"Best Laptop Ever!"on by beavispdx
Pros FAST, quiet(!!!), beautiful display, great look and feel.
Cons None. At all.
Summary I got my M1710 about a week ago, and I just wanted to let anyone know who is shopping for a laptop that this is the one to get. I shopped for months and months, looked at all the popular options (Alienware, MacBook Pro, HP, etc.) and I ended up going with Dell. I'm so glad I did! This baby rocks.
I got the T7600 2.33ghz, 2MB memory, GeForce Go 7950 GTX 512MB graphics card, the Draft-N Wireless card, Soundblaster Audigy sound, 100GB HD at 7200RPM, and the RED cover. And let me tell you, this baby SCREAMS. I also have a Dell XPS 410 Desktop computer with the E6700 Core 2 Duo chip, and believe it or not, this laptop is FASTER than the desktop. No joke.
Anyway, the 17-inch screen is gorgeous. The font is a little small at such high resolution, but I'm used to it already. Plus, it's easy to switch it temporarily if it's hard to read the small letters. I have perfect eyesight, so it's no biggie for me.
I also noticed that this laptop is rather light and is not uncomfortable on my lap at all! I used to use a Sony Vaio, which I'm now going to sell, and it got way too hot on my lap! Really uncomfy. The M1710 gets warm but never too hot. Also, my old Vaio used to go crazy with the fans just from pressing "Enter". This computer is so darn quiet you can't hardly tell it is even on! I think that's kudos to Dell but also to Intel for making such an efficient series of chips with the Core 2 Duo line.
Anyway, overall, for my $3900 or so, this is one of the best purchases I've ever made, and I wouldn't change a thing. Get one, you won't be disappointed, I promise you.
Pros Best laptop performance for a system without dual SLI
Cons Expensive, but who cares? At this level of performance, paying more makes you feel better
Summary This laptop is the best performing laptop to date.
Try to find a Lenovo, HP, Sony Vaio, Acer...with the same specifications...You can't.
Dell are very fast in including the latest components in their laptops.
What other aspects are important when you buy a latop? Powerfull speakers, silent cooling vents, bight screen, cool design, keyboard with a good pressure point, reliable WiFi connection.
The Dell XPS 1710 has all this.
Now let me respond to the contemptuous user who rated this system 1. What is your vision of the laptop world?
McBook=10, Dell= 1, remaining manufacturers=0?
I am sorry but you are defeating your own purpose by being so obviously biased...
Noone can call the design of the XPS cheap. You Mac users have become so entrenched in your own view of style that you don't realise there are other cool systems out there.
I don't think the XPS looks anything like a MacBook, so I fail to find any trace of emulation in Dell's XPS 1710? Can you be more specific? On the contrary, to me this laptop has many things the MacBook hasn't: overclockability, better 3D performance, Dell's Fxlight technology (I am straining but no, I never saw Apple use this).
By the way, in case you would think the iPods are the coolest Music/Video Players...Have a look at the Archos 604 Wifi with tactile screen...Apple have planned to offer an equivalent product only this December...and with a much smaller screen and only half the functionality.
This is reality and your wishing for Apple to be way above the rest doesn't make it so. At best they are on par with other high-end OEMs.
Pros Excellent display, lightning fast processing and awesome graphics on F.E.A.R.
Cons Cost a lot of money and it's slightly difficult to make the lights react to games.
Summary This is my third Dell and I have to say that I am very pleased with the system. It is lightning fast and the display is just mind blowing. I can't believe how great F.E.A.R. looks on this system. The LEDs with music is great. I can't wait to learn how to make them react to games. You would've thought DELL would put that on the computer already but you have to download that program from their website and another from Microsoft. A slight pain. But that's an issue with DELL the company not the DELL XPS M1710 which is a great laptop. If you are in the market for a new gaming laptop and can afford to shell out $4000 or more then yes go ahead and get this puppy with Blu Ray. It's great! Now excuse me, I have to go back to playing F.E.A.R.Updated
Okay, this is not a knock on the system that is why the rating will not change but a knock on the customer service by Dell. There is nothing (currently) wrong with the system. It is still running great. I mean the new C&C game looks awesome on it. This computer just kicks butt with F.E.A.R, Doom 3 and C&C 3!! But unfortunately, Dell's customer service doesn't match the performance of this computer. I didn't get something in my order and I personnally think it's going to take an act of congress to get it. The system is great but Dell's customer support has made me vow never to buy a Dell again. I mean if this is how they do when the system is running great. I hate to see it when the system is having a problem. Please XPS don't have a problem.
