Well my promised review of the Dell XPS M1330 has been posted over at Notebook Review. Hopefully you find it a good read. I figured it would get much more exposure and as a result help out more people if I posted it over there. I put a lot of effort into it to make it as impartial and informative as I could. Clearly, my enthusiasm wasnâ€™t able to be completely contained.
Enthusiasm indeed. After waiting for over a month, I was in absolute shock to see my order status change from something other than the dreaded â€˜In Productionâ€™. When I finally held the box in my hands, I thought I was going to die from excitement. Let me go over some of the more interesting points of the review I want to touch on.
Most important thing first â€“ build quality. In terms of the actual materials used, the M1330 is absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, thatâ€™s let down by manufacturing issues. The laptop doesnâ€™t sit flat on a desk (it wobbles) and is exacerbated by the 9 cell extended battery. Additionally, the beautiful brushed aluminum palm rest is starting to separate from the chassis base at the bottom right corner. These problems turn what is an amazing laptop into one necessitating an exchange. Dell has already set up a replacement system to be built and sent to me while I use the existing one.
Intended to be used in every day classes at university and bringing to work on co-op, if necessary, I wanted something light but also with enough battery life that I wouldnâ€™t be afraid of running out of power. I had also considered the ASUS W7S and the Lenovo Thinkpad T61, but the relatively short battery life was a major reason for crossing them off my list. Iâ€™m glad I went with the M1330. I am absolutely floored by the battery life of this laptop. Power consumption is ridiculously low for something this powerful. As I’ve stated in the full review, at 6/8 on the brightness levels and idle, this laptop only consumes around 12.5W. Over 3.5 hours is easily achieved with the 6 cell battery. The 9 cell pushes that to 5.5 hours.
What can I say, the XPS M1330 is a fantastic looking laptop and once I get a replacement without the fit and finish problems, I’ll be damn happy, especially for the price I paid.
Iâ€™ve also posted the photos here, but on the second page so that it doesnâ€™t completely eat my bandwidth.