Summary: The $849 Dell Studio 15 isn't perfect, but it's still an excellent, affordable multimedia machine that should be on your short list. It performs better than slightly more expensive systems, although its gaming clout isn't quite up to snuff.
Excerpt: Designed to carve out a sweet spot between budget-minded Inspirons and higher-end XPS notebooks, Dell's new Studio line delivers a healthy mix of features and options at a great price. Dell still can't get its aesthetics right, but otherwise, the Studio 15 laptop is a winner.
Pros: Great feature set for the money, Highly configurable, Good overall performance, LED-backlit display
Cons: Lacks Centrino 2 technology, Out-of-date case design, Wimpy gameplay
Excerpt: Dell laptops are known for their rugged build, the value for money they offer, and for the options for customization. In fact, Dell has taken the customization part a rung higher with its partnership with OPI, a leading nail care company.
Dell Studio 15, Dell's new mid-range hits the sweet spot
12 July 2009
Summary: Designed to sit between the low-end Inspiron and high-end XPS families, it comes in 15in and 17in flavours and its target audience could be pretty much anyone: few laptops are as customisable as this.
Excerpt: The Dell Studio 15 laptop is powered by 2.60 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9500 with massive 6-MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB featuring Mobile Intel 965GM/PM Express Chipset, 3-GB DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM (upto 4 GB max in 2 slots), 250-GB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive and a 8X DVD Super Multi Double layer (8.5...