Down sides of Inspiron 1000?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Thomas G. Marshall, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. I'm looking or a basic notebook to take on rare trips, but mostly just to
    keep downstairs and use for the occasional email, bill payment, etc. I
    would like the ability to run a monster application now and then like word,
    or even the heavy hitting java IDE eclipse. It will eventually interface to
    a wireless network, probably 802.11a, because of the 2.4ghz congestion
    around here.

    AFAICT the 1000 is a roughly competent machine, but is going to suck any
    battery dry very quickly. Also, if I go 15", it's gonna get radically
    worse, right?

    Is there anything about the beast that I should be wary of? It'd be my
    first notebook, and I'm looking for general advice. Should I look to the
    sales on the upper models? Many of you remember me as a prior Dimension
    owner who discovered a far better deal on a Dim8300 than on the 2400 (for
    about identical $$, by being persistent with the web site).

    TIA !!
    Thomas G. Marshall, Dec 4, 2004
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  2. Look for a good deal on one of the Dells above the "value" models - i.e.,
    NOT the 1000, 11xx, or 51xx systems. The 1000 is a bottom-end machine with
    a low RAM ceiling, slow chipset, and other drawbacks (like a nickel battery
    in the base configuration). The 11xx and 51xx have had a lot of overheating
    problems. If you do chance one of these, DON'T take the standard warranty -
    upgrade to a minimum of a 3-year warranty - they have not proven
    particularly reliable, and despite the low up front costs, a new mainboard
    will run $700+, and a new screen, $500+, should one fail - paricularly with
    the 1000, which has only a 90-day standard warranty.
    Edward J. Neth, Dec 4, 2004
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  3. Thomas G. Marshall

    jim Guest

    I don't agree. My daughter has an 1100 with NO overheating problem or
    any other problem at all. She leaves it on a lot too. Now I agree it
    gets a bit warm on the bottom when it's on your lap but no so bad you
    can't handle it. BTW, she's had it for about 1.5 years now. I
    wouldn't hesitate to get another one if my needs are not too
    demanding. As to the warrantee, I don't have any opinion on that.
    jim, Dec 7, 2004
  4. jim coughed up:

    Thanks, both of you! Jim, does your daughter have the 14 or 15 inch screen,
    and do you/she have any comment on it?
    Thomas G. Marshall, Dec 7, 2004
  5. jim,
    When I used my laptop a lot I sat it on one of those aluminum defrosting
    trays. Well built and inexpensive since we had a spare. I also notice where
    they have bases to set a laptop down on that have cooling fans built in. The
    one I saw was USB powered, not so sure I like that, I believe it was also a
    USB hub.
    Paul Schilter, Dec 7, 2004
  6. Thomas G. Marshall

    jim Guest

    My daughter has the 14 inch screen. It seems okay to me but I think
    this is a personal opinion and I would NOT go by my opinion. If you
    can at least go to a store to compare a 14 to 15, you can make your
    own judgement. I did hear on tv once that they recommended the
    smaller one if you were using it on a plane because they said the
    larger one was hard to use in your seat but I have NO experience on
    this since I never took it on a plane.

    I guess the bottom line is, what or how you will use it, will probably
    determine which size to go for.
    jim, Dec 9, 2004
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