Dell Vostro 1720 - Laptop Review

Published: 17th May 2011
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Designated as a business laptop, the Dell Vostro 1720 has enough features to make people think it is a mobile desktop that is surprising. Buyers are offered the flexibility of the possibility of the characteristics of the 1720 to suit their specific needs and their budget or use for the notebook does. Both the businessman and the casual computer user can take advantage of features of the notebook, and to some extent even the gamer can make good use of the 1720 finding.



  • Intel Celeron 900
  • IIntel Core 2 Duo T6600, P7550, P8600, P8700 or T9550
  • Display: 17 "WXGA + Anti-Glare LED UltraSharp WUXGA w / TrueLife


  • 2 GB Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800 MHz
  • 2 to 8 GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800 MHz
  • Video Card:

  • Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS
  • Hard disk:

  • 160 GB SATA 5400 RPM
  • 250 or 320 GB 7200 RPM w / Free Fall Sensor
  • 250GB Encrypted Hard Drive in 7200 w / Free Fall Sensor and Wave Software
  • 128 GB Solid State Drive
  • Wireless: Dell Wireless 1397 or 1510 mini-card Intel WiFi Link 5100 or 5300 mini card

    Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0

    Battery: 6-cell or 8-cell Lithium Ion battery


    Perhaps the strongest point for the Dell Vostro 1720 is the total flexibility. As mentioned earlier, you can use the features you want to have the 1720. The configurations you can choose from many, if your needs will be perfectly matched. However, basic configuration includes an Intel Celeron 900 processor and a 160-gigabyte SATA hard drive. There is also an option to upgrade to a unit with a Core 2 Duo T9550 processor running at 2.66 GHz. This configuration has a 128 Gigabyte Solid State Drive, among others.

    Graphically, you get to choose the standard integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500 MHD or the gaming-friendly NVidia GeForce 9600M GS. Allows you to play some games on 1720. You can, however, video editing, photo editing and some heavy processing in this configuration.

    The 1720 also comes with an extra large 17-inch screen. This screen output a maximum resolution of 1920x1000. This resolution allows users to set up multiple windows together for easy reference and multi-tasking.

    The 1720 also comes with a highly sensitive range of keyboards and touchpad. Users will appreciate how easy it is to use and work with the Dell Vostro 1720.


    One thing that users are likely to gripe about the 1720 is its weight. It is remarkably heavier than most other Dell Inspiron models, even with the budget configuration. Based setup, the 1720 can weigh up to 6.8 pounds. It is clear that the buyers find it very uncomfortable to carry around, but this weight is justified by the configurations and components.

    The 1720 also lacks the ability to connect an external display like a television. This is due to the lack of a digital video output. For those who intend to use external hard drives, they would be disappointed to find that the 1720 also lacks an eSATA port.


    Despite weaknesses in the weight and lack of certain ports, the 1720 has enough features to satisfy the average computer user. The processing power makes it ideal for industrial and office use, which earns more than her weight as the 1720 would certainly continuously connected to an electrical outlet.

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