The New Dell Studio 15 Laptops [Notebooks]

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Dell recently updated its Studio 15 range of notebook computers in India. The updated range boasts of high amount of RAM and solid graphics cards coupled with the latest processors. Let’s take a look at what’s inside the hood:

Model 1 Model 2
Microprocessor Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor T6400 Intel® Centrino® 2 Mobile Technology Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor P8600
Memory 4GB Dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM (2 x 2GB)
Chipset Intel® Cantiga GM45 Chipset
Video Graphics 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
Battery 6-cell Primary Battery
Hard Drive 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Multimedia Drive Slot Load 8X max DVD+/-RW D with DVD+R double layer write capability
Display 15.6” 720p WLED (1366×768) TrueLife
Operating System Windows Vista® Home Premium
Network Card Internal 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless Connectivity Intel® WiFi Link 5100 (802.11a/g/n) Half Mini-card
I/O Ports VGA, HDMI 3x USB 2.0 (1x USB/E-SATA combo, 2x standard) IEEE 1394a / Gigabit NIC (no RJ11 – via dongle for USB External Modem) 1x Stereo in, 2x headphone/speaker out 8 in 1 media card reader ExpressCard 34
Price 43990/- 49990/-

The 2 models above are featured on Dell’s website as preset models. They also seem to be the most popular owing to the balanced configuration.

Both the models have 4 GB of DDR2 RAM and 320 GB 5400 RPM hard drive. The display is pretty good with 720p (HD ready) resolution support on a 15.6’’ LED screen. There’s also gigabit ethernet coupled with Intel’s WiFi supporting 802.11n and a buttload of ports on these beasts.

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The primary difference between the two models is the processor and the graphics memory. While the cheaper model sports the much successful Core 2 Duo T6400 processor with 256 MB of graphics memory, the expensive one boasts of the shiny new Core 2 Duo P8600 processor with double the amount of graphics memory.

The configuration might suggest that the laptops are suited for high end applications and gaming, however, looking at the price, these laptops can be a good choice for students and home users alike.

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Apart from the awesome configuration and appropriate pricing, what I like about these laptops is their looks. I must say that they give some serious competition to the Macbooks. And Dell hasn’t left a chance to show these babies off. Check out some images (click to enlarge):

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2 Responses to this post

  1. Ashit says:

    Dear Setu,

    I found your comments very useful. I have more or less narrowed down on either Sony Vaio CS 24 series or Dell Studio 15. Which one would you recommend. Basically need it for home use with some basic gaming, surfing, etc.

    I am attracted by the looks of Sony but Dell is attractive as it has larger screen, vista premium, more memory, etc.

    Any idea about whose customer service is better?

    Thanks

  2. Setu Garg says:

    @Ashit –

    Sony definitely scores more in looks, but I must say that the Dell's studio line gives serious competition to Sony even in the looks department.

    I would rate both their customer service as equal. However, it kind of depends on the city you live in.

    If Dell is offering a better config at the same price, I would say go for it as laptop is something you do not upgrade often.

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