by Dibyendu Dey on 2015-04-01
Just received today and installed Wwindows10. Working fine till now. Cannot adjust brightness that seems to be an issue with the OS.
Not at all cheap plastic. Webcam and Speakers are good.
Its good it has a VGA port.
Only isue seems to be with the touchpad.
No touch buttons tere and the ensistyvity is also not upto the mark. Will install windowss 7 and the appropriate drivers then check and update this review.
by Saifi Khan on 2015-05-06
There is only a "single" memory slot !
you need to buy a single 8GB DDR3L in order to upgrade.
the cover underneath is held by a single screw. you need to push and slide out the flimsy plastic cover which flexes a bit.
the page Up and page Down keys are too small, while the keyboard is well laid out from a developer point of view. The Enter key is just the right size.
i just bought this laptop, installed Gentoo Linux and started off with Docker builds and Go lang compiles. The AMD APU A8 is pretty decent processor as i witnessed while compiling of various packages like Go, Erlang OTP, Redis, PostgreSQL.
Useful for dev guys who care about code, vt100 terminal, clang/gcc and a decent processor. don't intend to configure multimedia, wifi or graphics display hence i cant comment on what experience the GUI seeking folks can expect.
by Vishal Pant on 2015-04-20
The specs are among the best in this price range and the laptop has excellent build quality, similar to a Dell laptop priced upwards of Rs 40k. Ubuntu OS is quite fast. With its 14" screen, and light-weight. it is quite handy to carry around.
P.S.: Updating the Ubuntu version caused graphic driver problems on my laptop.
by Ravi Shrestha on 2015-07-30
The product quality is satisfactory for the amount you are going to pay.
No heating problem nor any other issues that gonna make you feel you are in loss.
The major concern for me was the Flipkart team's response for the warranty claim.
They kept me hanging for 16 days without giving proper solution for my warranty claim from Dell for 1 Year.That made me feel really bad.
Dell Vostro 3445 - 5 star
Flipkart team - 2 star
by Anindya Mukherjee on 2015-05-22
The Dell Vostro 3445 was a urgent buy for me, combined by the facts that I needed an development environment ready in one week, my old laptop (Acer 5740G, god bless its soul) was missing a few keyboard keys, HDD had a bad sector and it was heating up like hell while running Win7. Thinkpad was my initial target, but saw that they were way beyond my budget. Decided on this as I am from AMD camp, and prefer Linux better than Windows. This Dell 14" range is densely populated, with Win8/Ubuntu, Intel/AMD, Dedicated/Chipset graphics options. So my choice was based on preference (AMD chip), processing power (Quadcore A8), ample memory (4GB DDR3L), and cost (Ubuntu).
Flipkart delivery and packaging was top-notch as usual. Need not say more than that.
Unwrapped, set the free backpack (Targus) aside, flipped the lid open, turned the thing on, and soon I was welcomed by the Unity screen of Ubuntu. The initial setup was 10 minutes tops, and I was staring at my ready-to-go desktop, with WiFi tethered.
However, disaster struck soon. Ubuntu prompted me a new LTS is available (system had 12.04, new LTS was 14.04), and if I wanted to upgrade. I accepted, and the system went on upgrading for about 1 hour over WiFi. Was prompted to restart, did so, and the graphics driver failed on reboot. Was presented with CLI, tried to start xorg/xvesa from there to no avail. Had an old 12.10 Ubuntu DVD lying around, so popped that in DVD drive, and restarted. Once again a 1 hour install, and I was back in Ubuntu desktop, however, with no WiFi. modprobe showed there was no wl device. lscpi -nn showed the device was there (a broadcom chip), but 'unclaimed', i.e. no drivers were present. Then went two days of feverishly trying one command after another to install generic drivers, checking if service was blacklisted, and probling the hardware every 30 minutes to see nothing works.
As a last-ditch attempt, burned a 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) on a DVD, and gave it a go. Wiped all partitions, recreated them from scratch. Surprise, surprise, the WiFi device was detected!
Thereafter installed VirtualBox, installed Win7 in there to work with Win applications in seamless mode, set up VPN for office, and was good to go.
