pablowup
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New DELL XPS 15

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Hello, i m about to buy the new XPS 15 (http://www.dell.com/xps) and i ve read some reviews that talked very bad about this computer.

Can someone who have already purchased it recommend me about this product? It seems great and the specs are awsome but i can´t go and see it cuz i m not in the states right now.

Thanks in advance

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njb110
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Re: New DELL XPS 15

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I am not sure how worthwhile reviewa are but you can find one here http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/dell-xps-15.aspx#axzz14vssnvsO that rates this machine very highly - and this is for entry level specs.

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I don't think it has shipped yet.

Which reviews did you see?  Do you have any links?

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pablowup
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The reviews are in the product´s page. But you are right, no one might got it yet. When do you think customers will start to receive them?

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The order status pages indicate the first ship dates are around the first week in December.  You may see some owners with them by mid-next month.

 

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jdevola
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I ordered mine at the beginning of Nov., and it has an expected delivery of Nov. 29th.

I ordered this computer b/c I thought it gave the biggest bang for the $$$.  It isn't perfect, but it should fit my needs.

We'll see.

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njb110
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I am not sure how worthwhile reviewa are but you can find one here http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/dell-xps-15.aspx#axzz14vssnvsO that rates this machine very highly - and this is for entry level specs.

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Cracatoa
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I actually just received mine today, and it is quite a fiasco to put it mildly.

First, it isn't even what I ordered.  The screen is the 720p and I ordered the 1080p.  I'm not even sure why the include the 720p as an option, as it is horrid.  Image quality is grainy, the edges are darkened, and the screen is just flat out painful to look at.

Second, the Function key is stuck.  I've done everything I can to try and get this fixed, but it is just stuck.  Not that it is stuck down, just that it is always enabled if I press a key with a Function available. 

Third, the wireless N (Intel 1000N) won't do wireless N.  At best it will connect at 54MBps (Wireless G), and even then it likes to disconnect quite often.

 

The audio quality is the one bright spot.  It really is amazing, but that's the only good thing about this machine. 

The performance is no better than the XPS1645 it replaced, not even the video card can outperform the old ATI 4670s.  Not sure why that is, but I'm going to guess that it is due to really bad driver support.  To make things worse in that department, Dell and nVidia have locked it down so that you can only install Dell provided drivers.  It sure was nice when you could go straight to nVidia with every single card before, but for some reason they've decided customer convenience isn't important.

So overall, I'd say my experience with this new XPS 15 is horrid.  I fully intend on returning it and quite possibly will not replace it with another Dell.  The customer service I've received is an entire other matter that would take far too long to explain.  It is currently well detailed in an email to michael@dell.com and will hopefully get addressed promptly.

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njb110
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Does not sound good.  Which video card di you get.  The GT 420M is not suposed to be better than the 4670.  Its entry level.  But being more modern it should have advantages in some situaltion such as DirectX 11 games and mpeg4 decoding.  If you got the GT435 with 2Gb vram I would expect it to perform better all round than the 4670.  The reviewer in my link above rated the display as being good.  Mayby there is a problem with your dirvers as you suggest.  

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Cracatoa
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435M, and it clocks in ok, just not what I was expecting.

 

I do believe there are some immense driver issues with this machine in general.  I've been working with Dell the last several days to get it working as it should, but there are still several hurdles to jump.  

 

Let me make this clear:

 

DO NOT BUY THE 1000N WIRELESS CARD!  IT CRASHES THE MACHINE! (Yes, BSOD in Windows 7)

I've installed Dell's drivers, the newest Intel drivers, everything.  This card crashes Windows 7 in 10 - 20 minutes every single time.  Furthermore, it almost never gets Wireless N Speeds, more typically it hovers around 54MBps.  I did a little research and it appears that Acer used this same card in some of their laptops and their customers are complaining about crashes also.

 

So, upgrade the network card, folks!  And avoid the base monitor too, it is just horrible.


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njb110
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Thats interesting.  In New Zealand they dont offer the 1000n card.  The entry level is the 6200, or you can upgrade to the 6300.   Probably worth the small amount to upgrade this item.

I hope you are wrong about the display as I have ordered the 1366x768. 

Cnet has a review http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/dell-xps-15/4505-3121_7-34207711.html .  Its very complementary.  They dont critzise the 1366x768 display but  they do suggest the extra for the 1080 is worth it.

Disapointed with delivery times.  When I ordered it was estimated at 7-10 working days.  But in tracking theyb are saying extimated delivery on 6 Dec.  Thats a month.

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