You can usually predict solid, reliable performance from a Dell; that's why so many businesses use them. We got our hands on the latest in a long line of of laptops, the Studio 15. Keep reading to see whether it lives up to Dell's reputation.
According to theDell website, the company’s new Studio 15 notebook is a 15.4” widescreen laptop devoted to serving the typical consumer’s multimedia needs at a reasonable price. As the industry has come to expect from Dell, they have produced a product here that lives up almost exactly to its expectations, which are reasonably set. With a price tag of $1,200 (though it starts at only $800), this first product in the Studio line is certainly not the cheapest laptop ever made. At the same time, it is reasonably affordable and does not bring any of the ultra high-tech features that you can associate with an overly priced $3,000 machine.
The concept behind Dell’s Studio line is that it takes the more affordable features of the Inspiron line and mixes them with some of the high class features of the XPS line, such as design and media performance. To be precise, according toPC Magazine, the Studio 15 is a mixture of the Inspiron 1525 and the XPS M1530. Basically, the Studio 15 takes the design look and feel from the M1530 as well as its powerful capability to display media. From the Inspiron 1525, it borrows the more generously sized chassis and the slightly under-par performance. The overall effect is that you will be buying a nicely styled large laptop that has a respectable, but not incredible, ability to do just about whatever the average consumer could want.
When it comes down to it, you are left with plenty of choices. The Studio is really a specific line that caters to a specific type of user, just as the Inspiron and XPS lines are. With that being said, if you are looking for a computer that is relatively inexpensive but sports a bit of style while also being able to display some power, then the Studio 15 is a good bet. If you are only concerned with price or only concerned with style and power, then you should either downgrade to the Inspiron or upgrade to the XPS models. If you are concerned about the size of this model, then you might consider waiting until a later date; Dell is said to be considering the release of a 13” model in their Studio line.
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