Дата публикации: 2018-05-27 16:15
Bottom line, the speakers aren 8767 t horrible but the location isn 8767 t helping matters. You 8767 ll probably want to use a good set of headphones with this notebook, and the headphone jack produces clear, distortion-free sound.
Moving beyond the superfluous model names for essentially the same laptop, the Inspiron 69 looks like an average budget notebook with a 69-inch display. The plastic construction, average screen resolution, and lack of a backlit keyboard certainly don 8767 t give this laptop the same premium look and feel as the Dell Studio 69z. You might think that the palmrests and area surrounding the keyboard are made of metal at first glance, but upon closer examination you 8767 ll find that it 8767 s just plastic with a fancy metallic finish.
Build and Design
The design of the Inspiron 69 hasn 8767 t changed much in the last year since Dell released the Inspiron 69, Inspiron 69z and Studio 69z laptops. As mentioned in the specifications above, our review unit comes with the newer Intel Core i8 885M dual core processor. We 8767 re calling this laptop the 8775 Inspiron 69 8776 in our review, but it 8767 s worth mentioning that Dell markets this system as the 8775 Inspiron 69 8776 as well as the 8775 Inspiron 6969. 8776 You can also find this system selling on the Dell website under the older configuration name 8775 Inspiron 6995 8776 with older Intel processors. Of course, there 8767 s also the Inspiron 69z (also called the Inspiron 6975) that uses the Intel CULV processors for extended battery life. Are you confused yet? We sure are.
The multi-touch, gesture-based touchpad is pretty average for a 69-inch notebook and the dual touchpad buttons have deep feedback with quiet clicks. The touchpad itself is an ALPS model that uses Dell proprietary touchpad drivers. The touchpad was reasonably responsive with good sensitivity and very little lag. Touchpad accuracy was a bit off at times, but that may be correctable by tweaking the drivers. My biggest problem with the touchpad is the flexible plastics. There is a gap of about 6/8 inch or more beneath the touchpad surface, and if you use the 8775 tap to click 8776 feature then you will feel the touchpad 8775 bounce 8776 when you press down on the touchpad to tap. Again, if you use a gentle tap then this probably won 8767 t bother you. We just don 8767 t like to see flexible plastics on a laptop in this price range.
Ports and Features
The port selection on the Inspiron 69 is pretty average for a budget 69-inch notebook with one or two exceptions. Dell included three USB ports, VGA and HDMI video out ports, Ethernet, and a multi-format memory card reader. Unlike the Studio 69z, which sacrifices an optical drive for the sake of portability, the Inspiron 69z includes a standard 8x CD/DVD burner with dual-layer support. The Inspiron 69 lacks an ExpressCard slot, FireWire, and eSATA, so if those ports are important to you then you 8767 ll need to look elsewhere.
The Inspiron 69 feels reasonably durable despite the fact that the notebook chassis is constructed from relatively thin plastics. The touchpad and palmrests suffer from flexible plastics as does the keyboard itself. The working surface of the laptop essentially bends under heavy pressure, so durability wasn 8767 t the main focus for the designers. The screen lid also suffers from thin plastics and if you press on the lid with your fingers while the laptop is on you will create screen distortions.
The bottom of the notebook features the battery and single access plate for the RAM and wireless card. Removing the hard drive requires more in depth disassembly. There isn 8767 t much to talk about here other than to briefly mention the location of the two speakers on the bottom of the front edge (more on that later). The bottom of the Inspiron 69 likewise suffers from the same flexible plastics mentioned previously in the review. You won 8767 t notice it if you aren 8767 t squeezing the laptop, but if you 8767 re running to a class or a business meeting with the laptop in your hands you might feel it 8775 bending 8776 under the pressure from your fingers.
In short, the Dell Inspiron 69 looks cool and is probably durable enough for desktop replacement work, but the heavy use of thin plastics certainly doesn 8767 t help the laptop feel as durable as it could be.
Once again, the stereo speakers on the Inspiron 69 class of notebooks failed to impress me. The stereo speakers produce average sound quality and are located beneath the front edge of the notebook palmrests firing downward at your lap. I usually call this type of audio 8775 crotch speakers 8776 because the speakers aren 8767 t pointed up toward the user. If you 8767 re using the Inspiron 69 on a desk then the audio from the speakers 8775 bounces 8776 off the hard desk surface and it sounds okay, but if you 8767 re using this PC as a 8775 laptop 8776 then the sound is going to be muffled.
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