Pros When I first bought it, It could do everything my desktop could do and more. Mine has a P4 2.8 w/HT, 2GB Ram, 160 GB HDD, DVD burner, 128 MB Radeon 9700, and runs Windows 7 like a dream.
Cons The ONLY negative is that it is heavy, but you have to expect that when you get a laptop that is this functional.
Summary It is rare even now (6 years later) to find a laptop that has DVI output. I have loved this laptop more than any other pc I've ever owned and am amazed every passing year that I am still using it. I bought it in 2003 and it is now half way through 2009 and it keeps up with and surpasses in some ways my wife's brand new Gateway. I highly recommended this laptop to every person who asked me about it over the last several years.
"Good Computer"on by REMANUELD22
Pros Fast, good functionalilty
Cons bulky, bulky
Summary I like my Dell a lot. I think it serves better for a "home" computer however, as it's really too bulky to lug around too many places. It's fast and I still feel like I'm keeping up almost 3 years after purcasing it.
Pros Handles any application, good speed and display
Cons Heavy, runs warm, can be noisy at times
Summary This machine lives up to its "desktop replacement" description. Its weight is not an issue for those who use it as listed - to replace a PC and save space. My hard drive conked out after about 2 years, but it was still under warranty. I contaced Dell via online support chat, and with no hesitation they shipped out a new hard drive (totally free) in 2 days. A great buy if you choose your warranty carefully and need big power.
"Great machine"on by mikecintel
Pros Great machine
Cons Keyboard broke the scissors after 1 yrs or use
Summary It's a great machine except after 1 yrs the scissors broke on the Keyboard. I contact Dell for tech support and they say because use type alot and that is why it broke. I don't have an extended warranty. I would expect better from Dell but I guess the next time I am buying an HP Latop and try there laptops.
Pros super fast, great graphics, great features
Cons motherboard failed after 10 months - replaced. Battery failed after 15 months (rarely used) - extended warranty covered
Summary Firstly - people who are willing to lay out a couple of thousand bucks buying a laptop really ought to do their research !! All the people complaining about the weight, battery life and screen size really should have done their homework and bought a weak little machine like an IBM X40 for the business class flight. BTW, the screen resolution can EASILY be changed in control panel and looks fine on 1280 x 800 or even 1024x768 for those who want large text !
I use the computer for multimedia - mostly with Nuendo and Cubase to make digital recording and it is excellent at these tasks. it is excellent ands super quick at Photoshop and very good for games with the Ati radeon 9700 mine w/ 128 MB DDR ram - stick that up your weak Intel 'Xtreme" (Extremely slow and disappointing) integrated chipset. My configuration is 3.2 Ghz P4 h/t, 1 GB 400Mhz DDR, 7200 rpm 60 GB HD, ATI Radeon 9700 w/128 mb ddr ram, XP home, ms office 2003 sbe, dvd player/ cd-rw, 1680 x 1050 15.4" widescreen. It is sweet and the price was very competitive.
The only problems i had were that the motherboard died after 10 months and i had to send back to Dell. Their tech support was pretty good and they couriered out the packaging and couriered back my computer quickly. The only pain was the diagnostics they made me do on the phone, taking out the battery, hard-drive and checking Ram etc. but they were polite enough and I got through in a couple of minutes each time.
After another 6 months, the battery died even though I rarely use it on battery power, which was disappointing, but just before my warranty expired Dell called me and offered me a great 3 year on site warranty at a big discount, which luckily I took up, so that was fine. Of course, all manufacturers have problems with failing parts and I own 2 other Dell laptops that i have owned for 2.5 years and 4 years which both run like the day i got them.
Although the machine is great for gaming, because it runs a 3.2 Ghz P4 desktop chip it does run hot, so it is not great for extended gameplay, but if you want a gaming laptop this is something you have to do - if you want Microsoft Office, long battery time and light and cool running computers with weak-middling multimedia options then by all means avoid this machine and get yourself a Centrino. If you need raw processing power for music production, graphics, games, photoshop etc. then this is a phenomenal computer.