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First things first, you can no doubt guess from the headline above that this laptop is not a winner. It is in fact a loser, and a rather pathetic loser at that too. I bought this laptop for my daughter after numerous hours of considering which laptop would be best value based on processer speed, hard drive capacity etc. I'm no tech geek like most of you out there.
When my daughter opened the laptop on xmas day she was very impressed, it looks good and it comes with some 'free' pre-installed games, although don't be fooled, they are only free for the first few times (enough to get the kids hooked) then you have to buy the game outright to play again, a bit of a con in my eyes.
The issues I've had with this laptop are not based on function but more reliability. Within the first 6 months the computer wouldn't power up correctly. Naturally I called the Dell helpline and was happy with the level of service I received. The call handler talked me through a start up procedure so he could listen to the machine bleep codes and advise what the issue was. The laptop was collected from my home address and returned fully repaired within two weeks, no issues there. What was not fine was that I had the same issue roughly 6 months later, however on this occasion there was no help on the other end of the phone. I felt that the customer service team seen my issue as a way of making money. I was offered all sorts of 'warranty deals' which would cover this repair and future repairs under the warranty period. I tried to argue that the laptop shouldn't need to be repaired twice in a year with the same fault and in my opinion it simply wasn't fit for purpose, quoting the sale of goods Act did me no favours either. I eventually negotiated a discounted repair, the real saga only just beginning. On this occasion I arranged for the engineer to call at my work, he repaired what he thought was the fault (faulty screen) and replaced the screen. I think I paid around £70 for the pleasure. Surprise surprise it turned out that the new screen didn't fix the problem, so I'd paid £70 and was no further foward. I called Dell and again was told about the numerous 'warranty deals' on offer. After further debate I was told the engineer would call again and fix the issue 'free of charge'. You can imagine my feelings regarding the 'free of charge' statement when I'd already wasted £70. So, the engineer called and replaced the motherboard, the one he removed being around 6 months old and being the second one the machine had. The engineer advised that the first replacement probably used a refurbished motherboard as having two failures of mother boards on the same machine within one year is almost unheard of. Again I contacted Dell, I asked for my £70 back as the replacement screen was not necessary, yeah you guessed it, no refund. Since then I've had further issues, the power cable connection port dislodged, which I paid for locally to have repaired as I simply couldn't be bothered with episode 4 of the Dell customer dis-service saga. Since then the laptop has developed further issues and the battery won't recharge, although it works fine when plugged in, exactly what you need when you purchase a portable computer.
All in all I would never recommend any Dell product. I purchased my girlfirend a Packard Bell laptop about 6 months ago and it is flawless and reliable. Do yourself a favour and steer clear of Dell.
I had this laptop for about five years till it well apart (which is pretty good for a laptop)
the casing plastic around LCD screen all came off and the hard drive eventually died but I thought for the 5 years I had it, I definitely got my monies worth.
It has a 2GHz processor which isn't too bad but to run the high specification games they release nowadays you need at least 3GHz or more and good amount of RAM.
I thought the hard drive had more than enough space for what I needed for instance like games, music, photos and any other file that required to be installed onto the hard drive.
Don't get me wrong it did have its faults like having to factory reset a few times as it got corrupted (like most laptops when you download etc)
but overall it was a great product and can run some good games for those that love the older generation games or the slightly newer ones.
Three year's old and it's still going strong although these past three years have not been trouble free. As with any machine, parts over time can break and indeed it has! One USB port is no longer working, sometimes the mouse USB port quits working at random and the cooling fan isn't up to scratch. Although I believe most laptops have problems with fans due to lack of space and where the vents are located.
Processor - 4.4
Memory (RAM) - 5.2
Graphics - 4.1
Gaming - 3.4
Primary hard disk - 5.9
The performance aspects are pretty decent for the price that you can buy an Inspiron for and although it was never made with gaming souly in mind, it has done a decent job! Came with windows 7, 64 bit operating system & 2 GB of RAM. The battery lasts around about 2 to 3 hours for me yet in it's younger year's 4 hours was the range. As mentioned above the fan does get pretty hot at times - Heres a tip for you though! (Keep it raised so the vents can breathe) I have IE & google chrome which both work fast enough for general purpose (Watching videos, social networking, online gaming ect...) although as of recently the laptop has become a little sluggish. All in all, read the rest of the reviews and make your own mind up about this value for money laptop by Dell. It's well worth a look!
