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Dell Inspiron 15R Special edition (7520)

Discussion in 'Dell Inspiron and Dell Studio' started by lucjuh8, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. iafzal3

    iafzal3 Notebook Evangelist

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    I have the same config as yours got it for a good price from dell outlet NEW and liking it.
    Battery life is not bad although I have not done any real measurements but if you surf the web it lasts well over 3 hours.
    I do not think there is any larger battery option. i5 is the way to go if you are concerned with battery life.
    Only beef I have is that it is heavy. I compared to a 3-4 years old Inspirion 15 I had and this is heavier than that old laptop.
     
  2. Hicks12

    Hicks12 Newbie

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    Yeah mines also new, refurb but we all know that 99.9% of the dell outlet is new :D. I was convinced after this long thread filled with mostly praise so i ended up jumping at the chance. Yeah this laptop will be alot heavier and bigger than my 14.1" latitude so going to have to get used to that but the larger screen and much higher res so certainly give me a more enjoyable work experience hehe.

    Cant wait... still in "processing" atm :(.
     
  3. iafzal3

    iafzal3 Notebook Evangelist

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    expect it to take 3-4 days to leave DELL at least mine did. Seems outlet laptop are being built before they ship or something like that.
    No way to explain why it takes 4 days to leave wearhouse...

    Yes 1080p screen is nice but I also had it on my last Studio 15
     
  4. silvergator

    silvergator Notebook Consultant

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    I was pretty much dead-set on getting an XPS 15 (mostly because of the hard-body design) but after reading that owner's thread, that laptop seems to have an insane amount of problems. I just recently noticed this Inspiron 15R SE and it looks pretty sleek. I'm looking at the top model (i7, 8 GB RAM, 1TB+32GB SSD, etc.) and was hoping you all could answer some questions. (I have read the last 10 pages in this thread to try and get some of them answered but I wanted clarification).

    1) How is the "build" of the computer. I was considering a Lenovo IdeaPad and the lid on that thing was ridiculously flexible - it bent in with me just putting my thumb on the closed lid.

    2) Are the only differences between the SE and the regular Inspiron the 1080p screen and graphics card? Those are certainly enough for me to jump on the SE model, I was just curious if I was missing anything else.

    3) Are there any Wireless Card/WiFi problems or throttling issues with this model? I know the XPS has major issues.

    Thanks everyone. Hope to get the computer within a week or so, so I can join as a contributor and not just question-asker. The DELL kiosk by me only has the XPS models and one Inspiron (not SE), which is why I cannot find these answers out myself. I'm in the US BTW.
     
  5. iafzal3

    iafzal3 Notebook Evangelist

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    I have the i5 version of the 15R SE and love it. I cannot think of an issue with it after use of bout 3 weeks.

    1. Build I would say is equal to Ideapad but is not as good as XPS series. I do not know if the SE is the same as standard Inspirion. The lid is plastic and firm,not flexible as Ideapad. The keyboard does flex a little but I can like with it.

    2. I am going to guess mechanically it may not be too different with some cosmetic exceptions and major upgrades in terms of some components like the wifi card, 1080p screen backlit KB and GPU etc.

    3. I do not know of any wireless card issue or throttling issue but others may have experienced. I ran SCII for 2 hours and my GPU temps reached 64C and CPU temps 73C. Not the most demanding game but the laptop keeps fairly cool. Only big issue if have read about is with the GPU where it fails to switch and on other occasions you have BSOD but I think it is a driver issue and if you have it you should know it within a few days.

    For the price for performance this is by far the best laptop. I got it from the Dell outlet so got a sweet deal. They are running a 25% off for next 24 hours.
     
  6. silvergator

    silvergator Notebook Consultant

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    15R SE are out of stock in the outlet. Damn!!!

    Thanks for your answers.

    I'm thinking about getting the fully-loaded model. This seems like the best value for a laptop and I've bought 4 DELLs in a row for me and my family and have yet to have any serious problems.

