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Dell's first release from its new Studio line, the Studio 15, sits between the Inspiron and XPS lines and offers a good mix of features for the price, but we'd be tempted to save up a few extra dollars for a thinner, lighter XPS.
Bought the machine new in Feb 2010 with
Intel Core i5 520m
ATI (now AMD) 5470
9 cell battery
500GB 7200 RPM drive
backlit keyboard to round it out.
Intel Cetrino wireless N card
First off Dell Service is excellent. This is what keeps me with them.
I received laptop and within 2 weeks Dell was at my house to replace the mainboard due to freezing intermittently when checking the DVD drive during POST. Since then machine has been flawless in running ouside of cosmestic issues.
The battery (9 cell) still lsats for 5 hours when using it to do yahoo chat and web browsi ng over wifi.
The 1080p display is awesome to say the least and hides the smudges when in use.
1. Reliable after first repair
3. Sound for a laptop
4. Easy access to ram and hdd and card slots
5. hinges are very well built and show no signs of wear
6. Beyboard and palm rest have aged gracefully
Quality of chassis construction that has resulted in the following:
1. Cheap plastic housing at the hinge points. I Have actually covered mine up with black electrical tape to hold them together as they no longer lock tight.
2. Over time the adhesive has come out from the rubber pad around the screen making them look nasty. I took them off and cleaned the adhesive off and put new adhesive on.
3. Due to chassis not being rigid like the other business machines (precision, lattitude, vostro), the screen has some marks on it from the keyboard
Now that the machine is being replaced with a Vostro 3450, it will be delegated to HTPC duty in my bedroom.
Up until now, the machine has been carreied every day that I work in a backpack and during the summer I ride on 2 wheels.
GENERAL Desktop type Gaming system Packaged Quantity 1 Product Form Factor Tower ManufacturerDell, Inc. CACHE MEMORY Installed Size L3 cache - 8 MB Cache Per Processor 8 MB PROCESSOR / CHIPSET Number of Cores Quad-Core 64-bit Computing Yes CPU Qty 1 Max CPU Qty 1 RAM Installed Size 8 GB / 16 GB (max) Form Factor DIMM 240-pin HARD DRIVE Spindle Speed 7200 rpm STORAGE CONTROLLER Type SATA - integrated CARD READER Type 19 in 1 card reader MONITOR Monitor Type None. GRAPHICS CONTROLLER Type plug-in card Graphics Processor ATI Radeon HD 5770 Video Memory 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM INPUT DEVICE Type keyboard AUDIO OUTPUT Type integrated Compliant Standards THX TruStudio PC KEYBOARD Interface USB MOUSE Technology optical NETWORKING Wireless LAN Supported Yes Data Link Protocol Gigabit Ethernet Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g
- Pretty nice layout
- Semi-Decent performance for the age and price
- 2 Headphone jacks
- Windows 7 (I'd consider this a plus, personally. Windows 8 is a little buggy right now)
- Facial recognition software. It's pretty neat to have access to and can help speed up login.
- Battery life is alright.
- Laptop speakers are surprisingly good for a laptop.
- SD/Media Card reader. Super useful for getting those pictures and such off of your phone or iPod
- Gets pretty warm pretty easily
- No number pad
Overall, this is a pretty decent laptop. It was a nice laptop to have to hold me over for a few semesters of school while I saved for another one. I was able to enjoy the SD/Media Card reader more than I thought. Being able to pull pictures off of my phone was handy. This is a pretty good laptop for a college student that plans on using it for homework.
I bought this product it in 2010. Been in for service once after about a year due to a failed DVD drive. Repairs were done very fast (5 days) and very happy with the service done under waranty. I paid a few dollars for another 2 year service program. No need to use it till now, 2013. The adapter is not charging the battery at all. I called for service but unfortunatly was told that the battery and adapter are not covered and Dell recommends that both the battery and adapter be replaced every 12 months. It's a very nice computer but it will cost an additional $180 every 12 months to keep it running so the long term cost of this Studio 1555 laptop is kinda high.
