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      09.06.2011 23:17
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      An excellent all rounder and still keeps up with todays laptops

      Before looking to purchase a laptop about 2 years ago I decided I would be paying around £500 as I didn't want a bottom of the range nor did I want to pay a fortune as in the PC/laptop industry components get outdated very quickly.

      I chose the M1530 XPS series from Dell as I loved the looks and from the reviews it was a good 'allrounder' ...now after 2 years it's still a great laptop and after a ram upgrade and a bigger hard drive it still outperforms the modern i3 laptops(off equivalent price) according to 3dMark10 and cpuZ. I went for the 2.4ghz dual core with the 256mb m8600GT nvidia card. Currently running 4gb of ram and a 500gb HDD it manages to run 3D max 2010 well to say autodesk do not support the graphics card according to their website. I'm a Product designer and so use Autodesk & Adobe software regularly of which it handles all programs well but multitasking can sometimes be an issue. This is with more than 5 programs running (using win7) this is where the 'I' series processors would stand out or a quad core.

      Aside from the specs and performance the build quality is excellent which you can vouch for with most Dell laptops at this price range. The screen hinges are very robust and still after 2 years are still stiff. Came with Vista 32bit but runs 7 64bit well!

      Some negatives; the touchpad can be inaccurate after returning from sleep mode (not a massive issue), the quick navigation panel (providing media player shortcuts) is difficult to press the buttons. The battery life isn't great with the standard 6 cell battery, defiantly worth a third party upgrade to a 9 cell battery.

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      21.03.2011 11:05
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      It looks really awsome, is well made, has great battery life & performance

      Great Multi-functional Laptop
      I mainly use this for school work, gaming, internet/email
      My XPS 1530 is a little over three years old and the hard drive has crashed. I bought a new hard drive and installed it, now it works perfectly.
      Pros:
      - Inexpensive as a refurbished machine.
      - Works nicely with Windows 7.
      - Lighting fast, my processor speed is 2,2 Ghz
      - Design is very nice. The silver/black looks really cool.
      - Fingerprint scanner is very useful feature for me.
      - Runs almost every game, atleast on low settings.
      - Great balance of size/weight and performance.
      Cons
      - It comes with Vista,I had to install Windows 7 myself.
      - The speaker/mic ports are on the front.
      - Unfortunately it has one major flaw and that is that the quality of the screen is not very good.
      - Touchpad is smaller and sometimes it doesn't work properly.
      - Having trouble with the TV-Out.

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        24.11.2010 10:23

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        Buy if you're looking for a short term laptop otherwise try another

        I purchased this laptop from the Dell website just over a year back whilst studying as I needed a brand new laptop to replace the worn desktop that I had been using for so long. I was initially torn between this laptop and the Sony Vaio because they were the only two offering that stunning red colour and a biometric fingerprint reader. The laptop arrived promtly; within a week or so which was great!!... It looked beautiful..with the exception of the front panel protecting the screen which was already lifting off. So, I sent it back to Dell. That was the first and least of my problems. Approx. 3 months into having the laptop, the camera stopped working, followed by the sound card. Then, after 7 months the laptop would get to the windows screen where loading and the majority of the time it would shut completely off (unless the power adapter was connected). So once again sent the laptop off to Dell who said that my laptop was not covered against accidental damage... their diagnosis?- there was water damage to my laptop. I couldn't afford to have it fixed however did take it on holiday to the US with me where I had Dell US look at it for me; they found no water damage (surprise surprise). Although they couldn't replace it they did provide me with a full diagnostic and apologised claiming that there was a bad batch of the laptop that went out on sale. Since returned to the UK and Dell had no choice but to repair but have since had similar problems and was even locked out of my laptop, having to get the technician at my place of study to fix it.

        Overall :
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        The Dell XPS M1530 is ultra modern looking, slimline, beautiful and has a handy biometric reader which is the best feature in my opinion.

