Product Type: Dell laptops
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Great laptop .... eventually
Dell Studio XPS 13
Member Name: lenny87
Dell Studio XPS 13
Advantages: Powerful, great screen, large hard drive
Disadvantages: initial technical problems
I was extremely excited to get my hands on my Dell XPS when it released. The spec sounded ideal for my everyday uses of mainly surfing the web, playing games and software development. Unfortunately my initial experience of this machine was not up to the standard I expected from Dell. The laptop is a small to mid range laptop with the specification of a high end laptop.
Firstly the wireless card was faulty and had to be replaced twice, it is a known issue for this machine and the wireless card they use has been changed thanks to customer input and the part they now use in the Dell XPS is of higher quality.
Secondly, the hard drive failed after around 2 years of usage. Dell were superb in replacing the drive and I was told it was a known fault. Dell replaced the hard drive even though it was out of warranty for no fee.
Apart from those problems the laptop is superb. The performance has not dwindled in nearly three years of use. It sometimes overheats but not to an unbearable level.
The laptop has an excellent screen, the quality is incredible and no pixels have diminished over the time I've owned the laptop. The laptop has a great backlight keyboard. The keyboard is of great quality and none of the keys have even been stuck for the time I've used the machine.
The Dell XPS has a 500Gb hard drive and although I store a large amount of music and have a second operating system installed on a separate partition I am no where near being able to fill even half of the space.
The battery life on this laptop is quite adequate for a laptop of this age. I can normally get around 2 hours of use while listening to music and either gaming or programming.
Overall the laptop is a great purchase and I'm sure if you purchased one today that the initial problems I faced would not be faced by you. It is a great little laptop which is also powerful enough for a number of different, high intensive tasks. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a laptop and Dell's customer service was superb throughout the time I have owned the Dell laptop.
Summary: Superb laptop, value for money, great for developers.
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