I would recommend this product for anyone starting college!!
This is my first Dell laptop that i have purchases and to be honest, i didnt know what to expect.
There were a fair amount of bad reviews for them. Since purchasing this item i have been practically glued to it and very pleased with its performance! Its a nippy wee machine. It gets used daily for multiple tasks, be it small word documents for my college course, internet searching or even watching movies on it. The high def screen and the back lit keyboard are also fantastic features. having to type in the dark is annoying so i dont think ill be buying another laptop without this feature!
Windows 7 runs smoothly on this machine so its easy to get the hang of the OS very quickly.
What this machine has going for it is:
it has a fast processor, a fairly large hard drive, a decent battery life (useful for taking it to college if i forget the charger), its amazingly beautiful screen and backlit keyboard ;D, its quiet which can be handy if working late at night...
The downfalls to this machine are minimal but they are as follows...
The shell its flimsy and feels like i could break it if i dropped it...its also very prone to being a police finger print pad...
minimal but can be annoying if you have a clean OCD like myself...
apart from this, this machine is almost perfect fro college and or uni courses :D
The slot-loading drive takes a bit getting used to, at first I was trying to be gentle and place the disc in but you have to push it in or it will force the disc out by itself. This is an outstanding value, don't let people in the forums fool you, the ATI Mobility 3450 is a fantastic card it can play all the COD Video Games in high quality settings very well. Do not buy this computer if you are a speaker type , because they are the worst, really. As for looks this thing will rival a Macbook pro maybe even might beat out it by a little. Overall its a good handy dandy computer if your a gamer and streamer.
The Dell Studio is a great all round laptop. With an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, it is a fast operating system. The Dell studio comes with the latest software package. The great thing about the Dell is that it is compatible with anything. Unlike an Apple Mac where you may have to purchase alternative software to even run microsoft word, the Dell Studio has everything you need.
It has an easy-on-the-eye desktop view, with simple access to shortcuts and a shortcut tab.
this laptop is a reasonable size and isnt particularly heavy, so it is easy to carry around, and it is the standard laptop size so it is also easy to buy laptop bags or cases for it.
The Dell studio comes in a variety of different colours which makes it fun and personal! I have a navy blue one which looks pretty slick! But they come in all sorts of colours to suit your taste!
It is a reliable laptop however many people find that Dell support is inadequate. Dell laptops have been known to stop working after a certain amount of time, and the support is timely. You have to send it off and wait for it to be repaired, thats if your warranty is still in tact!
With all my reviews on computers and computer accessories, I've only just realised that I haven't actually reviewed the main laptop on which I spend the majority of my time! I guess that I've had this laptop so long that I've just taken it for granted.
I purchased this laptop around 3 years ago after my previous Dell was starting to look and feel a bit dated. This is my third Dell and I have to say that I have always been reasonably impressed with the laptop I've purchased from them. In fact, the first Dell laptop that I purchased several years ago is still going strong and is still being regularly used by my sister! In terms of reliability, I haven't suffered any major problems with the laptops.
I originally purchased a laptop from the Dell Studio range for two main reasons. Firstly, the spec of the laptop was just what I was looking for - a good Dual-core processor, lots of RAM, a good (non-integrated) graphics card and lots of various ports for me to plug my various devices into. The Studio range comes a few different sizes, but I plumped for the 15 inch version as realistically a 17 inch screen is too big and bulky for transporting around, especially if you're taking it on holidays.
The second reason that I purchased the Studio was down to the design of the laptop itself. In all honesty, most laptop manufacturers (with the exception of Apple) tend to produce rather grey and boring laptops. This Dell was something a little different and the form integrated nicely with the function of the laptop. For instance, The hinge mechanism is quite ingenious and gives the laptop a much smaller footprint when the lid is opened.
