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"A Tale of Two Entities"
, November 20, 2013
This review is from: Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-953BLK 15.6 - Inch Laptop (1.90GHz Intel Pentium 2127U 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD) Black Matte with Textured Finish (Personal Computers)
This is a tale of two entities; the physical hardware and Windows 8(and now 8.1).
I bought this computer to replace my wife's 10 year old Dell desktop which was running Windows XP SP3. Too slow and too clunky, she said.
At this point I am tempted to digress into the many quirks of Windows 8(like the font spontaneously changing in Outlook or printer availabilty being app dependent) but, nevermind, you can Google these yourselves.
A important feature of the hardware is that it does not have a touchscreen; a primary target of Windows 8. So many of the vaunted features of this release are lost on this device.
Unless I missed something, this computer arrived with no CD and virtually no documentation. There was a folded, single sheet, quick start user guide which basically says plug in, turn on, follow instructions.
Having said that, I have no complaints about the hardware apart for the lack of documentation. It does come up quickly and provides a crisp display for all applications.
This computer has been plugged in for about a month yet I noticed that the battery was a little over half charged. After wading through a few menus I discovered this is intentional so as not to tax the NiCad batteries and can be disabled. Maybe they forgot to send me all the documentation.
The final twist to this: before I deposited the old Dell to the electronic reycling heap, I decided to clean it up with a program called Defender Pro(available on Amazon for $4). The performance improvement is amazing. In fact, if I had done this first, I might not have bought the Inspiron.
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