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I travel a lot, and that tends to be hard on laptops. However good the case, they tend to get bashed about on trains and getting in and out of cars. That means that when I look for a laptop I'm basically looking for a tank, and the XPS lives up to this.
The case is a good sturdy one, able to take some rough handling. The keyboard is very nice to use, with the keys responding easily and with a satisfying click. The same can be said of the trackpad - I like a trackpad with buttons that I KNOW when I'm pushing down which some flimsy ones make difficult. There were some issues at first as I hadn't realised the pretty lights at the top of the screen were actually buttons and accidentally turned the wireless off!
I've had very few issues with overheating. Considering what I do to it (laptops are not really meant to run on top of quilts) and what I play on it (a lot of Sims and Civilization) I view this as a near-miracle. The fan isn't exactly quiet, but I'll take effective over quiet any day.
Having had it a little over a year, the battery seems to be struggling a little. It used to run happily for over two hours, now it's nearer one. However, the stand-out advantage of Dell, and the reason I would buy them again is the warranty. When I did call to report an issue with the trackpad, someone came to my house THE NEXT DAY and fixed it on the spot. Compared to Toshiba (my laptop was sent away and stayed away for weeks because they were low on such difficult to find parts as.. a new charger) this is stunningly good service.
The only other thing to be aware of is this is not a light laptop. My tendency to drag it around with me has given me a bit of a bad back, to the point where I now have a smaller machine for short journeys. Unless you really need something big and powerful you may want to consider it as you would a desktop, something which lives at home only.
I've had my XPS M1330 for over 2 years and it works good as new! I've had 2 laptops before this but I've had to get them replaced within a year or so.
I have the core 2 duo processor and 4 gb of ram, which makes it very very fast! its perfect for daily use and for gaming.
The best thing about this laptop are the funky little features it has, mine has a fingerprint scanner, it also comes with a media remote which slots into the side, very very handy if you're playing a slideshow on the laptop or if you're watching something and you're feeling a bit lazy like I tend to and want to control the volume or rewind/ forward something. I also love the touch media buttons and the funky cd rom drive! Judging on the time I bought my laptop, the features on it are very advanced.
The mic and webcam on the laptop work great and are a nice little extra feature to have.
One of the best things about this laptop is that it is very very lightweight! Its small and compact, it can be carried in a handbag, which makes it great for me as I hate carrying laptop bags around. The chrome and black are a brilliant combination giving it a very sleek and stylish look.
The only cons about it would be the battery life, after a year my battery life seems to have dropped a fair amount, it lasts only 30-40 mins when it is off charge with wifi on which is problematic if you have no where to plug it in, though it works perfectly fine when plugged in.
Another issue is the charger, the adaptor on the laptop went bust in about a year and I had to reorder one from dell.
Also I find the xps range is marketed on the more expensive side. Though I believe it is because they tend to have excellent specifications, lots of quirky little extras and seem to be the more stylish looking ones.
This is a very reliable laptop and has all the functions you could need and a few extras in a personal laptop. It is built to a very high quality and value for the amount paid.
I purchased 4 of these laptops approximately 3 years ago for the company I worked for. They were purchased through Tesco who delivered at a very reasonable price and next day delivery - (not to mention the free clubcard points).
In general the laptops have worked fine the large memory capacity is certainly useful. However after approximately 2 years all of the laptops developed an issue with the graphics card on the motherboard. Mine was the first to go. I contacted Dell about the issue. They diagnosed the problem quickly over the phone. And informed me that if I renewed the hardware warranty for a further 2 years for approximately 100 pounds they would fix the laptop free of charge. One of my colleagues was not aware of this option and paid way more just for a fix, with no ongoing hardware support. Great service from Dell - I was very impressed.
Other than that the laptop is fairly light, has many useful features like remote control, camera memory card reader, 2 USB ports and an HDMI output. All of which I use. If anything the only complaint I have is the shiney screen which reflects very badly if sitting with my back to the sun.