I purchased directly from Dell themselves, and was offered a plethora of options when creating my laptop specification. Thankfully, the base model that I picked had all the equipment and features that I required, so I didn't need to pick any of Dell's optional extras/upgrades. If you do decide to choose a few optional extras, be prepared for the price to increase considerably. The laptop that I ordered ended up costing around £400 by the time I had finished, but apparently, they can cost as much as £1,800 if you were to choose all of Dell's optional extras.
To give you a quick run-down of the system I ordered: It included a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive and a 512MB ATI HD Graphics Card. All-in-all, this gives the laptop a pretty good level of performance (although compared to todays latest Ivy Bridge powered laptops - it probably feels like a dinosaur!)
The laptop has coped with pretty much everything that I've thrown at it - including intensive work on Photoshop, high-demand computer games and multi-tasking several tasks at once. As long as you can keep the laptop cool enough and allow enough hot air to escape out of the laptop, it should maintain this performance also. If the laptop does start to overheat a little, you will notice a bit of lag now and again, but nothing that prevents you from using the computer as normal. After 3 years of use, the laptop does tend to heat up a lot quicker nowadays (probably due to the amount of dust that has accumulated inside the laptop!)
As far as I know, ever Dell Studio features the same ports on the chassis of the laptop. On the left hand side there is: HDMI and VGA for video, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an eSATA/USB combo port, a dedicated USB port, mini-FireWire and three audio ports for headphones and microphones.
On the right hand side is a 34mm ExpressCard slot, a multi-format card reader - one further USB port and the power input. Just above the power input is a small white LED to show when the system is charging, which unusually is the only activity light on the machine bar the backlit power button on the hinge.
After 3 years of use.... it hasn't all been plain sailing. Firstly, after about 2 years, my battery was next to worthless and a replacement had to be ordered. It's not a big deal as that's actually what you'd expect from most laptop batteries - expect to pay around £40 for a genuine Dell replacement. The original mains charger that came with the laptop broke after about a year and a half - and a replacement will cost around £20.
Battery life is good on a fresh battery and you can expect a few hours of reasonable use on each charge.
The worst problem, however, was the lid and hinge mechanism of the laptop. After about 2 years, the plastic around the hinge mechanism started to crack and come away from the laptop. I put up with this unsightly inconvenience for a while, but the problem soon spread and cracks started to appear on the lid itself. Again, I put up with this until eventually the laptop lid was starting to come away altogher! I didn't really want to replace the entire laptop because of some cracked plastic - especially as the laptop was still performing very well. I researched my options and soon discovered that you could buy a replacement lid and hinge mechanism. I purchased the new lid and hinge for around £50 and using the detailed, but excellent, instructions on the Dell support website, I fitted a new lid and hinge! Hopefully this should prolong the life of the laptop for another few years as I have no requirements for a new one at the minute!
All-in-all, a reliable laptop which is still going strong after 3 years of heavy usage. Replacement parts should hopefully allow me to keep this machine going for another few years!
I use my laptop every day and i am a user that knows only what an average person would know about computers.
First off I like the placing of the keypad so you dont have to hit ctrl first to turn sound off and on as well as play and pause.
I got the light up keypad feature which I highly recommend. It looks gorgeous.
The battery of my laptop lasts for about 4-5 hours and the AC adapter cable is really long so I don't have to sit at the outlet. I love that the DVD/CD port is like a MAC so I dont have to open or close it.
I also like to listen to music and the sound is great, its hard to explain but it sounds sharp and crisp like a movie theater. The screen is gorgeous and the brightness is perfect.
Overall you can tell that they integrated a lot of MAC ideas in this computer. The overall user interface feels and looks a lot more like a Macbook. I an completely satisfied with the Dell Studio.
I've had my Studio 1537 for nearly 3 years now, replacing a previous Dell that was stolen.
I picked it up at a discounted price through the Dell Outlet store with Windows Vista basic, but I have since upgraded to Vista Home Premium and then Windows 7. Comes with a lot of the usual Dell cr4pware.
