Summary: I've used this computer for years, and I love it. I'm incredibly tech savvy, and I know what makes a good machine. I used it for everything- big and small, and it always came through. Strongly recommended for the poweruser or someone who just wants a great machine.
Summary: This laptop stinks and dell support was no help. This studio laptop (which i've had over 1 yr) turns off randomly (likely an overheating issue). If i run games, it turns off in the middle of the game - running email or surfing the web (turns off randonmly). I cant run this laptop for any length of time (it could be 10 mins or 3 hours; it eventually turns off with no message or warning). ALL Dell diagnostics run and find NO issues.
Summary: I honestly don't know why the other reviewers were having issues with this laptop, I have a similar 1747 and it has surpassed all my expectations (which are pretty high since I'm in the IT industry and am exposed to PC's, networks, servers, etc all day long every day). My co worker also has this same laptop after hearing me rave about mine and checking it out for himself. We both travel a lot and our laptops have held up flawlessly.
Summary: Pros: Nice price for the specs. Good sound and display. Cons: Cheap plastic build. Flimsy, non-durable, horrible customer service using warranty. Took four people two hours to send me a new keyboard that I must install after the computer was only five months old. Only two USBs, one of which is in the worst place (where your mouse resides if you are right handed).
Summary: I purchased a Dell Studio 1737, and had problems with the media panel, and hard drive from the time it arrived. Dell tech support came to my house twice to fix the problem to no avail. I continued to complain and Dell finally sent me a refurbished Studio 1747 to replace the problematic 1737. In 2 months the slot DVD player stopped working on the Studio 1747.
Summary: I was unfortunate enough to purchase this piece of garbage and let me tell you my story. In a few month after I made the purchase the keyboard start to malfunction one on the keys was constantly got stuck. Call Dell the technician came to my house replaced the keyboard (cost $39.99 for the visit), since the product was still under the warranty. I thought it was a one time occurrence and wasn't to much concerned about an event.
Summary: We've had this laptop for just over a year and are very happy with it. It performs consistently and is fast. I've called Dell technical support a few times with questions and always received fast answers from a knowledgeable and clear technician. I am very happy with this computer and strongly recommend it. It looks great, especially the screen. The sound is very strong and crisp. The design and manufacturing are very solid.
Summary: We bought two Dell laptops this year: a Studio and a Latitude, both with Windows 7. The poor NVDIA displays constantly go black and have to "recover." The skittish keyboards send key taps flying all over the text that you are entering. Function keys are muddled up with hardware commands, so keyboard commands in Microsoft applications are unaccessible. The psychotic mousepad runs up and down documents with no control.
Summary: I purchased my Studio as a game machine. I made it to retirement and felt I deserved a state of the art toy. I swore I would never again be chained to a desk, but still wanted a screen large enough I could read from it without my glasses. My Studio with its 8 gigs of ram (probably overkill) sails through the graphics on all the naval and railroad simulations that really put the hurt on other machines I've owned or used.
Summary: I was slightly disappointed that a machine of this class did not have more USB ports and none on the video port side of the machine. This means it is hard to put it on a modern USB KVM. Also was sad that it does not have built in Bluetooth. Overall it performs well enough, however it is my wife's computer and she does not stress a box. Gave the same computer to my grandson and it failed after two weeks.