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The keyboard is wonderful. I love that I have the 10-key on the side.Very easy to set up. I had the Windows app at home so I set it up manually but it was super easy. So easy to connect to my wireless at home and work. Did i say that it was super sexy? Apple go sit down. For several hundreds less, I received the laptop of my dreams. This is more than I could ever ask for. The kids want to watch movies on the laptop instead of the TV. It's just that cool.
Solid multi-media performer. HD video playback is crisp, ultra-clear and stunning! With the SoundBlaster audio upgrade CD's,streaming audio & mp3's are vibrant, rich and clear! Extras like the backlit keyboard, integrated webcam and fingerprint reader are great! Also, having a full numeric keypad on the keyboard is a definite plus for this size notebook. So, if you are looking for a great all-around notebook with more power than the mainstay Inspiron line, then consider this one.
Lovely resolution and glossy screen. Convenient slide-loading CD/DVD slot. Black cover doesn't collect fingerprints. Solid-feeling keyboard (some said it didn't feel solid) The Dell Dock on the top of the screen is so handy. The media buttons on the top--touch sensitive. The "switch between windows" feature is cool. A track pad with a bit of a grab, which is great when I don't want to take time to look for it; I can just feel it with my finger. Very quiet start up and shut down. Also, quiet keys and CD/DVD player.
I bought my Studio 17 over five years ago when i first started my A-Levels and ever since it has been great, i have had to reset it all once a year or so ago to get the running speed up on it again, but it has never let me down on programs or processing power. even when i put my university 3d modeling software on it. (Solidworks)
I have the 4GB Ram model running Windows Vista and its actually very user friendly, i also have the 8 hour battery, that sticks out a little at the bottom, still conserves energy very well and helps cool the laptop because only the front touches the desk etc. I have heard the chargers are prone to breaking but i have never had this problem.
I also chose two hard drives, both 500GB, i have filled these up multiple times, and never actually experienced much slowing, which is great.
Another excellent thing with Dell is their support line, i have rang them up several time regarding the laptop and they have always been extremely quick and helpful.
My Studio 17 goes everywhere with me and is still in one piece which means it's definitely sturdy.
Overall i would say it is expensive but as long as you take reasonable care of it, it will last a long time.
Only thing i will say is to turn off the Wireless card when your not using it, i burned through my first one after about three years, and although they are not overly expensive to replace it can be quite an inconvenience when they go wrong!
If your thinking of purchasing a new laptop then you will struggle to get one much better than this.
Budget laptops start around £300, what I class as mid range start £400-600 and then you get into the higher speced machines like this one. I purchased the Dell Studio 17 laptop just over 12 months ago for £820. Personally I think this is quite a lot of money, but bang for the buck this laptop is AWSOME.
(1) The intel i7 quad core chip is lightning fast and can handel anything you can throw at it. I was blown away just how fast this machine is.
(2) 4GB of DDR3 Ram is perfect for gaming and multi tasking. For a norml usuer this is more than enough.
(3) Superb 1GB graphics really sharp screen (perfect for gaming) you'll see what I mean when you set your destop background.
(4) The build quality is great and doesn't feel cheap and plastically like many laptops
Tip: I highly recomend paying for the back lit keyboard it sounds daft but this is a massive benefit.
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The only negative thing I can think to say about this latop is that it is heavy so not really designed for someone who wants to be mobile. This laptop is for someone who wants to use it as their primary PC at home and is great for all your internet and media needs.
My Dad purchased this laptop as a desktop replacement about three months ago, after using it for various pieces of work and setting it up for him this is what I have found.
This laptop is ideal for the money that is costs, but is very heavy, this is obviously due to the 17 inch screen but after looking at other Dells and owning one in the past I would of not expected it to be as heavy as it actually is, since this is going to probably be a desktop replacement (and therefore irrelevant) I'll move on very quickly.
The speed is great and its multitasking is also very good. If you use this on your lap it will get very hot very quickly, causing some discomfort this is not ideal but it is certainly liveable. Purchasing a tray would be ideal as it will stop the vents from being blocked, a more expensive alternative would be to purchase a cooling mat.
The best thing about this laptop is its speed, hands down, it will not cause you to loose your patience as many cheaper laptops do I have installed various pieces of memory demanding software and even edited a small motor cross video in after effects it coped fairly well with this.
I would recommend this laptop due to its low price but as a true laptop it is too big and too heavy. The machine does however feel very solid but this is due to the weight of it.
