Dell Inspiron

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Dell Inspiron
Insprion.JPG
Developer Dell Technologies
Type Laptop/Notebook
Desktop Computer
Release date February 26, 2009
CPU AMD APU, Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7
Related articles Dell Vostro, Dell Latitude, Dell XPS
Website Dell Inspiron

The Dell Inspiron is a computer product line produced by Dell as a range of laptop computers targeted at entry-level consumers. Early models were equipped with Mobile Celeron or Mobile Pentium II processors and SDRAM, with the machine's starting price at $2,799.[citation needed]. The Inspiron line mainly consists of mid-level computer systems to compete with the Acer Aspire, HP Pavilion and Toshiba Satellite.[citation needed]

Contents

List of Dell Inspiron models[edit]

  • 1000[note 1]
  • 1100(see Inspiron 1150 note)
  • 1110
  • 1150[note 2]
  • 1050
  • 1200
  • 1300
  • 1318
  • 1320
  • 1370
  • 13R (N3010)
  • 1410
  • 1420
  • 1425
  • 1427
  • 1440
  • 1464
  • 1470
  • 14R (N4010)
  • 1501
  • 1505
  • 1520
  • 1521
  • 1525
  • 1526
  • 1545
  • 1546
  • 1564
  • 1570
  • 15R (N5010)
  • 1720
  • 1721
  • 1750
  • 1764
  • 17R (N7010)
  • N7110
  • 2000
  • 2100
  • 2200
  • 2500 [note 3]
  • 2600 [note 4]
  • 2650 [note 5]
  • 3000
  • 300m
  • 3200
  • 3500
  • 3520
  • 3521
  • 3543
  • 3589
  • 3700
  • 3800
  • 4000 [note 6]
  • N4030
  • 4100 [note 7]
  • 4150 [note 8]
  • 5000
  • 5000e
  • N5010
  • N5110
  • 500m [note 9]
  • 5100 (see Inspiron 1150 note)
  • 510m [note 10]
  • 5150 (see Inspiron 1150 note)
  • 5160 (see Inspiron 1150 note)
  • 6000
  • 600m [note 11]
  • 630m
  • 6400
  • 640m
  • 7000
  • 700m
  • 710m
  • 5520
  • 7720
  • 7500
  • 8000 [note 12]
  • 8100 [note 13]
  • 8200 [note 14]
  • 8500 [note 15]
  • 8600 [note 16]
  • 9100
  • 9200
  • 9300
  • 9400
  • B120
  • B130 [note 17]
  • E1405
  • E1505
  • E1705
  • M301Z
  • M5010 (M501R)
  • M5040 (August 2011)
  • N5040
  • N5050
  • X200
  • 700m
  • Dell Latitude 13 7000

Model notes[edit]

  1. ^ Has its own near-clone,the Latitude 110L.
  2. ^ Has its own near-clone, the Latitude 100L. Both models are also closely related to the 1100, 5100, and 5150.
  3. ^ Has its own near-clone,the Latitude V700.
  4. ^ Has its own near-clone,the Latitude V710.
  5. ^ Has its own near-clone,the Latitude V740.
  6. ^ near-clone of Dell Latitude C600
  7. ^ near-clone of Dell Latitude C610
  8. ^ near-clone of Dell Latitude C640
  9. ^ near-clone of Dell Latitude D500
  10. ^ near-clone of Dell Latitude D510
  11. ^ near-clone of Dell Latitude D600
  12. ^ near-clone of Dell Latitude C800
  13. ^ near-clone of Dell Latitude C810
  14. ^ near-clone of Dell Latitude C840
  15. ^ near-clone of Dell Latitude D800
  16. ^ near-clone of Dell Latitude D800
  17. ^ clone of Inspiron 1300

Netbooks[edit]

Inspiron 1010, 1011, 1012, 1018 (Inspiron Mini 10/10v)[edit]

Released on Dell's website on February 26, 2009, the Inspiron Mini 10 is a 10.1 in (26 cm) netbook whose Mini 10v model weighs 1.13 kg (2.5 lb), and whose Mini 10 model weighs 1.18 kg (2.6 lb). The Mini 10 has an option for an external TV tuner and mobile broadband from AT&T. There is a 2 GB option available with Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit.

