799 as configured (Varies by configuration)

Introduction
The Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop is Dell's mid-range productivity laptop offering, with a standard 15.4" LCD that is the sweet spot for productivity as well as portability. It doesn't have the exciting design that the XPS series laptops have, but what it lacks in design it tries to make up with simplicity. Is the Inspiron 1525 the right laptop for your needs? Read on to see our take on this laptop.



Dell introduced the Inspiron 1525 hot on the heels of the bulky Inspiron 1520, which is one of the most dissatisfying Dells I have ever owned. The Inspiron 1520 was unbelievably bulky with the 9-cell battery at 6.4 lbs. The Inspiron 1525 slims down slightly to about 6.1 lbs (or 5.9 lbs with the 6-cell battery). The dimensions are also shrunk down, as the 1525 loses 9.4% depth, 12.6% width, and 5.5% thickness as compared to the 1520.



Specifications
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7250 2.00GHz
  • 3574MB DDR2 Memory
  • Vista Home Premium 32-Bit
  • Seagate ST9160823ASG Momentus 7200.2 SATA 160GB Hard Drive
  • TS-L632H DVD+-RW Drive
  • Integrated 2.0 MegaPixel Webcam
  • Glossy 15.4" 1440 x 900 LCD Display
  • Integrated Ethernet & 802.11g Wireless
  • High Definition Audio 2.0
  • 9-Cell Battery

    Design
    The Inspiron 1525 shares many similarities with the higher end XPS m1530, as you can see from the expansion port configuration comparison images below. The major differences are that the Inspiron 1525 has a standard tray-loading DVD drive (vs slot loading), an extra USB Port (4 total), and a 56k modem. The overall size is virtually identical to the m1530, which itself is considered to be a fairly slim laptop.





    Because of the compact size, the USB ports are situated very close to other adjacent ports (as well as to each other). This may cause fitment problems if you have USB devices with a large plug-print.

    An interesting design point for the Inspiron 1525 is how the touch pad seamlessly blends with the keyboard palm rest. There is no seam, just a smoothly beveled edge, which gives just the right feel so that you know where the edge of the touch pad is. I prefer this design over the hard edge on the XPS m1530.



    One annoying aspect that became apparent during everyday use is that the multimedia control buttons are very hard to see. The labels are unpainted sections with LED lighting beneath. The problem is that when the LEDs aren't active (i.e. most of the time, since they activate only momentarily when you press the buttons), the labels nearly impossible to read in many lighting conditions. I suppose you'll have to memorize the layout.





    In terms of visual appeal, the Inspiron 1525 seems rather bland. Yes, Dell gives you an array of color options for the lid, but other than that it is a very utilitarian design. Don't count on your friends being impressed by this computer.

    Performance
    Because it doesn't have a dedicated graphics solution (it uses the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 chipset), the Inspiron 1525 will not satisfy performance gamers. This is reflected in the Vista Experience graphics rating of 3.4, which can be compared to previously reviewed XPS m1530 with the 8600m GT video card clocking in at 5.9 on the same benchmark.



    The SuperPI calculation (to 1 million digits) took 30 seconds, as compared to 18 seconds on the XPS m1530. The raw number crunching capability is clearly not robust enough to give this laptop front-runner status. However, on a less quantitative note, this laptop was able to handle older 3D games (a la UT 2004) at a decent clip.



    Battery Life
    Under general office operations & web surfing using wireless, the Dell Recommended power setting gives a battery life of about 4 hours (with the 9 cell battery). Going to Power Saver mode enhances the battery life to just under 5 hours. As with all laptops, the screen is one of the main power hogs, so keeping the brightness setting as low as acceptable will help the battery life. Overall, the Inspiron 1525 in conjunction with the 9-Cell Battery has excellent battery life. It should be enough to get a good chunk of work done while you're away from the power socket.



    Conclusion
    My overall impression is that the Inspiron 1525 Laptop is a utilitarian piece of machinery. It has a very neutral design overall, leaving me with a lack of excitement when faced with the prospect of owning one. Performance is middle of the road, as is the price, which will appeal to budget conscious customers who want a simple laptop. The battery life with the 9-cell battery option is outstanding, and should be suitable for taking notes through a day of meetings or lectures, or just playing solitaire.

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      ChugokuOtaku Ben's cred: 159
      Posted 2:58 pm PDT 07/31/08

      my coworker and her sister gave me two of these to "upgrade" from Vista to XP last weekend.

      build quality is utter crap
      within two years, you're guaranteed to start having loose hinges from these flimsy plastic designs.

      want quality? go Thinkpad

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      InVINCEblE Ben's cred: 106
      Posted 1:49 am PDT 08/1/08

      Just got a Thinkpad. The R series though (was really a steal). You get a better processor right off the bat when getting the Thinkpad. RAM and hard drive are cheap and simple enough to upgrade by yourself. Don't bother with that chump change.

      For better functionality you best go with the Thinkpad. But if you want a really cheap laptop and don't plan to really game or use graphics intensive apps like Maya or 3Dstudio Max, then go on. Get the Dell.

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      rob1234 Ben's cred: 3
      Posted 1:19 pm PDT 08/1/08

      Wish they offered a discrete graphics solution for this laptop.

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      genius_google Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 5:19 pm PDT 08/1/08

      I need this excellent product

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      curly_top Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 7:58 pm PDT 08/1/08

      we had the same problem with crappy breaking hinges! ugh

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      Modar Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 4:36 pm PDT 08/6/08

      The company uses these laptops and they just don't hold up to the daily travel back and forth from the office to home in a suspension bag. The Hinges break and when we don't get a replacement until the monitor port dies.

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      fantasydc2 Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 9:48 pm PDT 08/6/08

      this product looks easy to break.

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      scrabbit Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 10:47 am PDT 08/7/08

      Nice price!

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      InVINCEblE Ben's cred: 106
      Posted 5:53 pm PDT 08/8/08

      But... you got the warranty though right? Success!

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      pokemon64108 Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 9:04 am PDT 08/9/08

      Nice look!

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      show_off_80 Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 11:15 am PDT 08/12/08

      I don't even know if mine is that fast

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      thesphinx Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 11:21 am PDT 08/12/08

      I bought one last month. Nice design. But touchpad is not very sensitive so I have to use a mouse to stay sane. And I should say it is not the quietest laptop I used. The fan is quite noisy. Other than that it is a nice buy for that price.

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      slake71 Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 6:29 pm PDT 08/13/08

      What other colors do they come in?

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      slam128 Ben's cred: 3
      Posted 9:49 am PDT 08/14/08

      Get the 3 years warranty with accidental coverage.

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      EuriskoXP Ben's cred: 4
      Posted 7:08 pm PDT 08/15/08

      the xps is the only line of decent laptops from dell- incidentally theyre designed by a seperate division than designs all the other dell crapola

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      mikeneedsthis Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 11:32 pm PDT 08/15/08

      who won the dell giveaway???

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      remapp Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 9:21 am PDT 08/17/08

      the xps is better.

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      euhu Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 9:36 pm PDT 08/17/08

      don't like it

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      sadude Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 1:21 pm PDT 08/22/08

      I am still torn between inspiron or xps. I have inspiron 6000 now but don't know what route to pursue.

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      Necromas Ben's cred: 34
      Posted 1:41 pm PDT 08/22/08

      rob1234 wrote:
      Wish they offered a discrete graphics solution for this laptop.


      They did. It's the Inspiron 1520 (I own one). It got replaced by the Studio 15 and XPS m1530.

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