Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dell Studio 14, at my service~

My poor Acer laptop that is already 5 years old, is having all sorts of problems, that I think it’s time to get a new one. Just before sem break started, the adapter died. RIP. I am not person who like to change things, but things like computer just have to change every some time, haiz, technology.

New Companion~
Had been aiming this new partner for quite some time. At first glance, she already attracted me, and I swear I will get her, she is Dell Studio 14~

After my HungryLappie (my Acer laptop) died, I ordered it from Dell website, customized some features, and upgrade warranty, ouch, RM3707!

Last Tuesday, I received it, woho~~

Erm, after look at it for some time, the feeling is not like the one in Dell website, nevermind, still love it~

It’s preinstall with Windows Vista Home Premium, but I reformatted into Windows 7 Ultimate straight away.

Now is Windows 7~ Forget Vista, Win 7 real cool. Thanks Aaron for the Windows 7 Ultimate CD-Key.

This is the default cover design, ChainLink. Other colour charge RM71, stupid. From the website, I see only a black glossy cover, and when received it, only I saw the dim chainlink pattern. It’s not only on the outside cover, but also on palm rest.



Read some forum, some people really hate this design. Anyway, I feel it’s fine with me. If you don’t look at it very close, you won’t notice it.

It’s a 14 inches light laptop, because I don’t plan to just put it on table at home.

Special connector design, with power button on it.

This is the “function key problem”  I mentioned earlier. When you want to close an application, instead press Alt + F4, in default Dell Studio and other new Dell laptop line, I need to press Alt + Fn + F4. But this behaviour can be changed in BIOS setting.

Standard Home, End, Page Up, Page Down layout. It really saved a lot of my time but a lot people don’t use these keys.


Major Specification
Model: Dell Studio 1450
Battery: standard 6 cells only
Display: 720p 1366x768 resolution
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 2.13GHz 1066FSB 3MB Cache
Memory: 4GB DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM
Hard disk: 320GB 5400RPM, enough for me already, ha.
Graphics: 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
Weight: 2.36kg

The most expensive upgrade is warranty, contributed RM500 of the price. I upgraded to 3 Years Complete Cover warranty, means ANY accidental damage, except fire and stolen, can be repair, mostly on site(means they come to you, not you go for them).

Some people don’t find warranty to be useful, but previous experience taught me, laptop broke down rate is sooooo high.

I don’t want when anything happen to my PC, I still need to drive a car send it to service centre, wait for 1 month to service, and maybe need to pay extra charge. Dell is really professional at after sales service, respect~

Customer like me who without credit card or cheque, I used direct bank in to Dell Citibank, and send the bank transaction ID to Dell via email, so they can process my order.


After Thought:
Overall very satisfy with it, Thanks Sandy Lee, Dell sales person, who assisted me throughout the whole purchasing process and answer all my weird questions. I guess I already sent her more than 20 emails, but she answer all nicely.

The first 1 week of waiting is so hard, everyday I checked the order status, when saw the process flow is moving, feel damn happy~

Moreover, this Studio is bought with my hard earn internship money + PTPTN money, earning money is so hard…

**Not to show off la, just wish anyone who interested to buy Dell Studio 14 got some reference~

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sioukee said...

Wooooowwww. Envyyyyy!

VHanded Cheepeng said...

Hehe~ but need to pay back leh, maggie mee for 1 month lo...

Khayshi said...

HP/compaq better. Muahaha

Erictan7 said...

nice 1.. but surprise u use ur own money.. haha typical peng..

Leo Raj said...

hey you bought the Studio 14 too!

Just bought mine earlier this month, but i took the earlier one as they are clearing its stock.

got mine in orange and full specs but them mine has the fingerprint reader. ;)

VHanded Cheepeng said...

khayshi: Dell rocks!

Eric: typical...

leo: Haha, guess you wont use the fingerprint thing much.

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