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Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

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Dell XPS M1530

Summary

Our Score:

9

For performance testing the M1530 was put through the usual set of benchmarks, including PCMark 05 and Vantage, our in-house Photoshop Elements and Virtual Dub rendering tests and a selection of MobileMark 2007 battery tests - when it chooses to work at least.

Overall, results were solid. In PCMark05 it bested the M1330 overall due to its faster graphics processing, but in all other tests things are more or less neck and neck. PCMark Vantage scores are also decent, though we've yet to test enough notebooks using this new benchmark to provide any meaningful comparison.

In our in-house tests the XPS M1330 did prove to be a little faster, though this will be due in no small part to the sample we had using the Intel Core 2 DuoT7300, which is only marginally faster due to having an extra 4MB L2 Cache instead of 2MB. Obviously, if this is a concern for you then the T7500 or T7700 are worth considering, though for general use the T7250 is more than able.

For battery testing I can finally bring you a full set of results from MobileMark 2007, an excellent benchmark that's somewhat unreliable in so much as it doesn't always work. Happily, in this case it did and the M1530 performed well. In the Productivity test, which simulates real world usage using a variety of tasks along with pauses, it managed two hours and 55 minutes using the default Balanced power profile.

Meanwhile, in the Reader test, results were three hours and 15 minutes and three hours 20 minutes, in Balanced and Power Saver profiles respectively. Finally, the DVD playback test terminated one minute short of the two hour mark. This is a solid result, especially given that this is run with display brightness set to its maximum.

So, having looked at design, performance and features, it is clear that the Dell XPS M1530 is a notebook of great note. Though tempered by a slight scarcity of configuration options, it's hard to get away from the fact that this is a slim, attractive and well put together take on the 15.4in notebook. For sure, it's more expensive than a similarly specified Inspiron or the likes of the Acer Aspire 5920, but if you want a larger notebook and don't want to sacrifice on style, visual impact or quality, then this machine offers great value and a solid feature set that'll hopefully expand in time.

Verdict

As 15.4 notebooks go the XPS M1530 is exceedingly slim and good looking, making it great option for those who want a desktop replacement but don't want to sacrifice on styling or features.

Paul Nicolson

September 2, 2008, 7:56 am

Should the score change considering the GPU failure rate on this laptop and infact all laptops fitted with 8000 series gfx cards ??

Dave Ambery

September 28, 2008, 7:33 pm

I just recently took delivery of the XPS M1530 choosing to go for 4Meg version with Blu-ray drive. The drive failed at the very first disc. So, am I out for Dells Blood? Well No not at all. I did get a little worried when an Indian sounding gentleman asked me try try another disc. (after I had told him 5 times that the first disc was still inside). Arrangements were made for at home service the following day. The service tachnician phoned to confirm and turned up promptly as stated. The Blu-Ray drive was faulty. This way replaced without delay and the original drive dismantled to retrive my disc. The drive was then tested and all was well.


Having had Dell computers both company owned and my own this level of service was one of the deciding factors when choosing my laptop.


It is true you can pay a lot more than the brochure price (� in my case) but this was with the additions and subtractions that I wanted not "We have this one Sir" that the most suppliers would offer.


One very minor letdown I wanted a Red cover, Dell do one but when you try to order you can get Black, Dark Blue or Pink. So Blue it was, oh well, but Why?


All else though Well Done Dell.





Dave Ambery.

JBean

October 26, 2008, 11:41 pm

Hey Dave^ the red option is available on a dedicated Product (red) page on the top navigation bar, select Laptop as a drop down option then go to Product (red) page and there you have it. Took me forever to find it too, quite well hidden I must say.

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