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Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby Johnmcl7 » 04 Apr 2009, 00:16

I have to admit I didn't realise this PC had such a fancy screen as I don't recall it being any part of the marketting material:

http://www.anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.aspx?i=3540

As I use my machines for a lot of photo work this machine seems interesting, enough to keep an eye on the outlet for any bargains there although I doubt there will be for a while yet.

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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby poor_man_jim » 04 Apr 2009, 10:02

Come on the RGB backlight LEDs! :-)

I read this article last month and didn't realise just how bad notebook displays were;
http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=569

It hopefully won't be long before most of the manufacturers start using them.
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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby Johnmcl7 » 04 Apr 2009, 14:21

I'm not that surprised at how bad notebook screens are as even the budget TFT that came with the desktop is better than any of my notebooks.

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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby Johnmcl7 » 13 Apr 2009, 12:26

I'm really keen on one of these machines at the moment...back to playing the Outlet game for one. I'm kicking myself as there was one there last week with the 2.8Ghz processor for around 1,300 pounds which I thought was too much however now I've thought about it that would have been a pretty solid machine. Just have to wait and see what comes up now...

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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby Tappy » 13 Apr 2009, 14:00

thir...thirt...thirteen hundred? Yeah, that was good. I was going to say you can't beat the T9600 processor for duos, but I see there's a T9800 and T9900 available from Intel now. Doesn't make the T9600 any cheaper though.
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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby Johnmcl7 » 13 Apr 2009, 14:46

Are you meaning that in a good or bad way? :S
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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby Tappy » 14 Apr 2009, 00:37

In a purely envious way! It just gave me flash backs to thinking how much I paid for the X620 a few months ago... :P
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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby Johnmcl7 » 14 Apr 2009, 01:06

You have to bear in mind the Studio machine is no top-end graphics performance laptop like your one is, the ATI card is a midrange 3xxx series gpu which is nothing fancy.

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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby Tappy » 14 Apr 2009, 12:03

Certainly, that's why I didn't say much more, wasn't sure of the specs on that Studio. But in my mind everything was great apart from the graphics card :P I'm just preparing myself for the, "oh, my laptop is really outdated" moment.
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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby Johnmcl7 » 14 Apr 2009, 13:23

I've been rethinking my usage for this potential machine, after trying the Clevo M860 and the Dell XPS M1730 I found I much preferred gaming on the i7 system. As the laptops would get older the i7 system would become stronger as it's easy to upgrade. What I am finding I want from a bigger laptop is just a bigger, high resolution screen that I can use on the move hence the interest in the Studio 16 as its screen seems to be far better than any other laptop out there.

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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby Johnmcl7 » 24 Apr 2009, 20:45

After checking the outlet hourly for a while, I gave up at the start of this week...however when I powered up my desktop it had a tab open for the outlet so thought I'd take a glance. Two machines sitting there, one of them with almost the exact spec I'm after but a good few hundred quid less than the main site and no shipping delay.

This is what I have on the way for 1,300 quid delivered:

2.8Ghz processor
RGB LED 1080p screen
4GB RAM
Vista HP 64 bit
Blu-ray
Wireless, bluetooth etc.
128GB SSD

The only issue is the SSD as I'd prefer a 500GB drive but may as well see how it goes, this spec currently costs a whopping 2,100 pounds on the main Dell site.

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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby BinnsY » 24 Apr 2009, 20:54

Somehow I don't think you will be disappointed by the hard drive, used a couple of machines with SSDs at week and I think you will find that machine will feel insanely fast to use, even compared to your i7. The SSDs really do seem to make that much difference.
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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby Johnmcl7 » 24 Apr 2009, 21:18

I do have an existing machine with an SSD and while it is nippy specially for a 1.8in drive the lack of capacity for a bigger machine is going to be difficult to work with.

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Re: Anandtech: Dell Studio 16 review

Postby BinnsY » 24 Apr 2009, 21:49

Ahh yes, i forgot lol.
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