NEW Dell Studio 17 Laptop - i5 - 500GB - HD5730 Graphics - Plus 5% Quidco - £665.05 - HotUKDeals
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I dont know if this is a good deal or not, but if it wasn't for the size, I would be ordering it straight away. I still might mind you.

Try to find a better lappy for the money, thats all I can say.

This is a middle upper gaming class laptop with the latest HD5730 graphics

FREE 500GB upgrade
FREE choice of colours
Core i5 Processor with turbo mode
4GB Ram
Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium

This will play the likes of COD MW2 with ease, and will most likely be a very fast pc in general!!

Use the 5% discount code for this price, but think about it, another 5% quidco gives you around £30 quidco!!! So effectively £635!!

Comments appreciated!
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#1
Nice spec, but does a 17" laptop not fit more into the realms of a desktop replacement?
#2
DireEmblem
Nice spec, but does a 17" laptop not fit more into the realms of a desktop replacement?


Well, I would say so yes, but with these new 16:9 displays, they dont look as big as they used to.

As I said its a bit big for my liking, but for the price, the 1GB graphics card is well worth it, I cant find a laptop sub £1000 with an equivalent GPU.
#3
What is it with Dell wireless connections?????? This laptop is mostly high spec and good value, but you cannot select a wireless-n card with it!! How crap is that? You have to put up with a slow wireless connection - so why bother with a laptop? You might be able to play games with the good graphics card, but not very quickly online due to the crap network connection. You might as well buy a desktop and wire it in. Sorry, but I'm going to vote this cold because of this crap spec.
#4
This is better? If you want a much faster processor, if you don't mind the 512 graphics card.

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n0076409&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1

Hot none the less though :)
#5
henryftw
This is better? If you want a much faster processor, if you don't mind the 512 graphics card.

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n0076409&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1

Hot none the less though :)


The graphics card in this is very weak comparing them.
#6
biglugs1
What is it with Dell wireless connections?????? This laptop is mostly high spec and good value, but you cannot select a wireless-n card with it!! How crap is that? You have to put up with a slow wireless connection - so why bother with a laptop? You might be able to play games with the good graphics card, but not very quickly online due to the crap network connection. You might as well buy a desktop and wire it in. Sorry, but I'm going to vote this cold because of this crap spec.


Considering most routers dont put out wireless N, having a N compatible card is not much use at the moment, it wont make a bit of difference to gaming will it? !
#7
henryftw
This is better? If you want a much faster processor, if you don't mind the 512 graphics card.

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n0076409&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1

Hot none the less though :)


Yours has the better CPU as you mention, but the original post has better graphics and a better HDD (faster). You pays your money and takes your choice. The better graphics and HDD are the obvious choice if you want to play games, otherwise, it depends on your requirements.
#8
psychomech
Yours has the better CPU as you mention, but the original post has better graphics and a better HDD (faster). You pays your money and takes your choice. The better graphics and HDD are the obvious choice if you want to play games, otherwise, it depends on your requirements.


Does anyone have any experience with these laptops?

I have read a couple of reviews on the older ones about them running very hot and the touch buttons (volume etc) not working after a while.

Any ideas?
#9
aircanman
Considering most routers dont put out wireless N, having a N compatible card is not much use at the moment, it wont make a bit of difference to gaming will it? !


Well if you have BT Braodband and a Home Hub you have wireless N and Virgins new Modem has Wireless N and Wireless n routers are avaliable everywhere, Wireless N is teh Norm Now, and with gaming you get a faster and more reliable connection which also has better range so it may affect your gaming if your in the garden!
#10
could you post the dell ID tag, link does not go to it.
#11
ace101
could you post the dell ID tag, link does not go to it.


The Dell Tag is n0074514 mate, HTH.

aircanman, although I've not had much experience with the new i5 cpus, I believe they run much cooler than the original i7 processors which were based on a 45nm process, rather than the 35nm (less power consumption) process the i5 uses.
#12
haritori
Well if you have BT Braodband and a Home Hub you have wireless N and Virgins new Modem has Wireless N and Wireless n routers are avaliable everywhere, Wireless N is teh Norm Now, and with gaming you get a faster and more reliable connection which also has better range so it may affect your gaming if your in the garden!


If you are considering gaming, why use wireless at all?
Whether it's G or N, it's still going to add ~5-10ms to your ping.

