Hardware Review NO. 1 : Dell XPS M1530
If you are about to buy a notebook computer this post can become helpful for you, because it’s about one of sleekest and fastest machines available in shops*.
I decided to write this review because the one that I read on the Internet doesn’t go over the reality test.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T8300 (2.4 GHz, 3 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)
RAM Memory: 3 GB DDR 2 (667mhz)
HDD: 320 GB (7200 rpm)
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForceTM 8600M GT 256MB DDR3
- Disc Drive: Nagrywarka DVD DUAL 8x Slim
- Screen: 15.4″ Wide Screen (1280 x 800)TrueLifeTM
- Operating system: Microsoft Windows Windows VISTA Ultimate
- Ethernet | wifi: LAN 10/100 MB | 802.11 n
- Others: remote, HDMI, FireWire
Everything looks good, but could when you come up closer the things aren’t so great though.
- Not heavy at all looking at the power which it carries
- Elegant and cool design
- All ports are available in front and on the sides of the notebook
- High panoramic screen resolution (1440×900)
- Keyboard with extra soft buttons covering a lot of the notebook area
- Great additions like: checking WIFI availability without turning on the computer and the battery status
Additional dell cloth to keep your screen clean and clear
- Touchpad (maybe I just hate them all) working wierd
- Some parts are made from dust-friendly materials – like the speaker area
- It’s hard to keep the screen and the red front panel always clear
On the beginning Vista made simple things difficult (after some time it became better)
After 2 formats the hard drive started to make weird sound. The hard drive failed. One telephone to dell service with a short diagnostics and on the next working day a guy from dell arrived with a new HDD for my laptop. Change took 5 minutes. Results? 320 GB 7200 rpm Samsung -> 320 GB 7200 rpm Fujitsu (a little more loud)
Finally I had my laptop working so I decided to install Direct Media, Windows Vista and then Linux Fedora (with which helped me my friend Ecik) in this order. When everything was set up and I thanked my friend, something extremely unpleasant happened. I ought to run my computer in Direct Media mode and then computer crashed and my partition table become as good as shit – sorry for my dict.
Don’t get me wrong I am happy with my computer, but it do have some bugs.
What i like is perfectly working bluetooth, which syncs my n95 8gb with my computer flawlessly and the one switch button which allows me to save more battery if I don’t need any networks.
Secondly the next great thing is that I don’t have to enter my windows password – just rub my finger 🙂
Although there are two things that bug me most: the absence of Wake On Lan function and the sleep mode which works and doesn’t work at the same time… Hopefully I will fix the second issue some day…
It’s 28.08.2008 and i found one big disfunction! the cd drive is more than shit! I’ve got a matshita dvd-rw which can’t burn a cd in any other application that Windows Vista! What’s more I’ve got no chance to exchange the cd drive while it’s working in operating system! I had no luck in finding new drivers or solution… DELL you should be ASHAMED of yourself!
Cooling in this notebook isn’t so good at all- it gets really hot while playing games on running high performance mode, while in energy saving mode it’s quite cool.
Runs Crysis on medium details with good resolution and framerate, or on high details with low resolution – quite good
Runs Bioshock on full detail and maximum resolution without a lag.
Runs Unreal Tournament 3 with a little but playable lag on the highest resolution (1280 x 1024 on external lcd screen) on maximum detail.
This computer could be easily called hard-core one for guys who like to play a little and like to have great guarantee on their stuff. The screen has a killer resolution which in most common tasks can easily take place of my output 19” lcd
*at least it was 😉
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