Product Type: Dell laptops
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A solid, trusty laptop
Dell Inspiron 1545
Member Name: RagingTime
Dell Inspiron 1545
Advantages: Resilient, solid, dependable
Disadvantages: Power cable dies yearly. Not exclusive to Dell, though.
I got the Dell Inspiron in summer 2009 (not summer 2011), so it has had 2 years serving under my furiously tapping fingers. It has been a solid and able companion, rarely breaking, having very few service issues and apparent immunity to viruses (although this may be the 4000 firewalls and antivirus software I hide behind). There has been one issue, however. The charging cable that comes with the laptop broke after about a year, and I had it replaced. I then replaced it with a cheap, individual seller standard cable which also lasted me a year until I had that too replaced this week. I don't think this is exclusive to Dell, but it is something you may want to keep in mind when buying a laptop as cheaply made, short lasting power cables seem to be the norm these days. That aside, the Inspiron has been a faithful companion, never complaining when it has been bent/dropped/drink spilled on/held irresponsibly. It is slick looking and sturdy and it would take a big knock to break it, in my opinion. I've dropped it down a flight of stairs and apart from scratches and a sense of guilt, all was fine. The sides of the laptop do begin to peel a plasticky/gluey residue after a year or two but this isn't anything major. Overall it has been a solid laptop and has served me well. Considering I got it for just under £300 due to a massive discount/delivery/voucher bonus combo, it has represented great value for money. Recommended for someone needing an everyday laptop, solid but unspectacular.
Summary: A good solid reliable laptop for everyday use.
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