August 9, 2007
Although I wasn't unhappy with my ASUS W3J laptop, which I've owned for a little over a year now, it was never quite the ultraportable to match my beloved, dearly departed three pound Dell Inspiron 300M. That's why I recently purchased a Dell XPS M1330 laptop.
I've been eyeing laptops with LED displays and solid-state hard drives for a while now, long before I ever saw the Dell M1330. But the fact that...
- it offers the required LED display and SSD drive options
- and it's a sub-four-pound ultralight
- and it offers a non-integrated graphics option, which is incredibly rare for an ultralight
- and it has ridiculously good design for a Dell
... sort of pushed me over the edge. Plus there are all these rave reviews of the M1330 coming in from PC Magazine, Notebook Review, and CNET. And I do mean rave reviews. It's not often you see the jaded PC Magazine reviews dish out this kind of praise:
It's been a while since Dell delivered a laptop that possessed so many awe-inspiring features. The Dell XPS M1330 is a monumental step in that it takes the best things from other great ultraportables and combines them into a single entity. My only peeve is that the weight can get up there with the nine-cell battery. Otherwise, this ultraportable should easily sit at the top of any laptop shopping list.
It's strange, in a way, because the M1330 isn't much of an upgrade from the W3J in terms of absolute hardware specifications. The display sizes are almost the same, both offer 2.0 GHz dual-core CPUs, and the M1330 is even a downgrade in one area: I ordered it with a hard drive that's less than half the size of the W3J. It's more of a sidegrade than a pure upgrade. The resulting Windows Experience benchmark scores are almost the same for both laptops, too.
Of course, the first thing I did after getting the machine was format the hard drive. It's a sad fact of life in the PC ecosystem, but if you want a machine clean of bloatware and useless, paid-endorsement installed craplets (including Google Desktop, I might add), you have to raze it to the ground yourself immediately after unboxing it.
This is a particularly egregious problem on the 32 GB solid state hard drive, because it had a 10 GB "restore" partition, and a 6 GB "media direct" partition pre-installed from the factory. Nothing like booting up a system with an already-limited 32 GB storage device and finding you only have 16 GB of disk space available. Way to go, Dell.
After formatting and beginning a clean install of Vista, I ran into a little problem where the machine would bluescreen immediately on startup after the install. I found that switching the hard drive interface from AHCI back to standard fixed that problem. According to the BIOS warning, this precludes the use of Intel's Robson onboard Flash memory cache, but with a solid state hard drive in play I don't think that's much of a loss. UPDATE: it's a better idea to install the proper AHCI driver during the Vista install process, because that's the only time you can make the switch! Copy the "Intel SATA driver" to a USB flash drive, and specify alternate driver during the drive selection phase. The only drivers you'll need for a clean 32-bit Vista install are video, sound, and wired network-- all available from the Dell XPS M1330 driver download page. Everything else is included in the default set of Vista drivers. Beware, though, because 64-bit drivers aren't available for the video card yet.
I've only had the machine since Tuesday, so I'm not really in a position to provide a comprehensive review. But after being one of the fortunate few to receive their M1330s, I have to agree with the glowing reviews. This is an outstanding machine for people like me who think laptops were meant to be portable first and foremost.
Perhaps the most striking thing about the machine is the 32 gigabyte solid-state hard drive. It's blazingly fast and completely silent. I have gotten so used to the low, metronomic rumbling of hard drives when my computers are working that the complete absence of sound in normal operation is rather strange. All you can hear is a bit of very quiet high pitched electronic buzzing, and only if you put your ear very close to the machine.
The downside, of course, is that it's only 32 GB in size. It's definitely a little tight. I wasn't too worried, because when I priced this option-- and it's not a cheap option at $500-- I was already using less than 32 GB of disk space on my current ASUS W3J laptop, which has a fairly typical 80 GB laptop hard drive. I tend to run a minimalistic laptop configuration; with Vista Ultimate, Visual Studio 2005, Office 2007, Streets and Trips, Photoshop Elements, and a few other things installed, I have almost 12 GB of disk space free on the 32 GB solid state drive. It's not quite as bad as it sounds; I carry a 100 GB external USB 2.5" hard drive in my bag as a matter of course, for virtual machines and other large items. TreeSize was always one of my key utilities; on this machine, it's my new best friend.