Component Mini 10 (1010) Mini 10 (1012) Mini 10v (1011) Mini 10 (1018)
Processor Intel Atom Z520 (1.33 GHz)
Intel Atom Z530 (1.60 GHz)
Intel Atom N450 (1.66 GHz) Intel Atom N270 (1.60 GHz)
Intel Atom N280 (1.66 GHz)
Intel Atom N455 (1.66 GHz)
Memory 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM
2 GB DDR2 SDRAM
1 GB DDR2 SDRAM
2 GB DDR2 SDRAM
1 GB DDR2 SDRAM
2 GB DDR2 SDRAM
1 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Chipset Intel US15W Express Chipset Intel NM10 Express Chipset Intel 945GSE Express Chipset
Graphics Processor Integrated Intel GMA 500 graphics Integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics
(Crystal HD Broadcom Media Accelerator optional)
Integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics Integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics
Display Panel 10.1 in (26 cm) LED-backlit display with 1024 × 600 resolution
10.1 in (26 cm) bright LED-backlit display with 1366 × 768 resolution and TrueLife
Early models had 1024×576 resolution
10.1 in (26 cm) LED-backlit display with 1024 × 600 resolution
10.1 in (26 cm) bright LED-backlit display with 1366 × 768 resolution and TrueLife
10.1 in (26 cm) LED-backlit display with 1024 × 600 resolution
Early models had 1024×576 resolution
10.1 in (26 cm) LED-backlit display with 1024 × 600 resolution
Hard Drive 160 GB SATA at 5400 RPM
32 GB SSD
160 GB SATA at 5400 RPM
250 GB SATA at 5400 RPM
160 GB SATA at 5400 RPM
16 GB SSD
160 GB SATA at 5400 RPM
250 GB SATA at 5400 RPM
Optical Disc Drive None. External drive available. None. External drive available. None. External drive available. None. External drive available.
Battery 3-cell (24 Whr) Lithium-ion battery
6-cell (56 Whr) Lithium-ion battery
3-cell (24 Whr) Lithium-ion battery
6-cell (56 Whr) Lithium-ion battery
Some batteries for this model had a capacity of 60 Whr
3-cell (24 Whr) Lithium-ion battery
6-cell (56 Whr) Lithium-ion battery
3-cell (24 Whr) Lithium-ion battery
6-cell (56 Whr) Lithium-ion battery
Wi-Fi Card Dell Wireless 1397 802.11b/g
Dell Wireless 1510 802.11a/b/g/n mini-card
Dell Wireless 1397 802.11b/g Dell Wireless 1397 802.11b/g
Dell Wireless 1510 802.11a/b/g/n mini-card
Bluetooth Internal Dell Wireless Bluetooth 365 (2.1 EDR) Internal Dell Wireless Bluetooth 365 (2.1 EDR) Internal Dell Wireless Bluetooth 365 (2.1 EDR) Internal Dell Wireless Bluetooth 365 (2.1 EDR)
Ports and Slots 1 Kensington lock slot
3 USB 2.0 Ports
1 Fast Ethernet port
1 HDMI output
1 headphone jack
1 microphone jack
1 3-in-1 memory card reader
1 power adapter connector
1 Kensington lock slot
3 USB 2.0 Ports
1 Fast Ethernet port
1 VGA output
1 headphone jack
1 microphone jack
1 3-in-1 memory card reader
1 power adapter connector
1 Kensington lock slot
3 USB 2.0 Ports
1 Fast Ethernet port
1 VGA output
1 headphone jack
1 microphone jack
1 3-in-1 memory card reader
1 power adapter connector
Camera 1.3 MP webcam 1.3 MP webcam 1.3 MP webcam 0.3 MP

Inspiron 910 (Inspiron Mini 9)[edit]

Main article: Dell Inspiron Mini 9

Released online on September 4, 2008, the Dell Inspiron 910 (more commonly referred to as the Inspiron Mini 9) is an 8.9" netbook that weighs 2.28 lbs. It is Dell's first netbook. It was retired on May 29, 2009.[1]

  • Processors: Intel Atom N270.
  • Memory: 512 MB, 1 GB or 2 GB of shared dual channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 533 MHz.
  • Chipset: Intel US15W Express Chipset.
  • Graphics Processor: integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics.
  • LCD Display: 8.9" LED-backlit widescreen with 1024 × 600 resolution.
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB, 16 GB SSD (Windows XP Home Edition SP3 32-bit), or 32 GB (Ubuntu Linux version 8.04.1) SSD.
  • Optical Drive: External USB 8X tray-load dual-layer DVD+/-RW.
  • Battery: 4-cell (32 Whr) lithium-ion battery.
  • Camera: 0.3 MP webcam.
  • Wi-Fi Card: Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g mini-card.
  • Bluetooth: Dell Wireless Bluetooth Internal 350 (2.0).
  • I/O ports: 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 Fast Ethernet port, 1 3-in-1 memory card reader, 1 VGA output, 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack, and 1 power adapter port.

Inspiron 1210 (Inspiron Mini 12)[edit]

Released online on October 16, 2008, the Dell Inspiron 1210 (more commonly referred to as the Inspiron Mini 12) is a 12.1" netbook that weighs 2.72 lbs. The netbook originally shipped with Windows Vista Home Basic SP1 32-bit, but an option for XP Home SP3 32-bit was added a month later. It was criticized for being slow with Vista. It was retired on August 7, 2009.

