Summary: This is my first laptop, and I have owned it for slightly over 2 years now. I can't give you a real detailed review on this, because I am not that tech savy. I was excited when I ordered this from Dell refurbished, because a 17.3" screen seemed wonderful to me. I absolutely hate the size of it, because it makes the computer awkwardly top heavy, and I've caught it falling off my lap if I shift in my seat.
Summary: Had to return the computer. It was missing the graphics card I had seen perform on another 17R-N7110 laptop. This one only came with the intel graphics which could not work with autocad very well.
Summary: I bought this brand new in 2011. It worked well for about 6 months, after that whatever could possibly go wrong, went wrong. First, the screen started to go blank whenever it was adjusted. Eventually it just went. Now trying to get a replacement as I have been using an external monitor all this time. next, the keyboard went. Finally it just crashed. I had to replace the hard drive.
Summary: I bought this laptop new in 2011. It's been reliable and fast. The only reason I don't give it five stars is because it is HEAVY and the battery doesn't last very long... only around 2-3 hours. The large screen is great, but it's hard to fit into a standard laptop bag due to its size.
Summary: Have had this laptop over a year now and can honestly say it hasn't had one hiccup. Used it for video and photo editing, bit of gaming and has never let me down. As long as you keep the system clean it should keep you going for years. The screen itself is vibrant and letters are nice and sharp(need to be with my eyes). Have recommended buying this laptop to my friends now and they have had no issues with theirs three having bought the same model.
Summary: A great machine - fast, decent size hard drive, great display. We had to get used to the keyboard keys - if you hit them under a certain angle (if you are further from the laptop than usual, for instance) there is a chance of accidentally bumping one off its clasps. Otherwise, a great purchase.
Summary: I bought this in Feb. 2012. After my year was up I have had nothing but problems with this laptop. They have replaced the hard drive once, the motherboard 2 times, the lcd screen, cable, keyboard, and still having major graphics problem. It will freeze up with the screen jumping all over the place. Fixing to call again as I just got it back on Fri and it did it again so they didnt fix it. Going to bring up a lemon contract and demand another computer.
Summary: Quality construction. Great battery life. Good components for the price. I would recommend this laptop to anyone looking. It comes with all the Dell installation disks and their support system if needed.