32 GB of space is enough to get by as a primary hard drive, but it definitely makes you realize how spoiled we've all become with our standard ginormous physical hard drives. Hard drive space is one of those things we stopped worrying about years ago; 500 GB desktop drives and 100 GB laptop drives are dirt cheap. But with a smallish SSD drive, you have to start caring about disk space again. On a machine with 2 GB of memory, that mandatory 2 GB hibernate file on disk, plus the 1.5+ GB swap file, start to sting a bit. You can imagine what this would be like on a 64-bit operating system with 4 GB of memory-- you'd be dropping almost a sixth of your disk space on pure overhead!
Size (and, well, price) is the only thing keeping solid state hard drives from being a no-brainer on laptops. It'll be a lot easier to stomach the size restriction when 64 gigabyte solid state hard drives are more widely available. And they're even faster:
Samsung claims the respective read and write performance on the SSD drive have been increased by 20 and 60 percent: the 64 GB unit can read 64 MB/S, write 45 MB/s, and consumes just half a watt when operating -- and merely one tenth of a watt when idle. In comparison, a mechanical 80 GB 1.8-inch hard drive reads at 15 MB/s, writes at 7 MB/s, and eats 1.5 watts either operating or when idle.
After using a machine with a solid-state hard drive for a few days, it's clear to me that solid-state hard drives are absolutely the future for all laptops, and possibly even for desktops in some scenarios. You boot up faster, you shut down faster, and launching applications feels instantaneous. On top of all that, it uses almost no power and produces virtually zero noise or heat. They just need to get the prices down and the sizes up, which will come naturally enough in time. As William Gibson said, the future is already here-- it's just unequally distributed.
It's hard to quantify these sorts of things, but I also greatly prefer the aesthetics of the M1330 over my old W3J. For one thing, the wedge shape is much more natural; the keyboard descends to meet your hands and the desktop, and it's always angled up in traditional keyboard form. I'm not sure if it's my imagination or not, but the feel of the keys is better too. One thing I can quantify is that the horrible touchpad arrangement on the W3J, where the sides and bottoms are hard-coded to be scroll areas, thankfully does not exist on the M1330. I love touchpads, and it killed me to have a crappily implemented one. That was my one major beef with the W3J.
The XPS M1330 is a proper spiritual successor to my all-time favorite Inspiron 300M. It's not quite the flyweight 3 pound champion the 300M was, but it's far more powerful and much more technologically advanced. It's also prettier, with its remarkably un-Dell-like svelte, sleek design. Be careful, though, because many of the things that make the M1330 so great are, bizarrely, add-on options-- like the solid-state hard drive, the LED display, the discrete NVIDIA 8400M GS graphics, and even the Bluetooth adapter. My only real criticism is the slot-load DVD writer; it's clever, but clever in an unnecessary way. Who still uses ye olde DVDs or CDs in this era of cheap 4 GB flash drives, broadband, and ubiquitous gigabit ethernet? I do wish they had dropped the optical drive to reduce the weight a bit further, but it's a minor complaint. Overall, I love the M1330, and I'd recommend it unconditionally to anyone who shares my preference for an uncompromising, ultralight laptop.
Posted by Jeff Atwood
I love my M1330. It's a true workhourse.
Just ordered my XPS1330 yesterday.... can't wait for it after reading all this great stuff. My specs: 2.5gb Proc. w/ 6mb cache, 3gb Ram, 200gb FFS drive, LCD Screen, Dell N Wifi, Vista Ultimate. It will be a nice change from my Thinkpad x41t.
Ive had my XPS M1330 for about a week now and its the best. I got such a bargain on it at bestbuy for $675.00 lcd screen, vista, dvd, built-in cam, fingerprint reader, microsoft works you name it. Very efficient. I def. would recommend.
I have the m1330 with the LED screen, what do you use to clean the screen? Your standard screen wipes just make a bigger mess.
I jus got mine...
i believe apart from utlity, laptops are style statements...
with everyone carring one these days, this one really sets yu apart... differentiates...
well technically, my boyfren knows better!
I have a dell latitude d430 with a 32gb SSD drive. I also get the freezes in windows xp when copying or opening large files. I hope someone works out a way to fix this problem.
I've been using the 32gb ssd in a Lattitude D420 for nearly a year with XP.
