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Dell Studio XPS 1640 review

Dell's fledgling Studio laptop series meets its established XPS series with slick results

Our Verdict

A great performing laptop for it's price point with an unusual sized screen that definitely holds it's own against the MacBooks and Vaios for design

For

  • Good screen
  • Nice design
  • Powerful performance

Against

  • Heavy

The Dell Studio XPS 1640 brings a few of its own innovations to the table. We've not seen many 16in LCDs out there, and while we're not about to proclaim that it's the perfect fit for a laptop – this is a heavy package – it's certainly a luxurious size.

The version we tested was the standard model; you can upgrade to a posh 100 per cent colour gamut 1080p RGB LED screen.

Performance-wise, the 1640 hovers around the top of the line for standard laptops. The Core 2 Duo processor works harmoniously with the Mobility Radeon HD 3670 graphics to create a machine that handles Vista gaming nicely. It's not a mega-laptop, though, so don't expect miracles.

Overall, it's not quite as thin and it's decidedly more heavy, but there's not really any question: Dell's Studio XPS line fits in with the MacBooks and the Vaios of this world.

We hope Dell continues to concentrate on design, because it does a good – if slightly derivative – job.