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Dell Studio 15/17 laptops with the Core i7 Mobile CPUs - opinions?

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October 16, 2009 10:03:43 PM

Hey folks, what are your opinions on the new Dell Studio 15/17 laptops with the Core i7 Mobile CPUs? I am really enticed by price and size of the Studio 15 at $999, but like the video card in the Studio 17 better. What are your opinions?

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October 17, 2009 8:27:55 AM

Hello :) 
If you want to buy a new notebook then pleas fill this FAQ:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/50797-35-read-buying-...

Otherwise if your only looking for opinions well in my opinion the better graphic in Studio 17 will become useful if you play some games or do some 3D rendering etc
October 18, 2009 4:02:20 AM


1_What is your budget? $1000 - $1250

2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15" seems perfect

3_What screen resolution do you want? 1600 or 1900

4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Desktop replacement, as this will travel from NYC to PA and also back and forth to school.

5_How much battery life do you need? Will usually be plugged in, so not important.

6_Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? I don't generally play games, but I do some graphics programming, mostly in OpenGL.

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.) Ripping/encoding video, programming (multitreaded apps and graphics programming)

8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need? 320GB - 500GB seems good

9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them. Dell, HP, etc...

10_How long do you want to keep your laptop? 3-4 years.


11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? DVD burner for now, Blu-ray later, but not important, I have a 42" HDTV with a Blu-ray player already.

12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. Any brand, I am not bias, just looking for the fastest machine with the most processor cores for the cheapest price, with good graphics capabilities.

13_What country do you live in? USA


14_Please tell us any additional information if needed. I do NOT want a dual core machine, please do not even suggest it.


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October 18, 2009 4:23:17 PM

I am only interested in a Core i7 Mobile Laptop.
October 18, 2009 4:24:28 PM

These were released today, and the dv6t looks interesting. I wish the Envy 15 was within my budget, but unfortunately, with buying a house, it is not.:


HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition series

# • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
# • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz FSB)
# • 3GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
# • 320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
# • 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M
# • 15.6" diagonal High Definition LED HP Brightview Widescreen Display (1366x768)
# • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support

Total: $999


HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition series
# • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
# • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz FSB)
# • 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
# • 320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
# • 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M
# • 17.3" diagonal HD+ High-Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1600 x 900)
# • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support

Total: $1150



HP Pavilion dv8t Quad Edition series
# • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
# • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz FSB)
# • 3GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
# • 250GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
# • 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M
# • 18.4" diagonal High Definition HP Ultra BrightView Infinity Display (1920x1080p)
# • Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer

Total: $1300



HP ENVY 15
# • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
# • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz FSB)
# • 6GB DDR3 System Memory (3 Dimm)
# • 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
# • 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 4830
# • 15.6" diagonal Full High Definition LED HP Ultra Brightview Widescreen Display (1920x1080)

Total: $1800
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October 18, 2009 6:44:43 PM

The first HP model looks good,good specs with a good price
October 18, 2009 9:38:30 PM

How does the 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 compare to the 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M? Is the 230M faster than the 4570?
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October 19, 2009 8:28:04 AM

GTS 230M performs better
October 19, 2009 12:08:49 PM

Yes, that one is great for that price. If I ever wanted a midrange laptop.
October 19, 2009 6:42:12 PM

I am strongly considering the HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition series. I wonder if the keyboard is backlit.
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October 20, 2009 8:07:45 AM

No it's not backlit
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