May 28, 2004
Dell has two numbers for budget laptop shoppers: under 7 pounds and under $800. The new Inspiron 1000 is an entry-level notebook that starts at $736 (after a limited-time instant rebate) with a Mobile Celeron/2.2 processor, 256MB of memory, 30GB hard disk, and DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive. Another $90 gets you a 15.0- instead of 14.1-inch XGA display and a larger 40GB hard disk, while the deluxe model (currently $916 after the rebate) comes with 512MB of memory. V.92 modem and 10/100Mbps Ethernet ports, as well as three USB 2.0 ports, are standard; an 802.11g wireless networking PC Card is a $49 option.
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