Pros Great performance, battery life, design, build quality, features, screen, graphics card and options.
Cons nothing to report here
Summary I got the i7 2720QM, 8GB ram, GT540 graphics card, 640GB HDD, backlit keyboard and intel 6230 + bluetooth card.
OK first let's address this whole "bulkiness" thing. I've been using a Vostro 1500 for 3 years now and it is bulkier, thicker and heavier than my new XPS 15 and it is no problem to use on my lap or to lug around in my hands or laptop bag. So that makes the new XPS 15 thinner, smaller and lighter than my old Vostro. The Cnet reviewer makes you think it's near impossible to carry it around and that is just not true. Now, I do have the 6 cell and not the 9 cell battery, but since the reviewers main point was in the overall bulkiness of the laptop, my points are still valid.
Battery life on the 6 cell is excellent. I've been getting 3 and a half hours with heavy web surfing at full brightness. Also I watched Cars on Blu-ray (a 2 hour movie) with 50% screen brightness and still got 45 minutes out of it after the movie.
It boots up in 32 seconds with the 640GB 7200rpm HDD and the wireless card (Intel 6320 + bluetooth) connects within seconds of logging into Windows 7 (professional).
Gaming is good on it. I played Bioshock on the highest settings at 1920x1080 and it played smooth. It also stayed relatively cool the whole time.
The build quality is nice and unlike the reviewer I think it looks really high end. The overall design is really nice and the port layout is great. Even the design of the ports are good because they have a nice black ring around the edges of the ports which makes it look very clean.
The keyboard is great. There is no flexing and it types really smooth and the back-lighting as 2 different brightness settings.
The 1920x1080 screen is the best I have ever seen. It should be a must to upgrade and it you go with Dell's 1299.00 option, it already comes with the screen and Blu-ray drive.
This is a sexy laptop and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great all around laptop that can also do some high-end design work.
Pros Sandy Bridge
Plenty of customization options, This laptop can be had for $800
-This i would like to point out especially, These speakers, are amazing period. And for a laptop they are mind blowing. Compared to my old
Cons Bluky, no getting around this if your looking for thin laptop, extended battery is out of the question. Even without it it's still relatively thick
multitouch on mousepad isn't anything to talk about it's functional, but nothing compared to macbook
Summary I couldn't say enough about this computer, you can make it as good or as cheap as you want
Mine is configured with the baseline 2420m i5, upgraded 540gt 2gb video card 6 gigs ram, FHD LED screen extended battery, 640gb hard drive this configure was less $1040 after using some on site coupons, but after tax
Sandy bridge is really quite impressive even on the base CPU it delivers, great performance, good battery life, the higher end quad cores, offer performance that will beat anything that isn't an i7 desktop variant
The Nvidia graphics, are also quite powerful, they perform quite well for a laptop. Less demanding games like Mass Effect Steam Games and be played on high at native resolutions, more demanding games a medium. Optimus is a wonderful technology and was a primary reason why i didn't got with similar HP laptops with AMD solutions. Optimus works seemlessly, most people probably wouldn't know when it's on or off, and it's great on battery keeping the power hungry GPU off 95% of the time
I also decided get the FHD led screen. The color is noticible better, and the picture is super crisp. Make my desktop monitor look pretty bland now, and I would believe the LED screen improve battery life
I would also recommend the extended battery. As you can get 7ish hours for basics tasked, and 2 or 3 with the system heavily load. Be aware this won't be a very thin Laptop if you have the extended battery is about twice is thick were the battery is located. AT this price point this laptop has a great balance of raw performance and nice features (screen speakers, trackpad, solid build). Most other laptops i was looking for in the $1000 range either seemed to have nice performance but lacked in features and build quality, or very nice, but underpowered solutions, if you looking for a desktop replacement or looking for a powerful laptop you don't mind taking with you (my situation) I would highly recommend
Pros Features, price, dell reputation, design,
Cons Bulky when compared with today's range of laptops.
Summary I find it funny that you praise the battery life but only give it a rating of 7 (there's even a comment from someone who could even get 8 hours out of it). and as for service and support, i know NO other brand which offers the quality of service and support Dell does. I've been a Dell customer for 10 years now and i greatly recommend it to everyone who asks me (and many who don't too haha).
I'm waiting for my Sandybridge XPS 17 3D to come anytime soon :) i wish CNET would review it as well...
IF I had a negative comment, perhaps it would be on Dell's 9 cell batteries. I don't know why must they stick out... For instance the Precision M6500 and the Inspiron 9300 i once had, bot had 9 cell batteries and the battery wouldn't stick out... that and their bulkiness. The've already made sexier products, like the Adamo and the Studio XPS lines... Why drop that in the new designs?... anyway. Long Live Dell!
Pros Fast, good build, most everything seems to work well.
Cons Nvidia 540M card cannot duplicate output to the hdmi port. After an hour on support, dell came to the same conclusion. This replaced a l501x with a 420M card which could duplicate just fine, but had other issues.
Summary This is a replacement for a L501X which was shipped to me with a motherboard defect and had to be replaced. Unfortunately the replacement took over two months and many calls to arrive... but it did. However, the promised return authorization label for the first laptop was not in the box as the automated message I received assured me it would be. I'm sure this will be taken care of, it will just take more time on the phone.
Pros 1. Excellent HD screen (1920x1080).
2. Good processing power.
3. The built-in 2.1 JBL speakers are great.
4. Nice battery backup.
5. Can play most of the games on med settings.
Cons 1. Can get overheated at times.
2. And yes the fan noise can get cranky at times.
3. The previous designs of the XPS lines were quite good. The current designs are not good but not quite up to the XPS series mark
Summary One of the best laptop I've ever used,this is a capable multimedia *** gaming laptop.
1. Design + Build - the design is so so....not that great but can go with the eyes silently whereas the build is quite strong and appealing.
2. Multimedia - The multimedia is the best section for this humble beast. It can play the bluray movies or videos with a great display...the HD screen is to die for. The speakers are the best 2.1 in any existing laptops.overall a complete jamm packed home theater.
3. Gaming - With the 540gt it can play almost any games in mid settings with a good fps, i played battlefield 3, modern warfare 3, crysis 2, mafia 2 and many other games with ease on the above mentioned settings.
4. Battery backup is good. ( for the 9 cell)
4. Overall View - a perfect laptop for college goers would recommend it...people do exaggerate the bulkiness of this laptop but trust me its not that heavy for portability....