Dell Inspiron 6400 Multimedia Notebook (Centrino Duo)

The Dell Inspiron 6400 Multimedia Workhorse

Dell's Workhorse Goes Centrino Duo

Like clockwork, Dell inserts never fail to appear in your weekend papers placed amongst juicier sections. Boasting bargain basement prices with large cash rebates, it admittedly even impresses yours truly, albeit only price wise. Performance however, is different thing altogether that we have to investigate thoroughly. So without further delays, we take a look at Dell's workhorse notebook - the Inspiron 6400 series which has now been buffed up with Intel Core 2 Duo processor upgrades.

Dell's incumbent 15-inch workhorse: the Inspiron 6400. There has not been any aesthetic changes since the Inspiron 6000 series.

Checking out the notebook's aesthetics, there wasn't really much to yell about. It was pretty much the same notebook shell that we have been seeing from Dell for quite a while now: a chunky 40mm thick profile finished in silver and laced in white around the edges. Adorning the sides come the usual platter of connections that include four USB 2.0 ports (two on the right, two behind), one 4-pin FireWire port, a 15-pin D-SUB VGA, an S-Video out, 3.5mm audio in/out jacks, an RJ-45 Ethernet port, one RJ-11 modem jack and a 5-in-1 card reader. Once again, everything that's critical is here, but there are little if no creature comforts in sight.

Two USB 2.0 ports, a 4-pin Firewire port, audio in/out and a 5-in-1 card reader can be found on the notebook's right profile.

The left profile of the notebook is pretty bare save a DVD writer. Users looking for a portable notebook might want to keep in mind that the Dell Inspiron 6400 measures 40mm at its thickest.

Along the back profile is a series of in/outputs which include the usual VGA output, S-Video connector, Ethernet LAN port and modem jack. Two USB 2.0 ports can also be found along the rear profile. Along the right edge is the power input.