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      22.12.2013 21:02
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      I'd buy it again.

      I bought a Dell Inspiron 1525 about 4 years ago to replace an old laptop that didn't want to be my friend anymore. I did a little customization (webcam, duel core CPU, extra RAM), but largely went with the basic setup.

      The first thing I noticed was how quickly it arrived, I know this is indicative of Dell as a Company rather than this particular computer but I think it's important to note. When the package arrived I was racking my brains trying to remember what I'd ordered because I was certain that it couldn't have been this laptop.

      On opening it, my attention was drawn to how well packaged it was. It was in a box not much bigger than the laptop itself and yet seemed fully protected from any bumps and knocks it took along the way. Everything I needed was in the box, along with all the usual junk that I didn't need (trial software, Microsoft Works, restore cd etc).

      Once plugged in and turned on, I was very impressed with the quality of the screen. Compared to my previous laptop and my desktop, it was a joy just to watch the boot screens (but after my previous laptop, it brought a tear to my eye just to see a working screen). It's bright and clear, though it's worth noting that it's not nearly the resolution of current screens 4 years on. The colours seem reasonably accurate, though maybe not suitable for critical artistic work. And the viewing angle is good, not great, but more than suitable for anyone purchasing a laptop in this price range.

      The first run was unpleasant to say the least, but that was expected and I had a fresh pack of cigarettes to help me cope. I needed to go through the Windows setup screens and configure the stupid amount of Dell software that I was only intending on unistalling as soon as the opportunity arose. It was maybe a couple of hours before I was able to really use the laptop as I wanted to, after setting up Windows the way I like it and removing the God-awful Dell software and McAfee Antivirus (I much prefer Avast).

      But from that moment until this day, the Dell Inspiron 1525 has served me very well indeed! It's fast enough for what I use it for (web browsing, basic image editing, word processing, spreadsheets etc). I have played games on it, but if gaming is your main goal, this is not the computer for you as it doesn't have a dedicated graphics processor. One thing that has bothered me over the years is the fan, while it's mostly quiet (not silent), every so often it will speed up as if the laptop is trying to take flight, which is annoying...

      Battery life is acceptable. It was around average when the Inspiron 1525 was first released, but is a bit lower than most current models advertise. There hasn't been a noticeable drop in the battery's ability to hold a charge after using it with a fairly even split battery power and mains power for 4 years.

      The build quality is adequate. I have taken it about with me quite a lot over the years and it's held up quite well, except for around 3 years in when one of the hinges failed. While this wasn't a problem for me as I'm not scared to take things apart (which is rarely a good thing but it worked out on this occasion), this could require a trip to a professional for some people and that can potentially be quite costly. All other aspects of the build have performed well, but the laptop does feel a bit plasticky and is getting a bit creaky in its old age.

      As for connectivity, this laptop has everything you need and with 4 USB ports and a HDMI out, it's even got a little bit more. One nice feature that I have admittedly never used is that it has 2 headphone jacks on the front, but I'm still searching for that special someone to use the second jack.

      All in all, this is a capable laptop for not very much money. Sure, it has a couple of things that could have been done better, but it's good enough that I'll let that go.

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      30.07.2013 20:01
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      I would not recommend this laptop due to the amount of problems I have had with it.

      I bought this laptop from Currys in 2008 after my previous one broke. I had read reviews about the laptop and saw that there were mainly positive comments towards it. I managed to grab a special offer giving me a free HP printer with the laptop. (so look out for things like this in Currys because they do come up once in a blue moon) The laptop was also very low cost - around £330 at the time but I am aware you can buy them for around £120 - £150 on eBay nowadays.

      The hard drive on this laptop has always been an issue. Three months after buying the Dell Inspiron (during the August of 2008) the hard drive decided to crash completely and we lost all the files on our computer, and because we weren't expecting a brand new computer to crash we didn't think to back up anything. We sent off to Dell for a new hard drive and we received average customer service, the hard drive arrived within 5 days.
      We encountered more problems for the following year until the next august when the laptop broke again. This time it was another hard drive problem and yet again we nearly lost all of our files, but luckily were able to recover them.

      The laptop itself has seemed to be very unstable, I don't feel comfortable doing too much on the laptop and I try to be really gentle with it in case it breaks again. I have also have to go out of my way to make a back up of everything I do along with having to save up money for when there's a new expense of fixing the laptop.

