Just got my new Dell XPS M1330 laptop yesterday. Thus far it is really nice, and exactly what I have been looking for.

I have been a Mac bigot for the last 5 years or so, owning almost every model they came out with. My most recent primary system was the first generation MacBook Pro 15″, which lasted me a little short of 2 years. It by far has been the most reliable system I’ve owned, and had plenty of horsepower to do what I needed. Unfortunately, it was damaged about a year ago in the trunk of a car, inside it’s protective case, and it’s never been the same since. This last week it finally gave up and died.

I had been looking for something new for a few weeks beforehand, knowing that I should start at that point in case my current one died. Apple’s prices on the MacBook Pro, for the features I would want, were quite high. Changing to a plain old MacBook reduced the price, but not by much, and I ended up with a less attractive (IMHO) case, and smaller screen.

Ultimately, I wanted something with dual core processors, at least 3GB of ram, at least a 13″ screen, and a 7200 RPM hard drive. It of course needed to be portable, and have all of the usual features – wifi, bluetooth, good battery life, etc.

After doing some research, I was suprised to find the Dell XPS M1330. I use Dell laptops and desktops at work as they are our corporate standard. None of their products had I considered in the past to purchase for my own personal use because they all looked too bulky, ugly, or built for the masses and not tuned to the performance I would want.

The XPS M1330 is a completely different beast than the usual Dell hardware. I was impressed by the design, the look, and the technical specs, all packed in a sub 4 pound package.

I was also able to get an employee discount added to my purchase, along with some other deals that were ongoing, and ended up getting my M1330 for almost half of what I would have paid for a new MacBook Pro. I ended up with:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T8300(2.4GHz, 800Mhz, 3M L2 Cache)
  • 4GB, DDR2, 667MHz RAM
  • 160G 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
  • LED Display option
  • Bluetooth

Although I will really miss the UI and usability of Mac OSX, there are plenty of concessions I had to make for software I needed to run that I won’t have to do anymore with Windows Vista. And I still have several Macs at home that I’ll continue using as well.
More on the laptop after I’ve used it for a while…

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