Pros excellent build quality and design, 3rd gen i7, nicely put ethernet port, long battery
Cons keyboard and palmrest get dirty easily, keyboard backlight leaks, kinda heavy
Summary it is a bit expensive, but considering battery, gpu, build quality and other things, it worth more than it cost
Pros - Display (you really have to see it to believe it)
- Discrete graphics on a 14 inch (not powerful; but respectable -- something that I wanted in a laptop)
- 8GB RAM
- 32 GB SSD & 500 GB HD (5400 rpm)
- the Aluminum unibody keeps it cold (nice)
Cons - Wireless issues (fixed with an updated drivers)
- 32 GB/500 GB drives (boot time (45 secs) -- the Samsung series 9; personally tested - 13 seconds)
- The hard drive (512GB) -- 2k
- weight -- its not bad honestly -- its not that light but not heavy
Summary So far I have no complaints (some problems regarding the wireless connectivity were reported by users) but nothing bad so far. Boot times are not really that of a ultrabook but then again no SSD. I really wish they had an in between of 256GB or 128GB. That adds so much more choice and then maybe you could get nice boot times. The weight (again is not bad); definitely going to feel heavier than an ultrabook but nothing close to the Inspiron series or anything like that (have another one at home). Point, case, fact -- reasonably portable, decent graphics, nice processor and display. If you are willing to pay (and its a fairly premium price) its not bad.Battery life -- max achieved was 6 hours 20 minutes -- still not bad compared to others that just last 3-4 hours.
Updated on Oct 26, 2012
Pros Beautiful crisp display , something not expected.
Mini Display Port
eSata (For the vast minority who utilize this aging connection)
8GB of Ram from the factory
Optional Dual HHD
Sturdy Aluminum case
Cons No Thunderbolt
No Firewire or any kind
keys and track pay feel transplanted off a $299 bargain bin laptop
Core i7 1.9GHz left me feeling cheated, competition offers far more at the same price point.
Summary Many computer companies are taking too many design cues from Apple. Innovation is honestly the only thing that will keep consumers coming back. But if you try and trick your consumer base into thinking you can offer the experience of a $2200-2700 laptop you may find many of these devices in the return bid.
The track pad looks very inviting but is far from it. Some what difficult to use, not real multi touch available and it feel cheap and flimsy. Both the track pad and keyboard feel transplanted from a cheap bargain bin laptop you would find at major big box stores.
This laptop has a mini display port, but when is direct competition is offering thunderbolt on everything from its lowest priced computer this feel like a feature Dell doesn't want you to know about.
I feel Dell had a great idea but may have hit a dead line, this laptop feels like a nice sized mid grade consumer power house laptop but was crammed into an ultra book housing at the last moment.
Pros None as the Lenovo U400 you get equal for $800.
Cons Vents on bottom and way overpriced.