Dell Studio 17
SpecificationsNotebook: Dell Studio 17 (Studio 17 Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T8300
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 256 MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 999 euro
Average of 15 scores (from 21 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell Studio 17
Studio Line. For the present the new Studio series by Dell is available in two sizes. On the one hand there is the Studio 15, which has a compact 15.4 inch wide screen format. On the other hand there is also the 17 inch model called Dell Studio 17, which was especially designed for all those who appreciate a big display with much overview. But, the Studio 17 does not only take advantage of a bigger size, but also of more powerful hardware components, i.e, an Intel processors and ATI graphics card, and bigger reserve capacity.
The Dell Studio 17 performed very well as a multimedia-oriented desktop-replacement notebook. The system includes everything you might want, including great speakers, very nice screen options, a fast processor, and a very capable graphics card. Compared to the ASUS G51J or Acer 8940G which offer NVIDIA 260M and 250M cards respectively, the Studio 17 does fall behind in gaming performance with its lower performing ATI Mobility Radeon 4650
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/07/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 50% workmanship: 90%
Source: Laptop Mag
Although it costs a reasonable $1,164, the Dell Studio 17 has the power of a much more expensive notebook: a blazing quad-core Intel Core i7 processor that’s perfect for multitaskers and multimedia fiends, a full gigabyte of dedicated graphics memory, a fast, 7,200-rpm hard drive, and a nine-cell battery that outlasts other desktop replacements. Sure, you’ll get a more refined design and even stronger performance as you move up to more tricked-out systems, but the Studio 17 delivers a lot of value.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Authority
Dell's Studio 17 packs a big screen for a big peformance - pity on the big price
Our review model Dell 17 came with an eyewateringly green lid - it comes in a range of colours, and we were apparently sent the ‘puréed frog' model. Joking aside, the Studio is a good-looking system. Make no mistake, the Studio 17 is an excellent laptop, but Dell's exquisite design is again undermined by price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/27/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80%
Source: The Insider
Dell has managed to walk a fine line between price and performance with this machine. You can upgrade but at this price you don’t get extras like Blu-ray, just a standard DVD rewriter, but for a family orientated notebook you won’t find any compromises. It manages to pack in the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 3GB of RAM and a whopping 320GB hard drive and still be affordable. There is even a dedicated gaming card, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650, so you’ll be able to play games with ease. We really like this machine – it’s powerful, portable and for the configuration isn’t about to cost the earth.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 80%
Source: PC Authority
Looks and feels great, but a hefty price – once you’ve tweaked its specs – means that rivals offer better value.Make no mistake, the Studio 17 is an excellent laptop, but Dell's exquisite design is again undermined by price. If you make a minor increase to your budget and spend it on an XPS M1730 or Asus' M51Va, you'll get either a more powerful gaming machine with oodles of power or an extremely competent, high-definition desktop replacement.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/01/2009
Rating: price: 40%
Source: PC Pro
Looks and feels good, but a high price and high-profile omissions mean that rivals offer better value.
4 von 6, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 40%
Source: APC Mag
Dell has taken full advantage of the Studio 17’s larger footprint by packing it with ports and connectors; it comes with five USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, FireWire, VGA, infrared, ExpressCard, and an eight-in-one memory card reader on-board, as well as an external USB RJ45 modem jack for those still clinging to dial-up. Otherwise, the 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet covers standard network and Internet connectivity, and you can add built-in mobile broadband as an optional extra. To top it all off, Dell also throws in a two-year next business day parts and labour warranty.
(von 10): 8, Preis 8, Ergonomie 9, Leistung 9, Display sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/03/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% display: 90% ergonomy: 90%
Source: Pocket Lint
The Dell Studio 17 may fall between the budget Inspiron and expensive XPS ranges but we found it a great middle ground for those with a bigger budget looking for something cutting-edge without necessarily paying a premium.
9 von 10, Ausstattung sehr gut, Preis gut, Leistung gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/29/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 90%
Source: IT Reviews
The Studio series neatly dovetails in between two well liked product lines and certainly lives up to its name in the choice of colours and styles for the lid, but it could do with a boost in the gaming department.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/17/2008
Source: PC Mag
Dell is not known as a premier product designer, but it does a decent job with the design of its ultraportable and mainstream laptops. Its 17-inch laptops, like the Inspiron 1720, are unflattering bulky 10-pound machines whose buyers are mainly hard-core users and gamers. The Studio 17 gets major style points over its predecessors, but it lacks a few key features it needs to keep up with the competition.
3.5 von 5, Display gut, Mobilität gut, Leistung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/16/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 50% display: 80% mobility: 80%
Gaming performance isn’t great, but otherwise this is a well-designed and solidly built notebook
(von 5): 4, Ausstattung 4, Leistung 4, Verarbeitung gut, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/29/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 40% workmanship: 80%
The Studio 17 is by no means as attractive or desirable as an XPS laptop (excluding the gaming XPSs, they're pig-ugly), but it is slightly more appealing than an Inspiron. With that in mind, it achieves its objective: to be cheaper than an XPS without sacrificing too much in the way of looks. Laptops such as the Asus M70 offer more in the way of storage and connectivity, but the Studio 17 just about holds its own.
7.3 von 10, Preis gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/04/2008
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 80%
Source: Comp Reviews
Dell's Studio 17 laptop certainly provides a good level of value. It is one of the best price to performance desktop replacement notebooks on the market and has a wide range of options for customization. The problem is that the design of the case makes the system a bit akward to carry and the expansion ability could be problematic for many people.
3 von 5, Preis sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/16/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 90%
All things said and done, the Dell Studio 17 is the most impressive 17-inch consumer notebook we've seen so far this year. The build quality, range of customizable options, expandability, style, and price make this an excellent choice if you're in the market for a 17-inch notebook. Still, we would have liked to see more graphics card options than just the integrated Intel X3100 and dedicated ATI Radeon HD 3650. While issues like lack of VGA cable screw posts, dedicated docking station connector, or lack of a simple RAM expansion cover might prevent some buyers from purchasing this notebook, there's a lot to like about this notebook. The Studio 17 has virtually every cool feature you'd want in a 17-inch notebook ... with the exception of a built-in TV tuner. Bottom line, you'll be hard pressed to find a better 17-inch notebook in the same price range at the time of this writing.
Mobilität gut, Ausstattung gut, Preis gut
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/26/2008
Rating: price: 80% features: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
Sometimes you want more performance than what a typical big-screen machine offers, and on that front the Dell Studio 17 delivers. You get a fast dual-core processor, discrete graphics, a humongous hard drive, and a beautiful high-res display. And we really like what Dell has done with its Dock interface and webcam software. However, the look of the system isn’t for everyone, and we’d like to see less-finicky volume controls.
3.5 von 5, Display gut, Leistung sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/25/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 90% display: 80%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/08/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 80% features: 50% display: 40% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
Source: Notebookforum.at DE→EN
User Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/13/2009
Rating: display: 90%
Source: Minitechnet DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/11/2008
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 100% mobility: 40% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 87% display: 90% mobility: 67% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 87% emissions: 81%
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/07/2008
Rating: performance: 80% features: 80%
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650: The Hd 3650 is a middle class graphics card (in 2008) and compareable to an 8600M GT GPU from Nvidia. It is fabricated in 55nm process and due to Avivo video engine the graphic card can support the processor with several video operations (HD video too).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
T8300: The Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 was at the time of announcement a fast dual-core CPU for laptops with 3 MB level 2 cache.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
78.87%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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