        Negatives: EVERYTHING ELSE.- Overheats easily, designed to survive the short term only.

        N.B I used the laptop only for study and surfing purposes, never downloaded a load of music and media files or anything and never had any viruses. The laptop I had was just a piece of junk.

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        12.09.2010 12:24
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        First Class Laptop

        ==Background:==

        About 18 months ago my Desktop Computer broke down for the last time and I very keen to get a good reliable machine as quickly as possible. I liked idea of ordering direct from Dell as to be honest I hate going to the shops and buying there so an Internet purchase was my ideal. In the end I decided to but the Dell Inspiron XPS M1530.

        The reason why I selected this one was its functionality plus its competitive price. And while I spend most of my time on the internet either reading or writing reviews I liked the idea of being able to move around the house and work. I paid £450 for this machine, which I was happy about the only problem was it took over two weeks to deliver and two weeks without a computer really hurt, I ended up going to the library to use there's such was my frustration.

        ==The machine:==

        When the machine finally arrived I was impressed by the way it was packed and I found the installation instructions very easy to follow and in no time at all was the machine ready to use. With my machine I received two speakers and a smart black carry case. Having attached everything I did find a slight problem with the USB Ports which for me where too close together and I found I struggled to get all the easy to identify leads in place. The machine was black on the outside and silver inside with screen approximately 14" long by 8" wide. It is sleek in design and very easy to carry around, being light and flexible.

        Before I bought this machine I had researched the problem of speed and what the laptop could hold in memory terms and 18 months I'm glad to say neither have ever been a problem the speed has always been great and as for memory problems I have never had this issue and all the documents I have used have never slowed the machine down.

        The features I really like about this machine are the finger print reader, which for me is a very good safety concept. I love to play PC Games on laptop and I have always found these easy to install and great fun, never has the machine brought up an error messages or not loaded corrected. The graphics for the games have always been terrific and I like the way the disk just slips almost unseen into the side of the machine.

        I am quite a recluse I must admit so the Internet is really my lifeline. I really enjoy chatting to friends and family on line so I was particularly keen on the already installed web cam. I really like this and the quality of the pictures it sends is alarming good especially when I have to see myself on the screen.

        Other features I like on this machine are the help features that are automatically accompany this machine on disk and advice within the machine itself. Always handy when you are getting used to a totally different piece of kit. I had never used a laptop computer before this one, but I found the keyboard easy to use, with touch controls to deal with CD's and speaker volume. The only problem I did find was these were quite sensitive and without meaning to and by accident sometimes I found I had muted the sound and couldn't understand what the problem was.

        The machine is easy to switch on it would be difficult to accidentally turn it off as you need to press a clearly defined key which is not close to any of your normal typing keys and while I often press the wrong key in writing reviews I have never turned the machine of.

        Occasionally I taken my laptop away on holiday breaks. After all that is the idea of a laptop to be able to use it anywhere. I found the battery life was quite short and the maximum I could get from the machine power wise before the battery died was two hours, which was enough for me. Then as soon as the mains cable is re-installed the machine will start to charge up again. The feature I liked was I could always check my status on the battery life as it is one of the icons at the bottom of the machine and simply running your curser on it tells you how much in percentage terms you battery has in it. Maybe rather than this percentage it would be good to know how much time is left in minutes, but when the battery is down to 10 minutes you get an automatic message advising you and telling you to save any documents.

        While away instead of my usual Internet modem I used a dongle so I was totally mobile. This was easy to use and I found it worked well with this machine the only thing I did find and I think it had more to do the speed of the dongle was the machine on the internet was a lot slower.

        The other feature that was new to me with a laptop was getting used to the touch sensitive movement of the curser instead of the traditional mouse. This took me a while to master and I must admit I still prefer the mouse probably because I am a little heavy handed. I use it now when I wish but did purchase a mouse which means I have to take out my printer cable as there are only two ports and a mouse, the speakers and a printer cable cannot all be in at the same time.