This computer is a beast. The CPU Passmark score is 3900. Games run ridiculously smoothly. It's graphics card bound, not CPU bound that's for sure. And if I want to get crazy I can overclock the graphics card for an extra 20-25% performance. Maybe... with better cooling and a 130 watt power supply.Pros:Fast 4 core, 8 threads (do I really need that many?)QuietBrightSpeakers are AWESOME!back-lit keyboard + keypad2 hard drive capablegraphics cardslot load CDvideo portsLooks really sharpFinal thoughts:It might be worth it to get the upgraded screens next time around. Either the touchscreen or 1080p. We have another 1747 with the touchscreen and it's actually pretty sweet. Especially as web developers, it works quite nicely when developing for touchscreen interfaces. The 1600 x 900 screen is quite nice too.
First I must mention that it has a very fast processor, the i5 generation is amazing. I like that he doesn't get hot, even if I run games on it. The graphics card and the display provide the perfect environment for games, movies, and even for some high end software. The resolution permit 1080p experience.
- Very glossy screen (sometimes it can be very annoying) poor sound quality ( I expected better for a Dell notebook)
- Battery life is pretty low, mostly because is a large laptop. Don't expect more than an hour in " full throttle" and two hour in normal usage. You can buy a second set of batter.
Conclusion:It is a very good laptop design for people who prefer performing rather than portability. If you love to see high quality movies and have a notebook for a large spectrum of needs this it a good choice. Is a great machine for this price.
Dell 1745 Studio
I've had my Dell since I started my PGCE in September 2009. My older laptop was unreliable - the power cable always falling out the back and generally being a pain so I decided to shop around and went for a Dell. I think what drew me to Dell was the customisable features...despite not choosing any I felt that the process via the website was simple and straightforward allowing me to add or remove options and it felt more 'custom' than other laptops.
Manufacturer : Dell
Model: Studio 1745
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6600 @ 2.20GHz
Installed memory (RAM): 4.00 GB
System Type: 64-bit Operating System
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premimum
Harddrive: 283 GB
As the name suggests, this is a 17 inch screen laptop. I chose the basic look laptop which is a sleek black lid with the Dell symbol in silver centrally located on the lid. It is made of the same plastic/acrylic you find on ipods. You can smear your name into the top - that lovely shiny surface picks up every smear and bit of dust it can, and obviously shows every scratch or scrape it manages to acquire. Mine is unscratched but does look pretty grubby. Netherless, I like the black finish and when cleaned, comes up really nice!! Lift the lid and you have a full size keyboard (hallelujah!) with keypad to the right. Above the keyboard there is a touch-pad bar where you can rewind, play/pause, fastforward and eject any CD or DVD you have running - great if you're watching a movie and need to nip to the loo. You don't have to disturb the screen at all. You can also adjuct the volume or mute it via the touch pad. There is also a button resembling 2 cogs which opens the Windows Mobility Centre to adjuust the different settings such as the wireless switch, the lighting on the screen etc... This touch panel is lit behind with a clean, white light.
Below the keyboard sits the touchpad mouse. This area is grey with a kind of goggles design on it. There are 2 1 inch speakers in the the bottom corners and the screen maintains the sleek black look, bordered in the same finish with 'studio' written in the corner and the Dell logo centred below the screen. The main body of the laptop is less that an inch thick but being a studio laptop, it is pretty long and heavy although extremely quiet when running, even after long periods of time.
The power plugs in to the top right hand corner and isn't like most laptops whose 'bit you plug in' (techie term, you might not all get it) is normally a right-angled piece of plastic. This plugs in straight and has a little blue ring around the top to show you when it's plugged in and ready to go.
There is a built in webcam which has software to enable you to take snap shots, video or add comical frames and images over yours.
I do love my Dell and it shows signs of my affections. It is dirty and never seems to look clean. The keyboard looks grubby and a pitfall of losing anything between the keys is that they sit so close together you can't clean effectively under them. My G key hands upwards because a seed got stuck underneath and I had to remove the key to get to it, and despite following instructions on how to do this I still failed miserably!
What I wasn't happy with when it arrived (eventually but that's more about Dell's abysmal lack of organisation and customer service as appose to the product itself) the touch bar had pockets of air and appear 'scratched' in the way it had been fitted. At the time I overlooked this because it took so long to get here but now the pockets take away from the pleasing aesthetic.
The laptop is no fuss really - it is quiet, doesn't get too hot and has an awesome screen for movies and for working on. With Windows 7 it is perfect for my concident work and play related uses, running such bigger games as Spore and Sims 3 with addons without any issues. The battery life is a huge plus - at the start it could last about 2.5-3 hours, now it's down to about 2 but still, gives you enough time to get some decent disconnected time with your laptop.
