Inspiron 1501
Dell rolls out its AMD-based notebooks, but they don't quite dip below the projected sub-$500 price point

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 point previously 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.

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