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5.0 out of 5 stars decent laptop, but super ultrabook after upgrades, May 8, 2014
This review is from: Dell Inspiron 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (i3137-5003sLV) (Old Version) [Discontinued By Manufacturer] (Personal Computers)
Out of the box, I was impressed with the performance, considering the little 4gb of ram and a 5400rpm HDD. The Pentium is snappy even with the default setup, but being the tech junkie I am, I decided to buy hardware upgrades that arrived with the laptop..

I installed:
an 8gb 1.35mv stick of crucial ram (about 70 on amazon) and a crucial m500 240gb SSD.

After successfully cloning the HDD and booting from the SSD, I noticed an immediate increase in performance - a night and day difference.

I clocked cold bootups on the HDD around 32-35 seconds. After installing the SSD, cold boot time is anywhere from 4-7 seconds.
The multitasking and HD video is average with the default HDD and 4gb ram, but after upgrades and I can watch stutter-free HD video with the processor underclocked to about 1.3ghz (accessible under advanced power management).

If the processor was an i3, this laptop would easily be categorized as an ultrabook.
The Pentium is actually nearly identical to an i3, it just doesn't have Hyper-threading, which isn't even noticeable on an i3. But the i3 was not upgraded to haswell, so this little penitum is much more battery-friendly than most of the other, more powerful haswell intel's.

Overall, I have no complaints other than fantasies of a backlit keyboard, which would make this product even more premium than a MacBook air, but that's a minor spec and a luxury that just isn't a deal-breaker.

Looking for something powerful enough for school but battery-friendly enough for long stints away from the charger?
this little bad boy will do the job very well.

Good luck and enjoy it if you get it.
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Initial post: May 9, 2014 5:18:41 AM PDT
Dear Alex, can you send me the order of the upgrade to improve the performance of this laptop.
Thank you

Jorge Acon Ho
Costa Rica

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 6:08:02 PM PDT
KL7SKA says:
How were you able to get SSD to work? I tried Crucial M500 240, Crucial M500 480, Samsung 840 512 and very old Toshiba 64. Only one that I was able to get Win 8.1 to install on was the Toshiba. Called Dell tec support and only asked if possible to install SSD. Was informed that BIOS in computer will not accept HDD larger than 500 or SSD larger than 64. Was also told that will not take 8GB memory. Don't think they know what they are talking about as I have 8GB working in computer with original rotating HDD and 500GB is not a BIOS limitation but a physical size limitation of 7mm drive.

Was able to copy HDD install to Samsung 840 SSD. Computer worked VERY slowly with Task manager reporting 100% disk usage even though HDD LED showed almost no usage. Shut computer off after 4 hours of 100% reported HDD usage.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 11:26:55 AM PDT
CCW says:
Alex, Could you post a text or graphic display of the System Information showing the 8Gb? Or something from Resource Monitor, etc? I almost ordered an 8Gb stick with the laptop, but held off after I looked at the Dell spec sheet. But it is only vendor documentation, after all. So I'd like some concrete evidence, please.
Thank you.
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