I bought my M1330 a few days ago and am just waiting for it in the mail. I'm not so sure if I should downgrade to XP as I have heard that Vista is becoming more stable now that SP1 is out. First, my setup:
My intentions are to run a TrueCrypted system that can run for as long as possible.
For those that don't know and are too lazy to look further into TrueCrypt, it essentially completely encrypts a hard drive so that it requires a password to boot into the operating system. Because of this, everything that goes on while the system is running has to have real time encryption and decryption. This adds strain to the CPU.
What is your opinion? Should I downgrade to XP for the speedier system and longer lasting battery life, or won't it make much of a difference? For those who are running XP on their M1330, do you like it? What is the general difference between XP and Vista?
So im thinking of getting a Studio 15 with this configuration:
Intel® Core™ i5-540M (2.53Ghz, 4 Thread, turbo boost up to 3.06 GHz, 3MB cache) Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English 4096MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048] 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD5470 Graphics Card 500GB (5400RPM) Serial ATA Hard Drive DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD) with DVD Burn software Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g) 1 year of coverage included with your PC 2Yr In-Home Warranty Support, including evenings and Saturdays Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Module - European Primary 6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery Camera 2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera Midnight Blue with Microsatin Finish 15.6in Widescreen Full High Definition (1920 x 1080) WLED with TrueLife TOTAL Incl. VAT:£866.63
But the things im most interested in are things like the build quality, heat and noise output and also the weight of the notebook, what does everyone think of these things? I owned an Inspiron 1520 which I always thought I looked after well, kept it well maintained etc but literally as soon as my 1 year warranty ended, the thing broke! So i'd really, really like to avoid a similar situation again (especially as spending £850 on a laptop is a lot of money to me)
A few days ago, I placed an order for the SXPS 13 by going to the direct configuration link on Dells website. I had read a lot of reviews and done my research, and it seemed like the perfect fit for me. I'm starting college this summer and need something that packs a lot of power into a smaller size since I'm majoring in engineering. I also do a lot with music and some of that software can be a real powerhog.
Now after I placed my order I began to read through the SXPS 13 owners lounge thread to look at the pics and just get an idea of what to expect. After reading through the a good portion of the thread, I'm starting to question whether or not I should stick with it. It won't ship for a while since the hard drives aren't available at the moment, so I have a while to change/cancel if I decide to.
So overall, what have your general impressions of the laptop been? Would you reccomend it to a friend? Anything I should be keep an eye out for?
I been working part time in computer service for 2 years now. Most notebook that come in are Dells, while Dell owns only 30% of Ukrainian laptop market. I have seen Dells that literally fall apart while under 3 years of usage. Most low to middle price boxes seem to be build from cheap plastic and 2nd grade parts.
Am I mistaken, is it a local phenomenon? What are your opinions of Dell notebooks?
I am at that horrible stage of deciding on a new laptop after my brilliant yet flawed ibook decided to break, signaling the end of my relationship with anything mac.
I need a compact notebook for traveling (2 year overland trip starting in October - africa/mid east/asia). i have been looking at several 12-13" notebooks and i have come across the Dell.
While it is listed under the business market i think it might suit my needs. Primeraly i need to use photoshop and lightroom to manage my photography workflow,
write reports in word, browse the web wirelessly and (last but not least) play football manager while im sitting on trains and buses!
It seems that i can spec the dell with a T8100 dual core 2 processer (2.16 Ghz), 3mb cache, Nvidia video card, 3GB RAM and a 6 cell for around £550, which is pretty good considering the spec.
However coming from mac i really need some advice into whether or not this processing speed will be enough for me as i am not up to speed, i know that the centrino chips are better but with a sub £550 buget im just looking for the best i can get and i like the service that Dell gave my parents when they got a desktop from them
I'm about to get an xps 16 with the following specs: P8600, 4GB ddr3, 500GB 7200RPM, blu-ray burner, ati 4670, RGBLED
I was just wondering (since i've skimmed through some of the xps 16 owners' lounge) are some of the issues that had been in the previous model with the different motherboard fixed? mainly the heat issues? I'm getting it with a P8600, since I do not want it to be hot to use it on my lap sometimes.
On a different note, when you first click on the xps 16 and go to its main page, the first "feature" about it that's mentioned is that it "now features intel core i7" but it's no where to found in the customization page. What's that all about?
I'm looking in to the Precision M4400 for architecture school where I will be using 3ds max, autocad, rhino 3d, vectorworks, revit and adobe cs3 creative suite. Any architects and students out there using it for this purpose? what do you think about this system?
Is it stable and fit for purpose?
I'd be getting the p8800 (2.66ghz) processor with the FX 770M 512mb with vista64bit and then win7 64bit
T5800 (2.0 GHz), 4 GB RAM, 320 GB 5400 RPM HD, WUXGA display, Blu-Ray Burner, 8400 GS video card, and all the other standard stuff.
I picked it up primarily because I had some minor issues with the HP HDX16T I bought about a month ago. I loved it, but it was really about 2-3 pounds too heavy (with 12 cell battery) and the battery didn't last very long at all. It was similarly equipped, in that it had both the HD display (16" 1920x1080) and Blu-Ray drive (only a reader).