The system runs noiselessly, heats up evenly and not very noticably, and carries out regular tasks with aplomb. Keyboard is a little spaced out, but quite good. Three USB ports (1 USB 3.0). WOuld have preferred to have one more. The SD card slot does not take the card in completely. The card sticks out by about half an inch. Would have preferred a flush fit, to set up a virtual swap space (RAM) of about 4GB and leave it there. This choice is because of the single RAM slot, so if you decide to upgrade to 8GB RAM, you current RAM lies unused. Has VGA port, would have preferred HDMI. There is no physical touchpad off button (I prefer to use an wireless mouse), and the touchpad quality is nothing special, though not a deal breaker. Screen is good for coding and surfing, but the matte finish might have a negative impact on viewing. Though I prefer matte finish as I can work in well-lit environments better. The speakers are quite good, not loud, but clean and crisp-sounding till their upper sound limit. The build is not Thinkpad-grade, but is utilitarian and solid. All matte finish here too.
Overall, I am very happy with the purchase.
Best Configuration of AMD
by Yogesh Borkar on 2015-05-17
I'll vote 5, because of the following points:
1. Graphics: 8.1/10
2. Performance: 8.6/10
3. Design: 9/10
4. Features: 8/10
5. Usability: 8.4/10
*Note: This one has 2.5 GB of dedicated graphics. Total shows about 4 GB graphics including shared memory and all. Weird huh?
Yes, Dedicated 2 GB graphics from Graphics Card + 512 MB from APU i.e CPU + GPU = APU.
Blindly buy this one, its best laptop I've used ever.
I am able to play Assassins Creed Unity in this Laptop, without a glitch. :) :)
Excellent product in this price range
by Rejoyce Jose on 2016-03-31
This is a product that punches above it's league.
Good performance, and value!
Discreet GPU with 2GB dedicated RAM
Single RAM DIMM slot, upgrade requires 4GB to be replaced with 8GB
Build quality of the laptop could be better (sharp corners and edges)
Feels a bit plastic-ky
by Sohil Chhabriya on 2015-07-12
This is an ultimate machine at this price.
1. v.v.v good battery life even though its 4 cell. This laptop manages power consumption excellently. 2 movies to be seen baack to back on 100% charge. and stand by battery lasts upto more than 10Hrs.
2 Screen is Just good. Not mind blowing but good enough. cant consider it as a minus point.
3 Speakers are bit low in sound. just need to extend to the external portable speakers.
4 AMD doesnot heats up. so not to worry.
5 AMD provides good process management.
6 Very handy.
7 Drivers are also easy to get.
8 Good dell support. They also provide extended warranty covering accidental.
9 2 GB graphic is a plus point.
My Good Choice at around 23000/-
MY-UTILITY: I am a Software developer. I can easily able to access all my servers. The processor does not lags or hangs me the task. but some time I face a little problem while my mozilla is running with 40/50 tabs its occupies all the RAM. so i am thinking of to increase the RAM to 8 GB. Still its a good buy.
Business model laptop with drawbacks
by John Jacob on 2015-06-03
Positive: The body is sturdy. Form is thin on any edge and easy to hold in the hand if you have to hold in closed position. Temperature is relatively low on maximum processor speed. No noise of the fan so far. Dell Pro Support on phone was much better than chat option. Overall performance is good. CAD and graphics apps ran smoothly. Webcam is clear and suited for business conferencing with 16:9 ratio.
Improvement: The RAM speed support could have been better. Its kept at 1600MHz. APUs should have higher speed support.
Negatives: Flipkart bill invoice did not have the Service tag number which Dell had trouble updating for 1 year warranty. Once Flipkart gave the corrected bill, Dell was able to update the warranty by next day. Mouse pad design is one big button. Spacing around it allows for dust to collect in. Lack of HDD reading indicator.
Verdict: US pricing is much lower on similar configuration. Performance is great at its price point.
After a year of usage, decided to use the graphics by playing a game. The system got seriously heated up and switched off. The updated Radeon software helps to tune down the graphics capabilities so that the heat does not turn off the system. What a waste. Its like saying you get a watch to say 24 hrs time, but before it can say so it stops running! And also found out from manual that ram is limited to 4gb! Assuming this to be a business model and having this limitation was a bad purchase choice.
by SREEJITH P GOVINDAN on 2015-04-23
Budget Laptop with decent config.
Delivery by flipkart was good.
Got a bag too.
Only 2 Kgs so portable.
Quadcore processor .
Build Quality is Good.
Display not so good.
Touchpad is not sensitive.
No latest drivers for Graphics if you upgrade to Ubuntu 14.
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