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I was getting very tired of my old laptop taking forever to start up, log into websites, and not shutting down properly so i wanted to treat myself to a new one. I really wanted to avoid the problems i had before so i did a lot of research. This laptop was not actually on my 'check it out list' but Dell laptops in general were. I wanted some specific things from a new laptop, including a high speed processor, having windows 8, being able to play DVD's, having decent speakers, WIFI, and a decent amount of memory. I was wanting to spend around £500-£600. I checked out a lot of laptops and this one just kept coming out top of the bunch within my price range.
After purchase I was immediately impressed with the high quality design, the high speed processor, the clarity and size of the screen, and the sound, which i have to say is amazing. I was delighted to be able to play both regular and blue ray DVD's, connect to the internet via WIFI in seconds, being able to multi task, switch between windows smoothly and the speed of start up and close down is the fastest i have ever seen.
This laptop more than meets my requirements, and i'm planning on keeping it for several years. It has all sorts of extras which just scream high quality - there is a back light on the keyboard for example - such a simple thing and yet it makes using it a real pleasure. The graphics are amazing and perfect for gaming as well as photo editing. Even after several months of use and numerous additional demanding software programs added (including photoshop) the speed is just stunning. This is definitely the best investment i have made in a long time.
I'm struggling to think of any bad points but determined to provide a balanced review, so the only thing i will highlight is the weight. It's not exactly something i would want to be carrying around a lot as its around 3KG.
Main Spec: 3rd Generation Intel® CoreTM i7-3632QM Processor, Windows 8, 8192MB memory, 15.6in Full High Definition display with AntiGlare, studio-quality sound suite + Skullcandy Speakers, 1000GB hard drive and Blue Ray/Standard combo DVD drive.
I have my Dell Inspiron for approximately 3 months now. My experience to date is very satisfactory. My version of Inspiron came with Windows 8 which might be a bit confusing until you get used to it, a personal tip is to think about your laptop as if it was either a tablet or smart-phone and you should find it easy to use. My version doesn't come with the touch screen, however I believe the touch screen upgrade would give the user a whole new experience.
In regard of keyboard one of the most responsive I ever came across, while the number pad is convenient without making the laptop bulky.
What I like about the 15R is that it has 15.6" display which is quite a nice size for a laptop, however the good thing is that it's very light, how lap tops should be after all. I find it convenient to travel and carry around.
If you need a laptop to use for browsing, social networking and communication I commend the Inspiron. In regard of battery till now it's quite fine up to 5 hours of usage. In regard of usage at high temperatures 35°C and over the device works impeccably, (I live in Malta, Europe average temperature in Summer 30°C).
Another note is the brushed aluminium that is a nice relief to the usual boring plain black business look laptops.
Downside comes from the price since it may seem to be a bit on the higher side when comparing with other laptops from other brands.
If you are looking for an easy to use, easy to carry and high durability I think you should give a consideration to Inspiron 15R.
I bought my Dell Inspiron 15R about 12 months ago from PC World. It had Windows 7 and all the usual tools that you need, except MS Office, which you will probably have to buy as an add-on. I do think this is a cheek, by the way, as what else are you going to do with it, other than play games, watch films, spend time social networking.....
Anyway, I digress.
The big screen is actually really good for all of the things mentioned above and when you have Office loaded as well, it is as much of a laptop that you will need, to be honest.
It is responsive, well laid out and has enough weight to feel like it's not going to break, but not so heavy you can't move it around with one hand, while balancing a coffee in the other!
The down-side - battery-life. I know some people expect to have hours and hours, but I am not that greedy, yet am still left a little disappointed with what I get.
Don't get me wrong this is a good computer, but the battery died out (couldn't hold a charge longer than 15 minutes) a few months after I purchased it. If it weren't for that I would give this computer better ratings. The screen is fairly large and it's was pretty light to me for its size. It did trouble me though since the battery died and I had to spend another twenty dollars to replace it, and the fact that when ever I had to use it I needed the charger to keep it from dying. The one I bought did not come with windows office so if you're a student you have to spend extra money to buy it. It does come with window 7 home premium which all computers have now, but most still didn't have it during the time preiod which I bought this. Also when the battery was still working perfectly fine it died within five or so hours, so it's not dependable for long term use. I'm telling you this now this is not a high end computer it can be used for gaming or what ever, but it is not as good as the high priced ones. So if you really need a good laptop just spend another hundred to avoid the nuisances I got with this laptop. But considering the price and how cheap I am this was a good buy minus the battery dying.
I bought my Dell Inspiron 15r laptop last year and it has been great!
