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Dell Inspiron 1525 Notebook Review

Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2008 at 3:25 pm (0) comments


Let’s take a look at one of Dell’s most popular notebooks, the Inspiron 1525. Across college campuses everywhere, you will likely find one of these compact notebooks hiding within lecture halls and student unions alike. This review will try to identify both the positive and negative sides of ownership, and what it can offer for you. This review will be split into sections that will review general performance and features, followed by an in-depth review of its usability in a real-world scenario, rather than laboratory conditions. Hopefully, by the time you are done skimming this brief review, you too will have an inside look to this portable notebook.


Specifications As Tested

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 (65nm) 2.0Ghz
  • 15.4″ Glossy Wide Screen WXGA+ LCD Screen (1440×900)
  • 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2-667 PC2-5300 SODIMM Memory
  • 160GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
  • Intel Integrated Graphics X3100
  • 8X DVD +/- RW Dual Layer Drive
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Integrated High Definition Audio 2.0
  • Intel 3945 WLAN (802.11 a/g) Mini Card
  • Integrated 2 Megapixel Camera
  • 85 W 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Dell Media Direct 3.5
  • Spring Green Color



The Inspiron 1525 is a simple, yet elegant notebook. The unit I’m reviewing comes in a Spring Green though you can go from extravagant as Flamingo Pink or decorative patterns to as conservative as Jet Black. There should be enough colors and patterns to make you go crazy trying to decide on which one. The silver Dell Logo is encased in the center on the opposite side of the notebook screen. The keyboard is surrounded by silver trim which complements the logo on top. The layout of all the buttons and LED indicators the aesthetics of the rest of the notebook well.


The size of the high capacity battery is the only flaw that stands out in the design. If you go with a beefy 9 cell battery, you will notice how the notebook battery sticks out, extending past the notebook screen. So at the cost of a bigger and heavier size notebook, you will have longer battery life. If you are looking to have a flush look when you close the notebook, you should avoid a 9 cell battery, and opt for a smaller 6-cell which fits the design better.