      The most recent problem with my laptop is the fan - it is very loud and my laptop overheats, leaving marks on my leg if its in one position for too long, it also automatically switches off when it has overheated too much, which can be very frustrating if you're doing something important. It is also currently being terribly slow at absolutely everything (turning on, loading up, browsing, etc).

      Dell customer service is terrible and the people at the call centres seem to have barely any technical knowledge. The advice they gave us when we first encountered problems with the laptop was 'did you switch it off and on again?', which of course we had never thought of!

      The laptop itself isn't visually appealing - it is quite dull and typical looking, but I am aware you can buy it with different lid colours so do look into this before you buy one. the laptop is quite light in weight, which is useful for on the go or carrying around your house.

      The battery life is also quite good, a full charge will last me a good hour and a half even with all the programs and settings I have on it. The battery life was even better when I newly bought the laptop.

      The laptop has 2GB of RAM and a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo T5450, and I can recall it being quite speedy at one point as a result of this, but now it is the slowest thing ever! It takes about 5 minutes for the desktop to load up. It seems like this is a laptop that really wasn't built to last a long time.
      Also if you are a gamer this laptop is BIG NO for you! It just cannot cope, even when it was brand new - the most you will get out of this is a poxy game of Tetris without it doing a physical dump.

      The laptop does have some good entertainment features - it has a webcam with a lot of settings to play around with (the webcam also has good picture quality), it has two headphone plus so two people can listen to something at once, the built-in speakers are also fantastic and they offer louder and better quality sound than a lot of laptops I've seen being released nowadays!

      The keyboard and scroll pad is really pleasant to use on this laptop - the keyboard is very easy to get used to and allows me to type very quickly, and the scroll pad has a very nice texture which works well on this laptop, making it a pleasure to browse (if you can manage to get it to work quickly).

      To summarise, there are a couple of good points about this laptop, which have made it bearable for the time I have had it but I can assure you I will never be buying a Dell laptop again, and I also advise others to stay away too.

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        03.01.2013 23:54
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        I would recommend to a friend

        MY EXPERIENCE
        I got the dell inspiron 1525 (midnight blue) about 4 years ago, and I loved it. I used it non stop for about 3 years before I got my HP. There was a bit of a hiccup at the beginning due to wi-fi however I just upgraded to Windows 7 and it was fine after that. However after about 2 years, it began to smoke randomly and then it popped and wouldn't turn back on. I got it fixed but I had to have it constantly plugged in and only one charger would work. Then when my room was being decorated, and I was fixing the bed that had been put up wrong, I dropped the frame on it and it smashed. I then felt it was time to get a new one rather than have it fixed.

        WHAT I LOVE
        Its beautiful, reliable, fast and has a large memory. Be careful not too clogg it up though as it usually slows down with time anyway. Its easy to use and once it gets going its a great little runner! Amazing screen (when its not smashed) and I love love love the keyboard! The control pad is great too. And I love the touch screen buttons and the way they light up when you turn it on.

        WHAT I DON'T LOVE SO MUCH
        As you know it did break on me a few times. Also it overheats all the time, but to be fair I think there was a problem with my internal fan. Also when it freezes there's usually no saving it so you have shut down the laptop. It could do with some more RAM.

        ALL IN ALL I loved that laptop and it is great! Looking at my review I'm not really selling it, however I did use the laptop every day for hours on end so its no wonder it started packing in. I do like my new laptop, Hewlett, but sometimes I do miss my Dell!

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          25.09.2012 13:25
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          A decent laptop for anyone who isn't fussed about amazing gadgets.

          Not a bad laptop at all, I decided to go the 2nd-hand route and I can't say i've been disappointed, I mean the battery was a little flat but it was easy enough to find a replacement with many batteries compatible so you don't have to buy the extortionate Dell batteries. The spec is really an average laptop and there are much better on the range but if you're restricted by price or plan to upgrade a laptop to save money, you know, put new trims on, a new engine, maybe even a bass in the back, then this is a mighty fine option.

          With a 1.86 dual core processor you can't play high demanding games but it's enough to browse the internet and watch youtube videos without any jittery images/videos. I mean with technology updating all the time you can get much better processors now but the dual core makes things just a little smoother and sleak when using the laptop.