        The machine also has inbuilt sound of its own but to listen to music I prefer to use the quality of the speakers, which when they are turned up the quality is far better than the in built system.


        ==Conclusion:==

        I really think this is a quality laptop, it is easy to use with excellent graphics. I find it does everything I want the machine to do and the speed of the machine is great. For me this was a very good investment, my only concern I would have is the life of the battery is not great but then it is very easy to recharge and it doesn't take long to do this.

        Thanks for reading.

        @CPT DANIELS September 2010

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          26.08.2010 12:52

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          Great laptop overall but ...

          This is a great laptop. I got this over 2 years ago and it still runs as well as it did the first time I turned it on. It has stood the test of time and still looks modern despite it being 2 years old. This laptop was a very good price and can cope with anything I throw at it whether its work, games or internet browsing.

          I have never had any serious problems with it and my only qualm with it is that after 2 years the battery life is starting to drop, this is not really a problem though as I leave it connected to the mains most of the time anyway and I am going to have to buy a new battery which isn't cheap. But i suppose this is expected just due to general usage and would be found with any laptop.

          Forget China this laptop was made in Dublin and the quality is evident.

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          06.08.2010 13:04
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          Great laptop for the right price, but be sure before buying

          I bought my Dell XPS M1530 about two years ago now, and initially I was very happy with my purchase. Next to my old laptop (a Toshiba Satellite Pro A10) the screen was fantastic, the keyboard a pleasure to type on and the speed light years quicker. The laptop has touch buttons to control the media functions, such as sound, pause/play and the eject for the CD/DVD drive (which incidentally is just a slot in the side and not a large chunky thing that comes out). It also has a fingerprint reader suite which is something that I find useful, but not overly necessary. I am also yet to find a way in which to log on simply via fingerprint rather than having an additional option to log in via password (whether you have one or not), so I am yet to see the point in it. However it is a good party trick for your friends when you can open up Firefox with your index finger alone. The mouse pad can be a little insensitive at times, but this may be due to my specific laptop. The webcam which also comes with it is quite useful and of average quality.
          However, within a few days of getting my laptop, I noticed that disconnecting the power supply, allowing the laptop to go on battery, meant that the internet connection I was currently connected to would slip into "Limited or No Connectivity". The only solution to this was a restart, and this then allowed the laptop to surf the net without the power supply. After further investigating, I realised that this was not caused by an option for the computer to switch off certain peripherals (such as the internal wireless card), but by a small fault somewhere else that can be fixed by changing the settings for what closing the computer lid does whilst on battery. This minor problem can be very annoying, but since changing the settings, I haven't had any problems with it.
          Further still, a little over seven days after my one year's free waranty ran out, my DVD drive stopped reading DVDs. After long conversations with Dell, it was determined that it was a hardware issue and after purchasing another year's warranty, it was replaced. A few months later after that I had to get my webcam replaced, again a hardware issue. After these incidents, though, my computer has on the whole been good. This laptop does tend to over heat at times, even on hard surfaces, and after a while the hard drive suffers from instability issues (it is beginning to make loud whirring noises).

          Overall, though, I still am very happy with my laptop. Despite the minor irritations of having parts needing replaced, it is substanially built. The keyboard feels firm and not flimsy, the exterior of the laptop feels metallic and enduring and looks very fancy as well. For the money that I paid at the time it was a top quality laptop, and the motherboard in it allows parts to be upgraded easily. The maximum RAM which can be supported is 8GB, more than double than what originally came with the laptop. However, for the more gaming-orientated buyers, I would recommend either buying this laptop with a really good graphics card, or simply going for the slightly more expensive range as this laptop does not support external graphics cards (or graphics cards that are not built onto the motherboard, and therefore cannot be upgraded). Battery life was excellent for the first year of use, after which it rapidly reduced from a maximum of 3hrs with all peripherals turned on (wireless card, graphics card, screen etc) to a little over an hour two years later.

