Dell - Studio XPS Laptop with Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor - Black
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Intel® Core™2 Duo mobile processor P8600
Features 2 processing cores, 1066MHz frontside bus, 3MB L2 cache and 2.4GHz processor speed.
4GB DDR3 memory
For multitasking power.
Slot-loading multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
Lets you create custom DVDs and CDs.
13.3" WXGA widescreen display
With 1280 x 800 resolution showcases your movies and games in stunning clarity.
320GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage options and fast read/write times.
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
For lush images. High-definition audio 2.0 with integrated speakers and HDMI connection.
Built-in 2.0-megapixel webcam
To liven up Internet chat, instant messaging and blogs with color photos and video.
Facial recognition security
Uses the built-in webcam and software to keep your laptop secure.
8-in-1 media card reader
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital IO, Secure Digital High Capacity, Secure Digital HD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card.
IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface and 2 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in Dell 1515N mini-card (802.11b/g/n)
Dell's advanced antenna design features 3 antennas to find and connect to networks with ease, delivering enhanced wireless reception; standard Wi-Fi Catcher to quickly locate wireless hotspots.
Built-in 10/100 Ethernet network card
For quick and simple Internet connections.
Weighs 5 lbs. and measures a maximum of 1.4" thin
For easy portability.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system
With Service Pack 1 (SP1) preinstalled for a stable operating platform.
Software package included
With Microsoft Works 9, Adobe Reader 9 and Roxio Creator 10 Dell Edition. Trend Micro Internet Security preinstalled with 15 months of protection.
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- Dell Studio XPS Laptop with Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor
- 6-cell lithium-ion battery
- Software: Microsoft Works 9; Adobe Reader 9; Roxio Creator 10 Dell Edition; Trend Micro Internet Security (15 months)
- Power cord
- Owner's manual
- Energy Star CompatibleNo
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3
- Optical DriveDVD±RW/CD-RW
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-B+G+N
- Additional Audio/Video ConnectorsHDMI
- AudioHigh-definition audio 2.0
- SpeakersBuilt-in stereo
- Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
- Pointing DeviceTouchpad
- Included SoftwareMicrosoft Works 9; Adobe Reader 9; Roxio Creator 10 Dell Edition; Trend Micro Internet Security (15 months)
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 85 reviews(85 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
After updating drivers no freezes or BSODPosted .
This is a great piece. I bought it yesterday at Best Buy (USA) on April 8 2009. Out of the box it froze 3-4 times randomly. I read a post somewhere where they mentioned updating all latest drivers First thing i updated BIOS to A04. I updated all drivers from Dell's website and It did not freeze from that point on. I installed a System driver and after installing i restarted the machine. I got a B SOD at this time. I think we get Blue Screen Of Deaths because of issues in drivers. so I reinstalled the system driver again properly. Rebooted. Then installed all the latest driver for all devices from the Dell's website. No freezes or B SOD since then and it does not get that hot either.I have watched a DVD movie at full brightness without power and battery will last for about 2 hrs 25min. The moment I stop watching DVD it boosts my battery to 30 min s more. I have not switched off this machine since then.It did go to sleep. But today before going to office i will leave it on the whole day. I will see if it freezes or reboots in that time. I ran the D PC latency test tool to check the latencies. On my X P machine I get no Red or yellow spikes. On this machine I get frequent red spikes. Although this might be an issue of Vista and not this laptop. I will ask a colleague to run the D PC Latency test on his Vista machine and verify the results. I have attached an image file showing the results on this machine. I have 13 days more to test this piece. So I am going to test cr** out of it. and update this website accordingly. Anyone who have tested this laptop after updated bios and drivers please update here if you have had issues any further. I will provide an update on this weekend again. BTW I ran some benchmark tools like Fresh Diagnosis and Passmark. In Fresh diagnosis we have a very good score. In Passmark everything is great but surprisingly the hard drive has a poor score. I don;t know why. But the same hard drive shows up as exceptional in fresh Diagnosis tool. In Passmark the hard drive score is less then my 5400 rpm hard drive Serial A T A. I will try running the scores again this weekend. stay tuned. I really like this laptop. It is really fast.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I'm loving it!!!Posted .
