Dell Inspiron E1705

Category: Laptops - Date: April 23, 2006

Dell Inspiron E1705

Overall Rating
Design
Features
Performance

Dell Inspiron E1705 Introduction

Dell’s Inspiron E1705 is a 17″ widescreen notebook full of power and the very first Dell Inspiron to be released with the new Intel Core Duo processor. The E in E1705 stands for “Entertainment”. With various media features available, fast Core Duo processor, a 6 USB ports and the option for a high-end graphics card in the form of the nVidia Go 7800 the Dell Inspiron E-1705 sounds like lots of fun. Lets get down to the review.

Dell Inspiron E1705 Design

The Inspiron E1705’s design is nearly identical to the Dell Inspiron 9300 design. Crafted out of sturdy and stylish magnesium alloy and measuring 15.5 inches wide, 11.3 inches deep, and 1.6 inches thick. The weight comes in at a hefty 8.2 pounds. The outside cover is brushed aluminum, with a white border, the same design as Dell’s 700M. It has a good solid build, no flexing of the body and magnesium alloy material for lid and bottom for extra durability.

Dell Inspiron E1705 Features

Dells’ Inspiron E1705 comes pre-installed with Windows XP Media Center Edition, which offers enhanced multimedia handling and management versus XP Home Edition, letting you take control of your home and mobile entertainment experience. The E1705 has “Media Direct” for quick boot and access to media file viewing is great, allows you to access files on DVD, media card reader, hard drive and any USB connected storage device.

Dell Inspiron E1705 Performance

The E1705 comes with a 2.0GHz Dual Core processor, meant for multi-tasking. Combined with nVidia Go 7800 graphics
card you’ve got a pretty serious gaming machine

Conclusion

The e1705’s speed boost from the Core Duo processor is what makes this a good buy. The high-end graphics card option is a must for a serious gamer. This is most likely the best 17″ gaming laptop around, considering Dell’s low pricing. Prices start at under $1,000.


29 Responses to “Dell Inspiron E1705”

  1. Kirk Says:

    I just ordered an E 1705. It’s a cool laptop except for one intolerable fault. It gives me electric shocks. My other laptops and computers in the same room do not. I called Dell tech support and they advised me to send it in for a replacement. That sounds good so I did it. Guess what, the next 1705 they sent gave electric shocks also. So Dell support said to send that one in and they would send me one that did not give electric shocks. Guess what, the third one gives me electric shocks just like the other two. Apparently Dell either doesn’t know how to make a computer correctly or simply doesn’t care and sends out defective products.

    PS. Dealing with Dell has been horribly exasperating. Tech support people with such thick accents they cannot be understood. Tech support people that do not have the needed skills, etc.

    I strongly suggest the E1705 to anyone who likes to get shocked. Dell has sent me 3 different 1705’s that shock. I am confident that they will do the same for you.

  2. Eric Says:

    Wow Kirk – you must be kidding – if it were to actually shock you, you would be dead. My best advice would be to change your socks or get out of your pyjamas. This will stop all the static. If that doesn’t help, all I can say is that your body chemistry must be horribly out of whack.

  3. jim Says:

    ground yourself by touching metal that’s touching the floor before touching the computer

  4. Mohamed Says:

    Dear:We Are IT Company i need details about laptop
    (DELL XPS INSPIRON E1705)with HDD 80GB/RAM 512/17″
    but please qickly reply and HOW Much?

  5. holydiver Says:

    man that sux kirk ur sockets might be putting out oo much voltage…anyways i just wanna say that i ordered a dell e1705 2.0ghz core2 duo 2gb RAM and a geforce 7900 gs instead of the 7800 they normally come stocked with and i must say ……………. it rox my ASS 😀

  6. hadia Says:

    how do i enable microphone in my INSPIRON E1705. i really need help

  7. Andre Says:

    I got a new dell Inspiron E1705 about 3 months ago and it had been working just perfectely. Intel core 2 dou t7200, 1 gig ram at 667 mhz, ati x1400, t.v. tuner and remote control all for $1200 with a copoun from deal catcher.com

  8. Neil Says:

    I had the same shocking experience with the Precision M65 and Latitude D820 Notebooks. They both have the same brushed steel cases. I am sure it is some kind of design flaw because my Latitude D610 has no similar problem.

