Pros Stylish Good Looks and intelegant back-lit keyboard with good action. Fast processing better than average sound and bright high res display. Good build quality and better than average power supply, not forgetting Dells excellent after sales service.
Cons Runs very hot with average battery life. Touchpad can be quirky, but it may just be my touch? No win Nova driver for win 7 !
Summary After previously owning an Acer and Advent laptops I found they lacked the processing power and memory I needed for photoshop and other apps. So I found the Dell studio xps offered a fast intel centrino P8600, 2.53 Ghz processor and 4GB of DDR3 memory. With this specification I bought the studio xps with win7 upgrade inc.
The laptop arrived some 3 weeks later, (very slow in this respect), well packaged in a tough plain plastic case. After setting up and switching on Win vista installed taking about 30 min. After installing updates etc I loaded photoshop and my other software, and I specially like the back-lit keyboard as I will be using outdoors at night in my observatory. I found the performance was very good, faster than my Desktop running a 2.4 Mhz Core 2 processor and 3GB DDR2. The Laptop performs very well overall and I am pleased with it's performance but on the downside the unit runs quite hot and the battery life is just average.
After a few weeks the display was went faulty, and after eventually finding the correct phone number on Dells web site and talking with their rep an engineer was sent out the very next day and a new display was fitted. Brilliant service and I must complement Dell 100% on this.
"AMAZING!!!"on by jkyak16
Pros full HD screen, blu-ray, Speed, backlit keys, two headphone jacks, sound, almost everything
Cons it runs alittle hot, not extreme heat but more like alittle above average, battery(but I'm always somewhere around an outlet) and finger print magnet
Summary I Love this Laptop, after using mac for few months, it feels like I can relax, mac is great but I missed windows, too mad I bought this right after the i7 came out, but I Love everything about this, sound is great but at high volume, it would be better with alittle more bass, and it's very thin for a this power, I wouldn't mind alittle thicker for extra cooler or w/e. Great for Movies, some games(not for hardcore games but it's good enough for me) keys are back lit and comfy, everything about this is amazing, it beat my expectations.
If your a movie goer, you'll love this.
Pros This laptop is first of all beautiful. With the edge to edge glass, full 1080p WLED back lit LCD and back lit keyboard it is stunning in every way. It handles heavy duty tasks like a champ and play's most games around 45+ FPS.
Cons The Battery life could be better and it is rather expensive. I would still recommend this to anyone.
Summary Bottom line, This is a great multimedia and gaming laptop. I wouldn't recommend it if you think you will be away from a power outlet for over 3 hours. Also if and when you order your Dell Studio XPS 16 make sure you upgrade to the 9-cell battery and the Core i7 processor, both of these add on's make a big difference
Pros good screen
1GB graphics card
Cons mine was from bestbuy and didn't come with 1080 display
Summary amazing design and speed
Pros Design, Full Keyboard, sufficient wrist rest, does not over heat, very powerfu, user friendly, Screen/resolution, touch and feel, speakers
Cons Crashes often, Freezes, fingerprint smudges remain everywhere, big and bulky, facial recognition sucks
Summary As soon as I recieved the computer, it froze during the first log in attempt! I have to force shut down and restart. On day two I discovered that one of the USB ports does not work. In the first week alone, the machine froze on me 27 times in the first week. It randomly hung up on me at various times, sometimes when I open up an Internet explorer window, sometimes when I logged back in. I had dell send me a technician to fix the problem. Had to stay home from work, techician spent half a day trying to fix the issue (including replacing the motherboard), but did not help. I was within the 21 day replacement window, so I had them send me a new replacement. They told me it would take 7 to 10 days for me to get my replacement, but really it took 31 days for the computer to be delivered (no priority on replacements? busy taking new orders?). Anyways, I was very frustrated by this point, but decided the give the replacement a try. After using the replacement for 2 days and having it freeze on me 6 more times, I decided to return the machine.
Its a pity because I have had dells all my life, but somehow the quality has gone down. Maybe its a compatibility issue, maybe the Operating system was not calibrated to work to its potential, maybe there was a conflict within, but either way, as a consumer, a brand new computer shouldn't face all these issues. I am very disappointed, and will not be buying another dell.