I find it is so so slow. it drives me mad. Fast to boot, but awful to run. I'm convinced it's the shortcomings of the write process slowing it down. I only found your post while searchi (again) for a solution.
Now that you've owned this laptop for 10 months are you still satisfied with it? How do you find the battery life?
I'm asking because I'm looking to replace my 4-year old Dell 700m (http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=2022) and this is one of the laptops I've been eyeing up, others are the Levono T61(p), and the 15in MacBook Pro.
I love this product but right now it making me cry bitterly,suddenly it goes off not even rebooting itself but comes up later saying the display driver stopped running as now been recover finally making it go off...I reformatted it but still on the same issue...I need urgent help on this...send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
I work in a big corporation, and I recently replaced my corp-issued laptop. We get to choose from several options: Basically, Dell Lattitude D630, Lenovo T61, or the above Dell XPS1330 (in shiny red!). I ruled out the XPS1330 because:
* Doesn't have a proper docking station
* Doesn't have a TPM chip. The corp mandates BitLocker, and without TPM you need to keep your key on an external USB drive - one more thing to carry around and lose.
* Screen res of 1280*800. My previous laptop had 1400*1050, and this would be a significant downgrade.
I went with the T61. I'm still unhappy with the res though (1440*900, WTH can't you get 4:3 anymore?).
did dell give you that for free?
click on my name for a link to a competition from dell to win a bit of a better laptop or desktop XPS
My 1330 had the same issues as yourself with Dells poor installation set up on an SSD. Also, strangely, on start up after delivery, the os only reported 3.5GB of RAM. Tech support replied to me detailing the definition of GB which also happened to be wrong, lol. Lost patience with the partitions and lack of useable space and formatted the machine with vista business, put on SP1 and the other missing 512M of RAM appeared. A lot happier with the machine now I reinstalled and love using it with VS2005. Not had any issues with Vista either, possibly SP1 addressed the main issues??!! I also use a 160GB portable drive for the virtual os', works well.
Thankfully, I haven't seen any of the pausing you speak of.
2.5GHz Duo T9500
4GB of RAM
Sorry for my ignorance, but I would nede to know if this 1330 would run with wondows xp pro. Have you got any experience, would you recommend me changing it to xp. The thing is at work i can only use XP and I am ddeply moved by the design of M1330. Thnx
I am rev Chris Harison and i am Interested in buying some of your product which is dell and it will be Picked Up After Payment have been made and what i want to know now is the Types of Dell XPS M1330 that you have In stock now and also the Prices and if you do accept credit card as a form of payment so that i can proceed with This Order
rev Chris Harison
I am going to buy a DELL XPS M1330/ T8100 2.1 GZ/3GB, but still cannot decide, whether to buy Dell M1330 or Sony VGN - SZ 75. I only need this to do presentations, Auto Cad ( Only few basic drawing) and Microsoft office, and Primavera.
I like both and specially Sony palm rest and its durability as per manufactures' description.
Can anyone help me to make a decision.
Thanks a lot
Well, generally I was quite happy with the unit...that is until the graphic card failed (NVIDIA 8400GS) Apparently the unit has a tendency to overheat, and thus the graphic card goes.
You can get it replaced, but it is rumoured to be somewhat of a struggle. Dell seemingly denying that there is a problem. My screen and a few hundred bloggers *must* be wrong.
It is a great little machine save for that point. So if you do get it, clean the fan regularly, and GET THE EXTENDED WARRANTY!
I am glad I did.
The Dell tech just left. I've had my M1330 for about 11 months. 2 Weeks ago, the graphics problems started. The screen would just go blank... .then it would panic and reboot the machine.
Sometimes the screen would just fade to a yellow... then turn into a multi colored vertical stripes... and then reboot.
Dell tech support was great. We tried flashing the BIOS and upgrading the Nvidia drivers. Neither of which corrected the problem for me. So they dispatched a tech with a replacement LCD screen and motherboard. The tech was here for about 2 hours and the laptop works great.
I just flashed the BIOS with A12 (which is supposed to help regulate the temp of the GPU better. Hopefully this problem will be gone for a while.
I'm DEFINITELY going to extend my warranty on this thing.
Other than this problem, the machine has been great.
Mine is just taking FOREVER to be built!
