Product Type: Dell laptops
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Dell XPS 17s are hardy and well built inside and out.
Dell XPS 17 Laptop
Member Name: wonkybox
Dell XPS 17 Laptop
Advantages: Cool build, good spec
Disadvantages: Big and bulky
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.
Summary: Reliable and useful laptops
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