by Faraz Qureshi on 2014-02-01
Buying Price: Rs. 33,000 (with Cash on Delivery)
Received: Dell Vostro 2520 Laptop, Dell Recommended Backpack & Philips HP8100 1000 W Hair Dryer (Blue) as a freebie.
Delivery & Customer Support ?????
Was Delivered within 4 days DESPITE that I ordered it on Sunday afternoon. So it's just within 3 working days.
Items received ?????
Along with the laptop, I also received a free backpack & Philips HP8100 1000 W Hair Dryer (Blue) which is selling for Rs.700 here on Flipkart. The freebies alone are worth more than Rs.1000
The laptop came with a charger but did NOT include a Driver CD, which almost all include with a laptop. Although I was aware of this BEFORE buying, so couldn't complain about that. BUT if you are not tech-savvy, then you might face some difficulties formatting & installing the Operating System.
It is an eye-sore to look at! The image displayed is taken at an angle, that makes it look less ugly than it actually is! The lid's back is coated with a ribbed, rubber layer that protects the back from bumps & scratches & has horizontal lines & is more of a black (very dark shade of gray) than the advertized 'gray'. Looks thick & not very aesthetically pleasing. Although definitely NOT the most ugly thing, as I have seen far worse than this. There is NO number pad to the right & the keys are NOT back-lit.
For the price, this is THE BEST you can get. For the same configuration, others charge almost 20-50% more than this.
? CPU ?????
The Core i5 (3rd Gen) 3230M is a very competent processor. Not only it is a third generation, but is also clocked at 3.2GHz Turbo frequency with 2 physical cores with hyperthreading, giving you a 4 cores parallel processing. Most people only consider Core i3, i5 or i7 but do NOT take into consideration the frequency (or speed) of the processor. At 3.2 GHz, it is a cream of the crop. It is capable of running any CPU intensive job at a very respectable celerity.
? Graphics ?????
The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers DirectX 11, with 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1150 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants. If you are a gamer, then this proficient GPU along with the more than adequate CPU, you should be able to run most of the games, even the newer ones by toning the graphic details. I was able to run Crysis 2 pretty smooth.
? RAM ?????
It's 4GBs of RAM is more than most laptops 2GBs. You shouldn't be running out of memory even after disabling Virtual RAM (swapfile)
15.6-inch LED backlit screen with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. It's screen is covered with a matte surface which reduces glare & also reduces finger prints on the surface. The average brightness of 237.8 cd/m² is within a good range. The screen's brightness is easily enough for outdoor use. Its matte surface also makes things easier.
The only thing it misses is a USB 3.0 port. It has everything else. 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, headphone in, microphone out, Card Reader, DVD Writer (many laptops don't come with a DVD writer, only DVD player), Gigabit-LAN, Bluetooth & WiFi.
If you have a USB 3.0 external Hard Disk or Pen Drive, then you'd be sacrificing a lot of speed. It will still work, but at USB 2.0 speeds.
Battery Life ?????
Despite it says that it's battery lasts for upto 3 hours, I regularly get near to 6 hours of juice out of it. Although I only run MS Office & nothing else in background with brightness turned pretty down , but it is still far more than the other laptops I've dealt with. Even watching movies gives me more than the advertized 3 hours of battery!
Since it comes with Ubuntu, most of your Windows softwares won't work on it. A few can work with wine under ubuntu. Plus the User Interface (UI) is different which can be very irritating if you haven't used anything except windows. Lack of Windows Apps along with a different UI might make things difficult for you. I formatted & installed Windows 8.1 on it. Since it doesn't come with a driver CD, you'd have to manually download the drivers from Dell's website. The website is user friendly, but it is still a chore to manually do it! I have also disabled a lot of unnecessary services from MSCONFIG & thus it uses less CPU, RAM & gives more battery life. This along with the dimming of screen brightness & disabling pagefile (virtual RAM) gives me more than enough, infact twice of the advertized battery life.
Final Verdict ?????
This is an absolute value for money, given the configuration, speed & battery life. Unless you want an aesthetically pleasing laptop or move a lot of data to & from external hard disk via USB 3.0 port, there is absolutely NO reason to NOT buy it.
by hemanth kumar on 2013-04-11
1) antiglare display
2) 500GB HDD
4) zero heating problem
5) zero operation sound, extremely silent.
6) comfortable palm rest.