I got this laptop on sale from Bestbuy. Immediately after I got it, I went home, popped in a 64-bit version of Vista Business and installed the OS from scratch (after formatting the drive). I downloaded and installed the latest drivers from Dell's site and updated Windows. The laptop has worked flawlessly ever since. I DO NOT have any freezing issues that others are talking about. The system did slow down every once in a while in the beginning but later I found out that it was my antivirus trying to complete unfinished tasks. On to the laptop! I used to have a 15" laptop and this 13" is just great. It is very small and portable. For the size, it is a little heavier but nowhere close to my previous one. First the build quality! For the brand and price, they did not do such a good job building this laptop. My first one had dust particles between the lcd and the glass. My second one has a light scuff mark on the hinge. The edges on the screen feel sharp. I wouldn't be surprised if I get a finger cut using my laptop. Keyboard seems a little flimsy. It does not have the sturdy feel; however, the backlit keyboard is awesome at night. Leather touch looks great but I could care less for it. Besides these little deals, everything else looks great. Default LCD settings does not work well for this laptop's lcd. Colors looked faded. A quick tweak of nVidia settings brought the colors back to life. So, if you feel the LCD is not great, give these settings a try (i.e. increase your contrast and gamma and color). Speakers on these are something you won't feel like dying for. They sound very metallic compared to other laptops I have used. I haven't yet played with the equalizer. Maybe that will fix the problems. The touch buttons (to control media, wireless, and volume), in my opinion, could have been designed a little differently. It is so easy to touch them and activate them. Last time, I was just trying to wipe something on the screen and I touched the wireless button, and away went my 80% download. I've been careful since then. On to the heating problem, this laptop does heat up a lot, but, like someone else said here, this laptop packs pretty high end components. One flaw in my opinion is the air vent. It is in the back and somewhat facing the bottom, so when the screen is fully open, it blocks the vent in a sense that the airflow either has to go up or down the screen. I am pretty sure Dell researched this design but this could still have been designed better. I run my laptop on powersave mode most of the time so it does not heat up as much. For me, battery life has been, on average, about 2hr and 45 mins with power save mode on. Given the high end components and less powerful battery this laptop comes with, this makes sense. If you need more power, you can opt for bigger batteries. That's about it! If I think of anymore, I will write another review. Overall, I love this laptop and have been using it for about 5-6 hours everyday. No freezing issue and not so much heating problem. Few tweaks will get you most of the things to like about this laptop.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Dude, I got a DELL!Posted .
First, looks and appearance: Genuine leather and silver metal trim, definitely adds "personality" to the computer. Very shiny which shows finger prints. If you care, get yourself a microfiber cloth. White backlit keyboard. Hinges are on the sides of the screen rather than the middle like previous or other DELL models. Extremely attractive computer. Ultra thin design. Multimedia controls are touch sensitive, NOT actual buttons. 13" widescreen, glossy display. Built-in webcam. Second, performance: Windows Vista, make sure when you purchase softare and accessories, those products are Vista compatible. If not, they won't work! Microsoft Works suites not included which is kinda dissapointing, but it doesn't really matter. Just buy it and install it yourself. 320 GB hard drive is closer to approximately 290GB, which is the case with any other hard drive, internal or external. I recommend purchasing separate speakers if you'll be using this for music and movies. Includes Trend Micro Internet Protection which is nice. NVEDIA G-FORCE media card, which beats the standard Studio models. Fast with 2 Intel processors. Bluetooth for accessory connection and WiFi for internet conection. Windows Vista Start Menu is different from the Windows XP Start Menu. It takes some time for familiarity. Third, everything else: My last laptop was also a DELL XPS, which had Widows XP, so I'm not entirely familiar with Windows Vista. If you're the same way, just spend time playing with Windows. That's what I'm doing. I don't recommend you get the "upgraded" edition where Geek Squad goes in and deletes unnecessary programs. I got that one and it crashed within 9 days. Thank goodness BestBuy has amazing customer service. I took it back to BestBuy after the first laptop crashed, Geek Squad tried to turn it on, it didn't, and was immediately exchanged for a brand new, untouched model. No questions, no hassling. I recommend purchasing an external hard drive for data backup. But make sure it's Windows Vista 64-bit compatible. Or it won't work. Same as a printer. My old DELL printer is only compatible with Windows XP. So, I gotta get a new printer, even though my old one works just fine. I personally prefer to keep computer and printer the same brand or manufacturer. There are way more pro's than con's with this computer. I just think it should cost a little bit lees than the MSRP. Overall, I am very happy with this computer.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Lock Up is not Dell Issue: Pls read the full reviePosted .
I bought this laptop around a month back. If you are looking for a laptop that is portable and high performance then this is it. But if you want portability and performance both, it comes at a price. This system has got really high end components and it is very natural of it to get heated and consume lot of battery power. It gets really hot. After I bought this laptop I installed Ubuntu Linux on it. Even I faced the frequent Lock up problem and it would suddenly die while running Ubuntu (The dying was due to the heat. On both the occasions I was watching a movie and the laptop was on my bed hence there was no way the hot air could escape. Unfortunately, unlike Toshiba the heat escapes from the bottom). I formatted the hard disk within 3 days of buying the laptop, installed Vista (Another advantage here: HP provides recovery disks which restores your computer to factory setting. With this laptop I got Vista CD hence I JUST INSTALLED VISTA, no other garbage) and installed just the minimum drivers. All are readily available on the CD that Dell provided and on the internet. I have not had the lock up problem since. I installed Ubuntu after that and have also bought a cooling pad and I have been careful to give the laptop some air to breath. Havent had any problems since. Performance is great for the cost. I doubt how many people would require that kind of performance for a 13" laptop. I would rate battery life 2.5 out of 5. Dell customer service is great. I am telling out of experience. For brands like HP it is non-existent. In this case, I had some questions about my the ownership and warranty. I decided to chat online. Initially I was not satisfied with the answer and I closed the window. The person immediately called me and answered all my queries to my full satisfaction. And there was a pending action item. Since then that person has been calling me every 3-4 days to check on all the stuff including the heating problem. She was even ready to replace the parts if the heating problem did not go away (Her solution was to download and install the latest Dell BIOS which will control the heating). I did not have to wait for long time on the call as my call would get forwarded from one department as it happens with other brands. Hope this review helps you in making your decision.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Good performance but serious QA issuesPosted .
