I have had so many laptops changing frequently its getting quite difficult to differentiate the tiny differences in specs and performance!
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Any how the XPS has always been my preferred home computer. The 15Z especially has all its options in place. You might find the DELL XPS 15 somewhere on this website for a much less price...however note key differences in the 2 models.
Let me call out the features which really make this computer so super fast. Its decked with 8gb of DDR3 memory, core i7 quad core 2.8 GHz processor and 750 GB Serial ATA 7200 RPM hard drive. It combines with 2gb of video memory (NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M) for a fast, smooth experience.
One of the first things and the most important feature I look for when buying a laptop is the dedicated video memory. Especially in Dell laptops I have experienced so many times the onboard integrated memory chips failing after a couple of years due to heat buildup. So its important to have a dedicated video memory like this baby has and 2gb is more than sifficient for most of my work...and I do a bit of photoshop, play a few pc games and the graphics have been excellent.
All this comes to life on what is called the HD WLED display. It boasts 1080p resolution and is excellent for games, movies and graphic designing or any other activity which requires a nice display. When it comes to simple web browsing and text related applcations is where things get a bit tricky. At the optimum 1920x1080 resolution text appears way too tiny on this 15" screen. For me, Im used to tiny screens so is not much of an issue but for any one else, you might wanna checkout the display/text size before doling out your money on this. Mind you the display is crisp and nice!
Amognst the other useful components for me are the connections. There are 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet RJ-45, Audio Line In, Audio Line Out, 1 x eSATA/USB Combo, DisplayPort and Memory card slot capable of handling Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick XC and xD-Picture Card. It also have as standard a webcam and DVD RW - No blu-ray :(
Any how the final important thing to mention is that the battery seems to last forever! Ok a bit of exageration...about 6-7hrs on dimmed display. So overall greatly satisfied with my new purchase.
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Amount Paid (US$): 1200