  9. Richard Says:

    My dell shocks me too, but only at my office. It never shocks me at home so I’ll bet it has something to do with the carpet protector my chair is sitting on. No other laptop I’ve had shocked me at the same office – only the new Dell (I’ve had three and one of the three was a Dell too). Yes, ground yourself to the floor is great advice, and get of of pajamas too. BTW – Eric, you’re thinking of the word ELECTROCUTE… not SHOCK.

  10. dave Says:

    Hey does anyone knw if u can put dual 256mb graphics cards in the 1705

  11. Angel Says:

    Hi, I am looking at buying a Dell Inspiron E1705 and from what I have read it is a descent product. Would anyone be able to help in finding the right laptop/notebook for gaming AND school?

  12. Michelle Says:

    I in the process of purchasing a dell E1705 And I can tell you if I get shock from it I would want a FULL REFUND

  13. Michelle Says:

    I am not going to pay money to get shockes I can do that by just putting my finger in any home socket

  14. ROC Says:

    E1705, Received August, 2006, bluescreen under battery operation, numerous ram memory error reports but ram checks clean, peeling mouse key, dirty keypad can’t be cleaned, replacement computer now out of warranty, buy at your own risk (duo core processor) very fast, great screen with upgrade.

  15. First Time Dell, Last TIme Dell Says:

    Inspiron 9400 also causes shocks. I too suspect it’s the brished metal case. After used/owned notebooks, laptops, and even lugables, I can honestly tell you that I’ve never experieced this “feature” in the past so it has to be a defect of some sort.

    It doesn’t hurt, but it is an odd feeling. On several occassions, including today, the system has completely hung and needed a cold boot. Today it was a defective DVD (one that someone else burned). Two other times, it was plugging in the USB hotsync cable for my Treo 650. Considering my other notebook (Lenovo) doesn’t freeze when hot syncing my palm, I again suggest that it’s an electrical defect with this Dell notebook. This is the first and for sure the last Dell I ever buy.

  16. Sam Says:

    Does anyone know if World of Warcraft runs well on the ATI X1400 chipset? if it does that would be great because id rather not pay $150 for the 7900 GS

  17. Louis Says:

    Sam, if you skimp out on the $150 dollar more card, the 7900 gs, your wasting your money. the ATI x1400 is a terrible graphics card for gaming, look at any benchmarks, its almost last place. But the 7900 GS is close to the top still.

  18. keith Says:

    T7400 2.16ghz core 2 duo-wuxga 1900 x 1280-2gb 667mhz-100gb hdd 7200rpm-nvidia geforce go 7900 gt-bluetooth 2.0 w/edr-intel wireless N 4965 mini card-windows vista home premium-cd/dvd burner w/double layer-pinnacle hdtv pro usb tv tuner.My machine is awesome and i would not buy anything else but Dell,games and multi media on this computer fly,nothing can touch it

  19. M Says:

    Stop rubbing baloons or other latex objects on it….

  20. zayne Says:

    This computer sucks balls everytime i look at porn it always gets clogged and never works right!!!!!!!!!

  21. Mowgli Says:

    I own an Inspiron 9400 which also gives off electric shocks. I am unable to use it on my lap or rest my arms on it. It feels like somebody’s pulling the hairs on you arm. Contacted Dell but haven’t heard back yet.

  22. thedude Says:

    My Inspiron 9300 shocks me too. It didn’t do it before they replaced the mainboard this last time (loose power jack on the old mainboard).

  23. e m Says:

    My mouse pad on a Intel Centrino Duo, Graphics by ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1400, Acer Aspire 5672 WLMi – Intel Core T2300 is doing the same kind of shock, “electrocution” to me- I move the mouse it makes the smallest trickle of noise, and gets warm to take my hand off it hot very often. It’s not good. It’s gotten to the point where I’ll be on it, think I can handle it, and then my hand will get instantaneously week for a few seconds. No matter what, I think if it works through your power source, then it should be designed to hand the pressures that extend from that power source. There shouldn’t be a need to “ground” yourself before using a computer. I’m getting a little sick from this thing. Any electrical impulse sent to the body from an exterior source alters the body; seems like grounds for more punishment administered by the consumer unto the supplier or maker of the computer, but it hasn’t been in my nature to do the lawsuit thing— how the heck would you prove your computer, without acknowledgement that it could, causes bits of pain and distraction from intended controlled-mouse-movements and ultimately distraction from reaching possible web or non-web destination was caused by a flagrant mouse pad? – would take a real good technician.

