I would like to say we need an after market battery choice and since alienware doesnt offer 3rd party support for these things they need to release one.. and not one one thats all marked up..what i am proposing is like this..
I think it would be great if a special alphabet board could be created for non verbal autistic students. While ipads may work for some autistic children, others may not have the fine motor control to type on a traditional keyboard. It would be great if a alphabet board could be made that would be large print and 3d where the letters could be more discriminated tactily as well as visually. Then if this alphabet board could be available to each student in a way where there could be interaction among the teacher and students through use of the 3d alphabet board/keyboard. The classroom could communicate without speech while using traditional written language.
Won't in be great for Alienware users whose native language isn't English (German; for example) to have a different keyboard layout?Dell should give users some keyboard layour choices. Not just the standard QWERTY keyboard.Also, it'll be very useful for users who use Alienware for other purposes. For example, chemical analysis and programming. In these cases, non standard or greek symbol are needed. For example, "sigma" can't be replaced with "s" in Stefan–Boltzmann constant which is used by physisics.In order to increase lifespan, Dell should upgrade its keyboard technology to Hall effect keyboards which uses magnets and solid-state sensors.When a key is depressed, it moves a magnet, which is detected by the solid-state sensor. These keyboards are extremely reliable and are used in nuclear powerplants and aircraft cockpits. They also resist large amounts of dust and contaminants.Also, Dell should install a dynamic LCD screen on the keys. Thus, user can change the layout.For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimus_Maximus_keyboardAlternatively, Dell should offer an optional Laser Keyboard which can change its keyboard layout.Good luck Dell.
Often when I am working or gaming I need to press some button on the keybord. To do this I need to looking away from the PC screen then look at the keyboard, this take some time, and if such action repeats often it may make me tired. Deal aggravates if happens in dark conditions. Looking at the bright screen and then at the keyboard in the darkness can make tired. I propose a keyboard which can feel touchness on some button and send this information to PC. Then PC displays button touched on the screen. So I can look at the screen and if I find that I touch a button I want I just press that button. The option of displaying can be activated or deactivated by a special button, by double-touch any button and so on.
Nowadays, Most of the touchpads are in 1 piece (with button) and they are bigger than ever.However, that brings another problem when user tries to write. My hand goes to the touch pad several times and clicks without me noticing. Maybe I have a big hand. Anyway, we need a small button to lock the touch pad so we can write without any interuption.
The 12" Latitude E7240 is a fantastic laptop, however it is missing a pointing stick on the keyboard. Lenovo have it on their 11" and 12" ThinkPads, and Dell have it on the older Latitude D420 and D430, and on the E6230, so it's not an issue with the size. Personally, I greatly prefer using a pointing stick, regardless of how good the trackpad is, so have held off on buying the E7240 until it's added, or a similar model makes it to retail.So, any chance, Dell?
I've been using the XPS 15 for work for several months now and have not been able to get used to these design quirks:1) Page Up, Page Down, Home and End should be their own key and not require a Function key pairing with the arrow keys. I'm a software developer and use these keys extensively. If I want to highlight a line of code, I have to hit Shift+Fn+Left Arrow. If I want to skip to the end of my document, I have to press Ctrl+Fn+Right Arrow. If I want to highlight from my cursor to the end of the document, I have to press Shift+Ctrl+Fn+Right Arrow. This is ridiculous and has seriously impacted my development speed as not only do I have to use these 3- and 4-finger chords, but it interupts my thought process as I have to hunt and peck for the proper keys (it's too easy to hit the Ctrl key instead of the Fn key). A last gripe on this is that the Fn key and arrow keys are on opposite sides of the keyboard - so there's no paging down through a document while getting a sip of coffee or scratching your head, for example. 2) The touchpad movement surface extends over the touchpad buttons. It looks pretty, I guess, but it renders the touchpad buttons useless. When I go to click a button, the mouse jumps. Every time. It's infuriating.If I'd been able to try the laptop out before buying it, I would have never purchased it and now I'm stuck with it for at least three years as it was purchased through work. There's nothing to do about the keyboard, but the driver for the touchpad should be modified so that the bottom 25% of the surface can be turned off for mouse movement. That way when I go to press a button the mouse doesn't jump on me.
