graphic performance- very good
quality of finish- high, although marks easily. the not very high quality rubber coatings wear quickly and are far behind the quality of coating that say audi or VW use in their interiors. or rather, were using. ten years ago. amazon uses better quality rubberised coatings on their kindle device
screen- pretty good, great viewing angles. big bezel, colours not consistent.
keyboard- nice with good positive feel although not a typists dream
feelgood factor- its nice to behold. nice glowing lights ( how would you put it? )
power adaptor- big and heavy. does a simple transformer with an output under 200w really need to be as large? well made though. just as well because its used a lot.
startup time- a miserably slow 2m 45s
battery- absolutely awful, terrible life, after 2 months cell life showing as 82%. my ten year old panasonic toughbook outlasts it-lasts about three hours web browsing with not a game in sight! power meter hopelesly inaccurate and prone to large fluctuations in expected runtime remaining.
temperature- gets quite hot
noise- fans run very frequently
screen- good viewing angle, brightness ok not amazing, colour reproduction variable at best
wireless performance- very average. very average for range, connectivity, acquisition speed etc etc
"support"- no returned mail, just a customer service survey later, truthfully filled out and ignored at dell. forget about it.
yet im still giving it three stars...
it doesnt deserve two stars and it certainly isnt a four star by any stretch
my three year old macbook pro is a far better computer than this. thats as a personal computer not a gaming machine. you can't rely on playing a full dvd on battery, wireless is ok not great, its big and heavy and the screen is marred by colour inconsistencies esp in the darker colours. on the surface of it, this should be a media powerhouse but it falls short. i couldn't care less if some joystick twiddler says its a gaming machine and a budget one at that. no, its a laptop that costs roughly 30% more than it should and isn't particularly good at much apart from playing games. nothing exceptional about this computer. Its big for the screen size, heavy, hot, energy hungry and a bit style over substance. Although not substance in the way of actual mass - this is a lump. I've been about computers since the zx80 and feel that after playing with them for thirty years i feel able to say what is or isn't a good computer.
i couldnt honestly recommend this to anyone and at least some of my three stars is down to the feelgood factor i.e. the aesthetic appeal.
update-after 17 months cell life is showing as 59% and cant hold two hours worth of power. web browsing on ethernet that is. forget gaming for two hours- under an hour will have to do now. fan runs near constantly. a close inspection of the internals reveal generic parts assembled with no innovative solutions to the problem of heat dissipation. no magnesium alloy here like used in higher end computers. this gets uncomfortably hot on your lap. switch off the lighting and "ienwa" still lights up. these are standard laptops with a fancy badge and nothing more. battery isnt swappable so itll be an expensive service from dell. switch it off with 10% showing on battery and it will refuse to restart. if you're after a high end laptop and you have the money, spec up a Getac. overall this is a two and a half star product