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. However, the design, particularly the keyboard, is one of the most ergonomically sound we’ve tested in awhile, and the long battery life means you can use it in various rooms of the house without having to worry about plugging it back...
Pros: Very comfortable keyboard, Long battery life, Long warranty, Excellent high-resolution webcam, Fingerprint-resistant finish,
Cons: Non-black lids cost more money, Design a bit bulky,
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Cons: Lacks Centrino 2 technology, Out-of-date case design, Wimpy gameplay
Summary: Dell's first release from its new Studio line, the Studio 15, sits between the Inspiron and XPS lines and offers a good mix of features for the price, but we'd be tempted to save up a few extra pounds for a thinner, lighter XPS
Pros: Borrows some of the best design features of the more expensive XPS line, Built-in media remote control
Cons: Bulkier than the 15-inch XPS model, Just under the wire for new Centrino 2 chips