I bought this laptop around three years ago and it took me a ling time to save the money. At the time i read nothing of the specs, but now i realise i didn't need to!! This little thing runs perfectly for everyday laptop use; documenting, internet browsing, and in some cases, alright for gaming. In fact i actually use this for my flight simulator and in relation to modern laptops, this machine runs it fine, just a few graphics problems and on the occasion, it freezes, but other than that; it's great.
With a fair battery life which over time does die, you can just purchase a new one. This is also why i love Dell; their customer service is great and batteries are as simple as looking on the battery for which one you need to buy. But as i always have it in my lounge, i can plug it in anytime i wish so the battery life doesn't really matter.
With the hard drive (250gb i believe), my stuff can easily be accessed and the hard drive easily removed if needed, but otherwise if i run out of space i can purchase and plug in an external hard drive in one of three USB 3.0s. I currently have one as well as a wireless mouse, and a Belkin cooling mat. the laptop; had no trouble in recognizing these as it was as simple as just plugging them in; just like everything on this laptop, quick and easy.
Overall:GREAT, GO BUY ONE!!
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T4200
Processor clock speed: 2GHz
Memory slots: 2
Maximum memory: 4GB
Screen size: 15.6 in
Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 4500M HD
Total storage capacity: 160GB
Price : £349 (closer to £420 with my customisation)
This is the second laptop I have ever owned (first was a secondhand one from ebay with an adequate spec but nothing special) and when I bought it I made sure that it would have the highest spec available for my budget. I looked around for a long time to get the best spec for the money and decided that dell provided the best modification of things such as ram and customisation. The laptop I bought ended up being slightly higher priced than the standard Dell Inspiron 1545 due to my desire for a higher amount of ram and a blue cover, but I feel that these were worthwhile investments as it runs very fast and also looks much nicer than the average black laptop.
I bought the laptop with Windows 7 running on it but have since upgraded to Windows 8 without any problems, and therefore it's a good laptop to buy if you're unsure about whether to go straight ahead with Windows 8.
I've never had any problems with this laptop, and since I use it consistently for work, pc games and the internet, it definitely holds its own! I would say that Sims games don't work on it, and if you're a consistent gamer, you may have to invest in a better graphics card.
I had it for 3 years before I felt like I needed to change the battery: it did last the specified 4 hours without the charger when I first bought it and consistently lasted between 2 and 3 hours for a long time after that. I would expect the battery to be running low after 3 years of high usage so I couldn't fault the battery there. All in all, I would definitely recommend this laptop to anyone who's looking for a mid range laptop (though the extra customisations make it more pricey, but definitely worth it) with a good spec and a nice, sleek design.
I have been very impressed with my laptop, now still running some 2 years after purchase. It has been able to handle everything that I through at it, including web development, mobile app development, video encoding and general computing. The processor is no where near the fastest currently available, and this has occasionally been an issue when running multiple things at once. However, on an average day the computer works perfectly without issue.
If you are interested in gaming, then I would not recommend this laptop. The frame rates are poor, even on lowest graphical settings, and general performance is severely lacking.
The keyboard on this device is a joy to use, as it is made of real keys - not the 'chicklet' style island keyboards that appear to be all the rage of late. The keys make a very good "clack" and I can type with it for hours upon end without undue strain.
The only other drawback I have encountered was battery life. Right from the beginning it was not great, maybe getting 2-3 hours if I'm lucky. However, as it grew older battery life has decreased to the shockingly low 30mins.
In summary, a great laptop! Fantastic value for the price, and ideal for the average consumer. However, if you have more to spend then definitely explore other options for a bit more umph.
I have had my Dell Inspiron 1545 for about three years, and in that time very little has gone wrong with it. This is the first laptop I have ever owned, and I use it everyday for work, gaming and socializing.
For simple things such as word processing documents and creating bodies of text the laptop is very decent.
The wireless adaptor within the computer is good enough to get a good signal from a router from a good distance away. I am currently in an attic room (with the router on the ground floor) and I have full signal.
The processor speeds are good enough for me to have multiple applications open at the same time, which helps when you need to flick between for work or out of boredom.
The memory is very good on the laptop, so much so that I am nowhere near filling the hard-drive despite the large amount of music, photos and videos that I have on my computer.
The major issues with the laptop are thus:
It gets very hot in a short amount of time when using high end applications, with the fan being very loud.
The graphics card is just awful, so don't expect to be playing any decent sized games with high visuals. I currently stick to Football manager, the laptop seems to be able to cope with that.
I had to replace my hard-disk in the summer as it failed. Not sure if this is an issue with all of the laptops or if it was due to overworking on my part.