I gotta say, just don't buy it. I bought it on sale, as did my best friend and her brother. All of our machines immediately had problems. I had tremendous problems with Dell tech support and customer service as i attempted to get my money back within the allotted time period. those attempts ultimately failed.
what happened? within the first week, a key on the keyboard fell off (it looks like a really poor design - not solid at all). constant blue screen errors, shutting down. when it refused to boot up on a regular basis, it had to be restored to factory condition twice according to dell tech support, and after it crashed a third time (all within a matter of two-three months after receiving it), i sent it to tech support at a friend's office, who convinced Dell to replace the hard drive. the day i received it after repairs, blue screen error again, etc.
it's so completely unreliable and NOT user friendly! i don't recommend it to anyone who isn't employed or studying computer science and related areas.
the extended warranty isn't worth it! dell isn't one bit motivated to assist you. if you insist on buying such a flawed machine, save the money that you would spend on the warranty for the repairs that you will ultimately need from an individual who is actually interested in fixing your machine quickly and efficiently. and if you're like me, you probably can't afford to spend 8 hours on the phone with Dell every week or two, right?
after filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau (I HIGHLY recommend this option to all of you having trouble - if enough complaints get out there, it will force them to pay attention because this reflects poorly on them and their products), i was given contact information for a guy who would supposedly be able to help me in the future, but of course he failed to return any of my phone calls (if i called the Dell hotline, i kept getting transferred to people who constantly said they couldn't help me but someone in the next department over could, and of course those people would say the same thing and then i was back where i started).
i can't warn you away from it enough.
I have had the M1330 for about 9 months. Screen went to vertical strips upon start up about two weeks ago. Dell has been somewhat annoying coming out to fix it but are supposed to come end of this week. A few other comments:
- processor seems to make a high pitched noise.
- LED screen is not as nice as my previous lap top Asus W3V. also build quality and keyboard seems cheaper.
- i went with a 7400 speed hard drive - like the bigger size.
- dont get finger print reader - its stupid
- on board audio is fine
not a bad laptop but not a great one either
I just ordered a M1330. In case you're wondering, it now comes with the option of a 128 GB SSD (which I did not get, because they aren't that much faster, cheaper, or more reliable yet) I'm certainly not paying $450 just so that I don't have to hear a millionth-of-a-decible hum from a hard drive. Also a 250 GB HD was only $50 from the 120 GB one.
Don't know much about the laptop, but this is like the 6th or 7th computer i've gotten from dell. It's not because they fail, I just get to wanting a new comp and give the old one to my parents and get a new one, usually for a bigger size monitor or prettier case (stupid reasons, i know) I really liked my last laptop from dell. (m1210, not made anymmore, this model replaced that one) The main problem with it is that i totally stepped on it full force. It did ok but a few months later the screen started to fail in places, and then totally.
I've never had major problems with support. It's easy to bitch about support until you realize that NO major laptop maker offers good support according to everyone on the internet, so you might as well deal with it if you want to keep prices as low as they are. Most of the time I call dell support, though, I get service i would call more that acceptable.
If you actually PAY (sweet JESUS!) for Dell-on-call you will actually get good service. I'd rather pay like $50 for someone who speaks english. NO OFFENSE but some of these people at dell just plain CANNOT speak english. Dell on call (when I used it like 6 mo. ago for something that wasnt dell's fault) was great and all of the people could understand me and they even gave me a partial credit because the prob didnt take long to fix.
Becuase i stepped on the last laptop I decided to pay the 80 bucks for 4 yr accidental damage (you also have to pay for the 4 year warranty, too. Plus it was on sale for memorial day, its usually WAY more expensive.)
All-in-all I got a sexy-looking laptop that should be fine for taking notes for like 1500 bucks. Sweet.
I also suspect that the fingerprint reader will be stupid, but when I ordered the system, it was not an option. I mean, how complicated is it to type in a password, for real?
I'm also hoping that the graphics problems are only with the descrete graphics option, because I got the integrated graphics option. I don't game, plus who wants to on a 13 inch screen. Still a cool option, though.