          2 GB of RAM is enough to have a number of windows open, and isn't too shabby at all. You shouldn't need too much more if you were to be using this laptop for browsing the internet or using microsoft office but there is an option to upgrade to 3 or 4gb of RAM so there are options open to you with this laptop if you did want it to pack a bit more of a punch.

          The windows experience index classes this laptop at a 3, which is harsh because the score is dragged down by the graphics which aren't great if you plan to be gaming with 3D or high-quality graphics but I've been able to play football manager and theme hospital without any problems at all, the rest of the laptop is really rated between 4.5 and 5 on that same index so it's an average laptop but in my opinion is a decent laptop to have. The laptop just looks nice, it looks stylish and is easy to use. Screen size is also a plus with it being bigger than other laptops in the similar price range.

          The laptop really does everything an average laptop user would want, watch Youtube vids, word documents, fast browsing, I mean unless you're a hardcore gamer or user (why would you even be reading this review?!?) then this is a trusty laptop that I would recommend. If you're not too fussed about having the latest gadgets then why not buy this. It's good!

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            09.07.2012 17:47

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            Very disappointed in this Dell product and has put me off Dell Laptops for life!

            Purchased in 2010 within 6 months the charger was playing up, the hard drive had died, the battery was dead and screws were falling out left right and centre!

            Ease of setup:
            Very easy out of the box setup as you'd expect but it all went down hill from there.

            Battery and charger:
            The battery charger is made as such it has an extra wire in which it communicates with the laptop to "confirm" it's a genuine dell part.

            But this is very badly made and is very fragile as when it breaks (Just by putting cable in your bag for example can be enough) the resistance reading is different so now even though your using a genuine charger the laptop thinks your not! (Dell are aware of this and failed to help when contacted as by then the warranty had expired even though this is a manufacturing fault!)
            The charger has a pin in the middle (Female outer with male inner) The pin is the extra wire and easily bends.

            The Battery pretty much died not long after this so was forced to leave it plugged in all the time.

            Build:
            Is not very well built and got so hot that we ended up having to raise it off the table as it kept shutting down.
            The harddrive died after around 6 months and dell sent a replacment but that was blank so it had no emergency partition with pre-installed software like the original so they had to send another.

            Screws easily fell out without immediately noticing and had to contact dell for some more and even then not all of them stayed in.

            Overall very disappointed in this Dell product and has put me off Dell Laptops for life! I wish i could say more positive things about it but i can't so if your looking for Dell get a desktop.

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            03.07.2012 13:31
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            Good for a first laptop, but for no longer than a year

            I got the Dell Inspiron 1525 about 3 years ago as a birthday present, it was pink, and it was very aesthetically pleasing.
            However, it was short lived as it basically overheated and refused to work- resulting in it being swapped for another black version (unfortunately not pink as all the pink were out of stock)
            The first year with my black Dell Inspiron 1525 was average enough with it being my first laptop.
            Webcam was fine, i didn't expect a webcam so the only half decent quality of it wasn't really an issue back then- although it appears to have got worse now.
            You can create as many files as you want, keeping things organised etc- like you can with most laptops, so not much of a unique thing.
            There is also the option of voice recognition which was 'cool' at the time, allowing you to set it up and use your voice to command your laptop to do something... e.g. i say "start" and it opens up the start menu. However, this was short lived as it slowed my laptop right down, and would struggle with understanding commands etc.
            After the first year, the novelty of having my first laptop soon wore off as more problems occured.
            Programmes were becoming increasingly slow to run and when using the internet, it would randomly freeze all the time and become very slow until i closed the window and opened it up again (i have to do this at least 3 times when using it for an average of 2 hours)- with the internet being my main reason for using my laptop, this was a huge issue.
            The laptop quite often overheats and switches off.
            The battery life of my laptop had always been a positive, however in the last year i now recieve a message everytime i switch it on saying that my battery has come to the end of its life- i've still not bought a new one as i see no point in spending the money for a new battery when i could buy a new and better laptop, but also i always have my charger plugged in so it has not really been an issue in using the battery on its own.
            The charger has been another issue. It stopped working for no reason, i had to hold it in while i was using it to get it to work, this technique stopped working after a while, so in the end i gave up and bought a new one.
            Finally, the biggest issue of all is the hinges. The right hinge has broke, the back covering of it has snapped off and the hinge itself has somehow popped out of the back; the edges of the screen do not fit in place due to the hinge coming off, the pin has also come out and will not go back in. This appears to be a common problem as i know of 2 people with the same laptop who have also got this issue.
            As a result i am hoping to buy a new laptop- preferably not a dell- with many saying avoid them.