  • Processors: Intel Atom Z520 or Z530.
  • Memory: 512 MB or 1 GB of shared dual channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 533 MHz.
  • Chipset: Intel US15W Express Chipset.
  • Graphics Processor: integrated Intel GMA 500 graphics.
  • LCD Display: 12.1" LED-backlit widescreen with 1280 × 800 resolution.
  • Hard Drive: 40 GB, 60 GB or 32 GB PATA @ 5,400 RPM.
  • Optical Drive: External USB 8X tray-load dual-layer DVD+/-RW.
  • Battery: 3-cell (24 Whr) or 6-cell (48 Whr) lithium-ion battery.
  • Camera: 1.3 MP webcam.
  • Wi-Fi Card: Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g mini-card.
  • Bluetooth: DelI Wireless Bluetooth Internal 350 (2.0).
  • I/O ports: 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 Fast Ethernet port, 1 3-in-1 memory card reader, 1 VGA output, 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack, and 1 power adapter port.

Laptops[edit]

Inspiron 3000 Series[edit]

Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 [2][edit]

Released in 2014, The Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 is a 2-in-1 notebook with an 11-inch touchscreen and Intel processors. It competes with Acer Aspire R 11, Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200, HP Pavilion x360, HP Stream x360, Lenovo Yoga 2 11 and Toshiba Satellite Radius 11.

  • Processors: Intel Celeron and Pentium
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics Processor: Intel HD Graphics
  • LCD Display: 11.6-inch LED Backlit Display, 1366*768 pixels
  • Hard Drive: SATA 500 GB (5400 RPM)
  • Battery: 3-cell Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Camera: HD 720p Web Camera
  • Wi-Fi Card: Intel Centrino Wireless-AC 3160
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
  • I/O ports: 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI port, 4-in-1 SD Card Reader, 1 Ethernet port, 1 combined headphone and microphone jack, 1 security lock, 1 power adapter connection port.

Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 (3148)[3][edit]

Inspiron 11 3000 (3162)[4][edit]

Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 (3168)[5][edit]

Inspiron 14 3000 Non-Touch (3452)[6][edit]

Inspiron 15 3000 (3558)[7][edit]

Inspiron 15 3000 (AMD) (3555)[8][edit]

Inspiron 15 3000 Series (AMD) (3451)[9][edit]

Inspiron 5000 Series[edit]

Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 (5368)[10][edit]

Inspiron 15 5000 Non-Touch (5559) [11][edit]

Inspiron 15 5000 Touch (5559) [11][edit]

  • Processors: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6200u CPU @2.30 GHz 2.40 GHz
  • Memory (RAM): 4.00GB (1.66 GB usable)
  • System: x64 -based processor
  • Pen and Touch: No pen or touch is available for this display
  • SMBIOS Verson: 2.8

Inspiron 15 5000 (AMD) (5555)[12][edit]

Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 (5568)[13][edit]

Inspiron 15 (5547)[14][edit]

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series i5547-3750sLV 15-Inch Laptop

Laptop available in i5 Non-Touch Screen, i5 Touch Screen, i7 Non-Touch Screen, i7 Touch Screen, AMD 18 Non-Touch versions.

  • Processors: Intel Core i5-4210U, Intel Core i7-4510U, AMD A8.
  • Memory: 8 GB or 12 GB, DDR3L SDRAM
  • Graphics Processor: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • LCD Display: 15.6-inch LED Backlit Display, 1366*768 pixels
  • Hard Drive: SATA 1000 GB (5400 RPM), SATA 1 TB (5400 RPM)
  • Optical Drive: Yes
  • Battery: 3-cell Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Camera: HD 720p Web Camera
  • Wi-Fi Card: Intel Centrino Wireless-AC 3160
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
  • I/O ports: 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI port, 4-in-1 SD Card Reader, 1 Ethernet port, 1 combined headphone and microphone jack, 1 security lock, 1 power adapter connection port.

Inspiron 15 (5567)[15][edit]

The Dell Inspiron 15 (5567) features Intel Kaby Lake Microprocessors

Inspiron 17 5000 (5758)[16][edit]

Inspiron 17 5000 (AMD) (5755)[17][edit]

Inspiron 7000 Series[edit]

Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Laptop (7348)[18][edit]

Released in 2015, The Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 is a 2-in-1 notebook with an 13-inch touchscreen and Intel processors. It competes with Acer Aspire R 14, Asus Transformer Book Flip TP300, HP Pavilion 13 x360, Lenovo Yoga 3 14, Samsung Notebook 7 spin (13-inch), Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 and 14.

Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Laptop (7359)[19][edit]

Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7368)[20][edit]

Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7569)[21][edit]

Released in 2015, The Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2-in-1 is a 2-in-1 notebook with an 15-inch touchscreen and Intel processors. It competes with Acer Aspire R 15, Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500, TP550, HP Envy x360, Lenovo Flex 2 15, 3 15, Samsung Notebook 7 spin (15-inch) and Toshiba Satellite Fusion.

Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (7778)[22][edit]

Inspiron Gaming Series[edit]

Inspiron 15 Gaming/Inspiron 15 7000 (7559)[23][23][edit]

The Dell Inspiron 7559 (Inspiron 15) is a gaming oriented laptop with dedicated Nvidia GeForce graphics (960m). It competes with HP Pavilion Gaming Series, HP Omen and 17.


Desktop models[edit]

On June 26, 2007, Dell released the new Inspiron desktop series as a replacement to the Dell Dimension chain. The Inspiron marks Dell's return to a MicroATX case and motherboard with one exception: the I/O panel is not removable. As a result, motherboard upgrades are nearly impossible without modifying the case.

Inspiron Micro Desktop (3050)[24][edit]

Inspiron Small Desktop (3252)[25][edit]

Inspiron Desktop (Intel) (3650)[26][edit]

Inspiron Desktop (AMD) (3656)[27][edit]

Inspiron 400 (Zino HD)[edit]

Launched online on November 12, 2009, the Inspiron 400, more commonly known as the Inspiron Zino HD is an Ultra Small Form Factor desktop like the Studio Hybrid. It is in an 8" by 8" form factor and has a similar form factor to the Mac Mini and computers made by Shuttle. There are several customer reports about devices tending to overheat and shutting down randomly.[28][29]

  • Processors: AMD Athlon 64 2650e, 2680e or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3250e or 6850e.
  • Memory: 2 GB, 3 GB, 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 32 MB of shared dual channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 800 MHz.
  • Chipset: AMD RS780G.
  • Graphics Processor: integrated ATI 3200 graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4330 with 512 MB of graphics memory.
  • Hard Drive: 250 GB, 320 GB, 500 GB, 640 GB, 750 GB or 1 TB SATA at 7200 RPM.
  • Optical Drive: 8X dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive or 2X Blu-ray Disc Combo drive.
  • Wi-Fi Card: optional Dell 1397 802.11 b/g Wireless Card or Dell 1520 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless Card.
  • I/O ports: 4 USB 2.0 ports, 2 eSATA ports, 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack, 1 line-out connector, 1 gigabit ethernet port, 1 VGA output and 1 HDMI output.

Inspiron 537s[edit]

The Inspiron 537s is simply the slim version of the Inspiron 537 with similar features. It replaces the Inspiron 530s. The Inspiron 537s is limited to an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, whereas, the Inspiron 537 can be customized with up to a Core 2 Quad Q9400. Because of its slim form factor, it only has one optical drive. The other hardware configuration options are identical to those of the Inspiron 537. The memory is only upgradeble to 4 GB.

  • Processors: Intel Celeron 450, Intel Celeron Dual-Core E5100, Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200, Intel Core 2 Duo E5300, E7500 or E8400 or Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200.
  • Memory: 2 GB, 3 GB, or 4 GB of shared dual channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 800 MHz.
  • Chipset: Intel G41 Express Chipset.
  • Graphics Processor: integrated Intel GMA X4500 graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4350 with 512 MB of graphics memory.
  • Hard Drive: 320 GB, or 500 GB SATA at 7200 RPM.
  • Optical Drive: 8X dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive or 2X Blu-ray Disc Combo drive.
  • Wi-Fi Card: Dell Wireless 1505 802.11n mini-card with external antenna.
  • I/O ports: 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 FireWire port (optional), 1 Fast Ethernet port, 1 56K modem (optional), 1 VGA output, 1 HDMI output (with ATI Radeon HD 4350), 1 headphone jack, 2 microphone jacks, 1 line-in connector, 1 line-out connector, 1 19-in-1 memory card reader (optional), and 1 power cable connector.

Inspiron 545[edit]

The Inspiron 545 is a non-configurable mini-tower desktop that only retails at Best Buy and the Dell Outlet.

  • Processors: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400, or Core 2 Quad Q8300, Q9300, or Q9400
  • Memory: 2 GB, 3 GB, 4 GB, 6 GB or 8 GB of shared dual channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 800 MHz.
  • Chipset: Intel G31 Express Chipset.
  • Graphics Processor: integrated Intel GMA 3100 graphics, ATI Radeon HD 4350 or Nvidia GeForce GT220.
  • Hard Drive: 750 GB or 1 TB SATA at 7200 RPM.
  • Optical Drive: 8X dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive.
  • Wi-Fi Card: Dell Wireless 1505 802.11n mini-card with external antenna. (no card in Australia)
  • I/O ports: 6 USB 2.0 ports, 1 Fast Ethernet port, 1 56K modem, 1 VGA output, 1 HDMI output, 1 19-in-1 memory card reader, 1 headphone jack, 2 microphone jacks, 1 line-in connector, 1 line-out connector and 1 power cable connector.

