DELL Inspiron 1545

Dell's notebook line is extensive and the Inspiron 1545 is designed for to appeal to those that need an everyday applications machine

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DELL Inspiron 1545
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  February 24, 2010

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Key Specs

Card reader: Y
Display adapter: Intel GM45 Express
Display screen: 15.6-inch
Internal storage: 320GB SATA
Memory: 3GB DDR2

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The Inspiron 1545 belongs to Dell’s ‘15’ line and is designed to ‘give you the everyday features you need, all at a great value’.

In line with its positioning the Dell boasts decent hardware specifications; you get a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 3GB of DDR2 memory and a 15.6-inch LCD that runs at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The Inspiron ships with Windows 7 Ultimate and proved to be a quick performer. We were able to multi-task with several apps without any slowdowns, searches were accomplished in quick time and the Dell gave us 3 hours and 42 minutes of battery life on a full charge.

Running our PCMark Vantage suite the 1545 returned strong numbers though CPU-intensive benchmark scores were lower than notebooks we’ve tested recently. On
the whole the machine has enough oomph to tackle everyday applications but owing to its integrated video, it can’t handle most games.

Our test sample boasted Dell's ‘Seaweed’ design and looked quite attractive. That said the black surfaces around the keyboard and trackpad became messy as fingerprints were retained. Both keyboard and trackpad were pleasant to work with over long periods of time however, so you won’t have to worry about aches and pains with this notebook.

Verdict: The 1545 packs the right stuff for everyday usability at an attractive price. Not for gamers however.

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