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...
Sound issue with the Dell Studio 17 when plugged into outlet
9 September 2012
Excerpt: It is unfortunate that attention to detail seems to have been absent when the power supply was paired with the Dell Studio 17 laptop. It seems to be some type of grounding issue as a buzz is audible whenever the laptop is plugged into an outlet and being used with a separate input/output device. The issue has been noted with such external audio devices as the Lexicon Alpha, Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini and Mbox 2.
Excerpt: I purchased this laptop less than a year ago online in the green color. I got one of the higher end models (RAM, etc.) with it. I was hoping after what id paid for it, the computer would be in excellent condition for at least the first week. The day i got it, everything was perfect, all manuals included and all. About 2 days later my eject button on the touch buttons would constantly try to eject, but nothing was in the drive.
Excerpt: I love my Dell Studio 17 laptop, it runs like a charm. Other than being heavier than most laptops it truely works quite well. It holds the battery charge much better than other models that I have owned.
I havnt even boughten one yet but I cant wait untill I do
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I was sitting at a friends house how had a Dell laptop sitting on the table. I asked if i could check my email and found out it was a friends laptop who left it there for a day so be carefull but yeah i could. from start to finish I loved eveything about that laptop.
Excerpt: I got my computer for a Christmas gift, and i don't go a day with out using it. It has a very good battery, i have never had to replace the battery and it has been two years. it still holds over an hour and a half. one thing i recommend is to get the warranty and renew it, cause i didn't and i chipped the side of my computer and can not get it replaced. also my charger had broken and i have to replace it still.
Excerpt: I am in love with my Dell Studio. I don't have space for a desktop so I needed a laptop that works like a desktop, this was the closest. I had to add a few features, but it works beautifully. I'm so used to using laptops I don't know if I could ever go back to using a desktop even if I did end up with the space for one. WIth the games I play, I'm able to play smoothly without having to turn the graphics down.
Excerpt: In principal the Dell Studio 17 has the same advantages than the Studio 15. The 17 inch model basically differs by offering a bigger screen with higher resolution and therewith bigger desktop size, and by a keyboard with a separate number pad. The design of the Studio 17 is alike the Studio 15 user customisable.
The dell studio laptop has more to offer than I thought possible
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I received my Dell studio laptop as a birthday present. I have not even begun to learn of all it has to offer. So far, I love the 17 inch screen, the dynamic sound capabilities and the optional wireless mouse. I look forward to learning what fun my laptop has in store for me.