Dell 14.1" (30 GB, Intel Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz, 384 MB) Notebook - 5100BS1

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  • Inspiron 5100: A great deal or a big dud? Interns apply at Dell.

    Apr 17, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Some of the latest technology, decent price, good performance
    Cons: mushy keyboard, not outstanding, size, weight, expensive without promotions.

    Summary: No... I haven't gone nuts and bought another notebook. The hospital bought a few of these units (and 1 Inspiron 8500 unit as well!) to replace their older Compaq Pentium III notebook that have gone through the ringer with abuse from the various hospital ... read more

  • CAN BE A GOOD DEAL IF YOU'RE HANDY...

    Dec 7, 2008 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Powerful CPU, fast machine, has slot for built in wi-fi card
    Cons: Fautly cooling system design

    Summary: This is a powerful computer, shunned by a lot of people because of its reputation for overheating. But you can profit on other people's fear of this computer. I've had this computer for three years and have learned all the tricks. O.K., let's ... read more

  • Excellent machine

    Feb 14, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: performance/cost ratio reliability
    Cons: That stupid CD-Rom

    Summary: The Dell Inspiron 5100, while having its share of weaknesses, is a more than competent machine at a comparatively low price and, having owned one for almost two years, I have no regrets in choosing this computer. Being a laptop, it is not the most ... read more

  • A notebook

    Sep 28, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Look at description.
    Cons: very little (look @ desc)

    Summary: I purchased my dell 5100 in 11/25/2003 for school purposes, and mine is a refurbished one, bought @ USD1,100. The spec: P4 2.4 Ghz 512 MB (2 dimms) 40 Gb HD @ 4200rpm ATI 32 MB 15' XGA After 9 months of using this, I summarized that the ... read more

  • Great college laptop, when it works...

    Sep 9, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Affordable, can be customized, decent battery life, built in wireless features
    Cons: Moody, plastic scratches easily, LCD feels flimsy, VERY POOR customer service

    Summary: My company bought me a Dell laptop when my old Sony laptop became obsolete. The first thing I noticed when I began transferring the data from the old laptop to the new was how bright the display of the Dell is! (It could have been because the laptop is ... read more

  • Dell Offers Up A Great Deal In The 5100

    Aug 10, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Battery life, programs
    Cons: Weight, heat

    Summary: As the bank busting college shopping began, a laptop seems to be the first thing to pop into any univeristy bound student as the look-forward-to-buy; and of course it was really no different with me. I scoured the internet day and night for perfect ... read more

  • Are you a masochist? Then you'll love this PC.

    Jul 21, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Makes a very nice-looking paperweight.
    Cons: When you throw it off a balcony in disgust, you might hurt someone.

    Summary: In March of 2003, it occurred to myself and my family that my trusty old 500 MHz desktop wouldn't be well-suited for a trip to college with me. We looked around, and found Dell's Inspiron 5100 laptop. It was a fairly-low cost PC with some good options, ... read more

  • Dell's Definate Doodoo

    Jul 16, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: speed, and price
    Cons: basically everything else!!!

    Summary: well....theres only 2 good thing about this laptop. but the rest isnt all that good. i was definatly expecting more from dell. one good thin about my dell inspiration 5100 is that its very fast. this thing is like a lazer (if you got the right ... read more

  • AVOID THIS LAPTOP! It is the laptop from _ell

    Jun 11, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It works great when you first get it.
    Cons: keyboard mushy, cards work loose from MB, must ship back

    Summary: Please read before you buy. I do not want anyone to go through what I went through. When I first received my Dell Inspiron 5100, I was thrilled. It was a replacement for an older Latitude. However, it has turned out to be the worst computer I have ... read more

  • great desktop replacement machine

    Apr 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: speed and reliability are top notch
    Cons: heavy, no PS/2 ports, weak speakers, nonstandard keyboard

    Summary: I have the following options: 2.66ghz, 384MB Ram, 30GB HD, 15 inch LCD, 32MB video, CD-RW/DVD. This is a solid laptop that can serve as a desktop replacement with no problem in the speed department. The only drawback to this machine is its weight. ... read more

  • Feel Inspired by this Inspiron!

