Finally, I got it yesterday at 11:30:34 (forget the seconds bit heheh) I honestly wasn't lookign at my watch.
3 boxes in total:
1 x lappy
1 x leather case
1 x Speakers with Subwoofer.
Ok, I've not had too much time with it yet, as I was out for most of the day.
I've not nuked it yet. Maybe I'll sort it ina few days, but i really just wanted to get it up and running to inspect it.First impression
It is a huge Mo Fo, as you already know, but I wasn't shocked at all by the weight of it, as some owners have stressed. In fact, It doesn't feel much heavier than my Lattitude C610.
But I love it. It makes other laptops seem anorexic.15.4" WUXGA screen
Checked for dead pixels. Not a spec! Which I'm glad about.
I was worried that I might find just one, which would bug me forever. I do have light leakage though - at the bottom and near the top. I think I can live with this, as I can only see it when XP starts up. I've checked it out with a DVD too with some dark scenes from Lost in Translation, and I'm glad to say that it is not visible.RADEON 9800 256MB Graphics WUXGA
One word -Awesome
I'm so used to having a slightly blurred pisture of the test and icons generated form my measely 16MB Radeon. It was like I could see clearly again. I must admit the text size was a bit small, but i jhave no difficulties reading the text. I have noticed that on some websites or in some apps like Mcafee Virus scan, the text is so small that some users may have difficulty, but I don't. I have tested it with Far Cry and The Sims 2 so far. Jesus! The quality is unbelievable. On The Sims 2 I have it set at the highest quality and resolution possible, and it flows beautifully. As for Far cry - my god. just like watching a movie! Big thumbs up for Radeon 9800 60 GB 7,200rpm HDD
I have noticed that under properties. I only have a total of 52GB and about 45 GB free. What happened to my 60GB? I know that you never fully get the exact figure specified. Anyone else with a 60GB get this?Dell A425 Speakers with Subwoofer
The sound quality is excellent just from the laptop itself, but with these external speakers plugged in. The sound is faultless. Good purchase. Fan noise and heat
The fan noise is not that bad. I hardly notice it with my speakers turned up.
The fan operates in normal silent mode during normal day to day use, but as soon as you slap in that 3D game, the turbines kick in, and boy can you hear them, but like I said with sound turned up, it's not that noticeable.
One thing I did notice was the amount of heat that was generated at the back of the laptop. It really gets hot back there. I 'm thinking of getting some kind of laptop cooling device...anyone got any goodbuys or suggestions?Battery life
Simply put, it's appalling, but the Mo Fo was designed to be plugged in most of the time, so noe worries there. I don't think I will be using it on batteries that often anyway.Conlusion
Overall, I love this laptop. It suits all my needs as a desktop replacement. My only gripe is the amount of heat it can generate when playing 3D games.
Arereal, Do you have any recommendations to push my lappy to to it's full potential? like Drivers, etc, etc?