Running an 8300 processor, the Dell XPS 1530 can never reach its full potential, as heating issues will prevent this machine from running above 50% for long. A cooling pad is not enough to relieve this problem, as the heat coming from the top will scorch any palm that dares try to lay rest....Read the full review →
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I bought this laptop about 6 months ago and it has been chugging along great. I use it about 6-8 hrs. a day regularly with no problems. The only problem I have is the laptop starts getting really hot after about 2.5hrs. of continuous use. The culprit is the heat fan located on the bottom. I have...Read the full review →
I had a first-generation Apple Macbook which was starting to fall apart, and wasn't holding up in terms of power or features. I decided to replace it with this Dell; I was not disappointed. The M1530 offers you the choice of some pretty high-end options for an excellent price. For example,...Read the full review →
I'm kind of a nut: I never keep a computer for more than 6 months. But I got this XPS M1530 in November 2008, and am still using it as my primary notebook in August 2009, which is a personal record. This is an incredible Windows 7 machine. I've been running the Betas and RCs without...Read the full review →
Whether it be programming, gaming, or other sundries, you'll be hard pressed to find another machine that is so well rounded for the price. Great connectivity, graphics, display (with the LED backlight), and decent storage options are highlights of this machine. Some may poo poo...Read the full review →
Great LED screen. Slot cd/dvdr drive works great (even works with little CD's) Handles anything (TF2 to Adobe suite) So so battery life (2 hrs maybe) Annoying USB placements (under CD drive and right next to power cord makes large usb plugs not fit well) touch volume controls are ok (like...Read the full review →
For a general use home laptop I feel it does what I need it to do. I've only had one problem with it and that was with an anti-virus program bundled by Dell that conflicted with Vista (not the laptop's fault). It plays movies well via the HDMI output to my Samsung HD TV and it plays...Read the full review →
This laptop has many redeeming qualities. It is relatively affordable compared to other laptops with same-caliber hardware. The NVIDIA GPUs that come in them will play almost all games wonderfully. The high quality screen is great. Clarity like it is hard to find elsewhere. The powerful...Read the full review →
Purchased in late summer of 2008, the M1530 has served me well for years. Sure, the battery life is less than desirable but I opted for the more powerful graphics card which consumes more power.Read the full review →
Depending on how much you add (and spend) this laptop can be one heck of a machine. Great size for a good portability/performance balance. Have plenty of friends with the same computer, and they've been having issues with the hardware (which isn't rare when it comes to Dell). I've...Read the full review →
Good laptop (especially for the price), with decent battery life to boot (with the extended battery, mind you), but the build quality is sub par. My friggin left control key half-broke within first 2 minutes of use, but was (and still is) usable (and can easily be replaced free-of-charge by Dell...Read the full review →