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  • autoboy - Friday, March 05, 2010 - link

    I received my 1464 the day you reviewed the 1564. It's the same laptop but with a 14" screen.

    Mine has the Core i5 430.

    I use an external monitor 95% of the time so the poor quality screen isn't a problem. It's actually better then my old HP. I don't mind the lack of expresscard since I've never used it. I use a usb hub for my peripherals so only 3 ports is fine. I actually didn't notice the 100mbit ethernet, but oh well. I'll eventually upgrade to N wireless but my router is G so the G doesn't bother me for now. I'm happy with the quality and features. All I wanted was a cheap 14" laptop with HDMI and the Core i5 without a graphics card. That's what I got.

    BUT, the fan on my laptop is constantly turning on and off. It is SO annoying in a quiet room and it is driving me nuts. I'm sitting here in my office not working, and thinking of a way to build a stand for the laptop with a quiet 80mm fan that blows directly into the air inlet so the fan will never ramp up. I've studied the CPU and the fan turns on at 27C (why can't it go to 50 before turning on?) and turns off at 20C a minute later. Then it climbs to 27, the fan turns on, and then it turns off at 20C.

    I can't find a fan control program that is able to control the fans. I can't find a program that is able to undervolt the processor. I just spent $30 on a laptop cooler with movable fans. If that doesn't work I'm building my own with some wood, a 5V wall wort, and some foam. Dell, it is UNACCEPTABLE to build a computer that changes the way it sounds just sitting there doing nothing. Learn how to program a fan control system. This is my last Dell. Every notebook from now on, I'll have to touch and wait around for the fan to stabilize before I buy it.
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  • mikecel79 - Friday, March 05, 2010 - link

    I'm looking at the new Studio 14 with the Core i3/i5 CPUs but haven't found a good review of it yet. It's got the same CPUs but can be had with a Radeon 4530 and 7200 RPM drives. Reply
  • Pirks - Friday, March 05, 2010 - link

    "Dell's designers seem to understand the importance of user experience extending beyond simple metrics like system performance"

    So Dell's designers are much MUCH smarter than most of the DT readers :P
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  • jabber - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    I've been using the similar equiped (ports wise) Inspiron 13Z for the past 5 months and to be honest I've havent missed having a PCMCIA/Express port or a fourth USB port at all.

    I think Dell have done some research on what parts most users need/use and found that (especially Express port) they just arent needed.

    This range of Inspirons are really great.
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  • Iketh - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    this article was hard to read... far too wordy... detailed, but not enjoyable Reply
  • ezinner - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    No 7,200 RPM HD
    No Gigabit Ethernet
    4 Hour Battery
    Sub $1,000 cost
    If the ending price was $579, it would be a good deal.
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  • Wadzii22 - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    I have had 2 of the older 1545's, one with the 768 screen and one with the 1600x900 screen... spring for the better screen, its well worth the price, and these things can be had for much cheaper through the outlet. Reply
  • T2k - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    ...did Dell actually ask you to "review" this unit? Because if they did, they are not happy, I think. :D

    Joking aside please, take a look at this gem: http://www.jr.com/acer-computer/pe/ACE_AS5740G6979...">http://www.jr.com/acer-computer/pe/ACE_AS5740G6979...

    Good brand, killer i5-based (2.26GHz) config including latest DX11 Mobility Radeon 5650 1GB, for $750 (faster 2.4GHz adds $100 more) - I'm pretty sure anyone interested in a decent laptop would love to see the results...
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  • Crucial - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    Did Acer ask you to pimp this system? It's the second time you've linked to it in this post. Reply
  • T2k - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    Or perhaps simply because I THINK IT IS A GREAT DEAL and I want people to know about it?

    Stupid moron.
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  • fett327 - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    I am assuming that since these are the new H55 based chipsets, hopefully the HDMI port will be about to output a 5.1 track? Or possibly also a DTS-HD or TrueHd track that comes off a bluray?