Inspiron 545s[edit]

The Inspiron 545s is the slimmer version of the Inspiron 545. Like its mini-tower cousin, the Inspiron 545s is non-configurable and only retails at Best Buy and the Dell Outlet.

  • Processors: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400.
  • Memory: 2 GB, 3 GB, 4 GB or 6 GB of shared dual channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 800 MHz.
  • Chipset: Intel G33 Express chipset.
  • Graphics Processor: integrated Intel GMA 3100 graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4350 or a Nvidia GT 220.
  • Hard drive: 250 GB, 500 GB or 750 GB SATA at 7200 RPM.
  • Optical drive: 8× dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive.
  • Wi-Fi card: none.
  • I/O ports: six USB 2.0 ports, one Fast Ethernet port, one 56K modem, one VGA output, one headphone jack, two microphone jacks, one line-in connector, one line-out connector and one power cable connector.

Inspiron 546[edit]

This model quietly went on sale[when?] on Dell's website and replaced the Inspiron 537. It features AMD processors.

  • Processors: AMD Sempron LE-1300, AMD Athlon LE-1660, AMD Athlon X2 7550, AMD Phenom X3 8650 or 8750 or AMD Phenom X4 9750.
  • Memory: 2 GB, 3 GB, 4 GB, 6 GB or 8 GB of shared dual channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 800 MHz.
  • Chipset: AMD 780G chipset
  • Graphics Processor: integrated ATI Radeon 3200 graphics, ATI Radeon HD 3450, HD 4350 or nVidia GeForce GT 220.
  • Hard Drive: 320 GB, 500 GB, 640 GB, 750 GB or 1 TB SATA at 7200 RPM or 640 GB, 750 GB or 1 TB SATA @ 7200 RPM w/DataSafe.
  • Optical Drive: 16X dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive, 2X Blu-ray Disc Combo drive or Blu-ray Disc Burner.
  • Wi-Fi Card: Dell Wireless 1505 802.11n mini-card with external antenna.
  • I/O ports: 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 FireWire port (optional), 1 Fast Ethernet port, 1 56K modem (optional), 1 VGA output, 1 HDMI output (with ATI Radeon HD 4350), 1 headphone jack, 2 microphone jacks, 1 line-in connector, 1 line-out connector, 1 19-in-1 memory card reader (optional), and 1 power cable connector.

Inspiron 530[edit]

A Dell Inspiron 530.

Released on June 26, 2006, the Dell Inspiron 530 is Dell's first desktop to use the Inspiron name. The Inspiron 530 has an Intel Celeron 450, and can be customized up to an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550. It has 2 GB of DDR2 SDRAM at 800 MHz, which can be upgraded up to 4 GB (standard bios) or 8GB (BIOS upgrade 1.0.18 needed). The desktop has a 320 GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA hard drive w/DataBurst Cache, which can be upgraded to 1 TB. There are also data recovery versions of the 320 and 500 GB hard drive sizes. The Inspiron 530 is customizable with a variety of DVD+/-RW and Blu-ray Disc drives. The Inspiron 530 has integrated Intel GMA 3100, and can be customized up to an ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics card. It has integrated 7.1 channel audio and can be customized up to a Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer sound card. The Inspiron 530 has no initial Wi-Fi card, but can be customized up to a Dell 1505 Wireless-N PCI-e card. The Inspiron 530 has two variants of motherboards, both made by Foxconn and based on the G33M series. The G33M02 which supports up to Core 2 Duo processors (the e8600 is the fastest compatible cpu)and the DG33M03, which supports up to Core 2 Quad processors. Inspiron 530 systems sold with Pentium Dual-Core or Core 2 Duo processors can not be upgraded to Core 2 Quad processors without adding at least a 350W power supply and swapping motherboards to the DG33M03 motherboard. The reason the G33M02 doesn't support Core 2 Quad processors is because it only has 6 voltage regulator ICs, the DG33M03 has 11.

Inspiron 530s[edit]

The Inspiron 530s has the same design as the 530, but it is 41% slimmer. However, because of its design, it is not physically compatible with all desktop hardware, especially graphics cards (Dell only gives you the option of the ATI 2400 XT, which is not a high performance card). The case used in the 530s can accommodate one 5.25" optical drive, one external 3.5" drive (either a 1.44 MB floppy or 19-in-1 card reader), and up to two standard 3.5" hard drives. The motherboard used in the 530s is almost identical to the motherboard used in the 530 edition, except for the fact that this motherboard only supports Dual Core processors, and not any members of the Quad Core series like its twin. While almost any low profile PCI-E x16 video card will physically fit in the 530s, the custom sized Delta 250W power supply that the 530s is equipped with may seriously limit the potential for using higher end cards.