I just ordered an M1330: Core 2 Duo 8300, 128 Gig SSD, 4 Gig Memory, 128 Meg nVidia 8400, Windows Vista Ultimate, 4 year warranty/accidental damage, etc. $2200 out the door. I should be receiving it today. I am definitely looking forward to the SSD, but I read recently (after placing the order) that the 256 Gig SSD is on the horizon. It was either the M1330 or the M1730 (huge gaming beast - SLI video cards and raided HDs). I have a desktop gaming system, so I decided I would go for ultra portable.
My wife bought a more basic model of the M1330 (Core 2 Duo 7200, 160 Gig 7200 RPM HD w/Freefall, 3 Gig Memory, 128 Meg nVidia 8400, Windows Vista Home Premium, etc.) back in January and hasn't had any problems with it yet.
This is my third Dell laptop (Inspiron 9100, Inspiron e1705, and now XPS M1330). I never had any problems with the 9100 and I even did a user upgrade of the video card from the ATI 9700 128 Meg to the ATI 9800 256 Meg video card (love wasting money on a 3 year warranty/accidental damage, but Murphy's law is something will go wrong if you don't purchase one).
I had a keyboard problem (keys wouldn't work) a couple months after receiving the e1705, but contacted Dell online and had a replacement keyboard the next day (easy user install). Though now it looks like the video card (nVidia 7900 GS 256 Meg) or even LCD might be going. I have been using it as a gaming machine and recently been getting BSODs while playing LotRo (I believe from the video card overheating). I use compressed air to blow out the fans on a regular basis, but now there are a bunch of weird/dead pixels on the LCD screen. The laptop is still under warranty, so I am in the process of contacting Dell.
I will post an update of what I think of my M1330 when I have had a chance to use it.
i Have a Dell XPS M1330
i want to remove Vista from it and install XP/Windows 2003 server, can anyone please guide me, how to do that?
i Have a Dell XPS M1330
i want to remove Vista from it and install XP/Windows 2003 server, can anyone please guide me, how to do that?
pls mail me if u have a detail Steps email@example.com
Baji Babu on October 2, 2008 10:19 PM
I have to say it's never ceases to amaze me at what matters to some and not to others. I had an ultralight notebook Lenovo X61 Tablet and the one complaint I had was not having a built-in optical drive. I HATED having to pull out some external drive, it almost defeated the purposes. And being an IT guy we often need to burn a quick CD/DVD or even install some software. And I'll be damn if I'm going to give my 8GB flash drive to Joe Shmuck and never get it back. :)
PS: I agree...step one with any Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc...FORMAT AND START FROM SCRACTCH. It KILLS me how much bloatware is installed on these things. No wonder when we used to roll out Dells they come out of the box with problems. It could be due to the fact that most the memory is being ate up by memory resident total utter garbage. I don't need Acrobat's quick loader to startup everytime I boot, nor do I need the Google toolbar, McAfee this and that, keep that garbage.
I have M1330 since 10 months. 2 weeks ago I started getting theese vertical stripes on my screen. Dell technician should be visiting me on in 2 days (troubleshooting didn't help).
I'm scared off now and I think I will sell M1330 right after the repair and get a Vaio SZ series. It's more expensive but biult quality looks so much better (cover and plastics are really poor in my M1330). I had a Toshiba Portege before so I guess I'm used to good stuff (Portege was and is a really good one I think).
really shitty computer
dont ever buy a dell
really shitty computr
dont ever buy a dell
Kamil, there were issues with the nVidia video card on this model. There is a blog posting on this at Dell. Once the unit is serviced and the you install the latest BIOS (A12 or later) the issue should be resolved.
I have had my XPS M1330 for 6 months now. It's the best computer I own but not without quirks.
I purchased a m1330 in October of 2008, on 12/14/2008 the motherboard failed. I purchased the unit for aroound $1100 thru Dell.com. Dell states that the cost to repair is 499.00 since it is a month or so out of warranty. I should've bought a tower as my laptop has never left my home and rarely leaves the desk it sits on, at least then I could've done the work myself. I lack the tools and experience to complete this on my own. So I have to pay them $100 bucks to have them send me back my $1200 sleek, cool looking, completely worthless laptop. Last Dell product I will ever buy. Save you're money and buy something else
I need some advice, please. I bought a dell xps 1330 barely three weeks ago. It worked great for the first few days, but now I had to leave the US for family vacation and I tried turning it on and the computer randomly turns off--no error message whatsoever, it just turns off and reboots right away, and it keeps on doing that until i manually turn it off.
