Computer and Laptop
This is my first experience with Dell, although my wife has used Dell gear before at work and her experience, in her words, is “it just works”. My first laptop cost me 5000 dollars 10 years ago, and about four years ago I had a Toshiba for my work, So I have some experience with them … I’d like to consider myself as an average user.
My usage of the computer is and will be primarily E-mail and Internet surfing, as well as the office applications such as Word and Excel and some Accounting Programs like QuickBooks.
I ordered a Dell Vostro 1510 laptop on 24 December 2008 and it was delivered in the morning of 7 January 2009. It is well within the estimated 7-10 working days given the public holidays over this period.
Item has arrived as ordered. Nothing is missing or broken. Screen is fine, web cam and touch pad are all fine.
I had read in some reviews that the keyboard seemed to bounce and found some comments about the actual case. So far, I have no problems and all is more than acceptable.
One thing that I like it best is that the system was generally not loaded with unwanted software. Though it does have Google desktop gadget stuff and toolbar but that was easy to uninstall. However, it did not even have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, which is interesting but still acceptable.
I really like this product as a great sub-notebook. It’s small, light with a sleek look. In its defense, I think some people expect too much from this laptop range. But to me, I think it’s great for the money I paid for it ($550US). Its specifications are excellent compared with other sub-notebooks. All I wanted is a small machine, and there it is. All I wanted is to be able to get on the net, and there I am. All I wanted is to take my music with me and be able to play it, which again there I can thanks to its 160GB hard disc!
The cute object has a clear, bright screen, built-in webcam, microphone and speakers are also available along with two USB ports and nice large keyboard!
Also I wasn’t disappointed with battery life, I was able to type for long periods without the need to have the machine plugged in, internet usage was a little draining but I was still impressed with how long the machines battery lasted.
When it comes to the shortcomings of the product, I really can’t think of any, the product was a great price, looks good and does exactly what I need it to do.
In summary, I am not disappointed with my purchase, I got what I expected and needed and for people who want raw processing power and all those little added extras like back-lit keyboard then you need to buy an actual fully featured, fully powered laptop, which includes a fast processor and lots of RAM.
This machine is great for what it is!
HP Pavilion dv3510nr is overall a good laptop. I’m very pleased with the purchase. I have a couple of laptops at home and I use a wireless router. For some reason the speed of this laptop is very slow when connecting to that router, while my other laptops do just fine. I took it to the office and connected to the wireless network there and it ran like a leopard. I also tried it out at a friend’s house as well and it ran like the same leopard in my office. Since I can’t figure out why n it does not like the router I got at home, I decided to change a router. Then, voila, I had everything running great ever after. Additionally, I like having the backlit keyboard especially when in poor lit places. Finger print reader is cool to as it can associate passwords with my finger print. What’s more, it boasts a decent battery life!
However, the touch pad is a little bit too sensitive so when I am typing it is easy to brush against it with my palm and can be a bit frustrating. But there is a button on the top of the pad that you can press to disable the touch pad while you are typing important documents. Keyboard is a bit smooth so it is kind of weird at first to touch, felt like my fingers were sliding around, but it was really easy to adjust to. And one more tip, this is not one for Windows XP lovers, because it’s built for VISTA.
As a former Mac user, I was reluctant to use any Windows PC. However, my company provided me with an IBM and I could tell it was a product of high quality. I even purchased a T30, and then two T40s for our family’s use at home. They have been easy to upgrade, maintain and repair when needed. No problems out of any of them. They are quick enough and fast enough even if there are a variety of programs all running at the same time. Surfing the Internet is a nice way to kill time and the wireless capability allows us to surf anywhere in the house, or even to take the laptops on the road when we travel. I use my personal T40 as a back up to my work laptop which is a little bit cheaper design by Lenovo-IBM, it’s called T60. A friend of mine who retired from IBM told me they were now made from cheaper materials, and he was right. My T-60 is going in for repairs while my older T40 keeps on performing like a powerful tank. Co-workers are asking me to help them locate and purchase IBM T40s because they see how useful mine is and how it just keeps on going and going. I am now ready to try a T42 just for a little faster speed and a slightly larger hard drive, but I am sure the quality will be every bit as good as my T40. I strongly recommend IBM T40 as an all-time favorite laptop. If my laptop were to be stolen tomorrow, I would replace it with another T40 series laptop again. DEFINITELY!
I’ve had a S10 for a week or two and am having a problem with the wired networking.
Sometimes the wired interface just stops working and I have to reload the module to get it back. This can be a nightmare.
I have searched the online forums and found people were having the same problem.
I tried applying the driver fix to the Linux driver but it didn’t seem to help.
In addition, while the keyboard of S10 is indeed small, the feel when touching it, is nearly perfect, in fact I am writing my fiction book on my S10 because I can type faster on it, with less tiring than I have with my Thinkpad T61P.
Nevertheless, there are two complaints I have about the S10, the cord unplug sound is extremely loud, and the fan speed points could be better in the BIOS. Other than these two annoying problems, everything else is working smoothly. After a week of nearly constant use, I really fall in love with the S10. In fact, when I toss a 200GB hard drive in it, it might become my main computer, because it’s so portable. I may get a 6-battery, but at the same time, I’m not sure I want to carry it to the coffee shop every day.