I've found it hard to write this review because I really like this laptop but I'm not a nerdy type - it is great. My mother can understand how to use it and does so with ease which is some sort of testiment as she isn't completely clued up. A simple, functional, easy to use laptop.
I've had the device around 5 months now and all in all I couldn't be happier with this laptop.
Prior to this I had always owned and built my own desk top PCs. However, I decided I needed a small device for when I didn't want to switch on the PC and when I wanted to be more mobile. I was never a fan of Dell personally and I did a lot of research to find the best laptop for me. Much to my surprise this Dell was not only great value for money with a special offer on at the time but also really quite good.
It comes with Windows 7, which is the standard these days as XP is no longer produced and Vista was awful especially on laptops. I have turned mine into a duel boot Ubuntu which is easy to do if you know how. The only thing I would say about the software is when you get it it comes pre-loaded with various Dell specific software. If you're not sure what it is or how to remove it there are various resources on the Internet to help, but if you're not sure it's probably best you leave it. Personally I like to have a fairly clean system.
The specifications have surprised me and I have found the system quite capable of running modern games such as Starcraft 2. This is made possible by a comfortable 4gb of RAM which is fully utilised thanks to the 64 bit Windows installation and an ATI graphics card. I also use it frequently for every day use and for programming, I would say it is faster and more capable than my current desktop PC at work and it doesn't get nearly as hot as I would have expected it to.
I make little use of the screen as it has both a HDMI and a VGA for ease of use with monitors or TVs, however, the screen is crisp and bright. The ability to plug a 5.1 system in using the 3 audio jacks was a very welcome surprise. It comes with 3 USB ports which for most is likely enough and if not you can buy small hubs for a couple of quid to allow extra devices. Mine has a 500gb hard drive, which for a typical user is more than enough. The drive didn't come pre-partitioned but it's simple enough to do.
The one thing I will say is it feels cheap and flimsy, the plastic cover flexes when pushed. I would want to get a very secure laptop bag as I cant see it surviving knocks particularly well.
My Dell Studio 1720 is a Refurbished unit purchased from PC World. Black and Silver casing, Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2390 @ 1.86GHz, 1867 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s), OS is Microsoft® Windows VistaTM Home Premium. It cost only £399 which is a real bargain price for a very decent piece of kit. Due to bitter past personal experiences I normally avoid any contact with DSG but in this instance I take my hat off to them and would definitely consider PC World again.
Although refurbished, the unit was as new and in perfect physical condition and I was well pleased. I use laptops for work and leisure and this in the main is a pleasure to use. The full size keyboard is a breeze as is the touchpad. The layout is very well thought out and the palm rest area either side of the touch pad very welcome indeed. I much prefer a full numerical keypad to the side over any other format and this one doesn't disappoint.
It's fairly heavy at 8lbs but for my use and purposes in music production and performance this presents no problems since I use it on a desk on the mains AC adaptor even though the battery lasts longer than 2 hours subject to useage. The screen is huge compared to my HP Pavillion 15" (which this replaced but which is still delivering very reliable back-up). The display is bright and crisp with capability upto 1440 x 900. The GeForce 8600M GT adapter apparently has it's knockers in the gaming world for burning up under pressure and needing the optional memory upgrade but I haven't had any problems with it.
I have had some issues with Dell support though and their inability to resolve connection issues with the network adapter and understanding my issues with the awful onboard sound provision which doesn't even allow direct recording of streaming audio which I have been able to do with every other PC I have ever had since they were invented. Ok fair enough I have all the outboard recording kit to do this but it is proving a real PITA not being able to do what I could before. As far as I can establish from Dell UK (which APPARENTLY is in INDIA and THE PHILLIPINES and definitely NOT in the UK), the only way I can record on this thing is from the on-board microphone or via the mic input!!! Now either the card is faulty or it is just plain rubbish. After 2 1hour calls I am none the wiser.
Fortunately Dell Support isn't all bad and when my memory chip packed up the unit was collected repaired and returned under warranty with min imum fuss and all within a week.
Overall I am happy with the computer if not by Dell as a company. I am pleasantly surprised by the great price and excellent service from PC World and doubt very much whether I could have got a better buy for the money from any other manufacturer or retailer.
I rate this laptop 8/10. I bought it over a year ago now primarily for work, but I also wanted a laptop which I could watch movies, and play games on.
(In techy terms) It's a PC Replacement, which basically means that it can do all the things which a PC can at the same speed, which is very true. I regularly watch movies on it's very decent 17" screen. However the sound isn't up to scratch compared with certain Sony's, and I've had to buy some speakers to compensate.
