Excerpt: I've never owned a laptop computer until middle of 2009. It's worth the investiment because it's easy to transport and use in other locations like a library if you do not have Internet access. I'm a photographyer. It's also great to have along in your car while taking photographs, to download quickly. I recommend the Dell Studio 17" because it has the 10-key pad and it's a great sized screen.
Excerpt: Well this laptop was an upgrade for us from a previous Dell laptop we owned. The new camera it has is nice, an upgrade form our previus which didn't have one. The software is super easy to use with the webcam and works well with SKype. Since we have family all over this was one of the primary functions we were looking for.
Excerpt: I recently purchase this laptop about a 1year ago the only problem I have with this laptop is the charger it self. I have not had any problems as of yet with my laptop, she is my baby. The battery life is not long it gives about an hour and a half of power but overall you can't go wrong for the price. If use for business i would add more memory to the laptop.
Excerpt: I did quit a bit of looking around before I chose a computer. I also took the time to save my money so it was important to me that I got the features that I wanted and that it performed well. I liked what I saw in the Inspirons - my biggest debate was the 15" or the 17". I liked the lighter weight of the 15 but as an accountant by trade, I really wanted the larger key board with the 10-key calculator. I decided to go with the 17" and am glad I did.
Summary: I bought this laptop after 3 months of very extensive research. For the price and the specs it seemed like the best possible choice. Boy oh boy was I wrong. After only 3 months I started to have problems with the charger. The laptop would only work if plugged in, it wouldn't charge and if the charger was even bumped, the computer would shutdown due to lack of power.
Summary: The very first week we had this, one USB port went bad, the internal jack simply lost its physical bonding to the external casing and stopped working. Dell Support shined here, they were fantastic. We were able to cross ship so we were never without a computer, and they sent us an identical model. All in all it's been a decent laptop. The generous display is impressive.