The delivery came just around 12pm on 11th March 2009. Wasn't at home so mother helped to collect it.
Straight away unpack it when I got home from class.
The box is slightly smaller than Inspiron 1420.
Cables and driver discs.
First sight of Studio 15.
15.6" widescreen display. Please do not focus on the guy in the middle of the pic, instead look at the frame. :P
Booting it up.
Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.40GHz
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32bit
Screen: 15.6" (1366 X 768)
Jet black colour
3GB RAM (1+2GB)
Internal 8X DVD+/-RW combo drive
512MB ATi Mobility Radeon HD 4570
Creative Sound Blaster Xi-F MB
So far it has been running for less than 24 hours.
I must say that Windows Vista is such a slow hag. Booting up and shutting down took quite some time, but overall performance it's still OK.
The ports configurations are quite different from Inspiron 1420 so I have to adjust a little bit to suit the new laptop.
Audio jacks are placed on the left side instead of centre, a bumper. Still, luckily it comes with 3 instead of 2 so that I can do more stuff with the audio settings.
A welcoming new port, HDMI which was not found on the Inspiron 1420. No need to introduce the other 2 common ports, VGA & network port.
Another sleek stuff, slot-in combo drive instead of the normal tray-drive.
The only downside is it comes with 3 instead of 4 USB ports.
Something interesting with the keyboard....
Studio 15 do not comes with dedicated media keys like other laptops do, instead the media & misc keys are integrated together with the Functional keys (F1 - F12 keys).
Other than the media playback buttons, it can also control wireless, battery & brightness.
So if I want to press for example, the normal F4 key, I will need to press the combination of Fn + F4, or I would just decreasing the brightness only. This is especially not convenient as I frequently hits Alt + F4. Need some time to get used to it.
OK now something about the software and programs.
Packed with some Windows Sidebar gadgets, and the Dell Dock on top. These stuffs ate up quite a lot of memory, even when I've disabled the AERO theme.
I'm very satisfied with the audio quality, with those built-in audio enhancement programs running, I can customize the sound quality whether I'm using headphone or the laptop speaker.
I must say that I'm pleased with the stock quality of the speaker, way better than the one from Inspiron 1420.
Of course, to pair it up with a killer headphone would be "God-like", hahah...
OK this briefly sums up my review on this Studio 15 unit. Hopefully this unit will serve me well until I graduate from university!! :D