The inspiron 1300 is a customizable laptop that’s built to order, so the price and features will depend on what you pick when you buy. I asked some of my friends what they think of this laptop, and they said that this notebook is "ugly". You can make up your own mind from the pictures. But, I disagree with them. The silver accent around the keyboard contrasts greatly with the black plastic casing, and although I would have preferred a metal case, it does the job.
The Inspiron 1300 is a widescreen notebook that uses a WXGA resolution (1280 x 800). The screen is a matte finish and there is no option for the popular glossy high-contrast display finish that Dell calls "TrueLife". The screen brightness is middling, it’s certainly not as bright and glorious as the Dell Inspiron 700m or the Dell XPS M140 I’ve reviewed in the past. When on AC power the screen is bright enouggh, but when you switch to battery it becomes too dim — you can adjust your display and power settings to force the screen to be brighter when on battery but at the cost of shorter battery life. Overall, the text and images are sharp and the matte screen means you won’t get a bunch of reflection on the screen that can become distracting.
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