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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2012
I've had this laptop for 3 years. I bought it refurbished from Dell with a 3 year complete care warranty. It has been a good laptop. I had a hard drive crash once and replaced the hard drive (covered under warranty). Otherwise it has been super. It still runs the games I like to play, like Civilization 5 and MMORPG's, though I have to play Rift with super low graphics settings. Considering that I only paid $800 for it three years ago and it is still functional and useful, I can't complain.

Cons--1. The battery life is low. I have a 9 cell and (as another reviewer states) it doesn't last long at all. However, I always play plugged in, so it isn't a real problem with me. 2. Heat. It does get really hot. The graphics card is a bit much for this computer, and it could use a better fan. It works best on a cooling pad with a fan. That's about it! If you want to buy an older computer (it is 2012 now) that can still play medium level games, this is worth a shot. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2013
I have had to replace the hard drive and it has now failed again.
Need to look for another laptop, as i am not about to invest anymore time and money in this one.
other problems I have had with this laptop
1. very hot
2. can hardly hear speakers at full volume
3. will not update windows
4. no battery life at all
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on November 15, 2012
I've owned my XPS M1530 for just over four years. During that time I have replaced the key board twice along with the battery, the hard drive, and the fan. In addition, I found it necessary to re-install Vista twice (or was it three times?). As was mentioned in other reviews, the laptop can run very hot - so hot that on a couple of occasions it suddenly shut itself down. Apparently, the Dell M-series laptops have faulty nvidia 8400gs chips which is the source of the heat problem. To prevent damage I purchased a cooling pad, which is not convenient if you travel with your laptop.

Performance and graphics have been acceptable; however, I do not use my laptop for gaming or watching videos. In addition to MS Word and Excel, I mainly use the laptop to run computer algebra systems such as Mathematica and Matlab, or type documents in latex. Maybe I was spoiled by my Inspiron 6000, which I continue to use as a backup. It is about 8 years old and is still going strong (it's just a little too slow for everyday use).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2010
Not a pc fan as a vetern mac user. But after buying this laptop slighty customized better opposed to this one I am very impressed. The speed, performance, reliability, and gaming on this machine has been terrific, not up to my mac or OSX standard but very well made. Vista sucks hard, but we all know that. Thankfully I only use this machine for gaming or multiplayer when friends come over or online. From a OSX/Mac user this laptop is a very good purchase save the bloated windows OS.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2011
DO NOT EVER buy this computer. My husband has had it for a little while now and when we got it the mother load was malfunctioning. We bought the warranty with it, but the problem existed when we first got the computer. They will not fix the problem, even though we bought the warranty. We have spent countless hours on the phone with dell and they still will not fix the problem. We are ready to throw the computer out the window. DO NOT EVER BUY. Also DO NOT buy dell computers at all because they will not help you with any problem even if you have the extended warranty. They also tell you one thing and then never document it on your account so what they just told you doesn't exist. Horrible Customer Service. (May 20, 2011)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ok, so this may seem like I'm underrating the laptop, so I'm going to start with the pros :)
1) good display
2)good speakers
3)good size/weight for mobility
3)cool design
4) fast in terms of everything BUT GAMING

Ok, now the cons
1)graphics are a joke. You can only play games made 3 years earlier, otherwise you'll notice a lagggggggg
2)HHHOOOOTTTTT - this laptop overhears way too easily.... It actually gets past 180 degrees f if you play a game for 10+ minutes
3)HD movies? Nope. If you enjoy laggy 1080p, Shuuure. But otherwise stick to 720p or 480p
4) not really loud speakers... I'd say they're not the loudest speakers ive had, so I bought a few extra headphones and speakers for it.
5) paint fades because of the heat, basically meaning I can't sell it without paying $100+ for replacement hand rests.
6) hardware problems - I noticed there are 2 audio outs....windows only supports 1 audio out, so that makes one of them useless, unless the other breaks, or you find special software to get both outputs to work.
7) battery goes in a flash.... 3-4 hours was advertised when I bought it... I only got 1 hour when I clicked power saver settings, so I bought a 9 cell battery instead... This got me 3 hours, and now it's dying (only about 2-2 1/2 hours now)

I think Dell had a wonderful idea for this laptop, but it definitely needs some refining. If they fix everything above and add a few features, then I'd be glad to buy the new updated laptop.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2012
good laptop.ive had this one for a couple months now and I bought it used and it has been worth every penny...
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2010
I purchased this machine approximately 2 years ago and within three months I needed to reinstall Vista and reformat the hard drive. Within the first year, I have a massive hard drive failure which required me to replace the hard drive, on my own. I contact Dell, which was useless, because they said the turn around was 3-4 weeks and I needed it for work and school. Things seemed to be working ok for a little while, but then I noticed that the updates for windows weren't being installed. I contacted Dell and they said they would only assist me if I paid them some astronomical amount of money. I then contacted Microsoft and, after a five hour phone call, I had to re-install Vista, again. Everything seemed to work ok for about a month, and then drivers started to fail to instal upon booting up. I had enough and went out and invested in a MacBook Pro. It's the best money I've ever spent. Recently, I took the Dell out again and decided to try and fix it again, since my wife was going back to school. Within two days I had gotten three blue screens. I contacted Dell, and after an hour and half on the phone I have to send the machine back to them so that they can try and diagnose and fix it. I've had my Mac for eight months now and have had NO problems at all with it. It runs absolutely perfect. I use it for everything... school, work, leisure... it is wonderful. Save your money and invest in a Mac.
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