    It would be a shame if the HDMI ould output stereo. Can anyone confirm or deny?
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  • warezme - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    I wouldn't buy any of these if I were serious about decent gaming. How sad. Reply
  • PyroHoltz - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    Where are all the Ultra Mobiles built on the arrandale chips? Reply
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    Rumor is that Arrandale ULV has experienced delays and will show up some time in the next ~3 months. Reply
  • cjcoats - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    I recently had that experience buying a 2-socket Nehalem workstation from Dell. We're even having to do hardware installation for ourselves ("We'll sell you a SSD but we won't install it"). It was so bad that if it had been up to me instead of the bean-counters, I'd have said "to H--- with this" and purchased from a different vendor (at least two of which were quite willing to deliver exactly the requested configuration).

    FWIW
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  • crydee - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    I've been following laptop progression for awhile now. I'm picking out a new one in summer for Grad school. Every article I read I still want whatever Asus UL will be out around then. These Dell's just don't stack up and for the $ when Asus offers free accidental coverage for a year as well. Reply
  • therealnickdanger - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    I know I've said this before and perhaps others have as well, but it would be nice if AT could add a "classic" gaming suite to its benchmarks. If a 'puter can muster over 60fps in games like FC2, obviously it can run older games just fine, but once you enter this mainstream and lower-end market, gaming performance is suspect.

    We're looking at this laptop that does 20-89fps, depending on the game. IMO, the biggest reason to use a gaming laptop is for LAN parties and mobile multiplayer: WoW, CS:S, UT3, L4D, Halo. If I'm in the minority and my request is unreasonable, so be it, but I believe there is a large gap in AT's gaming benchmarks when it comes to mid-to-low systems. I don't care how well the Core i3 IGP plays Crysis at 1080p, but its performance in the above games at 720p would interest many people.

    We can assume a lot, but concrete numbers are nice to have.
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  • LtGoonRush - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    Another laptop that continues the trend of taking a decent platform and pairing it with a dedicated GPU too slow to be useful. Have the major OEMs lost all ability to build a balanced system? For comparison, the Acer Aspire AS5740G-6979 for $799 at Newegg has a slightly lower-clocked CPU, larger HDD, and a Mobility Radeon HD 5650 1GB. Reply
  • strikeback03 - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    I hate everyone trying for a "balanced system", it means pretty much everything with a fast CPU has a GPU that I don't need. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    Or there's the http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/671930-REG/A...">ASUS N61J for ~$1050 with 5730 and an i7-720QM... though battery life is going to suck on that, I'd wager. The Inspiron 15 is decent as a lower cost model, but the i5-520M is overpowered for what you get. Reply
  • Hrel - Wednesday, March 03, 2010 - link

    Haven't even gotten past the first page yet, but a 768p screen paired with a 5400rpm hdd just makes me lose ALL interest! Especially for almost $1000, wtf! Reply
  • wolrah - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    The 100mbit Ethernet connection is where I lose interest. Gigabit is cheap as dirt. There is no reason at all for any computer shipping today to not have gigabit, period. 802.11n not being there I can sort of see at the low end, since good 802.11n APs are still hard to find, but gigabit is an unacceptable omission. Reply
  • donjuancarlos - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    It's the Core i5--new technology that's jacking the price (not even available at dell.com right now). If you get a core i3, you can get one for under $600. I've seen them under $500 on sale. That's just fine price-wise.

    And I agree with Anandtech- the i5 in this laptop is overkill. For better performance you're much better off to get the $500 version of this laptop and throw an SSD in it.
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  • T2k - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    I disagree: it's a DTR, remember?
    And if you do video/fx/cg/3D/graphics/etc jobs faster CPU and more memory always help a lot.
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  • strikeback03 - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    a 15" relatively thin laptop isn't necessarily a DTR. Reply
  • dagamer34 - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    Because people who worry about stuff like that, Dell would rather you purchase a Studio XPS than from the Inspiron line of laptops. Reply
  • Hrel - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    Only problem with that is that they START at like a thousand bucks. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    So skip the Studio XPS and look at the regular http://www.dell.com/us/en/home/notebooks/laptop_st...">Dell Studio line. I find those to be a lot better in overall features, customization options, etc.

