Sunday, January 08, 2012

Dell Vostro 1450 - A mid size laptop from Dell.

I have been using Dell Vostro 1450 since 3 months now and I can now review it for you people out there. First, the configuration. Windows 7 SP1 running on 2GB DDR3 RAM with intel i3 having 300GB of HDD. Sounds cool, isn't it, but let me expand this a bit more. First, I will again point out the goods and bads in this gadget and will conclude whether to buy it or not.

Open it up, push the power button, and go make your self some coffee/ tea whatever takes more time to make, because this laptops boot up time is hell lot more than any others. On my watch, when it was just a week old, i calculated and it took about 1m 27s to completely take me to the loaded desktop(my desktop has only 3 icons). The average time for this vostro is ridiculously more than any other which i have used. I was earlier using acer aspire 4720z which was running windows XP SP3 at 1GB and 160 HDD, and it was pretty quick to boot up. Well, any ways, I know its due to the operating system but my desktop has windows XP @ 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD on AMD processor and it takes me 10-15 seconds (max) to boot up.

Coming to its performance - This is amazing that a laptop which is such a slow starter performs quite well while completely turned on ;)

I use it for programming, I am running eclipse, sql/ oracle DBs, servers, browse internet and it performs quite well with them. I have never had any issues of it freezing completely while I am working on it.  My C:/ drive is 25gb filled out of 50gb allocated and rest 125 is allocated to  D:/ and F:/.

Vostro 1450 Laptop Dell Vostro 1450

Below are the technical spec from www.dell.com

Processor/ Chipset/ Video Card

  • 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3-2350M processor (2.30 GHz, 1333, 3M cache)

  • Intel® Mobile HM 67 Express chipset

  • Intel® HD Graphics/ Intel® HD Graphics 3000( It depends on processor selected)

  • 14.0" HD WLED Anti-Glare (1366x768)

  • Optical Drive 8X DVD+/-RW

Power

  • 6-cell Lithium Ion (48WHr)

  • 65 Watt Slim AC Adapter

  • 90 Watt Slim (required for Vostro1450 with discrete graphics)

Multimedia

  • 2 Speakers (2x2W)
    Integrated 1.3 MP camera with digital microphone

Connectivity

  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth® Combo V3.0+HS
    Integrated Wired: Gigabit Ethernet network

Ports, Slots & Chassis

  • Network connector RJ45

  • VGA

  • HDMI

  • (3) USB 2.0

  • AC adapter connector

  • Headphone jack

  • Microphone jack

  • 3-in-1 card reader

Dimensions & Weight:



  • Width: 342mm / 13.5

  • Height: 31.5-34.7mm / 1.24 – 1.37

  • Depth: 244mm / 9.6

  • Starting weight: 2.19kg (4.8 lbs) with 6-cell battery and DVD+/-R

Vostro 1450 Laptop (overview)


Goods in Vostro 1450




  1. Exceptional battery backup: Vostro 1450 has amazingly huge battery life, I have seen 2 movies length 100 minutes each, using earphones, I started the movies when it was fully charged, and saw the movies without power. After 200 minutes of movies, i was able to browse the internet for about 2 and 1/2 hours and I was really impressed by that.

  2. Good performance : I have never had any lags/ freezes.

  3. Spill-proof and neatly integrated Keyboard (VAIO Style)

  4. HDMI : This is a great factor in it.

  5. WiFi and Camera are very good.

Bads in Vostro 1450

  1. Bad, bad and bad boot up time, and well that't the only bad thing about this one.

  2. You can never ever ever disable the touch pad even as the short cut to disable it is given (Fn + F3)

Conclusion:

Performance - 4 Stars

Tech Specs     - 3.5 Stars

Hardware        - 3.5 Stars

Boot up            - 2 Stars

Price                  -  3.5 Stars


This one deserves to be given a shot, overall, i will rate it  3.5 based on boot up time, and truly speaking, if it had a boot up time of even 30-40 seconds, i would rate it 4. I am thinking of upgrading its RAM to 4 GB to get its start up time below 50 seconds (hopefully). This is a very good laptop in its range for not so extreme use, browsing, movies, music, work (programming) and other regular stuff. I haven't tried any gaming but its sure it won't run it. If you are looking for a decent and good looking VAIO styled keyboard laptop, than this is it. Other than this, Vostro 1450 is a good, in fact a very good buy @  35000 Rs.

My recommendation - Yes! 

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