nice to be able to change out so easily.
Every so often, computer designers do something good and even great. I've been a fan of Dell for many years, even decades. I've loved that their electrical cord was designed the same for all their desktops and monitors, no need for specific designs for each model. And also how the computer industry designed USB's to have similar ports, rather than each brand having their own design.
This is another one of those times, when the CPU can be changed out with a few screws removed from the fan, and then change out the CPU as if they're changing into a different kind of slippers for their feet. I really expected something much more devious, just to make sure that average Joe couldn't do it. But it's just a bit more tedious than changing out a CD or DVD from the player. Great thanks to the designers for the simplicity of changing it out.
Once the chip is exposed, you merely unhook the security bar, pull it back, and it allows the chip to be removed. Installation is just as easy, altho' you want to check the chip that it is securely placed and does not slip around, which means it's not placed properly. Would have been even neater if there'd been some small pins on each corner that would fit into 4 equally small holes, to help seat the chip easier. But once it's set in there, you merely replace the metal framework by raising the bar and hinge it in.
When turned on, windows comes up as if nothing has ever changed, it doesn't even give you warnings about "Your CPU has changed!! Press F1 to continue", etc, etc. The Windows 7 booted right up and system check showed the new i7 chip purring pleasantly. About as effortlessly as can be expected.
I've taken this older Dell laptop from i3 to i5, and then on up to i7, with no other changes to its parts. But then, I don't do heavy gaming or intense surfing. I use a computer at about its lowest level. But the i7 chip is nice to have, because pages load about in seemingly milliseconds rather than seconds. I probably would have been satisfied with just the i5 chip. But I decided to spend the extra $100 to try it, and I'm satisfied with the results.
And of course, downloads go at nearly warp speed. Wonderful.
Being a middle aged 66 yr old guy who learned all his computer stuff merely by trying things and reading, I did study up on the different chips, found the correct model, and ebay helped greatly with that. You have to read the ads to be sure you're getting the correct chip, but if you have the chance to upgrade your computer, I"d recommend you do it. Mine experience was quite easy. I"m very glad I did it. Nice to have top of the line power in your computer for just a little bit of expense.Read full review
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