    1: Please don't respond to spam posts, or you risk having your comments deleted. The following two comments were from other readers.

    jecs:
    Its ugly, but when a big fight involving big capitals has been beautiful???. Do you expect poetry? And then what is the point in a patent if it can't "protect" you or your products. And yes, I don't like it. But is better to have order and laws than not having them at all, or a system that can be fooled everywhere.

    Apple is a corporation and is no better in that sense than the rest. Don be fooled because there are no angels here and there, and don't be naive, this is the world we live in. But again, ¿Why does a corporation exist on a legal basis? It does not includes just this silly method Apple is fighting for. What's involved here is the main reason why we need a legal system, clear rules and what should be protected and from who.

    T2k:
    Screw Dell and its price gouging - http://www.jr.com/acer-computer/pe/ACE_AS5740G6979..." target="_blank">take a look at here!

    Yes, that's the SAME CPU there, bigger HDD, better screen, everything included and graphics is the LATEST DX11 Mobility Radeon 5650 1GB instead of Dell's outdated chip - all this for $750 SHIPPED.

    Last year Acer became the #2 PC maker and it's not an accident: it's killing Dell with its faster model refresh rate, better quality-control and lower prices.
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  • JarredWalton - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    Technically, T2k, that's the same size screen, same resolution screen, and a cheaper CPU (the i5-520M has a lot price of $225; Intel doesn't list volume pricing on the i3 or i5-430M, but I'd expect it's at least $75 less). But otherwise, yes, the Acer you linked looks like a much better buy. Reply
  • lyeoh - Friday, March 05, 2010 - link

    Acers tend to be crappier than Dells though.

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/17/laptop-reliabil...">http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/17/lapt...-survey-...

    (feel free to ignore the projections)

    Dell's aren't that great but they aren't that crap either. They're smack right in the middle which I think is where they are aiming for anyway.
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  • T2k - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    1. Well, I have seen both (current) displays and I found Acer's somewhat better + webcams were always great in the few Acers I've come across recently (in 2-3 years) whereas Dell's track record is rather spotty there...

    2. There's an i5-520M version of it, for $850 but I don't think it worth $100 at all - IMO you would be better off rather spending it on a small SSD for the system and moving the 500GB to an external case instead...

    3. Acer is fully-featured, unlike this one which, as the writer said it, feels stripped down.

    4. The new DX11 mobile ATI chip gives you full 8-channel audio over HDMI which is a big plus for HTPC use, even if occasional.

    5. Of course, this new mobile chip will drive 13x76 resolution just fine even in new games.
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  • KaarlisK - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    Why should that be an external case? Just replace the DVD drive with a caddy holding the SSD/HDD and move the DVD drive to the external case. Reply
  • kmmatney - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    I'm not a big fan of the 16:9 laptop screen. Seems like things have gone backwards when you have fewer vertical pixels that the old 1024 x 768 screens many years ago. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    What I've heard is that it's all about maximizing the number of LCD panels you can get from the glass substrate... if you use 16:10 each panel is 10% larger, and the source substrate size has been optimized lately for 16:9 production. Reply
  • strikeback03 - Thursday, March 04, 2010 - link

    Might be true, but it still sucks. Kinda like just about everything relating to laptop LCDs these days. Reply
  • shobazee - Thursday, July 22, 2010 - link

    Dell Inspiron 17 inch with corei5 is the best laptop .. Dell's designers seem to understand the importance of user experience extending beyond simple metrics like system performance... I THINK IT IS A GREAT DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply

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