Pros: Cheap. Good value for the money. I had a 120Gb Corsair force GT laying around and I also got 2x4 Gb corsair value memory upgrade for $60. I replace the 500Gb classic HDD with the Corsair SSD, installed a clean Win8 version, then went to Dell website and got all their drivers. With this upgrades, this laptop is lightning fast, with a score of 5.6 on Win8 experience index (Win8 experience index is lower than Win 7 - have no clue how this laptop would score on win 7 but I know from upgrading from 7 to 8 on different systems). Lowest score was because of the integrated intel video card, processor is 6.9 and memory 7.4. Corsair HDD got 8.1, the highest score. Anyways, for a little more than 500, you get a decent laptop, not a gaming rig for sure, but a great internet/office apps laptop. Couple hundreds more (a SSD and 8Gb Ram) and you get great performances from it. So far, in my opinion, it is worth the money. Also, the keyboard feels excellent and the battery life is just amazing. After properly using the laptop for a full battery cycle, after recharging from empty, I got 5 hours of web surfing and it still has about 3 hours left. All this with an SSD which of course, uses less energy than a classic spinning HDD.
Cons: Cheap again. It looks and feels cheap. That's why I took one egg out. The shape and design is pleasant, but the finish and materials is "very" average. It is also pretty flimsy, the screen bends very wasy on the lower part, towards the battery, just gently resting the palms on the laptop when you type makes it bend. You get what you pay for to be honest and if you need a nice finish, then I guess you need to pay few more hundreds for an XPS. This Inspiron seems to be a great desktop replacement, great for light travel, but definitely not the heavy duty road warrior laptop.
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