Summary: This is an amazing computer. I got it in the summer of 2009 and it has held up amazingly. To me, it has really great sound, but then again, this is my first laptop. The keyboard is pretty good but stuff gets stuck in it easily. The webcam is good and I only started (in the last 6 months) having problems with my display and trackpad.
Summary: Worst computer ever, lots of issues, after 2 years of miserable existance computer just stopped working, screen failed and replacement screen doesn't work either, I hate it, how could they sell something like this??????
Summary: I fixed my girlfriend's Studio 1558 and I saw many flaws in its design. Had to replace the heatsink & fan because that had failed, and she only had it a year. Its average temperature was 100C before I fixed it. There was a small gap between the GPU and the heatsink, and due to this, the GPU was not being cooled and averaged around 80C. I fixed this by installing a copper shim in this gap.
Summary: When will I learn my lesson to stop buying Dell and HP laptops!? Within 1 week of the warranty expiring, this laptop (like all Dell and HP laptops seem to do eventually) starts overheating for no apparent reason (while web browser, in Word, etc) and just shuts down--screen instantly goes black. The expensive IBM/Lenovo brands they have at my work are apparently worth it, since they don't seem to have this problem. I'll be buying one of those next time.
Summary: I had so many problems with Dell with this Lap Top. It has been up and down over the last year with Dell with this lap top. It overheats, Touch Pad failed, Keyboard had to be replaced, fans had to be replaced, Mother board had to be replaced. It was such a big mess and I am fed up with this warrenty service and the computer with Dell. I wouldn't buy this piece of crap of a lap top for anyone. The worse lap top I ever had in my life.
Failed immediately after the 1 year warranty lapsed
Illinois 7/15/2010, Amazon
18 April 2012
Summary: I have owned several laptops from Dell. They seem to run forever. However, this Dell Studio 1558 failed within 13 months. Dell estimated the cost to be about $500 if it was the mohtherboard. Took it to the Geek Squad and Dell was right that the motherboard needed replacing. The cost $450. At least Dell did not get the money. I will never buy another Dell.
Summary: This computer is fast and easy to use. It has a very big screen, which is definitely a plus. However, the manufacturing on this computer is terrible. It has many plastic pieces that repeatedly break, mostly notable the ac adapter plugin and the power button on the sides. The power button is a huge issue because the wires that control it are on the lid moving thing, so sooner or later they inevitably break and of course it is your fault.
Summary: This laptop has a poor screen hinge. The fan is noisy and over heats leading to sudden shut down. In one year, I faced all these problems but I continued using it. Yesterday, the hard disk crashed from mechanical failure (it was a 500GB Seagate HDD). I have owned 3 Dell machines in the last 3 years including a Dell Vostro 1400 and a Dell Latitude D820. Needless to say, my experience with the Studio 15 has been the worst I have ever had!
Summary: I have been using this laptop for two months, no problem by now. Lightening fast and surprisingly good 17inch display. Dell's customer service is not so bad IMHO, I had a problem with my desktop hard drive some time ago and they overnight me a new one after I called in. No questions asked.
Summary: I've owned a laptop configuration very similar to this one for about a year now and ever since I pulled it out of the box it has been freezing on me at random times. I've reinstalled the crappy Dell factory home OS with a regular Win 7 Pro and it's seems to do slightly better. This laptop overheats, freezes and is cheaply made. The optical drive is also very cheap and really noisy. I have to say, I am very disappointed in the quality of Dell's work here.