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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2014
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Got this for my wife as a replacement for a 4 year old Dell laptop. The weight difference was surprising.

Pros:
light weight
thin
good speed, fast enough for the basics, ms office work, browsing, etc.
dvd burner, card reader, many usb ports

Cons:
resolution a bit low for the 15" screen size
Keyboard keys flat, so need to get used to typing on them.
Glossy screen (would have been nice to have non-glare screen)

Overall very happy with this purchase for the price.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2014
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Excellent workhorse laptop for anything besides graphic-intensive tasks, especially given the price point. Lightweight (!!), great battery life: 3-4 hours under word-processing load, 1-2 under moderate gaming load (CS).

My old HP had a chrome finish on the keyboard, and I radically prefer the harder plastic of this Dell because it is far less prone to being destroyed. Idles at around 45C, which isn't bad for a laptop (again, to refer back to my old HP, I was idling at 85). Full Keypad, decent sound.

My only only gripes are that
1) The max screen resolution could be higher
2) The combined microphone/earbuds jack. There's only one port for both, and I really prefer separate ones.

For the money, It's a keeper.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2014
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I bought this to replace my aging Dell Studio 1555, whose hinges actually just cracked yesterday, luckily I've had this Inspiron for about a month now, so it's no big deal.

For background, I'm a college student who rarely takes this computer outside of his room, I have yet to "travel" with it, but I'm sure it's solid enough for trips back home.

Pros: Solid CPU, nice keyboard, strong hinges, has decent build quality, lightweight, fairly quiet, clear bright display, decent battery life (about 3-4 hours web browsing)

Cons: Touchpad is a tad quirky, glossy plastic surrounding the ports (easily scratched), no Gigabit Ethernet (only Fast Ethernet, but no big deal, if you need it you can always get a USB 3.0 Gigabit adapter)

I've installed an SSD (it can take a 9mm SSD, just be careful when installing, since you have to negotiate around the touchpad cable, I think) and upgraded to 8 GB RAM. This machine runs Windows 8.1 very nicely and has everything I expected from it. The performance is pretty good, it runs a virtual machine with Windows 10 Preview fairly well, although it can be a tad slow (though it could be because the VM is running off my external hard drive, and also, having the virtualization technology is very nice).

Is this the most well built or well featured laptop on the planet? No, but it gets the job done for someone who needs a decent desktop replacement laptop that will last for at least four to five years (my typical PC usage cycle).
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2014
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I bought this to replace and update my Dell Vista laptop. I wanted windows 7 professional but settled for Windows 8.1. It seems Windows 7 pro costs as much or more than Windows 8.1. To my surprise Windows 8.1 is fine; it just takes some time to get used to. This computer is well suited for everyday use to surf the web and do word processing but may not be robust enough for gamers. The keyboard feels less responsive as the keys are low and flat. I use a bluetooth mouse with it which frees up a USB port. The computer casing is dull black and looks inexpensive. How it works is more important than how it looks to me. It is lightweight and I like that. I spent $2000.00 for my first laptop but now a days an affordable price of $389.00 for this one is good enough. With free shipping, what's not to love? Finally, this model does not have touchscreen and that's just fine with me.
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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2014
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I purchased this for my son who will be using it at college. It is a good computer for basic tasks. It seems fairly sturdily built. It runs quietly and has an efficient processor, so it does not run hot. The speakers are a little tinny if you want to listen to music, but the sound is acceptable. This is an inexpensive machine, so I did not expect much more.

I would list this as a 5 star if not for a couple quirks. These would not affect most users, but if you use Linux and want to dual boot this computer, there are some limitations. The UEFI firmware did not have an option for booting from anything other than the hard-drive Windows Master Boot Record. This meant that I had to use Legacy Mode to load an Ubuntu Linux DVD to partition the hard drive and install the Ubuntu operating system alongside Windows 8. I could not get the computer to boot into Windows from Legacy Mode after I did that. This is a normal stage of installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 8 with UEFI. I used the "Ubuntu Boot Repair" program, which is the usual next step, and this was repeatedly unsuccessful, giving me error messages and not creating a bootable drive in Legacy Mode. Switching back to UEFI restored access to Windows 8 only.

