Meet My New Laptop

2012-07-06 23:14

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For those of you who follow me on Twitter and actually read my tweets, you should already know that I received my beautiful new DELL XPS 13 Ultrabook around 2 weeks ago or so. After using it for a while, I would say that I'm pretty happy with it.

Specs
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2467M CPU @ 1.60GHz (4 CPUs), ~1.6GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
Video card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
Sound: High Definition Audio + Waves MaxxAudio® 4

Pros
- Whole design of laptop is very sleek
- Really light and easy to carry around, especially when I suddenly have to move my laptop to another location in my house
- The display of the screen is very clear and is good for watching movies
- Has a USB 3.0 port for high-speed transfers
- Boots up in around 8 seconds, just as the DELL website said it would
- Back-lit keyboard has the right amount of brightness and doesn't hurt the eyes
- Software for built-in webcam comes with a variety of effects and the ability to share your screen, so you don't have to download any third-party software when screen-sharing. (Great for live streaming!)
- Quality of sound is great: the Waves enhancements do their job well and the DELL Audio controller provides a lot of customizations that allow you to control the sound that comes out of your laptop speakers/headphones
- Provides a lot of options for battery management

Cons
- You can feel heat on the keyboard after using the laptop for more than an hour or so
- Sweat and dirt stick very easily to the surface of the keyboard; need to wipe it frequently
- When looking at the screen from certain angles, especially from the sides, the screen looks like it's fading and unclear
- The sound-quality of the built-in microphone sounds muffled
- The FastAccess software (face recognition software that ties your passwords to your facial profile) that came with the laptop was bothersome because it displayed another 'user' on the login screen that could not be removed unless the software was uninstalled
- There was an audio distortion issue that came with enabling Net Guard on McAfee
(I had the same issue with our XPS 8300 Desktop computer. Not sure if this is a DELL thing or just an issue with incompatible software but disabling Net Guard solved the issue quickly)
- There are only two USB ports, so you'll need to buy an extension if you need to plug in more than two devices and this can get pretty messy
- No CD drive or SD card reader, need to buy an external one

(I've only been using it while it's plugged to a source of electricity, so I can't comment on the battery life just yet. Will probably update this in the future)


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