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              19.02.2012 12:53

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              Don't buy if you want to use it on your lap! Otherwise a good choice.

              KEYBOARD AND SCREEN
              The keyboard is ideal for typing, I am writing this on my 1525 and my fingers are flying across the keyboard, the spacing is perfect, athough the glossy finish on the keys can be problematic, this is a minor niggle. The 1024x768 screen is a finger print magnet, and whilst it looks fantastic if kept clean, it looks like a mirror in daylight if you don't look after it.

              LOOKS
              The 1525 looks sleek, with the curved line of the laptop making it easy to carry arround and store. The size is perfect, the laptop isn't huge, but the size of the screen is not compromised.

              SPEED AND EASE OF USE
              Out iof the box, the laptop is quick as hel, and after nearly 3 years of use it's slowed down slightly, but I suspect that is only because of the amount of memory I've used and the applications I have installed, along with the well known slowness of Windows Vista. The hard drive of 160Gb is plenty big enough for my music, photos and documents, and if you organise and clean up after yourself then you'll never run out of memory.
              The 1525 is extremely easy to use, a feature that I like is the touch sensitive music controls above the keyboard, which make it easy to control media playback whilst working in other programs. The touchpad is very responsive and the mouse keys are soft to the touch and make no noise.

              PROBLEMS
              The main problem I encountered was the overheating. If you use the laptop for long periods of time with it on your lap, then you run the risk of it suddenly shutting down. This only stops happening if you use it on a hard flat surface like a desk, which I'm sure won't be a problem for most people, but for some this may be a potential reason why not to buy this laptop.
              Another problem which may just be down to me is the hinge. It has become extremely flimsy over the last few months, so this is something else to look out for.

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              07.11.2011 18:41

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              A good laptop for everyday use

              This laptop is pretty average and comes with the usual Windows Vista OS.

              It has a tracker pad, which I never use, I opt for a remote mouse generally, I do not like tracker pads.

              I installed McAfee on it, as I find AVG is currently the pits and does not keep up with the updates on Firefox.
              It has 4 USB ports which are in the right places( I mean that, as my present laptop has a USB stupidly near the power lead so I cannot get the dongle in!)

              The battery life does not last long, but I usually have it plugged in anayway.
              Windows updates are a pain in the ass and so I set the updates to automatic on pcs, or just remember to do it myself once a week.Oh for a Mac.
              I also scan the the laptop regularly and if in doubt I run an anti-malware program or get remote help ( I use Virgin digital), which I have found invaluable.I am inclined to think sometimes that the internet is one big virus, rather than serendipitous.
              I use Word a fair bit on this, which I install almost immediately into my pcs.
              It depends what you want to do, but this is not the machine for gaming, as it has a low level graphics card and not the fastest processor. I don't play games- I am bor-ing.
              It can however, handle multiple simultaneous applications without system freezes.

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              03.11.2011 18:29
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              Cheap but not cheerful - avoid!

              I first received this laptop as a leaving gift when starting university in 2009. For the first 12 months, everything went swimmingly, and I encountered absolutely no problems with it. But a couple of weeks over the year mark and things started to go wrong: the battery started to cut out (it now lasts for a total of 5 minutes unplugged, on full charge); the system wiped itself clean last year and everything had to be re-installed (a lots of blue screen error messages kept appearing); and who can forget the flimsy lid, which actually snapped off at one point a few months back, after a housemate of mine sat down next to me (this is no joke - that tiny movement was enough to break it). All in all, the laptop seems a good deal when you look at the pricing, but I think it's safe to say that I won't be buying another Dell again once I graduate, as the first thing I plan to replace is this laptop. I've had so many problems with it over the past 3 years that I've had enough, and by the sounds of it I'm not the only one who has had a bad experience with Dell.
              So I'm focusing now on my first pay-cheque...and my brand new laptop (sorry Dell, but not from you)

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                08.10.2011 11:27
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                Nothing overly inspiring about this Dell Inspiron

                I've owned this laptop for about 3 years now, after a series of events leading to me moving back in with my parents led to me being without a PC, and in this day and age that just wasn't conceivable! I know very little about technology, so I enlisted the help of my dad to make the decision regarding which laptop to buy based on what I'd be using it for. I ended up buying the Dell Inspiron 1525 and am still using this laptop. Although it's a bit dated and has a few annoyances, it still fulfils its purpose so I see no reason to replace it until absolutely necessary.

