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I have just bought a Dell Vostro 1510 laptop at work for my own use and I thought it would be interesting to write a review about it now that I have used it for a week or so, although my "thing" is not really reviewing equipment. Since I consider myself quite an advanced user, I think I can do this. :) You should know that I'm moving from a Sony Vaio VGN-A215Z, so that's what I'll be comparing it to.

First of all, let me say that I prefer Dell to Sony when it comes to laptops and computers in general, for simple reasons: I can change and tweak the hardware configuration of a Dell computer when buying it a lot more than with Sony, and I can get better configurations with Dell for a lot less than Sony. Although Sony laptops do look cool, Dell now has a line of computers that also look cool (the XPS line), and I wouldn't spend £200 more with Sony just so my laptop looks cool. If I really wanted to look cool, I would buy a Mac. :D

I had a really old Dell laptop before that Vaio, and it worked great for a long time. Actually, it's still working, although pretty slow (it's a Pentium III), but for basic operation it works just fine, although it is quite heavy (it weights more than 3 kilos). This new one is obviously a much better machine, a lot better than the Vaio as well and it has been working quite well so far. Its design is somewhat simple and not too fashionable, except for the top (which you'll really only see when it's closed) that is glossy black and it does look nice. But, hey, it's a Vostro and the same configuration with an XPS would cost me almost an extra £100 (and it would have longer battery life and less weight, but...), and since the company I work for is paying for it, I'm not spending on looks.

It is a little lighter than my "old" Vaio, but like I mentioned, for a little more I could get a lighter laptop, but I don't carry it around that much, only when I travel and it's not a heavy weight for that. It is running Windows Vista Business SP1, and it's doing it quite well, not freezing, running everything smoothly and quickly, multi-tasking like the Vaio's Centrino never really could, so no complaints there. My current complaints are about design.

Although I'm not wanting to look cool or fashionable or anything like that with my laptop, I do want practicability and efficiency, and I can already spot some problems there. First, the speakers are on the sides, beside the keyboard, which looks odd but mainly takes space from the keyboard. And there lies my main problem with this laptop. Although the keys are regular sized, there are less keys due to the keyboard being narrower because of the speakers, but I guess that with some time I'll get used to the small Ctrl and the placement of the Shifts and all that, but I'll never forgive them for taking out the Home and End keys. Oh, yes, you do have that functionality, by pressing Fn + Left Arrow (Home) or Fn + Right Arrow (End), but that means using two hands (the Fn key is on the other side of the keyboard) and pressing two keys for these simple but very useful operations. I catch myself having problem with that every 2 minutes.

I do love the DVD drive not having a tray. It works like a charm and it's one less part to brake or to take space, although when Windows hangs and don't eject your CD, you'll need a reboot to get it out of there, and I suppose that if your laptop fails completely you'll have to open it to get your CD or DVD back, but how many times has that happened to you? It also has plenty of USB ports (4) and cool touch-buttons for music, and also a SD card reader. I don't like that, if setup to sleep when you close the lid, it sleeps when the lid still has some 20 degrees to finish closing.

I guess that's all I have to say about it so far. It's a good machine, specially if you want good performance but you don't want to spend a lot of money. If you have a little more to spend, I would suggest going for the XPS line before even looking to buy a Sony Vaio, and if you still have more money and you want to look really cool, buy a MacBook Air. :) I bought a 15.4" screen because I didn't care for the weight, but there are lighter 13" versions (the Dell Vostro 1310), and the 13" XPS is absolutely great as well.

Posted on Monday, November 3, 2008 3:48 PM Technology | Back to top


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I have same dell vostro 1510 laptop. company is not providing OS with laptop . I had installed windows vista home premium using friends original OS CD of Dell inspiron version . but after 1 month , now it is asking a new product key. and now it is not working ? original OS how much it will cost? Is there any other way. please tell me.
Left by shripad on Mar 05, 2009 5:48 PM

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shripad...

First of all, you're not allowed to do that, to install the Windows that came with your friend's Dell Inspiron, because the version of Windows that Dell (and most if not all other brands) distributes with its computers is an OEM version, meaning its license only authorizes the user to install it in the machine that it came with, and because of that they have a cheaper price.
The only way you could have a legal license of Windows now that you bought your laptop already without it would be to buy a full copy of Windows, which you can do in most software shops or even at the Microsoft Store: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=139750
It's either that or using Linux, which is not a bad option.
Left by Felipe Ceotto on Mar 06, 2009 9:04 AM

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i buy the dellvostro 1510 laptop last month. still use .
but v slow machinic .only 2\4 hours regullar useing .windows stssteing huging.
and coslt campareir to ther products.

Left by inayat on Mar 18, 2009 6:16 AM

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I have just had my second Dell. Thinking by spending £1500 this time I'd
would get someting really good. It's OK but that is about all. The keyboard
didn't light up when it came as per spec, so they sent a replacement part
which my IT guy fitted.
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Left by used computers on Jul 30, 2009 11:42 AM

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It's a good machine, specially if you want good performance but you don't want to spend a lot of money.
Left by cheap computers on Oct 14, 2009 8:07 AM

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its a good machine
Left by online store on Dec 05, 2009 9:54 AM

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"...although when Windows hangs and don't eject your CD, you'll need a reboot to get it out of there, and I suppose that if your laptop fails completely you'll have to open it to get your CD or DVD back, but how many times has that happened to you?"

It just happened to me. The laptop won't boot because it keeps trying to read the faulty disk, trying to read, trying to read, trying to read...
and not booting. There is no emergency eject hole to poke a paperclip through, and no latch to release the whole drive.
I am trying to get an answer from Dell...
Left by Bob on Aug 05, 2010 4:27 AM

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Further to above: Key combination of Fn+F10 finally worked to eject the disk and it boots normally.
Left by Bob on Aug 05, 2010 5:33 AM

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Key combination of Fn+F10 finally worked to eject the disk and it boots normally.
Left by w on Jan 09, 2012 3:42 AM

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Always be careful carrying your laptop around you can also kiss your Mezuzah leaving home for better protection.
Left by mezuzah scrolls on Apr 17, 2012 11:56 AM

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