Dell laptop sound speakers are not working
by Masthan on 2015-09-17
Bought laptop week ago and Audio sound/loud speakers were working fine. But after a week loud/sound speakers are not working (no sound), but head phones (Mic) are working. Laptop installed with UBUNTU 12.06 Operating System.
by suryakant gautam on 2016-08-01
i am using this laptop since a year there is no issue in laptop as well as upgraded has win 10 and it running very smooth there is no heating issue no lagging in this laptop after playing games in latop who want to buy go for it......
by Prantik Biswas on 2015-07-24
I was surprised after using this product for about a month. Even after vigorous use of more than six hours, this device never gets heated up even entire full sized keypad remains cold as it was before using it and only the exhaust area warms up out of the entire laptop. Even I was surprised by the efficiency of the laptop as well as the adapter that was provided, even the adapter remains to room temperature after long heavy use.
At present I'm running windows 8.1 pro alongside ubuntu 14 LTS, in windows at moderate use, I get backup of more than 6 hours, battery remains more than 30% in this moderate usage after around 5 hrs (I twicked power saving settings a bit to my own needs).
Although dell says that processor is 1.7 GHz, but it is actually down clocked at 1.7GHz, and I had never faced any lags or issues because of low clock speed.
Screen colour reproduction and contrast is good but viewing angles is just okay for this price range.
So, if you are in a very tight budget you can go for it. If you want this same specification with i3 5th generation, then you have to spend few more thousand bucks & I think you have to buy it form dell official website as I failed to find it in flipkart.
Please remember it is not gaming device although it can handle high graphics games like call of duty black ops, but if you want to play games then instead of integrated graphics please opt for discrete graphics version.
Update: 30th Dec 2015
With free upgrade offer I upgraded to windows 10 pro, now there is mysterious problem with realteak audio, dell audio, touchpad and Intel rapid storage technology driver. I needed to uninstall both audio driver as either volume is too high or too low. Touchpad sometimes freezes but fortunately most of the time it works fine. Yes, intel Rapid Storage Technology driver has a huge bug as it prevents complete shutdown in win 10, it makes all other things shutdown except processor and power to peripherals, since cooling system is shutdowned it gets hot like a toaster, problem was solved by dell later by uninstalling this drver.
Meanwhile screen got some dead pixels over here & there, Dell replaced this chinese screen with one lg product. Now it is working fine.
Nice Laptop, Worth Money
by Hiren Jatakia on 2014-12-10
Very Nice Dell Laptop with good configuration.
Modal is Good, Performance is well.
Fast Shipping, Sealed Pack, Go For It.
Good build quality, performance, easy typing
by Prahlad Yeri on 2014-09-30
Update on 13-Aug-2015: As of today, I stand corrected. Dell, India turned out to be a big sham. The charging connector of this laptop is extremely fragile and inferior. Part of the connector port got stuck in the laptop while I was taking out the charger. And thanks to Dell's pathetic technical support, they are denying me the accidental warranty, saying its my fault. So, I'm sitting sitting on a broken, unusable laptop just within an year of buying it - Never go for Dell :-(
Inspiron 3542 arrived today by Flipkart. Very satisfied by delivery and service, I got it promptly within a day since I'd opted for the one-day guarantee. Now coming to the product, here is what I felt after an initial usage:
1. Solid performance (i3+4GB-RAM rocks!)
2. Good overall build-quality.
3. New chicklet keyboard rocks (Typing is smooth like a butter with this. Having used a Toshiba Satellite for a long time, I was positively surprised)
1. Touchpad surface is a bit uneven on the right-edge compared to the attached assembly. Though it is usable, they could have done it better.
2. Some issues with brightness and usb dongles. Though, in all fairness, this is a con of ubuntu rather than the Dell machine. The first issue I faced is that brightness setting is not saved upon restarts (unless you do some geeky stuff like edit the /etc/rc.local file to set an initial brightness). Second issue is frequent disconnection of my tata-photon dongle. This could be resolved by upgrading to 14.04 as it doesn't happen there (I really feel that Dell should have opted for 14.04 instead of 12.04 as their base OS here)
very bad service from flipkart-could not register the laptop for warranty
by Sidharth on 2015-05-10
flipkart totally messed up the warranty registration process. even after following up with flipkart for more than a month, there was no proper response.
finally had to return the laptop after around 40 days because flipkart failed to help me in registering the laptop for warranty.
this entire interaction with flipkart has left a bad taste in my mouth and I will most probably not be spending another penny on flipkart (except for the existing balance in my flipkart wallet).
And yeh, flipkart, i know you wouldn't publish this review :-)
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Excellent laptop for general purpose work
by rdgreat on 2015-10-16
Looking for a budget laptop with all round performance?
You have come to the right place at right time.That's right.
Dell Inspiron 3542 15.6-inch Laptop (Core i3-4005U/4GB/500GB HDD/UBUNTU/Intel HD Graphics 4400), Black offers everything you need to perform most mundane tasks at an affordable price with quality and support from the popular band DELL.
Let us take a look at the specs once more:
? ? First, the SPECS? ? :
? 15.6 Inches screen with 1366X768 p resolution,HD LED Backlit Display with True Life
? Core i3 at 1.7 GHz.
