With college coming up I decided to purchase my first laptop. After reading through literaly hundreds of pages on the internet, I finally chose the Dell m1530. To make sure my laptop wouldn't be obsolete in a few months, I made sure to get every upgrade. The two most notable upgrades I made were to get the 2.6 ghz dual core and the 4 gb of ram. I recommend at least getting 2gb of ram as Vista takes up quite a bit of memory it self. Now that I have owned it for several months, I have found that buying the m1530 was the best decision I have ever made.
Upon opening the box and taking the laptop out of its packaging, I immediately feel in love with the layout and the feel of the keyboard. The keys are sized and spaced just right so that when you are typing, your fingers can graciously glide arcross. As well, the brushed aluminum that surrounds the keyboard makes the laptop both sturdy and stylish. The keyboard is just one of the many great things that accompanies this laptop.
Another wonderful feature this laptop has is the slot loaded DVD drive. This is a great feature because you don't have to worry about needing space around your laptop or having any mechanical parts breaking. Also, having a pop out tray should have been done away with a long time ago.
One thing I would also recommend getting if you decide to get the m1530 is the 6 cell battery instead of the 9 cell battery. When I purchased my laptop I chose to get both. The 9 cell is great for when you plan on using the laptop for several hours without plugging it in, but I rarely have done that. I don't like the 9 cell battery because it ads about a half of an inch to the laptop's thickness and greatens the weight as well. Overall, get the 6 cell unless you are rarely near a poweroutlet.
Weighing in at just under six pounds, the m1530 is comparable to other laptops in its class. With the 9 cell battery, the weight is a little over six pounds. If you are looking for a light 15.4 inch laptop then the m1530 will do just fine. If you are looking for something extremely light, then a 15 inch laptop probably isn't what you should get.
This month will be the third month that I have had my m1530 and I can say that I have had no problems with it thus far. It has run smoothly and flawlessly, with extremely fast loading times. I can have open Photoshop, Internet Explorer, Firefox, iTunes and the machine will still run very smooth.
In the end, if you are in the market for a laptop take into good consideration the Dell m1530.