Pros Graphics performance, expandability, Dell's dedication to customer service
Cons The Samsung WUXGA monitor is plagued with dark lower right and left corners (other than that the screen's sharpness and color reproduction are awesome), Price, but you do get what you pay for!
Summary Alright, I have read all kinds of reviews and recommendations in the forum saying the 9000 series HP notebooks are a better value when compared to the Dell E1705 or M1710. Well, I hate to burst the bubbles of those of you who say the Dell is inferior and lesser in value than the HP, but I am saying it! First of all let's look at the HP DV9260US vs the E1705 apples for apples and remember the Dell's XPS series is primarily for gamers and performance enthusiasts.
HP DV9260US $2250.00 AFTER REBATE (CIRCUIT CITY 3-1-2007)
WARRANTY: LIMITED 1 YEAR MANUFACTURERS COVERAGE
PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2.0 GHz)
RAM: 2GB DDR2 667MHz
HDD: 240 GB 5400RPM
SCREEN: 17" WXGA 1440x900
VIDEO CARD: 256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 w/ VGA ONLY OUT
OS: Vista Ultimate w/ TV Tuner
DRIVES: HD DVD Player/DVD+RW
BATTERY: 8 Cell LI Ion
EXTRAS: Built in Camera
DELL XPS E1705 ($2169 DELL.COM 3-1-2007)
WARRANTY: 3 YEAR AT-HOME
PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2.0 GHz)
RAM: 2GB DDR2 667MHz
HDD: 160 GB 5400RPM
SCREEN: 17" WXGA 1440x900
VIDEO CARD: 256MB ATI RADEON X1400 w/VGA Out
OS: Vista Ultimate w/ TV Tuner
DRIVES: DVD+RW DL
BATTERY: 9 Cell LI Ion
This would be a fair comparison of the two computer manufacturers, I would first take notice to warranty support for the two notebooks, who is more confident with their product? These two computers are apples for apples in performance capacity, the Dell does not have a built in camera, does not have an HD DVD player, and has a 160 GB HDD vs a 240 GB HDD. The HP only has a one year limited warranty (only known defects) and the Dell has a 3 year IN HOME warranty and can be extended to 4 years for $70 and you'll get a $75 rebate therefore it is cheaper to go with a 4 year warranty than a 3 year. Alright, the question is do you value the built in camera ($30 for a better quality external camera), extra HDD space (personally I would go with a 100GB 7200RPM drive for an extra $25 from Dell, the performance capacity of the CPU is hugely effected by the lack of bandwidth from the HDD slow rotational rate of the 5400RPM drives), and finally is there any use for a HD DVD player??? I only see Blu-Ray and even then for a computer, why? These two computers are identical, I believe 3 or 4 years of IN HOME coverage and a tech support that far surpasses anything HP has ever offered is the better value. If you want to extend the HP warranty it would cost $199 to get a 3 year warranty for in shop service bringing you to ($2449 after rebate vs $2169 w/ in home, don't even ask what Circuit City wants for their extended warranty!).
Dell XPS M1710
Right off the bat you cannot compare the above systems to an XPS that's like comparing a Ford Mustang Cobra to a Ford Contour.
