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    I think I have finally found the perfect Pentium III laptop! (For me). This machine has absolutely every thing I want in a late 90's/early 2000's notebook. It's also giant and weighs a ton, which I love.

    One of my favorite features of this machine is the 15" high resolution display. This particular one has the SXGA+ 1400 X 1050 version, but I'd like to replace it with the UXGA 1600 X 1200 "UltraSharp" version. The main reason I want to replace it is because the panel this laptop currently has is actually faulty (I know 100% it's the panel because I swapped some parts around with another one that I have). It almost much fully works, except it shows artifacts on certain graphics. But it can handle a super high resolution image in Photoshop just fine, go figure.

    I also really like that this machine has both a track pad and a Trackpoint. The trackpad is actually quite nice in this machine (unlike that horrible, tiny trackpad my ThinkPad R500 has for example) and I do use it from time to time, but the Trackpoint is my preferred option.

    The keyboard on this laptop is very nice IMO. It has a pretty nice, somewhat tactile feel to it.

    Another thing I like about these machines is that they are incredibly easy (and cheap) to find parts for. Which is very nice because these machine do have some issues from time to time. Bad fans is probably the most common issue. They are also very easy to work on.

    One of the awesome things about Inspirons of this era, is that they are just latitudes with a different shell and bios! (I actually prefer the Inspiron cosmetics over the Latitudes from this era. And the ability to change the color of the palm rest's is just awesome). One mod you can do to an Inspiron 8000 (that I am strongly considering), is flash it with a Latitude C800 (the I8000's Latitude counterpart) BIOS, remove the blocking panel the back, and use a full Latitude dock with it! That's right, when you bought a Latitude back then, you were paying dell more money to simply "enable" some features! That being said though, these Inspirion 8000 series machine were not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. I believe the MSRP of the top end 8000 was $4,022!

    One unfortunate thing about these machines, is that the colored palm rest's are pretty much impossible to find. The bright yellow ones are my favorite! I'll find a set of them someday, it'll just take patience. I'll even buy a whole other machine to get them if I have to!

    Here are the specs of the machine.

    800MHz Pentium III "Coppermine"

    256MB RAM (will be upgrading to 512MB)

    ATi M4 32MB graphics card

    160GB hard drive (that's a damn big drive for a machine of this age!)

    Win98 SE/WinXP Pro SP3 dual boot


    BTW I'm actually posting this from the Inspiron 8000! (Using FireFox 48.0.2 under Windows XP Pro SP3).

    Now the hunt is on for the perfect Pentium 4 laptop (for me, that will probably be the Inspiron 8200). I'm kinda addicted to these Inspiron 8000 series machines.

    Anyways, here are some pics.
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    I have one of those (or 2 forget).

    The one I keep in my room is the 1600x1200 model 900Mhz and 512MB of RAM running XP.

    The cool thing about them besides the looks is they are rugged, have dual battery (or floppy drive) bays with a DVD drive on the side and they have a mini firewire port.

    I prefer the standard color palmrests.

    I think you might still be able to get new batteries for it.

    If you like P3 laptops check out the A30 Thinkpad and the T23 Thinkpad.
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    Yes, these machines are definitely quite rugged.

    New batteries would be nice. The one I have I there now is decent, but it could be better.

    And yes, I do like Pentium III laptops! Looks like the T23 and A30 had optional 1400 X 1050 displays, which is awesome. I’ve kinda gotten hooked on these high resolution displays! Will probably look into getting a T23 or A30 at some point.

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    There are A30 models with 1600x1200 (A30P which has 1.2Ghz P3 ,Radeon 7000 graphics and 1Gb PC133 RAM).
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    Sweet! I completely forgot to mention the graphics on the Inspiron 8000. It has an ATi M4 32MB graphics card.

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