I got my Dell Studio 1555 notebook delivered to me a month ago and this is my review on the overall performance of the notebook. The booking process was fairly simple and the delivery was made by BlueDart courier service exactly on the 5th day from the date of booking. I must say that was faster than what they promised.
First things first, I never went to any Dell showroom to have a look at this notebook. All I saw was an advertisement in a news paper and a follow up of its details on the Dell website. All though there are pictures of Studio 15 in the website of Dell, I didn’t have a clue about its physical ergonomics. What I immediately felt when the courier boy handed over the notebook to me was its weight. I have to say that it is slightly bulky compared to its peers. Especially at the hinge where the LED screen arises, the width of it will be easily over 1.3 inches. That wasn’t a problem to me as I anyhow use this notebook at my home itself, but if anyone of you intend to use this on your travel days then you might have to think again.
One thing I like about the Dell notebooks is their ability to completely customize before making your order. Although I didn’t make any major changes in the technical configuration part, I ordered a Ruby Red coloured Studio 15 with a Backlit keyboard. All other configurations were default which included a 4 GB RAM, an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor at 2 GHz, 320 GB SATA HDD, 15inch WLED monitor (I really wanted a LED monitor, otherwise a Studio 14 would have done for me), 8x DVD R/RW and OS being Windows Vista Home Premium which I don’t like at all. I’m just waiting for Windows 7 to arrive.
The setting up of the laptop was fairly simple although a bit confusing which includes choosing your keyboard display style and accepting Windows Vista terms and conditions.
Everything else was pre loaded and the notebook was ready to use. The power button is intelligently placed just at the point where the LED screen arises as you can see in the picture. The notebook included a 60 day free trail of Microsoft office 2007 and 1 year license to McAffee’s Anti-Virus solutions. The connectivity to the Internet was fairly simple if you have a wired Broadband connection. Just plugin your cable in the slot provided and you’re ready to go. The Wi-Fi connection too was pretty straight forward as it quickly grabs the signals. No problems with the Internet at all.
However, there were few problems with the Bluetooth application. I tried to connect my Blackberry to this Notebook which was done successfully when I realised that the connection was disconnected. I tried to reconnect but my notebook was unable to receive the Bluetooth signals. I restarted the notebook and then a whole new problem was raised. An error occurred displaying that the Bluetooth Tray Icon failed to initialize properly. What a pity, a brand new Studio 15 notebook and already a malfunctioning error. When I logged onto the Dell community website, I found few other complaining about the same error (BTTray.exe). So I thought it was a common problem in Studio 15 notebooks.
But hey, don’t feel dejected if you already booked your STUDIO 15 and reading this review waiting for your delivery. The solution for it was fairly simple. Just use the Studio 15 software CD that you get and then re-install the Bluetooth application. It was easily done and since then I neither had problems with the Bluetooth application nor with the Studio 15 notebook as a whole.
I’m enjoying every bit of acquaintance with this notebook which I’m sure is the best available laptop in this price range ($ 900-950). The red colour along with the backlit keyboard at nights is a scene to watch.
The Core 2 Duo processor lives up to its expectations as I’m now able to do various things at once without slowing down the processing time which I was unable to do with my previous Pentium 4 Desktop.
The 6 cell battery is lasting for nearly 5 hours when fully charged which I more than what I expected and the stereo sound was equally good. The noise cancellation ear buds were very well designed ergonomically to fit into one’s ears easily and actually stay in there.
All in all, I’d say that this is a fairly good buy at the mentioned price tag and my over all rating would be an easy 4/5.