Excerpt: We had the pleasure of reviewing Dell's Studio XPS 13 back in early May and found the machine to be sleek and stylish, and a good value. In an effort to provide that same sleek styling and great performance to those looking for a somewhat larger machine, Dell has now issued an updated Studio XPS 16 that seems to up the ante in a number of key areas.
Pros: Overall Design, Great Keyboard, Blu-ray Drive, Thin For a 16" Notebook, Strong Gaming Performance
Cons: Gets Quite Warm, Overly Glossy, Lackluster Battery Life, A bit on the pricey side for its peformance
Conclusion: Dell's XPS line ranks above the company's business-oriented Vostro and Inspiron families, and is intended to appeal to home buyers and discriminating business customers alike. The relatively recent Studio XPS models—the Studio XPS 13, Studio XPS 15 and Studio XPS 16—employ the latest components and share a strikingly elegant design. The outer shell is done in glossy obsidian black with brushed-metal trim.
Conclusion: In view of case and connections, the revised version of Dell's Studio XPS 16 is also in the known quality . The chassis pleases due to the high-quality materials applied and the good stability given. The case's heating under load was comparatively high , just as in the first available configuration in the beginning of this year, but were at least kept within a limit at office use . This applies also to the notebook's noise and the fan volume under load.
Pros: Good application performance, Good 3D performance, Mediocre case heating in office mode, Reasonable system noise, The display as before. The LED RGB screen with a FullHD resolution is simply fun in every application.
Cons: Adapter's high temperature, Varying frame rate in gaming mode, Mediocre battery life with the standard 6 cell battery, Partly disproportional surcharge items, A consistent performance in gaming mode. Too bad that the key data is right but the XPS 16 loses its face in the practice.
Conclusion: We eagerly waited for the Dell Studio XPS 16. After finishing this review we came to the conclusion that it was worth waiting. The case can appeal by a simple and decent design and is also a solid cover for the built-in hardware. Smaller weakness in workmanship slightly tarnish the good impression, but considering the price, they need to be mentioned. In regards of connectivity hardly anything is to be desired, e.g.
Pros: Attractive design, High quality haptics, Very good case stability, Numerous interfaces, UMTS ready, Spacious keyboard, Bright display with brilliant colours, Good application performance, Low noise emissions in idle/office mode, Passable sound, That you get a real good screen in an affordable notebook with the Studio XPS.
Cons: Partly uneven gaps, Often disturbing reflections caused by a reflecting display, Moderate 3D performance in contemporary games, Partly very high case temperatures, Limited mobility because of short battery life, For sure: More performance, especially for 3D graphics, so that there is a chance to run contemporary games in an appropriate detail level.
Summary: If you're singing the recession blues, you can pick up the Studio XPS 16 configured with a 2.26-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor, Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit), 1366 x 768 display, 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, and 8X DVD burner for $1,199. Photo-editing and movie buffs looking for the best notebook display on the market, however, should definitely consider splurging for the RGB-LED display.
Summary: Dell's Studio XPS 16 is squarely aimed at people who want to get a little more for their entertainment buck; it's a solidly built multimedia machine that piles on features without breaking the bank. Dell's Studio XPS 16 looks to be a solid choice for gaming and movies, as well as getting the job done, while keeping costs within reason.