Unfortunately the battery in the XPS really didn't give me quite the performance time boost that I hoped it would, and the display looks like absolute crap compared to the HP (no offense to anyone here).
I had heard all this business about the "grainy" displays from Samsung, but I hoped either I wouldn't be afflicted or just wouldn't notice. Well, turns out I do notice...a lot.
What's worse is that it's inferior to the HP display in every other way too - color reproduction looks way off (everything is WAY too blue out of the box), its less forgiving of viewing angle, and overall the colors are just really muted in comparison.
Is it possible that I just got a bad one? Most of the posts on here indicate the only way to "fix" this issue is to replace your screen, which seems a bit daunting to be honest .....
My sister wants to buy a netbook and likes the Mini 10. We both prefer to buy from the Dell Outlet (and I've got a coupon right now) and they've got quite a few of the regular Mini 10 units (not the 10v) in stock.
My instinct is to go for the higher resolution (1366x768) display vs. the standard-issue netbook WSVGA (1024x600) display. But I'm wondering if the 10.1" display is too small for the high resolution?
How do the two displays compare in terms of brightness, contrast and overall image quality?
i would like to know the significance of the second set of numbers on this computer....acer aspire 5720-4230. what is the 4230? im thinking of getting this laptop for my college kid. ive found some pretty low priced ones. im more concerned with dependability than looks or speed.
here are the specs on it:
Network Acer InviLink Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g Gigabit Ethernet IEEE 802.3ab Processor Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2330 1.6GHz Hard Drive 120GB Manufacturer Acer, Inc Ports 1 x DC Power Input 1 x RJ-11 Modem 1 x RJ-45 Network 1 x VGA 1 x Mini-phone S/PDIF/Audio Out 1 x Mini-phone Microphone 1 x Mini-phone Audio In 1 x mini-DIN S-Video Out 1 x IEEE 1394 - FireWire 4 x 4-pin Type A USB 2.0 - USB................
Lately my laptop would freeze and I could see faint white lines only at the top of my screen. (lines do not go all the way down) This has happened twice in a day. Ctrl Alt Del doesn't work so I have to power down the system and it runs normal after that.
I'm really afraid its the dreaded vertical lines issues. I had my mobo + GPU replaced a year ago, still under CC warranty but its such a pain.
I am wondering if anyone know whether dell fixed the video card and heating issues (like many in this forum mentioned) yet?
I am very interested in this machine but I don't want to risk buying something that would burn out later. I am also interested in the new studio XPS 13 as well though I would love to know how it handles heat and the video card (i hate burned-out video cards..
i have been having problems with my xps m1330 ive had it for 3 years now and its been decent to me... 3 months ago when my warranty was up i sent it in to get the gpu and mother board replaced because of the warranty. Just recently it started acting up bad...
Would freeze left and right start running check disk when i tried to restart it...so i decided to reformat it seeing some scan i ran in dos was saying i was missing a system file. So i cleared the c drive and installed vista fresh... re-put my 60gb of music over and everything seemed fine for 2 days... not today it froze up on me ... i tried to restart and got a blue screen that flashed to fast to read and i tried to restart again and got a 2000-0141 error and alot of beeping and crap... so i restarted it and it was gone...
I've had my M1330 for about 1 1/2 yrs now. The first issue is that at one point 3 months ago,
I was being randomly electrocuted by my laptop when I placed my hand on the open space below the keyboard. About a few days after the random electrocution started, the battery died, and won't recharge at all.
Lastly, there is a constant whistling sound that was coming from the laptop ever since I bought it.
I'm out of warranty. Am I able to buy a new warranty for my laptop at this time or is it too late for me? And if it is too late, should I attempt to make repairs through Dell, or am I better off selling the laptop,
and then use the cash towards a lower pc, like those mini/EPC's that these companies are selling now?
I recentley just formatted my M1330 and installed the AHCI driver but i am still getting BSOD right after the green bar on start up? The only way to get around this is to disable AHCI and enable ATA from the BIOS. Is there a solution to this
I have a new XPS M1330 on the way. I originally purchased a refurb. M1330 and had a few issues with it and dell agreed to build me a new(non refurb) one with same specs. (crimson,T9500,LED display,4GB's ram,vista ultimate etc.). In the meantime my company has ordered us new latitudes and I don't really see need to keep the new 1330. My question is, when it arrives should I not even open it and sell it either here or E-bay and my second question would be how much could I expect to sell it for ?
My 1330 is my second XPS after owning the Origional 9100XPS tank.
I have the fully built M1330 with the best factory options Dell offers. Running Windows Home Premium.
I was very pleased with my PC however, I didn't like all these extra features taking up room. (Media Center, Back-up HD, ect)
So, after a little thought, I did a complete format of my HD. I removed all the other Partitions and only loaded the OS.
After doing the updates, re-installing my McAfee Suite, Office 2007 and the other basics; This computer is NIGHT and DAY compared to what it was. It was never a slouch by any means but I can't even explain how much better it runs now.
For anyone that doesn't need the silly stuff. I HIGHLY suggest you take the time to clean sweep your HD and reinstall from scratch.