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wchong4 wrote:I've been waiting for these to hit the shelves as refurbs and off-lease.
Simply put, this is my favorite Dell business laptop, ever.
No doubt. I work with a lot of computers, and these are wonderful to work on. Everything clicks together nicely. One screw gives access to the memory, and not much more for hard drive. It's just about the easiest laptop to maintain.
Now, only if it had the more durable LCD assembly like the later E-series laptops...
Decided my signature is obnoxious.
Have two lines instead.
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nucleardrugs wrote:I need a laptop for email and Photoshop. Any recommendations?
It's like asking "I need a car for puttering around town and racing in the Indy 500."
ANY PC will do email. Photoshop will normally require a faster processor, more memory and preferably SEPARATE memory for the graphics module.
So you need to find something good for Photoshop and the email will take care of itself.
Like Lake Wobegon, but without the lake.
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I also have experience using and supporting these models. The build quality is actually quite good. Solid performers just like their Lenovo and HP counterparts. The backlit keyboard is really nice, though.
I offer the following caveats: 1) the power supply (ac adapter) can die without actually dying-- you can still use your laptop, but you'll get a start up warning*. Replace with a genuine Dell power supply. 2) The battery life is middling considering the size of the battery. I averaged around four and a half hours with the 9 cell (wi-fi and bluetooth on continually, running IPSEC "vpn" and Eclipse, with screen at maximum brightness, having 500 GB 7200 RPM HDD, 8 GB RAM).
Comparison models are the Lenovo Thinkpad 410 and Hewlitt Packard Elitebook 8440
* You can disable the warning
Note the following:
Battery Status Lights
If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the battery light operates as follows:
l Alternately blinking amber light and blue light — An unauthenticated or unsupported, non-Dell AC adapter is attached to your laptop.
l Alternately blinking amber light with steady blue light — Temporary battery failure with AC adapter present.
l Constantly blinking amber light — Fatal battery failure with AC adapter present.
l Light off — Battery in full charge mode with AC adapter present.
l Blue light on — Battery in charge mode with AC adapter present.
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