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#1 9 years ago

Hey guys...I just got my new Dell Studio 1555 notebook as a replacement for my defective Studio 1535. I thought I'd share a bit of information about them and post some pictures, inspired by Daedalus' M17X thread. :)

For starters, some specs. This is the original Studio 1535 I purchased last September:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 (2.0GHz/667MHz FSB/2MB L2). I later replaced this with a Core 2 Duo T9500 (2.6GHz/800MHz FSB/6MB L2).
  • Intel Santa Rosa platform with PM965 chipset (max FSB 800MHz/max RAM 667MHz)
  • 3GB generic Hynix DDR2 memory (667MHz/5-5-5-15). I replaced this with 4GB of Kingston HyperX (667MHz/4-4-4-12).
  • ATi Mobility Radeon HD 3450 256MB DDR2
  • 15.4" WXGA 1280x800 CCFL-backlit display
  • Sony Optiarc slot-loading DVD+RW drive
  • 320GB Western Digital 5,400 RPM 2.5" hard drive
  • 10/100Mbps ethernet
  • Dell/Broadcom 1397 a/b/g WiFi card
  • Alps touchpad
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit

It was a pretty solid machine overall, but with one glaring issue: the touch-sensitive DVD eject button never worked. After several DVD drive and even a motherboard replacement over the intervening months, Dell agreed to replace my system. They sent me the current model, the Studio 1555. It's the next generation of the Studio 15 series laptop. Very physically similar to the 1535, but with a few minor differences, notably that the 1555 uses a 15.6" 16:9 HDTV aspect ratio instead of the 1535's 16:10. Also, the 1555 does not have touch-sensitive media controls, and maps their functions to the F1-F12 keys. Here's the specs of the system they gave me:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 (2.0GHz/800MHz FSB/2MB L2), which I just replaced with that T9500 from before.
  • Intel Montevina platform with PM45 chipset (max FSB 1066MHz/max RAM 800MHz)
  • 4GB Samsung DDR2 (800MHz/6-6-6-18).
  • ATi Mobility Radeon HD 4570 256MB GDDR3
  • 15.6" 720p (1366x768) LED-backlit display
  • TSST slot-loading DVD+RW drive
  • 320GB Seagate 5,400 RPM 2.5" hard drive
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • Intel WiFi Link 5300 a/g/n 3x3 tri-antenna WiFi card
  • Dell/Broadcom 370 Bluetooth card
  • Synaptics multitouch trackpad
  • Integrated subwoofer
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

So, pretty much everything was upgraded ever so slightly or stayed the exact same. The biggest difference is the ATi card. This 4570 can comfortably play games that the 3450 wouldn't even look at without vomiting driver errors all over the place.

The LED display is very nice. Far brighter than the old CCFL, with no warmup time, and 720p video is just breathtaking.

And I know it seems like such a minor thing, but the touchpad is godlike. Synaptics makes them so much better than Alps; I don't know why any manufacturers even use Alps anymore. They're just cheaper, I guess. The gestures, like circular scrolling (imagine the iPod Classic's scroll wheel...it's kinda like that) and pinch zoom (the same way the iPod Touch does it) are fantastic, and the touchpad just feels so much more reponsive.

The internal Bluetooth was a nice touch for them to add; I went and picked up a Bluetooth mouse, and it worked pretty much right out of the box. Now I have a wireless mouse without the hassle of carrying around a USB dongle.

Sound quality has really taken a step up between the 1535 and 1555 as well. The old 1535 just had two small dime-sized paper speakers, and they were pretty terrible, even for laptop speakers. My cell phone could outplay it in terms of volume. The new 1555 has much better and slightly larger speakers, and has its own subwoofer underneath the palmrest. It's a world of difference. Not quite my Z-2300's, but great for a laptop.

Anyway, as I promised earlier and in Daedalus' thread, here are some pictures. In any photos where both laptops are present, my old Studio 1535 is on the left, and the new 1555 is on the right.