Performance wise it is fine, 4GB memory (make sure you install 64bit windows to take full advantage), a decent Centrino processor (6MB L2 Cache) and a 5400RPM 320GB hard drive, bluray drive and a mediacentre remote. Pretty good build quality, mine has taken a few knocks over the years but still works fine although the case around the screen occasionally needs clipping back into place now. On the negative side though, I have had to clean out the fan as it's been clogged with dust and has caused the laptop to overheat. I don't feel the fan outlet is very well placed as it is easily blocked if you have the laptop on your lap. It would be better placed at the side than on the back edge. I've also had to replace the thermal pads on the processor etc. with thermal paste, as the pads had deteriorated so badly that the laptop was overheating even when performing very unintensive tasks.
My other gripe would be the battery life on Dells in general. My previous one had the "Battery needs replacing" warning after a couple of years, and this one after about 18 months. I can still use the laptop plugged in but if I want to take it anywhere I can probably count on about 30 minutes juice before I run out. I would have hoped Dell would have got some better batteries by now, especially as they're £100+ to replace.
The studio 15 has done me proud. It's a powerful enough rig even in it's most basic form to run multiple demanding programmes and high quality video games at good speeds and qualities. It's "mobility" graphics card is surprisingly versatile for an in built chip set, the screen is crisp and bright, the keyboard is comfortable and easy to use, lots of useful software is bundled as standard and the laptop itself contains as many ports and card readers as one could ever need (special mentions to the SD card reader and the 3 USB 2.0 ports). I have however experienced some problems with the laptop over the last few months as my laptop has aged, keys have come loose on the keyboard and I had a problem with overheating leading to damage to the motherboard. Thankfully as this was all within warranty, Dell provided a very fast and helpful repair service getting me up and running as well as ever. I would recommend buying direct from Dell and possibly also immediately upgrading to Windows 7 to free up a little more of the 4GB RAM for better performance.
*Edit: For gamers, the mobility card allows the use of system RAM for increased graphical power- this means that if there's not too much running at once, this laptop can generate around 1.5GB of graphical memory. The processors are fast and the hard-drive transfer speeds excellent. The speakers started excellent, but have sadly become a little raspy over time. I can recommend this laptop highly, as long as the buyer is aware that it may only last 2-3 years as a truly great piece of kit.
The core i5 Sandy Bridge processor on this machine rocks. Integrated graphics performance is very good.Windows experience index for this laptop is as follows:Processor - 6.9Memory - 5.9Graphics 4.7Gaming Graphics - 6.1Primary Hard Disk - 5.8These figures are really impressive.Here are my observations for the other components:Screen - Dot pitch is high (not good). I can almost see grid lines on the screen. It is also quite reflective.Touch Pad - Decent. I had some trouble with multi-finger gestures.Webcam - Very clearKeyboard - Good. The chicklet keys are very nice for typing. The area near the left palmrest does get a little hot after a while, though.Back cover - Terrible. It scratches up waaaay too easily.Ports - Nice layout. Has USB 3.0 and HDMI.
This is the first time I've purchased a Dell laptop, so I was a little nervous. Virtually every product has negative reviews online. Well, so far I've been thrilled with the performance. It's a very snappy machine. It gets everyday use and is more than adequate to meet my needs. I especially like the high res screen and the backlight keyboard. I'll never buy another laptop without a backlight keyboard.Pros - fast processor, large hard drive, 9-cell battery that can last six hours or more, beautiful screen, awesome backlit keyboard, quiet, cool operation, lack of bloatware.Cons - Somewhat flimsy plastic shell, outer surface prone to fingerprints, and terrible trackpad drivers (Synaptic has upgraded so why doesn't Dell?).
I have bought Studio 15' for my granddaughter who is spending the winter with my wife and me. She will be joining her junior year of college and this laptop should help her for next few year.Pros:Price was affordable and was received it on the time.With i5 processor it works nicely and cool.No problems with installing the softwares, WiFi or Video & Pictures.Cons:Would wanted to have i7 chipboard but this configuration should be fine for now.