                ==Price and Availability==

                I bought this laptop directly through Dell, basically because I didn't really know what I was doing so I let my dad lead the way! There was an offer on at the time and I think I paid around £300 which was good value compared to the others on the market. Obviously this was a good few years ago, and whilst the price of living goes up, the price of technology comes down and you can now purchase these online for around £200.

                ==Initial Purchase and Observations==

                The laptop comes with Windows Vista operating system, and is a blank canvas for you to install any software you need, and also your own anti-virus software. It didn't come with a carry case but this is the case with most laptops. It came with a charger which I had to use to charge the laptop before I could start experimenting with it. There are plenty of USB ports, and a camera memory card reader for you to upload photographs from your camera. The laptop has a built in speaker which is located across the top of the keyboard, but you can also plug headphones in to listen to music this way.

                ==Style and Size==

                The laptop itself is very stylish looking, with a silver keypad and the fold-down screen is black on the back with the Dell silver round logo in the middle. One thing to mention is that it is matt-black, not shiny like many more recent models. It is probably quite heavy by today's standards, which is something to consider if you're going to be carrying it round a lot. I only use mine at home so it isn't an issue and I like the fact it feels quite solid, but if I was carrying it to work or college every day I'd probably opt for something lighter.

                ==The screen==

                The screen is a standard size (15.4 inches), and one of the things I like about it is that it doesn't reflect the light so you don't get much in the way of glare. It has the option to adjust the brightness but I've never bothered with this as it seems fine to me.

                ==Memory and Speed==

                The laptop is fairly quick to start up, although I tend to hit the power button then go off and make a brew and get myself comfy before I start whatever I'm doing, so I've never actually sat and watched it boot up. Some of my applications are running a little slowly at the moment, but I think this is due to some old software that's slowing my laptop down, for example I have Sage Accounts which is usually found in offices, installed on my laptop from a training course I completed ages ago. I think the running speed would benefit from a good tidy up. I'm casting my memory back now and I think the laptop came with 1GB memory, and I've since had to add another 1GB as it wasn't quite sufficient for what I needed it for. If I'd just been using it for word processing, photo storage and internet storage it would have been fine, but as mentioned I had to install an accounts program for a course I was doing, so this meant I needed a little more memory.

                ==Battery Life==

                The battery life was initially ok on this laptop, and I used to keep an eye on the battery icon on the taskbar which warned when the battery was running low so I could just plug the charger in.

                Unfortunately, about six months ago, the battery failed on this laptop meaning it either needs replacing or has to be charged in the whole time I'm using the laptop. Typically, I haven't got round to replacing it yet, so am having to plug it in to be able to turn it on and use it. When this first happened, my fiancé (who works in IT) did some research online, and found there were a lot of complaints about the short battery life on various websites. I don't know how long laptop batteries are supposed to last for, but I would expect to get more than a couple of years out of one.

                Another thing to note is that the laptop does get quite warm very quickly, and also heats up the longer you have it on for. I tend to sit with a cushion on my knee with the laptop on top because it's just too uncomfortable otherwise.

                ==The Keypad==

                The keypad is well laid out with the buttons taking about two thirds of the laptop, leaving a third for the mouse and to rest your wrists when typing. This makes it quite comfortable to use.

                The buttons are an adequate size, apart from the function buttons along the top which are a bit smaller so if you had large fingers or bad eyesight you might accidentally hit more than one button. The return button is larger than the others, making it easy to locate.

                One thing I would like my next laptop to have is a calculator-style layout for the numbers at the side of the letters, rather than placing the numbers along the top. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal for most people, but as I work in accounts and use Sage on my laptop, and I also use spreadsheets quite often for personal matters (finances usually!), it can take longer when you're having to locate the numbers along the top line, rather than having them laid out to the side.

