The Bottom Line
- On Site Warranty Service
- Improved Integrated Graphics
- Good Processor Performance
- Only 2GB of Memory
- Upgrades Are Fairly Expensive
- Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Dual Core Processor
- 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- Intel GMA X4500 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Eight USB 2.0, Two FireWire, 16-in-1 Card Reader
- Vista Home Premium, Works 9, McAfee Security Center
Guide Review - Dell Studio Budget Desktop Personal Computer
10/17/08 - Dell's Studio desktop has replaced a number of different Inspiron models. Because of this, the system is available in a wide range of prices and options. This review looks at their base budget model mini-tower configuration.
The Studio desktop uses the newer Intel chipsets that provide it with a number of key advantages over other budget systems. The most notable is the new GMA X4500 integrated graphics processor. While it still doesn't have the performance levels to handle 3D PC games, it does have better support for high definition video streams that provide a smoother playback. With the expensive Blu-ray optical upgrade, this makes it a good choice for a high definition media station.
Another area where the Studio desktop has an advantage over many budget systems is the processor. Many systems use the older Pentium Dual Core or AMD processors. Dell has elected to use a newer Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 dual core processor that gives it a performance boost over most of the budget systems on the market. They do hamper the overall performance by making the system come with a base of just 2GB of memory. This was standard a year ago, but now most companies are provided a full 4GB of memory.
Probably the best overall feature that Dell has with the Studio is their warranty service. Rather than requiring users to send machines to a repair facility, Dell offers a 1 year on site warranty with all the of their Studio products. It still requires a remote diagnostic and diagnosis before a tech is sent out, but this is a major step up for service.
Dell offers a wide range of options for the Studio desktop. Be warned that many of these upgrade will boost performance but also have a very high corresponding cost that will quickly rise the overall price.