What I found quite interesting in the cnet review is that their performance testing of the Dell 1569 was second place just behind the Toshiba E205-S1904 (the other Best Buy Blue Label). I do not understand why, the specs are basically the exact same specs, EXCEPT our Dell has a 500gb 7,200rpm hard drive while the Toshiba has a 500gb 5,400 rpm hard drive. I would think, if anything our performance would be slightly better than the Toshiba because of our 7,200rpm hard drive. All the other specs are the same.
So, with that being said, why did the Toshiba have slightly better performance numbers than ours, since as I keep stating all the specs are the same except we have a faster hard drive?
Recently i ordered a Dell Studio XPS and like many of you with dell's,my main use was to be for audio production,dj'ing or any sort of thing pertaining to music.After ordering and then reading up online,ALOT of people are having problems getting the latency and/or pops skips & jumps out of their sound source.
Some say the problems lie within the Lan card,some say video card.And most importantly,Dell does not have an answer to the problem because they are not trained to understand audio type situations(Unfortunately).So...Here is where we are going to solve this thing(or try really hard because besides that...these are prett good laptops otherwise) Once i get mine in the next 3 days,im going to tell you what i did because i WILL fix it or at least try hard and fail.
I've been reading the threads for a while and wanted to get some more opinions on the 1555 vs SSE. I know the SSE is basically the 1537 with the edge to edge monitor.
I placed my order for the SSE last week with an estimated delivery date of 6/15 I could cancel my order and go with the 1555 with an estimated ship date of 6/01. what do you think. I have ~$1000 to play with ......
Right around black friday I ordered a Dell studio with the following specs listed below. It was $1778 with $649 off making an OTD price of $1212 shipped.
I see the I7 is out & I dont believe that was an option for the laptop either. There was also the 20% bing cashback deal which removes another 220 from the price (I dont quite get the math myself but hey).
I am looking at a Studio I7 with the same price but a 3rd year warranty vs my 2nd .....
I'm university student and ntb is meant to be carried almost daily (16" is ok for me), it's mainly for multimedia oriented jobs, some programming in C and Mathematica, some photoshop or even premiere (occasionaly), A LOT of movie watching. I also want it to be futureproof and well-built.
Dell XPS 1645 meets most of my criteria, but there are few things I'm unsure about... 1) after reading a couple of reviews and many posts on this forum I'm really doubtful if RGB-LED is worth the extra money. I'm not doing colour sensitive job (however I do sometimes edit RAW images in PS), but i want things on the display to look natural, especially in FullHD movies... (and I'm occasional gamer too)
Those who had honor to work with RGB-LED: would you pay for it in my position???
And just to make sure I haven't overlooked something: biggest DISadvantages of RGB-LED are supposed to be: inaccurate colors, bigger power consumption and some heat produced; while advantages should be: 0,4" gain in size, wider gamut and (maybe) better brightness...
Do you know any more to be added?
2) I'm also considering usual Studio 17 with Core i7 720QM (almost the same config), because it should be cooler, it has numpad and place for additional hdd (I'd buy 80GB intel ssd 34nm for system while keeping stock 500GB for data, I think it's beatiful idea), but what I DISlike about studio 17 is: dimensions, weight, speakers and design (and maybe a bit worse overal built quality).
So which one do you think is better for me?
3) how does combined e-sata/usb work? Since I have a external e-sata drive I have to plug 2 cables at the moment: USB for power and e-sata... With this 2-in-1 port do I need only 1 special cable? Or is it meant to be either/or thing??? From the placement of combined e-sata/usb on the opposite side of ntb than other USBs I'd say that 1 cable should be enough,
I am looking to get a Studio XPS 16 soon, but can't quite decide on which model to get and had a few questions...
1) What is the battery life of the 1647 (i5) compared to the 1645 (i7) assuming they have the same specs. I've read that i5's should last longer, but I really couldn't find anything comparing the two for these systems.
2) When configuring the 1645 and 1647 side-by-side with the same specs. The 1647 is about the same price as the 1645, if not more (depending on which processor selected). I thought the i5's were supposed to be less expensive than the i7's. Since they are about the same price, would it be better to go with the i7? Any reason to choose the i5 over i7?
I noticed that the Studio 15 is pretty much the same as the Studio XPS 16 minus the RGBLED screen. I really don't know which to choose and really need some guidance from some expert people. Here's what I have in mind:
Please help me decide between SXPS 16 and Studio 17. Configs are below. Main differences in configurations: SXPS - smaller (15.6"), higher resolution (1920x1080) screen; better build quality; more stylish; slightly better wireless card and graphics card.
Studio - larger (17") screen.
Main uses = Internet, video (not blu-ray, mostly online tv etc), very light gaming, office excel etc
Black Chainlink Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Quad Core Processor 1.6GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache) Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English 17.3” High Definition+ (900p) Bright LED Display with TrueLife™ and Camera/Facial Recognition SW 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 8X Slot Load CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive) Dell Wireless 1520 802.11n Half Mini-card 85 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (9 cell) Soundblaster X-Fi Hi Def Audio - Software Enabled Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Internal (2.1) Back-lit Keyboard
Studio XPS 16
Obsidian Black with Leather Accent edit Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Quad Core Processor 1.6GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache) Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English Full HD Widescreen 15.6 inch WLED LCD (1920x1080) W/2.0 MP 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 1GB ATI Mobility RADEON® HD 4670 8X Slot Load CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive) Intel® 5300 WLAN Wireless-N (3x3) Mini Card 85 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (9 cell) Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi MB Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Internal (2.1+EDR) 1Yr LoJack for Laptops Theft Protection Back-lit Keyboard
Looking for some help deciding between the Studio 15 and Studio XPS 13. With my school discount, they come within $20 of each other, spec'd the way I want, so price does not factor in.