    I actually got my mom the Inspiron N5110 and the keyboard seems very solid to me. Isn't it the same keyboard? Don't see how there is a ton of "flex." Wish I could try it out and see.

    Right now the i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB+32GB SSD highest-end model is $1,150. Is that about the cheapest it has been or can I get cheaper if I was to wait? With Windows 8 coming out in two weeks, is it possible that DELL drops the price of these models and/or comes out with new ones that are not just tablets?

    I don't necessarily have to have W8 because I only care about using the desktop and not that welcome screen with all the boxes. But just something I'm taking into account when making this decision.
     
  7. iafzal3

    iafzal3 Notebook Evangelist

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    The KB does not have too much flex but if you look closely you can notice it. I think N5110 is an older design of Inspirion so not sure about the KB.

    If you can get it from outlet you can get the highest config with with 25% coupon for a little over $700(one with i5 for around $600). So it may be worth for you to keep looking for it every few mins maybe one comes your way as long as you are OK with refurbished laptops. Also keep in mind one downside of 15R SE is battery life and if you go with if (I did) you will get slightly better battery life.

    Btw, W8 should not make any difference in price as for only $15 you can upgrade to W8 from W7.
     
  8. iafzal3

    iafzal3 Notebook Evangelist

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    Question:
    How long is taking all to charge the battery?
    Mine takes almost 4 hours from 15% to go to 100%. My battery wear shows 1%.
     
  9. silvergator

    silvergator Notebook Consultant

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    iafzal3- I meant laptop price. Meaning, W8 comes out, DELL releases another model, 15R SE price decreases.

    I've never bought a refurb laptop and am not totally sure I am comfortable with that. I definitely am going to get the i7 model decked out all the way, so that's about $1,150 right now on the DELL store. I remember when I bought my last laptop from DELL every week I would check back and there'd either be a better speck in one category or $100 cheaper or something like that. THat's why I asked if that price is right for that model or if it has been cheaper.
     
  10. iafzal3

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    Not sure but I have seen coupon of %age off or $$ off regularly if the price is say above $999 so I would look out for that
     
  11. Musimaniac

    Musimaniac Notebook Geek

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    Hi guys,
    I'm a little bit struck with a problem atm, and I'd like your help regarding a linux installation in the 15r se....
    About a week ago I decided to take some time to finally put a linux distro on the laptop. Not only for fun, but especially because I'm taking the Operating System class at university this semester. I choose backtrack (mainly to satisfy my long standing curiosity towards this distribution, but also because I'm attending the Computer Networking class) and I found a couple of immediate problems:

    1) Fan spins up after half a minute, doesn't spin down. My approach to this problem was to try to detect hw temperatures, to reveal possible overheating, and that's where I'm struck. I obviously used the lm-sensors module to list sensors reading, but there is no output, save a virtual (useless) sensor. I used the standalone sensor-detect script to find out what kind of sensors the laptop is using and the only test returning positive is the one for ipmi sensors. Of course the related module (ipmisensors) is missing and can not be "installed" without recompiling the kernel. I'd lke to avoid that step, even more so because googling the problem has revealed a lot of unsuccessful attempts when dealing with the ipmi interface.
    With a bit more googling I've found another possible means of interaction with the ipmi hardware interface, namely the openipmi layer coupled with an high level interface. I've installed it without sensible results (basically the driver is acting like there is no ipmi) and I'm running out of ideas. Is the fan acting normally on your linux systems? if so, could you confirm wether it's ipmi based or entirely something else?
    in the meantime, I was able to get a reading of the cpu temps by doing a 'modprobe coretemp' and then using the sensors command, and temps are consistent with my windows readings with the same settings (powersave profile, cpu running @1.2 GHz) wich brings me to the next problem...

