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Dell Studio 15

alaTest has collected and analyzed 881 reviews of Dell Studio 15. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and screen. The usability and design also get good feedback. There are mixed views on the battery and reliability. The touchpad and energy efficiency get less positive opinions.

performance, design, usability, screen, price

sound, energy, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Studio 15 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 user reviews of Dell Studio 15 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People really like the keyboard and design. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are some negative views about the size and energy efficiency. There are some mixed views about the price.

performance, portability, usability, design, keyboard

reliability, energy, size

68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Studio 1545 (Midnight Blue)Dell Studio 1545 (Midnight Blue)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Dell Studio s15z-2249CPN bundle .. review: Dell Studio s15z-2249CPN bundle ..


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Slim design; easy-to-use Intel Wireless Display built-in; speedy Core i5 processor.

Memory maxes out at 4GB; glitchy touch pad; unimpressive battery life given its larger pack.

The Dell Studio s15z-2249CPN is a worthy mainstream laptop that aims to satisfy a lot of what consumers crave.

Mar, 2010

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Dell Studio 15


You won't be disappointed with the typing experience on the Studio 15, as the keyboard, mouse buttons, and touchpad are engineered to perfection. Like the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch, the 15's widescreen is backed by LEDs and has a 1,440-by-900...

Outstanding performance scores. XPS design at Inspiron prices. Highly configurable options. Excellent typing experience. Variety of design options. HDMI-out

You'll need the E-Value Code (DNDPUA1). Limited-time offer at this price ; Watch the Dell Studio 15 Video Review

Retaining many of the XPS's qualities while selling it for Inspiron prices is what makes this Studio laptop a winner.

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (

Dell Studio 15 (1558) Review


The $849 Dell Studio 15 isn't perfect, but it's still an excellent, affordable multimedia machine that should be on your short list. It performs better than slightly more expensive systems, although its gaming clout isn't quite up to snuff. However,...

Very comfortable keyboard, Long battery life, Long warranty, Excellent high-resolution webcam, Fingerprint-resistant finish

Non-black lids cost more money, Design a bit bulky

May, 2010

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Dell Studio 15z


Part of Best Buy's exclusive Blue Label lineup of notebooks, the Dell Studio 15z ($949) pairs strong performance with the convenience of Intel's Wireless Display technology for streaming video to your home theater. The notebook's bright 15.6-inch...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Tobias Winkler (

Review Dell Studio 1557 Notebook


Processor Giant. Slowly, Intel's brand new processor generation C

Very good connectivity with HDMI, FW and eSATA; Very good configuration options; Good workmanship; Available with UMTS and BluRay; Very high processor performance; Including system media; Good battery life at low load; Good input devices; High...

Adapter can get very hot !; Loud operating noise and high case temperatures in conceived target group use; Unbeneficial port distribution; Reflective display with poor contrast; Low battery life at category typical use; Sensitive display lid

Currently, you can't get a quad-core CPU notebook anywhere at that price. Alternatives would be, for example, Acer's Aspire 5940G, Asus' G51, G60, X62 and HP's Pavilion dv6 that all have an i7-720QM.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (

Dell Studio 15 Review


The one design element I have mixed feelings about is the bottom access panel. Rather than having the typical RAM cover, hard drive cover, and main panel on the bottom of the notebook, the Studio 15 (like the Studio 17) uses a single, massive panel...

Beautiful design ; Solid selection of available configurations ; Reasonable battery life ; Nice keyboard, touchpad and media buttons ; Great component layout makes for easy upgrades/repair ; Good value for the price

No lugs/screw posts for VGA cable and no docking station connector ; All-in-one access cover on the bottom of the notebook is either great or frustrating ; HDMI with integrated Intel graphics ... bad move ; No option for better graphics than ATI Radeon...

At the end of the day the Studio 15 is a solid offering in the 15-inch consumer notebook category. The build quality, range of customizable options, expandability, style, and price make this an excellent choice if you're in the market for a 15-inch...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Andrew (

Dell Studio 15 First Thoughts Review


The Dell Studio 15 is a fittingly named 15.4" screen multimedia notebook targeted at those who want a nicely designed system that can dual as a very capable computer for work needs and as an entertainment system during those times you want to unwind...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Review: Dell Studio 15 Notebook


A new addition to the family. Until now, Dell has offered two not

Personalised housing design possible; Robust and compact chassis; Extensive range of peripheral connectivity; Blu-Ray available; Gigabit LAN, UMTS optional; Comfortable input devices; Bright LED display with very good illumination; Extensive equipment...

Positioning of connections; Only displays with reflective surface available; Moderate multimedia performance; Moderate sound output

The Dell Studio is an appealing device for the price conscious multimedia newcomer who places value on an attractively designed case and a good display. Expectations should not be set too high in terms of 3D graphics performance however as the current...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : ZDNet (

Dell Studio 1535


The Dell Studio 1535 is a good mid-range laptop that fills the gap between premium and mainstream, and offers good quality for the price.

Good style, High level of connectivity, HDMI, eSATA

Screen could do with a bit of reinforcement, Dell's network tool is highly annoying, Unable to use the 4GB RAM due to 32-bit OS

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : Emily ( )

Dell Studio 1569 Laptop Review


Dell Studio 1569 Laptop as a member of Studio continues its style in appearance. Simple and aesthetic design Studio 1569 gives the feeling of life experience. Meanwhile, Studio 1569 Laptop sports Core i5 450M processor together with ATi Mobility Radeon...

In order to reduce high power consumption of battery life, Dell Studio 1569 is equipped with standard 11.1V/66Wh lithium battery.

Sep, 2010

Product Specifications

Get creative and connected with this personalized, high-definition, 15.4" widescreen Laptop with rich multimedia features.


Audio system:HD

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Number of battery cells:6
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/3MB


Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.1cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter power:56


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4570
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.5
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):667
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Studio

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad


Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Data Bus Speed:667MHz/800MHz


Internal memory:3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 2


Color:Jet black/Midnight blue/Plum purple


Type: None


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Networking features:Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11b/g/802.11b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RW read speed:8
DVD-RW write speed:8
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8
Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW

Optical Storage

Read Speed:8x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Other Features

Graphics adapter family:AMD
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:IEEE 802.11 n

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:56


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel PM55 Express
Clock Speed:2.16GHz/2.1GHz/2GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):12 / 16
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel PM55 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382 / 774
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:296 / 81
Processor:i3-330M / i7-720QM
Processor boost frequency:2.8
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale / Clarksfield
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 2.13
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor model:i3-330M / i7-720QM
Processor Number:T5750/T5800/T5850/T6400/T8100
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-700 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1288 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:B1 / C2
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 105
Type:Core 2 Duo

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:43122 / 47663
Processor code:SLBLY / SLBNF
Processor package size:34 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Installed Size:2GB/3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot: No

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty


Bundled software:Microsoft Works 9.0
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:McAfee Security Centre 10.0


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDIO, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:500

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB/320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Home use

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450/Intel GMA 4500MHD/Intel GMA X3100

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):0.996
Height (rear):1.53