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          04.07.2010 13:34
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          Definitly worth the price, and so far proving to be long lasting investment

          From a students opinion, this laptop is everything and more you could want. Advantages: good quality screen, keyboard is sensitive and excellent to use (as is the tracker mouse pad), finger print reader saves you typing in a password time after time which can soon become menotonous. The laptop looks visually pleasing, and the brushed steel casing looks a lot classier than the cheaper inspiron dell laptops. The weight of the laptop relative to its size is very good - i have hauled it across the world easily and no damage - so it is also very robust.

          Disadvantages: I have found the sound quality to be sufficient for listening to tunes whilst tidying room-but definitly would expect better from a dell laptop. The laptop also has a tendancy to get very very hot, on many occasions when having it on my lap i have found it necessary to rest it on a pillow.

          I have never had any trouble with this laptop up to now (fingers crossed!). Overall, it has its faults, but for the pric you would struggle to do much better.

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            15.03.2010 11:08

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            throughly worth the cost

            I bought this laptop three years ago. It has served me extremely well since. It excell while watching videos, with software specificaly for movie watching and movies. The graphics depending on your card, are also extremely good. the clear large screen, along with the quick softaware on the laptop also makes gaming hassel free and enjoyable. The speaker are cood for listening to music,though a bit tinny at high volumes/base. The speed of loading and formating setting on the laptop is extremely quick though this is with windows vista not the new windows 8.
            The major plus point for me as a student is the ease of useage. the keyboard is extremely user freindly and comfortable while the hot keys situated on teh dash make it easy to find the most important documents or programs. In all i would thourhgly recomend this laptop to anyone who needs a fast easy to use fully functional laptop with exceptional media capabilities.

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            24.09.2009 22:45
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            Good laptop if there are no reliablity issues, alot of features, good value!

            Here is a brand new laptop from Dell. The new Dell XPS M1530, a new laptop in there already massive selection. Having owned one for the past year and abit, there area few bits of information that is essential.

            I purchased this laptop back in 2008. I upgraded the original processor to a 2.4GHz proccessor as the original didnt seem adqequate. I kept the original Graphics card, which was the Nvidia 8600 GT, and 2.0gb of RAM. This cost around £600 pounds back in the day. Specs nowadays cost alot less, as new hardware is out. I ordered direct from dell.com, it was relatively simple. It took around 2 weeks to build and deliver, which is alot sooner than the expected time.

            When first setting up the laptop, there isnt alot to do, make sure you keep the power cable in at all times, as the battery is still being broken in. The package included the laptop, a case for the laptop, power cable and CD Drivers.

            Remember to keep the CD drivers and the operating system somewhere safe, as these will most likely be needed again. Simply plug the laptop into the wall and turn it on. It takes some time to set it up, but after typing your name its pretty simple. The loading time of applications is relatively fine, start ups and shut downs arent a problem.

            My Windows Vista score was 5.1, as the RAM let it down, the graphics score was 5.9 which is the highest for Vista 32 bit. So its a good spec machine for the price, alot better than some of the Laptops you get at places like Dixons and PCWorld.

            However I had major problems with my laptop. The Hard drive crashed on 4 seperate occasions, and because it was still in warranty, they sent a constant stream of hard drives. This did not solve the problem, and eventually it came down to the motherboard, this was replaced as soon as I purchased extended warranty, and has been fine ever since.

            The battery life is average, if stuck on Max power lasts about an hour. The laptop also burns my lap when playing games, so it does get rather hot, but this can be expected of any laptop. My laptop can run alot of games on medium settings, gets around 69 FPS on World Of Warcraft on medium settings. Flight simulator can be run on medium settings with a little glitch.

            Other features include a 1.3 MP webcam, Windows Media center, 1 Dell Media Remote, 1 photo card reader, HDMI port and bluetooth/wifi.

