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Best Dell Gaming Laptop under 800: Dell XPS 15 L502X Laptop Reviews

Best Dell Gaming Laptop under 800: Dell XPS 15 L502X Laptop Reviews

June 22, 2012 11:56 am1 comment

An excellent addition to the line of consumer laptops that Dell has produced, the XPS 15 has exceptional performance. This is easily demonstrated by the fact that even the most inexpensive model which cost around $800 has a superior Nvidia GeForce 525M graphics card that packs 1 GB of dedicated memory. The laptop also has a crystal-clear 15.6 inch LED display, and JBL speakers. All these elements come together to make playing games, watching movies, or listening to music a wonderful experience. The laptop also scores above average on gaming tests when compared with other laptops in the same cost bracket.

Best Dell Laptop under 800Generally though, you shouldn’t expect impressive computing power at this price. The most basic configuration, which comes with a Core i5 2450 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, 6GB of DDR3 RAM and the previously mentioned Nvidia graphics card the laptop was acceptable. It comes with a 64-bit edition of Windows 7 Home Premium and was only able to score 116 on WorldBench 6. In addition, the battery was only able to run for four hours and 10 min. during video rundown. Because of this, the tech junkies, and people were not always next to an electrical plug should definitely look elsewhere for their laptops; however, the general business user shouldn’t be too concerned.

Although it is typically promoted for the design, the XPS line looks far more like a utility laptop than something that you told around for fashion. Weighing in at 6.2 pounds, and having an extremely large adapter, these traits coupled together with its poor battery life makes the XPS 15 a poor choice for people who frequently travel around. Its aluminum chases has a slab likely that comes with black accents and looks somewhat generic. In addition, the underside of the laptop starts to really heat up with extended use. While the keyboard is very roomy and responsive, it has no backlight and the touchpad is somewhat unresponsive. The display is 1366 x 768 but lacks the crispness and sharpness of other displays. Luckily, for whom it may concern, the Dell offers other laptops in 1920 x 1080 display options. By shelling out a few extra hundred dollars, you can get these superior traits in the XPS 15z.

With noticeable and appreciable upgrade offers including a faster CPU, a more spacious RAM, and a GPU that has higher memory, the press can shoot through the roof. Other potential upgrade candidates include a 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, the 8X DVD burner that can be upgraded to Blu-ray disc, a longer-lived six cell lithium Ion battery, a backlit keyboard, and the2.4 GHz Wi-Fi with dual band, WiMAX, and Bluetooth. Sadly, the basic model does not even have these basic needs.

As nice as the two-megapixel integrated WebCam is out-of-the-box, Dell’s WebCam Center enhances the technology even further with its intuitive controls. The audio system consists of 24 W JBL speakers, and a powerful 12 W subwoofer. Because of the built-in Waves MaxxAudio 3 sound enhancement technology, the sound is practically crystal-clear. The laptop also has two headphone jacks one of which is SPDIF enabled, great for direct digital audio. Although we didn’t test the 3-D support of the laptop, with the optional Blu-ray disk drive, you are supposedly able to stream via the HDTV port to a 3D enabled LCD or LED screen.

The ports that the laptop has are also numerous. Featuring two USB 3.0 ports, a SD/MMC card reader, ports for ethernet and HDMI, and a hybrid Sata/USB 2.0 port, the laptop is well suited for multimedia. However, it lacks am ExpressCard slot, which is disappointing. A thin, dark strip located above the keyboard shows several indication lights and has three touch sensitive controls that change color when you touch them. By pressing on one of these touch sensitive areas, you can easily bring up the audio settings menu or Dell’s customized version of the Windows mobility Center. Although an external hardware button for Wi-Fi is infinitely more preferable, touch sensitive parts are usable. In addition, the three touch sensitive control button can be customized to open whichever program you want.

Overall, the XPS 15 is well-rounded for multimedia, and mild gaming. Although its battery life and bulky size make it somewhat counterproductive for frequent travelers, general users are sure to appreciate his performance for day-to-day things like games and movies.

Speces Details:

  • 2nd generation 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-2450M  processor with Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 up to 3.10 GHz
  • 6 GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 750GB Hard Drive (7200RPM)
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 525M with 1G GDDR5
  • USB prots: 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 Port
  • Skype-Certified 2.0MP HD Webcam
  • 15.6-Inch Screen (1366×768)
  • Genuine Windows®7 Home Premium (64-bit)

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1 Comment

  • Hi there,

    My name is Brian Jensen and I work for Dell. I came across this article and found it to be very insightful. I was wondering if you accepted guest blog posts or link building? It would be great if you can link to the link found here: http://www.alienware.com/Landings/laptops.aspx. If you are interested feel free to contact me anytime.

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    Brian Jensen

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