So I've been waiting for a long while now hoping to see a new XPS 17(z), or 18(z), but nothing as of yet. I currently have the L702X and am mostly quite pleased with it, but I think there a LOT of things that could/should be improved on. Keep in mind that I actually love my L702X - it's by far the best laptop I've owned to date - but if I were ever to upgrade, I don't want to upgrade for something that's only slightly better - or better in some ways, yet worse in others. So these are all the things I would be looking for in my next laptop...if I can get it all, I would be supremely happy: Keyboard: Needs a proper, full-sized keyboard - it's a desktop replacement! So no more tiny arrow keys (unlike the L702X) and not pushed down (unlike the Alienware 17/18). Also, please don't colour it like the Inspiron 7000…keep it the same dark gray as the L702X, it looks FAR better (or hey, give us some options for the keyboard/palm rest). Being a programmer, the keys suit me pretty well in terms of tactility and response. If you can actually make it better, be my guest, but please don't shorten the key stroke and all that "jazz" - I prefer having a bit of travel and click. This is a desktop replacement, so just don't cheap out on the keyboard, please!! Speakers: The speakers are incredible on the L702X…the best I've heard in a laptop. They do have one flaw though: placement. They need to be placed above the keyboard so that our wrists don't block the sound, and not on the front like some other laptops, which ends up making it sound muddy and distant, or sometimes super tinny. Whatever you do, maintain or improve the audio quality!! The L702X is the one to beat! Touchpad: For one, keep the buttons, and keep them separated. Do NOT make them touch spots, and don't join them together like some others. They could be a bit quieter, but don't sacrifice that clicky-ness. The touchpad itself could be a tad bigger as well. Software wise, can we PLEASE have an option for middle click by clicking both buttons at once? I really hate not having a proper middle click, and using a hot-corner on the touchpad isn't exactly intuitive or convenient. Otherwise, I have no complaints with the Synaptics driver/software. Power button/extra buttons: The power button needs to register instantly when clicked - I don't know if it's just mine, but I have to hold it for a half second or so for it to register, which is mildly annoying. As for the extra buttons (touch enabled ones), I like what's there, and I think there should be media buttons (play/pause, skip-forward/backward) as well. Having those as Fn extras wasn't very practical I found, especially when you have to use two hands to do it. Volume wheel: Seriously, am I the only one who misses these? It's just so much quicker and easier to change the volume exactly to where you want it. I don't understand why they ever got rid of them - I truly miss it from my old Toshiba. Battery: Definitely needs to keep the ability to remove the battery, as well as getting extended batteries. At the same time, can we get higher capacity batteries as a standard option? I have the 9-cell one for my L702X and it has saved me on so many occasions it's not even funny. Absolutely need to have backup batteries or extended options! Whether or not it has the charge indicator doesn't matter to me. Seeing a few of the newer models not having removable batteries really worries me… Lights: Put them on the front like a normal laptop…seriously, the ones on the L702X are completely useless…why were they placed behind the display..? Display: Minimum of 1920x1080 and an option for 3200x1800, like what's on that new Latitude. Anything lower than 1080p on a 17" screen is a waste, unless you're aiming for absolute budget…which I don't think the XPS line is targeting. Also, options for Glossy/Matte, and/or touchscreen. I know Lenovo makes a nice Matte touchscreen, maybe you guys should look into something similar? Also, try to cut down on your bezels a bit - the L702X had a tad too much, and a 17.5"-18" screen could likely have fit in the same area, if it had less bezel. The more screen real-estate, the better! One last thing - can we get a display that can go dimmer for at night, an brighter for in direct sunlight? Also, the standard panels seriously need better viewing angles - I bought my L702X with the 1600x900 panel and it was awful for this…I replaced it with a better 1920x1080 matte panel shortly afterwards an it's been a huge improvement. Cheap panels really ruin an entire laptop's experience, in my opinion, so please don't do it again with your XPS lineup. Display Hinge: I started with a Studio 1555 - after only a month or so, the hinge was extremely loose..it flapped and flopped like no other. Then I got the L702X: much, much better hinge - but still not perfect. When pushing it out towards 180 degrees it sort of hard to tell how far it's able to go. It has a very slight amount of play in it that just bothers me a tad - like if you move it a tiny amount, it doesn't stay, and instead you have to move it a bit extra for it to keep that position. I want a hinge that lets me adjust the display in the slightest amount, and have it actually stay at that position. I also think it would be quite handy to have a hinge that can fold out to 180 degrees - recommended, but not absolutely necessary. Internal access: No matter what, please keep providing us manuals and allowing us to take the machines apart ourselves. I've always loved Dell for this reason - plus the ability to customize before you buy. Options galore: On that note, we need more options like before…for everything! This is one of the things people used to LOVE about Dell - but today, it seems they're trying to be more like Apple by only offering only very