Criteria Comments Rating
- Speed and features It's plenty fast for everyday tasks and light gaming with the equipped I7 and the Nvidia GT525
- Design and form factor The outside of the computer is made out of aluminum but when you open it, everything looks big and plasticy.
- Battery life Battery life is great - easily over 5 hours while surfing the web with music playing, etc.
- Display The optional 1080p display is fantastic. It is bright and photos and videos look excellent.
- Durability So far, Dell has come out to replace the battery that stopped charging after a month, and the backlit keyboard that never lit up.
- Expandability The sealed case makes tasks such has upgrading RAM very difficult.
- Noise I'm sure this wouldn't be a problem if I had opted for the SSD, but the hard drive seems really loud for some reason.
- Portability (size / weight) 15.6" is a good compromise for portability.
The computer tries to look like a Macbook Pro from the outside. When you open it, it seems plasticy and unrefined. The trackpad is rubbish, and forget using the multitouch feature. At least the keyboard is fairly comfortable to type on. The silver ring around the base of the computer is cheap plastic which is easily worn or broken after regular use. This is definitely a consumer level product whereas my previous laptops - a Macbook Air and an Alienware M15x had a much more solid, professional level build quality to them.
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