Pros quick turn on speed, disc slot, lit keys, great display
Cons sound not great but OK
Summary upgraded my inspiron after 6 years of good service. very happy with new purchase.
Pros Quiet during Power Saver (PS) mode
Great battery life under PS mode
Great sound quality
Large 1080p screen
Wicked fast processor and great RAM
Large 750gb storage with 7200 RPM
Good mic and webcam
Super lightweight and sturdy case
Cons USB 3.0 doesn't work on my unit!
Chrome trim can break very easily.
Fan gets super loud during High Performance (HP) mode
Bottom left of laptop also gets very hot during HP mode.
Wish the function keys were reversed.
Summary Here are my core specs:
Intel Core i7 Quad Core processor
750GB HD (7200 rpm)
Comes with NVIDIA Optimus
Windows 7 Ultimate
I use this laptop for video editing, staying connected, and writing screenplays, which has served me extremely well. I dubbed this my Macbook Killer, mainly because of the price and all the specs.
After 3 months of owning an XPS 15z, I still really like it. Although, the cons are very frustrating, namely the chrome trim. I mean, why would you make a great case but skimp on the the trim? It's made of a cheap metallic plastic that was already loose on the bottom left of my unit right out of the box. And just today, I put my laptop into a neoprene case, took it out, and the chrome trim behind my monitor broke. I'm calling in on my warranty to get this unit replaced. This definitely makes me jealous of the unibody aluminum case of the Macbook Pro.
The number one most frustrating feature for me was the fact that my USB 3.0 doesn't work. I bought a Toshiba Touro Mobile Pro external hard drive, which is USB 3.0, and my laptop simply would not load it. It'd keep rebooting and ejecting the external HD.
Beyond that, I bought it at a great price of $1,300, with all of the specs that would have run me well over $2,000 with a Mac. A regular 13" Macbook Pro would have cost me $1,300 total, but the specs really won me over. I did all the research for months, and this XPS 15z is a winner. Now if only it had the Blu-ray drive...
Pros Didn't own the machine long enough to make an evaluation of pros before the hard drive failed. Well, the machine does look nice. Thin and silvery. Yes, nice looking.
Cons Hard drive broke after 3 days (see below).
Summary Received the machine at Christmas. Set it up, loaded my software, used it for 3 days then on the 4th day fired it up to met by the dreaded gobbledegook screen. Spoke to online tech who took me through the usual setup menu routine which confirmed my hard drive was no longer present (or no longer living anyway). I have a human tech visiting my house in a few days to replace the hard drive. Not at all impressed with the XPS 15z so far!!
Pros Nice looking.
Cons Very fragile
Wireless not reliable.
Summary Two major problems. First is that I closed the screen and it cracked. I did not drop or abuse it, but simply closed the screen over the laptop. Dell claims that this is abuse and not covered by warranty. Guess I can not close it anymore.... So $400 later, screen is fixed. At one time Dell had killer customer service, but this is long gone.
Now the wireless issue. This computer has a very tough time connecting to networks. The worst seem to be public ones like you find in airports. Reboots do not seem to help, so I end up tethering a blackberry to it.
Pros Looks good. Plenty of muscle.
Cons Wireless doesn't work. Hello. Dell? Anyone there. Wireless is pretty much a requirement for today's world. I suggest that you manufacture your top of the line machine with wireless that works. Just a suggestion.
Summary Do not buy this machine. Many people are experiencing screen issues- I have not as of yet- along with the wireless issue. I'm saddened by this. I have supported Dell for a decade. I have used my machines to argue against the macs. I can no longer offer my support or my money to Dell.
The wireless connection is absolutely unworkable due to the use of the intel centrino 6230. It doesn't work. It's really that simple. It simply doesn't work, and that renders this computer pretty much worthless. I thought it was just mine, but apparently this is standard on the 15z.
I'll be contacting Dell and sending mine back and also paying the shipping to do it. I guess I'll pay the extra $1,000 to buy a machine that works.