First up is a side-by-side of the two systems with the lid closed. You can see how the 1555 is just a hair wider and shorter than the 1535:

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The Jet Black matte lid of the 1535:

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The Black Chainlink glossy lid of the 1555:

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The Black Chainlink lid pattern, with camera flash to illustrate the contrast. It doesn't really look like this:

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The same Black Chainlink pattern, without flash, so it looks more realistic under normal light conditions:

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The two systems opened up, side by side:

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Close-up of the 1535:

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Close-up of the 1555:

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Probably the best case badge ever. :p

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Underside of the 1535, with the huge panel that covers everything:

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Underside of the 1555. Note the much smaller panel that offers significantly less access than the 1535's:

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Two shots of the 1555's chainlink pattern on the palmrest:

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Close-up of the 1535's Graphite Gray topographical pattern, to compare with the 1555's chainlink palmrest pattern:

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And finally, a comparison shot of the two systems powered up, with the displays showing the same thing:

Crap, image limit. I'll put it in the next post.

If anyone has any requests for additional shots, feel free to ask before I ship the 1535 back tomorrow. :)




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#2 9 years ago

Anyway, here's the last pic that got cut off for being the 16th image in the original post:

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#3 9 years ago

Nice upgrade Zam! I'm loving that screen. Looks very nice.

If it's not too much trouble, I'd love an internal comparison shot of the two. (Yeah, I know, I'll get one up for ya, as soon as I find a blasted screwdriver around here... =p)




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#4 9 years ago

Sure, when there's enough light tomorrow, I'll get some shots. What specifically are you looking for?




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#5 9 years ago

A shot with the underside panels of both machines removed, if you would.




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#6 9 years ago

Sure thing. ;)




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#7 9 years ago

I found this thread while researching the studio 1555 myself for college, especially to find if its par for intermediate-core gaming (not sure if that means what I want it to, somewhere in the middle). I do have to say that you made a very extensive review of the system, and may have swung my vote for this machine. Though you alluded to the idea that it trumps the 1534 in driver reliability/ performance, I was wondering if it lagged or could keep up during energy intensive games at max settings. Main games I'm concerned with at the moment are TF2, L4D and CSS. maybe WOW, but I don't know if I'm getting back into that. If you don't respond, just let me commend you for the obvious effort and skill with which you presented your machine, or machines rather.

sorry, if this breaks the rules of the thread related content, then I apologize, I didn't realize that this was a no gaming related content thread.




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#8 9 years ago

Don't worry about the game content; half the threads in this forum are about "will this hardware run such and such games?" =p Also, welcome to the forums.

I have the 1555 with the 256MB ATi Mobility Radeon 4570 option. They also offer a 512MB version of the same card. It runs Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead with ease at my native 720p with most options on except antialiasing. And as for Counter-Strike: Source...that will literally run on tin cans. =p Even the Intel GMA 4500MHD can run CS:S smoothly.

I've also been playing CoD4 on this thing as well. Very playable at 720p, even in large multiplayer battles, by keeping most of the settings to medium or low, and AA off.

I just installed Crysis last night. With all settings on low except shaders, textures, and volumetrics on medium, it runs way better than I expected at 720p.

So, in short, I think it's safe to say that the Studio 1555 can definitely hold its own against the games you listed, and even some more advanced ones. ;)




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#9 9 years ago

Sexy looking laptop. Have fun with it. Glad to see that the 4570 can hold its own.

ps. You're a bastard. I saw that "zamamee is awesome" in my sig.




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#10 9 years ago
kow_ciller;4957481Sexy looking laptop. Have fun with it. Glad to see that the 4570 can hold its own.

Not as glad as I am. =p

After the fiasco of the 3450 (it was really no more powerful than the Intel GMA 4500MHD), I just didn't really have high hopes for this thing. It was a pleasant surprise, to say the least, when I found out that this thing can easily run most of the same games my desktop can.

ps. You're a bastard. I saw that "zamamee is awesome" in my sig.

Haha, I wondered how long it would take. I ought to start doing that to more people. =p




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