I have had this laptop for well over a year now. I bought it because I was looking for an adjunct to my desktop on which I do all my primary work. I am assuming in this review than most people reading this will be familiar with the technical specifications of the laptop. - if you are not, just take a look at the product information page.
General: the laptop looks good and solidly-constructed. I have dropped it accidentally from desk-height once and suffered no ill-effects. Unlike other laptops, it is not a dust or fingerprint magnet, something which I am grateful for. It is fairly hefty, definitely not as lightweight as I expected given it 13-inch screen size. However, if weight is your priority, I would suggest the netbook market or a laptop from Fujitsu/Sony.
Screen: this is a 13-inch widescreen with good resolution and colour rendering. Images are crisp, text is well-defined and movie-watching is as good as it gets on laptops. A word of warning - the screen is very reflective, so unless you view movies etc in complete darkness, expect to see your own reflection multiple times.
Input: the keyboard has a nifty underlight which turns on when ambient lighting is dim. This allows for easy typing in the dark, useful if you're lazy like me and hate getting up to flick on a light switch. Other than that, I dislike the keyboard. Admittedly, I am very fussy when it comes to keyboards. As a benchmark, the best laptop keyboard I have used was on the IBM ThinkPad T41. I have found the keys on the Dell to be slightly too stiff, although I understand some people prefer it that way. The trackpad is as frustrating as all other trackpads are - if you are going to use this as your primary computer, I would suggest a USB mouse. I find highlighting text with the trackpad a particular pain - it always seems to reset itself in the middle of a long scroll.
Connectivity: the XPS has two video output ports - a VGA port and an HDMI port. The HDMI port is very useful. I use it routinely to hook my laptop up to my LCD TV and watch movies on the big screen. Getting it to work is painless - just connect the wires and away it goes. The VGA port is slightly more awkward. There is no space for the screws on either side of the VGA cable, meaning the connection is always quite loose and liable to be knocked loose. If you can, I would try and avoid using the VGA port. The XPS also has a multi-card reader, which is useful for directly importing digital camera photos. It has always worked well for me. There are the usual array of 3.5mm jacks, although they are located rather bizzarely at the front of the laptop. This means that if you plug in your headphones, there is an annoying cable jutting out in front of the laptop, which I find gets in the way of efficient typing. This design point could definitely have been better thought-out. My major gripe, however, is that there are only 2 USB ports. If my little Samsung NC10 netbook can manage 3 ports, I really don't understand why the Dell can't. Its been frustrating on many occassions, and I have had to get an external USB hub to compensate.
Performance: this has generally been excellent. I use the computer intensively (Google Chrome with a million tabs open, Word, Outlook, Skype, Windows Media Player, Dreamweaver and more running simultaneously) with few hiccups. It rarely crashes and everything has been smooth-sailing so far (touch-wood).
Battery life: awful. Uplugged, the laptop comes in at about 90 minutes. If you use it less intensively than I do, you may get 2-2.5 hours out of it, but don't expect more. I have not fond heat production to be a massive problem, but when at my desk I use a cooling fan with all my laptops anyway just in case.
Speakers: very loud for a laptop, although sound quality is what you would expect from a built-in set.
DVD drive: slot-loading, works as it should without any problems. Decent write speeds, read speeds could be better but are standard for most laptops.
Overall: a good all-rounded machine. If you need a computer primarily for business, however, I would look elsewhere. If you are a student looking for a laptop to take to university, this is probably as good as it gets.
DELL XPS M1330- I am using this laptop since more than 20 months now. A good experience with design, weight, style, looks, etc. but I noticed a big problem with it- HEATING.
It heats just too much, not sure if its only my piece or its every XPS. But the heating is like so much that I can't keep it on my lap sometimes. The fans runs at full swing with good noise but heat is just uncontrollable sometimes. I need to shut it down for few minutes and then start again.