In terms of aesthetics, I love the look of it, it came with a sleek diamond black cover. The screen is average size but HD and the sound is good considering it's a laptop and the speakers are inbuilt. Mine has an i5 processor so it is pretty fast. The built in webcam is superb, you can take some good pics. The memory size is 4GB means you can store lots of files.
An additional feature that I like is that you can personalise the laptop by changing the covers as they have clips to switch them.
The only things I was not completely happy about are the CD/DVD cover and the mouse. The cover on the right hand side which opens for CDs was a little flimsy and sometimes I have to clip it back on. However this is a minor issue with an inspired laptop! At times the mouse can become stuck and this means you have to wait for it to move. But this in truth only happens from time to time.
I have found that the battery life is fine and I do use it lots for work and home. I would recommend this laptop to anyone who has to use a laptop lots and wants style and function.
I decided to get this dell laptop after doing a LOT of research. I think I made a good decision. This is a great laptop, it is perfect for what I need it for (Using the internet, listening to music, watching DVDs, Microsoft Office, Skype) just the basics. I don't do any high processing activities like playing World of Warcraft or running crazy programmes. All I do is basic stuff.
I love the fact that it is customizable. The lid clicks off and you can switch between different coloured and patterned designs. It makes it feel like a new laptop every time I switch it. I have quite a collection of different ones now! The plain coloured ones are quite cheap to buy about £5-10 each, but the patterned ones can be quite expensive £30-60 ish.
The one and only problem is that it has some sort of touch pad glitch. This is a problem some other users have had. Every now and then the touch pad sticks, so I am stuck in scroll mode, or I loose the mouse, or it double clicks on everything I hover over, or tried to select everything. It does not happen all the time, but enough for me to have noticed. It lasts about 5 minutes then all goes back to normal. Very odd.
Other than that it is perfect for me, the battery life is brilliant, the processing is quick, the set up was straightforward but did take some time to load drivers etc so be prepared to waste a bit of time doing that.
Really, nice, awesome lappy. Real worth for you money. Just use good configuration to get better performance. After all performance does matter over good looks. Dell is one of the most popular brands now a days. I would recommend 4 GB RAM to meet all your needs. As usual do not load your system with unnecessary soft wares & have good anti virus to keep your system protected. Using system utilities like C Cleaner or Glary Utilities would help your system to keep neat & clean from inside.I would say good value for your money.
I have had quite a few laptops in my time, but never a Dell. I thought it time to give them a try.
After paying out £550 for this brand new from Curry's, I hoped it was worth it. In looks it is quite sleek and stylish with the brushed steel looking cover, with a neutral slate colour. The keyboard is soft to touch i.e. not clunky, and is responsive to a fast typer. The screen is clear and sharp and shows off the already installed wallpapers pretty well. The processor is fast, I would say one of the fastest I have had on a laptop, but that may just be because everything is getter faster, better, cheaper etc. The hard drive is a good size, and I have not even come close to using half even though I tend to use iTunes for film and music downloads quite regularly.
The battery life is decent; you can get a good 3-4 hours of browsing, not just in sleep mode like a lot of the laptops out at the moment.
I did however have a major issue. The hard disc totally died and I had to have it replaced, wiping the whole thing clean. This happened after owning it for about 6 months; I don't know if this is just bad luck on my part or whether it is common for Dell laptops. Luckily I did have insurance so this was fixed free of charge.
Overall, I would say it is a good buy. Not worth the amount I paid, but definitely a good choice if you can get a good deal.
I love this laptop especially after my old one has now virtually conked out. I use it for work as a PE teacher to do my planning with and use for lesson plans whilst also browsing the internet for sports news and social networking. For me this fits the bill perfectly.
I like the large, easy to use buttons. The key board is good for navigating through and the buttons are also responsive. You only have to tap lightly for them to work. Not like my old one where you needed to press down hard to get anything to work. I also find the system simple to look at but also rather stylish. I would describe it as neatly finished at the corners and with its silver outer lining looks very smart.
It has a built in webcam that is of good quality. The images are not blurry or delayed and having used it quite regularly recently to skype my friend in Australia I can vouch for that.
I tend to upload my pictures to facebook quite a lot and this laptop is useful because it allows you to put in your memory card port and you can upload your digital photos in seconds. It also has a USB port at the back of the computer which is good for me when doing my work and makes it easy to save everything.
The screen is lovely and clear. Great for viewing images and videos on youtube. It is also great for playing these videos and is quick enough to mean that any buffering is minimal. What also helps is the large storage capacity the laptop has for data too. You need not worry about saving items to your desktop or saving all you many holiday photos as it just does not appear to slow it down.
