The 1505N arrived at my door yesterday, but my first impression of the machine came about a week or so earlier, when I noticed that Dell had discontinued it from their product line.
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If youre an experienced Linux user who knows how to select hardware appropriately, theres no supremely compelling reason to choose one of these Dells over another system you like more. After all, youre not likely to go looking for support from the manufacturer unless your hardware is legitimately defective, in which case the preinstallation wouldnt help you much anyway. But if youre relatively new to Linux, or just dont feel like hassling with setting up all your driverswhich can be a pain even for those whove done a hell of a lot of itthen Dells Ubuntu systems are worth a look. For my own part, Im pleased enough with the system. Its got plenty of power for the limited gaming I do, and now that its up and running its robust and immensely stable. Could I have found another laptop with all the same components and installed Ubuntu myself for about the same price (and without waiting two weeks for it to arrive)? Sure. But Im just as happy that I didnt have to.