I bought this to replace a broken laptop just before I started university as it was a relatively cheap price and promised all the functions I would need! It has been a reliable laptop so far, however after only 2 and a bit years of owning it it is beginning to slow down to some ridiculous pace and the battery life has completely died so it is necessary to be kept plugged in at all times (though it was never amazing at about 1 hour of use).
However, for the first couple of years it has been everything I needed. It was easy to set up when I bought it, and had all the basic programs I needed (except office which has to be bought seperately). The keyboard isn't "clicky" which annoys me on some models, and the mouse pad is direct centre of the base, which I find easier to use than many laptops that are off to the side. I have found for the majority of time the laptop has not overheated which has been a major problem for me with older laptops!
Other negatives however, the sound quality isn't great - it would be preferable to also have a set of speakers if you wanted to listen to music regularly. Also, it doesn't run games very well (for example, the only game I can get to run is Sims 2 without expansion packs, Sims 3 and other games such as Skyrim have absolutely no chance) so if you need to play games, steer clear.
I bought my Dell just before going to university, hoping it would last me the three years and it did... just.
It is very easy to setup and use and it was ready to use within 15 mins of turning it on. The keyboard and trackpad are ergonomic and also relatively good looking compared to most. Beware when you buy however that the colours of the laptop are often slightly different to how described online, particularly the blue.
Advantages are that it has always been fairly quick to load up programs and has a very large RAM and memory for the money. I have to be honest I have never played video games on it so have no idea whether that would slow it down. The screen is very bright and does not lose intensity over time.
Disadvantages are that the battery and charger were awful and only lasted a year before I had to keep it plugged in constantly. I have heard this is a consistent problem with Dell. The other main problem is the speakers are very tinny sounding. If you enjoy your music don't buy this laptop.
Overall I would say it is nothing special but a good all rounder and good value for money.
I've had this laptop for about 2 years now after replacing my big desktop type computer that just completely packed in (it was an old, old PREHISTORIC system!) This is a lovely looking laptop, I have the one with the white lid so it's very sleek looking and has a glossy surface. Its quite slim and fits into an ordinary laptop bag so it is quite easy to transport around (I took mine on a cruise with me and it was just like carrying around another handbag so it really wasn't too bad to carry extra).
However the glossy surface has become a bit of a problem, especially for OCD people like myself, as it becomes really streaky and dirty and it's virtually impossible to clean!
Anyway, the actual laptop system is pretty simple and quick. All the buttons are simple and load up really fast. One thing that threw me was that it doesn't come with a Microsoft Office so I did have to pay for that extra (which was like £70!!!) However this is ideal for teens such as myself. I wouldn't recommend it for like businessmen or anything because it just seems more available for the young ones!
There are 3 USB ports for all your gadgets, great quality screen and colour, SD card port for your camera transfers, and all the other usual things such as headphone slots and webcam.
Actually I have one BIG BOOBOO! The battery life is rubbish! Well actually it lasts like when you unplug it for ages but after 18 months of having this laptop the battery DIED! It cost me £30 to replace which was a bit depressing because it's a great product. But apart from that this USA great laptop for teens doing school work or just young people in general this would be a great first laptop.
I've had this laptop for about 3 years now and it's never let me down. Dell is a recognised brand name, trusted by most. It looks good with its glossy finish (mine's in red). The keys are 'clicky' which I like also.
It came with Windows Vista Home Premium pre-installed. Pentium Dual Core 2.30GHz processor.
The screen is hi-res, and very detailed, which makes it great for watching movies and playing games.
The only negative is the battery. I find it does drain quickly when playing DVDs or games or looking at very high resolution photo albums. This can be resolved though by using the mains cable when performing such tasks.
The touchpad is smooth and responsive, and the buttons are large.
Overall, it isn't bad for a budget laptop, and is around three times quicker than the average netbook.
I use it only for personal stuff, as I have a laptop with work.
I brought this laptop after I accidently broke my old one, I have had it for over a year and I had always been told dell was one of the best and when Tescos had a special offer on I decided Id get one, I went the passion purple lid and at just over £300 it was cheap for what I received.
I have no idea on the spec of the laptop so this is what dell says '' built-in Wi-Fi. A powerful Intel Pentium Dual Core processor offers seamless multitasking, coupled with 4GB of internal memory making it perfect for everyday computing tasks. The 15.6" WXGA TL widescreen display offers stunning image quality for watching your favourite movies. A huge 500GB hard drive lets you store all your favourite photos and music, and quickly transfer your digital photos and music from your camera, phone or mp3 player with the 7-in-1 media card reader. The Dell Inspiron comes pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium, and offers a 4-4.5 hour battery life, making it ideal to take with you on the go.''
