Dell Studio XPS 13 Review

The Dell Studio XPS 13 might be the smallest laptop in Dell’s Studio series, but just like its sibling, it is made to cater to people who want an all-around yet personalized laptop.

The XPS 13, as one of products in  Dell Studio laptop series, is powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo T9800 processor that clocks at 2.93 GHz.  Supporting this processing power is a large army of memory — 8 GB of SDRAM.  With this amount of RAM, processing heavy programs becomes a cinch.  One could also choose a variety of graphics reinforcement — the GeForce 9400M G shared memory chipset or the 256 MB GeForce 9500M and 512 MB GeForce G210M.

With these graphic options, one could have a graphics support depending on his needs.  A user preferring graphics rendering would be delighted to have the 9400M or the 9500M.  A heavy gamer may opt to install the G210M to his laptop.

For such performance prowess, a large disk space should be a given to store large digital files.  The XPS 13 is installed of up to 500 of storage space – more than enough to amass a number of multimedia files, especially those space-hogging HD files.

As its name indicates, the XPS 13 has a 13.3-inch glossy LCD.  Small as it is, this display is good enough to dish out detailed and clear graphics.  Users, however, may find this puny screen size not enough for their viewing needs.

SPECS  AVAILABLE OPTIONS (From Acer’s Website)
CPU Up to Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T9800 (2.93GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
RAM Up to 8GB1 1067MHz DDR3 SDRAM.
Screen size “Edge-to-edge” Glossy 13.3 inch WXGA CCFL LCD display”Edge-to-edge”
Glossy 13.3 inch WXGA WLED LCD display
Operating system Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-BitGenuine Windows® 7
Professional 64-BitGenuine Windows® 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
Graphics  NVIDIA® GeForce® 9400M GNVIDIA® GeForce® 9500M –
256MBNVIDIA® GeForce® G 210M – 512MB

PROS

The main advantage of the XPS 13 laptop is its processing ability.  With the Core 2 Duo processor and lots of memory at its disposal, running heavy applications would be like peeling a wrapper of a candy.  The 512 MB Nvidia GeForce G210M option would also be good news for hardcore gamers.

CONS

Some users may find the XPS 13’s screen size to be just too small. Multimedia enthusiasts often prefer having a large screen when viewing or rendering graphics.

CONCLUSION

The Dell XPS Studio 13 is definitely a small-but-powerful laptop that could satisfy the more-than-average users.  Loaded with a powerful processor and an army of read access and graphics memory support, the XPS 13 is certainly a very good buy for those who don’t want to sacrifice performance for portability. The XPS 13 is priced from $949 to $1,149.

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