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Pros: +Build quality / materials; +Good performance; +Excellent performance w/ SSD upgrade; +Excellent support
Cons: -Smallish keys; -Slow stock hard drive
Other Thoughts: This is my second Dell Inspiron 11 3137 unit. The first one I purchased had the Celeron 2955U CPU and 2GB of RAM (I reviewed that model under its respective product on newegg as well). That unit ended up having major touchpad issues, and Dell went ahead and replaced it for me, after extensive testing and repair. (Kudos to Dell support - outstanding). For the inconvenience, they upgraded my replacement to the Pentium version, and here is my review for it.
The Pentium 3556U is a huge -- I repeat huge -- upgrade over the Celeron 2955U. The snappier feel is instantly noticeable. It's worth the extra $50 or whatever the difference is.
The exterior and palm rest are all a grippy matte material - no fingerprints for once - thank you Dell. And the touch screen, even at the 1366x768 resolution, is gorgeous and works fine with an 11.6" screen.
The island-style keyboard is somewhat hard to use, mainly because the keys are very small. Compared to my older 11" Dell 1121, this keyboard is very hard to get used to. The keys feel good to the touch; it's their small size that hinders usability. I've had no issues with the touch screen functionality. And overall, I find 11.6" to be the ideal size for a daily use laptop for someone who totes it around. If it stays in your home, you'd probably be better off with a 13" or 14" system.
I have had no issues with the touchpad, as I did with my first 3137 unit. It works well, scrolls fine and is responsive.
So as I stated before, the Pentium CPU is good - far better than the Celeron option. Still, if you're coming from a Core i3 or better, it will feel a bit slower. Performance otherwise is good, but not great. 4GB of RAM is sufficient for this model -- personally I did buy an 8GB stick of RAM, but the difference is negligible. Given the high price of RAM, I'd skip it unless you're insistent on it. As is normally the case, the biggest performance gain is upgrading the slow, 5400 RPM stock hard drive to a SSD. I got a Transcend 128GB SSD on sale, and used Apricorn EZ Gig IV to clone the original drive and move the data to the SSD. I had no issues, and the system is pretty darn responsive now. (Is 128GB big enough? For me it's fine. Between Win 8.1, all the preinstalled stuff, a few apps, plus Microsoft Office, I still have 75% space free. However, I keep all my personal files in the could. If you're in the same boat, it's not worth the $ to get a bigger SSD).
In summary, this is a good little system. The simple SSD upgrade makes it great. Even considering the cost of the upgrade, it is still an excellent value proposition for a daily use touchscreen laptop. The build quality is excellent. The size is perfect, as long as you can handle the smaller than normal key size. And again, I want to stress how amazing Dell support was through my tech support ordeal.
FYI: I hate WIn 8/8.1, so I used a Win 7 license I have and installed WIn 7 on this unit... There are no issues and the WEI score is
This review is from: Rosewill RCX-Z90-CP 92mm Long Life Sleeve CPU Cooler
Pros: +Holds up over time
+Better than Intel's fans
+Quiet below about 75%
Cons: -Loud above about 75% speed
Other Thoughts: I've been using this fan on my overclocked Core i5-2500K (4.3GHz) since 2011, and it keeps going strong, keeping the CPU chilled to low 20s at idle and 50s at max load. I have absolutely no complaints about this fan given the price and quality. If you're looking for a silent CPU fan, you may want to look elsewhere, however.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: As Bud S. said, you get what you pay for. Nuff said.
Cons: Don't write 3 reviews on the same product; you skew the reviews and ratings for those of us who actually consider legit write-ups. Also, don't buy a product knowing it has 2GB of RAM and then complain about it.
Other Thoughts: This review is to balance out the 3 negative reviews that Bud S. submitted on this product. And to take some personal responsibility. I knew this product didn't have user upgradeable RAM just by searching google.READ FULL REVIEW