Dell Studio XPS 16 review

In the past it’s seemed that style wasn’t high on Dell’s list of priorities when it came to building laptops. Functional – yes, but no MacBook. But with the advent of the Adamo range, particularly the Adamo XPS  and the Studio XPS series, we’re now seeing some fantastically good looking machines, moving far away from the black box.

 

The Studio XPS 16 is one of the best looking laptops Dell has produced. One quick glance at the machine gives an indication of how much care and attention has gone into making this a laptop you’ll be proud to own. Before you’ve even opened the lid, the Obsidian Black plastics, magnesium alloy panel and genuine leather accent ooze subtly of class, style and sophistication.

 

The theme continues once you’ve opened up the lid; the edge-to-edge 15.6-inch panel and shiny black palmrest are complimented by the soft glow of the backlit keyboard and touchpad buttons. Our one complaint is that the shiny plastics used – both on the lid and plamrest – quickly collect dust and fingerprints, with regular cleaning required to keep the laptop looking its best.

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Underneath the lid

 

The great thing about the Studio XPS 16 is that there’s real substance on offer here, along with style. Running Windows 7, the Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 2.1Ghz processor combined with 4GB of memory produces impressive performance results. This gives you the flexibility to run powerful photo-editing software alongside your email client. It’s not quite as powerful as the Sony Vaio Z Series, but then again it’s £1300 cheaper. The ATi Mobility Radeon HD 5670 dedicated graphics card also proved formidable in our tests, so you’ll be able to edit HD movies and play the latest games with ease.

 

The 320GB hard drive provides plenty of space for all your files and folders, while the slot-loading Blu-ray drive is a nice touch, and will let you view your movies in glorious high definition. All your content will look great on the 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display, which is extremely sharp and offers great colour reproduction, but it’s also a very shiny panel, meaning irritating reflections in bright light unlike the Toshiba Tecra A11.

 

Connectivity

 

Connectivity includes the superior ‘N WiFI, Bluetooth, a web cam, two USBs, a joint eSata/USB port and HDMI. There’s also an 8-in-1 card reader.

 

With so much power portability suffers, and while the 3.1kg chassis isn’t disastrously heavy, the 226 minute battery life confines you to very short journeys, so if a long lasting battery is important consider the less powerful Asus UL30.

 

Ultimately, though, if you can live with this, the XPS 16 is offers impressive power coupled with style and sophistication that makes it stand out in the crowd. At just over £1100 it’s reasonably priced too.
 

Link: Dell


In the past it’s seemed that style wasn’t high on Dell’s list of priorities when it came to building laptops. Functional – yes, but no MacBook. But with the advent of the Adamo range, particularly the Adamo XPS  and the Studio XPS series, we’re now seeing some fantastically good looking machines, moving far away from the black box.

 

The Studio XPS 16 is one of the best looking laptops Dell has produced. One quick glance at the machine gives an indication of how much care and attention has gone into making this a laptop you’ll be proud to own. Before you’ve even opened the lid, the Obsidian Black plastics, magnesium alloy panel and genuine leather accent ooze subtly of class, style and sophistication.

 

The theme continues once you’ve opened up the lid; the edge-to-edge 15.6-inch panel and shiny black palmrest are complimented by the soft glow of the backlit keyboard and touchpad buttons. Our one complaint is that the shiny plastics used – both on the lid and plamrest – quickly collect dust and fingerprints, with regular cleaning required to keep the laptop looking its best.

 ————————————

More on Dell

Dell Adamo XPS review

Dell Mini 9 review

————————————-

 

Underneath the lid

 

The great thing about the Studio XPS 16 is that there’s real substance on offer here, along with style. Running Windows 7, the Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 2.1Ghz processor combined with 4GB of memory produces impressive performance results. This gives you the flexibility to run powerful photo-editing software alongside your email client. It’s not quite as powerful as the Sony Vaio Z Series, but then again it’s £1300 cheaper. The ATi Mobility Radeon HD 5670 dedicated graphics card also proved formidable in our tests, so you’ll be able to edit HD movies and play the latest games with ease.

 

The 320GB hard drive provides plenty of space for all your files and folders, while the slot-loading Blu-ray drive is a nice touch, and will let you view your movies in glorious high definition. All your content will look great on the 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display, which is extremely sharp and offers great colour reproduction, but it’s also a very shiny panel, meaning irritating reflections in bright light unlike the Toshiba Tecra A11.

 

Connectivity

 

Connectivity includes the superior ‘N WiFI, Bluetooth, a web cam, two USBs, a joint eSata/USB port and HDMI. There’s also an 8-in-1 card reader.

 

With so much power portability suffers, and while the 3.1kg chassis isn’t disastrously heavy, the 226 minute battery life confines you to very short journeys, so if a long lasting battery is important consider the less powerful Asus UL30.

 

Ultimately, though, if you can live with this, the XPS 16 is offers impressive power coupled with style and sophistication that makes it stand out in the crowd. At just over £1100 it’s reasonably priced too.
 

Link: Dell


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