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This may not be the top of the range laptop but after owning it for over two years i can only say good things about it. The laptop has mainly been in a very poor environment with children and a lot of dust flying around and it still runs fine and the heat is still expelled from the vents without any blockages which is what i have experienced with my other 4 laptops (not dell). The media control buttons on the front of the laptop are also brilliant and make my music listening experience a lot better and i would not consider a future laptop without this functionality. I chose pretty much the basic Vostro 1500 from Dell and the performance is amazing for the price I paid. The laptop can play some pretty good quality games (Sims 3) without any issues. Overall I would definitely recommend the Dell Vostro Laptop Range and Dell in general as their service is excellent all round.
I've had my Dell Vostro 1500 for about 2 years now- I bought it through work and got a great price of £380 on it. The price included a lot of free extras, which at the time made it an amazing buy: it has bluetooth, dvd/rw, 2GB ram, a dual-core 1.5GHZ intel processor, and a GF 8400MS graphics card, making it more than enough laptop for my needs, and all loaded onto a copy of Windows Vista Business. I predominantly use my laptop for the internet and word processing (being a student) but I also use it for guitar recording with a Line6 toneport and it handles it with aplomb. I've also run Flight Simulator X on it without a problem, the graphics really are superb. When I take the laptop with me to places I often get asked how old it is. They tend to express shock when I say that it is 2 years old, as it looks new and is of a contemporary sleek design, with the blue LEDs and magnesium frame making for a particularly aesthetically pleasing computer with the beautiful glossy display- especially so now that I took an hour of my time to put a Windows 7 skin and visuals onto it about a week ago, so it appears exactly like a brand new Windows 7 laptop to the untrained eye! My only problems with the computer have really been heat ones- when you have it on your lap it can get hot, especially when not on power saver mode. Battery life is good but not great at 2 and a half hours of normal use with WiFi on. Also, vista is a bit buggy but this is a problem not limited to the laptop and it is being improved over time. It's a great laptop and incredibly robust, and at the time the value was absolutely fantastic.
I bought this laptop to replace my ancient desktop computer. In fact three of us at work bought Vostro 1500's but with slightly different upgrade features. The problem with reviewing Dell products is that you can pick n' mix the specification and upgrade a number of things such as graphics card, memory etc so my spec is appended to the end. The only issues I had with this laptop have been with the firmware. I bought the Vostro only a couple of weeks after Dell released it. Some of the components such as the graphics card were causing blue screens. It turned out to be a Vista compatibility problem. My colleague who also bought this laptop got so fed up he installed Windows XP and it worked perfectly. After a number of weeks Dell released some firmware updates and the laptop works a lot better in now. I do get blue screens once in a blue moon, but I suspect that Dell has sorted this now. In the main I am happy with it. I don't suffer short battery life as I have the oversized module (which does look ugly). The most useful attribute for me is the media panel at the front which works with most media players. If I buy a Dell in the future I will pick one that has been around for a month or two first. Final point, if you can afford it get the anti-glare WXGA screen as this looks amazing. - Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo Processor T7250 (2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2-cache) - Memory 3072MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (1x1024 + 1x2048 MB) - Video Card 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT - Hard Drive 160GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive - Genuine Windows VistaTM Business - English - LCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
I got this laptop to take to university with me. After much searching on the internet for a good compromise between specification and price, this is the one I chose. I don't regret buying this at all, as it has done me very well. I use it every day as my main computer, and it has also gone all over the world with me. However it hasn't exactly been reliable, and dell haven't exactly been helpful. The main issue is the cooling for the graphics card. Compared to the consumer inspiron version, the vostro only has one cooling pipe for the graphics card. This means that when playing some games, you get the lovely blue screen of death because the graphics card gets too hot. I have had my laptop repaired once: they replaced everything inside it, but unfortunately it still has the same problem. Having called dell this is a known problem, but they are quite reluctant to do anything about it, and its not convenient to be taking a day off every couple of months to wait in for a dell engineer. So for now I am just having to put up with the problem. If you can deal with the odd problem, or don't play games, then this is a brilliant buy.
