Dell Inspiron 9100 Laptop Computer

Published by OnlyBestLaptops, on Nov 10 2010, in the categories: Dell






The Dell Inspiron 9100 laptop is one of the oldest Inspiron models which has been available on the market since 2004. It is considered to be a desktop replacement even if it only has a 15.4 inch display. It weighs 8.9 lbs which doesn’t exactly make it the lightest notebook on the market. Its dimensions are 14.1” x 10.8” x 2.0” which means it’s not the smallest either.




The Dell Inspiron 9100 laptop is backed up by a 2.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor which was pretty cool back in 2004 but now, with all this Core 2 Duo technology, it can prove to be pretty useless. There is only 512 MB of RAM which means that the power of this laptop is significantly lower than that of a regular mainstream laptop today. The graphics card in an ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 64 MB of video memory. The hard disk capacity is 40 GB which is definitely not enough to satisfy the modern day need for storage.

Do you know how much only the first season of “One Tree Hill” occupies? I was not able to find any recent information about the price. We found some old reviews that were pricing this unit at around $1400 but we even went online on Dell’s website and could not find anything. I’m guessing they don’t make this laptop anymore. When this laptop was still available on Dell’s website, you had to choose between the 2.8 GHz, 3.0 GHz and 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 processors. There are also three different options available for the screen.

You can choose between the WXGA – with a 1280 x 800 resolution, the WSXGA – with a 1680 x 1050 resolution and the WUXGA – with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. There are 4 choices for memory: 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB and 2 GB. The available graphic cards are the ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 64 MB of video memory and the ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 128 MB of video memory. There also used to be 4 different options available for the hard drive: one of 40 GB with 4,200 rotations per minute, one of 60 GB with 4.200 rotations per minute, one with 60 GB and 7,200 rotations per minute and another one with 80 GB and 4,200 rotations per minute.

It has 3 USB ports, one Ethernet port, one PC card slot, one FireWire port, a DVI-I connector, one S-Video connector, a D/Bay connector, a video connector, a module bay, two audio jacks and one microphone jack. As you can see, the selection of ports is pretty ok even for a very old laptop. Laptops today have multi format card readers and they make file transfers a lot easier. The unit reviewed came with the WXGA screen which has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. The quality of the images is not bad. The contrast and brightness levels are acceptable and the unit reviewed came with no dead pixels. In the end, 15.4 inch screen are not as good as 17 inch laptop as bigger screens are better for desktop replacement so you don’t have to stare at the screen when you are  reading documents or scrolling through web pages. The laptop is ok for basic usage and for watching movies.

The quality of the sound was better than you could imagine. Apparently there is a subwoofer included in the unit of the Inspiron 9100 which is a nice feature for 15.4 inch laptops as there aren’t many laptops out there today which have integrated subwoofers. The volume is not very loud when you turn it up all the way so for a desktop replacement it would be nice if you could use some external speakers as there is no comparison between them and the integrated speakers of a laptop. If you plan on watching a movie when you are a couple of feet away from the laptop, you will feel the need for the sound to be a little louder.

The keyboard has a total of 88 full sized keys. The keyboard is comfortable to use but the thickness may end up by bothering some people’s wrists. The key travel is great and you receive positive feedback when you type. It’s not the most comfortable keyboard which you can find on a 15.4 inch laptop. There are also some special separate buttons which help you adjust the sound volume and control some multimedia actions.

It has both a touchpad and a pointing stick, each of them having left and right mouse button so they can be controlled easier.  The laptop comes with a standard 12 cell battery which makes this laptop bulkier that it already is. You will get about 2 hours of battery life. This is ok for a desktop replacement but lower than the average of 15.4 inch laptops. Normally, a 12 cell battery should handle thing betters as it is pretty big and could provide more time of laptop usage. Remember that there are trick that help you increase the life your battery.

You could lower the brightness of the screen and turn off the wireless card. When doing basic things, like typing a document, the life of your battery usually lasts longer. The power adapter is simply huge and carrying it around increases the total weight of the laptop (as if it isn’t already heavy enough).

If you insist on owning this laptop, you could probably find a couple of dealers selling refurbished models or you could buy a used one. It has nice performance for its price but for modern day laptop activities, it most likely won’t be too satisfying. It’s nice to have 2 options for pointing devices and this is not a common feature of laptops today. The screen displays some nice images, even if we have seen better screens. Laptops have evolved a lot since 2004 so for the price you pay for this unit, you could probably get a much better one. There is no memory card reader which could turn out to be pretty useful. If you ask me, I wouldn’t buy this laptop because it’s simply too bulky and ugly.11


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