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A great laptop at a great price!
Dell Inspiron 15
Member Name: Jcm222
Dell Inspiron 15
Advantages: Good value price, webcam, design
Disadvantages: Battery life
I have had the Dell Inspiron 15 for over a year now, and am really enjoying using it, for both leisure work and word processing for business purposes.
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The laptop is a great computer for light users, teens, businesses and it has all the features for these users. I would not, however, recommend it to video editors or heavy gamers, as the display and the ports probably would not be sufficient to their needs.
The lid is a glossy, obsidian black, which looks brilliant... for the first few weeks anyway, then it becomes dirty easily and shows all the fingerprints and marks.
The laptop is quite lightweight and has a 15.4 inch display which is of a decent quality. In terms of ports, the laptop has 3 USB ports, ethernet port, HDMI port, Monitor port and an optical drive.
The keyboard is one of the most pleasing aspects of the product, the keys all have a gap between them of 2 or 3 millimeters, which means you never accidentally press the neighbouring button.
One strange aspect I noticed is that the trackpad is not centred exactly, not that it bothers me, but it might annoy some users.
The laptop has an excellent webcam and an excellent program called DELL WEBCAM CENTRE which has all sorts of cool editing features available to you.
It has the Dell Stage software onboard, which allows access to your libraries, documents and games all from the desktop screen, all in a scrolling bar.
The weather is automatically on your desktop, powered by Accuweather and I have found it to be extremely accurate.
Roxio Creator is inbuilt and burns disks on the optical drive really quickly and again has plenty of customization features available.
This is the problem area for the laptop. At the beginning I found the life to be very good, however in under 6 months it had deteriorated quite noticeably. I am lucky to get 3 hours on a full charge.
Another issue is that the laptop heats up, just at the battery after around half an hour of usage. This could be a problem in the future, considering the battery replacements are over a third of the price of the computer!
This is a great entry level laptop and is most suited to light to moderate users. The price of under £300 is excellent, as Dell is very reliable if you have any problems, and they now have the flexible payment plans available as well.
There are a few problems, but I feel they are outweighed by the design and features of the laptop.
Thanks for reading this review!
Summary: A very reasonable laptop, both in price and day to day usage
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