This is very, very odd. Has anyone heard of antything like this before? It worked great while in the US, but now that I had to leave outside the country, it does not work. I cannot imagine a computer that only works inside the US territory. Could it be some kind of software pre installed perhaps?
Thanks a lot for any help or advice, everyone.
I've had my xps 1330 for about three months and i absolutely love it although vista has been a pain up the jack-seat at times and the aero theme sucks power especially when gaming of doing intensive work such as re-formatting usb drives. Also there is a distinct lack of usb ports and the trackpad is puny. ive started carrying a mouse because it is so annoying.
When i first got my laptop i had to format because i ran some XP games that were not in compatibility mode, although I never ran into this problem before.
First i would check the fan... i've had several blue screens because the fan intake was covered by something. If this is not the problem then i recommend scanning with AVG free... it is fast, light-weight, simple and up to date. Also see if there are some unknown programs in your program's list. this is usually in c:\program files by default unless you changed it.
Second, check your hard-drive. if you carry your laptop around with you a lot the hard-drive can get damadged fairly easily if it is not shut down (by shut down i mean power OFF, not sleep mode/hibernate). What usually happens is that the arm hits the disk while you are using the hard drive which causes instant shut down in some cheaper drives. This might be the case in your laptop. Dell uses Hitatci hard drived which are really cheap.
If you have mechanical noise back up immediately. My dad has a m1210 with a screwed up hard drive Which he couldn't boot from. He was forced to replace the hard disk.
Third, open Control Panel and find remove a program. Go through the list and remove any useless or suspicious programs. WARNING DO NOT...I REPEAT DO NOT REMOVE ANY KEY DRIVERS. THESE INCLUDE:
Advanced Audio FX engine (both of them)
Broadcom Gigabit Integrated....
any of the Cisco....Modules
Dell Wireless WLAN Card
Finger Print Reader Suite...
Laptop integrated Webcam Driver
MSXL 4.0 SP2... (there are 4 of these)
RICOH R5C83x/84x Flash Media Controller...
if you have iTunes then do not un-install bonjour as it is key to running iTunes
If there is still a problem then you have probably have a glitch in your system. Either ask for a tekkie or re-install vista. do not forget to run the pre-configured drivers disk that comes with your laptop if you re install vista.
The inspiron's by dell are designed for people who know nothing about computers and only check mail and surf the web once in a while. if you are using a laptop for anything more than light work and the odd game of pac man then the inspirons are ugly, heavy, expensive rip-offs with crappy track pads .
Dell uses Hitatci hard drived...sorry i meant hard drives
ive been reading through the past few comments and noticed several things:
1. some of you guys have no idea what you are talking about
2. a lot of you guys have not figured out that dell has crappy customer service
3. a lot of you want to dual boot XP or remove vista
4. none of you seem to realise that vista needs some major computing power to run and is a HEAVY, flawed OS.
im going to talk about point 3 for a minute.
While vista has made some nice improvements in looks, it is also a real power sucker and has some fundamental issues (mostly i cant find applications any more because microsoft moved them). Damn idiots.
For those of you who know what you are doing will have also had similar thoughts and i understand that you may want the convenience of xp. For those lazy people and those people who have the distinct lack of the ability to use google follow this website's instructions.
you need a legal copy of xp and i recommend you read first and PRINT the instructions.
Seams weird, many people commented on the topic said they would till us about their experience with 1330 and non did but 1 or two.
I have headache for a month searching for the suitable machine. The 1330 seamed the right one fit with me. till i found tens of articles about the machine design flow with the nVidia card in [notebookreiew]http://forum.notebookreview.com/ and other sites. Unfortunately i couldn't have the integrated video card option here in Egypt where i live. and dell is the only company that exists here directly with an agent.
Now we are about the new 2009, and Dell still sell the cursed card.
I hope Jeff, Benmarsha, JohnFC, jay,MIke, Derek, Andy, RiggerX, Shruti, and Brian to share us with their machines status now.
Thank you all for your time reading this and i'll more thankful if i got your replies.
Concerning poor SSD performance on dell 430- This was a major problem- as with all technologies, those of us who ran out and bought the 430 with 43gb ssd found out- for me, it was most obvious in outlook where I have a 2gb pst file. I wasted a lot of time on this problem with dell.
