A great contender for entertainment laptops is the Dell Studio XPS 16. It’s 16-inch widescreen, 1080p display, and powerful components make it an excellent choice from those wanting more of the high-def world. The machine has a beautiful glossy black & silver design, a gorgeous wide screen, and superb high end keyboard.
The XPS 16 features an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 4GB of Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, ATI Mobility 512MB Video Card, weighs 6.54lbs with 6 cell battery, and has about 2 hours battery life. It comes installed with Vista Home Premium. See it on Dell’s website; full specs are here. Prices range from $1,000 to $1,800; depending components installed.
The most alluring apect of the Studio XPS 16 is it’s wonderful 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display. Notebook Reviewcalls it beautiful because it’s RGBLED LCD offers richer, deeper colors and excellent contrast LCD technology than the older LCD technology. The XPS 16 is ideal for watching HD movies from the built-in Blu-ray player. It has fantastic horizontal viewing angles so you can easily watch a Blu-ray movie with three or more of your friends sitting around you. The negative of this glorious screen is the the fact that its extremely glossy and therefore is very reflective even in little or no light. The laptop comes with appropriate connectors: HDMI, VGA, and newer DisplayPort.
Hot Hardware says the CPU performs pretty quick at multitasking and handling everyday tasks, but not a quick as expected for the $1750 system they tested. The slower Windows Vista operating system is mostly to blame here. Gaming was solid with the robust 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4670 GPU, which handled by Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and Half-Life 2: Episode 2 at 1920×1080 with no problems at all. The XPS 16 was the definition of a mixed bag; while it handled gaming and basic tasks without issue, it struggled a bit to keep up when simply opening new Firefox tabs, firing up a few applications at once and booting into Vista.
CNET wasn’t impressed with the battery life. The Studio XPS 16 ran for 1 hour and 43 minutes on their somewhat intensive video playback battery drain test (using the included six-cell battery). The nine-cell battery, which adds significant bulk and weight, comes closer to three hours of battery life.
Hot Hardware indicates the XPS 16 has many positives: the keyboard was an absolute joy to type on, the trackpad had a great texture to it and has fantasic buttons, and the backlighting in the trackpad buttons and underneath the keys just the right brightness.
The Dell XPS 16 currently goes for $999 to $1,998, depending on which are installed.
Google Products: available at about two dozen venders
Dell’s Website: 4 different configurations available
Amazon: many sellers are offering the XPS 16