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My laptop, my Dell!

03.01.2012 (19.01.2012)

Great for what i need to use it for

sticky mouse pad

Recommendable Yes:

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Memory / capacityExcellent

Ease of useVery easy

Range of Extra FeaturesExcellent

Instruction manualVery useful

Manufacturer SupportExcellent

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When I turned 21, I asked my Dad for a new laptop as mine was dated, slow and was basically ready for recycling. I knew I wanted a Dell as I have always had brilliant experiences with Dell laptops and computers when using others, and my old laptop was an ancient Dell.
I wasn’t too sure which one I wanted to get as I knew I needed something with a slot of a SD card, built in camera and a large memory capacity as I take a lot of photos with high resolution cameras.

Upon Arriving at PC world

The day before my birthday, my dad called and asked to take me to PC world so we could pick a new laptop and arriving at PC world, I straight away spotted this Dell inspiron 15 M5030
It cost £318 in the sales (March 2011) and the sales assistant was raving about it also. I was surprised he wasn’t trying to make me buy everything else to go with it.
Switching it on the for first time

When switching it on, it installed some updates, let me choose my username and then voila.
There is was, ready to use! It was installed with windows 7 which is so much more useful than windows vista was. The laptop has the keyboard keys in the centre with the mouse pad underneath with the left and right mouse buttons. At the top left of the laptop is the on and off switch which also when pressed lightly will set it to sleep mode.

I don’t want to bore you with the Specs of the laptop (as most of the time it is all a bit Greek), so I will give you the information of the laptop which will be most useful for you and would be its top 10 selling points!
  • 1. Has a 250GB hard drive. (also available in larger GB)
  • 2. It is installed with Windows 7.
  • 3. Battery life lasts approximately 4 hours.
  • 4. Has an SD card slot in the front.
  • 5. There is a CD drive in the side (can burn, rip and copy CDS/DVDS)
  • 7. This Dell comes with a HD laptop screen. Very good quality!
  • 8. Has a large 15.6inch screen- great for watching films.
  • 9. Shiny sleek casing, rather elegant.
  • 10. HDMI, USB, headphone/speaker and Ethernet cable slots.
My experience

Mine is black with a nice shine and a silver DELL logo on the front. It is rather thick and bulky not too heavy if you needed it for work reasons and carried it around in a laptop bag.
Mine stays plugged in at a desk so luckily I haven’t experienced that yet.
It updates regularly and works like a dream. I always enjoy turning it on, and it starts up and is ready for use in around 1 minute, enough time for me to flick the kettle on and get the coffee in the cup.

One thing I do think is a slight minus on the laptop is the mouse pad sticks some times, and I have to use the disable/enable mouse pad button quite often to get it to unstick.
Whether that it is just my laptop that has this fault, or if any others do too, I am not so sure, but in case it happens to you too, the button is the top right 4th button in with the picture of the mouse pad on with a cross through it.
for someone who doesn't realise the button is there, I'm sure it is a big pain for them.

I run a small business so having such a large hardrive inside is brilliant for me. I can upload my photos of the items and not have to worry about saving them elsewhere to free up space on the laptop like my old one.
Buying the Dell

I would recommend this laptop to anyone who wants it for work and personal use. It is a very smooth running laptop which even after 10 months of me having still runs a dream like it did when I first got it.

PC world sell all different types of this laptop starting from around £389 with a larger hardrive.
It would be best to search around for a better price and if you pay more for a bigger hardrive, ask yourself if you will actually use all that memory, or is it worth getting one with less and paying £50 less.

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Deesrev 19.01.2012 22:46

Smashing review of this product xXx

AnneLorraine1 19.01.2012 14:24

well reviewed

DonPaolo 18.01.2012 10:43

Another very good review!

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Long Name Inspiron M5030
RAM / Installed Size 6
Display / Diagonal Size 15.6
Hard Drive / Capacity 500
Display / Native Resolution 1366 x 768
Weight 2.73
Storage / Type Hard Drive
OS Provided / Type Windows 7 Home Premium
Optical Storage / Type DVD±RW Double Layer
Processor / Type AMD Athlon II

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