Pros Nice keyboard, well designed, web cam and mic, not that expensive even with all the bells and wistles
Cons kind of heavy for a 14 inch, but not terrible. Didn't offer XP instead of Vista.
Summary I have typically always looked at both dell's top of the line XPS machines and then created something exactly like it on an inspiron. I have generally found that you can have the same computer with a slightly less stylish looking case for around $1000 less.
This time I did it with the XPS m1330. Its their newest and thinnest computer. For the people who were complaining about this laptop being too thick, they should have looked at that comupter which was thinner because of the LED screen, however they would have paid around $2100 for the same computer. I like the 1420 because its still reasonably thin, easy to carry around and for $1400 I was able to get a computer with the best warranty, the 2.2ghz dual core processor, two gigs of ddr2 ram, 120gb hard drive, the nvidia 128mb video card and blue tooth, And that price was after shipping and tax.
My last laptop I got from dell was seriously flawed in that the fans were located on the bottom of the laptop however I didn't realize this flaw since I bought it online nor did anyone bother to write about it at the time. Since the fans were on the bottom of the laptop it was prone to overheating and eventually overheated and fried the video card when it was barely a year and half old. This is what prompted me to buy this laptop. Needless to say I was thrilled to find this time they had improved the design by putting the fans on the side of the laptop rather than the bottom. I was also very carefull to watch for overheating when I played games or anything that might be hard on the processor and so far it has performed very well.
It still has the play, stop, next, etc. bottons on the case as well as the volume which has always been something I like. A nice bonus is also the mic and web cam. Someone said that they had to pay extra for the webcam, but it came standard with mine. The bluetooth though is only $18, not a terrible expense.
The only real complaint I have is that I was not able to get XP instead of Vista. While I like vista, I have been having trouble logging into wireless networks and sometimes explorer won't load pictures for some unknown reason. Its kind of annoying. I would have liked the option of putting XP on the computer since I am more familiar with it and most of the world is set up to use it. However, I think this is because I bought it with an educational discount. (which anyone who is a current college student or alumni can get.)
Pros Powerful, many configuration options, affordable
Cons Slightly on the heavy side
Summary Excellent product. I got it with almost every option - bluetooth, webcam, T7300 (2.0GHz), 2GB RAM, 160GB 7200RPM HDD, dedicated GPU (Nvidia GeForce Go 8400M GS), WXGA+ display - and it still came out to be cheaper than the other laptops I was looking at. My only complaint is that it's slightly heavy, but it's probably because I opted to go for the longer-lasting 9-cell battery instead of the standard 6-cell. This laptop is good for most anything you want to do, even for playing most of the latest games. 2GB of RAM keeps everything running smoothly, and the 7200 HD speeds up read/write times noticeably. The keyboard's nice and firm and the touchpad's adequately responsive. The webcam's 2.0 megapixels, very nice (the ones on macs are only 1.3 MP). The volume/media controls on the upper-left of the keyboard are useful. The laptop runs cool and quiet. The exterior is attractive - I got the black matte, which does pick up fingerprints, but I hear the premium microsatin colors don't. There are no hinges, but the spring mechanism that keeps the lid shut works well, eliminating the need for ugly hinges. 2 USB ports on either side are useful, as are the two headphone ports and media card reader on the front. The screen is bright and the 1440x900 resolution looks beautiful and allows me to multitask more efficiently.
Pros The keyboard, screen (non glare), design, style, mouse pad
Cons It could be thinner, but that is not a big draw-back. The battery does not fit well and a tech must come out to fix it or replace the system.
Summary The computer came with a battery that does not fit well. It is very loose. However, Dell was responsive and is sending a tech to replace the battery and lower body to make it fit right. If this is done the computer will move up to an 8. The keyboard is very easy to type on, a big improvement over the Sony that I returned. Also, the mouse pad does not cause the screens to change as did the Sony. The screen is imporved over my Dell Lat. 600 and is on par with my daughter's Apple. The speed is good, Duo 2 Core 7100, but a computer is never fast enough for me. The computer is very quiet and the fan has not come on yet. Also the computer runs much cooler than the Sony FZ160 that I returned. It could be a little thinner, but the White and Silver design looks very attractive. The price was fantastic about 900.00 with 2 gigs of memory and a 160 gig hard drive with a camera, bluetooth and a 7100 Intel chip. I could not find anything even close to this price for what I got. All in all a good and attractive unit.
Pros fast, light, good resolution
Cons service, service, service, Windows Vista
Summary I had this computer for 3.5 months when a problem happened that would not allow me to log on to windows. After 3 hours on the phone with Dell, the solution was to reformat the computer to factory specs losing all data. One week later, a different logon issue that resulted in the same great solution by Dell. Two weeks later, my computer would start in "Startup Repair" mode, and would never start Windows. After battling with Dell, they agreed to give me a "new" refurbished computer. Of course, I would not accept a refurbised computer to replace my brand new lemon. After a week of back and forth banter with a very nice Dell tech in India, they are refunding my money. They would rather refund my money than send me a new computer. They kept trying to tell me that a refurbished computer was as good as new, blah, blah, blah. I have only owned Dell computers for the last 10 years, and they have lost a customer for life.
Pros First thing to note is the styling which is great, excellent battery life, 4 USB ports! soft and comfortable keyboard/touch pad, fairly light weight & 2.0 megapixel camera has some great fxns!
Cons No option on the website for Windows XP and tends to get hot under your left palm on the keyboard,
Summary Specs: 2.0Ghz Processor, 2GB RAM, High Resolution Screen, 160G 7200rpm hard drive, 128 dedicated graphics, Vista Home Premium, Upgraded sound package, 9 cell battery, 2.0 mp webcam, bluetooth, Wireless-N mini card.
Overall, this is a great laptop for the money. I traded in my Sony FZ (which doesn't compare other than it is a sony) for this laptop. The speed is great and with the upgraded video card, I am able to play games on Steam, and Company of Heroes (COH - however not on the games full potential). But it is an inspiron, so if you are a HARDCORE gamer, then I would advise to buy an XPS model. This laptop does the job when it comes to games and movies but it is not perfect. I watched the movie "Hero" on this laptop and the picture quality was not superb but good. It might be the software, but I'm still looking into that. Oh yea, when playing COH or any other game for a couple hours that required the use of your hands on the keyboard, the left palm area of the keyboard gets hot. Kinda annoying, but if you don't mind it then knock yourself out.
The upgraded sound package is great and sounds very good. I'm not sure if it is part of the upgrade, but there is also a program by CREATIVE that lets you customize the sound of your laptop speakers (EQ, EAX, Bass, Balance, etc).
The 2.0 mp camera has some great built in functions/options such as face detection (centers and zooms to one's face), motion detection, time lapse video, and basic photo and video.