My in-store impression of this laptop was very high but my out-of-box impression was a completely different story. During initial setup, the computer froze up solid in less than 20 minutes. Restarted it and the computer froze up again in the middle of downloading Windows updates. Shortly afters I could hear a weird clicking sound coming from the computer but I couldn't determine whether or not the sound was coming from the cooling fan or the hard drive. Restarted it again after finally being able to install all updates but it froze up on me again. Checked Dell's site and found that they had updated the BIOS for this laptop on 02/17/09. I installed that update but it didn't seem to fix the problem because the computer still kept locking up at random times, even when the computer was just sitting there. I'm more than willing to believe the lock ups are heat related. Anyway, the laptop eventually started to have other problems such as the Bluetooth, WLAN card, and the gigabit Ethernet ALL stopped working at the same time. System recovery nor system restore fixed the problem. Took the laptop back and got an exchange. The second one seemed to work like a charm for about 4 days straight with no problems whatsoever......until yesterday. Ended up getting a Bluetooth-related error and the Bluetooth stopped working altogether. About 2 minutes later the computer had locked up again. I really didn't feel like fighting this one like I did with the first one so I took it back and got something else altogether. It really is a shame that this laptop has major hardware issues because I really liked the physical appearance of the laptop itself and the performance was very good (when it worked). I tried to give Dell the benefit of the doubt and thought maybe my first purchase was a dud. After getting burned twice and seeing so many negative reviews here where users are experiencing the same issues with lockups I am convinced this is a defective line of laptops from Dell. I've been reading that others aren't having the lockup issues with the 16" version of the Studio XPS so it may be just an issue with the 13.3" version.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Sexy Laptop with a Burning HeartPosted .
I built this computer on dells website and the price came in about $1300.00. I was curious as to how bestbuy could sell this at $999 and wound up chatting with a dell sales associate, she was a little confused and wary with my questions at first and dubious of wasting her time on working without receiving a commission, but eventually I was able to get her to build it herself. After about 30 minutes of head scratching and visiting bestbuys site, she eventually told me this..."in all earnestness I can't advise you not to buy it, it is a fantastic deal." This is what I think about this very sexy laptop. I originally wanted a 13" macbook and tried first to build one comparable on dell 's website. I wound up with this exact laptop. I only tried to minimally exceed the macs specifications in speed and appearance. I feel that it was time well spent. I understand any type of recognition software has a learning curve but overall the facial recognition just takes some getting used to. Change always has its critics. You can always turn it off if you cant find the time to make it work for you. If you can get past this, try comparing this laptops specifications with anything that best buy sells and you will find that this pc has the best value of any 13" model. The only thing that I wish I could change is the monitor quality and not getting dell gold tech support. I guess I could have bought it from dell but the price tag would have grown to at least 1800 hard earned dollars... I simply could not justify the added luxury items... This thing is smoking...every time it burns my lap, I smile thinking of what a great deal I got..I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent Laptop for the money.Posted .
I'm using this laptop for over a month. So far, It is a very good laptop. VERY VERY fast and quiet (except for the slot-loading DVD drive). Never had the heating or freezing issues because as soon as I bought it, I format the OS partition, installed Vista and then downloaded the latest BIOS and drivers from the Dell support web site . However, the DELL drivers CD that came with the laptop didn't have the driver for face recognition (using service tag it's not in the DELL web site either) . So I got the driver from another DELL Driver CD (from a DELL studio). After that, face recognition seems to work perfect. However the CPU started to get busy randomly with no applications running (about 50%-80% busy). I found that it was a kernell problem. After a lot of searching I decided to uninstall the face recognition software and it solved the problem. Radio capabilities (WiFi and bluetooth) seems to have the same problem with the drivers, because when I switch on/off the radio features sometimes the CPU hang and keep busy in 40-50%. I reinstall the drivers and the problem is solved so far. I've played games (doom3, assassin's creed) and it's very good for gaming (not at higher specs) with no over heating . Battery life is decent. It is not a flawless Laptop, but overall it is very good Laptop for the value.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Negative Reviews Are Over-reactionsPosted .
I have read a bunch of awful reviews about this computer, all of which are over-stated. I have had for a week now and find it a very high-performance and well built computer. The issues I do have, it runs hot. Which is a nuisance, but not damning. It only has 2 USBs, but that too is livable. I guess the biggest disappointments are the size (bigger than I thought) and battery (only 2.5 hours). Aside from these inconveniences it is an amazing computer. I keep trying to max out the performance and I havent come close. I have not seen anything that comes close to matching performance for the price. I challenge anyone who gives this computer a negative review to find a better one for $999.I would recommend this to a friend