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I wouldn't mind getting one and throwing Linux on it.
But the last time I checked, driver support in Linux for the HD 3000 wasn't that great IIRC.
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I'm still rocking my now 6 year old Dell (Inspiron e1505). Upgraded the memory to 2GB, and replaced the battery with a cheapo unit off ebay. I would get a new one but I simply can't kill this one no matter what I do. That, and it does everything I ask for it in a portable computer, so there's not really any need for me to change.

But I do agree with the lack of innovation in laptop screens, I feel like they could've been getting a little better over the past six years. My e1505 has a 1280 x 800 matte screen in it, and this was literally the cheapest laptop they sold at the time. Oh well, I suppose they have been getting thinner at least, but I guess we can just thank LEDs for that.
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I'm still rocking my now 6 year old Dell (Inspiron e1505). Upgraded the memory to 2GB, and replaced the battery with a cheapo unit off ebay. I would get a new one but I simply can't kill this one no matter what I do. That, and it does everything I ask for it in a portable computer, so there's not really any need for me to change.

But I do agree with the lack of innovation in laptop screens, I feel like they could've been getting a little better over the past six years. My e1505 has a 1280 x 800 matte screen in it, and this was literally the cheapest laptop they sold at the time. Oh well, I suppose they have been getting thinner at least, but I guess we can just thank LEDs for that.
Yeah they need to make screen better. I also have a Dell Vostro from 4 year ago and it does all i need. Dual Core, 2GB of RAM.
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But these days...it seems like every laptop 15.6" and under is using a crappy 1366x768 panel. Seriously, how do people even multitask on something with such low vertical res?
Linux .. desktops .. tab ftw. But yeah, more res == better.
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I'm still rocking my now 6 year old Dell (Inspiron e1505). Upgraded the memory to 2GB, and replaced the battery with a cheapo unit off ebay. I would get a new one but I simply can't kill this one no matter what I do. That, and it does everything I ask for it in a portable computer, so there's not really any need for me to change.

But I do agree with the lack of innovation in laptop screens, I feel like they could've been getting a little better over the past six years. My e1505 has a 1280 x 800 matte screen in it, and this was literally the cheapest laptop they sold at the time. Oh well, I suppose they have been getting thinner at least, but I guess we can just thank LEDs for that.
Eh. Not so sure about that.
The Dell Inspiron 1501 that I own was the cheapest
And to be honest, just like you said. I'm having a hard time killing it as well. lol
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Anand is right. It looks like a cheapo Inspiron. $1000 for this is an absolute ripoff. For the same price you can get a faster Thinkpad X220 with a 1366x768 IPS screen.
    
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http://www.anandtech.com/show/5007/d...-small-package

Someone else linked part of this review earlier, but here's the Anandtech review in full. The breakdown between the XPS-14z and Apple's Macbook Pro is pretty typical; Dell has better components like RAM and HDD, but Apple's got some design advantages and a nice panel.

For people looking for a good "non Apple" laptop with similar traits though, I think the Sony Vaio S is a really strong contender. Replace the hard drive and you're golden.

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Have yet to verify this, but if true, hot damn, now you're talkin'!
It's the "high res" panel they sell as an option. Expensive (like everything about the 15") but a very nice panel.
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I beta tested this item. This thing is fast and lightweight. Definitely runs alot cooler than the macbook pro.

I do agree it is cheap look to it, but in actuality it is very durable.
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Eh. Not so sure about that.
The Dell Inspiron 1501 that I own was the cheapest
And to be honest, just like you said. I'm having a hard time killing it as well. lol
Ok, I won't argue with you on price.

I suppose I should be happier that my laptop has lasted this long, considering I don't really have any money to buy a replacement. Still, I always get jelly with these fancy new laptop threads.

I really think its best to stick with the lowest power laptop you can stand. Not having a dedicated GPU (what killed my brother's Dell), nor a top-of-the-line and hot CPU (what killed my former roommate's Dell) really helps in the long run with lower temps, and less of a possibility for things to fail. My current roommate actually has an e1505 just like mine as well that's still going strong.

Somewhat back on topic: All-in-all, if I was looking for a new laptop, I would look elsewhere. I'm not terribly impressed by the 14z. Try again Dell.
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