Having said that, I agree wholeheartedly; getting a laptop today that lacks 802.11n support is just daft.
Within the life of the laptop (2-3 years), we're going to be seeing high speed (50-100Mbs) broadband become much more common.
Wireless-G will be insufficient to fully utilize such a connection.
banned#13
i am dreaming of this lappy
#14
17" is to big for a lappy for me, prefer a smaller lappy and HDMI out. Good price if your happy with the size, withheld vote. :whistling:
#15
If you are considering gaming, why use wireless at all?

If you aren't considering wireless then why have a laptop instead of a desktop. If you are buying the laptop because of the much more powerful graphics card then you should expect to have a decent wireless connection. The lack of wireless-n is a big failing with Dell at the minute.
I have a BT router with wireless-n which I bought so my DD would get better reception in her bedroom, which she does on her current desktop. No point buying her a laptop replacement and watching her network step back to poorer speed and quality.
#16
Aaaarrghh, just 2 weeks after I buy my Samsung R780 for £700...

Would have got this instead :x .
#17
I want one just for the graphics card! The represents good value at last from Dell.
#18
Seems a good deal from Dell at last...

I'm not too well up on these things, but I am assuming the the processor in this is a leap ahead of the one in say, this Acer laptop (which I was tempted by):

http://www.simplyacer.com/Acer_Aspire_8935G_703237.html
#19
Woops, I expired this by mistake, sorry!!! Can it please be un-expire asap, my mistake. :oops:
#20
Eejit!
#21
Grr. Annoying. Ordered the XPS16 a few days ago mainly because the i5 wasn't available on the Studio 17, and the i7's are comparable speeds but rinse the battery life... typical.

Also the graphics card in the Studio 17 (just 4-5 days ago) WAS the 4650 - not quite so good.

Oh well - got the really well rated 1080p RGBLED screen, N wireless upgrade, plus the 17 really would be too big. Does it sound like I'm trying to convince myself?!

Looks like a great deal - I might email Dell and see if it would be delivered quicker than the March 24 date I have for mine atm...
#22
haritori;7835494
Well if you have BT Braodband and a Home Hub you have wireless N


If you have BT Broadband, you don't need a new laptop, you need your head examining! :-(
#23
biglugs1;7835820
If you aren't considering wireless then why have a laptop instead of a desktop. If you are buying the laptop because of the much more powerful graphics card then you should expect to have a decent wireless connection. The lack of wireless-n is a big failing with Dell at the minute.
I have a BT router with wireless-n which I bought so my DD would get better reception in her bedroom, which she does on her current desktop. No point buying her a laptop replacement and watching her network step back to poorer speed and quality.


So get Powerline Ethernet adaptors.
If it's being used with a desktop, why put up with Wifi and it's foibles at all.

I made the mistake of using a laptop as a desktop replacement - I won't be doing it a second time.
#24
s1m0nc
Grr. Annoying. Ordered the XPS16 a few days ago mainly because the i5 wasn't available on the Studio 17, and the i7's are comparable speeds but rinse the battery life... typical.

Also the graphics card in the Studio 17 (just 4-5 days ago) WAS the 4650 - not quite so good.

Oh well - got the really well rated 1080p RGBLED screen, N wireless upgrade, plus the 17 really would be too big. Does it sound like I'm trying to convince myself?!

Looks like a great deal - I might email Dell and see if it would be delivered quicker than the March 24 date I have for mine atm...


I was all set on one of the new Samsung R780's but I found the graphics in this one. But does it really take that long for them to build a laptop? I want it now like!!

If you find out can you post on here, if its under a week I am buying!
#25
pconno1
Seems a good deal from Dell at last...

I'm not too well up on these things, but I am assuming the the processor in this is a leap ahead of the one in say, this Acer laptop (which I was tempted by):

http://www.simplyacer.com/Acer_Aspire_8935G_703237.html


Yes this is a better processor!!

And remember, the likes of acer / toshiba etc come with a massive amount of bloatware which slows your computer down straight away out of the box. Although dell is not completely free of bloat, its relatively easy to get rid of without an issue. Also most dells use the faster 7200 rpm hard drive which is faster!
#26
I've been monitoring price & spec of Dell studios for several weeks now, and this looks like a good deal. It has the faster hd (7200) and better screen, and is showing at £645 in my basket (plus 5% quidco).

Agree the lack of wireless upgrade isn't great, but for someone like me who only has a "g" router at the moment (with no plan to upgrade in foreseeable future), then its not a big deal. I guess if I urgently needed a faster "n" connection, I'd have to buy a usb dongle of some sort.

