Summary: Overall, it's ok, no issues, but I really haven't put to the test yet. I bought for my recording studio. I wish that I didn't have to buy an expansion card for a 6 Pin Firewire. All in all, I wish Dell would put more USB ports, like on their older models. I hate tablets, touch pads, screens. I even disabled the Multi-Touch feature on this unit. I love my keyboard for entering data or composing correspondence. The unit itself is huge for a laptop.
Summary: When it comes to price vrs performance this is a very hard laptop to beat. It has an I3 or I5 processor, dual hard drive bays, can be upgraded to a total of 8 gig of ram and a beautiful 17.3 inch screen. If you are planning on putting in a second hard drive be advised you'll need to plan in advance, the tray you need is not the same as the tray the first hdd bay uses, and you'll need a converter for the drive (only place I found had one it had to be shipped from hong...
Excerpt: I have a new Dell Studio 17 Laptop. It comes with Vista Home Premium(64 bit) installed, and several other applications such as Cozi Calender, Microsoft Office, Window Media Player, Roxio Creator, DigitalPersona Fingerprint Software, etc.
Excerpt: The Dell Studio 17 is an amazing laptop. I have one as well as my uncle and we both agree that it is a great machine. To begin with the screen is huge. The colors are amazing, they are bright and pop right out of the screen.
Excerpt: Technical Specifications: Intel Core- duo 2.0Ghz, 3GB RAM, 250 GB SATA Hard Drive , Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD I bought the Dell Studio 17 inch laptop for my wife in December 2008. The total cost for the laptop came to $1,111.
Summary: My Dell Studio configuration is similar to Vincent Martin's Studio (other review). The differences are more ram (8GB) and different wireless card (Dell 5620). PRO'S Screen size, back light, like having a portable desktop. CON'S Not enough USB ports (2 plus one that is part USB/SATA)which sometimes will recognize a USB device but other times, it will not. I use USB hubs but one of the ports has failed and the other is failing.
Summary: Bottom-Line: I am very happy--so far--with my choice of the Dell Studio 1749. The laptop is a performance winner, especially when mated with Windows 7 Enterprise Edition. I tried, I really did try to keep my HP Pavilion dv9000 Series laptop alive and kicking, but to no avail. First, sometime last year, the wireless card quit; that was overcome by purchasing a Cisco Wireless-G adapter. That worked for a while until I started to run out of hard drive space.
Summary: 2 negative issues 1) I can't know if I am in upper case or lower case. Really complicated when you are typing a password 2)the function keys, have to be clicked with the FN . If you use excel a lot, and F2 is common, you will hate that you need to click FN. The worst part is that if you didnt click FN, you are disconnecting internet.
Excerpt: I bought my Studio 17 over five years ago when i first started my A-Levels and ever since it has been great, i have had to reset it all once a year or so ago to get the running speed up on it again, but it has never let me down on programs or processing power. even when i put my university 3d modeling software on it.