                ==The Mouse==

                The mouse is on a tracker pad rather than a ball style mouse, which is fine but takes a little while to get used to as it can be quite sensitive, so you can find the cursor just skips somewhere you don't want it to every now and then. There are left hand and right hand click buttons below the mouse, and the touch pad is a good size. I have got used to it now (although I hated it at first), but if you really didn't like it you can plug an ordinary mouse into the laptop.

                ==Overall==

                I think if you were looking for a basic laptop for using the internet, word processing and spreadsheets, and for storing photos and music, this would be a good buy if you could shop round and get it very cheap. If you're looking for something that's going to withstand a lot of use over a long period, it might be worth investing in something which is better equipped to cope. For me, it does the job for what I need it for, so as I'm not exactly rolling in money, I don't see the point in replacing it. I would also not recommend this laptop if you need to carry it to work or college, as it is a little on the bulky side.

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                27.08.2011 01:45
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                Be careful of trusting big name brands

                Where do I begin?

                Someone bought this laptop for me because my other laptop was in desperate need of an upgrade, I even got a pretty pink colour, and the colour was the only great thing about it in the end.

                At the start this laptop was perfect, it had everything I needed and wasn't too heavy to carry around. Then a few months in the problems started, the system kept shutting itself down for no reason, the laptop overheated after only 30 minutes of using the laptop, which really should not happen. I took the laptop back to the company it was bought from and they told me that Dell updates tend to ruin the computer. I found out that the update knocked a few on my drives off the computer including the disk drive, meaning I could not do a full system restore on my own and they refused to too. I had to take it to a repair shop to get it fixed which cost a lot as you can imagine.

                This kept happening so in the end I had to get rid of it, maybe I just had a bad one, I hope so. The battery life was also terrible, I was lucky if I got 30 minutes from it, which is just stupid in laptop steaks. But just be warned just because it is a Dell does not mean it is a great laptop

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                  16.08.2011 19:47

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                  This laptop feels high quality and has been very reliable.

                  I've owned my Dell Inspiron 1525 for 3 years now. I think it looks and feels high quality, it has a black matt lid and a silver inside and keyboard. The keyboard is very comfortable and easy to use, the keys all still work very well (even after I spilt milk on them!). I found the touch-pad and buttons to be comfortable too, and the scroll lines on the touch-pad work well unlike other laptops I've used.

                  I was very impressed with Dell when I bought the laptop. It was just around the time all the screens started to go to glossy screens and I wanted a matt screen, I rang Dell and they fitted the model I wanted with a matt screen instead for me, which I thought was really good customer service.

                  The screen is bright and the brightness is also easy to change. The speakers are fairy good, not great but I'd say average for a laptop of that age. The webcam works well and I like the way you can alter what the different power buttons do and customise power-plans. It has 4 USB ports which is useful. The battery lasts well even after 3 years.

                  I am on Windows Vista and have found this laptop can get quite slow sometimes. It seems to be windows updates which slows it all down, before I turned it off it was updating each time I started the laptop up or shut it down. It seems to be better now though.

                  Overall, I don't have any complaints with this laptop apart from maybe the speed. I think the laptop has been very reliable and has coped well with everything I've needed to use it for. I would definitely buy Dell for my next laptop!

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                  27.07.2011 16:00
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                  Overall a great laptop and would definitely buy one again

                  I've had this laptop for 3 years now and despite a few hardware problems I would buy it a million times over.

                  Design:
                  The design is sleek and different to the generic black and grey/silver laptops out there. I have the red cover and it looks brilliant with the silver casing. The laptop weighs barely anything and is easily transportable if you're taking it out and about. It has one of the nicest keyboards I've used on a laptop and comes with handy touch keys for playing, rewinding/fforwarding, stopping and changing volume when playing media.

                  Usability:

                  The laptop came with Windows Vista but I have since upgraded it to Windows 7 and have had no problems with the upgrade. The laptop is the easiest thing to use and runs like a dream. It can handle performing multiple functions at once, thanks to the ample 2GB RAM, and very very rarely lags and almost never freezes. I often have lots of things running at once and it handles it with no issues.

                  Features:

                  Disregarding the Windows features, this laptop has lots of added extras thanks to Dell. First off is the built in webcam and built in microphone. The webcam picture is incredibly clear and has security functions to record on movement etc. The microphone works well with programs such as Skype without the need to use headphones - there is little echo or feedback. As mentioned before there are touch keys that light up blue when you press them for media control - they make muting sounds so much easier than having to move the mouse to the taskbar and selecting mute. The laptop boasts a 250GB harddrive which in 3 years I haven't filled completely! There is an HDMI slot which means you can hook it up to your HD television, however beware as audio isn't supported.

