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Dell XPS M1530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1516 reviews of Dell XPS M1530. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the portability and screen are on the whole positive. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical reviews about the connectivity and touchpad.

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battery, sound, energy, touchpad, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell XPS M1530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Dell XPS M1530


alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Dell XPS M1530 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the design and performance. The portability and price are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the reliability.

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74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: DELL XPS M1530 (XPS-M1530) PC NotebookDELL XPS M1530 (XPS-M1530) PC Notebook

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Dell XPS M1530


alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Dell XPS M1530 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the screen and design. The usability and price also get good comments. The keyboard and sound get mixed reviews. There are some less positive views about the touchpad and reliability.

performance, price, usability, design, screen

size, reliability, touchpad

60% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: New Extended Replacement Laptop Battery for Dell XPS M1530 Li-ion, 11.1V, 6600mAh, 87wHr, 9 cells with 2 years warrantyNew Extended Replacement Laptop Battery for Dell XPS M1530 Li-ion, 11.1V, 6600mAh, 87wHr, 9 cells with 2 years warranty

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (

Dell XPS M1530


The Dell XPS M1530, the XPS line's middle child, has a slot-loading Blu-Ray drive.

Has the same design as the award-winning XPS M1330. Awesome raw horsepower. Integrated cellular modem. Slot-loading Blu-ray burner. Excellent typing experience.

Heavier than the competition. Batteries are not compatible with the M1330.

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Jan, 2008

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Expert review by : Jeffrey L. Wilson (

Dell XPS M1530


Power, performance, and style converge to form the Dell XPS M1530, one of the best mainstream notebooks available.

The system comes preinstalled with Adobe Photoshop Elements, Microsoft Works 8, Dell Media Direct 3.3, the Dell Connect remote diagnostic and repair service, 10GB of Dell DataSafe online backup, and Absolute Software's CompuTrace Lojack Theft...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Review Dell XPS M1530 Notebook


Compact Gaming by Dell. Dell's XPS logo indicates highest perform

Stylish design and use of high-quality materials; Case stability; Well equipped with ports; A lot of accessories; Blu-Ray drive available; User-friendly keyboard; Very good 3D performance; Low noise emissions in the idle mode; Low surface temperatures;...

Smaller weaknesses regarding workmanship; Display surface reflects heavily; Narrow viewing angles; Loud DVD drive

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (

Dell XPS M1530 Review


There are some notable differences other than size between the M1530 and M1330 however. The M1530 can be configured with a more powerful Nvidia 8600M GT graphics card for boosted gaming performance over the XPS M1330 that only offers up to the Nvidia...

Thin and light ... for a 15.4" Dell notebook ; Nvidia 8600M GT card option uses high-performance GDDR3 memory ; Reasonable battery life ; Nice keyboard, touchpad and media buttons

Only three USB ports ; Slot-loading drive is loud during loading and ejecting ; Hard drive noise is magnified by the case/mount design ; Limited screen options at the time of this writing

Overall, the Dell XPS M1530 is a solid addition to the Dell notebook lineup. We praised the smaller XPS M1330 for having "a design that is second to none in its price range" but we didn't feel quite as strong about the design of the larger M1530. While...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : Gordon Mah Ung (

Dell XPS M1530


We wondered if Dell was making a passive-aggressive statement when it shipped us its new XPS M1530 in flamingo pink. Perhaps the boys in Austin think the MacBook Pro is a bit effete, so the pink is fitting. Or perhaps someone on the reviews team just...

Feature-packed and full of muscle; beautiful screen; built-in EVDO

We don't really like the finish, aesthetically; some weird usability choices; some bloatware remains

Maybe. See our final analysis on page 4 of the main article.

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : ZDNet (

Dell XPS M1530


Don't let the slim design and relatively light heft fool you. This XPS is one powerful gaming portable with an impressive feature set for work and play.

