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#1 Beyond Godlike

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 17:22

http://www.dell.com/...xps-15-l521x/pd

Im thinking of getting one of these after June(whenever the 4th Gen intels get added)...

I was wondering if anyone had any input on these and i also had some questions...

1.) Its sort of hard to tell, but is the screen just a flat piece of glass similar to macbooks(with no bezel sticking out where dust and whatnot can get in).
2.) If i choose to buy one, how hard is it to reach the MSATA slot to replace the built in SSD or even the drive.
3.) If i choose to replace any internal components(memory/HD/SSD) - will dell have any issues with that in terms of warranty/support.

Ive never purchased a dell(other than alienware which sucked), but i hear the XPS's are long lasting devices. Im looking to make this my primary device as i never have time to be at home to use my desktop.

Thanks!


PS..if anyone has any other suggestions what im looking for is:
1.) 1080p+ Screen at 15" or less
2.) Really nice physical design...ie that flat glass i was looking for
3.) Minimal special hardware keys so I can dual boot linux without any missing functionality
4.) SSD+HD for speed and storage that is easy to interchange
5.) Not $2100+


#2 episode

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 17:29

Dude, don't get a Dell.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 17:41

Yeah I'd stay away from Dell. I've had 2 Dell laptops that have broken after 2 years, the screen being the most common fault. A friend had one and their screen also broke after a few weeks. Look at other brands, such as Lenovo, who have much better build quality and will last much longer than a Dell laptop will.

#4 OP Beyond Godlike

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 17:57

Yeah I'd stay away from Dell. I've had 2 Dell laptops that have broken after 2 years, the screen being the most common fault. A friend had one and their screen also broke after a few weeks. Look at other brands, such as Lenovo, who have much better build quality and will last much longer than a Dell laptop will.


Thats scary...cause the Dell seemed to have exactly what I wanted. I cant seem to find a lenovo with a SSD+HD option..and 1080p screen - not to mention the other aesthetically pleasing features... i have a lenovo refurb right now i got for a ridiculous price(250 for i5/6gb/converted cd rom to 2nd drive bay)...but im giving that to someone this summer who needs it in my family.

#5 Steve B.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 18:01

Well in contrast to their stories, I've been using Dell computers for as long as I remember, and other than a 5-6 year old machine having a RAM stick die, that is the only problem I've encountered.

#6 danny62381

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 18:04

Ditch the consumer grade laptop and get something commercial grade, even if you have to go the refurbished route. Take a look at the new ThinkPads. The consumer laptops these days have no lifespan at all.


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 18:06

I've had VAIOs for the last decade and now I've got a Dell.

The screen quality on my XPS 14 is utterly awful in comparison. I wouldn't recommend them.

#8 ajcdotme

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 18:07

I recently had a go with the xps 13 developer edition. it's a 13" @ 1080p with very nice hardware specs and ships with ubuntu. The one I used had arch installed with full hardware/softkey support and, honestly, were it available in a 15", I'd have probably ordered one by now. (I use my laptop as a desktop replacement).

#9 illegaloperation

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 18:11

My whole family uses Dell laptops. So far, we had zero issue with any of them.

The oldest one that we have is 11 years old and it's still working perfectly.

#10 illegaloperation

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 18:20

http://www.dell.com/...xps-15-l521x/pd

Im thinking of getting one of these after June(whenever the 4th Gen intels get added)...

I was wondering if anyone had any input on these and i also had some questions...

1.) Its sort of hard to tell, but is the screen just a flat piece of glass similar to macbooks(with no bezel sticking out where dust and whatnot can get in).
2.) If i choose to buy one, how hard is it to reach the MSATA slot to replace the built in SSD or even the drive.
3.) If i choose to replace any internal components(memory/HD/SSD) - will dell have any issues with that in terms of warranty/support.

Ive never purchased a dell(other than alienware which sucked), but i hear the XPS's are long lasting devices. Im looking to make this my primary device as i never have time to be at home to use my desktop.

Thanks!


1. The bezel does stick out a little: about 1.5 mm

2. The hard drive and memory slots are very easy to access. It's design so that both components can easily be upgraded.

3. Make sure to keep the original components. Before you sent it in for repair, put the original components back.

BTW, the aluminum finishing on the XPS is very nice.

#11 OP Beyond Godlike

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 18:46

Seems theres alot of conflicting information. The dell does have a beautiful design...

Ab

1. The bezel does stick out a little: about 1.5 mm

2. The hard drive and memory slots are very easy to access. It's design so that both components can easily be upgraded.

3. Make sure to keep the original components. Before you sent it in for repair, put the original components back.

BTW, the aluminum finishing on the XPS is very nice.


Is it an enclosed bezel or can dust get inside?

Lots of interesting opinions

When i had hte alienware...they had to send 5 screen replacements before i gave up and said take it back

Im concerned about screen quality

The dell seems like a perfect laptop but if theres quality issues idk

Im also looking at:

http://www.memoryexp...roducts/MX42223

Not too thick, had good power to...I have a GT60 atm which is 2x as thick and very difficult to carry around so...i was liking the dell but i trust MSI quality...gotta think about htis..or do a 30 day trial with dell this summer when the 4th Gen intels are out.

#12 xendrome

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 19:15

Yeah I'd stay away from Dell. I've had 2 Dell laptops that have broken after 2 years, the screen being the most common fault. A friend had one and their screen also broke after a few weeks. Look at other brands, such as Lenovo, who have much better build quality and will last much longer than a Dell laptop will.


2 years is actually pretty good for a laptop, especially if it is moved a lot. and your friend obviously got a defective unit, and it was under warranty so.... Lenovo's build quality sucks as of late, all of there stuff is so plastic'y

#13 spikey_richie

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 19:43

Only laptop I have is a HP 6550b Probook which is my works machine, and it's probably the best laptop I've had/used. Better than any Dell rubbish they've given me in the past.

#14 Earthworm_Jim

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 19:49

I liked my dell computers...

#15 illegaloperation

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 19:51

Seems theres alot of conflicting information. The dell does have a beautiful design...

Ab

Is it an enclosed bezel or can dust get inside?

Lots of interesting opinions

When i had hte alienware...they had to send 5 screen replacements before i gave up and said take it back

Im concerned about screen quality

The dell seems like a perfect laptop but if theres quality issues idk


The bezel is fitted tightly around the screen. In theory, dust can get in, but I've had my XPS for a couple of years now and I don't have any dust problem.