    Feb 20, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very fast, Brilliant 15.1 display, USB 2.0, CD-RW/DVD, Smooth Internet Surfing, Price to Quality Ratio
    Cons: SLOW OEM hard drives, USB location issues, Touchpad oversensitivity/location, Tad heavy

    Summary: After having lived with a Pentium 1, 133MHz ThinkPad 560 (Click h ere to see my review of the IBM ThinkPad 560) for almost 2 years, I was about to my breaking point. It was definitely time to move onto a newer ... read more

  • Too many drawbacks

    Jan 30, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast desktop replacement
    Cons: Heavy, quirky video out, proprietary power cable, bad sound

    Summary: If you travel a lot internationally and you need a powerful computer for presentations this computer will slowly end up aggravating you. It does basically all it says it will do if you need a lot of power, but there are a few key drawbacks. ... read more

  • Cheap Computer at a Cheap Price

    Jan 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Level of customization. Inexpensive price.
    Cons: Shoddy construction. Poor design. Hefty weight.

    Summary: Dell offers a great variety of customization options. You start with a bare bones system and add the components you want. Unfortunately, the finished product lacks in quality and design. The different parts come from all over the globe and quality ... read more

  • A Desktop of a Laptop.

    Jan 19, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Desktop P4, non-integrated graphics card, quality TFT screen, ample RAM and HDD, keyboard, 12-cell battery.
    Cons: Heavy, only 2 USB's, creaky case, noisy fan, fixed CD drive, one fixed RAM.

    Summary: Update: 5/26/2008 With the previous upgrades, this machine continues to be a reliable machine day-in and day-out. However, recently the thermal paste on the CPU wore out, since the P4 burns so hot in an enclosed space. Had that replaced and the ... read more

  • Horrible Customer Service/Home Repair Hours

    Jan 16, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The lap-top works great, except for the DVD drive. Good price.
    Cons: Customer Service hard to under stand, make sure you write down their name and ID

    Summary: Bought the Inspirion 5100. Good Price. Came with the CDRW/DVD combo. Went to use DVD about 5 months after purchase. CD burner works great. DVD wouldn't work. Spent 2 hrs the first time with customer service/tech. That is the one thing about dell. First ... read more

  • Nice machine but beware recent developments

    Jan 9, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good value (with promos), fast, nice display on my machine
    Cons: Overheating problems, no LPT printer port, no serial port, no microphone

    Summary: I have enjoyed using it for the last 8 months. In the last few days it has developed a overheating problem. I discovered through Dell's Community Forum discussion threads that the overheating problems for the Inspiron 5100 and 5150 are very wide spread. ... read more

  • Not what I expected.............but not a disappointment.

    Jan 6, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good customer service for repairs
    Cons: Heavy, manufacturer defects, keyboard placement

    Summary: I purchased my Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop about 4 months ago. I upgraded to a 512 processor, Intel Pentium III, CD-RW/DVD combo drive, plug in A drive, 128 memory stick and a wireless mouse. For the most part, things have worked out o.k., until I ... read more

  • Excellent performance, price, quality. Don't even bother calling support.

    Dec 30, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent build, very fast, nice screen, good presales
    Cons: Don't buy a Dell if you even THINK you MIGHT need support.

    Summary: I spent a long time shopping around for a laptop, and eventually settled on Dell's Inspiron 5100. I wasn't disappointed, although I had lots of prior experience with Dell's technical support so I knew what to expect there, and work with computers, so I ... read more

  • How Dell was able to make a cheaper laptop

    Dec 26, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An affordable up-to-date laptop that runs the XP OS at fast speed.
    Cons: Dell doesn't mention that the laptop itself lacks lots of standard ports and switches.

    Summary: WHAT IT INCLUDES The processor is an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, 2.66GHz, 15.0 XGA. The Operating System is Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition. It comes with 256MB of memory. The Hard Drive is a 30GB2 Ultra ATA drive. It currently ... read more

  • i love my desktop replacement

    Dec 26, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: bright, large screen. Sturdy, dependable.
    Cons: a bit heavy, legacy free, monophonic microphone, Not super fast to boot up.

    Summary: I Bought this laptop six months ago, and have yet to have a substantial problem with it. Some of the issues people point out are valid: this machine is a bit heavy, but its not a thin little mobile machine, its a desktop replacement, but it allows me to ... read more

  • Me like Dell

    Dec 10, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent quality, great price
    Cons: It's slightly chubby compared to the 'light' laptops, but not a burden.

    Summary: I really like Dell. They are a lot cheaper than most electronics stores. It arrived a week early. Everything worked great and still does. I was worried about the video card not being enough since I play games, (Warcraft,Diablo,Counter Strike etc) but it ... read more

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