My parents bought me this laptop when I started high school so I could type up essays, research stuff, go on Facebook, etc. without taking up so much time on the family computer. At first, I was in love with it, everything about it was perfect. Unfortunately though, I now believe that I was simply suffering new-computer-disease, where one thinks their new PC is perfect simply because it is.. new.
After owning it about a year (only a 6-month warranty) I started having problems. Like when I would try to left click using the pad, it wouldn't work sometimes. Little, annoying stuff. After reading another review here on DooYoo about this laptop it seams I'm not the only one who had problems with clicking.
Like most all laptops, the battery on this guy blew after like a year. Have it unplugged for more than 3 minutes and risk emergency shutdown. Though I guess I can't really complain because, unfortunately, this is a very known common problems with all brands of laptops. Still, felt I should include that this one is no exception to the sucky-battery rule of thumb.
The other big deal was the noticeable difference in speed on this thing. Like, I knew it wasn't some supercomputer when my parents had given it to me, but I least would expect to be able to watch a couple music videos on YouTube without waiting 20 minutes. I don't know why exactly but it seemed that over time the speed to do anything on this computer just dropped dramatically.
Anyhow, after having this guy for 2-3 years I finally bought a new laptop (my mistake was that the new one is also a Dell, news flash people, DELL STINKS). I ended up wiping the drive, reinstalling Windows, and giving to my younger brother after I had snagged a new computer. I think since then he has thrown it out. I really don't care, I'm just glad I'm done with it.
I got this computer around 4 years ago when I first started University. It seemed to work well, I connected it up to the internet in my student halls, and it seemed to do the job. All I needed in a computer was something I could access the internet on, type my essays and play some music, nothing to complicated or technical.
This review will be of my experiences with the computer, rather than it's technical specifications and features which can be found any where that is selling the computer.
It was once I had had this computer a few months that the problems began. It was just small, strange things that went wrong, for example, sometime I would try to move the cursor and it wouldn't react on the screen, or I'd click to open a program, and it just wouldn't open. Unfortunately when I tried to show anyone these problems, they didn't happen, as it was only from time to time that these things wouldn't work. The computer whizzes couldn't find anything to be techincally wrong with it, and it never did anything unusual when they tried it.
This continued for a while, and was just very annoying an frustrating as I continued on through uni. My the time I reached my final year (when of course the computer was past its manufacturer's garuantee) that it really gave me trouble. The computer had only come with Microsoft Works, instead of Microsoft Office. This meant that when I tried to send essays to tutors, and CVs out to graduate jobs, they couldn't open my documents as they all had Office. I decided to buy Microsoft Office to solve this problem, but the computer wouldn't register it, wouldn't accept the disc, wouldn't let any of the programs work once it was finally on there. As you can imagine, this frustrated me no end.
The ability to turn the computer off also failed. When I clicked the shut down button, the computer just ignored me! You had to hold down the power button to turn it off, which isn't very good for the computer. However, the plus side of not being able to turn the computer off was that I didn't have to turn it on! Turning it on and waiting for it to set up and be ready for action took at least 20 minutes. This was absolutely hopeless for when I wanted to have a quick look at my emails in between lectures. I resorted to just leaving the computer on almost 24/7. It was very fortunate I lived in University accommodation, so i didn't have to pay the electricity bill!
The computer struggled to open most programs, if it did open them, it took about 5 minutes to do so, but most of the time it just ignored my requests. As a result, if I opened internet explorer, I tended to just leave it open on the screen.
When I graduated and found a job after three long years of fighting with this computer, I bought a brand new Sony laptop, and have never looked back.
I don't know if this experience was just a one off, there aren't any other reviews on here to compare my experiences with. However, from my point of view, I would advise against buying this laptop.