specific loadouts, which is simply insane. Apple is not a good role model, Dell. Go back to your roots; go back to what people went to Dell for! Options when buying/building your machine, and reparability!! Wireless: Needs Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band AC WiFi, as an option. Hard drives: I only care about what it's capable of here - I want one mSATA and two 2.5" SATA 3.0 spaces. Options don't matter for me in this department since I have my own drives to begin with, but for other people, one 128-256Gb mSATA SSD + two optional HDD's (500Gb - 2Tb) would be perfect. Maybe even a cheaper version with just a hybrid 1-2Tb. Also, if possible - give an option for no hard drives at all, please!! I've always wanted this option… Weight and size: Honestly just don't make it like the Alienware machines. My L702X with the 9-cell battery is heavy enough - it would be nice if it was lighter, but that might be asking for a miracle. CPU: Haswell, or maybe Broadwell once it's out? Either way, needs to have plenty of options. As a programmer, I don't want a mid-end i7-4500U - I want at least an i7-4700MQ for it to be a nice upgrade over my current i7-2630QM. I know the U versions are better for more battery life, but I think the customer should have choice over power or battery, and Dell should make it more obvious for the people who don't know the difference. GPU: nVidia GTX 7XXM series - or the 8XXM series once they come out. Either way, I would like a nice upgrade over my GT 555M, which for my usage didn't quite cut it. The GTX 750M is nice and all, but I think we should at least have the 760M as an option. RAM: 6Gb should be the minimum - and up to 32Gb, if the CPU allows it of course. Personally, 16Gb would be perfect. Also, add the option for DDR4 once it's out. AC Power Adapter: This is the single biggest issue I have with ALL Dells, and is holding me back from getting another Dell at the moment - other than no new XPS 17. It's terrible in so many ways - and I can't believe Dell hasn't come up with something new by now. Seriously…every other laptop manufacturer has a better implementation from what I've seen. This one needs a list of its own: It slips out far too easily. I move my laptop a bit, and there goes the plug. Please make it fit snugly! Make it click in, make it magnetic, anything. Right now, it's like pushing a butter knife into dry, stale bread, hoping it doesn't fall out. The plug is WAY too big. Because it protrudes so much, it's always getting hit, and I've seen so many case where it ends up bending both the plug as well as the socket. My previous Dell, a Studio 1555, as well as a handful of Dell's at my work have basically stopped recognizing the power adapter and no longer charge properly because of this. To make matters worse, all this bending causes the connection to get even looser than it already was to start with - and of course it just keeps getting worse over time. Dell, please, make your plug small(er) - look at how ASUS, Apple, and probably all other manufacturers make theirs. I haven't seen any other laptop plug stick out so far. And if you're unable to make it smaller in volume, can you at least make it come out at a 90 degree angle so that it's not so ridiculously long? I've even had problems at school trying to sit in some enclosed desks because of this… The light ring - from all the bending and whatnot, the plugs end up splitting right where this ring sits. Can you just put in a tiny LED light, within the plug's molding, instead? Maybe even place 4 around the plug, since I assume the point of the ring is to see that it has powered from any angle. Also, in my opinion it's unnecessarily bright. Otherwise, the brick and cable are fine - provided they're long enough. Don't make short cables again, like the one that came with the Studio 1555! Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. On a side note, what's wrong with this text box? I had to write this in notepad because 33% of the buttons I press while focused on it are completely unregistered! So frustrating!!
Currently we have to connect to an external projector to project any sort of presentations onto the screen or white board, What i want to convey here is, lets have an inbuilt projector bulbs which can act both as a keyboard or even a projector1. As a keyboard:We have a dell laptop that is entirely detachable from his keyboard. What if we forget to take the keyboard with us and suddenly we want to type in something and we are not comfortable with the touch offered,? we can enable the option for keyboard, this projector bulb will enable the bulbs light and project a keyboard onto the surface below it, so that we can just make the monitor stand and comfortably type in the words without any hinge2. As a Projector to project presentations onto the white board or any screen:Currently we have to connect to an external projector to project anything to the white board, What if the projectors don't work or the projectors aren't present in the room where we went? We can use this projectors inbuilt to display onto the board there, we can just enable the option to display the light from the bulbs so that it can project correctly
you should make a charging station for spare batteries for the dell venue 11 tablets. My company likes the tablets and would buy several of them if there was a way to charge the batteries outside of the tablet. The reason is the tablets would be used almost constantly for 8-10 hours a day, we would buy spare batteries for the tablets so when one battery dies the employee could return and change out the battery really quick and return to work. If the batteries only charge in the machine then there would be no way to charge the spare battery and the employee cannot work all day.