Excellent gaming performance, Touch-sensitive buttons, Slim and light for a midsize machine, Good feature set which includes a fingerprint sensor, Mini-remote control stored in the ExpressCard slot

No subwoofer, Few USB ports, No modem

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Laptop Views (

Expert Review


Dell's new Dell XPS M-1530 laptop is powered by 1.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450 with 2-MB L2 Cache, 677 MHz FSB featuring Mobile Intel 965GM Express Santa Rosa chipset motherboard, 2-GB DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM (max 4-GB in 2 slots), 160-GB 5400...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Tweak (tweak3d)

Dell XPS m1530 Review


While I don't have any pictures of the unboxing, it was securely packaged and free of blemishes or external damage to the box.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Jon Fingas (

Review: Dell XPS M1530 Review


The XPS M1530 takes 15-inch Dell notebooks upscale.

Relatively stylish, intelligent design ; Strong choices of CPU, graphics for the price ; Free of nagging trialware ; Good keyboard and expansion ports

1GB RAM far too little for games, HD video, Vista ; Downward-facing fan makes notebook uncomfortably hot in heavy use ; Trackpad on the review unit is partly unresponsive after waking up ; 9-cell battery doesn't add enough longevity to be worthwhile...

design, heat, and noiseDell has come a long way from its earlier days, when many of its notebook designs were more likely to be rebadged generic designs than custom hardware.While the M1530 is less of a shock than it might have been otherwise

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : (

Dell XPS M1530 Review


The Dell XPS M1530 picks up from the popular portable XPS M1330 notebook and carries on the tradition of a nicely designed and excellent performing notebook. The one main difference being that the M1530 is a 15.4″ screen notebook while the M1330 is a...

Jan, 2008

Product Specifications

The Dell XPS M1530 expertly balances performance, design and unprecedented functionality. Get the best of all worlds with the Dell XPS M1530. Performance, beautiful design, attention to detail, a rich feature-set - all in a perfectly-sized 15.4" notebook. The XPS M1530 is a sleek, gorgeous and powerful multimedia machine that will make an impression wherever you go. Featuring a boldly stylized hinge, polished chrome detailing, and a slim profile, the M1530 is a stunning piece of industrial design. Made with premium materials selected for light-weight durability, plus top-quality finishes and textures, it's built to perform - and turn heads along the way.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Number of battery cells:6
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/3MB/6MB

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:15.4
Display Resolution:1280 x 800

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.1cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800/1440 x 900
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter power:90


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS / NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128 / 0.256


Model:M1530/M1530 (PRODUCT) RED
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell XPS

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad


Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:667MHz/800MHz


Internal memory:2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Memory clock speed:667
Memory layout:2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 1 / 2 x 2


Color:Tuxedo black


Cellular Enhancement Protocol:CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A
Cellular Network Supported: Yes
Type:None/Wireless cellular modem


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW

Optical Storage

Read Speed:40x (CD) / 16x (DVD)

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1

Other Features

Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Model availability:DK
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g / 802.11n

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:Y
TV out port:S-Video
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:90


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Clock Speed:1.83GHz/2.4GHz/2.5GHz/2.6GHz/2GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10.5 / 11 / 12 / 12.5
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291 / 410
Processing die size:107 / 143
Processor:T5550 / T8100 / T8300 / T9300
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom / Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.062 - 1.150
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.83 / 2.1 / 2.4 / 2.56
Processor front side bus:667 / 800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor model:T5550 / T8100 / T8300 / T9300
Processor Number:T5550/T5750/T7250/T8300/T9300/T9500
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T8000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket P
Processor system type:Up
Processor threads:2
Stepping:C0 / M0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:100 / 105
Type:Core 2 Duo

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:32427 / 33099 / 33916 / 33917
Processor code:SLAPR / SLAVJ / SLAYY
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Installed Size:2GB/3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Fingerprint reader: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty /3 years warranty


Bundled software:Microsoft Works 9.0 - Danish, 15 Month McAfee SecurityCentre 9.0
Operating system installed:Windows Vista Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 320

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Hard Drive Features:Solid State Drive

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB/320GB/64GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino Duo
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS/NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):0.933
Height (rear):1.38