Dell's completely revampled Inspirion 1720 desktop replacement has a fabulous configuration (see specs box). With 4 GB RAM, two 250 GB hard drives, NVIDIA 8600M GT based graphics, and even a Blue-ray drive, it's truly a mean machine for power users. Its overall multimedia experience was enthralling. There's a DirectMedia Button to instantly access DVD movies, music, photo slide-shows, and videos, all with a pair of good speakers.
One obviously expects it to outperform all players in the league with such a configuration. In 3D Mark06 however, it beat Lenovo T61p's (also reviewed in this issue) score of 1606, with a score of 2730, clearly showing its gaming supremacy. In PC Mark05, it scored 3626, which is high, but lower than T61p's score of 4751.
In Battery Mark4, it gave a battery backup of around 4 hours and 15 min, which is 30 min more than the T61p.
Bottomline: It's a lucrative option for power users, if they're willing to pay the price.