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When me and my girlfriend were living apart and I would visit her for the weekends I decided I needed to buy a laptop. I should mention now that were both gamers, so I needed something to play while round her house. I did a little research and found the Dell XPS laptop which suits me pretty well.
To be honest the laptop is slightly on the heavy side and can be a bit cumbersome when moving it anywhere. It looks pretty good, I have a nice silver version which looks quite sleek and funky looking.
When starting it up, it comes on pretty quick which was something I really liked. It's processing speed is excellent and plays the games I normally play at a good speed. The large screen is excellent for all types of activities, writing, playing games, everything looks crisp and fresh.
One aspect of the laptop that I really like is the keyboard, it feels awesome to type on. My fingers just glide straight over the keys.
The memory isn't too bad, it suits my needs but the fact you can change it out quite simply is awesome as you can fit an SSD drive in there to help increase processing speeds. The battery life it alright and can last for several hours of gaming which suits me. The only other bad thing is that it can heat up quite a bit on the bottom, so don't leave it anywhere where heat is a problem.
You can buy the laptop for several hundred so I suggest saving up for it, however it is definitely worth it!
Also, buy a good laptop case to carry the heavy thing!
My parents purchased this and if I'm honest I think I use it more than they do! Simply because I don't have a laptop I have a slow 10 year old desktop.
Reviews for just this product can vary as many options are completely optional and the seller can sell the same product with different specifications. The specs for the one I am reviewing are as follows:
-Intel core i5
-Display:17.3 inches, 1920x1080 pixels
-Storage: Drivers: 2 drive size 1000 GB
-It weighs 8.3 pounds
-Default comes with Windows 7 home premium
-Has a Microphone
-Has a Subwoofer
-Has a Webcam
-Battery life is 3 hours
The laptop itself is built very well and it looks good. But seeing as the screen is 17.3 inches also these qualities mean it is very heavy and is not good for anyone that wants to carry it around or use it for work purposes, in my opinion it is just too big and heavy for someone on the move. Now the battery life is quite disappointing I find myself never using it without it being plugged in unless I know I am only using it for a short amount of time.
Now the default operating system was great, at the time it was the latest and I have no complaints about it, I have Windows 7 on my desktop and it has really breathed more life into the thing, although a replacement when I have the funds is needed. A note on the antivirus you don't get one with the laptop I have purchased Kaspersky and put that on it, I would recommend it, the best out of all I have had to try and the most user friendly.
The screen has a nice quality to it and doesn't falter through prolonged use or through time like some. The sound quality it very good especially with the sub woofer, the bass seems boosted though this is my opinion I have no fact to support that.
The speed of the laptop itself is good, not great but I do have some issues I will come onto later. The memory is great and what many will need if you are using just for home use, but it can be upgraded to your specific specifications if you so wish so it can suit your purpose.
I have been giving the good points, neutral points and information so far now let's get onto the bad shall we!
The touchpad itself can be very sensitive and when I am trying to scroll down a webpage or something similar it can zoom out of the page or zoom in which can be very frustrating, the main reason this is a problem for me is because I cannot see a way to disable this or make the touchpad less sensitive, otherwise it does work well and is not run down by time.
The laptop itself comes with a lot of unnecessary apps that you neither asked for nor wanted, they don't take up much space and can be removed it can just be a pain searching through installed programs and having to figure out for yourself whether they are going to be useful to you or not etc. One of the main ones I found was the 'Dell Stage' that is kind of like the windows 8 interface when you load up your laptop it is there with mail, games etc in one place, now this sounds good but for me it really wasn't it was a pain, unresponsive, sometimes didn't even work so I just stopped it opening on start up after a while. Also the internet seems to disconnect a lot it's strange my desktop and PS3 are completely fine with the internet, never had problems. Cannot see why.
Overall it is not the best laptop in the world but for simple home use and limited gaming it is good for the price! The price it was at when my parents purchased it was £160 now this version of it can be bought for around £100 if you are a serious gamer than this laptop will not be for you, don't get me wrong it can run some of the latest games but can lag and be unresponsive a lot with the newer ones. But it is great value for money, well built and can multi task well! Can have multiple tabs and applications open with no worries. I could not before I am very happy with it and can disregard the faults it does have as 99% of the time it works fine.