There is no built in webcam, but webcams are cheap to come by, so that wasn't an issue.
The laptop is fast and easy to use, the main screen of the laptop looks like that of a mac, and it comes with all the usual installations windows has, such as the media player, internet explorer and much more.
However dell say the battery life is 4 to 4.5 hours I will totally disagree with this, if it's not on charge the battery only last approx. 2hours if your that lucky.
I have found that the internet explorer crashes a lot, and the laptop as a whole has become very slow and every so often it becomes completely unresponsive.
Also I have found that it gets very hot and starts making very loud noises while its trying to cool itself down, I understand being sat on a lap, a table and sofas is not going to do it any good, however I have cleaned out the fans and it is still extremely hot, on some occasions I have to lift the back end of the laptop up to cool it down else it would literally burn my jeans off my leg.
It's a good laptop for the price, but the battery life, overheating and internet problems leave a lot to be desired. I'd recommend this as a first laptop, if you're on a budget or a studnt as the ram and memory space is excellent, its super-fast and stores a lot considering its such a small laptop.
I enjoy using this laptop, its ease of use makes like a lot easier and with a good sized key board and good track pad its excellent.
I've had my Dell Inspiron laptop for three years now. Its a good laptop, has a good processor and hard drive. I have put up with a few faults. The first that the battery life has always been very poor, for the two years of usage I have had to keep the laptop plugged into the mains. This is not great as the whole point of a laptop is for it to be able to move it around easy.
The second fault which I've had from day one is the screen, this only happens sometimes, when you first swith the laptop on or leave it for a while and come back to it, the screen will be all blurry. It looks like the screen has gone, but then I turn it off and back on and its fine.
I've also had some problems with the internet, being able to see pictures and links but i'm not sure if this is down to my internet speed.
Now for the good points.
Its got a webcam, wireless and sd card reader. 3 usb ports. It does come with vista, which at the time I got my laptop was the latest operating system. I found it to be very good and easy to use. The Dell laptops come in many different colours too, so you can get what colour suits you.
I chose to buy this laptop because I thought Dell were a reliable make, it has lasted me three years so far but it does have its faults...
I'll get the only downside out the way first so that i can concentrate on the positives... Battery life, When i take out the power adaptor and continue to use my laptop the battery lasts maybe 2 hours tops... videos or music and your looking at an hour, maybe this is to do with age and the fact that as its my only computer i have it plugged in constantly at home so i probably brought the battery life down on my own...
But apart from that it is a great laptop, I'M USING IT TO WRITE THIS REVIEW :) it's solid hardware, taken quite a beating with being lugged around and abused and it still stands strong, i've just finished giving it a little clean up and de-frag as well as updating vital software and it's running great, no problems what so ever. I get wound up when people insist on getting the latest super high power laptops when they use them for using the internet and a few word documents a year...
By all means if you are a video editor or music producer you may need the latest advanced kit but for average joe this is more than enough. I use high powered modern laptops at work as i'm a stage technician and running shows or conferences requires up to date hardware requirements but as for my personal day to day use this has served me well and i hope it continues to do so for another year or two.
Sure every peice of kit has a life expectancy and i know il upgrade sooner or later but 4 years so far... thats not bad going :)
I've had this laptop for close to three years now, and during that time it has taken some abuse (both physical, by being carried in not the best ways, and software by only ever giving it a good clear out once). Apart from the battery it's still in complete working order, which I think for a laptop going through what it has is nothing short of a miracle.
The tiny 4 cell battery that comes with it was almost pointless. Even if you crag its use out you will only get around two hours out of it. I spent the bit extra once I'd got it to upgrade the battery to the largest it could handle (a 9 cell) and that extended the normal use battery life to around 7 and a half hours, which has been more than enough. However, thanks to me not taking the best care of it the battery has now died, but it did last two years of constant draining and recharging, which is more than the average time for a li-ion battery in my experience.
Even though it's nearly three years old it still does everything I need it to. When I bought it it did have Vista on, but since then I took the free upgrade option for Windows 7 and that was, of course, a massive improvement.
The laptop itself looks fine, the design is pleasant to look at and ergonomically the keyboard and touchpad are nicely placed and comfortable to use. Before upgrading to Windows 7 the touchpad was very hit and miss, until I had to customise it to remove half of it's functions for it to work. Windows 7 fixed all that though. To my surprise as well, considering this is a relatively cheap laptop, the keyboard is still completely fine. I'd expect at least one or two keys to be going at this point, but none at all.
If you don't want to spend a fortune, and just want a working laptop for normal use, you cannot go wrong with this one.