Inspiron 531/531s[edit]

Dell Inspiron 531 upgraded for gaming purposes.

The Dell Inspiron 531 is Dell's AMD desktop counterpart to the Inspiron 530, and with exception of the CPU and motherboard, is virtually identical. Starting with the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ it can be customized up to an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+. The Athlon X2 7000, Phenom, Phenom II and Athlon II series are not supported. It uses 1 GB of DDR2 SDRAM at 667 MHz, which can be upgraded up to 8 GB 800 MHz under JEDEC DDR2 voltage specification. The model features the M2N61-AX OEM motherboard made by ASUS [30] and uses nVidia GeForce 6150 integrated graphics with the nForce 430i chipset, and has two PCI slots, one PCI-e X1 and one PCI-e X16 1.0a slot. Due to the arrangement of the expansion slots, however, use of a double height video card renders the PCI-e X1 slot useless. The motherboard also features four SATA 1.0 Ports, one EIDE (floppy) plug, three USB plugs for front USB, a Firewire plug, and a front audio plug. Cooling is somewhat limited, as the motherboard only provides one 4-pin PWM CPU fan plug, and one 3-pin rear fan plug. Installation of a fan controller will be required to use additional fans. Recently, the 6.05 version of nVidia's System Performance Tools allows minor FSB overclocking, but does not allow voltage or multiplier adjustments, limiting overclocking potential. The case is Micro-ATX sized, lightweight aluminum and features one 92 mm Rear fan, one external 312" drive bay, two 514" bays and two vertical 312" internal drive bays. It also features a standard ATX sized 300 watt power supply with four SATA plugs, one 24-pin ATX12V 2.0 plug and one 4-pin P4 plug, oddly excluding any standard 4-pin Molex connectors. The I/O Shield is also part of the case, preventing the installation of third-party motherboards without modifications to the case.

Inspiron 537[edit]

Released on Dell's website on May 12, 2009 the Inspiron 537 is a mini-tower desktop that replaces the Inspiron 530. The desktop has a black chassis, but the front shell can be customized with one of eight colors. Oddly, this model was replaced by the Inspiron 546, which uses AMD processors, after being available online for less than one month.[31]

  • Processors: Intel Celeron 450, Intel Celeron Dual-Core, Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200, Intel Core 2 Duo E5300, E7500 or E8400 or Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 or Q9400.
  • Memory: 2 GB, 3 GB, or 4 GB of shared dual channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 800 MHz (upgradeable to 8 GB).
  • Chipset: Intel G41 Express Chipset.
  • Graphics Processor: integrated Intel GMA X4500 graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4350 with 512 MB of graphics memory.
  • Hard Drive: 320 GB, or 500 GB SATA at 7200 RPM.
  • Optical Drive: 8X dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive or 2X Blu-ray Disc Combo drive.
  • Wi-Fi Card: Dell Wireless 1505 802.11n mini-card with external antenna.
  • I/O ports: 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 FireWire port (optional), 1 Fast Ethernet port, 1 56K modem (optional), 1 VGA output, 1 HDMI output (with ATI Radeon HD 4350), 1 headphone jack, 2 microphone jacks, 1 line-in connector, 1 line-out connector, 1 19-in-1 memory card reader (optional), and 1 power cable connector.

Inspiron 518/519[edit]

A higher end version of the Inspiron 530/531. Memory was upgradeable to 8 GB.

Other Models[edit]

The Inspiron 560, 570 and 620 models were Dell's other Inspiron PC desktop models as of 2011.[32]

  • WLAN cards
Chip: Atheros AR9285 + FCC ID: PPD-AR5B-95 + "Dell Wireless 1502 WLAN Half Mini-Card" + PCIe adaptor card
Specification AR9285 b/g/n (2.4 Ghz) 150 Mbps
Chip: Atheros AR9280 + FCC ID: PPD-AR5B-HB92 + "Dell Wireless 1515 WLAN Half Mini-Card"
Chip: Atheros AR9280 + FCC ID: PPD-AR5B-DT92 + "Dell Wireless 1525 WLAN PCIe Card"
Specification AR9280 a/b/g/n-draft (2.4/5 Ghz) 300 Mbps

All in One models[edit]

3000 Series[edit]

Inspiron 20 3000 All-in-One Desktop (3043)[33][edit]

Inspiron 20 3000 All-in-One (3052)[34][edit]

Inspiron 20 3000 All-in-One (3059)[35][edit]

inspiron 24 3000 All-in-One (3459)[edit]

Inspiron 24 3000 All-in-One (AMD) (3455)[36][edit]