Well what can i say!!!!! I love this machine, unlike the other reviewer i will talk about the machine listed above ( the other guy was reviewing the vostro 1000 not the 1500 as the 1000 was the AMD version ). First lets start with the weight, this is not a light laptop but this is not a bad thing in the case of this machine, the Vostro 1500 comes with a magnisium alloy chassis, this machine is a work notebook and as such the alloy chassis is made heavier and stronger to provide durability in the workplace, also some people may have noticed that alot of laptops come with some pretty bad keyboard flex ( in other words, when 1 key is pressed lots of the surrounding keyboard FLEX's up and down trampoline style ) this can be frustrating and lead to messy work when compiling word docs or emails. Again this is another reason for the alloy chassis. Typing on this baby is like typing on rock, for those that type lots for work and pleasure, i can strongly recomend this machine for that among many other reasons. Secondly this machine was able to be configured and built with the Geforce 8600 GT graphics card ( GPU ). This is a good thing, the 8600 is a mid range GPU capable of playing all games and most with fairly decent level settings, also most machines released at the same time with this card were atleast £300 more, even for the cheapest model and from a far inferior manufacturer, so supplying this card made the machine very desirable for gamers. Thirdly the device is compatible with Vista and XP. If you go to Dells website you will see they list drivers for both OS's. So this appealed to me again as my wife is a fan of XP and try as i might i can not get her onto Vista at this time. Then we have Dells Vostro business support, well unlike the poor support for their flagship XPS systems the Vostro support ( being a business support ) is absolutly fantastic, second to none and so refreshing. If you have a problem with this machine they will get and engineer to your door next business day... WOW !!!!! As for the processing speed of machine with regaurd to multi tasking, this depends on CPU, i went for a T7500 CPU for my wife, i find the machine flies with this and is capable of handleing anything i or my wife throw at it. The mother board is capable of supporting 4 GB of RAM which is nice, also the machine came with Bluetooth and a 2 megapixle web cam. Most other machines came with a 1.3 mega pixle web cam, making the images on this very clear and sharp when compared to most. The laptop comes with another little gem and that is, it comes with a splash protection plate underneath the keyboard in case of liquid spillages
I had the 64 bit Turion version of this machine with 2 Gigs of RAM and Windows XP on it. The processing speed and ability to handle multiple applications simultaneously without slowing down significantly was the most impressive feature to me about this machine. I am used to having at least 10 applications open at any given time, and this is excluding multiple browser sessions (note that IE 8 beta and Google Chrome which I use most frequently use independent processes for each tab). I also like to use the stand-by option and shut-down or re-start my machine only about once in a week or so, and the stand-by (which I've had issues with, in the past with other laptops) option worked quite well without any issues. The price was pretty competitive as well. Also, AMD processors are known for heating up, but the cooling system seemed quite effective on this laptop. On the down-side, my biggest complaint about it is its size. It's quite a heavy and baggy looking laptop. For me (and I presume for most others as well), the main reason I prefer laptop computers to desktops is the portability factor. When the laptop is not much smaller in size compared to a desktop and requires me to take an energy drink before lugging it around, kind of defies the purpose. The machine I used had an extended battery, which allowed me to use it un-plugged for long durations of time (~3-5 hours), but the added weight that brought on dampened this advantage quite significantly. I injured my fingers a couple of times while trying to squeeze it in to my backpack laptop case as well. The Hibernate option, which is again something I like to use often, did not work, and re-installation of the latest power drivers from the Dell site, also failed to get this feature to function. Last but not least, about 2 months after I started using it, I started to see blue-screens! The frequency increased to about two a day until I finally decided to re-install the OS. It worked fine again for about a week, before the dreaded blue-screens started to re-appear, after which I traded in the machine for a HP. So over, all the experience I had with this machine was not very good. A buddy of mine recently got the newer Vostro (can't recall the model number) which is much smaller and sleeker. It's a lot like an IBM ThinkPad in appearance. I am yet to see how well it functions over time.