XPS 15 (Haswell) Owner's Lounge

Discussion in 'Dell XPS and Studio XPS' started by mark_pozzi, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. tekjunke

    tekjunke Notebook Guru

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    I switched out my daily w530 for the XPS. Its much nicer to tote around than the W, lighter and half the thickness.

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  2. akuma-z

    akuma-z Notebook Enthusiast

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    There was a post by a Dell employee on Dell techcenter about Linux support on the XPS15/m3800 and the SD card reader was mentioned. There will probably be a solution soon. Dell did a good job pushing all of their modifications for the XPS13 sputnik project upstream.
    Ubuntu on the Precision M3800 - Dell TechCenter - TechCenter - Dell Community

    From the Dell article:
    "Lastly, the SD card reader on both the M3800 and the XPS 15 does not function properly under Linux, including with the 3.12 kernel. After discussing the bug with my friend Chris Ball, who also maintains the SD/MMC/SDIO subsystem of the Linux kernel, Chris agreed to volunteer time debugging the Linux driver for this card reader. I'd like to thank both Chris for his help and the Precision team for loaning a laptop to Chris. With any luck, I will follow up on this blog post once the SD reader issue is resolved."
     
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  3. tdraw

    tdraw Notebook Enthusiast

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    Their ETA has no bearing on what is real. My ETA was Dec 2, shipped last Friday.

     
  4. kaborchers

    kaborchers Notebook Guru

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    Yep. Originally ordered on 8 nov. Original eta 4 December. Just shipped this afternoon to Seattle from Cali. Should actually be here tomorrow.

    Finally! I'll get to whine about my touchpad/touchscreen/battery life like everyone else! Woot! :D


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  5. rplst8

    rplst8 Notebook Guru

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    Yeah I noticed that about the Synaptics drivers too. They were much more sensitive to my palm swiping from the side no mater how I set the palm check slider (which I think is called Smart Sense in their driver). The other weird thing (compared to the Dell driver) is that when swiping from the side (accidental palm or actual one finger swipe) the time to lift your finger or palm before it registered a "tap" was much shorter. Therefore a swipe would almost always result in going to the start screen because that is the charm that is highlighted by default. Unless of course you reacted quick enough and lifted your palm/finger. I saw some settings in the registry that seemed to control this behavior but I couldn't easily figure them out. For now one finger side swipe gestures are disabled on my touchpad.

    Did you also notice that three finger swipe up/down no longer brings up the settings/search screen?
     
  6. rplst8

    rplst8 Notebook Guru

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    Same deal here. I think it's the oil from your skin. Dumb. Why not use a hydrophobic material there. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Again, the trackpad on my old Dell Studio XPS 16 did not have that problem. It was make of some sort of acrylic and oil, dirt, and dust wiped clean off.
     
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    rplst8 Notebook Guru

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    I haven't tried it in Eclipse... matteroffact I should install VS on this too to see how well it works. That said, to do a full doc highlight from current cursor position down Ctrl+Shift+Fn+Right Arrow has worked for me in other apps. You have to make sure that you hit ctrl and shift before you hit Fn though.

    Edit: OK, so I just tried this in Eclipse and it works. Just hit Ctrl + Shift + Fn + Right Arrow in that order and it should work.
     
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  8. k2007

    k2007 Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks, any opinion on heat ?

    Want something that's still tolerable when I have a VM going.
     
  9. akuma-z

    akuma-z Notebook Enthusiast

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    It runs cooler than my XPS 14. I am running a Windows VM right now and I have it sitting on my lap comfortably. I am sure if I tried I could make it run hot, but in normal usage I don't think you have anything to worry about. I used to have an xps studio 14 with pretty much the same specs as your m1530 and it could almost get too hot to touch.
     
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    kashing92 Notebook Consultant

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    Heat: I was gaming on COD Ghosts with mixed low/mid/high settings and 2xxx by 1xxx resolution (the second highest 16:9 scale down that Windows automatically allows), for 1 to 3 hours. On 10-15C weather, the CPU went up to 93C maximum, palmrests remained quite comfortable (barely even warm) and keys were not hot either. Then I moved back to 25C-35C weather, CPU max still stays at 93C, overall the feel is slightly warmer but quite impressive still. This is sweltering, feels like 35-40C heat, so I am extremely impressed by the heat aspect. The parts of the keyboard or laptop you should be touching don't get very hot, the parts (like the metal below the screen) you don't need to touch also aren't that hot considering the internal temperature. For reference idle would be around 55C but it can easily jump to 60Cs and 70Cs even just using the web browser. The fans are very powerful, they just don't really come in until you hit mid 70Cs, and can bring it back down to near idle temps.

    I thought the touchpad colour was already slightly different to the rest of the palmrest (not as dark as the keys, but darker than the overall keyboard). So to me it doesn't look like discolouration. The soft palmrest will be easily discoloured though.

    Problems: The laptop seems sluggish (SSD) in opening folders, dragging files, Chrome browsing etc when coming up from hibernate, plus the touchpad (and any external mouse) doesn't register clicks or takes a long time to do so. From cold boot it may occasionally 'crash' and have to restart before even reaching the Windows screen. One time on startup the resolution didn't start at 3200x1800 by default, even though I had kept that resolution before shut down. Touchscreen turns off, as people know. Battery is really bad.

    Mixed results on Wifi, not sure how to test because one time i was at an airport lounge and it disconnected a few times but I wouldn't know if it was me, and at home my router used to drop downloads (and sometimes the connection) on my old laptop so it's not necessarily reliable.
     
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