I also love the way you can switch rapidly through different websites. For example you can move from one site to another within seconds without having to close sites down to take a look. If you are anything like me this is real god send. I have at least 15 pages open right now but it is not a problem for the system. If you like to toggle then this is perfect for you.
The mouse on the centre of the laptop is good to easy to operate and it has an excellent battery life. You can easily get 2 hours use of out of it when it is unplugged and there are various modes that you can use to save on power too.
This is a great laptop. You should be looking to pay around the £350 mark for it and although there are cheaper laptops out there your will appreciate the extra little functions it has to offer. Couple with with the fact it is sleek and stylish and you are onto a winner. I really like it and hope you will too.
Well, I could write about the 2nd generation intel core processors, or the 15.6" display, or the 500GB hard drive or the many other impressive technological, big word things which this machine posseses, but being someone who doesn't really care as much about the fangle dangles as I do about the fact that this laptop comes in pink and has the Internet and switches on... I won't bore you. Consider this the review for dummies.
So when my Compaq whatever it was starting taking over 20 minutes to load up, I thought it was time for a change. I had about a £500 budget (I think this was £400 or so) and wanted something basic, yet with memory enough for all of my music. I also wanted to run Microsoft Office for work purposes, and wanted something that was aesthetically pleasing. Call me an idiot but the pink and the sleek, sophisticated, sexy design really were selling points. Oh, it also had a disc drive and 3 USB ports which were useful.
So here I am with the instruction manual out having located the charger and pressed the on button. Problem number one and two and three I guess. The on button - what is wrong with it?! You have to hold it down for about 10 seconds at a funny angle and still you are lucky if it switches on. It's a bit of a random - 'do I feel like switching on today or not' scenario. Let me know if you can master this one.
The second problem of course is the battery life. 'Up to 4.5 hours of batter life' - excellent I think - I like to sit infront of the TV and use the computer where there is no free socket to plug into. Mistake. About 2 hours later I find a warning sign saying '17% left, 10 minutes battery life remaining'. And even then the charger doesn't always work - I even ended up in one of those situations where you take the product back for not charging properly and as soon as a proper person looks at it, it works perfectly. Thanks Dell. Not only a rubbish product, but full-on embarrassment also.
Thirdly was the initial setup programme. One false move and you could lose everything. It was not easy to follow and I ended up having to restart and restore to original settings several times before it worked properly which also meant I lost one of the 3 attempts at my Microsoft Office passkey things. GRRRRRR!!! Ok ok, I know they can do it instore, but as a young independent women on a budget I want to and should be able to do these things on my own right?
Next thing - loading up. So having altered my 3.5 year old Compaq for a faster running machine, I expected better. Load up time is about 4-5 minutes, but this is still too long for me. It definitely should not take this long for a computer to boot up. Although I do like the Hbernate function which halves this time. Still, not impressed really. If I need to check my emails in hurry for my highly busy job where time is essential, I do not want to wait 4 - 5 minutes to do so. Infact I'd rather use my phone now as this seems quicker.
Another problem is the keypad. The keys stick! If I didn't apply so much force or make use of the 'backspace' button so much my typin ould proably be full of missd out letters a it like this because they get stuck and do not prss down fully (and now for the proper, heavy handed translation which should be included anyways - 'my typing would probably be full of missed out letters a bit like this because they get stuck and do not press down fully' - a great way to burn calories however). Definitely a no no when you type as fast as I do and need to get a job done without any problems.
So I think the programmes all run ok and it doesn't seem to freeze a whole lot. I've only had 2 blue screen messages so far saying I'm about to die or something if I don't press any key - I never really pay much attention and am probably making the situation worse by pressing the on/off button (if it works) but still. Those moments have fortunately been few and far between.
So I guess overall it's a pretty poor model from such an esteemed brand name. I certainly won't be buying this make again. Although at least it works, which is more than the Samsung model I bought did - that one had to get sent back altogether!
What a stylish and effective piece of kit, the laptop has a 640GB hardrive, the I5 2.4Ghz processor combined with 4Gb Ram, which in my opinion is a great combination as it can run big programs like Autocad. It has the nVidia GeForce GT 525M graphics card with 1GB of graphics memory, so if you want to play any games it is more than capable.
The screen has crystal clear images and is a HD screen so streaming HD video is very nice, it comes with a built in speaker, however, from my experience it lacks volume if you are watching something, personally I have connected a set of USB speakers to make it audible enough.
The laptop comes with Windows 7 which is a great operating system, very user friendly with many features.
