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DELL Vostro 1520 (464-2008 - 58976P) NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T6670 (2.20GHz) 3GB Memory 250GB HDD Intel GMA 4500MHD 15.4" Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T6670 (2.20GHz)
  • 3GB Memory 250GB HDD
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD
  • 1280 x 800
  • Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade
  • Dual Layer DVD Burner
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  • Perry C.
  • 1/25/2010 9:43:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value

Pros: Price, relatively solid, no hassle Win 7 upgrade for free, Win 7 runs really well on this machine, Ubuntu Linux dual boots and runs perfectly on this hardware. About as quiet as my Thinkpad.

Cons: Everyone comments on the poor audio, and everyone is correct. I've never heard sound as bad as this from a computer before and you must experience it to truly appreciate it. :-) Touchpad isn't as smooth as I would like. Keyboard isn't as solid as my old Thinkpad, but then, how many laptops are? All of the cons are minor if you intend to use this machine for a general purpose or development machine like I do. I don't really do any games on this machine.

Other Thoughts: cpu has virtualization feature but win 7's virtual mode is extremely slow on this laptop. I got MUCH better speed with win xp on vmware. The left palm rest gets a little warm as noted by others, but it's not objectionable and definitely cooler than the cup of coffee by my side. Excellent value for the money and I'm really happy with it.

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  • Linda S.
  • 1/24/2010 7:30:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat little laptop

Pros: Great work/video editing machine. Ordering the upgrade to Windows 7 Professional (32 bit) was relatively hassle free, and Dell had it on its way within 3 days.
The CPU is a powerhouse, and scores very well in testing. I'm used to a quadcore, but this one is more than acceptable for use in a laptop.

Cons: The sound is awful. My $300 netbook blows it away.
Don't go in thinking that upgrading to 4GB of ram is as easy as ordering a 2GB stick of Kingston & replacing the installed 1GB stick. It will not boot. Had to put the 1GB unit back in, and am currently running only 3GB.
Lowest hard disk scores I've ever seen for an SATA 2.0 drive, but still acceptable for my uses. 7200 rpm or no, it's a slow drive, and defragging doesn't speed it up any.
Stock (Hynix) RAM also has very low scores for DDR2 800. I'll be replacing it soon, so that's really a non-issue for me.
If you think this laptop is capable of any intense gaming, you're going to be disappointed. It's not up to the challenge.
No eSATA port. That's easily fixed by adding an adapter card, but I wish it had come with one. I knew it didn't have one prior to ordering, so no complaints.
The case top is a fingerprint nightmare. I miss the matte finish on my old laptop. Again, I knew it had a polished finish prior to ordering.

Other Thoughts: You can't go into the BIOS & set the amount of RAM to dedicate to video. That's a con as far as I'm concerned, and is my biggest disappointment. Still, the video quality is acceptable. It plays DVDs well enough, but HD video playback is disappointing.
Not having a volume control available in the system tray is annoying. Someone at Dell was either short-sighted, or deluded to think the end user wouldn't want one.
It's a dualcore laptop. It's going to generate heat, and the system fan is going to have to run alot to keep it cool. The noise is minimal, and is better than a fried CPU.
Overall, it outperforms my old laptop, so I'm not complaining.
It's a very good work machine, and comes with no bloatware. There is no security suite trial installed, so be prepared to install your own antivirus and firewall as soon as you get it.
I won't get crazy, and say this is the best laptop available for the money, but it's definitely worth every penny, with or without the Windows 7 upgrade.

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  • David R.
  • 1/23/2010 11:20:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDell Vostro 1520

Pros: Lots of laptop for the money

Cons: I have spent hours trying to connect to my wireless network. Because this laptop uses its own configuration software, (which will not work for me) the WZC must be turned on. I get an error code referring me to Microsoft article 871122. I am unable to complete these steps. If I knew I was going to have this much trouble, I wouldn't have purchased this laptop.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/20/2010 9:21:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood laptop for the Price/Specs

Pros: - Good price for the computing power offered.
- 6670 cpu with 2mb l2 cache
- 8gb of maximum memory.
- 7200 rpm drive.
- ExpressCard, firewire and other ports.
- physical on/off switch for the wireless card

Cons: - somewhat cheap feel with the casing and keyboard compared to my older Latitude.
- I don't like the keyboard as much as the one on my Latitude, but I think I'll get used to it quickly.
- palm rest against the skin is less comfortable compared to Latitude.
- no webcam (I knew this before purchasing, however).
- usb ports in a less-than-ideal location, especially on the right side of the unit. Get's in the way of using a mouse.
- soft drive clicking sounds (there is a firmware update but I haven't gotten it to work yet on Win7 64-bit)
- the fan seems to run more than I had hoped, but I imagine I'll get used to it.

Other Thoughts: - Overall, I am happy with it given the price I paid and the specs it has. I purchased as a Visual Studio development machine and I think that I'm going to be pretty satisfied with it.

- I replaced the Ram with 8gb matched pair of G.Skill memory, tested with MemTest and it works good.

- Immediately blew away all partitions and reloaded Win 7 Prof and it runs great.

- Have not been bothered by the warm palm rest that others have reported. Not any different than my older Latitude.

