Pros Performance. Stability. smooth workflow
Cons bit heavy but worth it
Summary Great machine. Go with an SSD and you will never use a mechanical drive again. It is the single most significant improvement you can make to this...or any computer.
"No DVD Burner"on by RonBeacom
Pros Got 16GIG of RAM which is great
Cons No DVD burner
Pros FAST! Beautiful Graphics. Stylish. Every port you could want. SSD is a must...go with the 512GB and you will never look back. i7 Quad, but get RAM from crucial.
Cons The NVDIA Optimus does not work well with docking stations. You will have to disable it in order to dock efficiently. Does not hinder performance, but drains battery (does not concern me because it is docked i.e. plugged in).
Summary Great laptop! Yes it is on the heavy side at 6 lbs, but this is advertised. I don't think it it too heavy at all. I don't have any fan issues. It delivers as advertises...if you are considering a powerhouse laptop this will not disappoint. I would have gave it 5 stars if it was not for the Optimus/docking issue. Although when I am mobile, I enable it. No big deal.
Pros I've learned a valuable lesson!
Cons Three hard drives replaced. 2 or 3 motherboards replaced. 2 graphics cards and the screen itself. The RAID continuously fails. Continuous overheating, too much to list. Dell just waiting for my warranty to expire and refuse to refund/replace.
Summary When I first got it, I loved it. Super fast etc. I went for basically every optional upgrade taking the twin 500GB HD's with a RAID 1 mirror config for real time backup. Very soon after I realised that the heat generated from the machine, required that I not only refrain from trying to have it on my lap, but also had to put a spacer under it even when on a desk so to help air flow. The fan was constantly running and if being used for several hours was very likely to simply turn off abruptly. Following that, one of the HD's failed, it's replacement then failed a couple of months later. When the replacement was being replaced (by a Dell tech), the motherboard failed. When the motherboard was being replaced, the graphics card failed. The replacement graphics card failed. The replacement motherboard failed. The screen failed. The second or third (I've lost count) replacement HD has now failed and Dell are still refusing a refund! Not only this but their "Next Business Day" SLA is a joke. The last series of fixes took about two weeks and this time, It's already been two weeks and still not sorted. It may just be that the twin HD versions are bad but after my ordeal, I will neither buy a "precision" or ANY Dell again. I'm shocked at their lack of customer consideration. Given that I A) bought their most expensive model, with every extra, and B) own a software company, I'd have thought they might have made more of an effort to keep me happy, and C) I have paid for upgraded support. I really pity anyone buying from their budget range with standard support. I can't see much future for Dell if this is the best they've to offer.
Pros I like the additional number pad on the right side of the keyboard. It has ports for USB, Firewire, Esata, and the standard VGA port. Mine has HDMI out as well as card reader slots. I just got this 2/27/2012 from the school I attend,
Cons Kinda heavy, no web cam but I believe they can be ordered with one.
Summary I like it, works great for me.