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Dell fleshes out its notebook family

Notebooks are becoming increasingly popular with computer shoppers -- in fact, notebook sales are expected to outpace desktops in total U.S. PC sales before the end of the decade. If we simply take into account the consumer PC market, the switch has already been made.

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.

The Studio 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 adapters.

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 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.

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RE: Good
By Indianapolis on 6/26/2008 10:27:31 AM , Rating: 4
I don't know why you would single out Dell as having "horrible resolutions". My last two dell Inspirons have had WUXGA displays (1920x1200), and my old Inspiron 8100 had 1600x1200. Of course, the high-rez displays carry a price premium, but they've always been available.

Now if you're talking about the notebooks carried in retail chain stores, then yeah, most of them are saddled with low resolution displays and integrated graphics. But most of the consumers of value notebooks don't really know the difference, or may actually prefer low resolution.

I can't tell you how many times at work I find a computer with the LCD resolution turned down, causing everything to look soft and/or distorted due to scaling. If I turn it back to the native resolution then somebody always comes along later and bumps it back down. I guess some people just don't like how small everything is on a high-rez display.

RE: Good
By xphile on 6/26/2008 8:20:00 PM , Rating: 2
That's very true - for more than a small percentage of people a nice fat HR spec means very little when for them the HR means Hardly Readable.

RE: Good
By emarston on 6/27/2008 9:08:28 AM , Rating: 2
Sadly, all they have to do is use a larger font size and large icons instead of change the resolution they would gain the best of both worlds. <sigh> I feel your pain. My coworkers do the same thing and then wonder why the screen looks horrible.

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