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A Slim and Sexy Laptop from Dell... A True Classic!

  • Oct 2, 2009
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When it comes to computers, Dell has had a pretty good reputation for "build quality" in their products. But, they also have a reputation for notoriously bad "customer service".  One thing that I never expected from Dell was a laptop that was not only built well, but also a real "head-turner" . But that's exactly the case when it comes to the Dell M1330 laptop. This sleek and sexy 4 pound high-end (XPS line) laptop packs a formidable punch and offers a cool array of features & options. These features include an 13.3" LED backlit screen (LED backlight optional), slot loading optical drive, brushed aluminum casing, biometric finger print reader (optional), Media player with travel remote (optional), integrated camera, HDMI out, Solid state hard drive 'SSHD' (optional),  and a good selection of laptop colors to choose from. To finish it off, it features powerful CPU choices ( from 1.66Ghz to 2.5Ghz "Core 2 Duo" Intel Processors) and an optional 128mb NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Card. But along with the good, there are a few things that keep this laptop from being perfect. One thing that I really wished this laptop had was more than just 2 USB ports. Not only that, but the ports are on opposite sides of the computer.  Also, there isn't even an option for buying an integrated Blu-ray drive... which doesn't make any sense when you see that there's a beautiful 13.3 wide-screen and HDMI port on this thing.

Still, there's a lot to love about the Dell M1330. It's ultra portable/super thin wedge shape design, full-sized keyboard, and built-in memory card slot, integrated web-cam & mic, and 2 headphone jacks,  also adds to it's intrinsic value and charm. Few laptops can match both it's 'power per size' ratio. And although it's been available now for a couple years, it can still hold it's own among some of the newer laptops on the market.  And when it's all said and done, I think that it makes this Dell a true "classic"... especially now that Dell has discontinued this model. It can still be acquired "new or used" on sites like Ebay, through Dell's online Outlet store, and other online sources. It's also still available at some retail stores.

Pros:
-Beautiful glossy 13.3" wide screen (also available with LED backlight)
-Great super portable, sleek, light, and sexy design.
-Powerful (up to 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo and 128mb NVIDIA GeForce Video Card option)
-Nice array of colors available including "Blue, Pink, White, Black, and Red"
-Slot Loading Optical drive
-Wide array of hard drive options including SSHD, easy to DIY hard drive upgrade as well.
-Fingerprint reader and travel remote available.
-Built-in 2-MP webcam (on standard LCD model)
-Built in HDMI port so you can hook/output this up to any TV with HDMI.
-Strudy Aluminum Chassis
-Cheap... because this laptop has been discontinued, you can get some amazing deals (Ebay)

Cons:
-Only 2 USB drives
-No Blu-ray Option
-Standard 6-cell battery doesn't last too long (about 2 hrs) Don't even bother with 3-cell batt.
-9 Cell battery available but it's very expensive and adds much bulk to laptop.(sticks out too)
-No Backlit Keyboard

Conclusion:
This is a sexy and powerful high-end ultra-portable laptop. I've heard that it was rated the most powerful laptop per it's size (when it was first released) ...But this may not be true anymore. The XPS line of Dell laptop has a higher build quality than most regular consumer laptops on the market. And because the prices for this model has drastically dropped (now that it's been discontinued), it's even more of a bargain. Mine has been very dependable and I'd highly recommend it to others.
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January 12, 2010
Does this laptop come with a camera on the top of the screen? My first laptop ever was a Dell Inspirion and it was the worst, clunkiest thing I've ever used - totally made me switch to Mac. However, Dell has really stepped their game up in recent years and made me think, "Hey, Dell might not be so bad afterall!" I ask about the camera because I think it's a really great feature to include - especially for college kids who need to stay in touch via Skype.
January 12, 2010
WOW. I had a Dell Inspiron several years ago, and I agree that since then - Dell really has improved on the things they're putting out. This review makes me really consider a netbook, especially because of the 6 cell battery life. I don't think there is a camera though...
January 13, 2010
Hey Melissa, Yup this Dell does indeed include a built-in web cam. It's a pretty nice one too, it's a 2mp webcam for the standard LCD. If you go with the LED-lit LCD, for some reason the web- cam is only 1.3 mega-pixels. I'm guessing that the thinner form-factor of the LED-lit screen forced them to use a thinner camera.


Angelo, this laptop is considered an Ultra-light because it's around 4 pounds, but it out-powers any netbook on the market right now because it's a full-featured laptop. That's why I think it's worth getting this one over a netbook because you get much more power (two cpu chips), optional video card, and built in DVD-RW drive. All that and it's only about a pound or so heavier than netbooks out there. Although the netbook's battery life is much better. If you want a super-powerful netbook though, check out the Acer "Timeline" series of netbooks that just came out. They use new dual-core chips, can do HD video, and still run for 8 hours or so on battery. I think it's the most powerful netbook on the market right now.
 
January 12, 2010
Slim and sexy?  I can dig it!  I'm currently using a 7 lb 17.5" clunker, so I could go for an upgrade.  I'll have to go to the Dell site and see what else they have since this is discontinued.  Thanks for sharing, El Duke! :)
 
October 02, 2009
I'm waiting (albeit patiently) for Dell's latest netbook & I want it in purple! :-) Had a Dell 1410 for cheap last year and the screen I must say is quite good, even when compared to a Sony Vaio.
 
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This 13.3" high end laptop, released on June 26, 2007, features the Santa Rosa platform. It features a 13.3" screen either with CCFL or WLED. The WLED-backlit version has a 0.3 MP camera, as opposed to the 2 MP camera with the CCFL screen. The XPS 1330 with the WLED screen is thinner and brighter than the previous XPS 1210 version, the thinner WLED screen forcing the optics in the camera to be limited to 0.3 MP. Moreover, XPS 1330 can also feature a biometric fingerprint reader, usually found in business class laptops like the Latitude series. The XPS M1330 also offers the NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS graphics card as an option. Originally, it could only be configured with Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors up to T7700 (2.4 GHz), but could later be configured with processors up to the Intel Core 2 Duo T9500. The XPS M1330 is also available in the (PRODUCT) RED line along with other Dell computers. There have been several cases involving M1330 laptops to be cosmetically defective in manufacture, such as loose hinge covers and unusually and uneven gaps between plastic parts, as well as customer complaints concerning "CPU whine". The Dell XPS M1330 is noted for its light weight of only 1.8 kg.

XPS M1330 is no longer available for purchase on Dell's USA website as of early August 2009. It has been replaced by the M1340 (Studio XPS 13). The XPS M1330 is still available for purchase on Dell's UK website
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