|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366x768|
|Processor||1.8 GHz Core i5 3337U|
|RAM||6 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||500 GB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-8524BLK 15.6-Inch Laptop (1.8 GHz Intel Core i5-3337U Processor, 6GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, Windows 8) Matte Black [Discontinued By Manufacturer]
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PROS: The price is good for the hardware you get: 6GB RAM, i5 cpu, HD4000 graphics, HDMI, USB 3, etc. The build quality seems good, cover is a nice matte finish that doesn't show finger prints, full numeric keypad, keyboard has a nice feel. Fast and quiet with good battery life from the 6-cell battery. It is thin and light.
CONS: Hardware has improved so much over the years but the display on this new one is only 1366x768 compared to the 7 year old E1505 with 1280x800. Not a big deal to me but it seems like there should be better default displays by now. I miss the old media control buttons on the front edge of the E1505. Touchpad is very hard to use/get the hang of.
The big knock on this machine is true of most portables today - they come with Windows 8. Microsoft has had lemons before but this is such an utter disaster. Why does Ballmer even have a job? I personally hold M$ responsible for the demise of the PC market by introducing this turd. Anything you want as long as it is W8. WTF!??
My solution was to just to delete Windows 8. I now dual boot Linux Mint 15 XFCE and Windows 7 Pro. Non-experts should be careful when considering a new machine with Windows 8 on it.
EDIT: The touchpad was just too unusable for me (it is my only pointing device). After trying different settings with no improvement I have returned this purchase.
EDIT 2: I guess Ballmer *is* leaving Microsoft now!
My biggest complaint is with the touchpad. It is either too large or sits too far to the right or both. The palm of my hand touches it and sends the cursor somewhere else on the page (twice while typing this so far). Guess I can disable and use a mouse or use better posture.
The keyboard is a minor problem and may just be me. I would suggest checking out a Dell at a store though to see if you may have the same problem. Looks like many models use the same layout.
The other thing is Windows 8 (does anyone remember "New Coke" or "Pepsi Clear"). It is terrible but many have complained about it so I won't go into detail. It is so bad I almost returned the computer.
I have since downloaded a shell that gives the look of older versions of Windows and also have done some tweeks so I have been able to get by pretty well and only have minor issues with the OS now.
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Nice one. May I get the windows Installation DVD for this by any chance.Published 9 months ago by Kumar
The worst purchase of my entire life. I have spent a total of over 40 hours on the phone with dell and it still does not work. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tim Hall
This laptop works well, except for the fact it has Windows 8. The thing I hate most is the poor design of the screen. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by unhappy custumer
I can say it is a great investment and have a great year and using it works, the temperature is stable and ventilation works fine. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Jimmy Javier Torrez
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