XPS 15 speakers: L521X vs. L502X ?

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  1. toronto

    toronto Notebook Evangelist

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    Does the current L521X have the same speakers as the slightly older L502X ?

    The L502X speakers are JBL speakers, excellent sound for a laptop.

    Does the L521X have the same speakers?
    If not, how to they compare to the JBL speakers and sub-woofer in the L502X ?
     
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    toronto Notebook Evangelist

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    anyone?
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    rflynn88 Notebook Enthusiast

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    It does not have the same JBL speakers from the L502X. The L521X also does not have a subwoofer, just two speakers on the lower front edge of the laptop.

    It's been a year or so since I've heard the L502X speakers in person, but I do remember them sounding excellent. I have an L521X, and while the speakers are pretty good for a laptop, they are no where near as good as the L502X JBL setup.
     
  4. toronto

    toronto Notebook Evangelist

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    Thank you!

    Yes, I agree, the L502X speakers are excellent for a laptop. I have one and am surprised at how good the speaker sound is.

    I was considering getting an L521X for a family member, or giving them my L502X and buying a new L521X for myself, so wanted to know if the speakers were as good.
     
  5. c0derbear

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    Before you buy an L521X be sure to sample the gigantic thread about it here, there are issues to be aware of.

    - display quality
    - wifi quality
    - heat managment, causing CPU/GPU throttling in common gaming scenarios
     
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    Also, the L521x will likely be replaced by a Haswell-equipped XPS 15 in late October, and the new Inspiron 15 7000 series also just became available today starting at $649. It's also a thin aluminum laptop and will offer a 1080p touchscreen and GeForce 750M option soon. Either of those might be worth checking out if you aren't in a rush.

    I just bought an L521x with the i5/630m (less throttling) for $560 barely used (built 8/2013). The only reason I've overlooked the known issues with it as c0derbear listed is the low price.
     
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    Thanks guys, that's good info. I'm not in a rush, so I'll wait. Thanks very much for the advice.
     
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