The Dell Inspiron 6000 is one of my favorite laptops. Dell makes a good computer, and that’s about it, but what makes this so highly unique is it’s ability to hold a battery charge for up to 6 hours. It is completely outstanding, seeing it has a 128 MB integrated video card, and run on 512 MB of RAM. Only a 1.6 GHZ processor chip backs all of the entertainment features, but it is enough to allow any natural gamer or person who enjoys entertainment to have a good time.
I really like the design the 6000 offers, and even at a little over 7 pounds, it still feels quite light for some reason. It measures around 1.5 inches thick which is not that big, but the hardware makes it a little more heavier then the average system. I like the keyboard on the laptop too, as it is very comfortable to use. It seems like it is kind of small, but it really suits anyone’s hands fairly well. The speakers that are integrated on the 6000 were quite loud, and better than most laptop speakers, so the entertainment features are above average for the normal user.
The Display is very nice at 15.4 inches widescreen using a Native Resolution of 1280 x 800, and at 128 MB the video graphics are pretty strong. The card is only integrated which isn’t that bad, just it is attached to the motherboard, and many cards are seperate, that use there own video ram, and speed to run it at. Watching DVD’s or playing minor games are not a problem. Trying Doom 3 on this type of machine won’t give you much luck, so I wouldn’t advice anyone to play that on this. Again the sound was a great feature on the 6000. Probably the best speakers a laptop can offer. There was absolutely no distortion, and the bass sounds very good.
Connectivity is no issue on the Inspiron 6000, as this machine holds any ports the average user would need. Normally a laptop holds two USB ports, but with the more powerful Desktop Replacement Laptops, they use four ports. The 6000 feature a VGA out to connect to a monitor, a four pin Firewire port, and one PCI Card slot for your basic wireless card or any other PCI featured card. Ethernet capabilities are no problem as the 6000 features a port for that, and a 56 K modem port. Mic and Headphone jacks are installed on the sides, which allow you too talk on the computer, or listen to your music through headphones. The entertainment is what brings this computer to life mainly.
Dell Support wouldn’t really be highly recommended, so if the support improved at least a little, there would be great things for any Dell computer. I have called many times and have had many problems with there support, whether it be ask for a product number, or whatever. They just aren’t fast, and they don’t know what they are talking about most of the time. Dell probably ranks at the bottom for support, so a low rating would bring the overall rating down.
Overall the Dell Inspiron 6000 is an above average machine for the average gamer looking to play his or her’s average games. Playing music and watching DVD’s are a piece of cake, so with the 6 hour battery life, this machine would suit most people. I give it a 7.5 out of 10.