  24. e m Says:

    1. My mouse pad on a Intel Centrino Duo, Graphics by ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1400, Acer Aspire 5672 WLMi – Intel Core T2300 is doing the same kind of shock, “electrocution” to me- I move the mouse it makes the smallest trickle of noise, and gets warm to take-my-hand-off-it hot very often. It’s not good. It’s gotten to the point where I’ll be on it, think I can handle it, and then my hand will get instantaneously weak for a few seconds. No matter what, I think if it works through your power source, then it should be designed to handle the pressures that extend from that power source. There shouldn’t be a need to “ground” yourself before using a computer. I’m getting a little sick from this thing. Any electrical impulse sent to the body from an exterior source alters the body; seems like grounds for more punishment administered by the consumer unto the supplier or maker of the computer, but it hasn’t been in my nature to do the lawsuit thing— how the heck would you prove your computer, without acknowledgement that it could, causes bits of pain and distraction from intended controlled-mouse-movements and ultimately a distraction from reaching possible web or non-web destination, was caused by a flagrant mouse pad? – would take a real good technician.

  25. bob Says:

    I have had this computer for about 2 years. I bought it with a 3 year warranty, 2.0 intel core duo, 1gig ram, nVidia 7800go 256mb ram, 100gig HD, 1920by1200 glossy display, bluetooh, wifi , pretty much everything on it for a little less than $3,000. Dont get me wrong I love this computer. I dont game but I edit photos with CS3, record tv ( get wintv pvr tuner in stores, much better than the one dell give you), surf the internet, AIM, skype,and homework. But i there has been nothing but problems.
    The list of problems:
    1. a month old, BSOD just needed to update bluetooth drivers
    2. 6 months, Wont play dvds, need to replace dvd burner
    3. 1 1/2 years old, computer is overheating and CPU is very slow. Need new chip, 2 new heatsinks, and 2 new fans. the guy that came to replace it said if it wasnt under warranty it would have easily cost $300-$400 plus $50/hr for service.He also said that THIS IS VERY COMMON WITH LAPTOPS AND I SHOULD ALWAYS GET A WARRANTY.
    4. 2 years old, dvd drive make a loud buzzing noise, similar to an airplane, except an airplane is quiter, just kidding, and wont work half the time,need another new DVD burner.

    I have decided that i am going to sell this laptop at within the next year before the 3 year warranty is up and purchase either a new dell desktop or apple laptop w/ window, ubuntu, ect. Its a shame that I have received a problem plagued computer, i really wanted to appreciate it but with all the hours ( around 10) i have spend with dell support, and new replacement chances are slim i would ever buy a dell laptop in the near future let.

  26. Sherm Says:

    I have an Inspiron E1705, but I can’t seem to get the machine to play DVD movies, what is the problem.

  27. Kim Says:

    Sherm, if you have Vista, and iTunes, it cancels out the DVD player.

  28. Jon Says:

    Before you get this laptop, inspiron E1705, know that the graphic card is horrible… It looks nice, but it over heats easily. I’ve gone through two of them, one while the warranty was still valid, and am currently looking at a screen with yellow bars running across it looking to get a new card because it blew again. $400 bucks… Not happy. I’ve been looking around, and it seems that this is a common problem. Starting to wish I would have gotten a mac 🙁

  29. Mary Says:

    Write Michael Dell and tell him the problems and ask him for a replacement card free of charge. It’s obviously an inherent problem and they need to support the problem regardless if you have an extended warranty on it or not. I’m on #3 of the graphic card – they put in re-furbished parts so I was “fortunate” to get one and then had to have them come back to put in the second one a month later. I have a 3-year warranty home service for parts and labor. It is a major hassle to call it in – I know the problem and the “customer service” people in India have to go through all of the troubleshooting which takes an hour plus on the phone with them. I just know I’ll never buy another Dell. Highly recommend HPs – after my son had the E1705 for less than a year and it crashed, it was on to an HP for him and he has had no problems for years now.