As it turns out, many of these drives were defective, and you can see the errors in the activity log of the drive.
I have found that dell will keep widespread problems under wraps. I recieved a new SSD drive and it worked flawlessly.
So the bottomline is, just have them replace the ssd.
This was a hairpulling problem.
don't buy this machine, it will fail in 6 months or so.
mine lasted 8 months.
And its not just the Nvidia GPU. I have the integrated graphics chip and mine still fried.
Got a new motherboard yesterday and it's working again, but for how long I don't know.
My warranty is up in two months so I imagine that in 6 months my machine will be expensive paperweight.
I purchased XPS M1330 Dell October 2008, it was pink, I have had nothing but problems with it and Vista. Dell was very rude to me after I had paid over 1600 for this piece of crap. It has been to the repair shop twice at my cost because my warranty only worked after I had spent three hours on the phone with tech support then they wanted me to call them back. Last thing they said to me was get a screwdriver and take the back off your notebook. I hung up I was so mad. I had four HP's previously and only went with Dell for the pink. I will never purchase Dell again and am definitely going back to HP. I hope I can get the windows XP on my ...pink dell... If not I have a cute, pink paperweight for my desk.
I have a M1330 also and one thing I did notice was that the touch pad was alittle small. They could have made it atleast 2cm taller and alot wider. Other than that I think its a great laptop. Graphics and sound are better than my desktop and and 500gb hard drive (included in price) lets me put everything I need on it. The 4gb ram helps with memory intensive apps such as photoshop, dreamweaver and games.
I just ordered the Dell 1330 last night. The base price was $799 I upgraded it to $1460 and with 20% off coupon code and tax it came to $1200. I got the LED screen, 128 GB SSD, bluetooth, Sprint BB Card, 3 GB RAM. I have had the XPS 1210 for the last 2 years and love it. I paid $1700 for my current setup with sprint card ($200 at the time) I have only seen the blue screen 1 time in 2 years and that was in the first month before I put in 4 GB 800mhz Ram.
It is funny how people on this forum will buy a cheap Dell and then complain about Dell. In comparing with other laptop users my XPS runs with fewer problems than any laptop I have heard of including most of my family who use Macs. Price out a Mac. Then spend 70-80% of that cost on a Dell and you will not be disappointed.
i like the dell laptop... i wish i was having one with me here now...
i want you to get me one
sad sad sad. to think the dell xps has just hit the streets in uganda!!! hey jeff, i just dissed someone cause i thought he called googledesktop bloatware. IT WAS YOU WHO SAID IT FIRST!!! going to buy me a dell xps to replace my sony vaio pcg-z1xmp.
This is by far the worst computer I have ever had. There were two other people in the beginning of the year that had the same computer as me. We have all had more problems than any of us can handle, compared with everyone else who has been breezing through the school year with no computer problems. My friend even had dell replace her laptop, and she is still having problems.
None of us even use our lap tops for gaming, or anything fancy just straight typing and internet. its ridiculous.
ROFL at "james braselton".. Idiot can't comprehend time, but is still able to write (in caps); a medically fascinating specimen.
i just wont to no if this item of us i still available on sale courses i will like to by it for my son that was transfer to Africa please kindly get back to me as soon as possible
How do you know the 2.0 webcam gets downgraded to a 0.3mp when you upgrade the screen? I can't find that on their website anywhere??
I would not suggest you to buy this laptop with Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS. I have one and the 8400M will eventually overheat your motherboard accompanied by blue screens, a display of colored stripes up and down your screen and colorful display artifacts. So get the Intel ones instead.
Yes, what about the fading / rewrite limits? Even if you get millions of rewrites on that flash drive, if you've got things like the page file on it then you're going to burn it out within the computer's normal lifespan.
I know that SSDs are fast and quiet, but I'm not sold on them - too risky, even for a system (not data) disk. It's disconcerting that none of the SSD manufacturers are even *trying* to tell us that it won't be a problem. At least from what I've seen, they seem to be completely silent on the issue.
Everybody is looking at flash as a panacea. There are far more promising, reliable technologies out there, they just aren't quite ready for mass production yet.
