- 13.3" 1920x1080 resolution touchscreen IPS display
- 2.1GHz Intel Pentium 4405U 6th Gen dual core CPU w/ HyperThreading
- 4GB 1600MHz DDR3L RAM
- 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
- Intel HD Graphics 510
- Dual Band Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0
- Includes passive stylus
- 1x HDMI
- 2x USB 3.0
- 1x USB 2.0
- 1x Media Card slot
- 43whr battery
- Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
- Signed rebate form
- Copy of Receipt/Invoice with SKU Listed 469-0944
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- Slick price for a 13" 1080p touchscreen 2-in-1 featuring 6th Gen Intel architecture
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- Intel 6th gen PDC-4405U CPU
- 4GB DDR3
- 500GB HDD
- 13.3" LCD 1920x1080 w/ webcam
- Intel HD Graphics
- WiFi Dual Band + AC + BT 4.0
- 43whr battery
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1. How to switch out the hard drive (to an SSD):
A 120GB SSD will run you $40-50 . In my opinion (ikjadoon here), this is a mandatory, must-upgrade. I used the stock HDD for 3 days: atrocious. It felt worse than any laptop I've used in the past 2 years--think an ancient Atom with Windows Vista. Granted, I went bloatware + HDD + 4GB RAM to clean install + SSD + 8GB RAM = it was night-and-day. I attribute most of that to the SSD, though.
Any 2.5" SSD will work. The stock height is 7mm; 9.5mm may be a tight fit. The SATA port is 6Gbps, but honestly, on a $250 laptop...300MB/s is not going to be a major bottleneck for whatever you're doing. I say "any" SSD, because the worst SSDs are around 200MB/s copying large files and the best are around 550MB/s large files. And that's only large files: like movies, etc. The "perceived speed" of an SSD is by how quickly it moves small files: all SSDs in that regard will perform identically on this system.
If you're antsy and really want a "don't buy SSD" list, avoid the Samsung 840, Samsung 840 EVO, and Crucial BX200. The first two have a long-term performance issue that is only mitigated by a patch and the last is the worst SSD in recent memory by a sizeable margin. Anything else....will be the same.
Before you install your SSD: you have options here. You can image the HDD partitions (using Macrium Reflect Free--highly recommended if you really want to image) and just paste them from the HDD to the SSD. But, in my opinion, imaging an HDD to an SSD is a bit messy. The main problem comes with 4 KB sector alignment. Essentially, every SSD is broken into "4 KB" parking spots for files to 'park' inside. Most files in Windows are 4 KB. We want every 4 KB file to perfectly line up with just one 4 KB parking spot on the SSD. If you don't line it up in the beginning, every file will be slightly offset and require two parking spots. See this Intel PDF for more information.
HDDs don't require 4 KB alignment because they have difference sized parking spots. SSDs do require 4 KB alignment for maximum performance. And this is important performance because it's small-file performance.
But, the alignment has to be right in beginning, right when you create the very first partition on the SSD. How to do it properly? In my opinion, and I think Dell's opinion, too: fresh install! Windows always perfectly aligns SSDs to 4 KB pages. You can't go wrong with 4 KB alignment and Windows installations.
Side-note: If you somehow ended up with a misaligned SSD (see the Intel PDF above on how to quickly check), google "SSD partition alignment". Be wary, though: it'll take a few hours if you've never done it before, as you'll need to setup a Linux live USB, learn the right offsets to align to 4096 bytes, and then wait for the partition to physically move itself over a little bit (more files -> longer realignment time). But, this way, you don't need to do a fresh install all over again; I've done it on two SSDs, but by the third one, it was so time-consuming, I just did a fresh install. That just depends on how many files you have, though.
Dell has a customized Windows 10 install image that walks you through the installation, perfectly aligning the SSD. I checked and all of the partitions were aligned correctly (divisible by 4096 bytes). It contains no bloatware and no drivers, but some Dell-specific patches and unique-identifiers for your machine. So, download those drivers beforehand if you don't want Windows Update mucking everything up on first boot.
Download it there; you must input your service tag to get the customized Windows 10 OS. You can also access that page by just going to the 7359's Dell Drivers and Downloads page. It will give you instructions of how to install it: fair warning, you'll need an 8GB+ USB flash drive and be OK copying/pasting commands into the command prompt. I've done it like 10 times this past weekend (lots of hard drives to setup), so ask if you have questions (ikjadoon), ask away. The flash drive--because it will need to be bootable--must be FAT32 formatted. If it's 32GB or smaller, you can use Windows to format it FAT32. If it's larger, use this tool .
2. How to switch out the RAM:
Generic video guide . Use the above guide for opening. If you've never changed RAM, watch this video. Just push those two sliver clips "away" from the RAM and it'll sit up. Pull it out. Then, insert the new RAM at that same angle and then flatten it down. It'll clip itself back in.
4GB can be a bit tight, but it depends on your usage. I multitask a lot, so I went with 8GB.
Switch out, not add. It only has one slot. It only accepts laptop/SO-DIMM sized RAM and the type is DDR3L (i.e, 1.35V low-voltage RAM). Laptop memory = SO-DIMM memory; it's just another name. Do not buy laptop/SO-DIMM DDR3 (standard voltage - 1.50V)--it does not work.
The stock stick is a 4GB DDR3L stick that's 1600MHz @ 11-11-11-28 @ 1.35V. The voltage and frequency should be the same (1600MHz & 1.35V) ; the timings (the numbers in the middle) don't matter at all. At all.
I bought this 8GB Kingston HyperX Impact DDR3L 1600Mhz @ 9-9-9-28 @ 1.35V. Again, the middle numbers don't matter here. They're just latency--technically lower is better, but it's actually measured in nanoseconds....so you can see why it doesn't matter, haha:
YouTube Review (i5-6200U / 256GB version)
How to add RAM or replace the SSD (extremely simple; just remove the bottom panel)
LaptopMag Review (i5-6200U/128GB SSD)
"The Good: Stylish design; Solid overall performance; Strong audio
The Bad: Unreliable battery life; Slow SSD; Can run hot"
They say unreliable because they actually got two units: one old (6:55 runtime) and one new (8:22 runtime). SSD is trash; you don't want it, anyways. Buy your own and sell the 500GB you get with this. Does get hot. Maybe the Pentium's we're getting will be cooler than the i5-6200U LaptopMag got.
Notable cons from users: not compatible with active stylus; quality issue with trackpad; cheap plastic feel
Summary of features: http://www.notebookche
General performance: http://www.cpubenchmar