"Another very good system from Dell"4.5 starson by denmak
Pros: 1. Sexy system - I think it looks fabulous!
2. Extremely responsive and very good speeds in terms of CPU, RAM & WiFi performance
3. Excellent UI - the touch screen is icing on the cake
4. All component updates available from a central location i.e. Wi
Cons: 1. Out of the box, suggest you update drivers asap - not really a con.
2. Recommend going with Bose Speakers if you want this to be a multimedia station. Again, hardly a con
Summary: I have bought the i5 model with 8GB RAM and BDR drive and Win 7 (64 bit Japanese edition). I use 802.11n via the Apple Time Capsule. My comparison for this is my wife's i7 based iMac
Although PC performance is becoming more and more subjective, based on Fossil Speed, this is knocking the socks off my the iMac. (iMac is Max=27111.15, One is Max=34201.25).
Java and Flash handling over IE 9 and Chrome is faster than Chrome and Safari on iMac. Speed Test showed an upload 192.12 vs. 164.96 Mbps and download of 102.66 vs. 78.55. Comparable distances from the Time Capsule.
Loading times seem to be better on the iMac although not noticeably so. The UI is really a matter of preference. I have been a Mac user for the past 2-3 yrs and decided to return to Windows since I got a good deal from Dell. Win7 is no slouch against Snow Leopard!
The OS froze on me a couple of times the first week - possibly due to outdated drivers. I ran the Windows update which safely updated everything and the workstation runs with no issues since then. So, once out of the box, you may not have the latest drivers for all your components. Do a check and install the latest stable ones (this is a 5 minute job folks).
Purchasing the option with the BD Drive is going to set you back as much as an i7 iMac. I think its worth it though. Once again, not a fair comparison, but iMac does not even have a BD option.
Overall, I am VERY satisfied with this workstation - there has been nothing to put me off. I'm a little shocked with the comments by other people and wondering if these are honest comments or trolling attempts.