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Dell Studio Desktop


$399.00 Released September, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Enough power for general office applications, everything runs quickly and lag-free. More than enough storage space on the HDD for most people.

The Cons:Windows Vista is a little dated, poorly supported by software developers. Fan gets pretty noisy within the first month. Limited expandability, not a lot of free slots.

The Dell Studio Desktop is a high-end multimedia desktop PC designed as Dell claims to be the "center of a users electronic universe". It features first and foremost, an integrated HDMI port; to provide superior high-definition output to any display monitor including an HDTV.

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The Studio Desktop also features a processor from the Intel dual or quad core families depending on the particular model, and comes bundled with the Windows Vista Home Premium operating system. Additional Studio Desktop features include an integrated 1394 adapter, home theater device upgrades such as a Blu-Ray player or TV tuner, and a stylish glossy black case design.

Like a majority of Dell's products the Dell Studio Desktop comes available in several different models; which are all completely customizable to a user's preferences and price range. See "Models" section below.

Features

  • High-end multimedia desktop PC
  • Intel dual or quad core processor depending on model
  • 2GB or 6GB of dual channel DDR2 SDRAM
  • An integrated HDMI port for high-definition display support
  • Windows Vista Home Premium operating system pre-installed
  • Integrated 1394 adapte
  • Home theater device upgrades; Blu-Ray player or TV tuner
  • Stylish glossy black mid-tower case

Models

  • Studio Desktop
    • MSRP: $399
    • Processor: Intel Pentium dual-core E5200 (2MB L2, 2.5GHz, 800FSB)
    • Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium Edition SP1
    • Monitor: None Included
    • Optical Drive: 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
    • Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 2DIMMs
    • Hard Drive: 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
    • Video Card: Integrated Intel GMA X4500HD Graphics\
    • Sound Card: Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    • Hardware Support/ Warranty: 1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
  • Studio Desktop (Core 2 Duo Technology)
    • MSRP: $599
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (3MB L2, 2.8GHz, 1066FSB)
    • Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-Bit
    • Monitor: Dell S1909WX 19 inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor
    • Optical Drive: 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
    • Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 2DIMMs
    • Hard Drive: 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 3450 256MB supporting HDMI
    • Sound Card: Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    • Hardware Support/ Warranty: 1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
  • Studio Desktop (Multimedia Powerhouse)
    • MSRP: $799
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q8200 (4MB L2, 2.33GHz, 1333FSB)
    • Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-Bit
    • Monitor: 20 inch S2009WFP Widescreen Digital Flat Panel Monitor
    • Optical Drive: 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
    • Memory: 6GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4DIMMs
    • Hard Drive: 640GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 3450 256MB supporting HDMI
    • Sound Card: Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    • Hardware Support/ Warranty: 1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
  • Studio Desktop (Ultimate Power and Entertainment)
    • MSRP: $999
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 (4MB L2, 2.5GHz, 1333FSB)
    • Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-Bit
    • Monitor: 21.5 inch Dell S2209W Full HD Widescreen Monitor
    • Optical Drive: 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
    • Memory: 6GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4DIMMs
    • Hard Drive: 640GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 3650 256MB supporting HDMI
    • Sound Card: Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    • Hardware Support/ Warranty: 2Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis

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    enough power for general office applications, everything runs quickly and lag-free

  • 1

    more than enough storage space on the HDD for most people

Cons
  • 2

    Windows Vista is a little dated, poorly supported by software developers

  • 1

    fan gets pretty noisy within the first month

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    limited expandability, not a lot of free slots

  • 1

    not enough graphics processing power for most modern games

  • 1

    power supply not powerful enough to handle a good 3rd party video card

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