The laptop will be used primarily for word processing, Internet, and old (non-3D) games so I would elect to take a 2.1 GHz Core 2 Duo and the standard integrated graphics on each.
Reasons I am drawn to the XPS model is it is lighter and more portable, looks a lot nicer, has a better backlight (inlcuding trackpad buttons), and is supposed to be much sturdier.
I still like the 15 because it has much better audio and speakers (+sub), supposedly stays cooler than the 13 (which is important since I want to use it as a LAPtop), and offers a matte screen option which I would prefer over the glossy in the 13 .....
I bought my Studio direct from Dell. When i called they said that they couldnt add my thumbprint scanner, so they upgraded me from 2GB ram to 4GB, 250GB hdd to 320GB, and from the T5800 processor to the T8100.
My question is what motherboard do you think I am going to be getting becuase the T5800 and T8100 cant both fit the same kind of motherboard, so what are they doing? The T8100 isnt an option if you go online and configure it so I'm wondering what is going on
No complaints though... lets see thumbprint scanner, 2x ram and better cpu...
I am planning to buy an new laptop for home (games,video,music and ect.) and considering two options: Dell xps 16, i-7 core 720QM (1,6ghz, 6mb cache), full HD LCD 1080p with true life, 4096MB 1333Mhz memory, 500GB hardrive, 9cell baterry, 1GB ATI HD 4670 videocard, +bluetooth (999£)
Dell Studio15 (1558), i-7 core 720QM (1,6ghz, 6mb cache), 4096MB 1333Mhz memory, 500GB hardrive, 1 GB ATI HD 5470 video, 9cell baterry, Full HD LCD 1080p Wled with truelife, =bluetooth (900£)
As you can see both xps and studio can have the same tech. spec. So it is hard for me to choose wich one is better. I red a lot of reviews about them. And can tell some advantage of each of them.
Dell studio 15 advantages:
1. A bit cheaper
2. Runs better Windows 7 operating system. (Dell studio xps was built for vista operating system but also can run windows 7, but older models has some problems with it)
3. Has more upgrade options then xps (dont know if it is advantage because xps was built as high performance laptop meanwhile studio 15 as medium performance laptop but after some upgrades from dell company we now have a studio 15 which you can upgrade to high performance.)
4. Newer model laptop then xps16
5. Doesnt have so many overheating problems then xps16. (At least medium performance studio 15, dont know how about high performance, anybody knows how it is with overheating for studio 15 with intel - i7)
XPS 16 advantages:
2. Sound system
3. Video card ATI 4670 slightly better than ATI 5470 for games. But both are not the best cards for gaming. I called to dell and told them next time to release a laptop for home with better video card options. Because it doesnt make sence when you have to choose between 512MB and 1GB crap.
4. I heard that xps 16 LCD 1080p is better than upgraded Studio 15 LCD with same tech. spec.(full HD, 1080p, truelife). Dont know if its trueth.
So can anybody tell wich one i should buy. Especialy who uses these laptops can you give me advice. i dont want a gaming laptop because i hate alien W. design. I need a high quality, good performance, nice laptop for a good price.
I've been meaning to get a new laptop for some time now, and when I first saw the specs of the SXPS 13 I thought it was a dream laptop. Problem is that when I started reading reviews it seems like it has a huge number of problems, including:
- heat, heat and more heat (I hope to use it on my lap regularly, but on low power) - audio driving hogging half of CPU - sporadic freezing and crashes - bloatware - fingerprint magnet - battery life being substandard (big problem for me)
That said, I'm not sure whether the above problems are just affecting a small portion of users or are widespread. So I was wondering if I could get an idea of how good/bad the SXPS really is from those who have actually had first hand experience.
I did my bios update on my studio 15, I have had some issues with the fan (which is pretty much since I got the thing). Sometimes it runs normal, I use the computer, fan turns on in its "low" mode, making just the light hum that you can barely hear, if I game, it turns onto medium, etc etc. But sometimes (more often than not really) the fan just turns on and stays on its HIGHEST speed, nonstop, to the point where my cpu temp has actually dropped as low as 28 degrees with the fan still running non stop. Its the main fan, on the back left that keeps running. But, there seems to be a slight solution. If I life the left side, specifically the left side, corner closer to me, the fan eventually stops, the computer runs normal and all.. just as long as I keep that corner lifted. If I even place my hand on the underside of the computer there, the fan turns on again, full blast. Now, I know this could be crappy sensors, or it could be my power management system (vista's default one i think)... But I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas, since I would rather not have to send it back for 2 weeks just so they can change a stupid sensor.
I have a XPS Studio 13 set to arrive on March 13 (4 weeks from order date) on the way.
I have been scouring these message boards, which have been an invaluable resource, for weeks now.
I have read a number of users insisting on a wipe and clean install of Vista as soon as your laptop arrives. At the same time there are users who feel a clean install isn’t worth it and can be more trouble than its worth .....