                  Disadvantages:

                  While the laptop was a fantastic buy, I'm glad I took out insurance on it as after a year it needed a new harddrive and the same again a year later. The other disadvantage is that there is a bluetooth light on the laptop but it doesn't actually have a bluetooth function - a bit misleading! The casing is a bit flimsy and care should be taken when opening and shutting the laptop.

                  All in all the laptop is nice looking, easy to use and can handle everything the average user would need it for - if you wanted it for gaming I'd consider something with a better graphics card.

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                  27.05.2011 09:32

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                  Reasonably good laptop with decent tech support

                  We've had Dell computers of one kind or another in our family for the last twelve years and this is the latest. I give laptops a fairly tough life as I'm a professional writer and editor and pound the keys for some hours everyday. THe Dell is also used by my son in the evening to do his homework, so toughness and long life are important for us.

                  One reason I liked this laptop was that the keys are very smooth and easy to use.

                  However using the laptop has not been as smooth and easy in its first two years. I have had two system melt-downs involving reinstalling the Windows operating system. During the first of these I used the Dell support that came with the warranty. I have to say that the Dell technical support person I talked to in the Indian call centre was very good. He spoke excellent, clear English and was patient and calm with me (and I needed it!). This support is one reason I'm giving the Inspiron a good review. You're not just buying a piece of computer equipment, you're buying human help as well.

                  The most annoying problem I've had is that the Dell is now not charging its battery at all. I have replaced power cables and batteries but still it won't charge, so I imagine there's a problem somewhere inside the Inspiron with a connection which is probably beyond my capabilities to fix. It's just out of warranty now, too, so we have to carry it around with its power cable and plug it in.

                  One other thing that might be worth mentioning is that *someone* in this family dropped biscuit crumbs into the touch pad so that the C key wouldn't work. In the end a few other keys were damaged too and I decided to replace the whole keypad. This I did buy buying a replacement and fitting it myself. It worked well and has completely revitalised the Inspiron. I'd never clocked that this would be possible.

                  I run Vista on the Dell and have never had any problems with it. Not have I had to buy extra RAM to allow it to keep up with all the extra bits and pieces we keep loading on to it.

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                  17.05.2011 01:48
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                  A simple laptop worth the price

                  I bought my Dell Inspiron 1525 in November of 2010 over the internet. I picked and choose what I wanted in my laptop, hence it was a tailor made laptop. I wanted to increase the RAM and hard disk memory to the maximum available. It cost me around £140 more but it was well worth it (previous experience). I had few problems in selecting the specifications I wanted which were finally resolved my talking to customer service agents over the phone.

                  So how did I find my laptop in practice ? My laptop worked perfectly fine at first. All processes were nice and smooth as expected. There were no issues regarding battery life, speed or technology involved. I was actually impressed by the built in camera, it was 2mega pixel camera with editing features. As time passed by over 6 months I slowly started to experience one problem. The battery life of my laptop just fell down from 8 hours to literally 3 hours after being fully charged 100%. I was very much disappointed by this. Normal battery life stays healthy for at least over a year. I complained to the customer service but no positive response was given. Instead they advised me to buy new batteries from their on-line store. Secondly, I had to format for personal reasons. As I reboot I was asked to install original Windows disk in order to install the operating system. At this stage I realised I wasn't given any. I asked my mates and cousins who bought laptop from Dell around that time and they were all given a operating system CD. I was again disappointing by the customer service but after having argued with the agent for over half and hour they promised to send one via post. I received the CD after 1 week but it is the hassle for a week, the pain that I cannot use my laptop when I needed the most. But overall the laptop has been in a good condition. The outer looks are fascinating and shiny. It is definitely worth the price since it is cheaper than most of its competitors in the market. Apple and HP laptops costs way more and are pretty much equivalent in processing.

                  Normal functions like battery life indicator, wireless wifi, integrated web cam, USB sockets, headphone hole etc are available. It is not one of the best laptops in the market but definitely worth the price you are paying. It is possible to get colour options when buying it over the internet.

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