Dell Studio 1535 review: Dell Studio 1535

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Good style. High level of connectivity. HDMI. eSATA.

The Bad Screen could do with a bit of reinforcement. Dell's network tool is highly annoying. Unable to use the 4GB RAM due to 32-bit OS.

The Bottom Line The Dell Studio 1535 is a good mid-range laptop that fills the gap between premium and mainstream, and offers good quality for the price.

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Design
A hybrid between the XPS and Inspiron series, the Studio series manages to deliver a sturdy industrial design, with a rubberised laptop lid that comes in eight colours — blue, red, purple, grey, pink, orange, green and black. They all come with a black trim around the side edges of the monitor (known as the "U-Trim" in Dell-speak) unless you order grey, in which case you can opt for a black, red, blue or pink U-Trim.

The mouse pad is slightly recessed, and to the right of this is an inlaid design that looks a bit like a synoptic chart — although we keep thinking it's the result of a spilt coffee that no one managed to wipe off successfully. To the far right is a fingerprint reader, at the top of the chassis near the monitor hinge is a speaker bar, and at the top of the monitor itself is the webcam and built-in microphone.

The hinge is inherited from the XPS range, and is quite strong, with a power button on the right-hand side of the laptop where the hinge meets the chassis. Upon powering up, the media buttons at the top of the chassis scan from left to right in a pleasing white glow. A button on the other side of the hinge loads the Wi-Fi Catcher application in Windows, showing relative strength of all the wireless networks in your vicinity.

The screen itself is excellent quality, although if gloss causes you issues you may wish to look elsewhere. The screen is perhaps a bit too thin — as we could see our fingers clearly through the screen based on the discolouration precisely where we were supporting the laptop.

The keyboard is at first a slight shock for those used to shallow keys, as it offers a longer throw and more tactile feedback than the norm. While it took us a while to adjust, we were soon hammering out words at a high pace with no issue.

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Where to Buy

Dell Studio 1535

Part Number: CNETDell Studio 1535

Typical Price: $1,999.00

See manufacturer website for availability.