The result is a smart-looking red dell laptop that has some new features that distinguish it from a run-of-the-mill Inspiron, including a backlit keyboard and a superfluous leather trim on the back of the lid (we’re more positively predisposed to leather-clad wristrests).
Dell took a slightly different tact with its new XPS 16 laptops , but it looks like the company is slowly returning to its more accommodating ways by adding a new “high gloss” Crimson Red option to the XPS 16.
Intel’s 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 CPU, coupled with 4GB of RAM and the 64-bit version of Windows Vista, makes for a powerful performer, even though it’s in the middle of Dell’s processor options for the system (you can trade down to a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo P8400 or up to a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo T9600). Any of these choices are more than adequate for typical multitasking use–Web surfing, office documents, media viewing, and so on, as well as photo and video editing. The 512MB ATI Radeon HD3670 is a good midrange choice for a multimedia system that will also handle light gaming chores. We got nearly 60 frames per second at 1,280×800-pixel resolution in Unreal Tournament 3, and that ATI card is included in the base configuration for the system.
Thanks to the 1,920×1,080-pixel display on our review unit looks beautiful from straight on and has fantastic horizontal viewing angles so you can easily watch a Blu-ray movie with three or more of your friends sitting around you. the Studio XPS 16 is great for watching Blu-ray movies or other HD content (an optional Blu-ray optical drive is available).Both display types, however, have that edge-to-edge glass that seems to be all the rage these days.
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.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz)
Memory: 4GB – 2DIMM DDR3
HDD: 320GB 7200rpm
Graphics: ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3670 (512MB)
Display: 16.0″ 1080p Full HD RGBLED LCD with 2.0 MP Webcam
Optical Drive: 4X Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive (DVD/CD +/- RW +BD Read)
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64 bit)
Software: 15-month Trend Micro security subscription, Microsoft Works 9
Wireless: Intel Wireless 5100
Mediabay: 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
Battery: 6-cell and 9-cell batteries
Other: Facial Recognition Security; Dell Dock; Dell Video Chat; 2GB Data Safe Online
Dimensions: 0.95″-1.34″ x 15.15″ x 10.02″ with 6-cell battery (H x W x D)
Weight: 6.53 lbs with 6-cell battery
Price as configured: $1,804 (Starting price: $1,199)