Lets take a trip back in time to 1998. The Dell Inspiron 7000 was quite a good laptop back in its day. The Inspiron 7000 has a basic black design and the case is made of a very durable hard plastic. There is one USB port on the back, a PCI slot for wireless card, vga port, ps2 port, serial port and a printer port. In the front of the laptop there's a CD-ROM and a floppy drive. The screen on the Inspiron 7000 is quite sharp for 1998, and has a decent resolution of 1024x768 and can go up 1280x1024. The laptop features a Pentium II processor, up to 192mb of ram, ATI Rage Pro LT graphics, and a 4gb hard drive. The keyboard is nice to type on, and is nicely laid out. The performance of the Inspiron 7000 was very good for the time. It could play games like Half-Life and Need For Speed III Hot Pursuit fairly well. Programs worked decently also, and browsing the web back then was probably very good too. The processor fan does kick in playing games or doing extensive work (its a 1998 laptop of course). The laptop is very thick and weighs a whopping 8 pounds which made it not great for carrying for long. The Inspiron 7000 was upgradable to Windows XP which made the experience much better than using Windows 98.
Robust power for its day
Capable of playing current games back then
Very durable design
CD Rom Drive
1 USB port
Infrared for beaming PDA devices etc.
Quite heavy and thick, some laptops in 1998 were much lighter and thinner also.
The speakers are not that great
The design isn't that attractive
The Dell Inspiron 7000 was a good and capable laptop in 1998. It's robust power made up for its uninspiring design. At 8Lbs, the Insprion 7000 wasn't an ideal laptop to carry around. If you had this laptop in 1998, you had a good laptop back then.
Dell Inspiron 7000
• Pentium II processor
• 32MB or 64MB of memory, up to 192MB
• Liquid crystal display, 13.3", 14.1", or 15"
• CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives
• ATI Rage LT Pro graphics chipset
• integrated 56k modem
• lithium ion battery
• 8.2 to 8.9 lbs.
• 4BG hard drive, expandable to 8GB
• $2,799 to $2,999