Product Type: Dell laptops
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A wonderful piece of kit with a few classic pitfalls
Dell Studio 15
Member Name: Jacksymonds21
Dell Studio 15
Date: 11/01/12, updated on 11/01/12 (12 review reads)
Advantages: Great, affordable performance with media and software; Overall, very pleasant to use
Disadvantages: Some cooling issues, but not critical or by any means exclusive to this model
The studio 15 has done me proud. It's a powerful enough rig even in it's most basic form to run multiple demanding programmes and high quality video games at good speeds and qualities. It's "mobility" graphics card is surprisingly versatile for an in built chip set, the screen is crisp and bright, the keyboard is comfortable and easy to use, lots of useful software is bundled as standard and the laptop itself contains as many ports and card readers as one could ever need (special mentions to the SD card reader and the 3 USB 2.0 ports). I have however experienced some problems with the laptop over the last few months as my laptop has aged, keys have come loose on the keyboard and I had a problem with overheating leading to damage to the motherboard. Thankfully as this was all within warranty, Dell provided a very fast and helpful repair service getting me up and running as well as ever. I would recommend buying direct from Dell and possibly also immediately upgrading to Windows 7 to free up a little more of the 4GB RAM for better performance.
*Edit: For gamers, the mobility card allows the use of system RAM for increased graphical power- this means that if there's not too much running at once, this laptop can generate around 1.5GB of graphical memory. The processors are fast and the hard-drive transfer speeds excellent. The speakers started excellent, but have sadly become a little raspy over time. I can recommend this laptop highly, as long as the buyer is aware that it may only last 2-3 years as a truly great piece of kit.
Summary: A very suitable laptop for any task or purpose.
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