Surprisingly, I couldn't find many reviews on the laptop, and decided to make my own mini version of a review. I also didn't like the spec choices given by Dell as they essentially do not have any more customisation options - but unfortunately there wasn't much other choices available for the requirements I wanted.
RM1799 (as at 28 Dec 13)
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-4010U processor (3M Cache, 1.7 GHz)
Windows 8.1 Single Language (64Bit) English
4GB Single Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (4GBx1)
500GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive
14.0 inch LED Backlit Display with Truelife and HD resolution (1366 x 768)
Intel® HD Graphics 4400
51.2Whr, 3-Cell Battery (integrated)
|The 'bag' comes in a bigger box than the laptop itself|
Dell used to be about customising your laptop to what you want it to be. Today it is a very different company than what it used to be.
It comes preloaded with unwanted bloatware (which you paid for) like McAffee, 5-6 unwanted and useless Dell software, apportion a section of your HDD or SSD for 'recovery', comes with an unwanted bag, and gives zero options for any real customisations for hardware and software alike.
The laptop itself
The laptop itself is sleek, slim, and relatively lightweight at about 1.6KG. It's an amazing piece of hardware that has come a long way, particularly for its price tag.
i3 performance is adequate for work and study purposes. I did not choose the nVidia graphics card as it would just be an additional heat, weight, and battery drain.
One of my main gripe is that there was no option for SSD. I decided to buy my own SSD and replace the 5400RPM WD Blue SSD with a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD.
The SSD is significantly lighter than the HDD, and I've noticed significantly less heat, improved battery life, and amazing, amazing speeds since.
The performance of the laptop, even with an i3 processor is really snappy and quick.
- Great for work, studies
- Slim & light (1.49kg with SSD)
- Decent battery life 6-8 hours with SSD
- No heat issues / No hot palmrest.
- Best laptop in its class and price.
- Dell-filled bloatware. Cleansing and repartition required.
- Does not come with SSD
- Battery is integrated - unable to swap batteries on the go.