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The Dell Studio 17 is a large consumer-targeted laptop.

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Pros

color options are very cool and fit multitudes of styles

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numpad included

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keys are very responsive and comfortable

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ample RAM and drive space

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comes with Windows 7

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lots of connectivity options

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ATI Radeon graphics standard - much more powerful than the standard Intel GMA

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customizable configuration available directly from the manufacturer

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optional Blu-ray reader or writer (DVD-writer comes standard)

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reasonably priced

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deals-a-plenty

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large 17" LED backlit display

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1080p display upgrade

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320 gb hard drive, plus another hdd slot

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now includes the option for a multi-touch display

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Cons

gets pretty hot

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on the heavy side

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multi-touch is dumb on a non-convertible laptop

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Dell build quality is lacking compared to higher end laptop manufacturers like Apple and Lenovo

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1080 screen no longer an option. This is dumb on a 17" laptop esp when dell offers 1080 on smaller screens!

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sd/mmc/ms card slot is very finnicky and you can get your cards stuck if your not careful

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harddrive controllor uses a shared bandwidth. while it is sata 2, thoughput is divided when using 2 HDDs and/or esata.

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The Dell Studio 17 is a large consumer-targeted laptop. With the potential to be a powerful desktop replacement, if processor and memory options are maxed out, the ldevice includes a arge 17” widescreen LED with a high resolution. Upgraded since its introduction, the Studio 17 now has the 2.8GHz T9600 as its highest CPU option, while memory can expand to 8GB DDR3 1066MHz (up from a 2.5GHz CPU and 4GB max of DDR2 memory running at 667MHz). Similarly the video options have been improved, including a current generation discrete ATI graphics card (either the 4570 or 4650) over the previous generation Intel GMA 3100 or its discrete ATI Radeon HD 3450 upgrade. The device's display is 720p capable by default with a high resolution of 1600 x 900px, upgradable to a multi-touch display of the same resolution or full high definition 1080p display. Dell has also equipped this unit with Mobile Broadband (Verizon or Sprint Mobile) with Dell Wireless Wi-Fi (upgradable to the Intel WiFi 5100).

Features
  • Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 17" Widescreen LED
  • Intel High Definition Audio 2.0 (upgradable)
  • 640GB upgraded hard drive (320GB standard)
  • 8X Slot Load CD/DVD Writer or 6X Slot Load Blu-ray/CD/DVD Combo Drive
  • Built in Webcam
  • Mobile Broadband (Verizon or Sprint)
  • 5 USB ports, HDMI connector, VGA video,
  • 7.87 lbs
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