A Dell XPS 17 notebook with touchscreen, Intel i7 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 9-cell battery and 1 TB Hard Drive.
Why I bought it:
I was looking for an upgrade to a more powerful notebook with a larger screen, particularly for photo editing and music management. I was encouraged to try a Macbook, but I have always disliked the Macintosh operating system so this was an alternative for me.
The screen! I found the screen to be of superb quality. The 1600 x 900 resolution displays a crisp image and certainly exceeded my expectations. In fact, the entire build quality seems to be of a very high standard. The combination of processor, memory and hard drive space have also proven to be far superior to my previous notebook, and I am able to run multiple applications with ease!
The sound quality is second to none. Listening to my music CDs and watching films or TV has never been so great on a notebook. I am used to a metallic, tinny-sounding speaker system on portable computers, but this notebook presents a very special sound! I also upgraded the battery to a 9-cell, and this gives me about 5 hours of life on average: a vast improvement over my previous laptops.
In hindsight, the touchscreen was an unnecessary upgrade and I am a little disappointed at the responsiveness of the screen. The notebook also came loaded with dozens of unnecessary pieces of software ("bloatware"). In itself this isn't so bad, however this was magnified by the fact that most of the software were just trial versions and so had no long-term benefit in being on the computer whatsoever. I spent an entire evening hunting down and removing all of this stuff.
The laptop is also quite large, but this is due to the high resolution monitor. It does however weigh a significant amount more than my previous notebooks, but since I wasn't aiming for portability, this wasn't really an issue for me, but could be a consideration for other shoppers.
I believe this to be a superb desktop-replacement notebook. It meets my needs and exceeds in so many areas (sound and video, in particular!). I fixed one of the main disadvantages (the bloatware), and the touchscreen is simply an optional extra that I can choose to either use or ignore. I would recommend this notebook to anyone looking for a high-end system.
The laptop itself is very heavy and not easy to carry around but I don't need to carry a laptop around with me all the time so that is fine. It's a great computer and I use it for my self-employed Web Design business.
My only gripe is that it's very sensitive sometimes - I'll be using my mouse to click and drag things and something triggers the "viewing size options in the tools area" and it the screen starts to change size. I haven't worked out why it does this.
The speed of the laptop is brilliant and I can have lots of different windows open.
The battery life is 3 hours but you can't remove the battery - it's screwed in. I've had a few occasions where it has crashed. With previous computers and laptops I have just pressed "alt ctrl del" which has opened the task manager enabling me to close down the program not responding so I can start again. This option doesn't work on this Dell. There were a few times when after having the windows updates - the next time I logged on the computer would crash. This was a windows 7 issue but because the battery couldn't be removed to restart the computer, and I couldn't press "alt ctrl del" I had to wait 3 hours for the battery to drain off and the laptop shut down so I could start again. That was pretty frustrating.
There have been a few windows updates since this and it has happened for a while. I am concerned that when the battery dies I can't just buy a new one and slot it in I will have to pay for someone to install a new one for me.
I have lots of software installed on the laptop and I still have lots of memory left.
All in all this is a great lap top!
We bought 4 of these as a business to replace the awful HP Compaq 6715s (also reviewed on DooYoo).
These laptops were for training clients on CAD, and they've been in use for around 8 months.
The build quality is good, with a brushed-metal effect on the casing which looks quite cool. As the keyboard has a numeric keypad and also because of the 17 inch monitor they are quite a lot longer than a standard laptop, so you may want to buy a new laptop bag as they didn't fit in our ones. They're also a bit heavier due to the bigger build.
The larger screen was a good selling point for us, with any CAD program extra display real-estate is a bonus. Also the numpad comes in handy as well.
The battery life appears to be good, telling me I have about 90 minutes when I yank the cable out, although I haven't tested this by letting one run down yet.
We bought the spec with the i5 chips in them and 3GB RAM, which gave us plenty of power for running CAD applications. With an Nvidia GeForce 435m card on board and we are very pleased with this machine's ability to handle complex and resource-intensive CAD operations.
Windows 7 came installed which was a relief after the Vista debacle, so the majority of system resources remain unstolen. There was typically a lot of Dell-brand system tools installed but these were removed with no problems. You get the usual trial versions of Microsoft Office pre-installed and another few bits of DVD burning software, but there's not too much and there wasn't any bogus antivirus stuff like Symantec.