Dell Studio Laptop AnnouncedWritten by Simon Barker on June 30, 2008 · Filed under Review, Tech
On 26th June, I had the opportunity to attend the launch of Dell’s new range of computers at Silverstone, a new brand that they are calling ‘Studio’ which will sit between their current Inspiron and XPS ranges of laptops.
Dell Studio branded computers are “designed to foster creativity and innovation” – that being the case you need a computer that will help you achieve that, one whose own design is creative and innovative.
The Dell Studio laptop brand is one that will be providing a higher performance than their Dell Inspiron range while taking some of the design and higher level functionality of the Dell XPS range. It also at the same time provokes creativity and personal expression by being available in a range of colour and design/trim options.
The Studio laptops come in two sizes, the Studio 15 (with a 15.4″ screen) from £379 and the Studio 17 (with a 17″ screen) from £469 (including VAT and delivery) and are packed with features such as the following:
- Intel Core Duo Processor,
- Integrated Intel Graphics or optional ATI Radeon Graphics,
- High resolution 15.4″ or 17″ screen,
- Up to 4GB of memory,
- Windows Vista,
- DVD Writer or optional Blu-Ray Drive,
- SATA Hard Disk – up to 320GB capacity,
- Built-in Wireless Networking,
- Integrated Webcam,
- Media Card Slot that can support Memory Stick, SD, SDIO, SDHC, SDHD, MS, MS Pro, MMC+, Xd, Hi-Density SD, Hi-Capacity SD formats,
- HDMI port,
- 5 x USB 2.0 ports,
- Fingerprint Reader.
As mentioned above, these laptops are available in a variety of colours and styles which you can see for yourself below:
(click on the image for a more detailed view)
I personally like the sound of this computer and have had my eye on a Dell XPS laptop for a while now and may well buy one of these having had the opportunity to have a play with them in the flesh. I particularly like some of the smaller features pf the Dell Studio laptop such as a built-in webcam (I’ve always been put off using them in the past due when they’ve been another separate item to carry around) and fingerprint reader (should make securing your laptop far easier and takes away the hassle of entering passwords ensuring a higher level of security).
The Dell Studio laptops also feature another new Dell development, namely the Dell Dock, I’ll cover this in more detail later in the week, but to summarise, this is a great new way to ensure the programs and documents you use frequently are also to hand without you having to search through a messy, untidy desktop – which I must admit is something I’m personally guilty of when it comes to computers!
In the meantime, take a look at this video which runs through some of the features in more detail and also below that is Dell’s official press release on their new Studio range of laptops. You can order one of these laptops from the Dell website now or you’ll soon be able to find them in one of Dell’s retail partners’ stores such as Tesco or Currys.