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Dell Studio 17
fiddler 
3/8/08 8:05:10 AM
Master

Hey Guys

I've decided to get rid of my old desktop and replace it with a laptop. I'm not looking for a machine that I can carry around easily (my EeePC is great for that) so I'm looking at 17" machines.

The one I'm currently thinking about is the Dell Studio 17. It gets some decent reviews and would wipe the floor with my current desktop. (If I do end up going for the Dell I'd be reinstalling everything my way, avoiding the bloatware that so often comes with Dell computers.) I mainly do video editing--not HD yet but I'm planning on it--, photo editing, audio recording, and some light gaming. Here's the specs and price of the configuration I'm looking at. I'd be interested to hear from:

a) anyone with a similarly configured Studio 17 and how it runs; or
b) anyone else with opinions on alternative machines at a similar price. I'm not sure what other machines I could be looking at.

Dell Studio 17 (NZD$1910)

CPU: Intel Core2 T8100
Screen: 17" WXGA+WLED (1440x900)
GPU: Radeon HD3650
RAM: 2GB 667MHz DDR2 (hmmm ... no 800MHz available)
HDD: 320GB SATA
DVD writer
Bluetooth
Wireless-N
Backlit keyboard
8-in-1 media reader

Cheers,
Fiddler.

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Lian-Li PC-65, Athlon XP 2800+, Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe, 1GB Geil PC3200, GF4 Ti4400, Audigy Soundcard, 250GB/160GB Seagate HDDs, AOpen DVD, LiteOn DVD-RW

Jeruselem 
3/8/08 9:23:06 AM
Champion

Actually, I'd wait for the new Centrino2 offerings.
:)

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PC 1: XP Home SP2, Opty 165@1.8Ghz, GEIL 1GB PC3200, 320GB SATA Cuda ES,XFX 9600GSO 580/700x2/1450, Seasonic S12+ 550W
PC 2: XP Home SP2, XP 3000+@2.24 Ghz, 1GB PC3200, 80GB IDE,ASUS nVidia 6800 512MB, Antec PlanetWatts 380W

fiddler 
3/8/08 1:50:41 PM
Master

Cheers! Would I be right in thinking that a Centrino2 machine will support 800MHz DDR2? If the Studio 17 had this (as well as a damn DVI port!) I'd be buying it now.

I could play the waiting game I guess but I'm really more interested in anyone's experience with the Studio 17 or suggestions on alternative machines to look at. I need a machine fairly soon.

** By the way, is it likely Dell will introduce the Centrino2 to their Studio range or would they more likely release a whole knew range of laptops for the processor? **

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Lian-Li PC-65, Athlon XP 2800+, Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe, 1GB Geil PC3200, GF4 Ti4400, Audigy Soundcard, 250GB/160GB Seagate HDDs, AOpen DVD, LiteOn DVD-RW

Jeruselem 
3/8/08 3:25:13 PM
Champion

Centrino 2 lappies coming in August or later.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080528-intel-delays-full-introduction-of-centrino-2-into-a

ASUS already have a Centrino 2 laptop out.

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PC 1: XP Home SP2, Opty 165@1.8Ghz, GEIL 1GB PC3200, 320GB SATA Cuda ES,XFX 9600GSO 580/700x2/1450, Seasonic S12+ 550W
PC 2: XP Home SP2, XP 3000+@2.24 Ghz, 1GB PC3200, 80GB IDE,ASUS nVidia 6800 512MB, Antec PlanetWatts 380W

lunchbox1988 
4/8/08 8:07:19 AM
Guru

If you want powerful video and DVI on a 17in notebook, get an xPS1730.

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EEEPC 1000H - 1.6GHz Atom - 2GB DDR2 667 - Vista Ultimate
fiddler 
4/8/08 1:17:00 PM
Master

Excellent idea lunchbox1988. So you can find me an XPS1730 for less than $2k can you?! I asked for advice on machines in a similar price range. Sheesh.

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Lian-Li PC-65, Athlon XP 2800+, Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe, 1GB Geil PC3200, GF4 Ti4400, Audigy Soundcard, 250GB/160GB Seagate HDDs, AOpen DVD, LiteOn DVD-RW

lunchbox1988 
4/8/08 1:24:57 PM
Guru

Hey, I wasn't saying it was, but it seems you want to do more than your price range allows.

