"Cant have everything perfect right?"4.0 starson by Acetylene
Pros: Computer itself is blazing, great range on the WiFi, excessive bragging rights
Cons: Sony CD/DVD combo drive stinks, LCD gets dust behind it, system can be tempermental when transporting...
Summary: My system: Intel Centrino 2.l3 Ghz, 60GB 7200 RPM HD, 2 Gig's DDR 2 533 Mhz RAM, Intel 802.11 a,b,g WiFi card, Phillips LG Monitor.
Main Usage: Audio and picture editing, computer gaming.
All in all the system is great, buts its still a pain in the butt.
My first problem was with the Sony CD/DVD combo drive that came with it. Originally it couldnt play movies without lagging (as far as picture was conscerned) and playing music from a CD was, well, a bad experience.
They ended up sending me a NEC drive instead, and even though it has a cheap "boing" pop sound when you eject the drive, its a considerable amount quiter and i havent experienced any problems with the phisical drive since.
The direct Business support line, as before mentioned, is based in India, and they arent much help, but the Dell XPS Team (which is America based) was a great help with all the problems that I encountered.
Another bone I have to pick with Dell is, the factory restore is a joke. Due to various reasons, I had to use the Factory Restore option, and the first problem is trying to catch it. The sytem boots up too fast, and in the end, i had to re-format the whole thing. There's been pro's and cons since then....
Also, I have gotten some dust behind the LCD screen which made me think I had dead pixels. Its not always noticable where the spot is, but my question is how it got in there?
As far as when I transport it, for some reason, the boot into windows sometimes takes longer while running on battery. Just an observation.
All in all this might just sound like im bashing the machine, but I just wanted to point out some problems.
The system runs all applications (Cubase SE, Adobe Premiere 6.5, Half Life 2, Adobe Photoshop) great and this computer just scored a 4965 on the free version of Futuremark's 3D benchmark software (if that helps anyone). And Half Life 2 runs almost seamlessly with all advanced options at max, and Cubase can edit audio with no latency problems (sorry Mac guys, no problems here).
The speakers on it are seriously amazing for what they are (never did find out how many watts it has), but i wouldnt edit audio with them....
The Phillips LG screen that I have is a bit snowy, but doesnt bother me.
So all in all, its a great system, but its been a pain in the butt.
You'll get peoples attention with the sick LED's (yeah, even girls just want it for those silly lights), and loud sound system.
And that being said, I wouldnt choose any other mobile platform than this.