by Dr. John Luton
Dell Inspiron 7500 Laptop Computer - Still going …
As a mass communication teacher, I’m often asked to evaluate
computer hardware or software and to give an opinion about the
capacity for particular applications. In this piece, however,
I would like to share some comments about a computer that’s
actually been around for a few years – the Dell Inspiron
7500 Laptop computer.
Yes, I know that this is an oldie, but you know how many of these old workhorses
are still available. This doesn’t surprise me at all. The
Dell Inspiron 7500 has been getting the job done for a good while
now – that’s not really news. What I’d like
for everyone to know is that this great little laptop is still
plugging away beneath the fingertips of professionals and students
Sure, notebooks have benefited from countless upgrades since the
Dell Inspiron 7500 first came out, but even the earlier ones are
still quite a bargain, especially if you don’t have a lot
of money to lay out for a computer and you need a good amount
of power to get the job done.
Why are so many Dell Inspiron 7500s still around today?
I’ll give you the short answer: They’re tough, dependable
little laptops that offer an amazing blend of computing power
and versatility – all at a price that’s much more
affordable than a lot of the newer machines on the market today.
Let’s look at a few of the outstanding features of the Dell
15” Screen – You can actually see what you’re
This is one of the largest screens for a laptop. What good is
a computer if you can’t see what you’re doing on your
screen? With the Inspiron 7500’s screen resolution of 1,400
x 1,050 pixels, the images are not only big enough to see, they
offer remarkable clarity.
While higher numbered series have surpassed many of the features
of the Dell Inspiron 7500, only a few of them offer a larger screen
size. And some of those big boys are so heavy and bulky that you
feel like renting a dolly just to lug them around! In my book,
that take “portability” out of portable computers!
Plenty of processing power and hard drive space for most applications!
Most of the Pentium® III processors in the Dell Inspiron 7500
series clock in at about 650 MHz, have a hard drive capacity that
ranges from 10 to 25 GB, and offer somewhere in the neighborhood
of 128 MB of RAM.
That’s plenty of processing power for digital still photography
editing and storage, and with the larger hard drives, you’ll
be able to use your laptop for digital video editing as well.
The chassis of the Inspiron 7500 is also large and sturdy enough
to support a variety of bay inserts such as CD-ROM/DVD drives,
second hard drives, and zips. And with a Lithium-ion battery that
lasts up to three hours between charges, you can get a lot of
work done – even if you’re out in the middle of the
woods! Who wants to stay cooped up in an office all day anyway?
Affordability of the Dell Inspiron 7500 – Easier on student
Many of the used or refurbished units sell for less than $500.
One Dell Inspiron 7500 I was looking at even comes loaded
with the Windows XP operating system – just to show off
its adaptability! Or, if you prefer a Linux set up, the Inspiron
7500 can accommodate you too.
While some of Dell’s current models offer Pentium® IV
processors with speeds up to 3.40 GHz and have desk model capacity
hard drives as large as 80 GB, these new models are selling anywhere
from $1,200 to $1,700. These aren’t bad prices, but they’re
out of range for a lot of people I talk to on a day to day basis.
With all the Dell Inspiron 7500 has to offer, it’s a great
Well, to sum up, when it comes to power, hard drive capacity,
adaptability and affordability, the tried-and-true Dell Inspiron
7500 is hard to beat. I’ve used one since they first came
out in 1999. One day they’ll probably have to pry the thing
out of my hands!
I really like it when I see my students making wise choices for
their computing needs. Many times vendors would like to dazzle
us with the newest technology in order to get us to purchase their
special flavor of the month. I, on the other hand, like to find
a good thing and stick with it.
With the Dell Inspiron 7500 – that’s exactly what
About the Author: Dr. John W. Luton
Before joining the mass communication faculty at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, Dr. Luton served as pastor of churches in Maryland and North Carolina for more than 20 years. He is a licensed clinical pastoral counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association and he holds the advanced certification.
Dr. Luton is also the primary author of Mastering Pastoral Counseling Utilizing Temperament, a Phase II course that is offered by the NCCA as part of its national licensure program for pastoral counselors. The course is used in many seminaries and counselor training centers throughout the nation.