Dell XPS M1530 Review

Dell made a serious effort in 2007 to listen to customer feedback criticizing Dell’s older, thick and heavy laptops. The result was the amazingly thin and light XPS M1330, one of the sexiest looking notebooks of 2007. The new Dell XPS M1530 is an impressive 15.4″ screen notebook designed similar to (just larger than) the very successful 13-inch XPS M1330.

Dell XPS M1530
Our pre-production Dell XPS M1530 is equipped with the following specs:
15.4-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) CCFL glossy screen
“Crimson” red paint (also available in “Tuxedo” black or “Alpine” white)
2.2GHz Core 2 Duo T7500 processor, Santa Rosa chipset (up to 2.4GHz available)
2GB DDR2-667 SDRAM (up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM available)
160GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD (32GB SSD drive available)
Slot-loading dual-layer DVD±RW drive
NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT with 256MB GDDR3
WWAN option for Verizon
Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n (Intel 4965), Bluetooth option
Integrated 2.0 megapixel webcam
HDMI, VGA, S-Video, Firewire/1394, three USB 2.0 ports, integrated media reader (MS, SD, xD), fingerprint reader
Media Center remote located in ExpressCard slot
Windows Vista Home Premium
Dimensions (with 6-cell battery): 14.06″ x 10.34″ x 0.93″ – 1.38″
Weight starts at 5.9 pounds with 6-cell battery (6.29 pounds with 9-cell)
The Dell XPS M1330 has received high praise for its design and feature set in a 13.3″ portable form factor, but the most popular selling laptops are in the 15.4″ screen size. Dell, being in the business of selling more laptops and making customers happy, figured it would be wise to offer something that’s larger and appeals to more people. And that’s exactly what Dell XPS M1530 is — a larger version of the M1330.
As we said in our First Look article, it’s as if Dell put the M1330 on steroids and the Dell XPS M1530 is the end result — the laptop size increased proportionally and it’s also more powerful in its new form. The design and look is mostly the same, the keyboard feels the same, the touch sensitive controls are replicated and for the most part the ports are the same (though you do get an extra USB 2.0 port on the Dell XPS M1530). That said, when we compare the Dell XPS M1530 and the M1330 side by side we can’t help but think the design of the Dell XPS M1530 is “overweight” in comparison.
Battery Life

Dell XPS M1530 battery
The 9-cell extended-life battery provides excellent battery life for the Dell XPS M1530. With Vista’s power management running in “high performance” mode, screen brightness set to maximum and wireless on, the 9-cell battery delivered more than 3 hours and 30 minutes of battery life. We’re certain that the 9-cell battery could deliver more than 4 hours of life with the notebook set to “balanced” or “power saver” mode and the screen brightness turned down.
One thing to mention is that with the 9-cell battery in you get an overall greater slope to the keyboard, we actually like this for ergonomics, and it feels more comfortable for typing.
Passage from : Worldpress