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Is The New Dell XPS L521X Overpriced?

Discussion in 'Dell XPS and Studio XPS' started by Risco, Jul 15, 2012.

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Is The New Dell XPS L521X Overpriced?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Risco

    Risco Notebook Deity

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    For me, with the 10% discount I got via negotiation on the phone it seems a fair price for the substantial step up in build quality on my previous laptop.
     
  2. Botsu

    Botsu Notebook Evangelist

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    It is somewhat overpriced imho considering the issues (thermals, throttling) that it is plagued with.
     
  3. dorekk

    dorekk Notebook Consultant

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    Absolutely. When you get get every competitor for 20-30% below price, and usually better performance...you'd have to be a Dell employee or willfully deluding yourelf to think it's a good value.
     
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    joshuajag Notebook Consultant

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    If the prices were 10% less across the board, and a few simple customization options were offered (RAM, mSATA, HDD) then I would have gone for it the day it was released.

    However, that is not the case right now, and since removing customization options lowers the prices (or so Dell claims), the prices right now should be at least 20% less.
     
  5. Risco

    Risco Notebook Deity

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    It's competitor is the MBP.
     
  6. CQGhost

    CQGhost Notebook Enthusiast

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    First off, I must say: You guys must really want this notebook. Why else would you cause such a commotion about it?
    If you don't want the notebook, then fine; go to a different forum section or get the new Inspiron SE. It has great specs for the price.

    Sure, if you match spec for spec, then there are much better deals. But with the XPS you get much more than that.
    You get an extremely well built machine, with great customer service and good specs.

    If you want spec for spec, then get the Inspiron or some other notebook, but we all know you won't.
    Instead, you will keep posting threads such as this, because you know that you want this beautiful machine.
     
  7. Risco

    Risco Notebook Deity

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    :notworthy:
     
  8. dorekk

    dorekk Notebook Consultant

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    It has more than one competitor.
     
  9. The Muffin Man

    The Muffin Man Notebook Consultant

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    The only ones defending this machine are the ones who have "bought into it." I get it, I know, it's no fun trying to rationalize an overpriced, unimpressive device when you just plunked down 20-30% more than it was truly worth.

    The fact is the rest of us see the XPS 15 for what it really is: The emperor has no clothes. Keep lying to yourself but we will forever see the truth. And we will keep posting that fact until Dell changes their ways and pricing back to the good old days.

    Oh, and as of this post, 16 out of 21 people agree with me so you guys are losing the argument. But you're enjoying your overpriced laptops, right? Well, that's important... ;)
     
  10. NobodyAround

    NobodyAround Notebook Enthusiast

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    Voted for yes
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    1) Throttling
    2) Worse screen
    3) Performance per value is less than the competitors
    4) Lack of customization

    Laptop would be considered as a good one only if it was offered at 1099$ for base.
     
  11. oldbar

    oldbar Notebook Enthusiast

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    I own one and right at the moment to me it is bad value for money..I did receive a very good discount but it is not the point.
    Like i posted in another thread the issues for the price should not be happening.
    This is my very first laptop and if i had known i would be posting on a forum complaing about it i would not have bought it
     
  12. Risco

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    Fair point, but then you do own the laptop so are able to give an educated opinion unlike certain others. For sure the issues need to be fixed, but Dell have one in place for the throttling and the wireless is obviously a driver issue. A similar problem with the L502X with wireless occured and it turned out to be a power saving issue with the intel drivers. I don't doubt that something similar is going on. If it was anything else, then reception and connection speed would be affected.

    Alas, when you want to be front of the queue of a technology gadget, then you are always going to be an effective beta tester. If you want to avoid any teething problems and pricing issues, then it is wise to wait about six months after launch for the majority to be ironed out and prices to go down.
     
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    oldbar Notebook Enthusiast

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    Still in the end if you are buying a premuim product it should work the way it claims to work.
    What about the customer who knows nothing about computers who expect that if you pay a premuim it should just work.
    Also it is not like as if the XPS is a totally new line ...Also dell have been around for years.
    You are basically saying if you buy a new line of a certain product you are a beta tester for the first six months.
    If i knew that i would have look elsewhere
    Paying a premuim to be a beta tester is a joke I am afraid
     
  14. Risco

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    I have been buying new release gadgets for years. I have never purchased a new product that has worked perfectly without issue out of the box. You only have to look at the Sony, HP and Samsung forums for example to see each of them have issues such as throttling or orange screens. Also this particular XPS is a new line, as it is a total redesign.

    Personally, if you are the impatient type ( nothing wrong with that of course! ) then I would send it back and wait about 6 months. You can try one of the other makes, but none of them have the same form factor or slimness that this particular model and all of them have something that is wrong whether it be throttling or screen issues etc.
     
  15. oldbar

    oldbar Notebook Enthusiast

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    That is fine.
    Still when you buy a product from a company that has years of experience in a certain field you would expect it's product to be working the way they claim.
    Surely they would have tested it throughly before put it out to sell.
    These bugs should have been picked up before it was released.
    Anyway I have it and I am not sure if i want to keep it or send it back ..
    I will wait to see what the dell rep has to say when he posts again
     
  16. Risco

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    Could you do me a favour? Try the 15.5 beta drivers here

    Version 15.5.0.30 beta
     
  17. seeker_moc

    seeker_moc Spes mea in Deo est

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    Personally, I think the new XPS 15 is the first XPS with a GPU worth buying since the SXPS 1645/7. However, I do think it's overpriced. Especially annoying is the total lack of customization (currently on the US and US EPP sites, you can only choose from 4 pre-configured systems, no pick and choose per component).

    Currently, the cheapest configuration with 2-year warranty is nearly $1500 and it only has an i5. I bought my current SXPS (except the SSD and the i7-840qm [originally came with 500GB HDD and i7-720qm]) with 2-year warranty for around $1200. I was thinking of upgrading soon, but I'll think I'll wait a little longer after seeing the new prices.
     
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    okay i will give it a try to see what happens
     
  19. Risco

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    Great, let me know how it goes.
     
  20. michaeljean

    michaeljean Notebook Consultant

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    I'm so glad I bailed on dell, so tired of this. If they make a 15/16 ultrabook I might be in but seeing how they put in crappy screens I don't know.

    I'm on vizio now with my ct15-a1 that cost me 1000
     
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