5000 Series[edit]

Inspiron 24 5000 All-in-One (5459)[37][edit]

7000 Series[edit]

Inspiron 23 7000 All-in-One Touch Screen Desktop (2350)[38][edit]

Inspiron 24 7000 All-in-One (7459)[39][edit]

Rebadging[edit]

In the past, Dell has modified some existing Inspiron machines to produce computers of higher or lower quality, for example, the first-generation Inspiron XPS and Inspiron 9100 (2004–2006). Both machines (non-base) shared the same options in processors (Intel Pentium 4 HT "Prescott"), RAM (DDR 400 MHz), hard-drives (Ultra-ATA 5400/7200 RPM), wireless cards, LCD screens (at 15.4-inches; WXGA, WSXGA+, WUXGA) and graphics cards (ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 64 MB/128 MB), as well as the same chassis. Dell marketed the XPS as an "ultimate gaming machine", while marketing the 9100 as a "desktop replacement". The Inspiron 9100 is a rebadged XPS; the only difference between the two is the LCD Panel. Although both support a 15.4 Samsung LCD, only later models of the 9100 (3.2 GHz) use the identical LCD screen (Dell Part #s 7T774/W3866). The Samsung LCD Panel supports 1920×1200. Previous 2.8-3.0 GHz Inspiron 9100 use a lesser panel with resolutions of 1280×800 (Dell Part # Y0316).

Problems[edit]

Overheating[edit]

In 2003, Dell released several lines of Inspiron notebooks that had overheating issues.[40] The systems would overheat and could cause damage to the microprocessor, video card, and motherboard. These systems would also randomly shut down due to high internal temperatures. Overheating in these Inspiron systems is mainly caused by performance-consuming tasks and software. This problem was determined to be due to the design of the air-flow from the bottom of the system. It would draw in dirt/dust and clog the heat sink, making air unable to pass through in order to cool the system. Affected models include the Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, and 5160. Also affected is the Latitude 100L, a near-clone of these models.

Dell acknowledged this problem and designed a new fan with a better heatsink and heatpipes to provide better cooling with less noise. Any repairs made at this point will include the redesigned parts.

On September 20, Inspiron 5150 owners in the US brought a class action against Dell. The settlement included 100% cash reimbursement for certain repairs, and an extended limited warranty to cover those types of repairs that become necessary for one year.

Following the lawsuit detailed above, in October 2006 customers who had purchased Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, and 5160 notebooks filed a class action lawsuit against Dell, alleging misconduct in connection with the design, manufacture, warranting, advertising and selling of these computers. A similar action started in Canada.[41][42]

Overheating has been reduced by using compressed air duster spray. Spraying the keyboard, the Microprocessor Thermal-Cooling Assembly located under the "I" - "backspace" keys, rear air vent/exhaust, bottom air intake, and side air vent (all located on the right side of affected systems)have been effective in reducing the running temperature from a normal operating temperature of 77-87 °C to 45-55 °C under average load.

Alternately, some users of these affected models found relief by underclocking their processors.

Motherboard[edit]

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On a number of Inspiron 5150 and Latitude 100L systems, a design flaw in the positioning of a tab on the C panel on the underside of the laptop has led to problems.[citation needed] Any pressure applied to the top left hand corner of the laptop causes this tab to press against the motherboard and in particular against the "LVC14A" chip. This causes the solder between this chip and the motherboard to break. This causes sudden shut-downs of the system as a result of any movement of the laptop; in certain cases the laptop will not re-boot at all. Dell has redesigned later models of the 5150 to avoid this problem. Some models reveal cases where someone has manually snapped off the tab from the C panel by hand during the manufacturing process. Dell currently covers this fault in the United States under the Lundell Settlement, although it is not known whether Dell will fix this fault free of charge outside the USA. In January 2007 a similar lawsuit started in Canada[citation needed], and Dell in the Netherlands has agreed to repair Dutch computers following criticism in the consumer programme Kassa.[43]

This has also been a problem with the Inspiron 1150, with the same chip giving problems with broken solder. Re-soldering is not recommended. Re-heating the pins can re-establish the connection and solve the power-off problem at the expense of possibly losing the use of the touch-pad mouse.

