by Sugat Sarkar on 2014-03-03
This review is based on usage of this notebook for half a month. But when it comes to computers i know what im talking about.
Firstly, Why Dell? Why not HP or Lenovo or Sony or an Apple?
Well, as much as i'd have loved to go for an Apple, I just didnt have that kind of budget. As for sony, please go for it, if you like to get ripped off. They charge much more for what they offer just because they are a relatively bigger brand and have a flashy product named "Vaio". Lenovo, although makes excellent products are relatively not very portable and can actually be used for weight training and building muscles. As for HP, i was stuck at HP for a really long time. But finally went for dell because of its awesome after sales services and building such amazing products.
Next, Why particularly this notebook? Why not some other model? like that model with the brushed aluminium finished back?
The configuration of this model is too good to be true for the asked price. Core i5, 4th gen, upto 2.6Ghz with 6 GB of RAM clocked at 1600 Mhz is amazing. And 750 GB of HDD is an added bonus. Another reason to go for this model was the keyboard layout, with buttons well spaced and quite comfortable to use. I actually went to a local dell showroom and checked it out before buying it here on flipkart. As for not going for the aluminium finished model, i needed a scratch resistance body, something that wouldnt attract many fingerprint marks. So that my sunday mornings are spent "using" it rather than cleaning it.
This is all very good on papers but what about real world performance?
Now here comes the ace of spades. This notebook is made for the real world. All those numbers on papers they find a way to ooze outta this machine and make a big difference in the real world, making this machine a "true performer". Its blink-your-eyes-and-its-gone fast. Boots windows 8 in around 12 secs. Easily takes care of all the resource hungry softwares such as AutoCAD, Pro Engineer, CATIA, Solidworks, Ansys etc. This 4th generation core i5 processor, which is dual-core dual-thread, is really really good. Beats all expectations. It processes data very accurately without any bugs and does that quiet efficiently.
Did you just mention the word efficiently? Hey it reminds of my next question, What kinda battery backup can i get from it?
This processor has got a Ph.D in how-to-become-a-real-miser. Its max TDP is just 15 Watts. Which gives me a battery backup of about 5 hrs. And the least that ive got so far is 3.5 hrs hours. All this from a 4 cell battery.
You are shitting us! How can one get such a backup from a 4 cell battery?
Well, it does depend on many things. Like i mostly keep screen brightness set to minimum and i have installed "all" the drivers and softwares available on dells website for this particular model (yes, it matters, a lot.) And, ive also fiddled with the power management settings in windows in order to squeeze out that extra 1 hr or so. But dont expect to get a 5 hour backup while you are gaming.
Gaming? But this machine does not have any dedicated graphics processor. What kinda games can you play on it?
Actually, almost any game can run on this notebook at low settings. I've so far played need for speed hot pursuit, call of duty black ops 2, crysis 1, 2, 3, dishonored and GTA 4. The Intel HD 4400 is more than capable of handling mid level gaming.
What all accessories does one get with it?
If you too have a Ph.D in being stingy and love to get many free accessories then you'll be disappointed. Cause here, you'll only get the notebook and its charger and thats it. Flipkart does provide a bag with it. Which i must say is made from good quality materials and manufactured by targus exclusively for dell. And the only other thing you get is a McAfee antivirus subscription for 15 months. Come on guys, look at the star here not the co-stars.
You havent talked about the cons! Are you saying that this notebook is perfect?
Well, I dunno about others but for me this machine is quite able in every way. And this maybe because i knew exactly what i wanted from a notebook before setting out to buy one. Since this meets or exceeds all my checkpoints, i find it to be just perfect. My suggestion here to potential buyers is that one should know exactly what they are looking for in a notebook. If you are confused then no matter what you buy you'll never be satisfied.
Any last words?
This machine is a "utilitarian" product. According to me, this is the best bang for the buck out there. Sure there are some things missing, like you dont get windows out of the box. Or the lack of a dedicated Graphics processor. But at the end of the day they are just specks of dust on your windscreen. If you are not a hardcore-console-quality-graphics-requiring-notebook-boiling gamer then this machine would be fine for you. It'll be able to serve all your needs and still have plenty of juice remaining anything extra.
Great Laptop in good price
by Jagdeep Bhatt on 2013-12-09
First look to the laptop is impressing. Laptop Build Quality is Very good and it is very strong enough. It is having Scratch free surface and very thin Design.
Laptop Performance is also impressing. I played NFS most wanted and it works Smooth. Laptop is having a 4 GB + 2GB total 6GB of RAM. Display quality and angle of viewing is also quite amazing. It is having a Chick let keyboard which is very comfortable in Use.
All i want to say is just go for it.
Carry Bag is provided of very cheap quality.
Be careful when buying product online.
by Flipkart Customer on 2014-01-26
Recently purchased this one.
configuration wise its good for this price.....
but OS is "Ubuntu" and BATTERY is very bad.. below 2 hrs only...
I think these laptops are REFURBISHED ones.
DVD tray and screen connections are loose.
if price is difference is 1000 in online and shops my opinion is best to to for shop
donot go online purchase...
Good Laptop with fast delivery
by Swapnil Chaudhari on 2014-02-01
I have ordered this laptop a month ago in Pune. Next day it was holiday, and flipcart delivered it on the 2nd day after order. They dispatched it from Banglore. The packaging was good and delivered to our neighbor as were not home.
Laptop is good with fast performance. I am mobile application developer and was looking for a laptop which can run simulators for Android and Blackberry. This is a good machine and satisfies all my requirements.
The only problem I noticed is Dell has removed old VGA out port. Now they started forcing people to use HDMI. If you need to connect this laptop with a projector, please make sure you have HDMI port with your projector.
Used it for 2.5 years..still working without any complaints
by Rejoy Sebastian on 2016-07-27
Good laptop with weak battery
by Milind Gandhi on 2014-11-14
The price is a plus due to Ubuntu being pre-installed.
However, the battery is a big minus. I had purchased this product during January-2014 and by November-2014, the battery is not working. Moreover during working time period, I have seen many times that even though it's in charging, the PC will be shutdown automatically. Average 1 in 5 times, if you press power button the laptop won't start. Then you have to annoyingly keep it pressed for few seconds to get it working.
Not sure if they are selling a refurbished or used products.
by David Peter on 2014-06-07
I just brought this laptop and its performing superb, windows ratings are below
memory RAM 7.5
Gaming Graphics 6.5
Primary hard disk 5.9
Simply superb rating, battery life is good,free from sraches, No issues with heating continuously used for 6 hours still its cool. Over all a best lappy to buy.
Good Specificstion at the price
by Ravi on 2014-05-13
Good Specification of the Laptop prompted me to opt it. But after receiving i could notice gaps at the edges...Even though Dell is known for build quality for some reason the build quality of this Laptop looks cheap with gaps everywhere.
Other than the above mentioned issue, it also attracts a lot of smudges..
Laptop aces in its hardware. no qualms there.
Flipkart has made it a habit of delivering goods a day before the mentioned delivery date....Kudos to Flipkart.
Hoping to enjoy the buy..
Worth Buying if you have Windows OS
by Vashistha Kumar Singh on 2014-05-11
Value for money. The configuration is good performance is good.
Keyboard is not impressive. The touchpad is also not as expected.
by Malsoor on 2014-04-28
Its good product..
Speed and Battery life is good . Look and feel is fine.
But no power lights for buttons.
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