            Not much else has gone wrong with the laptop. If they offer extended warranty, take the year, chances are you'll need it, or you'll want to upgrade but still want to have that piece of mind.

            Soo to conclude, its not bad for the price, but you'll want warranty. The Dell support is shocking, but fingers crossed you shouldn't contact them. The laptops fine, good specs, make sure you upgrade the processor and you shouln't have many problems with it. Mine was a one off as many other reviews dont seem to have the same problem.

            7/10 Is the raiting I would give this laptop. Good value, but mine experienced problems.

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              27.08.2009 18:46
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              Great Machine.

              This was my first laptop after being a desktop man for some while. After managing to find this laptop and a nice discount offer I decided to take the plunge.

              This laptop is everything I could have hoped for. The screen is great, it's glossy and vibrant. The speakers are fantastic in my opinion for a laptop, infact giving better sound than my old bog standard desktop ones.

              As far as performance goes it's works well. Obviously Vista has several issues, but with a few tweaks you can get it running nicely. It's fast to start up and after having it for nearly a year I've only had it crash once.

              The laptop has media buttons located above the keyboard, these are touch sensitive buttons which can change the volume, play/pause, or eject the cd.

              Another thing worth noting, as i know its a problem on a lot of laptops, is the touchpad. Some laptops are very unresponsive or too respsonsive with the mouse skipping everywhere. But with the xps its great, very accurate and never any issues.

              The laptop comes with a built in webcam, positioned just above the screen. The picture quality is really good for a built in device like this. Another bonus is the laptop comes with built in webcam software, it allows you to take photos, remotely record things or even use motion sensitive recording to keep an eye on who's been in your room! You can also have some fun and games adding backgrounds or funny hats to your image while using the webcam on skype or other similar programs.

              My real only complaint is the finish just below the keyboard, it can get quite grubby and requires regular cleaning. Other than that I love this machine, it looks great and acts great can't ask for anymore. Something to watch out for is the usb slots, they a crammed quite closely so any wide devices may not fit, or may block the cd slot.

              *My specifications*
              Obviously you are able to upgrade or downgrade certain aspects, but this gives an idea as to what this laptop has.

              Intel Core Duo 2.1GHz
              250gb Hard-drive
              3GB Ram
              DVD-RW
              Bluetooth
              Dell Wireless Card
              Finger Print Recognition
              HDMI Port
              3xUSB
              SD Card slot
              2x Headphone Socket
              TV In port
              VGA port
              LAN port


              Overall it's a slick looking laptop and performs very well. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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              21.07.2009 05:05

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              A great laptop at a reasonable price

              This is my second Laptop and my second dell. My first was an inspiron, and it gave up the ghost after only a year and a half. Admittedly i didnt treat it fantastically, but i would have expected better. I was reluctant to buy another dell but a friend convinced me. And i am very glad he did. i have no higher praise. This laptop is excellent, packed full of handy little features. It looks fantastic, the spec is more than sufficient for even high powered gaming, the "dell media direct" button enables you to play dvds without really turning it on, so saving battery and turning it into a portable dvd player. Built in webcam is useful, and an unecessary fingerprint swipe login in system allows you to feel fully up to date. The screen quality is brilliant and visible from all angles. I hghly reccomend this. It is very easy to use, i have had no problems with reliabiliy an the bttery usually lasts aroud 3 hours (i ave upgraded to 12 cell)

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              31.05.2009 15:31
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              A great all rounder!

              I've been using the Dell M1530 for a little over a year now and I'm happy to say that I can't find too much to fault about it.

              It's a fairly well-specified laptop and could be considered as mid-range. Although it has everything I currently need in a PC, hardcore gamers and people working with image manipulation software, video editing, etc, might require a somewhat higher specified grahics card.

