EDIT 1: Below I mentioned hearing about track pad issues, but not encountering them and it seems to that it only occurs when playing games (who uses a track pad when playing games anyway). From reading other reviews, it does seem like there is an easy fix so I don't mind, doesn't affect the product in my eyes.
EDIT 2: I have had this laptop for 5 months now, and the laptop is still in pristine working condition. Asides from a messy keyboard (I am too lazy to clean it), it is fine. The battery is still in excellent condition and hold it's charge just as well as before. I will soon be looking to upgrade it by increasing the ram and adding a second hard drive. There have been questions about the hard ware. In terms of upgrading, there is a second hard drive slot and room for an additional 8GB of ram. The laptop comes with no optical drive however, an external optical drive can be used.
I am a student doing my A-Levels and this laptop is perfect for me. I wanted a laptop that will last a long time, run quickly, and be good for gaming every now and then. I've had this laptop for 2 days now and I will update this review as I go.
Firstly, the screen. It is very high quality and looks great from all angles. I've never before been picky about watching high res YouTube videos or movies but with this screen, you can really tell the difference. It has a very high resolution and is ideal for me. Only two draw back are that some of the text on windows itself looks low res, however I'm sure it's an easy fix, I'm just lazy. Secondly, there is a small amount of bleeding when the screen is black. It's not always visible either. When i'm watching a TV show and the screen goes black, I don't see any bleed but sometimes when the screen blacks out for whatever reason it can sometimes be seen. Not a problem for me since it doesn't show up when there is something to look at.
Secondly, speed. The speed on this laptop is insane. It's new, but even after putting all my programs on it, the time from pressing the on button to being able to open a program is ~5-10 seconds. Programs open instantly and games run very quickly. I haven't pushed it properly yet but from what I have tried, I get a VERY good picture, with at least 45 FPS.
Thirdly, storage. I can see storage on this becoming a problem since it is shipped with 250 GB. Luckily, there is a second hard drive slot which I will likely put a second SSD in which will solve my problem, and I bought this with the intent of doing this.
The style of this laptop is very nice. I don't mind the US layout, I'm adaptable. The track pad is very far to the left which may be a problem for some, but I am ambidextrous so I don't care.The red on black looks very nice especially on the Dell logo and the speakers.
Battery life is good. I can get around 6 hours when I'm watching TV, which is good for me since I'm likely only going to be using this unplugged when I can't be bothered to plug in the charger.
Other things include the speed with which it arrived (2 days), how easy it was to set up out of the box, and the options to upgrade RAM and to add a second hard drive. After reading reviews, I found out that the laptop is supposedly shipped with bad drivers for the wireless and track pad. I have had no problems with the track pad yet. When I started using this laptop I plugged in an ethernet cable and updated all drivers and thus have had no problems with the wireless (quite the opposite, on previous computer I could reach ~4-5 MB/s but on this I can get 7-8MB/s which is good).
Overall, I would say this laptop is perfect for me and I'm very happy with the build quality, specs, style, speed etc. and would (and have) recommend it to anyone else looking for a gaming/work machine.
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