Summary: This laptop is used really for online social media and research. The one thing that is a problem consistently is video downloading, it just never works properly. Window 8 is a royal pain and not at all user friendly to someone who has used windows for the last 20+ years. I don't need my laptop to anticipate my needs, I am perfectly cabable of asking for what I want.
Excerpt: I bought my Dell in Decemeber 2009. It was easy to update to prepare for use. It is also very easy to use and at first had a battery that simply could not be beat. However, now that it is a year old the battery goes within two hours of turning it on. So buy an extra battery to replace it - or at least plan to. I use Windows 7 with ease and do not really have any complaints, other than battery life.
Summary: Overall quality and construction reminds me of the old "Made in China"s rather than the new ones. Performance is still good. The touchpad get in the way sometimes when you are typing. I guess its not too bad, just have to get used to it. Windows 7 is what it is, can't blame it on Dell. However Dell could take it easy with all the Dell apps that come by default, its full of cr@p you will never use, which keeps popping up during your first few weeks of use.
Summary: The interface selection is decent, Dell didn't cut corners here, even though more than just 3 USB ports would be nice. For ~$600, an i3 was ok in Summer, but with the Year drawing to its end and Intel's new Ivy Bridge CPU's showing up in a couple of months, it would have been nice if a discounted i5 with its HD3000 could have made it into this model. There's no dedicated GPU at all, so you're stuck with the i3's anemic integrated graphics... ewww.
Summary: I bought this at WalMart to replace a much older Dell laptop and Compaq laptop which I'd been using. I was pleased with the specs and found it very fast and thought it had a nice screen and liked the other features as well. However, I quickly found that the speakers are AWFUL. I was really annoyed by that because I listen to a lot of music on my computer and had to hook up external speakers to get good sound, as the ones built into this computer sound very tinny.
Summary: I purchased this computer 3 months ago to replace my Gateway Laptop. Admittedly although it may seem a little too early it has otherwise functioned perfectly without any technical glitches. However I did not realise until -too late-i.e. after receiving laptop that it only has a 'typwriteresque' arranged numerical key-pad (i.e. the nos. 1-9 & 0 are lined up at the top of Qwerty key board just below function keys! That it does not have the 'calculator' arranged nos.
Summary: I own a Dell Inspiron 1420 which I bought two years ago. I am happy with it in most respects, except that it heats up quite frequently. The problem has become acute only over the last few months. Search Google under "Dell Inspiron Overheat" and you'll find that Dell has had a long history of overheating with this model. To be fair, Dell may have solved this problem in their latest models. Or not.