Quantcast E-5500\6500 Bad Reviews

Closed Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    7
    Rep Power
    16

    Default E-5500\6500 Bad Reviews

    On DELL's site these two models have very bad reviews.
    3.2 out of 5 on both the E-5500\6500 as opposed
    to the latitude D630 (4.2 out of 5, no wonder they still offer it)) and the xps 1530(4.5 out of 5.o, though this might be skewed due to gaming).

    This is a shame because the E-series have everything I want in a laptop.

    Any comments ?

    Here's more specifics on my needs ;

    Dell Laptop For Database Development\ Programming


    thanks,
    Gotham

  2. #2
    Notebook Deity
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Northwestern University
    Posts
    760
    Rep Power
    20

    Default Re: E-5500\6500 Bad Reviews

    Don't look at the overall rating, because some of the people who write those reviews and rate the machines really low are biased or are just plain stupid (and IT illiterate). I am willing to bet that most of the low scoring reviews are given by people who never even contacted Dell to resolve the issues. I have the E6400 right now, and it is a dream. Just ignore the reviews, and buy the Dell E6400/6500. They are wonderful machines.

    Here is a better and more impartial review done by one of our members here at NBR of the Dell E6500:
    http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=4808
    MacBook Air 13 (Mid 2012) | Core i5 | 8 GB DDR3 1666 | Intel HD Graphics 4000 | WXGA+ LED | 256 GB SSD | Mac OS X Mountain Lion

    MacBook Pro 13 (Early 2011) | Core i5-2410M | 8 GB DDR3 1333 | Intel HD Graphics 3000 | WXGA LED | 500 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive | Mac OS X Mountain Lion

    Dell Latitude E6400 | Alienware m9750

  3. #3
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    7
    Rep Power
    16

    Default Re: E-5500\6500 Bad Reviews

    Thanks for your feedback. I will go ahead and buy two actually one 6400 for me and one 6500 for me Dad. Cheers !

  4. #4
    NBR Reviewer
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    3,800
    Rep Power
    32

    Default Re: E-5500\6500 Bad Reviews

    Good luck for the sale. You could also try the lenovo t400/t500. they are pretty reliable.
    Macbook Pro 15.4"
    Desktop
    Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4Ghz 1066Mhz FSB
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8Ghz 800Mhz FSB
    4GB DDR3 RAM
    750GB, 4GB DDR2 RAM
    250GB, GeForce 9400m + 9600M GT GDDR3
    Ati 5770 1GB DDR 5
    Mac Os X Snow Leopard + Windows 7 Home Premium
    Windows 7 Ultimate

  5. #5
    Moderately inquisitive
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Swindon UK
    Posts
    25,210
    Rep Power
    129

    Default Re: E-5500\6500 Bad Reviews

    I suspect that a greater proportion of those who post on the Dell website have something to complain about.

    Read the real reviews for a better opinion. Were I to do my E6400 review now then I would have less to complain about than nearly 9 months ago. It's standing up very well and many of the initial bugs have gone away.

    John

  6. #6
    Notebook Consultant
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Eastern, US
    Posts
    294
    Rep Power
    18

    Default Re: E-5500\6500 Bad Reviews

    I guess it really depends on the person. I have had an E6400, E6500 and now a M4400. The only issue i had with my E6400 (similar to John's issue in the review) was the screen (LG) kinda washed out at higher brightness. The E6500, i loved it. Great notebook no issues and one of the nicest screen i have seen since my Macbook Pro (RIP), that was untilll i got the M4400 and the RGBLED screen. The M4400 you will have to pry that from my cold dead hands.

    Ya the E6500 has hiss in the audio ports. But you know what, so has every other notebook i have had. It did had some crackling as well, but the latest driver solved that (on mine at least), All in all it was a great notebook, I ended up upgrading one of my employees and got the M4400 for myself.

  7. #7
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    7
    Rep Power
    16

    Default Re: E-5500\6500 Bad Reviews

    Thanks all for your kind feedback.
    idq mentions: ."never contacted Dell to resolve the issues"
    John Ratsey mentions: Were I to do my E6400 review now then I would have less to complain about than nearly 9 months ago. It's standing up very well and many of the initial bugs have gone away.

    Can someone give me a small rundown of the major issues, or point me to
    a post that covers it in full. I work in IT so I'll be able to figure out my problems,
    but for my Dad it might be a problem for a few months before I vist him to fix the issues.

