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Dell Studio Desktop

Dell Studio Desktop
alaScore 81

359 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 359 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The usability and value for money are also mentioned favorably.

value for money, usability, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Studio Desktop is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 359 reviews)

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Dell Studio Desktop

 

The Dell Studio Desktop ($1,079 direct, $1,369 with a 20-inch widescreen monitor), aka Studio 540, is the quintessential middle child: It's positioned as Dell's mainstream multimedia PC, wedged right above the Inspiron line and just below the high-end...

HDMI and DisplayPort. 802.11n wireless networking. Minimal crapware

No Blu-ray. Pricier than competition. Only 30-day subscription to McAfee Internet Security. Awkward hard drive expansion

Wedged between the Inspiron line and the high-end XPS line, the Studio Desktop is a jack of all trades, yet a master of none. You can find less-expensive multimedia desktops that offer you more features.

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Dell Studio Desktop

 

The Dell Studio Desktop is a fine media-ready machine—with just a few key limitations.

64-bit operating system; lots of RAM; TV tuner and large hard drive ideal for Media Center functionality; wireless adapter included

No Blu-ray drive; limited 3D capabilities, expansion room; not designed for most entertainment centers

Better 3D performance would add a bit of pep to the Studio Desktop and help make it a slightly better value for its money. Still, its overall feature set—if not its readiness for the future—makes it a solid choice for a starter home-theater PC

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Good Computer, but some Crapware Present

 

Pros: Great machine. Cons: Some Crapware (i.e., pre-installed software that can slow down the machine; see below) *** Overall: This is a good machine (studio quad core, 6gb memory, 760 gb HD, Nvidia 9500 card). I would recommend it. However-- there...

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Can't beat the price

 

Intel Quad core, 8gig of ram, 2-640 gig hard drives in raid 0(fakeraid, no dedicated card) and ati 3450 gpu for $500. As for gaming this will actually pull 5 more fps than a Phenom II 940(no OC') with similar gpu on high settings, but no ones wanting...

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Studio Desktop

 

Bought this computer to replace and antiquated system. Love the computer, hate Vista! This machine is fast, looks great, and performs as well as I had hoped it would. After having a horrific experience with another brand of computer, this was...

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What a great, fast, sleek, smooth machine

 

I picked out this computer as a graduation gift and I wanted something that I could edit video and watch videos on and this computer did just that. I also wanted a computer that was fast and powerful and this computer even does that. Seriously a great...

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dont buy

 

I bought this for simple music recording and photo sharing,editing. The Creative 'sound card' I bought with it is not a sound card at all.I bought a new Creative sound card and that is not compatible with Vista (which seems an inferior system).I am...

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to those complaing about how loud the tower is

 

My studio desktop was very loud when i first powered it up. so i took the side panel off and realized a little bundle of wires was just barely touching the plastic cooling fan blades. I moved them over a little and now the computer tower runs super...

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Pretty Smooth

 

Specs: QuadCore 3GHz, 8GB ram, 640GB hard drive. I bought this computer for the 64-bit operating system, which allows me to fully utilize 8GB of ram for statistical software that I use. Multi-tasking is very smooth. It hasn't crashed once since I've...

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Fantabulous Machine!

 

I love this pc. I have always owned HP in the past and had so many problems with them. I decided on a Dell this time and am very glad I did. I built & ordered it on Sun., it was shipped the next day and delivered at my home 2 days later. Fast delivery!...

Product Specifications

Packed full of entertainment features, the Studio desktop boasts a stylish design and state-of-the-art technologies for everyday computing and multimedia entertainment. Whether you buy this for yourself or for your family, this powerful and scalable desktop can be customized to meet your exact needs. The sophisticated design of the Studio desktop will be sure to turn heads. The Studio desktop can transform your computing experience while its outer shine adds a touch of pizzazz.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Mini tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Mini tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:4MB
Per Processor Size:4MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:17.1in
Height:14.3in
Weight:24.9lbs
Width:6.7in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Dell
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Studio

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:1333MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Piano black

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.33GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Quad-Core
Processor Number:Q8200
Type:Core 2 Quad

RAM

Installed Size:6GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

RAID Level:RAID 0 / RAID 1

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:750GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon HD 3450
Interface Type:PCI Express x16
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