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Dell - Studio XPS 16 & HP dv7-1285dx

by EndlessDreams / April 14, 2009 1:06 PM PDT

Hi all CNET members !

I'm going to buy a new laptop and I need some of your help/suggestion.

My limited funds is 1200$

I'm having a big problem choosing between

Dell Studio XPS 16

HP dv7-1285dx

I'm thinking about buying the HP because of the 6GB of ram and 17'' screen

I found an issue that Dell's ram is DDR3 and HP's ram is DDR2 and also the hard drive rpm speed is different too.

4GB DDR3 and 6GB DDR2... I don't really know which will be faster.

Any suggestion ?

Which is better which way ?

Thankyou so much

- EndlessDreams

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Have you owned a 17 inch laptop?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 15, 2009 1:22 AM PDT

I found it so cumbersome that my brother was gifted that and I went back to the 15.4 inch line. The 16 inch is likely to be the winner here.

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The Dell has several benefits...
by IgoZoomX2 / April 16, 2009 4:26 AM PDT

The Dell has several benefits compared to the HP:

Display- the XPS's 16" uses LED backlighting, which is brighter and more energy efficient than traditional CCFL backlighting (dv7 uses CCFL)

RAM- XPS uses DDR3-1066 which is marginally faster than DDR2-800; the primary benefit of DDR3 is that it uses 25% less power (battery) than DDR2; 6GB of RAM is overkill, in my opinion. 4GB is plenty for any system and you can always upgrade up to 8GB in the future (if/when programs ever demand that much).

Graphics card- the performance of both cards is similar; but the 9600M GT has been known to make the keyboard/wrist rest/touchpad surfaces uncomfortably hot AND the fan runs almost constantly on the HP!

Audio- The Dell and HP speakers are both above average sound quality, but the Dell also has a subwoofer which gives it the edge.

Hard Drive- The 7200rpm hard drive in the XPS will launch programs faster and has quicker read/write speed than the HP.

Size/weight- the XPS is 1.2lbs lighter than the dv7.

Design- The XPS is a much better looking design than the HP, in my opinion. I am not fond of HP's Bronze/Chrome trim.

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