Yes, after a rather lengthy wait, I finally have the Dell XPS M1330 in my hands. I’m putting it through its paces right now. My initial thought after pulling it out from the included XPS laptop sleeve was a big W-O-W. This is one sleek laptop. I’ve seen plenty of pictures of it, but holding it in your hands and seeing it with your own eyes is something else completely. I am very impressed by the design.
The laptop is light. Perhaps it’s because I was used to the almost 7lb weight of my previous laptop, the ASUS Z71V, but I’m very glad I went with a smaller form factor for this laptop. It’s going to be so much easier to carry around the laptop now. It’s also quite thin. The LED backlit panel helps that by shaving off 3mm of thickness compared to the CCFL backlit version.
Aside from the design and size, the most impressive part of this laptop has to be the display. It is gorgeous. At the highest brightness setting, it easily outshines my desktop LG L204WT. I wasn’t too sure about the glossy finish when I ordered, but it makes colors pop. The horizontal viewing angles are also very impressive, far better than any laptop display I’ve seen. Battery life is long – around 3:30 for web browsing and document work with the 6 cell.
Unfortunately, the laptop isn’t without faults. The 9 cell battery that I ordered does not sit flush on the desk. The three rubber feet on the bottom don’t all come in contact with the surface of the desk, so the whole laptop wobbles quite a bit when that battery is use. I’ve already set up an exchange for that. Additionally, with the 6 cell battery, the notebook still wobbles a bit, although far less than with the 9 cell. I’m still trying to nail down the cause; the battery feet looks fine so I think it may be that the feet on the bottom on the laptop itself are uneven. It’ll sure be a bummer to have to get a replacement, but I’m not willing to deal with wobbles when I’m trying to type on it.