Just saw the reply above mine, posted at the same time - if you do the math, you'll see that it's certainly not "years of nothing but writes" before you start getting a lot of faded sectors. In any event, what good does bad sector detection do... mechanical drives already reroute bad sectors, they just don't expect to encounter a lot of them. With the tiny capacities of these drives, the disk may well already be nearly full when the bad sectors start appearing, and if it isn't, users aren't going to be too happy when their disk space starts to vanish inexplicably.
But who knows - time will tell, and I suppose I may be proven wrong. For now, though, I'm not accepting "dude, don't worry 'bout it!" as an guarantee.
Jeff Atwood - I want to thank u , for posting the solution for the """ After formatting and beginning a clean install of Vista, I ran into a little problem where the machine would bluescreen immediately on startup after the install. I found that switching the hard drive interface from AHCI back to standard fixed that problem. According to the BIOS warning, this precludes the use of Intel's Robson onboard Flash memory cache, but with a solid state hard drive in play I don't think that's much of a loss. UPDATE: it's a better idea to install the proper AHCI driver during the Vista install process, because that's the only time you can make the switch! Copy the "Intel SATA driver" to a USB flash drive, and specify alternate driver during the drive selection phase. """
THANX A LOT - indeed a professional help.
Jeww will this change make some harmfull effect on my pc?or HDD?
I was one of the first to use the Dell Latitude D430 w/ a 32G SSD.
Bottom line, very fast boot but very slow when using any MS Office application. Even accessing a spreadsheet could take up to 15 seconds but averaged 10. I spoke w/ Dell's director of product development and he stated that I was the first to call in w/ that data however, their internal testing showed the same effects. His comment to me was that the "bottleneck" was at the controller and I should wait for the gen 3 SSD controllers being developed before I made a D430 purchase. That was three months ago...
I am about to order a Dell XPS M1330 and the Dell Latitude D430 w/ the 64g SSD (second gen controller). Taking a chance...we'll see.
The future of laptops is not storage on any sort of hard drive. It is storage on the web.
As long as we don't have stable and at least 100mb wifi everywhere that is not going to happen.
HI THERE WHY DID YOU SPEND A HOLE LOT OF MONY FOR A 32 GB SSD WHEN YOU COULD HAVE BOUGHT A WHOPPING 256 GB SSD FROM DELL FOR $400 INSTEAD OF 16 GB YOU WOULD HAVE 240 GB OF FREE SPACE YOU MIGHT WANT TOO UPGRADE TOO A DELL M1330 XPS OR A STUDIO XPS 13 WITH 256 GB FULLY LOADED THEY WILL TOP OUT AT $2,100 WITH 4 OR 8 GB OF RAM 128 OR 256 MB GRAPHICS CARD AND A 256 GB SSD YOU MUST BOUGHT A THIRD PARTY SSD DELL DOSE NOT OFFER ANY THING LESS THEN 128 GB SSD FOR $200 UNLESS YOU HAVE HADE AT ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO.
Well it's been a few years, and there have been a few major things that came out about all the series of these Dells.
These XPS 1330's are PLAGUED by problems, usually from the AC adapter plug chip area. Turns out they used unshielded wiring which usually fried the mobos, requiring a $300 (as of 05-2010 still $300+ USD) mobo replacement.
The biggest problem currently with that is if you buy another mobo, it's gonna happen again. A few people out there (a FEW, on the whole internet) have posted some solutions usually involving replacing the AC plug on the mobo with a different one at the least.
But you're still out the money on the new mobo, and if you don't read this or know about it, you'll be in the same situation eventually: laptop will die or cut out on battery power; laptop will stop charging the battery; laptop will stop working completely (can't get power from the battery or AC due to fried circuts) or worse, mobo dies from the AC chips overheating.
Other than that, these were nice machines! Too bad Dell didn't simply do a re-vamp of them- they changed the whole line to the same hinges and interior but used even cheaper parts.
In my tech experience, I'd recommend everyone look for a 1420/1520. You can get a Gf 8600m in them and easily find one with a Gf 8400m. That's pretty fast for a 1280x800 LCD! You can also swap out the inverter and LCD for the RGB setup. AND they're built like tanks.
I seriously thought of buying this laptop Dell XPS M1330 to replace my aging Sony Vaio 550. I priced it out and when I returned to the website, I noticed that the $600 SSD (Solid State Drive) option is no longer available what i have to do.......