* Posts by DuncanIdahoFFS

1 post • joined 16 Sep 2011

Dell XPS 15z 15.6in Core i5 notebook

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Have to say I love it...

I've had the 15z with the Core i7 chip and 8Gb RAM for a couple of months now and have to say have been bowled over by the machine both from a performance perspective and indeed its look and feel. Everyone has of course given reference to the Macbook issue of course - one which I can understand but never agree with. Do we criticise all HDTV's for looking effectively identical? Can you possibly be hugely diverse in your approach to designing and constructing something which has a recognised form factor and is built for utility? At the end of the day I do't care - one for the Fanboi's to argue over incessantly no doubt.

At the end of the day it's all about how it performs for YOU the user and this machine presses all my buttons:

1. More than powerful enough to cope with every running app I require for my business life ranging from the usual Office suspects to Xen Center, VShpere Client and Virtualbox all at the same time.

2. Functional enough to ensure I don't need to revert to other devices - the card reader is a particular boon for Video and Photo importing.

3. Runs any current games of choice albeit at lower resolutions than perhaps my dedicated gaming machine can cope with. (Deus Ex: Human Revolution runs respectably at the 1366 x 768 resolution point for example)

Only two gripes with this one which people need to be aware of:

1. Lack of USB ports - The Macbook wins here

2. You can cook an egg on the keyboard when running the Radeon for any length of time.

Definitely recommended for anyone looking for a stylish yet powerful desktop replacement.



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