Dell Inspiron 700m

Construction: Build, Appearance, Size

Construction: Build, Appearance, Size
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The 700m uses a myriad of construction materials similar to the scheme of the Inspiron 6000. The white borders seem to be made of a hard acrylic plastic, while the black bottom consists of the exposed aluminum chassis spray coated with black epoxy paint. The silver portions of the casing are made of the typical Dell polycarbonate. Note that the silver hue is a noticeably brighter shade than that of older Inspiron (e.g., the 8600) and Latitude notebooks, and it is polished up like the white plastic borders. As far as scratching goes, it is about as resistant as previous Dell notebooks we have seen. The aluminum bottom is extremely resistant to scratching, but it is going to have less give if the notebook is dropped. Usually there is an inverse relationship between the hardness of a construction material and its ability to withstand high impact forces by flexing for internal components.

The notebook uses a simple sliding mechanism located on the display lid to retract two security hooks that secure the display lid to the base.

Front (left to right):

  • 4-pin mini 1394 Firewire port
  • headphone jack
  • microphone jack

Left (left to right):

  • lock port
  • exhaust vent
  • VGA out port
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • PCMCIA slot
  • SD card reader

Back (left to right):

  • back of battery pack

Right (left to right):

Top and Bottom:


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