    2) if the fan is os-indipendant (that would be the case of the ipmi interface) it could be reacting to an increase of temperatures imputable to the ati dedicated card powering on. A bit of research has revealed the same problem in many hybrid laptops, Basically, if there is no hardware mux, the system powers both gpus and then uses only one. I have no use for dedicated graphic when in linux, so I'd prefer to simply deactivate the ati permanently, with the corresponding increase in battery life and temps. I have found 2 widely used methods, one based on a boot-time call to the vgaswitcharoo/switch command (which, again, is not working for me) and another one using a module called acpi_call to shutdown the dedicated gpu. I downloaded, compiled, insomod-ded and run the script, and everything went smoothly. The only problem is, I don't know if the gpu is really off, as there is no change in fan speed ( :'( ). lspci shows both video cards normally, but I can't find the ati in the lshw output (that could be a simple error on my part, as the text is very long and a line is easily missed)

    I'd appreciate any help with the issues at hand, or just a confirmation the system is woking correctly on your laptops. Thanks
     
  12. rwilson420

    rwilson420 Newbie

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    Just got mine from dell outlet reburb i7 model 1080p 750 7200 HD, no bluray or sdd. I love it. $694 tax and ship ect ect. Plays Counter Strike Global perfectly fine, no glitching and Mass Effect3 no problems or BSOD. Its my 3rd reburb product from dell the others being a Studio XPS 16 1645 i7, and a Dell 640 PC with a i5, all of them work fine without a glitch. But you you have to dump MacAfee, worst program I ever seen.
     
  13. silvergator

    silvergator Notebook Consultant

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    rwilson, how is the laptop's construction? In other words...is the screen wobbly, when you press your palms down to type does it flex in at all, does it feel solidly put together?

    What do you think of not having the number pad to the right? Does the keyboard feel too big or just right?
     
  14. rwilson420

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    It feels pretty durable, not like a sherman tank, but it should survive moderate use, it's not as heavy as my Studio XPS 1645, but its not fragile. As for keyboard I did not notice any flex, but the keys feel good and spaced apart just right. As for a number pad I never had a laptop before with a keypad.
     
  15. silvergator

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    Thanks for the answer. I guess I keep comparing every laptop to how well-built the new XPS and MacBook Pro are. I've never had either, but they just seem so awesome to own and have. The price though ($600 more for the XPS, even more than that for the MBP) makes it impossible for me to get one of those now.

    Also with the huge WiFi problems the XPS is having, the biggest drawback IMO, I feel like this is a safer buy.

    My last laptop (which just died) was the XPS M1530, which was also solidly built.
     
  16. viragshinde

    viragshinde Newbie

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    I just got the Inspiron 15R SE i7 , 8gb , 1TB HDD , 32GB SSD , Blu-ray Player and HD Screen for 700$ + taxes. Can anyone tell me if the 32GB solid state drive on this thing can be upgraded to a bigger one on our own ?

    Also at some places it says 32GB Solid State Drive , others say 32GB mSATA Card and my Order Details say 32GB daughterboard . What is the difference in all the three ?
     
  17. godgough

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    Yes you can upgrade according to a previous post in this thread. I haven't tried it yet. The post said it required pulling apart most of the computer to get at it.

    It is definitely a mSATA card. The daughter board is required to use a mSATA card. If the laptop was ordered without a mSATA card it will not have the daughter board.
     
  18. viragshinde

    viragshinde Newbie

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    Okay. So whenever i look to upgrade i gotta buy a higher capacity mSATA card and not a Solid State Drive.. I Hope the same daughter board works in this case for a higher capacity mSATA Card .. Gotta wait for someone to do it first :D
     
  19. rwilson420

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    Where is the mSATA slot located? How I can I tell if my 7520 has one? Is it a matter of buying one and plopping one in there and setting bios to boot off it? If so, which one can I buy to put in there?

    15R SE 7520 i7 8MB RAM 750 WD HD 7200
     
  20. godgough

    godgough Notebook Enthusiast

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    Go back in this thread a bit and you will find a few posts with pictures.
     

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