    I think I'll list the major issues I have read about:

    1. OverHeating Issue : Seems there are overheating issues an apparently the following fixes them:

    A.Choosing an P-processor instead of the T-Prcoessors
    B. Choosing the non- NVIDIA Video card (though overheating seems to have been reported for non-VIDIA)
    C. Some BIOS or Chipset Issue ?

    2. Network card issue : apparently the Intel® WiFi Link 5300 card does not work well. Is this because all existing Wireless Routers ar incompatible with this cutting-edge technology ?

    3. Screens: some complaints about LCD of different makes:Samsung Versuse LG etc.

    Anything Else that is Major ?

    Thanks for any help.

    Gotham
    Last edited by gothamcity; 20th May 2009 at 11:42 PM.

  8. #8
    Web Designer & Developer
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    1,589
    Rep Power
    24

    Default Re: E-5500\6500 Bad Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by gothamcity View Post
    Thanks all for your kind feedback.
    idq mentions: ."never contacted Dell to resolve the issues"
    John Ratsey mentions: Were I to do my E6400 review now then I would have less to complain about than nearly 9 months ago. It's standing up very well and many of the initial bugs have gone away.

    Can someone give me a small rundown of the major issues, or point me to
    a post that covers it in full. I work in IT so I'll be able to figure out my problems,
    but for my Dad it might be a problem for a few months before I vist him to fix the issues.

    I think I'll list the major issues I have read about:

    1. OverHeating Issue : Seems there are overheating issues an apparently the following fixes them:

    A.Choosing an P-processor instead of the T-Prcoessors
    B. Choosing the non- NVIDIA Video card (though overheating seems to have been reported for non-VIDIA)
    C. Some BIOS or Chipset Issue ?

    2. Network card issue : apparently the Intel® WiFi Link 5300 card does not work well. Is this because all existing Wireless Routers ar incompatible with this cutting-edge technology ?

    3. Screens: some complaints about LCD of different makes:Samsung Versuse LG etc.

    Anything Else that is Major ?

    Thanks for any help.

    Gotham
    1) Overheating is not a major issue...only a select few members who have E6400s with the Quadro card are affected.

    2) There were some latency issues with the Broadcom Wifi chips, I'm pretty sure the Intel one are actually better and have less issues. Either way, upgrading to the newest drivers solves those issues.

    3) Luck of the draw, you pretty much have this for most laptops nowadays.
    Eric Huang is a Freelance Web Designer and Developer
    http://erichuangis.com

  9. #9
    Notebook Evangelist
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    619
    Rep Power
    16

    Default Re: E-5500\6500 Bad Reviews

    I can comment on the LCDs directly, since I got mine replaced once (due to a cluster of dead pixels). The LG screen is definitely brighter than the Chi Mei (CMO) screen. As mentioned, t does wash out a bit, but at least it gets that bright. However, if you didn't know the difference, I suspect that you would find nothing wrong with the CMO either. Vertical viewing angles are average (on both displays) - nothing to write home about - but that's probably an industry problem as opposed to a specific issue.
    Dell Latitude E6400: Intel Core 2 Extreme X9100 3.06GHz, Nvidia Quadro 160M, 4GB DDR2, 160GB @ 7200RPM, WXGA+ LED, Backlit KB, 9Cell
    Dell Inspiron 5150: Intel Pentium 4 Mobile HT 3.2GHz, Nvidia Geforce FX Go 5200, 1GB DDR, 60GB @ 7200RPM, SXGA+ CCFL

    Latitude E6400 Cooling+Performance Guide

  10. #10
    Moderately inquisitive
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Swindon UK
    Posts
    25,210
    Rep Power
    129

    Default Re: E-5500\6500 Bad Reviews

    Perhaps my biggest residual grumble (and wasn't on the original list) is that I had to put my own rubber bumpers on the display bezel to stop it rubbing against the palm rest when carried around.

    The E6400 is still heavier than both the advertised weight would suggest (a starting weight, presumably without a few components) and what i would like, but I have come to appreciate the solid build quality.

    Oh, and the speakers aren't worthy of the name since they are a pair of tweeters. But I'm so used to that in notebooks that I always travel with some external speakers.

    John

 

 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:12 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.2
Copyright © 2014 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1