The Dell Studio 17 will not let you down in terms of reliability; it's been dropped many times, and only has 3 scars to prove it. It has a huge memory which takes a while to fill up for the average user, meaning that the laptops processing speed is very decent. Unfortunately the battery life is not fantastic (mainly because it is a PC replacement - and so uses a lot of power).
Overall, I would recommend this laptop for business and leisure.
Sturdy and well built
Superb add-ons (for an extra price)
Good Screen Size
Easy to use
Not excellent battery life (but certainly not poor!)
Without add on features this laptop is not exceptional compared to others
I bought a new Studio 17 in January before they introduced the new i7/i5 processors, so got an almost fully upgraded one:
6GB DDR3 RAM
Core 2 Duo 2.5Ghz processors
2x 7200 rpm 500GB HDD
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
I use this laptop as a complete replacement and substitute for a desktop PC. As I had customised it, it took around a month and a half to arrive, but I had ordered before Christmas so there would have been an understandable backlog. If you are buying this product for someone as a gift and are customising it, I would either order it well in advance or tell them you will buy it on the day and order it with them letting them choose which features they would like, otherwise you risk it not arriving on time.
Ever since I bought it, I have had few problems using it whenever and for whatever I have needed it for. It runs high demand programs effectively, plays high definition videos with ease and runs some of the newest computer games around. The JBL speakers installed are fantastic quality and I was surprised to find a subwoofer in the back of the laptop, something I had not expected when ordering it.
The one problem I have had occasionally is when playing music and running lots of programmes at the same time. The RAM copes easily but the processors seem to max out at 100% regularly on such occasions which significantly slows the machine down, even with a large page file. However, it's not often this situation occurs and many people would not require the laptop to do this many things, they would use a desktop PC.
Although this exact product is now difficult to buy new, I would recommend any of the Studio range laptops, especially if you would use it for playing media. There is even a touch screen version available to make the most of Windows 7!
I have owned the Dell Studio 17 for nearly a year. At first I found the 17 to be large and cumbersome, but now I like it. It has numeric to the top and to the side - which can take a bit of getting used to, but now is very familiar to me. It is user friendly, and I like the use of the touch buttons just under the speaker - such as volume and CD/DVD eject. The screen is large and clear for watching movies. I use my 17 for home use, and basic office work for my partners business, and it is suitable for me, and I am sure it would be suitable for any professional business/family home/child or for travelling. You are limited to a case, should you so desire - but if you haggle, as I did, the salesperson may give you a good deal. The only downside is the on/off button is near the hinge of the laptop, which did cause problems for me, and I had to change straight away, but since then I have not encountered any problems.
This was my first more expensive, higher range laptop and after doing my research I had decided that this was the best option for my intended use. Previous laptops had been cheap and had generally relected in with their speed and general performace.
This time round I had decided to go for something that would last, planning ahead for University. I also was keen to get a few games, including The Sims 3, so needed a laptop that could cope.
I have been impressed with the laptop all round. It has coped with everything I have thrown at it and I have had no problems. It has slowed down a little since first getting it, but not too noticebly.
The battery also lasts fairly well, much better than my previous laptops, but I do tend to run multiple programmes so it doesn't quite reach the stated usage time.
I had very good service with Dell (I ordered the laptop from their website) and was kept well informed throughout the process.
I would recommend both the laptop and the company to anyone.
I am currently writing this review on a Dell Studio 17. I have owned it for some time now, a time during which it has gradually declined in performance. Up until this point I have been very happy with it, however the processing quality has clogged up, and around three quarters of the memory seems to be being used up constantly. I suppose that some of this is due to me, and the basics are all perfect. The screen is fantastic and clear quality and is amazing for films etc; the battery lasts for the promised 2-3 hours (which in my view is not enough for a proper laptop). I feel the buttons on the top of the keyboard have been fantastically useful. They help fast forward and rewind music, eject discs and change the levels of the volume. All of this is very useful. In all this product has served me well, but I reckon the newer dells will give you better performance.
This machine is very good for designers, artists, architects and people working in similar fields. The screen is big and allows the user to have a very rich view at his own work. The design of the laptop is quite subtle and much more elegant than one from the Inspiron series. It is slick and fashionable and there are many colour choices. It is generally pleasing to the eye. The speakers are very powerful, the sound is really amazing for a laptop! There are several lit-up hot keys above the keyboard which make the controls easier (such are controlling the volume or display settings). This is however, a reasonably heavy and big computer - it is a desktop replacement and it is not very practical to be carried around. However, this is a very powerful, fast machine and you will probabaly not be disappointed with its functions. A few added extras include the 2.0 megapixel web camera which is very easy to use.