The battery also exhausted completely within 8 months of purchase. I asked the DELL support if the battery replacement is covered under warranty but they refused. I bought a new battery and its also near exhaustion now. I have used Acer for 3 years but didn't faced such battery problems.
Apart from short battery life and heating problems, I have no big issues with this laptop. The looks are just awesome and it get praises from your friends wherever you take it. On performance part it is one of the best too.
Regarding DELL service and support, I contacted them 3 times for different issues. 1) Battery- They refused to change in warranty period. 2) Heating- They sent an engineer but he had no solution to the heating problem. 3) Webcam- It was not working when I purchased the laptop, and it was replaced immediately.
My overall experience with this laptop is good so far if not the best, considering all the above points.
iv had this laptop for about 1yr now, its very well made, one thing that is a pain is finger prints, its nice when its new then its looks a mess, but i suppose any laptop is like then now. It has all the normal ports you would exprect, hdmi is a big help so you can watch internet tv on your tv, i didnt know that the sound goes through hdmi as well so less cables. i use it for home work and uni and it runs everything fast, iv got so many programs on and the intel i just works. It is a bit heavy, the slot loading cd drive is a nice touch as are the touch buttons for the sound ect. It is a bit expensive but it was a decision between a mac book and this, i think this is more practical for what i wanted at all-rounder.
Small laptop that really packs a punch!
I must admit when my company bought me this laptop 4 years ago I was excited, I think I had every right to be excited the first 6 months were awesome never before had I worked on a laptop that was so powerful.
So first to the amazing stuff if you've got the top of the range version get yourself windows vista/7 x64 to really get the most out of the machine, then try installing any applications/game that need big graphics and sit back in amazement that a laptop just under the size of an A4 piece of paper is capable of handling all of them.
The thing that really upset me was the battery life not only is it poor out the box but I had to replace my battery after less than a year, i feel this is due to overheating the laptop if you sat working with it on your lap felt as if it would burn straight through your legs.
Aside from this for 1 year it's an awesome laptop that everyone should at least try.
I purchased this laptop just over a year ago. I was drawn to this laptop mainly because of its stunning design, it's sleek and stylish and comes in a wide variety of colours. The main design feature that I liked was the attention Dell had paid to making the product portable, it is sleek and thin, with a small but well lit 13inch LCD screen. The weight and size of the product means that it is easy to transport around, which made it ideal for me. The 2GB RAM is good enough to deal with most day to day applications. However there are some downsides to the product such as the loud fan noise, and tendancy to overheat from time to time. The main benefit of buying a dell laptop above others is that when things do go wrong you have the one year warranty to fall back on, this happened to me and within a day of contacting dell they sent an engineer out to my home to fix the problem, without me incurring any costs.
I bought this Dell laptop for starting college to take to and from college and complete work using microsoft office. The main reason why i chose this laptop was because of the 13inch screen, i liked this as it was not as big as the usual 15inch and i didnt want a notebook.
I was going to buy a cheaper dell like the inspiron however thougt i would pay more for higher quality and thats what i recieved. I have had this laptop for about a year now and havn't really had any majour problems with it.
At one point i was having a blue line down the screen and the keyboard went crazy, it was joining all the keys together so if i pressed R for example it would come up r4, y- y6 etc. However the laptop was still in warranty and dell fixed this for me no problems.
I like the laptop because it isnt too heavy, it has no problems runnning lots of programs at the same time and the sound for playing music is great. The figer print scanner is ok but in my oppinion is a bit of a wastem, i never use it and its quite annoying to try to program your fingerprint in.
It looks and feels great, the screen is a bit dull without the charge but it is still ok to see.
A light, reliable, powerful, stylish notebook. I've had my Dell XPS M1330 for about a year now.
I bought a jet black carbon top model that had previously been a customer return for just over £500 delivered. It was a bargain at almost £900 new and still had a significant part of it 3 years onsite Dell warranty which was easily transferred over to me.