Eventually, I solved the problem by installing Ubuntu using Legacy Mode. This allowed me to access only Ubuntu in Legacy Mode. To access Windows 8, I have to change the firmware settings to UEFI. It is not an elegant solution, but the UEFI used to protect Windows is a little too locked down for people who would prefer the choice of another operating system. So to switch between operating systems, I have to get into the firmware each time. My son is aware of this, and since he also rarely uses Windows when Linux is available, this is more of an annoyance than a major problem.

Windows 8 is usable enough after installing "Classic Shell" to give a good "Start" menu. Microsoft wants to have access to your data, so when you set up the computer in Windows 8, it forces you to create a Hotmail or Microsoft account. However, you can later disable that by switching to "Local Account." This decreases your ability to have everything sync'ed automatically among certain devices, but protects your privacy. Windows should come with a Start menu right out of the box, and the Big Brother aspects of how they want you to store data in the cloud bothers me.

Overall, this is a good machine for people who just want to run light games, watch videos, do word processing, emails, and social media. I have had pretty good success with Dell for durability, and the processor and battery life are excellent for this price level. If you want to do heavy video editing or gaming, you will need to pay more. I just wish the efforts to make Windows less malware vulnerable caused less trouble for people like me who use Windows only for Windows specific applications. Ubuntu and other forms of Linux are free operating systems. They have plenty of free applications, and tend to be much more secure.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2014
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The laptop is great and helps me get work done on the go. The trackpad is twitchy. The charger has finally failed me just after a month and a half of owning it. I've had several laptops before that still have their chargers working. I'm surprised that this laptop, however, stopped recognizing the charger and won't charge itself anymore after so little time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2015
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Purchased for my Mother for Christmas on behalf of my Father. Met all the criteria for cost and power. Some discoveries I made while getting this ready for the big day:

1. McAfee is worthless...drain on performance is often worse than a virus/spyware itself and not happy about the gracious 30 day trial before I'm expected to pay. I removed it quick fast and in a hurry and used the Windows Defender (takes place of Microsoft Security Essentials in Window 8) as the antivirus...it was already installed.

2. Installed Classic Shell from www.classicshell.net. This was my first experience with Windows 8. I didn't like the jumping between the new start page (or whatever you call it) and the desktop. Classic Shell gave me the start button back and it was easy enough to go back to the desktop and use it.

3. Installed well over 1 GB of Windows updates...what are you going to do? It's Windows.

4. Upgrade your Sound Driver! Someone didn't test if the audio came along with the video when doing out from HDMI to TV. Imagine how grumpy you'd be showing your parents the joys of watching Amazon Instant Video on your TV...with no sound. Updated driver from Dell released on 12/24/2014 fixed that. Sound is now output along with video automatically.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2014
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I desperately needed a replacement for an acer aspire I bought a year ago, and was told that Dell's are reliable work horses. I bought this particular laptop because it was within my budget. After receiving it today, I wish I could have tried it out before I made the mistake of buying it. The webcam quality is very grainy. The track pad doesn't have scroll which I am finding to be annoying. The speakers are low quality along with being barely audible despite being on full blast. I'm going to buy a speaker for this laptop due to the poor quality of the built-in speakers. Otherwise, I won't enjoy Spotify at all. The DVD drive is very flimsy, and requires a very gentle touch. On the positive side, the laptop feels sturdier than the acer I had. If you are looking for a laptop that will do general web browsing, and will run Microsoft Office, then this is the laptop to get. If you are looking for something that's a pleasure to use when you aren't working on school work, then you are out of luck. I regret choosing this laptop over the Lenovo I had my eye on.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2014
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I needed a basic laptop for an application that just runs on Windows. This fit the bill. I ended up switching out the RAM for an 8 GB chip (only one slot on the motherboard for memory) and replaced the hard drive with a 128 GB SSD. Much better performance than the stock configuration, but plan on spending another $200 or so if you want to go that route.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2014
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I bought one of these computers a few weeks ago. It is sufficient for documents and internet. The best feature is the price and the fact that it can play DVDs, which some in this price range can't. The worst problem is the touchpad, which does not work well. Moving the cursor over a page will lead to unexpected windows popping up, as if I had clicked on a link. UPDATE in March 2015: I have had this computer for 5 months now and changed my rating to 2 stars. It is a piece of junk. Why 2 stars? Well, 1 star is the worst and it does have a decent price. But you get what you pay for. In the last 11 years, I have had a Toshiba, which was good, followed by two Apples. The first Apple was great but the second had a defect (I didn't think they were supposed to have defects!). After this Dell, I will probably go back to Toshiba.
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