- For what it's worth, it had a Win 7 base score of 3.4 due to the graphics/display. Drive, memory, etc scores were up near 6.

- I was somewhat concerned about the resolution of the standard WXGA display, but it seems fine to me given my needs

- The sound is on par with what I expected from a laptop like this...not great but very comparable to my Latitdue and sufficient for my needs.

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  • Felipe B.
  • 1/17/2010 12:05:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerformance

Pros: Best performance processor and hard drive for the price.
Free windows 7 pro upgrade

Cons: touchpad could be of better quality

Other Thoughts: I wonder if we will ever see i7 processors in this 500 price range... maybe in 2012 :)

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  • Rene d.
  • 1/11/2010 7:25:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFree WIN7 PRO upgrade also

Pros: Very nice. Light weight. Fast. Free WIN7 PRO upgrade from DELL so you can run XP PRO or WIN7 PRO

Cons: Price. Would be perfect for $400

Other Thoughts: AMD CPU would be even better.

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  • Alex F.
  • 1/5/2010 6:14:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot a bad choice

Pros: - Price, good choice for laptop of the week to start 2010
- Hardware speed - CPU, 7200rpm Drive
- Bright LCD with 16:10 aspect ratio resolution good for document viewing
- Media keys
- XP Pro included
- CPU supports Virtualization (not all Core2Duos do) so you can run XP mode under Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate
- Memory card reader supports xD format (pleasant surprise for me)
- Touch pad and keyboard feel good and responsive.
- Firewire built in
- Quiet operation. I haven't noticed overheating yet, but I haven't tried keeping cpu at 100% for a long time either.
- For those keeping XP, which is preinstalled, you'll be glad to know there isn't any extra junk software preloaded

Cons: - No HDMI
- No Webcam
- I can see pixel outlines on the LCD. It's not horrible, and I mostly don't notice it.
- Windows 7 Pro would have been much better than Vista Business (but would probably increase the price).
- Media keys for volume have to be tapped repeatedly for significant volume adjustment, since they can't be held down. Mute is fine since it only needs one tap.
- DVD drive couldn't recognize Memorex DVD-R discs, but recognized some cheap Staples DVD-R discs fine. Dell needs to release another firmware for the DVD drive to fix this.
- No USB ports on the back

Other Thoughts: - Even though there's no quickset you can get an on-screen volume indicator for Vista or Xp (google for it)
- The LCD bends very slightly, but I think it's solid enough not to cause any concern. I wouldn't have noticed it if another reviewer didn't mention it

---- 4 things made me decide to get this laptop. 1) Price 2) 7200 rpm Hard Drive and 3) CPU Power 4) Media keys. Although the media keys for volume control let me down a little (see cons), I still think I made a good choice.

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  • Peter G.
  • 1/3/2010 12:04:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop

Pros: *Good Processor
*3GB RAM
*Windows XP or Vista, I use XP (both on disks)
*Outputs VGA

Cons: *Sound quality is lacking (built-in speakers)

Other Thoughts: Other laptops at this price have 1 or 2 GB of RAM, I would take this deal if I were you.

I've always hated buying laptops, because for the same price you can get a faster desktop.

Laptop is fast, and can handle some less intense games.

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  • Andrew C.
  • 1/1/2010 9:20:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid laptop for basic use

Pros: -Price is nice!
-Solid construction
-Warranty process is much faster and easier because Vostro is a business class offering, versus the junk Inspiron line.
-NO bloatware preinstalled. This is great for non-tech-savvy folks who don't know how to reinstall Windows, which is always step 1 for me when buying a laptop.
-7200rpm drive is amazing for file transers, but it doesn't really affect snappiness in the OS much. Not a con at all.

Cons: -Touchpad's tracking is really choppy. I always have to grab a mouse to be able to use the system without becoming miserably frustrated.
-Matte plastic around KB and LCD seem to trap filth if the laptop becomes too dirty, and will fade out easily when you clean it. I wish Dell had kept fully metal body of the old Vostro 1500's, since the weight difference with the plastic body is almost no different.

Other Thoughts: I am a computer repair technician. This is our main seller at the local computer shop where I work. I've come to find that Dell Vostro's are among the best laptops to go for in the $500-$900 range. Toshiba warranty is hard to deal with, HP's get alot of defective motherboards, and Dell Inspirons are just flimsy and no cheaper than Vostros.

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  • Thomas W.
  • 12/29/2009 2:40:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Value for money

Pros: Fast processor, 7200rpm drive. Boots win 7 very quickly. Wireless is solid. for the amount of power inside the battery life is not too bad. the Power management tells you its about 2.5+ hours on a full charge, but in reality if you are just surfing and light io you can go 4+

Cons: Screen not the best and audio sub par but this is billed as a business computer, not an entertainment computer. came with vista business 32bit disk not 64 bit. Loaded Win7 Premium 64-bit with no issues. dnk why the other poster is having so many probs.

Other Thoughts: Why doesn't everyone ship 64-bit OS disks if the machine can address 4GB or more? I know this comes with three but the first thing i did was to swap the chip to make it a 4gb machine. Ok that may be a me problem, but at this point in time I just think its stupid to still use 32-bits.

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