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Dell Studio XPS 16

Dell Studio XPS 16
alaScore 85

1162 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1162 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the keyboard and value for money. The performance and design also get good feedback. Reviews are divided on the reliability. Some have doubts about the touchpad and battery.

screen, design, performance, price, keyboard

battery, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Studio XPS 16 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Dell Studio XPS 16 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

screen, keyboard, sound, design, performance


94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Studio XPS 16 (1640) Business and Gaming Laptop with Facial recognition security software - Obsidian Black, Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (3MB cache/2.4Dell Studio XPS 16 (1640) Business and Gaming Laptop with Facial recognition security software - Obsidian Black with Leather Accent, Intel Core 2 Duo Dell Studio XPS 16 (1640) Business and Gaming Laptop with Facial recognition security software - Obsidian Black, Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (3MB cache/2.

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Review Dell Studio XPS 16 (ATI HD4670) Notebook


Hot Stuff. Fans of Dell's efficient XPS series might once again g

Good application performance; Good 3D performance; Mediocre case heating in office mode; Reasonable system noise

Adapter's high temperature; Varying frame rate in gaming mode; Mediocre battery life with the standard 6 cell battery; Partly disproportional surcharge items

Premium multimedia notebooks", as Dell labels the Studio XPS 16. Even if this can't be directly compared, names like HP Pavilion HDX or most likely the new HP Envy 15 could be mentioned. Not to be forgotten: Apple's MacBook Pros in a 15 and 17 inch...

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Preview: Dell Studio XPS 16 (HD4670/Win7) im Test


Graphic Update. As Dell presented the brand-new Studio XPS series ...

So much for the first impression of the modified Dell Studio XPS 16. A comprehensive review with numerous benchmarks, comparisons of performance between Windows Vista and the new, final version of Windows 7, as well as a closer look at emissions and...


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Review Dell Studio XPS 16 Notebook


Gentle, yet brilliant entertainer. Now, we got hold of the second

Attractive design; High quality haptics; Very good case stability; Numerous interfaces; UMTS ready; Spacious keyboard; Bright display with brilliant colours; Good application performance; Low noise emissions in idle/office mode; Passable sound

Partly uneven gaps; Often disturbing reflections caused by a reflecting display; Moderate 3D performance in contemporary games; Partly very high case temperatures; Limited mobility because of short battery life

If the RGB LED display was the decisive aspect for the Dell Studio XPS 16, there are only few models, among others the Sony AW11XU.

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Dell Studio XPS 16 Laptop Computer (Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, 128GB HDD, 4GB)


While we're still unsure of what Dell's goal was when it combined the midrange Studio and high-end XPS laptop lines into the new (wait for it...) Studio XPS brand, but at least it means we're finally getting a true 16:9 16-inch laptop from Dell, in the...

Dell embraces the 16:9 aspect ratio display; upscale design with leather trim; backlit keyboard and edge-to-edge screen glass.

The 1080p display costs extra; unimpressive battery life; new Studio XPS brand may get lost between the Inspiron, Studio, and XPS lines.

Dell's new 16:9 Studio XPS 16 adds upscale extras such as a leather trim and a backlit keyboard to a fairly standard set of components, without jacking up the price (too much).

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Studio XPS 16


Performance and battery life test results updated 1/20, 10:30 a.m. PDT

Stylish without skimping on options Brilliant screen

Multimedia, maybe, but sub-par sound

Dell's Studio XPS 16 is squarely aimed at people who want to get a little more for their entertainment buck; it's a solidly built multimedia machine that piles on features without breaking the bank. Dell's Studio XPS 16 looks to be a solid choice for...

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Dell Studio XPS 16 Laptop Review


Stylish without skimping on options ; Brilliant screen

Multimedia, maybe, but sub-par sound

Dell's Studio line shines with a notebook that provides sharp designs and smart features without a hefty price tag.

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Dell Studio XPS 16 Review


The Dell Studio XPS 16 is designed for those who want power, cutting-edge features, and style. If you're someone who likes to make a statement with your notebook, the metal and leather looks of the Studio XPS 16 will help you in that area too. Sleek...

