Dell Studio 17 Review

The Dell Studio 17 is the largest model under Dell Studio Series, which was created in response to consumers who want to customize their purchases.

Studio 17 provides a range of options. Having choices will give you opportunity to choose specifications to fit exactly your needs and wants, be it for gaming, business or entertainment.

Top-of-the-line choices are in store for the buyer in choosing the specifications. For instance, in picking out your hard disk preferences, you can opt for a 320GB space or go up to 640GB of hard disk space. Thus, all of your important business files will always have room plus there’s still enough capacity for your leisure files, movies, games what have you.

Everyone likes a large screen display and with Dell’s Studio 17 you will not be disappointed. It is armed with a 17-inch display screen that is capable of a resolution of 1440×900, though not capable of true 1080p like other studio models, it is still nevertheless able to stand on its own with its decent resolution. This is perfect for people who pay a great deal of attention to details and it also provides convenient viewing for the user.Intel runs Studio 17’s processor, you have a choice between a Dual Core or a Core 2 Duo at varying speeds, its random access memory is also supported by up to 4GB. This laptop’s graphics default configuration is an integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, the X3100, however you have the option to upgrade it to a 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650. Older games that are not so demanding can run smoothly with this but newer games would require 512MB or higher graphic cards.


AVAILABLE OPTIONS (From Dell’s Website)
CPU Intel Pentium Dual Core or Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM Up to 4GB2 Dual Channel 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM.
Screen size High resolution, glossy widescreen 17.0 inch display (1440×900)High resolution, glossy LED widescreen 17.0 inch display (1440×900)
Operating system Genuine Windows®  7 Home Premium 64-BitGenuine Windows®  7 Professional 64-BitGenuine Windows®  7 Ultimate 64-Bit
Graphics Intel®  Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100Discrete Graphic Card: 256MB ATI®  Mobility Radeon HD 3650


Dell’s Studio 17’s processor choices and memory capacity deserve a thumbs up. Intel’s Dual Core and Core 2 Duo are famous for the power they give the computers they are installed in. On top of that, Studio 17’s 4 GB of RAM provides a wonderful backup, allowing heavy applications to run without hitches and slowdowns.

The Studio 17’s display has a very high native resolution of 1440 x 900 — perfect for multitasking and for editing documents side by side.


The Dell Studio 17’s default configuration is only loaded with an X3100 GMA, which makes this laptop crawl a bit when dealing with heavy graphics.  Dell offers an upgraded option for the Studio 17, but only the ATI Mobility Radeon 3650 is available and this might be not enough to handle today’s hardcore games.


Priced from $659-$939, the Dell Studio 17 is an excellent machine for handling average computation.  It might be a little weak in rendering heavy graphics, but the Studio 17 could still handle some 3D games and render some graphics once loaded with the dedicated graphics card.

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