T7200 vs T7400 2.0GHz to 2.16GHz add $175
WXGA vs WUXGA Huge gain in res. add $140
100 GB 7200 RPM SATA vs 5400RPM add $25
RAM EXPANDABLE TO 4GB VS MAXED PRICELESS IN FUTURE ESP. W/ VISTA
OK now why the XPS is the XPS, The motherboard of the other models are not off a PCI Express bus (major loss in bandwidth!), the expandability of the RAM makes the XPS an upgradeable investment vs what you got is what you got with the above 2 systems, There is probably a $100 difference in the motherboards between the HP and E1705 and the XPS. MOST IMPORTANTLY you buy an XPS to game or run GRAPHIC INTENSIVE programs!!!! I can't even begin to compare a 256MB GeForce Go 7600 to a 512MB GeForce Go 7950GTX, I can put a price on it though, add $400. Not to mention the BLING, I want you to show me an HP that can light up like a XMAS tree IF the user wants it to, even without the lights it simply is a stunning looking machine.
So...$175 + 140 + 25 + 400 = $740, Now admittedly, Dell is about $1000 more for the XPS M1710 vs the E1705, but you have to remember you get another level of support above and beyond ANYTHING you will get from HP.
Alright, here is the low-down on the two companies: First of all, I have been a Sales Manager for Circuit City for 4 years. I started as a technology sales counselor, now known as a technology product specialist (non-commissioned). HP up until recently did not even have an 800 number for their customers! They would not even talk to a customer after 90 days until last year! Now for Dell, I purchased a notebook from them and have had alot of issues and Dell's customer Service staff has been WONDERFUL!!! Had an issue with shipping, they gave me a $75 Coupon for their online store, had an issue with the monitor, they gave me a $300 credit for my inconvenience plus a notebook bag, had an issue with a OS recommendation by their sales staff, they upgraded my OS to a retail Vista Ultimate for FREE (in my opinion this issue was caused by Microsoft and Dell took it upon themselves to resolve the issue because Microsoft was not willing), had an issue with Vista software included they OVERNIGHTED delivery of the appropriate software. As for the issue of dark corners on the Samsung WUXGA monitor you commonly see complained about, they sent a technician to my house within 3 days of calling them to attempt to fix it (this happened today), I will post again with how they ultimately resolve this current issue but I'm sure they will go above and beyond to remedy the situation. Now, if you add it all up they do care about their customers. If this were HP I can almost guarantee they would have pawned it off on the retailer, because it's no big deal to them, the retailer has already bought the product from them i.e. you really are not their primary customer and they do not allow Circuit City to return notebooks or desktops to them, no matter what! Now who do you want to deal with when you have $2200-$4000 on the line???? How long do you want to have the notebook for? Are you a PC user or a PC Gamer?
In conclusion, this is my system:
17" WUXGA Monitor
Intel Core 2 Duo T7400
2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
80GB 7200RPM SATA HDD
Intel ProWireless A/B/G Wireless
512MB NVidia GeForce Go 7950GTX
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
3D Mark 2006 Score: 5009 <--Will be better when NVidia releases a decent set of drivers for Vista
WoW Performance ---> Avg. 55 FPS but have got in the 90's
I will be updating this review when Dell finally resolves the monitor issue for me.
As of yet the system is a solid 8.5-9.0 and would easily be a 9.5-10.0 if the monitor would have been flawless from the get-go. Honestly, the only way I could have a bad taste left in my mouth is if Dell Customer service drops the ball on the monitor issue, however I doubt that will happen.Updated
First of all, I made a mistake in the above review. I must have started comparing the HP to the Dell XPS and wrote Dell XPS E1705, the comparison was the Dell E1705 to the HP not the XPS (You could never compare the XPS to any HP branded computer). Also, I have to clarify that the performance ratings were WoW set to 1920x1200 and all settings set to HIGH. I set the settings to 1024 x 768 and the detail to low and had framerates in the mid-200's!!!! Also, as of right now I have a new notebook being shipped OVERNIGHT from Dell and all I will say is the above configuration is no longer the same, Dell didn't think that my computer was fast enough and upgraded it for me for the inconveniences!!!
Pros The unit is a beast with power
Cons Runs too hot and the video card is an epic failure! Dell screwed up big time here!
Summary Do not buy this unit if you do not want to pay 300.00 for a new card.