It lacks USB slots (it comes with three) if you have a wireless mouse and USb powered hard drive then if you need to connect anything else you will require removing something or getting a expander.
It also has SATA connection, bluetooth connection, Modem slot, Web camera, SD card reader and the Wireless G high speed card, which works really well.
I recently bought this laptop with the following specifications:
Intel Core i3-2330M processor
4GB DDR3 Ram
640GB Hard Drive
1 GB nVidia GeForce GT 525M
I paid £499 although it is currently available for £489
As you can see it is not the most basic version of the 15R but the mid range one with dedicated graphics card.
The performance of the laptop is fantastic, the i3 processor significantly faster than the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200 that was in my old desktop. It is the latest Sandybridge so you are getting the best, most up to date laptop. The processor nips through any task and is great at multi-tasking as I often have 15+ tabs open in separate browser windows as well as google earth and itunes running and there is almost no lag when running all these programs. This is also helped by the 4GB of RAM which helps massively with multi-tasking and is more than enough for what you will need unless you are doing heavy duty video editing.
The main thing that makes this laptop such good value for money is the graphics card which is a 1GB Nvidia Geforce 525M and handles every game I've thrown at it (Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2 etc) with fluid framerates even at medium-high settings. This has always been my big problem with laptops, that they don't come with good graphics cards unless your paying £700+ but here is a laptop with a very good graphics card for just £489.
There is a 640GB hard drive in this laptop which is relatively large so you can store large amounts of music and pictures etc, I would have preferred a 1TB+ hard drive as I keep a lot of video on it but you can always buy an external hard drive.
The screen is full HD and is very vivid and clear when playing HD videos on youtube etc. I haven't had a laptop for some years having switched to desktops, so this was a big improvement for me and since I bought this laptop to play games it means that games are displayed in high quality.
The laptop is relatively heavy at 2.6kg so not really built for massive portability, but if you aren't moving it around a lot it is a good choice, I bought it because I may be moving abroad so cannot take a desktop on the plane.
The build quality is very good, the laptop feels solid and not at all flimsy like some cheaper models. The back of the screen is removable and you can replace it with expensive lids bought from Dells website.
Overall this is a fantastic laptop for the price, with these specs I would have expected to pay at least £700 so to get it for less than £500 is a great price.
** Why I Chose The Dell 15R Inspiron Laptop **
I previously had a Samsung Netbook which was absolute rubbish, to add my mum had the same and hers was also rubbish. It was slow, kept freezing and just a nightmare to use. So it got to the point where I just gave up and decided to go and buy a brand new Laptop from PC World. It was quite a spur of the moment thing. On hindsight I should have done more research as the customer service in my PC world is pretty lack lustre. But I had an idea of what I wanted.
My request was specifically for a Dell laptop. Why? Purely through recommendation. (Word of mouth is the best marketing tool!). My boyfriend has a Dell Laptop and has had it for several years now. It works like a dream and is connected to the internet in seconds. While using my old netbook, it was only just starting up and my boyfriend was already checking his emails on his Dell!
Other than being particular on this occasion about the brand, I wanted a good looking laptop that would work fast and be great for the internet. A decent battery life and preferably a web cam. I don't think this was too much to ask, and there are so many laptops around that I knew I would find one to fit my simple needs.
I chose Dell as I said before, because of seeing how good my boyfriend's laptop works. I also know of Dell through their advertising and their website and I felt secure choosing a brand known for its computer technology. I guess the saying about Jack of all trades and master of none is true for makers of technology as well.
** Setting Up**
I hate Setting up new technology. I am far too impatient and I just want to get up and running. So I was happy that this laptop was literally plug in and go. It was all self-done to be honest. I didn't have to install loads of things to get going.
The power button is on the top left hand corner under the lid, which means no worrying about pressing the switch or breaking the button. When the computer is on a white light comes on at the bottom left indicating its all systems go.
** Specifications **
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Dimensions (mm) 375 x 33 x 262
Weight (kg) 2.625
Processor Intel Pentium R6100 2GHz Ram (GB)
4.0 Storage capacity (GB)
320 Disk speed (rpm)
5400 Sound and vision
Screen size (inches) 15.6
Screen resolution 1366 x 768
Intel HD Graphics [Pentium] Stereo speakers
Other application software Adobe Flash Player 10, Adobe Reader 9.1, Dell Datasafe, Dell Webcam Central, Java 6, Microsoft Silverlight, Roxio Burn, Skype 4.2, Wild Tangent Games, Windows Live Essentials Other software McAfee Security Center.