              The case is a stylish affair. Mine is black and silver but the machine is also offered in red and blue options for a slight premium on the cost. Overall build quality feels good. It's not excessively heavy but feels reassuring solid. The laptop is held shut by the hinge mechanism only. There is no fiddly little slider or button to press to make the lid pop open which I feel is a nice design touch.

              Connectivity is excellent for a laptop with 3 USB sockets and built-in HMDI so you can view your screen on your larger plasm or LCD TV screen without any fuss. The M1530 has a slot-loading DVD player/writer.

              The 15.4 inch glossy screen is beautiful and quite comfortable to use, even for fairly for long periods. I've read a few general complaints about the reflectivity of glossy screens but since the Dell's is so brightly lit I can't see many people having any serious issues with it. The included media remote controller is a genuinely useful addition - I often use it to control my laptop when hooked up to the plasma screen TV in the lounge to watch movies.

              The keyboard is nice to type on and although I favour an external mouse for all but the briefest sessions, the trackpad is sensitive and fairly nice to use. In addition, along the top edge of the laptop, immediately below the screen, sits a row of touch-sensitive buttons which control some of the media aspects of the PC such as volume, disc-eject, etc. These feel a bit gimmicky but they light up with a cool blue glow when pressed and they certainly add to the overall 'coolness' factor.

              In operation it's a quiet machine, even when being stressed with DVD playback and, although the brushed aluminium keyboard surround does tend to get warm with prolonged use, overheating is not an issue.

              Coupled with a decent amout of RAM, a good capacity from the hard drive and a speedy but quiet and cool processor, I can happily recommend the M1530 for all those who would like a stylish, comfortable and well-specified laptop for general use.

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              24.02.2009 19:11
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              A high spec laptop with very useful features.

              XPS M1530 has very powerful and impressive configuration. Now, this is what you can all-rounder, as it has higher ram and also very powerful processor. Its, slim, slick, stylish and eye-catchy and smoothly finished.


              But, on the other hand, it is really expensive. If you consider other brands available in present markets, which is much cheaper than Dell. Here you need to know one thing is, this description does not tells you one important FACT, that is when you want to build you laptop with higher processor and rams, the price will be much higher. But, it is powerful and have great ability of multitasking.

              This laptop has wide variety of connectivity options. Since, all the XPS laptops got built in web-cam of 2mega-pixel, which is very useful feature. They have bluetooth connectivity built in as well. Allows the consumer to transfer data from their mobile. When We go to DELL website, to buy this laptop, there are some useful options available as well. For instance, they will offer the consumer Microsoft Office in Half price or some more attractive deal. It changes time to time. So, in my personal opinion it's better to buy DELL laptops from their UK website, which allows the consumer to enjoy a great deal of freedom. And, DELL also provides some useful offers as well, which might comes handy to you. But when I have to buy this laptop in other high street shops in UK, definitely they will offer cheaper price than DELL website, but I will not have that freedom to configure and add those extra features I like to have in laptop. That is why I prefer to buy them online from DELL.

              XPS 1530 is very stylish compare to other DELL series. It has very attractive and stylish outlook and it is very light weight. Battery life also very good, specially when you buy from DELL there you will be given an option to upgrade your battery life from 6 cell to 9 cell. Now a days, DELL do this upgrade for free, but sometimes you have to spend extra £20 for this upgrade.

              But, I think this battery cell upgrade is very important. It will allow the user to have long time mobility. A full charged 9 cell battery will allow the user to use this laptop roughly around three hours without power connection. Very helpful upgrade. In my opinion, it is highly recommended.

              In some specification there is an HDMI support also included with this laptop. Since it has 4GB ram and nvidia graphics card, allows the user to enjoy better resolution and high quality video in their laptop.

              I wish there is a blu-ray drive also included with this configuration.But hey, when you are going add this blue ray drive in your system, it will cost you much more. Anyway, excellent for gamers, programmers, web developers. But its also kinda pricey though.


