November 10th 2013 5:03 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Speed and features No comments great!
  • Design and form factor Looks great and feels great. Does not seem as sturdy as the uni-body Macbook models but compared to other Windows laptops I have seen this is by far my favorite great!
  • Battery life I have been averaging 3-4 hours of normal use before needing to plug in. "normal use" = running ArcGIS, Chrome, Photoshop, and various small programs. good
  • Display The display is absolutely phenomenal. Programs that use native pixel resolution can be an issue if you set the display to a smaller scaling value. great!
  • Durability So far so good. good
  • Expandability Being factory fresh I have not tried any modifications to the Laptop. good
  • Noise I have the 1TB model. The only sound I hear coming from the laptop is the spinning drive. great!
  • Portability (size / weight) Perfect size for transport and has the power to do just about anything I need it to do. I don't even notice the weight when I put it in my Timbuk2. great!
Detailed review
I placed the order on October 13th and It arrived in the first week of November. So far the laptop is holding up extremely well. I have had a few issues with trying to find an optimum screen resolution for all the various programs that I run on a daily basis. I have found that any program that uses native pixel resolution for icons and GUI will be extremely small, needing to be scaled up or just dealt with. The screen text is awesome, appearing extremely sharp no mater what the resolution/scale factor is.

Coming from a 2007 Macbook Pro I have to say the trackpad on this Dell is lacking in comparison but works well enough. The keyboard on this Dell is satisfying to use with a great tactile feedback.