Dell wasn't ready to come out with a ultra-light weight laptop
9 September 2012
Excerpt: First, I'll admit that I've always been drawn to dell computers. I've owned four in the past 10 years (2 laptops and 2 desktops), I've always found the customer service (with the best warranty purchased) to be outstanding. Any issues have always been resolved quickly and efficiently. However, I'm sad to report that the M1330 has been a let down in almost everything I expected from the laptop.
Excerpt: This laptop was a lemon right out of the box. Thank God we bought the warranty. Within moments of using it we got driver display issues. As an IT professional, I googled the issue and saw this was common with the NVidia video card provided with this laptop; the fan isn't big enough to cool it off, so it overheats and destroys the motherboard. I called Dell for the first of many, many times. The first time they had me reinstall the drivers I had already installed.
Summary: I owned this laptop for a year and a half now. Original price was $1200 with the EPP discount. The biggest plus of the laptop is probably the weight - around 1.8-1.9kg. The touchpad is the next thing I love, it just feels much better than probably any other I tried. Keyboard is ok, nothing fancy (small Enter...), feels ok.
Summary: If you get this, I highly recommend you purchase the on-site hardware replacement & support plan from Dell. You'll need it. The computer failed twice within 18 months. Both times required replacement of the motherboard. They claim that the problem was due to the graphics chips not having a high-enough temperature tolerance. The computer runs exceptionally hot and it doesn't help that the ventilation fan input is under the computer by the far left corner.
Summary: I've had very mixed luck with this machine. The pros listed in the very positive reviews are right on--it is fast, it is sleek and light etc etc. However, I've experienced some serious problems with this machine: 1. The drivers for the video card are incredibly buggy, and routinely lead to the screen blanking out (this is a well known problem, and it still hasn't been satisfactorily fixed). 2. Windows vista has never worked well.
Summary: This laptop is a lovely product, well specified and aesthetically well thought out. Sadly, it is rendered useless by a fault with the graphics chip, which will kill the laptop, eventually, and a DVD drive that has issues. My version of this machine lasted for a year before the graphics died, leaving me with a doorstop.
Pros: Nice design, nice spec, very good screen.
Cons: Graphics card burns out, DVD drive doesn't read if there are any scratches.
Summary: I was speaking with a Dell repair tech who, came to replace the video card in my M1730 system and, said that they have HUGE numbers of the M1330 having their video cards replaced due to major overheating. His comment was to not go near them.
" Do not buy this laptop - it has a serious flaw! "
rae70, PC Authority
23 June 2008
Summary: Do not buy this laptop - it has a serious flaw! The graphics card overheats causing it to break down every 6-7 months. I purchased my CPS in August last year and on the weekend the graphics card broke down for the 2nd time. Each time the whole motherboard has to be replaced. Dell is aware of the problem and has no other fix other than to speed up your fan and keep replacing it.
Pros: The design.
Cons: The NVidia graphics card and the lack of a suitable Dell warranty to protect customers against a faulty product. They continue to market and sell this product they know will break down.
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