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              25.01.2009 20:10

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              Not most reliably, still makes you fall in love with it

              Still with a price range of about 800 to 900 pounds, depending on specs, It is the best deal one can get. Reasonably priced with options of great graphics and memory. This laptop is a great coice if you are a gamer. With choice of great Nvidia cards, you would not be left wanting better graphics, for almost all current games.
              As for the looks, I personally thing the laptop looks amazing, it has got its own uniqe style to it, some might not like it though, look at the pictures and decide

              I did not like it at first, but this laptop is like your first cheap car. It breaks down and pisses you off ever to often. Still you love it to bits, and miss it when its gone.... A love hates relationship indeed

              In conclusion I would recomment this laptop, if you are looking for great value for money, and if you dont mind battery problems and a bit of unreliabilty

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              A great performer but the most demanding of people may be put off by its faults

              As I was after a multimedia laptop that could play HD video but didn't want to go crazy with the spending, this was a very attractive proposition to me. I have the version with the T7500 CPU, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT, 250GB HDD and at the time I got a cracking deal and saved myself a lot of money with the memory, CPU and warranty upgrades.

              To behold, I think it's a really nice looking machine, closed or open but it's more than a pretty face as its performance matches its looks. It processes video and images pretty quickly thanks to its CPU and discrete GPU. HD video playback is effortless and very smooth. The wireless reception is brilliant and the WiFi catcher is a very handy feature. The little remote control that fits into the ExpressCard slot (no PC Card here), though hardly novel as my previous laptop had one, is a nice addition all the same. My laptop has the 9-cell battery rather than the standard 6-cell and though some might call the former ugly because of its protrusion from beneath the rest of the body but it's very minor to me since I don't take my laptop out that often (that's what my EeePC's for) and if anything the protrusion is a benefit as it makes typing a bit more comfortable and it might even aid the cooling since it provides about half an inch of clearance underneath the laptop. The touchpad was quite lousy but a driver update quickly fixed that problem. Royalty issues might have been involved in this but the memory card reader supports xD memory cards as well yet there's no mention of it on any of Dell's marketing blurb.

              It's not a perfect laptop however as it does have its drawbacks. The capacitive touch buttons for the multimedia controls may seem cool and novel but they frankly get boring after a while and you have to press them quite firmly to work and there's a longer than desirable delay in turning up/down the volume. The Dell MediaDirect button can't be programmed so you're stuck with it only loading Dell MediaDirect rather than your choice of media player. The fingerprint reader, although very handy, could probably be a bit less recessed so you don't need to press your finger so hard against it or so many times. The pair of USB ports on the left are positioned to closely to each other so if you're using novelty or chunky USB key drives for example, you have no hope of putting more than one in unless you use an extension cable. Complicating the matter further is that the port for the AC adapter is also too close the USB ports. For the price range this laptop comes in, it really should have a gigabit Ethernet port rather than the frankly stingy 10/100 port you get. The slot loading optical drive, like the capacitive touch buttons, looks cool but it does have its flaws, namely being that you can only use full sized discs, the smaller ones will break or get jammed in the drive, necessitating a costly repair. It is also quite noisy compared to most laptop optical drives. The laptop does get a little bit hot but given its slim profile and its aluminium palm rest, it's hardly surprising and anybody buying a laptop of this spec should invest in a laptop cooler as well.

              The other problems you may face are really down to the operating system (long shutdown times, not waking up from sleep mode) so I won't take anything from Dell on that but it still would have been nice for them to offer XP Pro on a "downgrade" from a Vista Business, which I would have been happy to pay a bit extra for.

              Although I think I've been more critical than praiseful of the M1530, I think it's a really nice machine. I think it's unlikely you'll ever find the perfect laptop unless you have buckets of money to have one built exactly to your needs so you have to ask yourself if you can live with the drawbacks and after having had mine for about eight months, I definitely think I can live with the drawbacks and I don't see myself buying a replacement until after the three year warranty runs out.

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