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 Inspiron 15Z 5523
Inspiron 15Z 5523
Inspiron 15Z 5523
 
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Customer avatarReviewed by:Alicia99
(Richmond, VA, USA)
Duration of Product Use:Less than a month
Level of Expertise:Expert
I use my PC for:High Performance
Your Lifestyle:Professional
Title: I love it!
PostedJune 15, 2013
Yes, I would recommend this product
It's a beautiful laptop. I wish a Blu-ray optical drive had been an option, but other than that it's great. I love using the touch screen with Windows 8 live tiles & apps, it starts up quickly and it is VERY quiet. The sound and video quality are both great!
It's a bit on the heavy side for an "ultrabook," but at about 5 pounds, it's still lighter than my old Dell XPS M1530.
I wanted a laptop with a bit more processing power because I am taking some computer classes. With the i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 2GB of video RAM and a 64bit OS, it handles running a Virtual Machine (VM) in VMware Player without any issues. My old Dell had only 4GB of RAM and a Windows 8 virtual machine on that thing took FOREVER to start up. I just created a Windows 7 64 bit VM on this laptop and it started up FAST. It took about a half hour to load the OS and complete the installation: not much longer than it would have taken on a physical computer.
So, I think I will be able to use this laptop to run VMs with Windows Server 2008 or 2012 to help me in my classes.
I've only had it for a few days, but I think it's great so far.
Windows 8 will take a LOT of getting used to. For example, it took me some trial & error to figure out just how to close an app using the touch screen. I had tried out the OS on my old Dell laptop as a VM so I was somewhat familiar using Windows 8 with a mouse, but using the touch screen makes things work a little differently. Come on, Microsoft! Wasn't this supposed to be a more intuitive OS?!?!
For those who don't know how:
1. with a mouse, move the pointer to the very top edge of the screen, click & pull the top edge down to the bottom to close
2. with a touch screen, place your finger just above the top edge of the screen, swipe your finger all the way to the bottom of the screen
3. with the keyboard: press the ALT and F4 keys at the same time to close the application
The demos included with the "Getting Started with Windows 8 on your new Dell"" app were VERY helpful in picking up some useful tips on how to use the new OS. However, for me, the touch screen method of closing an app didn't quite match the on screen demo. In the demo, it shows that you just place your finger at the top of the edge of the screen & swipe down to close an app. But, for me, I have to start with my finger slightly above the top edge and then swipe all the way down for apps to close.
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