7) best in class chick-let keyboard
9) large trackpad, high range wifi, nice k/b
10) 5hrs battery backup
11) dell style
12) got free backpack.
1)display has less viewing angle (but better than other shiny tfts); I suggest dell should give more option in display other than HD, like HD+, FHD , IPS panel etc; so that we can select better display during checkout.
2)should also give back-lit keyboard option.
3)No USB 3.0
by Anish Mohandas on 2013-05-28
Excellent laptop. A little on the heavy side. But feels very sturdy especially with the rugged plastic cladding on the top cover. This cladding also prevents the top cover from getting scratches which I highly appreciate about this laptop.
Performance wise, I found it extremely fast and stable, battery backup is good, the keyboard feels very responsive though a bit noisy while typing, ample wrist space, multi-touch track pad is very good and responsive, Non reflective screen is good for the price.
A few cons - No backlit keyboard. No power button light. The indicator LEDs are on the forward edge of the laptop which makes them very difficult to see. No USB 3.0. A bit on the heavy side. And mind you, its LINUX (Ubuntu) not Windows. So if you are a windows user, you are not gonna like the Ubuntu OS. You need to buy Windows separately and install. I had a copy of Windows 7 which I installed and it works great on this laptop.
About flipkart, the packing was excellent and delivery was very quick. Highly recommend both Flipkart and Vostro 2520 laptop.
Excellent Laptop - must buy
by Bhavesh Kachhadiya on 2013-07-09
>Very good speed with i5 processor.
>Good keyboard and enjoying typing.
>Also light weight and easy to carry.
>Also Backpack is awesome and with good material.
>Boost functionality to speed up the system to high performance.
>Good speaker and sound quality is excellent.
>The finishing and look&feel is awesome.
>Camera resolution is perfect for video calling.
>Touch pad is very good and responsive.
>Very reasonable amount for all this things.
************ Must buy recommendation ****************
Good configuration on paper but pre-installed Ubuntu has some problem
by Praveen Pathak on 2013-07-21
On paper, laptop has a good configuration in this category. But I am not happy with the finishing and specially with the keyboard. Right now I am typing on the same laptop and pressing every key pushes keyboard too much down and whole board bends like a plastic sheet. My other motivation to buy this laptop was pre-installed ubuntu 12.04 but unfortunately not all function keys work out of the box. I am a die-hard linux user.
Few functions which do not work with this pre-installed version:
Suspend/Power management settings
VGA/HDMI connection gives weird size images on TV (tried changing resolution, rate etc. but no success)
Only buy if you want to save few bucks over Windows version.
by BHASKAR TELAGI on 2014-09-12
I am using this laptop for more than 4 months. It has good features at this price. Display which is anti-glare is really good and its performance is also good.
Best of all is no heating issues.........
Any one planning to buy this just go ahead!
overall good but still ...
by Aneer on 2014-04-26
keyboard not bad as reviewed by others but still could have made better...
preinstalled ubuntu doesn't work well .. errors even during installation ..
even upgrade to 14.10 failed .. so I did a fresh 14.10 install and now its fine ...
battery back up is coming down .. started with 4:30 hours now only 2 hours after a week ..
wifi does have some issues .. if wifi connection breaks in between needed to restart lap to reconnect..
overall I cannot decide if the product is worth or not .. may be an issue with the piece I got ...
Great laptop with wonderful features but with bad quality outlook
by Guruprasad Venkatesha on 2014-03-03
Hello Guys. I would like to quickly get into the details of this Laptop. Laptop has really great features and runs very fast. Many recently released games can be played very easily since there is a great integrated graphics card. Even the sound quality of the speakers is good. Problem comes with the quality of the Keyboard and the sluggish touch pad. Even the buttons on the touch pad is almost not working so as far as quality is concerned this is not a great laptop but as far as price is concerned this is a Good one. You can surely go for it but do not forget to order a mouse along with the laptop. Hope this is of some help to you. Flipkart is great in delivery and awesome service. Thank you.
by Steve Johnson on 2014-02-13
Do not think twice before buying this item, its cost will keep on increasing over time.
Over All Hardware Build
Linux is for geeky guys OR those who know how to halndle it
by Siddhant Mishra on 2013-12-20
Linux is for geeky guys OR those who know how to halndle it , NOOBs dont go for it , or you are in for a ride with new OS and new problems with Linux....initially you may be lucky , but , install Windows and be fine !!!!
Rest all specs is Hardware is good !!!
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