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on November 23, 2012
I bought this notebook to use primarily as a streaming device connected to my TV. It does this well. I also have a few games loaded on it and it runs them well with their settings turned down. I purchased this on Monday of black Friday deal week (2012) for $329 and then used Microsoft's windows upgrade offer ( $15) to install windows 8. The verdict is still out on windows 8 but for the notebook I feel I got a good value. I especially like that it has a HDMI port so it is just one cable going to my TV for video and sound.

If i needed a second I would definitely buy another at the sale price and possibly at regular price. I gave it four stars because I would say I like it not love it. It would have to be faster to love it but that would also cost $500+. Overall I would recommend this notebook for streaming video, light gaming, paper typing, and internet.
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on September 11, 2012
Excellent for students, good quality in video and fast enough w/ regular MS applications, good responsein internet. It is not too heavy and it doesn't get too hot in your lap.
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on November 30, 2012
I don't review things very often, but I have decided to give it a go. Below is a list of things I thought were worth mentioning. Hopefully I will remember to update this over time.

It has a very pretty glossy finish. The only negative about this thus far is that it attracts smudges and fingerprints very easily.
Set up was really simple and fast. I did not have to uninstall many programs.
This is the first laptop I have had with the island style keyboard. It will take some time to get used to. In my opinion, it feels a bit clunky.
The optical drive is kind of loud. So far I have only used it to install a few games. I am hoping that it is not quite so loud while playing dvds.
Speaking of games, if you like to play The Sims 3, it works wonderfully.
The Windows Experience Index is 4.6
The webcam could use improvements.
The track pad is not jumpy and the zoom is fun to play with. The scrolling is going to take some practice though.
With default settings, the speakers kind of suck. (What I did to make it better: start/control panel/hardware and sound/sound/right click on speakers/headphones and choose properties/enhancements/check loudness equalization/apply)

Update one:
Thankfully the optical drive is not loud while playing dvds. However, something I have noticed is that when you open it while it is laying flat on a surface (the laptop) the disc holder thingy will scrape along the surface.
I had an issue after using sleep mode for the first time. After doing so, whenever I put it on hibernate, I would find that hours later it had turned itself itself. I did quickly find a solution though and it has not repeated this since.

Update two (a year later):
Still a very good laptop. My least favorite thing is still the optical drive. It is just cheap and flimsy. (It does work though) The only new issue that has popped up for me involves the trackpad. It occasionally just slows down for some reason. I usually just press F3 to deactivate it and then again to reactivate and then it begins working correctly again. At this point I have played many games using this laptop and although you may have to adjust the settings, it still runs wonderfully.
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on September 14, 2012
Dell Inspiron i15N-2728BK 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)
Although Microsoft lost a foothold in the world of computers when they faded out XP ,This Dell is a very good laptop . I told myself I would never own windows 7 ,but had no choice .
I purchased a lap-desk and a cooling pad also All in all I am happy with my Dell
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on December 2, 2012
I bought this laptop for my wife as a lightning deal on Cyber Monday and picked it up for 329.99. For this price point, I really felt like I couldn't do better. The laptop seems to be pretty solid with good hinges (sounds like a dumb point unless you have had a laptop with crappy hinges). The only part that seems kind of cheap is the keyboard, but for the price I can't complain too much.

It comes with an intel core i3 processor which is what really sold me (I could not find the core i series processors at this price point on any other laptops), as the HD and RAM can be upgraded at a pretty inexpensive price. My wife was adamant about having windows 8 so I purchased the pro upgrade at a reduced price through MS (after rebate from Dell, the upgrade is free). The upgrade went fairly well, however I had to do a bios upgrade in order to get the laptop screen to work with win 8 (the upgrade would seem to freeze after a certain point on me, but once i hooked it up to an external screen i was able to complete it, then found on the dell website that this is a known issue for this model).

I did a clean upgrade to 8 so i can't speak to the performance out of the box with all the bloatware, but for my wife's purposes (viewing videos, pictures, facebook, youtube, etc.) it runs great and is very quick on win 8.

Just a note on the weight. The 8lbs reported by amazon is the weight including shipping materials. The actual weight of the laptop is around 5lbs with a 15.7" screen and we are happy with that size/weight. We have not had a need to really test battery life so I can't speak to that aspect of it.

Overall we are very happy with this product and would consider buying it again.
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on November 27, 2012
I got this on thanks giving deal so i went with it.Being a dell fan, i wished for a better build quality but this one is so poor that i am afraid any given bad day, if this falls out of hand, there will be no use of this.The keyboard is such a junk and i fear it might break when typing. If you get this below 300, then its worth the buy. My suggestion, better look for other inspiron laptops. Not this one.

After 10 days of use(12/7/12)

Not sure if i got the defective one but i have returned the laptop back. Appearance of blue screen every day, wifi connection issues made me return it. Now the cost has shoot up to 529 which absolutely the laptop does not worth. Please do not buy this laptop for 529. You get v good laptops with i5 in ASUS and HP for below $500. But yes, as long as Amazon is there, you need not fear buying it. If the product isnt good, you can always return it and get the money back.
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on January 15, 2013
Used to think highly of Dell computers till I got this. Have to keep refreshing my internet browser EVERYTIME because it will not load. It's not my wifi because my internet works just fine on my ipad and other devices plus I have the same problem while using other networks. I have spent hours on the phone with DELL customer service and after all else failed, they restored to factory settings but still no difference. They tried to refer me to their software department to pay $130 because its "not a hardware problem and they are not software experts". Why do I have to pay so much money to fix a problem on a laptop that is still under factory warranty? Just horrible!
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on December 17, 2012
I was so excited to get this laptop from Amazon only to be disapointed. It is the slowest laptop I have ever had. I even called my internet service provider to check to see if there was a problem but all is working well. So, I will be returning this laptop as soon as I can contact Amazon for return info.
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on December 25, 2012
Overall this is a great computer that I got on a lighting deal on Black Friday for $329. I don't think that it would be worth it for the $580 that it is currently selling for, but if you can get if for a good price then I think it would be worth it. The computer came in a excellent packing and immediately booted up. I upgraded to this from a five and half year old Inspirion 1420 with a dual core processor, and the technology has rapidly improved in that time frame. The computer is fast and I really like the new chichlet keyboard. On the negative side, the sound is not very good as the speakers are really weak and the black finish collects fingerprint streaks.

I upgraded to this computer from windows 7 to windows 8 and the process was fairly simple. MAKE SURE that you UPGRADE the BIOS before upgrading, because I have heard stories of the display not showing up once upgrading. Whether one wants to upgrade to Windows 8 is a personal preference, but I have found it worth it for boot up and shut down time alone. In fact this computer will completely boot up in 45 seconds. If you decide to upgrade, I would recommend that you buy a mouse as it helps navigate the tiles of Windows 8.

My conclusion is this is a great budget computer with a few minor flaws, but if you want a more powerful computer look elsewhere.
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on March 1, 2013
Not upto the standards like few other Dell products.
The wireless adaptor is pretty bad and keeps kicking me out of the network very very frequently.
Planning to return it.
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