Battery recall of 2006[edit]

Dell posted notices to many of their laptop customers on August 14, 2006, saying that the Sony batteries on the following models could combust, or even explode:[44][45]

Latitude: D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D630, D800, D810

Inspiron: 6000, 6400, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 500m, 510m, 600m, 6400, E1505, 700m, 710m, 9400, E1705

XPS: XPS, XPS Gen2, XPS M170, XPS M1710

Precision: M20, M60, M70, M90

Users of many of these computers purchased between April 2004 and July 18, 2006 received the recommendation that they should remove the batteries and run their computers on AC power until replacements arrived.[46] Problematic batteries made by Sony led to recall programs at other laptop computer companies as well, including Hitachi, Toshiba, Lenovo (IBM) and Apple.[47]

Power supply issues[edit]

Most Dell laptop computers have a special external power supply (PSU) which cannot be replaced by a third-party universal supply. The PSU has what's called UniqueWare™ Add-Only Memory, known under type DS2501. It is a parasitic power circuit memory chip connected to the center identification pin in the plug, via a 2m long unshielded wire alongside the PSU cable. This chip produces a special signal using a 1 wire communication protocol known as "1-wire" in identifying the PSU as an original Dell PSU. This chip handles all the data needed to authenticate a charge. If a power supply not made by Dell is used, or the cable near the connector becomes damaged as is not infrequent after some use, the PSU stops charging the battery and the CPU runs slower, although the computer can be used indefinitely so long as it remains plugged in. If this problem is present at startup, the message "The AC power adapter type cannot be determined. Your system will operate slower and the battery will not charge" is displayed. This will continue until the external PSU is replaced. A few third-party suppliers make power supplies with specific provision for Dell computers at lower prices than Dell's. It is possible to work round the slowdown, but not the battery charging, by installing a CPU clock utility.[48] On some models (the 9100 for instance), the problem can be worked around by starting the computer without a battery installed and fitting the battery after the computer has booted.

Another problem arises after much use with the motherboard power connector; flap-like metal parts which contact the outside of the plug lose their tension and fail to make contact so that power does not reach the computer. The "official" solution is to replace the connector on the motherboard, which requires partial dis-assembly of the computer and desoldering a part with several pins; many companies charge a considerable sum for the work involved. Various simple alternatives have been suggested; for example a thin "skin" of solder on the outside of the barrel of the connector on the PSU (with care not to overheat the connector's plastic parts; and this thickened connector should not be used with other, not faulty Dell laptops, as it will stretch the springs and damage or even overheat the plug and socket assembly, causing them to melt or bond permanently).

One other problem can happen with the wattage rating of the power supply. There are 2 Dell power supplies that were used for different Inspiron models which have the same plug assembly and voltage, a 65 watt supply model PA-6 and a 90 watt supply model PA-9. Some models (for example the Inspiron 1100) shipped with a PA-9. If a PA-6 (or equivalent aftermarket supply) is used in these models then the system might not boot at times. In such cases, it will light the battery light for a few seconds when the supply is plugged in. This can also happen if the power supply becomes marginal. Marginal supplies can show as supplying full voltage even if tested with a volt meter while the supply is plugged into the computer and an attempt is made to turn on the computer.

These problems are discussed in detail, and solutions and workarounds suggested, in a discussion on Tom's hardware site,[49] and on The Laptop Junction site.[50]

Hibernation sensor problem[edit]

A problem exists with the hibernation sensor located in some older laptops. Unlike many laptops that use a mechanical switch to detect when the lid is closed, in these systems the sensor is a magnetic reed switch that is located between the touchpad and the front edge of the laptop. There is a magnet that is located in the top lid above this switch, and when the lid is closed the magnet triggers the reed switch. If the magnet loses strength then the system will not go into suspend or hibernation if the lid is closed. The magnet strength can be checked by running a paper clip along the top edge of the screen. A worse problem happens if the reed switch fails. Sometimes the switches will fail in a closed position with the contacts sticking together. In that case the system will not switch on. There are several ways to check for this. First the laptop can be partially disassembled and the mouse assembly can be unplugged from the system board and the system switched on. If the system boots with the mouse unplugged then it is the switch. Another way to check for the problem is by running a magnet over the reed switch, there should be a faint click when the magnet triggers the switch. This does not require disassembly but the magnet must be in the correct position and be strong enough. Some people have modified the circuitry of the laptop by cutting the switch off of the assembly, with the downside being the system will no longer suspend if the lid is closed.

Vertical line LCD problem[edit]

Some 17" Inspiron 8600, 9200, 9300, 6000, 1750, and XPS Gen 2 notebook LCDs have a vertical line manufacturing defect. Symptoms range from individual lines to entire bars of the screen with inverted colors. Most problems showed after 2–4 years of usage.

Dell has been very reluctant to replace these panels after guarantee, although there was a direct link to the defective parts from their suppliers. Even warranty customers have had difficulty getting replacements, and replaced screens often develop the defect after a short time.[51]

See also[edit]

Dell's Home Office/Consumer class product lines:

  • Studio (mainstream desktop and laptop computers)
  • XPS (high-end desktop and notebook computers)
  • Studio XPS (high-end design-focus of XPS systems and extreme multimedia capability)
  • Alienware (high-performance gaming systems)
  • Adamo (high-end luxury subnotebook)

Dell Business/Corporate class product lines:

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