Product Type: Dell laptops
Newest Review: ... I have ever owned so I don't have much to compare it to, but that was my experience of this Dell laptop and I hope this review is helpf... more
Dell Studio 17
Member Name: squashplayer
Dell Studio 17
Advantages: Fast, Reliable, Fantastic Speaker Sound Quality
Disadvantages: Slow if too many programs are open (like most computers)
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!
Summary: Great buy, could not recommend it more!
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