Excellent build quality ; Nice keyboard ; Solid performance as configured ; 1080p display with excellent color and contrast ; Good port selection

Glossy screen with glossy protective layer ; Gets a little too hot ; Battery life okay but not great ; Pre-loaded bloatware helpful to some, annoying to everyone else

Still, the Dell Studio XPS 16 is one of the better choices among 16-inch multimedia notebooks

Editor's Choice!

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Dell Studio XPS 16


The XPS 16's keyboard is a departure from that of the XPS M1530. The keys adjoin each other at the surface, raised to the same level, whereas the M1530 has detectable grooves between each key. Either keyboard will accommodate a speedy touch typist or a...

Strikingly gorgeous design. Blu-ray reader included. Vibrant RGB LED 16-inch widescreen. Excellent 1080p resolution. Illuminated keyboard. HDMI and DisplayPort technologies. WWAN options. Good graphics card. High-capacity battery is available

Could be lighter

The Dell Studio XPS 16 delivers a lavish media center experience with a unique design, home-theater features, and a vibrant RGB LED widescreen.


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Dell Studio XPS 16 Review


We had the pleasure of reviewing Dell's Studio XPS 13 back in early May and found the machine to be sleek and stylish, and a good value. In an effort to provide that same sleek styling and great performance to those looking for a somewhat larger...

Overall Design ; Great Keyboard ; Blu-ray Drive ; Thin For a 16" Notebook ; Strong Gaming Performance

Gets Quite Warm ; Overly Glossy ; Lackluster Battery Life ; A bit on the pricey side for its peformance

In our SiSoftware Sandra testing, the Studio XPS 16 performed a bit better than we expected in most cases, and while it held its own in most of the other benchmarks, we were concerned by the lackluster performance during muilitasking. Gaming was solid...

Editor's Choice!

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Dell Studio XPS 16


Even without its striking design, myriad connectivity options, and multimedia goodies, the Studio XPS 16 would be noteworthy for its screen and keyboard. The price is right, too.

Striking design; phenomenal 16-to-9 screen; superb backlit keyboard; usable 3D-gaming abilities; affordable starting price

Good, but not stellar, performance; speakers distort at high volume; no Blu-ray burner option (yet)

If you want to own a mainstream/desktop-replacement notebook with cutting-edge features without breaking the bank, the Dell Studio XPS 16 is an excellent choice. Opt for the high-end screen and Blu-ray drive, and you'll have a multimedia machine you...

Product Specifications

The Studio XPS 16 shines a light on features that matter. Its backlit keyboard and touch pad buttons are easy to use, day or night. Keep an eye on your battery power by simply checking the color of the indicator on the hinge. Capacitive multimedia buttons also glow when activated. Help protect your files with a smile. Why worry about forgetting your password? Facial recognition security software lets you log onto your laptop with a simple scan of your face. It automatically locks your laptop when you step away, and unlocks it upon your return. Externally Accessible: (2) USB 2.0 compliant ports, (1) USB 2.0 compliant / e-SATA port with PowerShare, 15-pin VGA video connector, IEEE compliant 1394a port, Integrated network connector 10/100/1000 LAN (RJ45), 54mm Express Card slot, Display Port, HDMI Port, AC adapter connector, Audio jacks (2 line-out, 1 Mic-in), 8-in-1 Media Card Reader. Dimensions & Weight: Width: 15.15" (384.9mm), Height: 0.95" (24.1mm) front / 1.34" (33.95mm) back Depth: 10.02" (254.6mm) Weight: Starting weight of 6.4 lbs. (2.91 kg)8(16" WLED display 6 cell battery). Weights will vary depending on configurations and manufacturing variability.


Convertible: No
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:8 in 1 Card Reader
Firewire: Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:Full HD / WXGA / WXGA+

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology:Centrino Duo / No
Intel Centrino Technology:Centrino Duo / No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows Vista Home Premium


Brand of Graphic Chip:ATI
GPU Model (Graphic Card):k.A. / Mobility Radeon HD 4670 / Mobility Radon HD 3670


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM55 / Unknown
Processor:Core 2 Duo / CORE I5 / Core™ i3
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:I3-330M / I5-540M / T6400