Today we are starting a new series of articles where I will review some of the best laptops available for the Home users and Students. Buying a new laptop according to our requirements from the many available options is confusing & a big headache. So, as an independent Tech Expert, I will try to suggest you the best options available in the market.
In this series the first laptop being reviewed is Dell Studio 15. Dell is a leading PC manufacturer and Studio 15 is a power pack available with lots of customization options according to your needs, made it our first choice to be selected for review.
Some of the customization facilities available are:
- Its Hi-def, 15.6″ LED widescreen design is multimedia-rich, and with a choice of colors the Studio 15 is easily personalized to fit your style.
- Featuring Intel® CoreTM i3, Intel® CoreTM i5 and Intel® CoreTM i7 processors.
- Hi-def 16:9 aspect ratio LED display.
- Personalize with a choice of 4 colors or 8 dazzling patterns.
- Surround sound with subwoofer and built-in wireless card.
- Optional backlit keyboard and Blu-ray DiscTM.
Technical Specification of Dell Studio 15 are as follows:
- Intel® CoreTM i3 processor
- Intel® CoreTM i5 processor
- Intel® CoreTM i7 processor
- Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
- Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 64-Bit
- Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
Memory: Two DIMM slots providing up to 6GB Dual Channel DDR3 @ 1333MHz (Works at 1066MHz for Intel Arrandale CPU)
Chipset: Intel® HM55
- 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
- 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
LCD Display: 15.6” High Definition LED Displays with TrueLifeTM available in 720p, and 1080p resolutions
Audio and Speakers:
- Intel High Definition Audio 2.2
- Optional Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB Software Suite
- Up to 500GB configured with a 5400 RPM SATA hard drive
- Up to 320GB with a 7200 RPM SATA HDD
- Up to 500GB 7200 RPM SATA HDD
- Slot Load CD/DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW)
- Optional Slot Load Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)
- 6-cell 56WHr Li-Ion Battery
- Optional 9-cell 85WHr Li-Ion Battery
Camera: Built-in 2.0MP webcam
- Wi-Fi Options: Dell Wireless 1520 Wireless-N Half Mini Card
- Bluetooth Options: Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Internal (2.1) mini-card
Ports, Slots & Chassis:
- (2) USB 2.0 compliant
- (1) USB/eSATA combination port
- HDMI connector
- VGA video connector
- Integrated network connector 10/100/1000 LAN (RJ45)
- AC adapter connector
- Audio jacks (2-line out, 1 Mic-in)
- IEEE 1394 port
- 34 mm ExpressCard slot
8-in-1 Media Card Reader
- Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card
- Multi Media Card (MMC)
- xD Picture Card (xD)
- Hi-Density Secure Digital (SDHD)
- Hi-Capacity Secure Digital (SDHC)
- Memory Stick (MS)
- Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO)
- Secure Digital Input/Output (SDIO)
Internal Card Slots
- 2 Mini-Card
- 1 Half Mini-Card
- 2 Full Mini-Card
Dimensions & Weight
- Width: 14.6″ (371.6mm)
- Height: 1.0″ (25.3mm) front / 1.5″ (38.9mm) back
- Depth: 10.0″ (252.9mm)
- Weight: Starting weight of 5.54 lbs. (2.515 kg) with 15.6” HD TL LED, 6-cell battery, integrated graphics and a DVD+RW drive. Weights will vary depending on configurations and manufacturing variability.
Regulatory and Environmental Compliance:
Regulatory Model: PP39L
- Product Safety, EMC and Environmental Datasheets
- Dell Regulatory Compliance Home Page
- Dell and the Environment
Check our Rating:
Dell Studio 15:
|Power Usage||5 Stars|
|Buying Recommendation||5 Stars|
For US consumers, 4 Models available by default with the Dell Studio 1558 starting at US$449.99. Visit Dell.com to make an International purchase.
For Indian consumers, currently 2 models of Studio 15. Model Dell(TM) Studio 15 Laptop (S541036IN8) costs INR 44,400 and Dell(TM) Studio 15 Laptop (T540613IN8) costs INR.46,900 excluding taxes, at the Dell India Studio 15 Website.
Stay tuned folks, we will soon come with a review of another Laptop! Suggestions & comments most welcome!
The author of this post, Nitin Agarwal is a Microsoft MVP. He blogs at Windows Lifestyle.