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 XPS 15 (L521x)
XPS 15 (L521x)
XPS 15 (L521x)
 
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Title: Amazing aesthetics and performance
Posted15 July 2012
Yes, I would recommend this product
Wow! This notebook is one of the best looking notebooks I have seen in a long time. It has the ultrabook look and feel with much better performance and being a little thicker.
- The brushed aluminum looks on the outside look and feels amazing without attracting any fingerprints.
- It is a lot thinner than I imagined for being a XPS branded notebook.
- The backlit keys are a nice touch and they are relatively even throughout the keyboard.
- The keys feel great to type on personally. They are soft yet firm when pressing down. They are chicklet keys which some may not prefer but it gives a great aesthetic look to the keyboard.
- The touchpad feels amazing. Insanely smooth and uniform to the touch and glides with your finger really well.
- The rubber accents and covers give a great look to the notebook and gives a very smooth feel. Although the rubber could attract oil/residue relatively easily, it is very easy to clean.
- The rubber feet/pad on the bottom does not grip as well as I would like to a table but it does not prevent a huge problem as you can remedy this yourself.
- The only problem I really have with the notebook is the fact that the left and right touchpad buttons are somewhat connected to the touchpad. The whole touchpad moved down when you push the left and right buttons and it is hard to move the mouse when you are clicking near the bottom middle while having a finger near it for moving the mouse. This can be eased by tweaking the synaptic software but it still proves to be troublesome sometimes. An easy way around this is to use an external mouse which I normally use anyway unless I am traveling. Another plus to the touchpad is that they did really well in splitting up the left and right clicks. Even clicking close to the center does not cause a right click to occur.
The biggest attraction to me is the glossy gorilla glass which covers the whole screen including the borders. It looks gorgeous and the glossiness makes the colors really pop out. Although hopefully there is a matte variant you can choose when customizing the laptop when purchasing since I know some people aren’t fond of the glossy screens. The notebook screen also supports 1920x1080 which is a great resolution to have space for work and make games look crisp.
Don’t let the pretty notebook fool you either. This laptop does great in performance. Armed with the latest Nvidia mobile graphics and Ivy Bridge processors it can take down most games I threw at it and had no problems at all when dealing with work. I have worked on Autocad and gamed on the notebook for long days at a time and although the fan does get relatively loud, the system never froze or overheated on me.
In the end, this is one amazing notebook from top to bottom. It has great aesthetics without sacrificing performance and blew my expectations out the water. Any small issued I did have could be solved through other means and never hindered the notebook at all.
Pros:Gaming, work, streaming video, casual browsing, video chatting
+9points
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