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  Reply # 1151439 10-Oct-2014 17:03
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dolsen:

Happy to take the paperweight off your hands for what you paid for it if you'd like :-)
I brought one of these for my wife and am regretting not getting one for myself. Seems to be a very nice machine. Currently using a Vostro 1500 which is about 7/8 years old...




If you are interested, I am thinking about flicking mine on - but not for the Wifi reasons (mine seems to work OK).  I already have an Ultrabook and the Dell is far bigger and heavier.  PM me if your keen.


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  Reply # 1151505 10-Oct-2014 20:03
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timbosan:
Krishant007: reckon we can replace the wifi card with something better?? I havent looked into it yet (since its my sisters laptop and not mine). Since I am tech support for the entire family, it might come back to haunt me in the near future.


I have looked into this quite a bit.  The card in an Intel AC-3160, and can be replaced with an Intel 7260.  From photos on the net (I haven't opened my unit yet) there are two wires for the wifi, meaning a 2x2 unit like the 7260 will be an improvement.  It doesn't seem like there are 3 wires, so 3x3 cards are out of contention.

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wireless-products/dual-band-wireless-ac-7260-bluetooth.html

PB Tech do the 7260 so I might get one on the weekend - http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NETINT2452281&qr=pspy&ref=pricespy

As for the poor signal, there is not too much that can be done, as the aerial wires are in the body (as previously noted) and not in the screen.


Let me know how this works out would be keen on picking up one myself.

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  Reply # 1151634 10-Oct-2014 23:33
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timbosan:
dolsen:
mattwnz:

Good points, although without good WiFi it is a bit paperweight for me.


Happy to take the paperweight off your hands for what you paid for it if you'd like :-)
I brought one of these for my wife and am regretting not getting one for myself. Seems to be a very nice machine. Currently using a Vostro 1500 which is about 7/8 years old...




If you are interested, I am thinking about flicking mine on - but not for the Wifi reasons (mine seems to work OK).  I already have an Ultrabook and the Dell is far bigger and heavier.  PM me if your keen.


I think a lot of the weight is in the screen, as I think it could be glass, and the screen part does feel quite heavy. I first thought it was plastic, but it now I am not sure.

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  Reply # 1152351 12-Oct-2014 19:56
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Mine arrived this last Friday. Build quality OK, specs excellent - quite responsive coming from a dual core AMD cheapie. The screen is excellent. It is basically a $1300 - $1400 laptop from what I can see. Excellent bang for buck. Any recommendations on good GPU drivers for this? Trying to get Dota 2 to run maxed at 1080p, just a little slow atm.

 

Bought 2 thinking my dad wanted the second one - nope - off to TM it goes.



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  Reply # 1152375 12-Oct-2014 20:23
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Therk: Mine arrived this last Friday. Build quality OK, specs excellent - quite responsive coming from a dual core AMD cheapie. The screen is excellent. It is basically a $1300 - $1400 laptop from what I can see. Excellent bang for buck. Any recommendations on good GPU drivers for this? Trying to get Dota 2 to run maxed at 1080p, just a little slow atm. Bought 2 thinking my dad wanted the second one - nope - off to TM it goes.


I am using these ones http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=392410 performance seems to be decent.

Also remember to select the application from the switchable graphics interface it seems to default to the onboard GPU.

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  Reply # 1153880 14-Oct-2014 19:02
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is this deal still available ? my mate is looking to buy one in this price range

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  Reply # 1153885 14-Oct-2014 19:18
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enfield: is this deal still available ? my mate is looking to buy one in this price range


no

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  Reply # 1153971 14-Oct-2014 21:57
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Does anybody's laptop sometimes crash to Win 8 log in screen when changing settings in games?

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  Reply # 1153995 14-Oct-2014 22:13
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Therk: Does anybody's laptop sometimes crash to Win 8 log in screen when changing settings in games?


Can't say I have used it for games. But if you are referring to metro apps, I find they crash a lot, and go back to the metro start screen. But not a login screen

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  Reply # 1153999 14-Oct-2014 22:22
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mattwnz:
enfield: is this deal still available ? my mate is looking to buy one in this price range


no


Wait till early December, something will pop up.

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  Reply # 1154000 14-Oct-2014 22:22
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I'm waiting for Intel M ... common Intel!

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  Reply # 1157138 17-Oct-2014 20:23
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I still dont have my laptop. I have no idea what dell are doing but I dont think I will be ordering from them again. Every order I have done (usually monitors) has been a cock up.

Now I have emails from them telling me about a credit being applied and another invoice that looks like the same details as what I have ordered.

And they say they will answer my query within 24 business hours - FFS! 3 days! Getting near chargeback time to be honest.




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  Reply # 1157190 17-Oct-2014 22:17
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richms: I still dont have my laptop. I have no idea what dell are doing but I dont think I will be ordering from them again. Every order I have done (usually monitors) has been a cock up.

Now I have emails from them telling me about a credit being applied and another invoice that looks like the same details as what I have ordered.

And they say they will answer my query within 24 business hours - FFS! 3 days! Getting near chargeback time to be honest.


Tweet them on twitter, as they are usually responsive on their. Must be almost a month. I got mine a good week and a half ago. THeir normal support is really poor, but that goes with many of these type of companies subcontracting out support to call/contact centres. 

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  Reply # 1157314 18-Oct-2014 09:20
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I have they say it's on its way but I will believe it when I see a card from a courier. Or even better the laptop but I have a feeling they won't leave those.




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  Reply # 1159237 21-Oct-2014 14:00
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timbosan:
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wireless-products/dual-band-wireless-ac-7260-bluetooth.html

PB Tech do the 7260 so I might get one on the weekend - http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NETINT2452281&qr=pspy&ref=pricespy

As for the poor signal, there is not too much that can be done, as the aerial wires are in the body (as previously noted) and not in the screen.


Just a note on this. I haven't opened my unit (that timbosan kindly sold to me at cost), however, looking at the packing slip it appears that the wireless card may be a M.2 form factor rather than a HMC form factor so the above card would not fit. Anyone else opened theirs and looked?


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