NotebookReview bought a Dell Inspiron e1705 with ATI X1400 Graphics and concluded that “the e1705 is better than expected and quite a bargain for a powerful desktop replacement notebook. After two weeks of regular use and testing, I’m comfortable with this notebook as my primary computer. The e1705 is the best performing computer I’ve ever used, thanks to the Yonah T2500 CPU. The 1440×900 resolution works well for me, and despite the very minor backlighting issue mentioned above, the screen is nice and comfortable. What I want more than anything from a computer is comfortable usability, which boils down to input devices, display and performance. On all three counts, the e1705, as configured, easily meets my needs. WSXGA might have been nice, had it been an option, as perhaps it should have been, but the DVI port provides a decent alternative. For someone willing to spend an extra $500 or $1000, there are certainly other notebooks worth considering, but I would heartily recommend the e1705 to anyone who wants a higher-end 32-bit CPU, a big hard drive, decent graphics and a solidly built computer for what is really a very low price. Is it big? Is it gaudy? You bet. But for the most part it does what you want it to do without complaining or insisting you up the limit on your credit card. And it’s not as if you’ll be trotting it out in public very often.”
CNet (link dead) reviewed Dell Inspiron E1705 and gave a rating of 7.8 out of 10 (Very Good). CNet likes excellent overall performance and competent gaming performance, complete set of multimedia controls and connections, quality speakers, runs Windows XP Media Center and features double-layer DVD burner. The bad points are lacks of integrated TV tuner, though a PC Card tuner is available. CNet concluded that Dell Inspiron E1705 packs a solid set of multimedia features, and when configured with Intel’s Core Duo processor, it has enough power to speed through virtually any task, from editing video to playing games.
PC Magazine meanwhile rated Dell E1705 4 out of 5 (Very Good) and concluded that the E1705 has just the right combination of performance, high-end components, and reasonable price. Hard-core gamers should still look toward the XPS M170, but the E1705 does give multimedia mavens a reason to invest in the future and Inspiron 9300 owners something to salivate over. They felt that the laptop was good for its new Intel dual-core components, great instant-on feature, good performance and six USB ports, while a bit letdown on base gets hot, short battery life and a bit heavy.
PC World (link dead) also tested Dell Inspiron E1705 and gave a score of 79 (Good) and concluded that Dell’s first dual-core offering is both a workhorse and a multimedia star. It isn’t cheap but no other notebook in its class does a better job of providing instant entertainment on a 17-inch screen. Laptop Magazine (link dead) gave a rating of 4 out of 5 and concluded that other than the lack of a numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard (even though there,s room for one) and the fact that the underside of this notebook runs a bit hot, the E1705 is an ideal desktop replacement.