Dell online chat tell me delivery of this spec laptop is no later than 3rd March (just over 2 weeks).

I wonder if the "DPC latency" issue that has been affecting Studio laptops for some time is fixed now? Anyone got a Studio with latest BIOS and ran the DPC latency checker?

I'm tempted by this I must say :p
#27
I was hoping the SimplyAcer 8935G might have dropped a bit more by now. These big DTR laptops aren't everyones cup of tea and even at £650, I thought they would have trouble shifting them.

Having now seen the Dell deal I'm sort of glad I kept my wallet in my pocket.
#28
Yer they have confirmed to me it will be approx 2nd march. Hmmmmmmmmmmm what to do. I was thinking about the Samsung R780 or this . . . decisions. . .
#29
Joe90_guy
I was hoping the SimplyAcer 8935G might have dropped a bit more by now. These big DTR laptops aren't everyones cup of tea and even at £650, I thought they would have trouble shifting them.


Dell build to order, so generally don't have a problem shifting stuff if no-one wants it :thumbsup:

And if they do, that's why there's a Dell outlet :)
#30
hot hot hot.

paid £100 more before Christmas and it was still a bargain/
1 Like #31
pdug175
hot hot hot.

paid £100 more before Christmas and it was still a bargain/


You couldn't have gotten this laptop before Christmas :) The processor and graphics chip weren't available then.
#32
Why have Dell decided to limit the resolution on their Inspiron and Studio range of laptops to 1600 x 900? Is it to make users go for their more expensive XPS range? I think it's ridiculous that you can't even get 1920 x 1200 anymore on these ranges; even 1920 x 1080 would be fine.

Dell even states, seemingly incorrectly, the following in the "Tech Specs" of the Studio 17:

High resolution, glossy widescreen 17.0 inch display (1920x1200)
#33
The graphics card is better than what you get with a lot of laptops but it isn't that amazing. Just because it can play MW2 doesn't make it good. MW2 is NOT a demanding game.
#34
Studio 17s are nice, and the screen is big but it still sits comfortably on ones lap and is not overly heavy either.

If you want a small laptop, go get one. This is a nice sized laptop (larger than a netbook - shocker!) with great specs.
banned#35
why no bluray option man *goes to sulk*
#36
Rsaeire
Why have Dell decided to limit the resolution on their Inspiron and Studio range of laptops to 1600 x 900? Is it to make users go for their more expensive XPS range? I think it's ridiculous that you can't even get 1920 x 1200 anymore on these ranges; even 1920 x 1080 would be fine.

Dell even states, seemingly incorrectly, the following in the "Tech Specs" of the Studio 17:


Different Studio 17 models will have different spec's, it's quite crazy. While this particular evalue code at Dell might not allow 1920x1080, another evalue code might. The tech specs simply list what is available for that model, and then what you can actually get often changes each Thursday when Dell update their deals. It's annoying!

JustExtreme
The graphics card is better than what you get with a lot of laptops but it isn't that amazing. Just because it can play MW2 doesn't make it good. MW2 is NOT a demanding game.


It's currently ranked 37th at notebookcheck, it's just below the top of the range chips you can get for laptops. Sure, you could spend over £1000 and get something better, but, for £660 this is an amazing graphics chip for the price - especially considering it's brand new and Dell is one of the first to put it into a laptop in the UK.

bykergrove
why no bluray option man *goes to sulk*


Dell have blu-ray shortages. It's an annoying problem they still haven't managed to sort yet.
#37
Seems a bit steep to me, even with an i5. But maybe I'm one of those blokes wanting something less than £400 !
Decent spot tho.
#38
Been looking for a new laptop, may take the plunge having seen this deal, thanks! Heat added!

Can anyone help, I was looking at Samsung R780, is this definitely better?
#39
tickedon

It's currently ranked 37th at notebookcheck, it's just below the top of the range chips you can get for laptops. Sure, you could spend over £1000 and get something better, but, for £660 this is an amazing graphics chip for the price - especially considering it's brand new and Dell is one of the first to put it into a laptop in the UK.


Yeah it is pretty good for the price although I can't see the battery lasting very long when utilizing those capabilities which sort of eliminates the point unless you are using it as a space-saving desktop replacement as opposed to a portable machine which is more likely since it is 17"
#40
If you have BT Broadband, you don't need a new laptop, you need your head examining! :-(

Problem is I've had the same email address for about 12 years - if I change now it will be a nightmare to swap everything over to the new one. Until Ofcom come up with a solution I'm caught between a rock and a hard place.

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