Dell Inspiron 640M notebook

Dell’s Inspiron 640M is a mid-priced, midsized notebook aimed at business users, yet offering enough flashy multimedia tomfoolery to please just about anyone.

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Dell’s Inspiron 640M is a mid-priced, midsized notebook aimed at business users, yet offering enough flashy multimedia tomfoolery to please just about anyone.

It offers a choice of two display types, both are 14.1 inches and in widescreen aspect ratio, but shoppers can choose between the cheaper WXGA version with 1,280 x 800 resolution or the slightly sharper WXGA+ version sporting 1,440 x 900 resolution and the glossy TrueLife coating that improves contrast and generally makes things look better. We’d recommend stretching the budget if you can.

It’s driven by the underpowered Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950: near-useless for gaming, but if you’re not a gamer it will do the trick. According to Dell it has enough grunt to run Windows Vista’s shiny new GUI when it’s released, and the 950 costs less than an ATI or Nvidia video chip set.

A range of processor and peripheral options are available. Ours came with a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo CPU, 1GB of RAM, 80GB hard drive and DVD burner, all of which pushed the 640M to a great WorldBench 5 score of 90. Battery life was consistently around three hours — not bad. It’s reasonably portable at 2.4kg and the design is solid if a little bland. It has all the features you’d expect from a modern notebook, and at $2,499 the 640M should prove an excellent choice for most users.

Dell Inspiron 640M

RRP incl GST: $2,499

Dell, 0800 289 3355, www.dell.co.nz

Top performance from a mid-priced notebook, although it’s not one for gamers.

— 9/10

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