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Comment: I've had this machine for over a year, I had a few extra's and paid over Â£800 for my machine. People are always so negative. Yes it does get hot, but then so did both of my old Toshiba laptops, yes the screen does need to be angled in direct light, but then so do many other laptops with similar screens. Yes Windows 7 has it's problems, but that's not the Laptop's fault is it.
Most of the time my laptop sits on a desk so issues regarding excess heat are not an issue for me. On the occasions that i do use it on my lap it can get very hot, but simply putting the laptop on something solid solves this issue. The speakers are not great, despite being 'Enhnaced', but then what loser listens to music or films through the laptop speakers? I'm sure if you spend Â£800 on a laptop you can invest a few quid in some quality desktop speakers (just to add the best speakers I have found on a laptop are on my old Toshiba). With regards to build quality, I have no major gripes and have no issues. All in all, I see no reason why I cannot recommend this laptop, however I will say that if you are going to spend in excess of Â£600 on a laptop do your research and buy what you think is the best laptop.
Good: good performance, good for typing
Bad: Windows, very poorly built, heavy, noisy, gets hot
Comment: I have the 2.2 dual core i5 chip and 4570 graphics card on the studio 1558 and this laptop is pretty good for music, gaming etc.
However, windows 7 has been very glitchy and regularly crashes on me. the laptop also makes a lot of noise when it starts/wakes up which is especially annoying when it wakes itself up from sleep in the middle of the night! The laptop also gets very hot.
Although this review says the build quality is excellent, the skirting of the screen on my 1 year old laptop has come off twice and is completely sticking out of the machine, although it has not been dropped or anything... The whole of the back is fingerprint prone and has a lot of give when pressed - very plasticy. The control key on the keyboard is also not working properly.
This is a heavy laptop - not suitable for carrying around, especially with such bad build quality.
I would recommend this for use as a desktop replacement but if you are carrying it anywhere, get something lighter and stronger!
I am going mac!!
Good: The keyboard layout is excellent. No space is wasted on a number pad, and so all the other keys, including the cursor keys, are full size and easy to use. Smooth, integrated touchpad and operation of its two keys are good. Telephone support from Bangalore support centre is very professional.
Bad: 1: In common with some other manufacturers, Dell follows fashion and allow styling to take precedence over good engineering and common sense. Examples: glossy black cover which picks up every possible fingerprint; glossy screen which has to be angled to minimize reflections. 2: Vertical measurement of screen - important for users working on A4 documents, and already restricted by 'widescreen' format, is 0.5 inch less than that of MacBook with same nominal diagonal size. If you use latest version of Word with 'ribbon', you end up with very little space to work in. (I went back to previous edition of Word.) 3: The 'Dell Dock' is a poor imitation of the Apple original, and the default desktop (shown in Cnet report - bicycles and buses in near-collision) is a pointless exercise in childish silliness and impracticality. 4: Windows 7 - I am used to Mac OS and Windows XP, and find both greatly superior to Windows 7. For example, instead of a straightforward e-mail program like Mac Mail or Outlook Express, the authors of Windows 7 wants users to get involved in totally unnecessary complications like 'Windows Live'. 4: E-mail 'support' from Dell (in UK or IRL???) is of unacceptably poor standard - inaccurate information, and no indication of any concern to achieve customer satisfaction (my last e-mail about a legitimate concern was left unanswered).
Comment: My choice came down to a Dell Studio 15 or a MacBook Pro at approx twice or two-and-a-half times the price. As a practical user who also tries to be responsible in use of money, I bought the Dell. Within a couple of weeks I was regretting my decision. Nevertheless, I decided to keep the Dell and try to focus on the things it did well. I especially appreciated the good 'user interface' in the form of the keyboard, touchpad and touchpad keys. Three months later, however, I am again considering writing off several hundred pounds, getting rid of the Dell, and buying the MacBook which I now very much wish I had bought in the first place.
Twenty years ago, I bought a Dell desktop computer for the company I worked for. I was very impressed with the advice and service I received during the telephone ordering process, and we were very pleased with the computer. After my experience with the Studio 15, while part of the blame rests with Microsoft for Windows 7, I would not touch another Dell product.
Good: Fast CPU, decent build, decent speakers
Bad: Poor GPU, screen could be better
Comment: The price I paid for this means some niggles should be overlooked but there are still some gripes none-the-less.
The viewing angles on the screen are poor with blacks being washed out all too easily, and if you're buying this, spend the extra money for the 1080p display, 720 doesn't cut it on this machine. Moreover, the graphics card is quite weak, compared to a Sony Vaio E series where you can spec it up to an ATI 5650, it makes the Studio 1558 very tame.
Build quality is generally quite solid, and the keyboard is excellent with well set out buttons and a very positive response from them, there is also no flex on the keyboard which makes typing a joy on this machine.
There is an odd design flaw by Dell on the machine in that the rear exhaust can often be covered by the screen when tilted back, something which is a flaw on the Studio XPS too.
Sound is reasonably good for a laptop however the subwoofer in it feels like a bit of a gimmick, although it isn't bad.
Good: The display is simply beautiful.
Bad: I wish it weighed a pound.
Comment: OK - I got the XPS 1645 but consider this...
Early in 2010 my 1999 laptop began faltering a bit. So I began a serious search for a replacement. Since I work at Dell, I wanted the best bang for my hard-earned buck the company could offer. But even for an insider, I found the technological array bewildering. Following months of cautious comparisons and pointed discussions with my technically minded friends, the1558 and 1645 kept coming up. In the end, I believed I needed more power and ports for video editing so I selected it's big brother the XPS 1645. It had the same great LCD as the 1558 but more raw power. Looking back, it's still not entirely clear that was necessary because the 1558 may have as much power as I neeeded; it's hard to say to this day. In any event, you've got to see these displays to believe the crisp clarity. I truly believe most anyone will be pleased with either of these systems.
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