Summary: I've owned my XPS M1530 for just over four years. During that time I have replaced the key board twice along with the battery, the hard drive, and the fan. In addition, I found it necessary to re-install Vista twice (or was it three times?). As was mentioned in other reviews, the laptop can run very hot - so hot that on a couple of occasions it suddenly shut itself down.
Excerpt: I got this for Christmas in 2008, within less than a year, I started haveing power issues, Dell took about a month to of contacting thme daily to get them to honor my 1 year warranty, and they sent someone to replace the motherboard, which the tech guy removed something other than the motherboard, insisiting that I did not need it. When I asked dell, they said that the only thing he removed was the mother board, but that was not the case. (Everything is working...
Excerpt: i im almost constantly on my computer so i need one that is fast and reliable to use all the time. this dell laptop was a good buy because it was not that expensive, especially compared to any kind of mac. it is allways running fast and has never broken or crashed on me before. i like the size and shape, it is nice and easy to carry and the keyboard is shaped for easy normal typing. the sound is ok for an average costing computer.
Excerpt: This is a good laptop, nowever the battery time is not very long, and the battery does not hold a charge well. Also, not very found of vista, as it creates issues with everything on the laptop, from programs to software to security. Even with a quick internet service, the speed is also very slow and delayed. Also the internet tends to close out on its own due to multiple errors. It gets very ennoying when you depend on the laptop for work purposes and it locks up...
Excerpt: I have never really been a dell fan, as i just thought them as secondary computers but i decided a cheaper substitute so i took the plunge and got this though there are far superior machine. This Dell XPS M1530has a 256 MB graphics card, 15 inch display, 4 GB ram, 2.4 GHZ duo processor, nice HDD, integrated camera. It worked as expected except that Vista totally sucked, but that was a problem of Dell it was of MS.
Excerpt: Exactly how many times do I need to have the Dell repairman in in the first year of owning this supposedly top of the line laptop computer? The start button breaks. The motherboard goes down. The start button breaks again. Thank goodness the Dell company is standing behind its product and has been servicing these problems free of charge. (I just worry what will happen when the warranty runs out.) This is a large computer, weighty, which I knew going in.
Excerpt: The price may be outdated. If this laptop costs $2000 as on Amazon.com for a new one, and around $400 to $500 for a used one, I would consider buying another one. This price could be accepted if we're in the year of 2008. I know it got all the juice that most other laptops don't, such as dual core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and even the low-range graphic card by nVidia 8400M. These sound really nice about 3 or 4 years ago, but with $500 now, I can buy something much more powerful.
Excerpt: As a college student, this was my first laptop, and I wanted to choose the best system possible for a realistic price. The first day that I bought this system, I disabled Data Execution Protection in order for a video game to run. What followed was the Blue Screen of Death that required a complete restore to factory settings in order to even run the system. Fortunately, that has been the only complete system crash in three years.
The Dell XPS M1530 was worth what I paid, but not much more.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: When I was getting ready to graduate high school, and I was searching for a laptop for college, I knew I wanted a dell. My sister had been using dell computers for years, and didn't really seem to have very many problems with them. I used dell's very helpful laptop selector program to design my laptop. It seemed the Dell XPS M1530 was the perfect computer for me. I have used my laptop faithfully for the past year and a half.
Excerpt: The Dell M1530 laptop looks sharp, has good performance, but I would expect more from a "high end" laptop. I bought the XPS because I take the laptop on sales calls and wanted something that stands out. In looks, it definitely does that. The problem is, when it comes to doing real work, I don't know that a non XPS laptop that costs hundeds less wouldn't be a better fit.