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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, but a few minor issues to be aware of., May 5, 2012
This review is from: Dell Inspiron i17RN-6470BK 17-Inch Laptop (Diamond Black) (Personal Computers)
I bought this laptop through Dell. The only difference between the one advertised here and mine, is I have a 1TB HDD, and 8 Gigs of RAM.

Pros: VERY speedy processor. Big bright screen, with beautiful color reproduction. Full sized keyboard with numeric keypad. The mouse pad is smooth, and easy to use. This laptop runs cooler than other Dell Laptops I have owned. The graphics card makes for good gaming on even the most current games. The webcam is very nice, and is full HD. There are FOUR USB ports, two of which are speedy 3.0. Great battery life for a laptop of this size. Amazing sound for a laptop. Although some don't like the placement of the speakers, you will be impressed with what you hear.

Cons: VERY SLOW BOOTING. This was a known issue I was aware of before purchase. For those who don't know, all Inspiron 17s no matter what the configuration, take well over two minutes to be able to start surfing the web. (This is due to the slow 5400 RPM HDD.) This laptop is Heavy. The keyboard is not backlit. (Dell never claimed it was, but it is something I hope they remedy in the future) The finish is a fingerprint magnet. The screen is very reflective if used outdoors. However, as this is more of a "Desktop Replacement," I assume that wont be an issue for most.

Windows Experience is very impressive:

Processor: 7.5
Memory: 7.6 (That is with 8 gigs 1333 MHZ)
Graphics: 6.6
Gaming Graphics: 6.6
Primary hard Disk: 7.9 (Upgraded to a SSD)

(Six month review) The issue with slow booting is gone. I installed and cloned all partitions of the slow 1 TB 5400 HDD, (5.9 WEI) to a Kingston SSD. (7.9 WEI) Now my boot time is about 15 seconds from BIOS to ready to go! No issues, still works like a champ!!

(EIGHT MONTH UPDATE) 12-22-12: Had first issue with the Laptop. Several pixels ended up "stuck," leaving a line about an inch long, on the display. I messaged a Dell Tech On Line last Friday, and the defective Screen was replaced without question, on Monday. Granted, the new screen has two random dead pixels, but was a sealed, new unit so aside from that, am very pleased with the experience. The service was fast, and no money out of my pocket. Dell Support is amazing, and those who complain about about it, must just hate the Company. Thanks Dell, for taking care of the issue so quickly!!

All in all I LOVE this laptop. I truly hope this information helps you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great computer, full keypad!, March 8, 2012
This review is from: Dell Inspiron i17RN-6470BK 17-Inch Laptop (Diamond Black) (Personal Computers)
If you're like me and prefer the full keyboard over the minute boards they normally put into these laptops, then be sure to check this out! I waited for about a year to find something like this and voila, here it is! Tons of memory, a fast processor, and the full keyboard. However, you may want to check out the price on the local shopping network that begins with a q. I bought mine from them and received a TON of extras, programs, etc. for less than what they're charging here for just the computer and a battery. The battery has a tremendous long life, the memory is huge - tons of gaming possibilities, you can run a million different programs at once, and the thing is lightening fast. We bought this to go with our AT&T U-verse subscription since our old 512mb old "dog" computer just couldn't keep up with all the live streaming, gaming, and research that we have to perform. Normally, we buy the larger 21 inch screens to attach to the laptops but this guy, with the 17-inch screen, REALLY helps and you really can do without it. I've had mine for 4 months now and it is just a wonderful purchase - one of those things you know you spent "well."

Grab it but shop around first for price. Again, the q makes it a great value but their best values, if you can wait, is around Christmas. You just cannot beat the quality of a Dell, an Intel processor, and windows 7. HIghly recommend!
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