Looks wise its a beautiful beast, matt black cover with XPS in silver emblazoned across the top. Mine has the extended 9 cell battery, which really gives it a hunky battery life, and will stay alive on balanced for 3/4 hours. When you open up the cover, you get to see a silver slightly slimmed keyboard. Almost apple mac like in its looks, its a quiet keyboard, with light touch keys (for when you need to use it in bed and not wake up the other half).
The screen is 13.3 inches in size, small enough to make it portable and I've found it big enough to work on, even with a decent size excel spreadsheet. The screen supports 1280 by 1024, and is the Dell true life screen, which is supposed to mean you can still use you're screen in bright light. I must say its nowhere near as good as the Sony x-black screen for use in bright light.
Features on the laptop, you have a slot load DVD rewriter drive, a remote control where the PCMCIA slot used to be, two usb 2.0 slots, one firewire, one HDMI, one Ethernet slot, a monitor output, and a SD/MMC card slot. You also have a fixed 0.3 megapixel webcam and a finger print reader which integrated well into Windows Vista.
And then you come onto Windows Vista (love it or hate it) the Dell comes preloaded with Vista Home Premium boots quickly in, you can then log in with your password or fingerprint, which is novelty first time round but soon wears off. You get the usual Dell bloatware on the laptop when you first start up and most of it is well uninstalled pretty quickly to stop it bugging you.
Inside when you get loaded you find out you have a Core 2 Duo T7250 and 2Gb of DDR2 ram. It rates 4.1 on the Windows Vista Experience Index, with the display graphics being the lowest denominator. Personally I think it runs well with Vista, Vista integrates well with the components and has most of the drivers pre integrated which does help. You do need a powerful machine to run Vista, and I would be tempted to upgrade it to Windows 7 when its released.
Overall I'm very pleased with my laptop and I do take it almost everywhere with unless I need ultimate mobility then I'll take my smaller and lighter Vaio. I highly recommend getting a Crumpler bag to protect any laptop, as they are secure and can take plenty of bumps!
I got my laptop for Xmas in 2007 and in less than a year my hard drive went. Dell were very good and sent me a new hard drive but of course had to re load everything. Then just last week I opened up to find a totally white screen and to find out the motherboard had gone. As its now out of warranty, but less than 2years old, and the cost was almost £900 - I'm not impressed. This is seemingly a problem that Dell know about?? I now need another laptop and don't know what to go for.
I needed a laptop which was quite small & light so I could carry it around easily but also at the same fully specked & able to carry out a number of incentive tasks at once, on paper the XPS M1330 ticked all the boxes.
When I received it and opened the box, this laptop looked beautiful and was very thin & light too. It runs speedly and you can have a number of applications open and working at once bescause of the large amount of RAM contained on board. The display is also crisp & clear and a joy to look at.
It contains 2 USB ports which is lower than the standard these days & also has build in wifi & 0.3 megapixel webcam. One of the nice touches I like is a dual headphone jack which is unusual, allowing two people to listen to the output using two different headphones.
However as well as these advantages, I have also encountered a number of disadavantage whilst owning this machine. One of these is that it sometimes seems to just hang and crash and needs a complete restart. I have also had a few problems with the sound, where there will be a sudden buzz & the sound will cut out completly for a minute or two.
I got my Dell XPS M1330 for my birthday a year ago now, and unlike what would be the case with many Dell products, I am still typing on this laptop right now. The first thing I noticed about it when i opened the case was the stunning design work that has gone into it. It looks amazing i've got to say, so sleek and stylish. I went for the black option but you can get it in red too. It has a cool black finish with a silver outline and the Dell logo embossed in silver as well. It is slightly wedge shaped for a reason unknown to me where it is 0.87 inches on it's thinnest side, which is actually quite thin. The styling certainly doesn't disappoint when you open up the 13.3 inch screen either, I still get a sense of satisfaction when I press the touch sensitive media buttons at the top and they light up with a soothing glow.