I would just get a better dektop and save a few hundred.

Seriously, you are looking for a brand new, $4,000 laptop for less than $2k with what you have in mind.

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AL Gore; Finally, I get to save the Earth with deadly lasers instead of deadly slideshows!



EEEPC 1000H - 1.6GHz Atom - 2GB DDR2 667 - Vista Ultimate
fiddler 
5/8/08 9:19:30 AM
Master

You have got to be kidding me?! Seriously mate, you've either not read my original post or you're just guessing.

What in the hell makes you think I need a $4k laptop for what I want to do? Video editing (possibly HD but not definite), audio recording, photo editing, audio recording, and some light gaming. Come off it! The Dell Studio 17 will easily cope with this. Even my current desktop can manage it, bar the HD editing.

I can see this post is going nowhere. All I wanted was to hear from people with a Studio 17, or for suggestions on an alternative laptop to the Studio 17 (with the specs and price I mentioned). Nevermind! :)

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Lian-Li PC-65, Athlon XP 2800+, Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe, 1GB Geil PC3200, GF4 Ti4400, Audigy Soundcard, 250GB/160GB Seagate HDDs, AOpen DVD, LiteOn DVD-RW

lunchbox1988 
5/8/08 10:31:49 AM
Guru

OK then, well, that one does seem to be of its own breed, am looking at ASUS and the only one close goes for about $3k.

Just priced that same one you posted on the special offers section of the dell shop, got the smae one, with 3GB ram the next step up in processor with a screen capable of 1920*1200 for $2,017.

I would buy today and get that offer rather than save $100 and get it much worse off.

And honestly, for similar specs from most other brands, you are looking at alot of money, I would personally go for a high res screen on a 15in notebook, it might not be huge, but it will be powerful and save you about 200 maybe.

BTW, sorry I was a douche in previous posts, dunno why I was being like that.

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AL Gore; Finally, I get to save the Earth with deadly lasers instead of deadly slideshows!



EEEPC 1000H - 1.6GHz Atom - 2GB DDR2 667 - Vista Ultimate
fiddler 
6/8/08 9:50:52 AM
Master

Thanks mate, appreciate the advice. Did you check that price on the Oz Dell site? I'm in NZ you see ...

I should have pointed out that I intend to use my Dell 22" LCD as my main screen since this laptop will be working mainly as a desktop replacement. Portability isn't really that important to me, hence why I went with the 17" machine as it has a more powerful GPU. I think stepping up the CPU and RAM a notch, like you say, would be a good idea. Screen res not so important to me.

So, how come Dell are so much cheaper than the rest?

Oh, and you weren't being a douche ... I was just starting to worry that my questions weren't making any sense!

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Lian-Li PC-65, Athlon XP 2800+, Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe, 1GB Geil PC3200, GF4 Ti4400, Audigy Soundcard, 250GB/160GB Seagate HDDs, AOpen DVD, LiteOn DVD-RW

lunchbox1988 
6/8/08 10:25:48 AM
Guru

All good, yea used the AUS site, shouldn't be too much difference though.

If you want to save a pile of cash, you can buy my toshiba off me.

From PFS thread in Trademart;
CPU - C2D 2.0GHz
RAM - 2GB 533
HDD - 250GB SATA
Optical - DVD RW
Monitor - 17in 1680*1050
GPU - I am sure the GPU is 7900GTX 512MB - will check when I get home.
OS: XP Pro Licence
Has extra 9 cell battery (used for 20 minutes basically brand new)
Also comes with extra power brick and a Targus Voyager Backpack.




It has S-Video, VGA and DVI out.

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AL Gore; Finally, I get to save the Earth with deadly lasers instead of deadly slideshows!



EEEPC 1000H - 1.6GHz Atom - 2GB DDR2 667 - Vista Ultimate
Jeruselem 
6/8/08 1:22:52 PM
Champion

Have a look as the ASUS M70 series like the ASUS M70SR-7S005C.

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PC 1: XP Home SP2, Opty 165@1.8Ghz, GEIL 1GB PC3200, 320GB SATA Cuda ES,XFX 9600GSO 580/700x2/1450, Seasonic S12+ 550W
PC 2: XP Home SP3, XP 3000+@2.24 Ghz, 1GB PC3200, 80GB IDE,ASUS nVidia 6800 512MB, Antec PlanetWatts 380W

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