Dell is looking to boost its presence in the notebook market
with new consumer offerings to further flesh out its line. The company took the
first steps to branching out with its low-cost, Eee PC-esque "E"
and "E Slim". Dell is now looking to fill the gap between its
budget Inspiron and high-end XPS notebook families.
The new Dell Studio notebooks will be available in both
15.4" and 17" form factors and will come with a wide variety of color
options for those that want to stand out in a crowd. Available colors include
Jet Black, Tangerine Orange, Midnight Blue, Plum Purple, Spring Green, and Ruby
Red, and Graphite Grey with Black, Red, Blue, or Pink accents.
15 and Studio 17 notebooks come configured with a 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
T9300 processor, Intel 965GM/PM chipset, and your choice of either an
integrated Intel X3100 graphics processor or a dedicated 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 mobile GPU. Both
notebooks offer display resolutions of either 1440x900 or 1920x1200.
Each notebook comes standard with an 8X Slot-load CD/DVD
Writer, but a 6X Slot-load Blu-ray/CD/DVD combo drive is available as an
optional upgrade. Wireless options are plentiful and include Dell 802.11b/g or
802.11n adapters along with Verizon Wireless or Sprint Mobile Broadband WWAN
Both notebooks come with at least four USB 2.0 ports, a 54mm
ExpressCard slot, Consumer IR, Firewire, and HDMI output.
The Dell Studio 15 and Studio 17 notebooks will be available
from Dell.com and Dell's retail partners later this week starting at $799 and
$999 respectively. For a review of the new Studio 15, you can check out PC Magazine,
while Notebook Review
has posted its thoughts on the Studio 17.
quote: How are they underpowered? They are actually very evenly powered machines. I bet if you put Windows on the macbook pro it'd perform almost identically to the new Dell.