Anyway, to the performance. The specifications for the M1330 are quite impressive for a laptop of this price range, with the 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo T7300 processor more than holding it's own along with the 2GB RAM memory that I get, although you can get up to 4GB. The 160GB standard hard drive is enough for most peoples storage needs although I believe a larger 320GB hard drive is available at an extra cost. Adding to the style it also has a slot loading disc drive, which is very cool. For your gaming needs the 128MB Geforce 8400M GS graphics card can play a lot of modern games, although i'm afraid some of the graphic heavy, very modern games do not run smoothly on the machine. Other features included in the laptop are the VGA webcam which is suitable for any video chat uses, but maybe not so suitable for high quality video recording. The fingerprint scanner is also included, which is actually quite useful, no more will your mates guess your password whilst you are away, unless they are so desperate that they cut your finger off. There's also a nice Media Centre Remote which is styled as coolly and sleekly as the laptop itself. There are only two USB ports, which I don't really find enough but that's the only problem with the features. Performance wise i've found it copes very well even when i'm running video games and web browsers / Instant messaging programs at the same time. It always loads very quickly and i've never really had a problem with it crashing or freezing.
However, I have encountered a few problems pretty typical of a Dell product with it. Firstly, when I opened the box, I admired it for a bit before plugging it in to have a mess with it. Only to find out that it wouldn't turn on, how strange. We rang Dell and about a week later a technician turned up to check what was wrong with it, I already knew because i'd found a forum dedicated to the problem. The motherboard was dead on arrival, so I had that changed and got on with using it. However, in February I got an error, and then the M1330 would not turn on, I wrote down the error message and checked the Internet. Low and behold, another community dedicated to a problem, my hard drive was corrupted for no reason what so ever. So I resorted to my warranty and a technician came out and changed my hard drive. I didn't get so much as an apology from Dell even though I failed a piece of coursework that was stored on the hard drive. They also had the cheek to ask me to send them the hard drive back.
Anyway, rant over, the overall performance of the laptop is really good, better than any in it's price range and the looks make it all worthwhile as well. The keyboard isn't fiddly at all like it can be with some laptops and although the touchpad is on the small side it has excellent sensitivity so it is also easy to use. The touch sensitive media buttons all respond excellently and the screen is large and bright.
Overall, it is a great quality product and with a bit of luck you'll be saved from regular Dell issues and be left with a top quality product that caters for all your computing needs.
Having used this laptop for just under a year, i am yet to come across a single problem. Like most laptops, yes it does have afew little gripes but i'll move onto those later on.
On the positive side this laptop has easily managed to run some of the latest games(Call of Duty etc) and also assisted me in video editing using some rather system hogging titles.
Looks wise, laptop looks of great build and thankfully doesnt attract much dust, unlike some previous laptops i've owned.
The few gripes i do have this laptop that stop it from being a perfect 10 are the touch sensitive media controls. They take some getting used too. Also i've noticed the hard-drive can click at random times which was quite alarming at first, but i have since found that many others suffer from the same dilema. A issue on Dells side but stillrather annoying.
Overall, well worth the money for a sturdy, modern laptop which should last you quite a while.
Excellent laptop to start with, developed a few problems after a few weeks. The design is second to none with high quality materials but the laptop seems to overheat quite a bit with the fan not working as often as I would like. However Dell's service is second to none - I called one day and a new power charger was delivered the next without any questions asked. Top service! Warranty is only for a year but for about an extra £65 you can extend for another 2 - may be a piece of mind if you're keeping the laptop for a while in case anything goes wrong. So in summary, top quality laptop but let down by heating issues, very fast processor (2.1GHz) processor in my case but I think this sort of type is neccessary in order ot get the most out of Windows Vista. My rating, 3 stars.