Features: Software & Hardware
We are going to be adding a new section as needed, which will focus on proprietary software from the notebook vendors. Whether you buy from Dell, HP, Compaq, IBM, etc... each company usually has software that is branded in their name to make the notebook experience just that much sweeter. By that we mean easier, simpler, more feature laden, with user fixable solutions, etc...
Our 700m didn't have the Dell QuickSet application pre-installed, which provides all of the indicators for brightness, volume, etc. However, it's a free download for any Dell notebook owner off of Dell's support site.
Of the various software enhancements that Dell includes, we want to particularly note:
- Dell Media Experience - This is a relatively new program. From what we can gather, it looks like Dell has possibly ported over CyberLink's PowerCinema API and then built upon it with a completely new Dell skin and interface. Personally, we think Dell has done a fantastic job. While this is somewhat of an MCE imitation, it is less intrusive to the buyer, as it can generally be installed on any Dell computer without the need to buy a new system. We must note that you will obviously not be able to watch TV or listen to FM radio via this program, which are features that MCE possesses. However, this makes a great interface for the person who has a movie or audio collection. Its user interface is friendly and easy to use, making it preferable for the less technically inclined notebook owner to use on, say, a flight.
Reinstallation of Drivers - This will require that you either use the driver/application CD that shipped with your system or go to the 700m download section of Dell's driver support site.