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|
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.
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.
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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