Dell has pulled the wraps off its budget 15.4" notebooks
using AMD processors. While the new offerings aren't dipping below the $500 price
predicted, the notebooks can be had from $549.
The new Inspiron
1501 is available with a number of processors including the Mobile Sempron
3500+, Turion 64 MK-36, Turion 64 X2 TL-50 and Turion 64 X2 TL-56. Up to 2GB of
DDR2 memory is supported via the ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 IGP (256MB
HyperMemory). HD audio support is included as is support for SATA hard drive up
to 80GB in size. Optical drive choices include a 24x CD-RW/DVD combo drive and
a multi-format DVD burner. As for the notebook itself, it weighs 6.19 pounds
and measures 14" x 1.44" x 10.45".
The base $549 system will get you a Sempron 3500+ processor,
512MB of memory, 60GB hard drive, CD-RW/DVD combo drive, Dell Wireless 1390
802.11g adapter, Windows XP Home and a 1-year warranty. $859 will get you a
Turion 64 MK-36, 1GB of memory, 80GB hard drive, 8x DVD burner, Windows XP Home
and a 2-year warranty.