I wanted a laptop that will last a while - not some junk that will break in 2 years. Because of this, I wanted a reputable brand.
I've always had good experiences with Dell, so I decided to give it a shot. This Dell 15(3521) i15RV-6143BLK really ticked all of the boxes for me.
*It has the Intel Pentium Processor, which I've always preferred over an AMD.
*It has a decent amount of Memory with 4 Gigs - then 500GB Storage on the hard drive.
*This laptop has a DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive) - which was a nice bonus.
*It has a generous sized 15.6" screen - which is in HD (780p). I really don't need 1080p on a screen this size.
*All of the images are crisp and the colors are vibrant & bright. Great picture quality.
*It's very cool - having such a large screen - with Touch capabilities.
*The screen itself is very responsive to the touch of a fingertip & it's neat to do things 'sans mouse pad'.
*So far, the battery life on this laptop is very good. On a full charge, it goes for several hours - no problem.
*It's very slim & sleek. Light weight, too. The top has a textured design, which gives it a unique & classy look.
*There's an "8 in 1" Media Card Reader, which allows you to load photos or any data from older (or newer style) memory cards.
*It has Bluetooth capabilities and a decent audio system built in. (Waves Maxx Audio 4.0)
*Of course, there's a built in webcam at the top of the screen.
*There are Four USB 3.0 Ports - Three on the left side and one on the right.
*There's also an Ethernet Port, an HDMI Port & a standard AUX port on the sides of the keyboard.
*Even the keyboard itself makes me happy! It feels like quality. Typing is fluid & quiet.
*It has a separate number pad to the right of the keyboard - which I prefer on a laptop.
*The mouse pad is smooth - not textured, which for me is yet another little detail that puts this one over the top.
This comes with Windows 8 Pre-installed. Being this is my first experience with windows 8, I'm glad I paid a little more & got a "Touch Screen" - rather than a laptop with a traditional screen. It's really made my transition into Windows 8 more acceptable. Coming from Windows 7 and XP before that, it does take a little getting used to. That being said, this Dell Inspiron 15 has everything that I was looking for - and more. It's perfect for everyday computing and the touch screen makes it all the more attractive. It's so nice... I'm thinking of buying another one for my son... and keeping this one for myself!