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Quick review on Dell Vostro 1700

December 30th, 2007 · 6 Comments

Reason for buying

As you know, I’m going to work in Singapore in the next few weeks and I need a desktop replacement-A laptop with a big screen and a sytem that will run descently with Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustration, as well as InDesign. Another factor I consider is the price-It has to be cheap because it’s only a temporary machine for my design projects. Vostro 1700 seems to be perfect for me.

Vostro 1700

Tech Specs

  • Core 2 Duo 1.4 Ghz ( Santa Rosa)
  • 17″ Widescreen XGA
  • 2 Gb DDR2 667MHz RAM
  • 128Mb Nvidia GeForce 8400GS
  • 160G 5400 SATA hard drive
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • 8X DVD+/-RW with double-layer DVD+R write capability
  • Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Mini Card
  • Integrated High Definition Audio 2.0
  • 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

Detailed specs here
Price: $891

VX2025WM 20.1
VX2025WM 20.1″ lcd with Vostro 17″ laptop.

First Impression

Thick and heavy

What I Like About It

  • Bright and big screen which can run at 1440×900 native resolution display
  • Full numeric keypad
  • Very quiet
  • Excellent performance

What I Don’t Like About It

  • The display brightness differs when shifting angles.
  • The touchpad is far to the left. I’m right handed and it’s not very comfortable. I find myself using my left finger instead.
  • It’s very easy to leave finger prints on its black matt case.
  • It’s heavy and really thick. But I guess it’s alright since I’m not gonna be carrying it around.
  • I was hoping to have a 7200RPM HDD but only 5400RPM are availble.
  • If you want this laptop, you should want Vista too period! I want XP due to the nature of my work, but only Vista is available. Vista’s interface is eye-candy though.


Well, it’s really thick. It could’ve been slimmer. The case is all black too. It’s quite nice but I’d be honest that it’s not very stylish, for my taste anyway.


I’m happy with it. It is a fine desktop replacement for its price.

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6 responses so far

  • Omar says:
    Jan 1, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Yeh the vostro is pretty decent, however you should have looked out for meshcomputers, cyberpower, others dell aint so spec now on

  • Luc says:
    Jan 15, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks but I’m not familiar with those brands :(

  • Dave Johnston says:
    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Lots more options for this machine are available from Dells UK website, inc. XP, 256MB graphics, dual hard discs etc., just select the basic machine and edit the spec at final review stage.

  • Deni says:
    May 18, 2008 at 8:36 am

    I am very disappointed with my Vostro1700. It is pretty ugly and the mouse pad is not reliable which is quite frustrating, especially the scrolling area which only works occasionally.
    I got my Vostro with all the bells and whistles, and it cost a pretty penny, but I am not impressed. The bluetooth mouse I bought with the lap top from dell stopped working the 2nd day of use, and the Vostro only sees my wireless printer when it feels like it.
    The on off switch for the wireless connection is in the worst place, near the front left side, exactly where you would put your hands to maneuver the lap top or lift it up. The latch on this expensive piece of equipment is pretty flimsy and looks as if it will not last long. The surface of the lap top is strange and attracts ugly greasy finger prints at first touch. Why they couldn’t give it a nice shiny finish , I will never know, and make it more attractive to the eye at least! It now sits back in its box as I figure out what to do with it.

  • Mike Leigh says:
    Nov 29, 2008 at 2:58 am

    Just ordered a Vostro from DELL Ireland. Just wanted to say that XP is currently offered by DELL Ireland at the moment on the Vostro 1700 (I chose XP myself). Not sure if this is the case everywhere though.
    Most home users will not think to select the Vostro as its aimed at the business market – but for the home user this seems to me to offer better all round value and higher spec than the home offerings.
    All the very best from Ireland!
    The only downside is the look of the machine (black only and quite plain) which might put some off – not me personally but it may not appeal to all

  • Luc says:
    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Oh lucky you Mike! I really want to install XP on this laptop

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