Written on: 26/11/2013
I made the Grand Mistake of ordering my Vostro 1700 with Vista. I had the option of getting it with XP. It still would have sucked with XP, but probably a little less. I can't blame Dell for my choice of OS, but I can blame them for the utterly worthless wifi driver, which usually causes a system crash when I try to do a shutdown. When I power back on, the crappy Wifi driver won't connect on the first try, so it is necessary to do two reboots to get it to connect. I've gotten into the... (read more)
Written on: 16/01/2012 by Dennisgore
I bought my laptop in Dec 07. To start of with what i like was the huge screen bigger is alwasy better with screens. That is about the only thing i can say about the vostro 1700. Now what makes its a less desireable machine is first of all the keyboard is weak and cannot take any type of game playing, i had to replace my keyboard 4 times the keys just don't have any durability to them. The second thing is the battery pack doesn't have a long life to it and the dc end plug desiging is a... (read more)
Written on: 04/08/2010
I have owned this Dell vostro 1700 laptop for 3 years now and cannot recommend it to anyone. It is a little large and heavy but not unacceptably so. However I have had huge reliability issues, firstly as mentioned in another review the battery died after 18 months and even though I had paid for 3 years warranty Dell came back to me with the small print and told me they were not obliged to replace it. As well as this I have had every part bar the wireless card and the ram replaced due to them... (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2010
Primary reason for not buying Dell again - the battery lasted about 2 years and then conked out. The cost of a new battery £116!! They must be having a laugh at the expense of their customers. I won't buy a battery from dell, I would prefer to run it off mains than give them another penny.
The laptop itself has become slow and has now got a number of faults such as the mouse pad stopping working intermittently and very slow performance (despite it being a high spec machine).
Written on: 20/10/2009 by hannahsreflex (2 reviews written)
I think overall Dell come in for quite a lot of stick, but it mainly must be because of the amount of their products they sell compared to others.
This is my third Dell, having once been completely anti-dell. So far I have had no problems with the laptop, it runs like a dream and is really fast. Yes it isn't the lightest thing I could have bought, but on the other hand it was a fraction of the price of competitors and it is very durable indeed.
The keyboard is full size and it means I can... (read more)
Written on: 08/10/2008 by unicron (5 reviews written)
The hardware is very top end for the price.
I have had the laptop for a year now and on my third screen, its very delicate.
Overall a very nice machien but you definatly want to take the extended guarantee, the screen will most likly break but for the price its unbeatable. (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2008 by DUNCAN BLADEN (9 reviews written)
I think this vostro 1700 widescreen is very good, but dell had to be based hard for a reasonable delivery time - they took money immediately, then quoted 35 days for delivery, I had to resort to emailing a lot of executives at dell to get an executive escalation to sort dell time - it came in 7 working days in the end , which was good, but you can get dell in pc world same day - come on dell this isn't acceptable in my opinion. (read more)
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