Battery 3.5 hours
USB ports 3 HDMI Port 1
** Design **
I don't take it lightly when I spend a lot of money and although how it works is most important, it is also important to me that my laptop looks good. I want something that looks sharp and modern. This laptop does the trick. It has a shiny, dark grey, metallic lid and the main body of the laptop is the same colour. It looks great although smudge marks and finger prints show up a lot! In my opinion it looks very expensive and professional. With a sleek and simple design.
I find that the keyboard itself is relatively large and the extra numeric keypad usually to large laptops and desk top computers has also been squeezed in without losing any space, which is great. The laptop is quite weighty (2.6kg) so wouldn't be ideal for people who want a laptop for on the go. I bought this specifically to use at home so it is fine for me. I have noticed that you have to be a bit careful when moving it around. Because it is so heavy, the battery tends to feel a little bit loose, so no flinging about!
The HD screen is a 15.6 inches widescreen with a very clear and bright display. I find that websites especially games etc. look vivid and in perfect colour. It is great for watching films or looking at pictures and creates the perfect image. Although because of how glossy the screen is you can find that lights reflect quite a lot so you may have to adjust where you sit and the lighting around it. But a positive to combat this is that the screen goes back a lot further than most laptops, so whatever position you are in you can find the perfect angle.
Overall I really liked the simple but stunning design and it definitely gets the thumbs up from me.
** Speed **
Speed to me was very important when choosing my new laptop. I hate waiting and I hate it even more when things freeze due to taking too long. This laptop has a 2.4GHz Core i5 450M processor and I find it to run incredibly smoothly. It boots up within seconds and everything is done in a click. I can run several programmes at the same time and so far (after 7 months of use) nothing has crashed or froze. It runs everything smoothly from online games to having 5 or 6 documents open at the same time. This is perfect for my impatient self and I could not have asked for more.
Even in terms of shutting down unless updating, it takes seconds for the laptop to fully close so I never feel concerned that it has just gone into hibernation because it has taken so long in shutting down.
The speed of the laptop is also down to its 500GB hard disk. Because of the large disk space things run quick and snappy. To be honest due to previous issues with laptops I don't keep much stored anymore. So pictures and music are stored elsewhere, although I feel safe knowing that this laptop would handle my files well and still run at a good speed.
** Positives **
In my opinion this laptop has a lot going for it and I have not regretted my decision at all so far.
The sound is great which is good for me as I love listing to music on my laptop. Especially directly from the internet. The built in premium sound speakers are clear and quite loud. It does not have much bass, but this is a computer after all and not a stereo!
The Inspiron has four USB ports, one of which doubles as an eSATA port for connecting fast external storage. I didn't realise this was specifically for that purpose but now I know it is a great feature. As I said before I am not a fan of keeping my documents on my laptop so the super transfer to the external storage is right up my street.
Another major thing for me was how quickly this computer connects with my wireless router. My 2 previous models (a Samsung Netbook and Advent Laptop) were pretty slow then took a while before the actual first page was displayed. This Dell Inspiron however is brilliant. Within a few seconds it is connected and so easy to set up. I stayed at a friend's house recently and once she gave me her password for her network I was sorted. It was just as easy as being at home. A few clicks and I was away.
** Negatives **
I have very few negatives about the Dell Inspiron 15R. One is that the fan is on the left hand side of the laptop and it would be much better if it was at the back as I feel that it doesn't cool the laptop down as much as it should. It does get very hot but that is also down to the length of time I spend attached to the laptop.
The Battery lasts up to 3.5 hours which I don't think is long enough. Especially as it depends on what you are running on the laptop and your screen settings. I keep the battery in most of the time and if I was to take the laptop with me somewhere I would feel more comfortable taking the charger with me. So this adds to the point that this is not really a portable laptop.
** Price **
I bought my laptop for approximately £549.00. To be honest I have put a bit of a block on the price in my mind because it is so much money. I know you can get this particular laptop cheaper if you look around online but the prices vary from £450 to £650. So plan ahead if you can. If I didn't buy this on a spur of the moment, desperate attempt to not throw my old laptop out the window moment, then I definitely would have shopped around to get the best price.
** Recommendation **
This Laptop ticks all the boxes I wanted and after 7 months is still running as smooth as day 1. I feel comfortable that Dell knows what they are doing and knows what the consumer wants from a laptop.
It looks great, runs fast, works well and is an easy to use laptop. I would 100% recommend this to anyone who wants an all-round good quality laptop but who doesn't want it be a laptop on the go as it really is too bulky.
I like it best for its speed, great display and its brilliant coordination with wireless internet.
I am 100% happy with my purchase and the best Laptop I have had so far. Thumbs up!