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Dell E1501 reviewed, first AMD-based laptop

Cyrus Farivar

Well folks, it's a new month, and we've got the first of new laptop reviews comin' down the pike. Dell's latest low-budget laptop ($500), which debuted about a month ago, has finally been put through its paces for a complete test by Laptop magazine. The reviewer found that the younger sibling of the E1505 doesn't quite live up to the family name -- "what you gain in savings you lose in functionality." This lappie packs a 1.79GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-56 (what a mouthful) chip in there, along with an 80GB hard drive, and a half gig of RAM. Laptop found that while the E1501 has comparable benchmarks to the E1505, and slightly better wireless connectivity, it's missing a lot of features, such as Bluetooth, S-Video, FireWire and a 5-in-1 card reader, which we could see as being major downers. Still, we can't help but being a little frightened by the piece's ominous closing phrase: "you get exactly what you pay for."

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