@xiroux I've seen some compatible parts on ebay.
Battery: https://www.ebay.es/itm/original-vhbw-AKKU-4-4Ah-in-SCHWARZ-fur-Asus-X58l-X58le/192841951452?hash=item2ce646a8dc:g:vLgAAOSwLdBZ9BWS (a couple of years ago I bought a VHBW-brand compatible battery for my XPS 15 and it works almost as good as the original one)
Keyboard: https://www.ebay.es/itm/Teclado-Espanol-ASUS-X58C-X58L-X50-X51-X51R-A9-A9RP-A9T-Z94-Z94G/273161891915?hash=item3f99b7b04b:m:mb5mmx0ZSMx3avtztYqRYFw (my aunt recently bought a replacement keyboard for her Acer laptop on this shop, I'll let you know if it works when it arrives if you want)
@jartigag @xiroux I'm sure part of the price is due to the design and being able to cram all those components in a slim chassis, but I think the XPS may also be way more durable than a similarly-specced cheap laptop (mine is 5 years old already and working like new with only its battery replaced). Although if you want extra durability, Thinkpads are a great option as well.
@fdavidcl @jartigag @xiroux +1. We set a business life of 2 yrs on laptops, but the XPS machines easily do 3+ with no issues. Also ThinkPads. I have a very old T520, two X1 Carbons (first gen) and a T450s, all of which are running perfectly with zero maintenance. One of the X1s even got dropped on a tile floor! 😣 And my actual work machine for now is a T480s, only criticism is I believed the marketing about the internal battery. 🙄 But yeh, bulletproof!
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