Dell Studio XPS 1640 - The Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Make no mistaken assumptions here; Dell knows exactly what it's doing by combining the XPS and Studio brands that they have combined together for their latest notebook, the 16-inch Dell Studio XPS 1640. After all, while the XPS brand was well known to gamers, the stylish Studio brand is relatively new to the consumer market having just launched in June 2008. As such, it makes complete sense to promote the Studio branding by giving gamers an incentive to get one as well. What better way to get some recognition for the new brand than to take the pretty and sexy designs of the Studio brand and throw in the performance of the XPS brand?

So let's start with appearances. The Studio XPS 1640 is certainly sexy enough, though not as pretty as it should be. The choice of going with three different textures for the covering of the notebook does leave us slightly puzzled and here's why: the notebook uses leather for the bottom grip, a matte silver finish on some parts at the top and edges while settling on a black glossy finish for the rest of the notebook. The matte silver shows off the unit's XPS roots while the glossy finish is pure Studio. We're aren't too sure where the leather grip came from, but we're guessing it's more to do with giving the unit a better grip for times where you need to move the unit around.

We'll talk more about the insides on the next page, but for now, here are the pictures of the exterior and our usual table of specifications:-

Shiny, somewhat sleek but still sexy is the Dell Studio XPS 1640.

The leather seen here provides a comfortable grip for the notebook, especially when you want to carry it around.

The front of the XPS 1640 is clean besides some LED indicators.

The right side of the unit holds an ExpressCard/54 slot, 8-in-1 card reader, a FireWire 1394a port, a eSATA-USB combo port and the slot loaded Blu-ray drive.

The left side of the unit are where the majority of the ports lie and this one plays hosts to the analog video out, LAN port, DisplayPort, HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports and the headphone and mic jacks.

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