I don't mean to be hypocritical of what seems to be an overall nice piece of equipment but I passed up a purchase on the AW 18 laptop for something as minute as a keyboard design..I do like the whole back light idea but the keyboard to me seems to be set up for WASD fans..now maybe there are people who still use this keyboard stroke set, but I myself don't and won't....WASD is something i thought I had left back in the 90's only to have it forceably shoved back down my throat...I think DELL's design team can learn a thing or 2 from Failhard northwest's(Falcon Northwest) design team. I do consider myself a hardcore gamer and I think it's pretty sad that i would have to purchase/carry a keyboard just because a $5,200.00 piece of equipment couldn't accomodate my personal preference. p.s ^ < > fans unite!!!! v
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!!
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.
One of the biggest frustrations I have with my system is the power cord. The AC Adapter is much needed to provide power to the GPU when in itnensive gaming and when unplugged the FPS drop significantly. I have also ahd many times when watching a video or doing something full screen that my cord came unplugged and I did not know until I got the low power warning. I have even had my system get shut down because it ran out of power when I was not even home or was slseeping and I thought it was plugged in. The problem is how loose the plug in is. While the degree of trouble this issue causes will vary between users, it is not an uncommon complaint. However, it has its own inherent concerns as well, If a power cord is too snug, it will take down the system and cause damage to the computer if the cord is pulled on, say from being tripped on or getting snagged somewhere. However, too loose and the cord can come undone easily and cause headaches for users. I propose a breakaway cord. Instead of having the "fail point" be the actual power jack spot, have it be more like XBOX controller cords and other cords I have used, and have a breakaway point somewhere a few inches or so from the plug in port. That way the actual plugin can be securely put in, screw in, locked in, or any number of sismilar attaching, and if the cord is stepped on, tripped on, yanked on, snaggs, or anything else, it will simply break away at the fail point. There can even be a small hook, clasp, or other ficture that will hold the breakaway point near the corner of the laptop. This was I can look down the the opening between, for example, the bottom left corner of my laptop screen and the top left corner of the kayboard and see the breakaway point, and see if it has been knocked loose. The visibility is a big thing as well because Often times I would believe that my system was plugged in because it would still actually be plugged into the power jack on the back of the system, but it would be slightly out by only a fraction of a mm and this would be enough to break contact, and because the LED ring on the AC Adapter would be out of sight, being being the screen and all, I could not use that as an indicator. I like the LED ring idea, but it doesn't work if it cannot be seen. The LED ring idea could also be users in two ways with this setup. You could have an LED ring on one half of the breakaway point operating much like the current ring does in showing that the AC Adapter is getting power from the wall. You could also have an LED ring on the other half of the breakaway which will draw power from the Ac adapter or the system battery, and this spot would flash when the connection comes apart, alerting the user, cause lets face it, when in the middle of an intense game of donkey kong we become a bit tunnel visioned. The left light can also be given effects from the system and allow different colors, flashing, and other things to indicate whether the cord is plugged in, unplugged, charging the battery, if the battery is fully charged, if the battery is low etc. That way the LED ring can also show indicators even when the system is not intended to be operating on AC power, so that when the user is on battery power doing something full screen the LED ring on hald of the breakaway adapter still connected to the system will change colors to indicate level of power. Blue at full power, green at 80%+, yellow at 50%-80%, Orange at 30%-50%, red at 15%-30% and flashing red at <15%.There are many other customizations that can be made, but this sums up the gist of it.
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
For goverments and Military (or some home-pc users). Users want a webcam for like Skype conference calls. But there is always the risk for webcam survailance, maybe you could make a sliding webcam cover for ensuring that users doen't get watched by a hacker/software fault,...?
As above.. with more and more games supporting this it would be a nice addition to an allready great product!http://www.oculusvr.com/
Keyboards are quickly becoming more of a nuisance than a tool for gamers and high performance users. There are many "custom" keyboards on the market, and Alienware and Dell often have their own novelty about light up and color changing keyboards, but in the end it is all primarily novelty. One of the reasons that I specifically purchased my m17x r 3 was for the numb pad. I needed it in order to do financial planning and many other things. I have used kayboards and laptops without the numb pad and it has always been a source of annoyance. However, I do not always need the number page, and many times find it going unused, primarily in certain applications. That is why Razer caught my attention with their additional of a touch deiplay and changing and adapting keys for their numb pads and other systems. This allow things like a minimap to be displayed right on the keyboard, and made macro keys much easier. However, even this was limited as it substituted the numb pad entirely and was still more of a novelty than anything else. I propose a modular design that would allow insertion and removal of different "PADs" (Personalized Accessory Devices" or some similar whimsical name. The numb pad location can be isolated from the main keyboard, and can become removeable and repalceable. You can add a framework around the numb pad section that can be removed in a variety of ways, and then the "module" can be lifted out and removed. It would also be rather simple to integrate. You would only need to put in a PCI Express Port (Very similar to how the GPU is inserted and removed in the m17x r3 system) and the user would tilt the module up and pull it out, and put in a different module and repalce the covering and put the unused modules away. Dell could accessorize with "PAD" storage cases, and more. The modules could be many things: numb pads, custom gaming keys with game specific inputs, touch pad, secondary display with touch capabilities, quick launch and easy functionality keys for applications, music and video playback controls, actual physical controls for audio junkies, system monitoring tools/task manager (I would like this one because I like seeing the system performance info frequently), a display to show any sort of info touch input capable or not, and more. In fact you can even evolve the idea into completely modular keyboards, so that users can add "ergonomic" keyboards, and more. After all, customization seems to be a big factor in choosing Dell/Alienware over competitor models.
I have three ideas:First, make a portable printer. These printers can be used by businessmen to print out specific slides on demand at PowerPoint presentations, print extra copies of reports if they underestimated attendance, and print diagrams at meetings so they can be marked up; they can even be used to print copies of reports as soon as they’re finished being formulated by a committee. They can also be used by students on the way to school (or businessmen on the way to work), if they’ve procrastinated too long on writing a report. These printers can be used in conjunction with a laptop…or with my next idea.Next, create a “media stick,” a small portable device about the size of a thick pen, which, in conjunction with a smartphone, can project PowerPoint presentations in a darkened room (via a swivel projector), can advance to a specific slide (via a display of page numbers on the smartphone), and can even send documents, slides, or diagrams wirelessly to a portable printer, in case someone attending the meeting wants to mark up a physical copy of a slide. In addition, it should be capable of sending documents and presentations to other media sticks wirelessly, so the presenter can pass out digital copies of his presentation. These “media sticks” will allow presentations to take place in ANY darkened room, even one without a projector; they could even be used to project a diagram onto a whiteboard, which could then be marked up with a marker. They will eliminate the need for laptops at the presentation, both by presenters and attendees, and allow attendees to be able to instantly view a digital copy of the presentation and any accompanying documents (via their smartphone or tablet) without carrying their laptop around. This next idea is just a simple idea for preserving privacy. When ebooks are checked out of the library, they automatically disappear from the device to which they’ve been downloaded after a set period of time. Why not do the same thing for other digital documents?