Please offer a notebook for students/workers, who like gaming.
At the moment this group of people, doesn't find a fitting notebook at Dell.
A perfect configuration (at least for me) would be:
- 9 cell battery for 4-5 hours run-time (switchable! not bonded like in some evil fruit toys)
- as silent as possible (at least when the dedicated GPU is off, it should be usable in a library)
- Ivy Bridge successor of Intel® Core™ i7-3612QM or better (maybe 2nd more powerful option)
- no rabrand 7xxM successor of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M with GDDR 5 or a similar powerful AMD GPU (maybe a 2nd less powerful option)
- 15" FullHD screen like the one in the L502x (no touchscreen if it hurts the quallity or makes it more expensive)(maybe a 2nd low res option)
- 8-16 GB RAM
- HDD + mSATA SSD with the option to use it either separate, or as cache
- backlit keyboard with a layout like the one in the L502x (I don't like keyboards with so much space between the keys like the one of the new XPS 15)
- 1 Gbit LAN, WLAN, USB 3.0 and Bluetooth
- HDMI and/or DP and they should be connected to the dedicated GPU (if they are not, then you can't watch 3D movies on a 3D capable monitor/TV)
- No gamer design! More something like the Inspiron 15R SE or the old L502x.
- ODD: I'm undecided here... either nod ODD at all, or a Blue Ray one.
- OS: maybe a option to ship it without an OS, as many students get the OS for free over DreamSpark or use something other than windows.
- speakers like the one in the L501x (they are awesome!)
For size and weight something compareable to the L502x would be ok.
Less weight and size would be nice, but less noise is more preferable.
The current Dell notebooks have all some dealbreakers for this type of group:
The new XPS 15 is to expensive and the GPU is a little bit to slow.
I don't know the run-time and noise, maybe this could also be a beal breaker.
The Inspiron 15R SE has also a to slow GPU and not enough run-time.
Also at least in my country you can't order it with a mSATA SSD.
Alienware is no option, because there is no 15" version and an Alienware doesn't fit into a business meeting.
I think I can stay with my L501x till the end of next year (then my 4 year dell premium service runs out), so if decide to build a notebook like this till then, then you have at least me as a happy customer :)