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Dell XPS 17 - Custom build = a perfect build?
Dell XPS 17 Laptop
Member Name: toffah
Dell XPS 17 Laptop
Advantages: High Resolution Display and Sound Quality
Disadvantages: Installed Software
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.
Summary: Superb desktop replacement notebook
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