I would say that this is one of the best laptops that dell has put out.
The extended battery is a MUST, and the 7400 is good if you plan to play games, otherwise just stick with the integrated.
They actually put some effort to upgrading the sound quality by actually removing the sound card from the motherboard, so it doesnt pick up hdd noise, etc. Though, with the included earbuds, you do get a slight hum... but not any worse than the best integrated sound cards.
Fan is very good, slow mode is totally silent, and high speed fan will never come on.
laptop gets warm on your wrists, but not hot. Bottom gets fairly warm, but again not super hot. The entire bottom chassis is metal magesium alloy, so it does a good job of being a heat sink.
The bottom compartments are easy access, and are really easy to upgrade.
I dont like how the bluetooth is installed, i wish it had a cover. If you dont get bluetooth installed, every time you take out the battery, you see the cable being held down by masking tape. Seems like it would fall off and eventually get in the way of the battery if you add/remove battery constantly.
Keyboard is GREAT. I dont know what people are complaining about. I have a little keyboard flex down by the up/down/left/right arrows, but im sure i could fix that with a spacer. Very minor.
I like how they went ahead and made the keys FULL SIZE BABY! Yes! It works very well.
High quality touch pad, NOT the same touch pad that other inspirons use, good stuff.
Lets see, screen is the same as the 700/710m screen, no difference. it is just OKAY, as before.
The GPU overclocks decent, i HATE how they attached the GPU to the heatpipe. They use the same spoungy TIM that they use on the north bridge 945 chip, which sucks... then on top of that, they have a thin piece of copper, then a gold looking TIM. This leaves the GPU getting hot all the time, and hurting overclocks! Oh well, still overclocks to 560/1100 -highest mem overclock allowed by nvidia! (memory is 1.4ns samsung)
Hrm, I agree about the blue lights, I wish you could turn them off, they get annoying.
headphone jack location sucks, it is too hard to connect/disconnect headphones, because it is practically on the bottom of the notebook, though i REALLY like how there is two headphone ports.
Webcam is okay, but gets hot. I like how it can rotate! Very cool! Integrated mic could be a little better.
Onboard speakers, well, i didnt expect much, no comment.
black top looks cool, but leaves lots of fingerprints, I wish there was a better answer to help with the finger print issue.
Also, at this point, screw including a D-SUB output, just give us a DVI output. We dont buy 1300+ dollar laptops to use S-DUB for our external LCD. If people want to use DSUB, let them use a DVI to DSUB converter.
Overall, I am very impressed though, for the first time it seems like dell figured out what their customers actually wanted. The only thing they dont want is the price. The build quality is VERY good, after taking the whole thing apart, it is rather well put together.
Anyway, I give it a score of 98 out of 100.