? 500 GB HDD SATA Hard Drive running at 5400RPM
? Intel Integrated Graphics
? 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
? UBUNTU Linux OS.
? 4-cell, 40 Whr battery.
? 720p HD Webcam
? 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
? 3-in-1 Card Reader
? Bluetooth v4.0
? Ethernet 10/100 LAN
? 2 x Tuned Speakers with Waves MaxxAudio
Now on to my indepth REVIEW:
? Built quality? :
The all plastic body is smooth and decent looking with enough strength to withstand moderate rough usage.
One should not drop the laptop from height or shock loading lest it may get damaged.
? Display? :
15.6 inch 1366X768 p resolution,HD LED Backlit Display with True Life offers high quality picture and movie display.
There are no dark spots or horizontal / vertical lines anywhere on the screen and the Integrated Intel graphics offer very good display of whatever you like to see on the screen.
? PERFORMANCE? :
The Intel core i3 processor at 1.7 GHz clock speed combined with 4GB RAM gives enough speed and power to accomplish the more common tasks like net browsing,word processing, as well as gaming if you are into that.
? Connectivity? :
2 USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port are enough for high speed connectivity with external card readers, pendrives etc for data tarnsfer.
It is also compatible with Bluetooth v4.0 for connecting with Bluetooth enabled devices.
LAN connectivity with integrated LAN port is good.No hangups/disruptions.
? webcam? :
720p HD Webcam takes decent pictures and it can record 720 p resolution movies.
the movies and pictures are decent.
? battery life? :
the 4 cel Li-ion battery offers upto 4-5 hrs backup with normal usage like word PPT etc.if watching movies, it is better to connect the laptop to external AC power supply by supplied AC/DC adapter.
‡ verdict: ‡
Students and others who need a laptop for general purpose work, studying e-books, worp rocessing , skype, net browsing etc can go for this laptop.If heavy duty work like CAD/CAM etc is involved it is better to opt for a DELL i5 or i7 configuration.
The 500GB hard disk is offers good enough storage to store your favorite movies,photos and the like.
This laptop serves general purpose office work well with good quality video display and above average audio.
The touchpad is Ok .For more convenience you may opt for an external mouse ; now a days every one is using with laptop.
Though it comes with UBUNTU Linux OS,You can install windows 7 or windows 8/8.1 and it runs smoothly.There are no hang ups.
Major plus point is longer battery life :upto 4-5 hours with normal usage with word, ppt etc..
DELL is replacing HP and Lenovo with its fast service after sales and easy availability of spares.Comes with 1 year on site warranty.
? one final word:
If you feel my review is useful to you, please press "YES" button below.
by Amazon_shopper on 2016-07-14
Best laptop for the price I paid(22k). Comes pre-installed with ubuntu but can always install windows and Windows 10 works like charm on this.Having used it for around a year only found one drawback i.e.average battery life around 3 hours of browsing the web on battery.But overall bang for the buck
by rahul on 2015-12-31
Broke down at 2nd year
Was using just fir ms office and internet...still motherboard crashed..what a waste..i own asus desktop working in its 7th year..heard that asus products are best in terms of product survival and maintenance cost(like maruti cars)...so will prefer asus next time..also do check out dells facebook page user post,it has worst of reviews in terms of hardware quality
Excellent product and excellent packing
by Amazon Customer on 2016-04-08
Excellent product and excellent packing...More airbags placed to prevent the product from rough handling...it is worth the price mentioned..but i bought it in festive sale for 21000(including cash back offers from bank also)...but it is worth for even 26000. Nice product..ezcellent delivery...till now its working fine.
by Rahul on 2015-12-10
I purchased this product on 24.11.15 and today the laptop doesn't gets switched on.. Moreover if I shutdown the laptop at night with 100% charge also.. In the morning it becomes 0% and doesn't gets switched on without putting the charger. I want amazon to replace this product but today I checked there is no replacement. Amazon I want complete new product, off course not dell again.
Best one on this budget price
by Amazon Customer on 2015-12-22
Best one on this budget price,
Accessories all are in A one condition and working fine
the most important thing is amazon deliver it before expected time when i was needed.
The laptop is perfect for home-usage
by joshi on 2016-01-20
The laptop is perfect for home-usage. No problems at all. Also, considering the price range, it is perfect. But, you should know Linux (Ubuntu) to operate. If you are fan of Windows, then you have to buy it separately.
MAJOR driver issues after upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04. Had to spend a lot of time fixing those on my own.
by Anuraag Gupta on 2016-03-04
MAJOR driver issues after upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04. Had to spend a lot of time fixing those on my own.
- Wifi stopped working
- Login issues - some package dependencies had to be added for a proper update
- Weird static noise over headphones when the soundcard is not being used. I was almost convinced this is a hardware issue, turns out I had to upgrade the driver to fix this. Took me around 2 days to fix this.
Will not recommend to anyone, unless you are a hardcore linux fan
No warrenty.. Fake warrenty claim by them. One one month warrenty when purchased
by Anup pv on 2016-03-18
Warrenty only one month left when checked at dell website with serial number. They said one year warrenty.. But one year warenty fron when, the date i purchased or the date you took this stock. I have only one month warrenty left.. Instead of promised 1 year warrenty as per their description
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