I just received the 1520, quite a bit earlier than Dell predicted, which is always nice, and also my usual experience with Dell, though not usually this much earlier.
The box is quite a bit bigger than I've ever gotten with a laptop. (I've been buying at least 1 every 9 months in the last few years from various places. I think I bought like 4 last year. I sell them on Ebay or to friends when I want a new one.) Not surprisingly, when I opened the box I found it was only about 1/4 full, but with a bunch of cardboard space filler. For such a large box, it was so light and so empty, I thought at first they'd forgot to put the laptop in. Also, all the documentation was all jumbled around from the trip in the loosely packed box from China, or wherever these things are packaged these days. So I found the packaging quality to have been lowered since the last time I bought, which was around June last year, an E1705.
The 1520 is insanely thick for a 15.4" laptop in this day and time, in my opinion. And the freakin' battery sticks out the back like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. If I'd have known that I wouldn't have gotten the 9 cell and if I keep the notebook, I'll be replacing it with a properly sized battery, assuming that is what the 6 cell is. (Anybody want a good deal on a brand new 9 cell?)
The battery is also loose in its housing. It moves around, instead of being snug. Not enough to come out, but enough to make a sound and shift a little in your hand and make you think the notebook isn't built well.
It's really heavy, too. I personally don't really care, since I'm a big, strong man, but this seems to be a point of quality again.
I do like the rubbery feeling top cover. And I like the brown shade color I picked, though it's not "beautiful" or anything. And hey, I wonder if a stick from The Shattered Web will stick to it? I put those on sometimes.
Opening the laptop, I find the cheap and fake looking and feeling metallic sparkle coated keyboard and screen frame. You get my drift?
That's it so far. I guess you can only get these from the outlet now, but possibly I will post additional review after I actually use it over the weekend and decide if I will keep it. I already went shopping online at HP, which would be my next choice in brand, and found in order to get a slimmer 15.4 with WSXGA, I will have to spend 900 more dollars and buy from the small bus. section. I'd really like to get a Mac, but same thing there, more mullah, and you can't get WSXGA on the MacBook Pro. Macs are only for people with poor vision. Basically I am getting the same performance from Dell for a fraction of the cost. And I love Dell's service. It's just the dang form factor that bothers me. I need to be cool like all those MacBook Pro owners are. Humorously, I consider that Apple is paying for my current notebook purchase based on their stock performance. Don't tell anybody I bought a Dell with AAPL proceeds.
Whoah, just booted up and went through all the rigamarole and look at the number of icons I have in the system tray! I figure, the more icons you have in your system tray, the more cool and important you are. I'm pretty cool and important, that's for sure.
The Inspiron desktop background is brown and seems to match the cover I chose. Did Dell do that on purpose? I like the desktop, especially since it's dark, but I'll be changing to just a solid dark color like I always do.
Well, I see now the XPS M1530 now has the WSXGA option. So I used the deal link here: http://www.xpbargains.com/#102048 to order one of those. It forces some higher level options than I really wanted, like 250gb hdd, min 3 year warranty, 3gb ram (I already have a 200gb 7200 rpm and 4gb ready to put in myself at more reasonable rates.) But the warranty alone covers the cost of these things and I've found I recoup the warranty cost when I sell them later. So I don't think I will be reviewing the 1530 any more, but I'll probably play with it a little bit before I return it. Doh!