Okay, let me begin this by admitting that there was no real need to get this for my personal use. It wasn’t so long ago that I got a Dell Inspiron 640m as my main PC. I had absolutely no problems with it after upgrading the RAM to 3GB. But as it turns out, I was was being very opportunistic and offered dad (who btw needed a new laptop for his use) to take my Inspiron 640m. And I got a reason to buy a new laptop. Win-win deal, right? Yeah, I thought so too.
Selecting my next laptop wasn’t so difficult as the previous time. It had to be a Dell. Discrete graphics was not a priority as I am no longer interested in gaming. I finally decided in favor of the funky new Inspiron 1525 from Dell. The deal maker was the slim design, cool looks, great bundle of accessories and the option to configure it online according to my needs.
So, this sucker is powered by Core 2 Duo T5450 Processor; 2GB Memory; DVD Burner; 15.4″ 1440×900 WXGA+ display; 802.11n WiFi. You may want to check out the pics now as you read along.
I use the laptop as the main PC so all the accessories do come in handy. With the new Dell, I got the travel remote and Creative EP630 in-ears. I already had the TV-out cables from my previous laptop so that will again come in handy. The other great thing about this particular model is that it offers the HDMI port to hook up a large screen LCD TV. I do intend to buy a LCD TV in the near future (when the prices drop MORE). For now I can resist myself from it. Other small things include, dual line-out ports so that I can use speakers and headphones simultaneously. The card reader is right at the front of the laptop which is where it should be in ALL laptops. This particular model has a wedge shaped profile which makes it look even more sleek. With the 9-cell battery, I get around 4.5 hours of battery life (with a bit of audio and video playback, word, surfing and photoshop activities) which I feel is excellent.
And before I miss this, Dell offers a few options when it comes to the lid design. I liked the all glossy “Street” which comes with a few zebra stripes.
The nylon backpack is quite spacious too. Rest of the laptop including the touchpad, keyboard, palmrest and the LCD bezel are SILVER. I had my reservations about this color but after using the laptop for some time, I’ve started to like it. The keyboard is excellent, really I mean it. There’s absolutely no flex. Just the right amount of ‘click noise’ and ‘presssure required to key in’ to make you feel at home. The touchpad is unique too, it is nearly flushed with the laptop chassis and feels a part of it. But I continue to use the external mouse primarily.
My only gripe with this notebook is the stacking up of USB ports one above the other. It can get extremely irritating when you have a few wired peripherals being used simultaneously due to this. Ethernet could’ve been Gigabit but too bad, Dell doesn’t provide that in consumer laptops.
The total damage was around 40k. Got the laptop delivered within a week after placing the order & realization of payment.
I guess that just about sums everything up. A few touch-sensitive multimedia keys here and there, 160GB HDD, Bluetooth 2.0 module and Windows Vista. Also the 2-Megapixel WebCam (Please never ask to enable that on IMs. I like it being disabled in Device Manager). Oh, for the records the first thing I did on the laptop was install Windows XP. Yay!
The long and short of it is that I’m super excited working on this new laptop. One reason is that it’s faster and has lot more stuff of great utility for me. Also a bit of good looks, improved design and longer battery life didn’t kill anyone.
PS: Breaking this post into two parts: my views and pics as this turned out to be a pretty long post.